Did you know that diet and exercise contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system? Of course, you did! We’ve been told over and over again that these lifestyle lynchpins are critical to heart health. But do you understand why?
Pumping iron may be considered a younger person’s activity, but in fact, maintaining muscle mass as we age is crucial to health and continued independence. That’s why strength-training is an important part of an exercise routine for older adults.
High blood pressure. High cholesterol. Chronic fatigue. These symptoms and more can be signs of untreated sleep apnea. “Given that obesity has gone up substantially in this country, a lot of patients are suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea. It’s not necessarily caused by a higher BMI; it could be an anatomical issue as well,” says Dr. Reza Movahed, a surgeon at Oral Facial Surgery Institute & Implant Center. “They’re dealing with all these symptoms—or if they are diagnosed, they have to go through the huge lifestyle change of having a CPAP, which is a device that keeps them breathing at night.”
There are many choices when it comes to weight loss. Diet plans abound, all promising to help individuals shed pounds and keep them off. Four years and 80 pounds ago, Paige (who asked that her last name not be used) heard about the hCG diet from her primary-care physician and decided to give it a try.
We tend to think of cardiovascular health as an adult issue. But experts say that parents should guide their children in heart-healthy lifestyles from the start.
When you think of preventive health, you may think of smoking cessation, screening tests and annual physicals. But one of the most important preventive health practices available involves nothing more than lacing up your sneakers and getting active.
One of the mainstays of preventive health for women is the ‘well-woman exam,’ the annual check-up that includes a pelvic and breast exam. However, since the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revised screening guidelines for pap smears, calling for them as long as five years apart under certain circumstances, some women are under the impression that they have no reason to see the doctor for their annual exam. Not so.
We all carry some degree of risk for heart attack or stroke. Understanding one’s risk factors and using them to calculate individual cardiovascular risk is an important part of preventive health care. Until you know, you can’t act.
You may assume that feeling tired, depressed, mentally foggy, constipated and heavy are just due to your overstretched schedule, stress and sedentary lifestyle. But if these symptoms make it hard to accomplish daily tasks or persist even with improved nutrition, hydration and regular exercise, talk to your doctor—one possible answer may involve your thyroid.
As the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease has personally touched the lives of many people. As chair of the upcoming 2014 Go Red for Women luncheon, Penny Pennington, a principal at Edward Jones, realized how much it had affected her own family: Her grandmother died at age 55 of a heart attack, along with other family members who have been affected. “As I learned more about heart disease in women, I found out that it is likely that I will have a personal experience with heart disease either myself or through someone close to me. The statistics are much higher for women and heart disease than any other killer, including cancer: About three times more women have heart disease.”
Saint Louis University is participating in a multi-center study that will test a combination of two medications for children with early-stage hepatitis B.
Among the controllable risk factors for heart disease, cholesterol is a primary indicator of cardiovascular health. For many adults, elevated LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is one of the first wake-up calls that lifestyle modification and/or medication is needed to help keep cardiovascular risk in check.
Are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head? Are they dancing into your mouth? Before you throw up your hands and land face-down in a pile of mashed potatoes, take control of your holiday diet with some healthy alternatives and strategies.
We can’t control our age or genetics, but women can do plenty to control their risk of cardiovascular disease, and that’s important considering that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women alike. A heart-healthy diet is among the most influential factors in reducing risk.
Fish oil capsules are among the most popular supplements sold, but recent studies have questioned the benefits and even proposed possible risks related to fish oil supplementation.
Aging is inevitable, but how people age varies widely. No longer is old age assumed to be a time of inactivity and inability to enjoy life. With a few simple lifestyle choices and attitude adjustments, we can improve the odds of aging with health and vitality.
Dr. Rajiv Patel is an enthusiast. Yet, though he enjoys a nice glass of red wine, Patel is careful to emphasize that any advice he has to offer is based solely on the data.
Maybe your mother can no longer drive to the grocery store, your dad doesn’t feel that hungry anymore, or grandma says foods just don’t taste the same these days. As people age, many roadblocks to healthy eating can arise.
Any time blood flow to the brain is interrupted, you have a serious problem. In many cases, this is known as a stroke, and it can have life-threatening and long-term consequences. In some cases, the body’s natural anti-clotting properties are able to break up the clot that is blocking blood flow. This is known as a ‘transient ischemic attack’ or TIA.
Physical inactivity literally is killing America. Data indicates that 11 percent of children ages 6 to 11, and 14 percent of those ages 11 to 16, are obese. In addition, more than one-half of adults don’t meet recommended levels of activity, and half of them have no regular physical activity. Sedentary lifestyles lead to increased health risks and higher health care costs. Since this habit of inactivity begins early in life, the promotion of physical activity among children is imperative for their health and for the future of our nation.
Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of American women. To educate the community about this health risk, SSM Heart Institute will host its fourth annual 'Her Heart: Every Beat Counts' education and screening day.
Eight days after giving birth to her son, Cameron, in April 2011, Rachel D'Souza-Siebert’s heart was aglow with love. It also was about to break.
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases of modern society. An increasing number of people are developing this complex metabolic disease, in which high blood sugar occurs because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or because the cells in the body do not respond to the insulin being produced.
A recent study by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Missouri as the 12th most obese state in the country. It predicted that by 2030, 62 percent of Missourians will be obese. It is a shocking statistic, and an outcome that Dr. Jennifer Wessels is trying to help avoid through her efforts as a family practitioner at Barnes West Primary Care, part of the BJC Medical Group. “I get to take care of people from all walks of life, of all ages, and I work not only to overcome their current health problems, but also prevent them from occurring in the future,” she says.
It's understandable for women to worry a lot about breast cancer. With so many messages aimed at us from so many places, breast cancer awareness, prevention and screening is top-of-mind when it comes to health news. But it may be time to rethink our worries.