heart health

Wine. Beer. Spirits. Yeah!

Posted on 04/3/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthBooze. One of humanity’s earliest culinary inventions and possibly one of the things that started agricultural civilization in the first place, alcohol has been with us for a long time. But we are still learning much about how it affects the body and about our consumption habits. In other words, there’s good points and there’s bad points. A recent study suggests that moderate and constant consumption (two beers a day) gave men a 42% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The …

Do You Know the Signs of a Heart Attack for Women?

Posted on 03/29/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthHeart disease, not breast cancer, is the number one killer of women. In fact, heart disease kills more women than the next seven most deadly diseases combined. Women sometimes fail to recognize a heart attack because their acute symptoms are different than those of men experiencing a heart attack. Severe chest pain may occur during a heart attack for both men and women, but women also report pain or discomfort in other areas of the body before or during a …

Will Your Heart Survive Valentine’s Day?

Posted on 02/14/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthValentine’s Day is usually a time for flowers and candy, but according to MedlinePlus, it’s also a day when approximately 2,800 people—parents, aunts, friends, siblings, uncles, cousins, children and grandparents—will suffer a heart attack. Of these, nearly 1,400 will die—leaving a tragic trail of broken hearts. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol, your chance of contributing to these grim statistics goes up.

The Postal Service Loves Your Heart

Posted on 02/2/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe fiscal health of the U.S. Postal Service hasn’t been so great lately, but that hasn’t stopped them from worrying about the heart health of the rest of us. In honor of February being American Heart Month — and the month for that other heart-related holiday, Valentine’s Day — the postal service is releasing two new stamps celebrating the heart. One reminds us to keep our heart healthy. The other offers a cheery heartfelt tribute to love. Both are “Forever” stamps, …

The Takeway: The Exercise / Vitamin D Link; Romney Disses ‘Perry Scheme’ for Social Security

Posted on 10/5/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayI wouldn’t compare ‘vigorous exercise’ to a ray of sunshine in very many circumstances, but it turns out there’s one thing a good workout and a sunny day may have in common: Upping your levels of Vitamin D … Reassuring the retirement community crowd, Mitt Romney explained, “Social Security is not going to change for anyone in this room.”

A Little Chocolate is Good for the Soul…and Heart

Posted on 09/2/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthBelieve it or not, this little guilty pleasure can actually help your heart. A new Swedish studies shows that eating a little bit of a high-quality chocolate every week can potentially have benefits on you heart’s health — but beware, too much of it will not: The study is highly relevant as nearly 6 million Americans have heart failure and one in four women will die from heart disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. The nine-year study of …