Importance of Good Nights Sleep

Elizabethan author, Thomas Dekker, who once wrote that “Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”  Medical research appears to agree; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Sleep Foundation, 35.2% of adults in the United States sleep less than seven hours a day. Stressful lifestyles, […]

The Importance of Women’s Cardiovascular Health

February is not only designated as American Heart Month, it is also recognized as a month to commemorate women’s cardiovascular disease: the number one cause of death among females. Statistics indicate that women are twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease than they are from breast cancer, and up to 40% of all premature […]

Heart Health Benefits of Walnuts

In recent years, studies have increasingly suggested that consumption of nuts can boost heart health, as nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, protein, vitamin E, folate, and several minerals, such as potassium, zinc, and magnesium. Nuts also boast additional bioactive chemicals, including phenolics and phytosterols. A 2016 study in the British Medical Journal reinforced the […]

Heart Health from the Sauna

Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD

A visit to the sauna is more than just relaxing; it seems to have real heart and cardiovascular benefits, as well. A group of researchers from the University of Eastern Finland—who previously found that people who regularly used saunas had lower rates of hypertension, cardiac death and dementia compared to infrequent users—now find in a […]

Cheese: A Heart Healthy Snack?

Cheese is typically considered more of an indulgence than a health food, but a new review of research suggests that it may not be as bad for you as once thought. In fact, people in the analysis who ate a little bit of cheese every day were less likely to develop heart disease or have […]

Early Baldness: Higher Risk Factor Than Obesity?

Male pattern baldness and premature greying are more of a risk factor for heart disease than obesity in men under 40, new research suggests. A study of more than 2,000 young men in India showed more who had coronary artery disease were prematurely bald or grey than men with a full head of hair. Dr […]

Canine Companions & Heart Health

The benefits that come with owning a dog are clear– physical activity, support, companionship — but owning a dog could literally be saving your life. Dog ownership is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death, finds a new Swedish study published Friday in the journal Scientific Reports. For people living alone, owning […]

“Eat your breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day!” -Your Mom (and Science).

First your mom told you, and now, science is nodding—your mom is always right. A link between skipping breakfast and poor cardiovascular health has now been researched and proven. A recent study1 consisted of 4,052 middle-aged female and male participants with no previous history of cardiovascular disease. The study researchers also collected information on the […]