Long Island Heart Associates » Latest News http://www.liheart.org Long Island Heart Associates Wed, 09 Dec 2015 17:34:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.12 Heartbeat May Predict Sexual Function in Women http://www.liheart.org/2480/ http://www.liheart.org/2480/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:00:52 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2480 Read More >>]]> heartbeatAs the result of a recent study, females who experience sexual dysfunction or a lack of interest in sexual activities may want to check their heartbeat.

A study of 72 women aged 18 to 39 linked their heart rate variability (HRV) to their overall sexual health, possibly offering a way for doctors to determine which women will benefit from libido-increasing drugs, according to a report from the popular website LiveScience.  HRV measures the variation in the time that lapses between one heartbeat and the next.

The study, published in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, found that women with a low HRV more often reported sexual issues than women with an average or better HRV.

“Low HRV is likely a risk factor for sexual dysfunction in women,” said Amelia Stanton, the study’s coauthor.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin conducted the study by measuring participants’ heartbeats while they watched a film about “a neutral subject.”

The participants also answered a 19-question Female Sexual Function Index, which, according to the study, explains touches on subjects like arousal, lubrication, orgasm and sexual pain.

The finding is in line with other research about low HRV, which is already linked to alcohol abuse, anxiety and depression, according to the press release.

“Low HRV has been associated with blunted emotional responses,” Stanton said. “So both blood flow and emotional responding play large roles in female sexual function.”

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Male Pattern Baldness and Heart Disease—Are You At Risk? http://www.liheart.org/male-pattern-baldness-and-heart-disease%e2%80%94are-you-at-risk/ http://www.liheart.org/male-pattern-baldness-and-heart-disease%e2%80%94are-you-at-risk/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:36:57 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2183 Going bald is a reality many men face at different stages of life. According to the latest batch of news reports published on NBC News, USA Today and Bloomberg, male pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss in men, could be linked to an increased risk of heart disease—a study that has gained serious recognition over the past few weeks.

 

What is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness is a form of hair loss in men that follows a pattern generally at the crown of the head caused by ones genetic predisposition and hormones. Why this topic has received so much coverage over the last two weeks is unclear though one thing is certain, men who have observed a receding hairline and thinning at the crown should request a consultation with a local cardiologist to review their current health standings.

In the News:

According to a CBS News report reviewing the findings of six studies published between 1950 and 2012, male pattern baldness has been found to have a strong association with an increased risk for coronary heart disease.

For over a decade, the balding male subjects who participated in the study were monitored to help researchers form what has recently been a popular topic in the world of heart health.

Reporter Michelle Catillo of CBS News stated, “The cohort studies revealed that men who lost most of their hair were 32 percent more likely to develop coronary artery disease than those who did not have hair loss. When looking at balding subjects below the age of 60, 44 percent were more likely to develop coronary artery disease.”

Causes of Male Pattern Baldness:

Aside from male sex hormones and one’s genetic makeup, other contributors to balding include age, illness and stressors associated with mental health.

When it comes to hair loss, it is important to separate truth from common misconceptions. Here are a few hair-loss myths that should be ruled out:

  • Balding won’t happen to you—you’re under 60.
  • The use of hair styling products causes balding.
  • Washing your hair too much causes balding.
  • Wearing a baseball cap or helmet too often causes balding at the crown.

If you have recently started a new medication, experience red, dry, itchy skin at the scalp or notice hair loss in an unusual pattern, it is best to contact a doctor to explain your symptoms.

Image courtesy of  www.theprimehealth.net

 

 

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Processed Meat Linked to Heart Disease http://www.liheart.org/processed-meat-linked-to-heart-disease/ http://www.liheart.org/processed-meat-linked-to-heart-disease/#comments Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:36:38 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2155 The latest findings suggest that processed meat consumption leads to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer. Before you claim that the researchers are full of bologna, take a look at what they found.

Processed meat—to love it, or to love it and avoid it? That’s the question.

The latest study conducted by a group of multinational researchers found that the negative health risks associated with consuming processed meats was world-wide. The study was led by professor Sabine Rohrmann of the University of Zurich who tracked the health of bacon-loving participants for nearly a decade.

A breakdown of the study and associated findings

Is it any wonder that the consumption of bacon, salami and other processed meats have a negative implication on cardiovascular health? Being high in fat and preservatives, highly processed meat is definitely something to steer clear of, or at the very least, limit. According to NPR.org’s rendition of the study, some salamis consist of 50% fat which should be taken into account for those who are already in poor health standings.

The question: Does processed meat increase an individual’s risk of early mortality?

The findings: After nearly a decade and a total of 448,568 men and women ranging in age from 35-69, the findings were a bit surprising in that processed meats were clearly indicative of negative health while red meat just trailed behind. According to BMC Medicine, the aim of the study was to examine not only processed meats but red meat and poultry consumption with the risk of early death.

The abstract of the study published on March 6th, 2013 highlights that 3.3% of estimated deaths could be prevented if participants had consumed less than 20g of processed meats per day.

The conclusion: If you happen to love sausage and bacon, don’t skip out on getting your fix every once in a while. According to Rohrmann, “It’s fine to eat bacon and sausages, but not in high amounts and not every day.”

If you have a history of poor cardiovascular health and are cautious of the amount of cholesterol and fats present in your everyday diet, it is best to significantly limit your intake of processed foods altogether.

For questions about heart health or to speak to a cardiologist, contact the Long Island Heart Associates today for more information.

 

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Dance Your Way to Better Health http://www.liheart.org/dance-your-way-to-better-health/ http://www.liheart.org/dance-your-way-to-better-health/#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2013 03:34:11 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2119 If you were told that you could burn fat and tone up to stay in shape while having fun, would you believe it? The latest workout craze—Zumba has taken the nation by storm. Are you willing to give it a try to keep yourself in tip-top shape?

Originating in Colombia, this international fitness obsession took the Spanish culture’s love for dance and turned it into a form of exercise that has turned the not-so-thrilling saying, “no pain, no gain” into a thing of the past.

“Ditch the Workout—Join the Party”

According to the CEO of Zumba, Alberto Perez, during a review with CBS This Morning, Zumba was created when he saw people of all ages smiling, cheering, sweating and laughing at the same time while receiving a full body workout. In three simple words, he defined Zumba as fitness without sacrifice.

Put Your Heart into It

The health benefits of dancing not only play a role in enhancing your mood, they help to keep you in shape. Here are 10 ways that moving around and dancing to the beat will keep you healthy and on your feet!

  1. Increase energy– Dancing is a great way to get your daily dose of cardio. According to Ilyse Baker, dancing twice a week reduces your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  2. Increase strength and flexibility– By strengthening key muscles in your legs and midsection, dancing helps with balance and posture.
  3. Increase coordination– Although the minimal amount of coordination must be utilized to perform everyday tasks; dance requires both strength training and flexibility along with posture and balance.
  4. Improve mood by decreasing stress levels and tension– Reduce stress by interacting with others in a large, or small, social group. Besides, how could anyone feel blue when dancing to upbeat Latin-inspired music?
  5. Weight management– Belly fat is a key indication of poor health. Dancing is a form of exercise that can help you to lose weight without straining your muscles.
  6. Lowers risk for heart disease– From teenagers to seniors, dancing aids in efficient oxygen use, similar to trained athletes.
  7. Decrease blood pressure– Aerobic exercises help to reduce blood pressure by increasing your breathing rate and strengthening the heart.
  8. Lower cholesterol levels– Going hand-in-hand with decreasing blood pressure, dancing is a great cardiovascular exercise that strengthens the heart muscle and increases lung power.
  9. Builds endurance and stamina– 30 minutes a day can improve stamina and increase endurance. Be sure to monitor your heart rate!
  10. Reduce heart rate– Strength training is a key factor to take into consideration when aiming to reduce your heart rate. With continuous exercise, your heart will eventually adapt to muscle contractions and become stronger. 
With the summer months fast approaching, now is the best time to get into shape. Dancing is a low impact, healthy alternative to weight training and is great for women of all ages. For tips on how to keep your heart healthy, contact the Long Island Heart Associates, today.
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A Happy Heart for Valentine’s Day http://www.liheart.org/a-happy-heart-for-valentine%e2%80%99s-day/ http://www.liheart.org/a-happy-heart-for-valentine%e2%80%99s-day/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:36:01 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2112 When you think of Valentine’s Day, the image of flowers, chocolate and pink and red everything will likely cloud your mind. Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart or a beloved friend or family member, nothing makes the heart happier than chocolate in moderation and the feeling of being loved, or in love!

 

Go Red for Women”- February first marked the start, and 10th anniversary, of American Heart Month—encouraging individuals to go red to raise heart disease awareness.

Love: Being in love is great for both your mind and body. According to Dr. Harry Lodge, author of Younger Next Year, “people who are socially engaged have half the mortality of people who are lonely and isolated.”

The feeling of being in love does not have to come from an intimate relationship. In fact, love that has been found to keep the heart happy can originate in the mere satisfaction of helping someone in need, or through the love of a pet—a play on the term, puppy love.

Chocolate: Aside from being good for your brain and your heart, dark chocolate has a satisfyingly delicious flavor. Packed with antioxidants, theobromine and vitamins and minerals, dark chocolate is a great substitute for other sugary treats for Valentine’s Day and whenever the need for a sweet arises.

Red Wine: Interested in toasting to good health and happiness? Consider treating yourself to a glass of red wine. Red wine, in particular, is comprised of a plant compound called resveratrol which has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and prevent clotting of the blood.

As the day quickly coms to a close, ask yourself a question: Have you treated your heart with love this Valentine’s Day? If the answer to this was “no,” it’s not too late to do something great for yourself. Here are a few suggestions that will lead to a more satisfying Valentine’s Day this year and for years to come.

1– Wish your friends and family a happy Valentine’s Day before the night is through.

2– Run to the local pharmacy and buy a small bag of dark chocolate to enjoy today, tomorrow and every day until the bag runs out.

3– Share a glass of red wine with someone you care about. If you have a favorite type, stop by your local wine and liquor store after work. It is also never too late to try something new.

4– Have a laugh. If you are home alone, watch a comedy or your favorite SNL skit. Laughing promotes heart health and can lead to an improved mood.

5– If you are not plagued by the cold in the northeast, take a late night walk and enjoy the time you have to yourself.

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Lycopene-Based Foods Linked to Heart Health http://www.liheart.org/lycopene-supplement-linked-to-heart-health/ http://www.liheart.org/lycopene-supplement-linked-to-heart-health/#comments Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:39:22 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2054 A tomato a day will keep the doctor away—okay, maybe that saying is a bit different than the one that you grew up with in grade school, but that does not mean it’s incorrect.

With recent findings in the world of heart health, cutting heart disease risks by eating tomatoes and other lycopene-based food supplements might be as easy as it sounds.

A recent study by the University of Cambridge found evidence suggesting that the daily intake of a lycopene-based food supplement could do just that due to its ability to improve the functioning of blood vessels.

What is lycopene?

Lycopene is a carotenoid responsible for the bright red coloring found in fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, watermelons, papayas and grapefruit.

Positive health benefits of ingesting lycopene-based foods:

Though ongoing research continues to be conducted to determine lycopene’s effect on specific degenerative diseases, researchers have found that eating lycopene-rich foods could help to fight against cell damage. This powerful antioxidant has been found to aid in protecting against diseases by neutralizing the body’s free radicals—molecules that damage cells and play a significant role in heart disease, cancer and other serious health problems.

How to get the recommended intake of lycopene:

According to the 2003 issue of the Journal of Nutrition, scientists of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital conducted a study showing the impact on heart health for women consuming at least seven servings of lycopene-rich food sources in comparison to those with an intake of less than two servings a day. The findings showed that women with the higher daily intake of tomato-based products significantly lowered their risk for developing heart disease.

The American Cancer Society advises individuals to eat at least five servings of richly colored fruits and vegetables each day to protect against serious health complications and to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The importance of maintaining a healthy heart:

At the Long Island Heart Associates, we believe that maintaining a healthy heart is of the upmost importance to living a healthy and happy lifestyle. According to the American Heart Association, the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. By providing heart healthy tips and recommendations, we hope to bring you one step closer to achieving unsurpassed heart health.

If you are concerned about the status of your heart health, contact us today or request a consultation.

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The Truth About Vitamins and Heart Health http://www.liheart.org/the-truth-about-vitamins-and-heart-health/ http://www.liheart.org/the-truth-about-vitamins-and-heart-health/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:14:16 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=1966 Vitamins: The good, the bad and the cure-all for turning around that rather unhealthy lifestyle. While nearly half of U.S. adults take a daily dietary supplement—a total cost of around $28 billion a year, new studies are leaving many of us questioning whether vitamins are really as beneficial to our health as we would like to believe. 

The Power of a Pill

If you are looking for a solution to cure joint pain, headaches and genetic disorders, excess vitamins and minerals will not treat your ailments. It is widely believed that the daily consumption of a multi-vitamin has the power to make up for an unhealthy lifestyle and bad diet regimen. A study conducted by The Journal of the American Medical Association found that taking additional supplements did not appear to negatively impact the body.

Although it is important to prevent deficiencies of important vitamins and minerals to inhibit acute diseases and illnesses such as scurvy and pellagra, ingesting excess fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K do have the potential to be stored and could pose dangers of toxicity.

Heart Disease Prevention

Researchers have tirelessly studied the effects of vitamin and dietary supplemental consumption on preventative health complications having to do with the body’s most complex organ—the heart.

According to Dr. David B. Samadi, Vice Chairman of the Department of Urology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, “If you are already getting the recommended amount of nutrients by eating a variety of fruit, vegetables, cereals, dairy, and protein, there’s little, if any, additional benefit from ingesting nutritional supplements.”

The findings from the years of research did, in fact, suggest that vitamin-takers are more susceptible to exercising, eating right and resisting habits harmful to health such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Why? Because healthy “users” are more likely to take the supplements to assist in diet, exercise and leading a heart-healthy lifestyle.

The American Heart Association has also researched this topic. The advice: Eating a variety of nutritionally rich foods such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits will offer the same heart-healthy benefits as taking vitamins and other supplements.

Before beginning a supplemental routine, talk to your physician about whether or not it is right for you.  For heart health concerns, contact the Long Island Heart Associates today or request a consultation.

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The Impact of Energy Drinks on Your Heart http://www.liheart.org/the-impact-of-energy-drinks-on-your-heart/ http://www.liheart.org/the-impact-of-energy-drinks-on-your-heart/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:50:31 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=1943 A simple Google search will bring up countless reports suggesting the negative health implications that energy drinks have on the body, but are you aware of the possible long-term health risks that come with energy drink consumption and the toll it takes on your heart?

 

Investigations from the Food and Drug Administration have not hindered the many students, athletes and gamers from continuously consuming the highly caffeinated drink to “perform” at what they believe is their best.

Optimized Performance: Think Again…

In 2011, a report released by the Drug Abuse Warning Network illustrated the alarming increase of emergency room visits linked to energy drink consumption from 2005 to 2009. In this time period, emergency room visits associated with energy drinks combined with alcohol or other drugs increased by an astounding 1,062.59%. If this number is shocking, the number of deaths possibly related to energy drinks might be enough to keep you from reaching for that infamous blue and silver can the next time you’re crammed for time and too tired to focus.

How do they work?

Aside from having a direct effect on your central nervous and cardiovascular systems, the so-called “energy” drink is designed to give your body and mind a boost of energy for only a short time. Ever feel like you lost your edge shortly after consuming a drink designed to do just the opposite?  The high amounts of caffeine present in energy drinks are dangerous enough, but pair it with other additives such as taurine, creatine and guarana, a form of caffeine in and of itself, and you have a recipe for disaster!

These supposed energy enhancing ingredients increase heart rate which can cause abnormal heart rhythms and increase the risk of cardiovascular complications.

High Sugar, Low Vigor

Glucose fuels the body and will undoubtedly give you energy but too much of anything is never a good thing, especially when it comes to sugar. When ingested frequently and in large doses, the risk for diabetes becomes prevalent along with major health complications associated with an unbalanced level of insulin in the body.

According to EnergyFiend.com, the following drinks contain more than 75 grams of sugar:

  • Rockstar Punched Guava: 102g
  • Jolt Energy Drink: 94g
  • Mega Monster Energy Drink: 81g
  • Mountain Dew Game Fuel: 77g
  • SoBe Energy Citrus: 76g
If you are concerned about your heart health and would like to speak to a cardiologist, request a consultation today.

 

 

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Future Heart Health Predictions in Plain Sight http://www.liheart.org/future-heart-health-predictions-in-plain-sight/ http://www.liheart.org/future-heart-health-predictions-in-plain-sight/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:03:15 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=1931 Did you know that your appearance may be a mirror image of your heart health? At the latest “Scientific Session,” a conference led by the American Heart Association, the most cutting-edge procedures, tips and discoveries about heart health were shared by leading heart experts.

President of the AHA, Donna Arnett, shed light on what she and other heart experts in the industry would like consumers to take away from the latest findings. Think you know all there is to know about your heart health? Think again. Though many of us may be unaware of the impact poor heart health can have on our overall health, research suggests that tell-tale signs visible by the naked eye may be just enough to predict future heart problems, according to a recent CNN News article.

There are many health implications that offer apparent signs from an individual’s outer appearance. As liver complications can discolor the skin and whites of the eyes, signs of future heart problems may also be noticeable. Fatty deposits around the eyelid, also known as Xanthlasmata, is just one of four signs of aging that were apparent in individuals at an increased risk for heart disease.

Though signs of aging are common amongst the older population, people who have three to four of these signs, including receding hairlines, balding at the crown and earlobe creases should be monitored by a physician or cardiologist. According to Arnett, cardiologists have long known that people with earlobe crease and xanthelomas were at an increased risk. The most recent findings denote that individuals who notice signs of aging in coordination with one another should begin by taking these four simple steps to ensure a heart healthy lifestyle.

  1. Talk to your doctor about your health.
  2. Have your cholesterol levels checked
  3. Eat well and maintain a proper weight.
  4. Exercise and DO NOT smoke!
For information about your cardiovascular health, contact a local cardiologist on Long Island today.
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Long-Lasting Effects of a Natural Disaster http://www.liheart.org/long-lasting-effects-of-a-natural-disaster/ http://www.liheart.org/long-lasting-effects-of-a-natural-disaster/#comments Thu, 08 Nov 2012 23:42:36 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=1912 Natural disasters can strike fast, often without warning—much like a heart attack. Protecting your heart from stressors in your surrounding environment along with maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle will keep you out of harm’s way, if you happen to cross its path.

October went out in a less than fashionably manner when super storm Sandy devastated much of the East coast, leaving families without homes, cars, or electricity. While many are still recovering from the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, the damage may be unending for individuals who had fallen victim to the devastation.

How can you protect your heart from the unthinkable?

According to a Global News report, Clinical psychologist, Dr. Katy Kamkar at the Psychological Trauma Program at the Center for Addiction in Toronto says, “Natural disasters represent a significant risk factor to the mental health of trauma survivors. The more direct our exposure is to the natural disaster and the more involved we are, the more it is likely to influence us.”

Mental health and heart disease are very closely linked and should not be overlooked. Sustaining good mental health is important for the entire body, especially the heart.

Medical News Today released a study that found that cardiovascular disease was lowest in adults who had the best mental health, while on the contrary; cardiovascular disease was higher among adults with major and minor depressive episodes.

If you suffer from depression and would like to speak to a local cardiologist about your cardiovascular health, contact the Long Island Heart Associates today.

 

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