iStock 000014627979SmallDespite all the advancements of modern medicine, the number of people affected by cardiovascular diseases in developed countries is on the rise. According to the analysis performed by the journal "The Lancet", the number of people affected by peripheral arterial disease has increased by 24% from 2000 to 2010. Estimates also show that the number of Americans with arrhythmias will double in the next 35 years.1 Moreover, this trend is also affecting younger people. According to the research performed at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, in 1994, only 13% of people between the ages of 20 to 54 had a stroke, while in 2005, that number grew to 19%.2

Chronic illnesses that are affecting the heart are also becoming more prevalent among children. A study released by the American Health Association in July 2013 found that, over 13-year period, the number of young children and teens developing hypertension rose by 27%.3

positiveThere are a huge number of factors that determine and impact the heart's wellbeing. These include diet, physical activity, lifestyle, family history, and many others. Surprisingly, emotions are one of the factors that can greatly impact the health and functionality of the heart. It has long been known that there is a direct connection between negative emotions and heart problems. Numerous studies have shown how such emotions or depression can be a detriment to one's health. However, what about positive emotions? Do positive emotions have a positive impact on the health of the heart? Recent studies have shown that they do. Positive emotions benefit the health of the heart as well as the person's overall health.

Dyslipidemia-jpegBlood tests are a great way to learn many things about the patient’s state of health and make a correct diagnosis and as early as possible. Fortunately, there are some tests for heart disease. They show whether the individual is at risk for cardiovascular disease, and exactly how high that risk is. The most common is the cholesterol test. This type of testing measures the amount of LDL, the blood cholesterol, in the blood. A high level of LDL means that there is a higher chance of atherosclerosis, which is the same as saying that there is a high risk of heart problems. Although all people with a high level of LDL are in danger of having a heart attack, not all people who experience heart attacks have a high level of LDL. This means that cholesterol testing only red-flags half of the cases where people are in danger.

HYPERTENSIONMost likely you’ve heard about a condition called hypertension or high blood pressure. Nowadays, it is very common in a mature age group, and is so common that it has became the norm.  Many people regard it as a sign of aging since the majority of their friends and relative seem to suffer from it.

However, people should be aware of the fact that high blood pressure is a sign that your circulatory system is overloaded. This can be caused by a number of factors, most common of which are obesity and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis makes the arteries stiff and then it is difficult for the heart to push the blood through. This causes the heart to work extra hard, causing the blood pressure to rise. Obesity, on the other hand, not only promotes the development of atherosclerosis, it also causes the visceral fat to compress the kidneys, making them produce renin (a hormone which raises blood pressure).

1337566213333 ORIGINALSex is an important part of most couple’s relationship and life. Therefore, it is not surprising that some people worry about whether it is possible to die from a heart attack during sex. In most cases, the people most concerned with this issue are those who are already suffering from heart disease and are at risk of having a heart attack. So, is it really possible to die from a heart attack during sex?

The answer is yes, it is possible, but it is not very likely.

Indeed, people have suffered heart attacks while they were having sex, but they have also suffered heart attacks while walking, watching TV, cleaning the house, and doing a multitude of activities. Heart attacks can happen at any minute of any day, and they are often completely unrelated to the activity one is doing. In fact, the majority of heart attacks occur during periods of rest and not during any physical exertion.

breathing-exercisesEveryone knows how good morning exercises are for our body and health, but we know very little about the benefits of respiratory gymnastics (or breathing exercises). These types of exercises tends to be associated mostly with yoga practice. But in fact, such gymnastics is a kind of an aerobic training which has a number of advantages. People of different ages, having various health problems and fitness levels can practice it.

The positive effects of breathing exercises have long been proven by scientists. They can be recommended even to very weak and seriously ill people as a part of rehabilitation program. So what is respiratory gymnastics, and how can our body and particularly our heart and blood vessels benefit from it?

thMountains have always been associated with the idea of strength, beauty and magnificence.  Many people consider mountains a symbol of the untouched Earth and nature, and a source of endless health. There is even a common belief that people who live in the mountains live healthier lives and have stronger hearts. In fact, countless individuals and whole families have relocated to live at higher altitudes. Many athletes also choose the mountains to build endurance and increase the effectiveness of their training. So, the big question is: are high altitudes beneficial or dangerous for the heart and the body? The answer is, as it always is, not very clear. Living at a high altitude has numerous benefits, but it also has its own dangers and risks.

depresijaaaHeart disease and depression are both very serious and common conditions. They affect millions of people worldwide, and sometimes occur simultaneously in the same person.  Such an occurrence makes many people question whether the two are related and question whether their condition can put them at risk of a heart attack. So, let’s find out!

People began speculating about the connection between depression and heart attack back in the 1980's. At that time, it was determined that there is a connection between the two conditions, but it is not a direct one. Depression is simply one of the contributing factors that may cause heart disease. Interestingly enough, the opposite can be said; a heart attack can cause depression. It can be better described as a two-way relationship. Depression can cause a heart attack in some people, just like a heart attack can cause depression in others. Whether or not this happens depends solely on the individual and how they learn to deal with their illness.

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