Tag Archives: Heart Health

Heart Health in the News: “Women with Diabetes Face Greater Heart Risks than Men”

It has been reported that Type 2 diabetes – the most common form of the disease – substantially increases one’s risk for heart disease. Interestingly, a recent wellness blog on The New York Times web site reported that a meta-analysis review of more than 64 published studies covering more than 850,000 patients, has found that this risk is much higher for women than men.

What is Type 2 diabetes?

According to the American Diabetes Association, with Type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin, which is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy.

When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems: (1) it may starve cells for energy and (2) over time can result in negative consequences for one’s eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart. Studies show that Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.

Why is there a greater risk for women than men?

The lead researcher on the review project, Sanne A. E. Peters, an epidemiologist at University Medical Center Utrecht, states that the reasons are largely unclear. However, Peters suggests that women may be taking worse care of themselves – i.e., gaining more weight and raising the risk of coronary disease – than men prior to the onset of diabetes.  The researcher mentions that while there is no proof of this, she suspects it may be true.

According to a Time.com blog on this study:

“Even after accounting for the fact that women tend to develop heart disease at different rates than men, the researchers report in Diabetologia that women with diabetes were 44% more likely to develop heart problems than men with the disease. Historically, women aren’t treated for heart risk factors as well as men, partly because their symptoms are different – many women don’t experience the chest pains and shortness of breath that are a hallmark of a heart attack among men, for example. So women may actually have more advanced, untreated heart disease when they are diagnosed with diabetes than men when they are diagnosed.”

At Vasomedical we believe in taking care of your heart in a variety of ways – from regular exercise to watching your diet and beyond. Diabetes is a serious issue with consequences that can impact your heart health. For more information about diabetes, visit: the American Diabetes Association’s website at: http://www.diabetes.org/.

Exercise and heart health– Can there be too much of a good thing?

We’ve all heard that exercising keeps the heart healthy – whether it’s a run, yoga class or cycling. But how much exercise is healthy and can too much be harmful?

According to a recent piece by MedPage Today, “too much of a good thing” can become a reality, and one must be tuned in to his or her limits.  It looks like moderate exercise may be the way to go, even for healthy patients.

The article states:

“Research involving stable chronic heart disease (CHD) patients found daily strenuous exercise to be associated with a more than twofold increased risk for cardiovascular mortality compared with moderate (two- to four-times a week) exercise (2.36, 95% CI 1.05-5.34).”

This is not an excuse to skip your exercise though! Researchers found that moderate, regular exercise is important for maintaining a healthy heart. Widely accepted guidelines recommend 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity five to seven days per week.

You can read the full piece here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Prevention/45785

Tell us – how much exercise do you get each week? What’s your favorite form of cardio?  Email us with your heart-healthy exercises at vaso@kcsa.com.

Heart Health in the News: The Link between Heart Health and Mental Function

It’s no surprise that having a healthy heart impacts one’s overall health. But a new study found that the health of our hearts impacts our minds much more than one would think, and the correlation starts early.

A recent piece by Reuters explores a study on how young adults with healthy blood pressure tend to have better thinking and memory skills in midlife than their peers with higher blood pressure. The key takeaway from this piece is that the relationship between heart health and mental function begins earlier than many may realize.

Early adulthood (ages 18-25) is a great time to form healthy habits that will not only protect your heart, but ultimately impact your cognitive functioning later in life.

We suggest that young adults:

  • Exercise. Make sure you’re moving! Exercise will keep the heart healthy, body weight in check and, as an added bonus, it releases endorphins that can combat stress.
  • Start forming healthy eating habits. Forming healthier eating habits when you’re younger is much easier than doing a full revamp once you have already experienced health issues and your bad habits are firmly engrained. Make sure to monitor your sugar intake and cholesterol, as they impact the functioning of your heart.
  • Find a hobby to combat stress. Whether it be yoga, running or unwinding with a good book, having a go-to stress buster is crucial, as stress can make one’s blood pressure spike. Find something that helps you unwind and hone that skill or activity.
  • Refrain from smoking and drink only in moderation. Make sure to keep your vices in check, this will be beneficial to your heart and body as a whole in the near and long term.

Tell us: what are your tips to keep your mind sharp and your heart healthy?

To read the full piece, click here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/01/us-heart-adults-idUSBREA301KY20140401

EECP Therapy Week Goes Global

As many of you know, last week was EECP® Therapy Week, which occurs the last week in February (American Heart Month) annually. This year, to help celebrate the efficacy of EECP Therapy and increase access for patients, our colleagues in India launched their first EECP patient awareness program.

During the course of the week patient awareness programs were conducted in Tamil Nadu Government Medical Hospital with the goal of patients to become aware of conventional cardiac risk factors and how life style changes can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

The Tamil Nadu Government Medical Hospital recently incorporated EECP Therapy treatments into its flagship program called the Non-Invasive Ischemic Burden Reduction Program (NIBR-P). Currently, the hospital is the largest EECP center in India with five EECP Therapy systems allowing them to complete treatment for 45 patients per month at capacity.

Our IETA colleagues in India have big plans when it comes to raising awareness about EECP Therapy! In 2014 the group plans to work with physicians and therapists to develop a computer simulation training program on inflation and deflation timing to improve the understanding of this important component of EECP Therapy.

To learn more about Tamil Nadu Government Medical Hospital and their work utilizing EECP Therapy read the full announcement at the following link: http://www.ietaonline.com/2014/02/27/tamil-nadu-government-medical-college-hospital-in-india-joins-third-annual-eecp-therapy-week-celebration-feb-24-28th-2014/

 

Tales from the Road: Thoughts After a Successful Show at the 2014 Arab Health Exhibition & Congress

We consider our exhibition at Arab Health last week to be one of our most successful tradeshows to date. This was largely accredited to our new Vasomedical exhibition booth and our strategic location at the show. The live demonstrations of EECP® Therapy generated large audiences and the booth’s visibility and new look were better at displaying our EECP Therapy and Biox patient monitoring products.

Attendees going to and from different exhibition halls, meetings and presentations stopped in our booth as they walked through the main concourse.  They wanted to know more about EECP® Therapy, the Biox ECG Holter and ambulatory blood pressure monitors, and our new wireless MobiCare® patient monitors. From the moment the exhibition halls opened to after the exhibit halls closed, our booth continued to stay busy.

At the show we spoke with an extensive number of physicians, distributors, hospital, and health ministry personnel from all of the countries in the Middle East and many different countries in Africa, as well as representatives from India during the four days of the exhibition.

Arab Health was a very successful meeting where we generated many leads, captivated lots of interest, and educated global medical industry leaders unfamiliar with EECP Therapy.  All the people we met in Dubai were warm and friendly and one gets the sense of being in a melting pot that is open to innovative medical technologies like EECP Therapy.

We look forward to working with many of the people we met at the show to bring our products to more patients in the Middle East region, Africa and Southeast Asia.

The Power of Love

Valentine’s Day is week away and this heart shaped holiday made us wonder – how do relationships impact one’s heart health? As you may or may not know your heart health is closely linked to one’s emotional health and we all know how important love can be when it comes to your mood.

A study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology examined the role marriage plays in the likelihood of having a heart attack. The report found that single men were 58 to 66 percent more likely to have a heart attack, while single women upped their heart attack risk by 60 to 65 percent, compared to those who were in relationships.

According to Nicholas Ruggiero, MD, Director of Structural Heart Disease and Non-Coronary Interventions at Jefferson University Hospital:

“There have been a number of small studies that show that the brain chemicals that are stimulated when you’re in love have beneficial effects on your body and these chemicals lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, decrease stress, and allow you to think more clearly.”

“It’s been looked at multiple times, if you are in love and have a spouse, you do have a tendency to live longer – maybe because you take better care of each other or they exercise more regularly.”

As Valentine’s Day approaches, take time to value your relationships and the positive impact they have on your heart health. From all of us at Vasomedical, have a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day!