5 foods to low and LOW and WOW! your CHOLESTEROL!

Diet can play an important role in lowering your cholesterol. Here are five foods that can lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.
Can a bowl of oatmeal help lower your cholesterol? How about a handful of walnuts or even a baked potato topped with some heart-healthy margarine? A few simple tweaks to your diet — like these, along with exercise and other heart-healthy habits — may be helpful in lowering your cholesterol.
1. Oatmeal, oat bran and high-fiber foods
Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad,” cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, apples, pears, barley and prunes.
2. Fish and omega-3 fatty acids
Eating fatty fish can be heart healthy because of its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce your blood pressure and risk of developing blood clots.
3. Walnuts, almonds and other nuts
Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts also help keep blood vessels healthy.
4. Olive oil
Oh! The green gold, like the Spaniards call it. Olive oil contains a potent mix of antioxidants that can lower your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol but leave your “good” (HDL) cholesterol untouched.
5. Foods with added plant sterols or stanols.
Foods are now available that have been fortified with sterols or stanols — substances found in plants that help block the absorption of cholesterol.
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Don’t FALL with your SEASONAL ASTHMA

Don’t let seasonal asthma ruin the wonderful burst of life that happens with the change of seasons. When spring and fall arrives, flowers and leaves change colors, the cycle of life continues. For those who suffer with asthma, this chronic condition can be painful.
The fall and winter months bring both cold weather and respiratory infections like colds and the flu. These infections are an important asthma trigger. Asthma symptoms are often more severe with a respiratory infection than at other times. The following steps may help reduce the chances of triggering an asthma attack:

Covering your nose and mouth during cold weather
Exercising indoors on cold days
-Getting a flu shot
-Practicing good hygiene and avoiding close contact with sick people

Some people with asthma may not realize they have a chronic condition, or they may be diagnosed with another condition such as bronchitis. Bronchitis and asthma often have similar symptoms. Between a third and two thirds of people who have been diagnosed with bronchitis may actually have asthma.

Seasonal allergies can also make your asthma worse
and trigger asthma attacks. If you think seasonal or other allergies may be affecting your seasonal or other type of asthma, talk to your physician.






Don’t HOLD your HOLTERS!

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In medicine, a Holter monitor (occasionally ambulatory electrocardiography device) is a portable device for continuously monitoring various electrical activity of the cardiovascular system for at least 24 hours (often for two weeks at a time). The Holter’s most common use is for monitoring heart activity (electrocardiography or ECG), but it can also be used for monitoring brain activity (electroencephalography or EEG) or arterial pressure. Its extended recording period is sometimes useful for observing occasional cardiac arrhythmia or epileptic events which would be difficult to identify in a shorter period of time. For patients having more transient symptoms, a cardiac event monitor which can be worn for a month or more can be used.
When used for the heart, much like standard electrocardiography the Holter monitor records electrical signals from the heart via a series of electrodes attached to the chest. Electrodes are placed over bones to minimize artifacts from muscular activity. The number and position of electrodes varies by model, but most Holter monitors employ between three and eight. These electrodes are connected to a small piece of equipment that is attached to the patient’s belt or hung around the neck, and is responsible for keeping a log of the heart’s electrical activity throughout the recording period.
Older devices used reel to reel tapes or a standard C90 or C120 audio cassette and ran at a 1.7mm or 2mm/second speed to record the data. Once a recording was made, it could be played back and analyzed at 60x speed so 24 hours of recording could be analyzed in 24 minutes. More modern units record onto digital flash memory devices. The data is uploaded into a computer which then automatically analyzes the input, counting ECG complexes, calculating summary statistics such as average heart rate, minimum and maximum heart rate, and finding candidate areas in the recording worthy of further study by the technician or the Doctor.
-While wearing the device, avoid:

-Electric blankets
-High-voltage areas
-Magnets
-Metal detectors

Continue your normal activities while wearing the monitor. You may be asked to exercise while being monitored if your symptoms have occurred in the past while you were exercising.
When your Doctor suggest a Holter monitor for your medical problem, you already know that is an accurate exam, so, let us play with the phrase: “Don’t hold your Holter’s examination”.






Are you a ‘Sleepwaking Eater’?

Has this happened to you? You woke up one morning, and you found that there were wrappers of candy bar all over your kitchen . Incidentally, your stomach aches and you see that you had chocolate smudges all over your hands and face. Don’t you worry, you are not a True Chocolate vampire or anything like that. Your parents or your husband tells you that you are up all night long eating, but surprisingly, you don’t recall that you did so. Your parents or your husband seemed serious telling you that you actually ate all those chocolates. Is there an inside joke? Are you a Creature of the Night?
Probably not, In fact, the symptoms show that you probably have a night eating syndrome.
Night eating syndrome, also known as sleep-related eating, is considered by medical doctors as a parasomnia. It is not a frequent sleepwalking type. People suffering from this disorder have experiences of recurrent eating episodes while asleep, without actually being aware that they are actually doing it. This nocturnal eating syndrome might happen most of the time that it would show significant gain in your weight. Although this disorder can affect people in all ages and sexes, the sleep-related eating affects young women more than men.






CHOLESTEROL: The Bad, the Good and the… Triglycerides

Cholesterol can’t dissolve in the blood. It has to be transported to and from the cells by carriers called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, is known as “bad” cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is known as “good” cholesterol. These two types of lipids, along with triglycerides and Lp(a) cholesterol (genetic), make up your total cholesterol count, which can be determined through a blood test.

LDL (Bad) Cholesterol
When too much LDL (bad) cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Together with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, heart attack or stroke can result. Your desirable LDL is bellow 200mg/dL.

HDL (Good) Cholesterol
About one-fourth to one-third of blood cholesterol is carried by high-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL cholesterol is known as “good” cholesterol, because high levels of HDL seem to protect against heart attack. Low levels of HDL (less than 40 mg/dL) also increase the risk of heart disease. Some experts believe that HDL removes excess cholesterol from arterial plaque, slowing its buildup. Your HDL ideal numberis around 100-129 mg/dL.

Triglycerides
Triglyceride is a form of fat made in the body. Elevated triglycerides can be due to overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, excess alcohol consumption and a diet very high in carbohydrates. People with high triglycerides often have a high total cholesterol level. Your desirable number is 150mg/dL.
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What Is Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue, and other substances in the blood.

When plaque builds up in the body’s arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. Over time, plaque can harden and narrow the arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body.
P.A.D. usually affects the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach. This article focuses on P.A.D. that affects blood flow to the legs.
Blocked blood flow to your legs can cause pain and numbness. If you have leg pain when you walk or climb stairs, talk with your doctor. Sometimes older people think that leg pain is just a symptom of aging. However, the cause of the pain could be P.A.D. Tell your doctor if you’re feeling pain in your legs and discuss whether you should be tested for P.A.D.
Smoking is the main risk factor for P.A.D. If you smoke or have a history of smoking, your risk of P.A.D. increases up to four times. Other factors, such as age and having certain diseases or conditions, also increase your risk of P.A.D.
P.A.D. increases your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD; also called coronary artery disease), heart attack, stroke, and transient ischemic attackexternal link icon (“mini-stroke“). If you have CHD, you have a 1 in 3 chance of having blocked leg arteries.

Although P.A.D. is serious, it’s treatable. If you have the disease, see your doctor regularly and treat the underlying atherosclerosis.






What Is CORONARY Heart DISEASE?

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle.

When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. The buildup of plaque occurs over many years.
Over time, plaque can harden or rupture (break open). Hardened plaque narrows the coronary arteries and reduces the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart.

If the plaque ruptures, a blood clot can form on its surface. A large blood clot can mostly or completely block blood flow through a coronary artery. Over time, ruptured plaque also hardens and narrows the coronary arteries.
If the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle is reduced or blocked, angina or a heart attack can occur.
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What Is Stress Test?

Stress testing provides information about how your heart works during physical stress. Some heart problems are easier to diagnose when your heart is working hard and beating fast.
During stress test, you exercise (walk or run on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike) to make your heart work hard and beat fast. Tests are done on your heart while you exercise.
You might have arthritis or another medical problem that prevents you from exercising during a stress test. If so, your doctor may give you medicine to make your heart work hard, as it would during exercise. This is called a pharmacological stress test.






Are Arthritis and Heart Disease Related?

Arthritis and heart diseases often occur simultaneously. In fact, a recent study found that arthritis affects 57 percent of adults with heart disease. And in the case of patients with RA, the incidence of heart disease is much higher. RA is actually a separate risk factor for heart disease just like high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for both people with arthritis and with heart disease. In particular, physical activity is recommended for people with both diseases. However, recent research has shown that over one-quarter of people with both heart disease and arthritis are not physically active.
Unfortunately for those people, physical activity is one of several healthy self-management tools that can help both arthritis and heart disease.

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WALK through DIABETES-Free Life

Diabetes More Common In Non-Walkable Neighborhoods. Whether or not your neighborhood is good for walking around could influence your risk for diabetes.
A new study conducted in Canada defined a “less walkable” neighborhood as having fewer places within a 10-minute walk, poorly connected streets, and lower residential density. People who live in these types of neighborhoods were 50 percent more likely to develop diabetes in contrast to long-term residents living in walkable areas.
So our advice for today is Walk trough a Diabetes-Free Life.

Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Symptoms: Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).
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