Heart disease

The Best and Worst States for Your Heart

The Best and Worst States for Your Heart

State-by-State Heart Health The study is the first to examine the nation’s heart health on a state-by-state basis. There were a few surprises, says CDC epidemiologist Jing Fang, MD, of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. The telephone survey included more than 350,000 people in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They were asked about seven key heart health indicators: Blood pressure Total cholesterol Smoking status Weight (as measured by body mass index ) Diabetes Physical activity Fruit and vegetable consumption Based on the responses, the survey findings suggest that: Just 3% of U.S. adults have ideal heart health. About 10% adults in the U.S. have poor heart health. The states with the fewest people with optimal heart health are Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Mississippi. The places with the largest number of residents having no major risk factors for heart disease are Washington, D.C., Vermont, Virginia, and Connecticut. People living in New England and in the western U.S. generally have better heart health than those living in the South and Midwest. Just 14% of Oklahomans said they ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, compared to 31% of Washington, D.C., residents, the highest in the nation to meet this dietary goal. Just 3% of Americans Heart-Healthy Cardiologist Clyde W. Yancy, MD, says the real news in the survey is that so few American adults had none of the seven risk factors for heart disease. Yancy is chief of the division of cardiology at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital and professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “We know that 80% of the burden of heart disease and stroke is preventable,” he says. “We have to get people to change their culture, to change their diets and their exercise patterns, and to treat their high blood pressure and high cholesterol . Each of the seven (risk factors) that were asked about in this survey can be addressed if people decide to do it.” American Heart Association President Donna K. Arnett, MD, agrees. “The number of people in the U.S. who have what the AHA would consider ideal cardiovascular health is low: only 3.3% of the population,” she says. “This reinforces the importance of the AHA’s goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by a factor of 20% by 2020. The report does show that there is not only...

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Household Chemical Linked to Heart Disease

Household Chemical Linked to Heart Disease

Sept. 4, 2012 — A chemical known as PFOA, found in common household products, may be linked with heart disease , stroke , and peripheral artery disease, according to new research. “Even at the low exposure levels of PFOAs found in most Americans, there is a positive association between increasing levels of PFOAs and cardiovascular disease,” says researcher Anoop Shankar, MD, PhD, MPH. Shankar looked at data on more than 1,200 men and women, on average in their 50s, collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). PFOA is used to make lubricants, polishes, paper and textile coatings, food packaging, and fire-retardant foams. Levels of this chemical have been found in the blood of more than 98% of Americans. The chemical stays in the body for years. The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. While other studies have found a link between PFOA and heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure , fewer have looked at levels of the chemical and actual cardiovascular disease, which is defined as heart disease, heart attack , or stroke diagnosed by a doctor. Even so, Shankar stresses that he found only a link, not cause and effect. PFOA & Heart Disease The men and women were divided into four groups, depending on blood levels of the chemical. They reported if they had heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. They were tested for peripheral artery disease, a narrowing of blood vessels outside the heart due to plaque buildup. As blood levels of PFOA increased, so did cardiovascular disease and peripheral artery disease, Shankar found. That held even after taking into account risk factors such as age, sex, race, smoking status, and diabetes . Compared to those in the lowest PFOA group, those in the highest were two times as likely to have cardiovascular disease and nearly two times as likely to have peripheral artery disease. Shankar says, however, that the heart disease may be driving the PFOA level, not vice versa. “People with heart failure have poor kidney function; it is possible [these findings are] due to retaining more PFOAs in those with severe heart disease.” “It is [also] possible that the association we are observing is due to a third, yet unknown, unmeasured factor,” he says. It’s too soon, he says, to suggest avoiding PFOA to reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Can You Avoid PFOA? Paul Pestano,...

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Arsenic Found in Rice at High Levels

Arsenic Found in Rice at High Levels

Sept. 19, 2012 — Arsenic is found in a wide variety of rice and rice products, sometimes at levels that are higher than safe limits set for drinking water, new tests confirm. Separate test results were released on Wednesday by Consumer Reports, the FDA, and by Lisa Madigan, the attorney general for the state of Illinois. Madigan has been testing rice products as part of a state investigation into arsenic in food. Based on its tests of 60 products, Consumer Reports says kids and adults should watch how much rice they eat from various sources (like rice milk and rice cereal) to lower their exposure to arsenic, which has been linked to cancer , heart disease , and poor brain function in young children. “First and foremost, I want to warn parents that every rice cereal product we tested contained arsenic. These results are shocking because rice cereal is often a baby ’s first solid food,” Madigan says. “Parents and caregivers should moderate the amount of rice products they feed their children.” The FDA’s tests of 200 different rice products show levels of harmful inorganic arsenic that are in line with tests performed by Consumer Reports. The magazine analyzed rice products including infant cereals, regular boxed cereals, rice cakes, rice milk, and brown and white rice. Both organic and nonorganic rice products were found to have arsenic. Eating one serving of rice at the highest levels found in the studies could expose a person to more arsenic than the EPA allows in drinking water. Based on their findings, Consumer Reports and Madigan have called on the FDA to set limits on arsenic in rice and rice products. The agency says the issue needs more study. They are continuing to check rice products, with a goal of testing 1,200 by the end of this year. For the time being, regulators say there’s not enough evidence to tell people to limit rice in their diets . “Our advice right now is that consumers should continue to eat a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of grains — not only for good nutrition but also to minimize any potential consequences from consuming any one particular food,” says FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD. Rice Growers Respond Rice producers fired back at Consumer Reports. In a lengthy rebuttal posted on the USA Rice Federation web site, they called the magazine’s investigation “incomplete...

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Heart disease

Heart disease

Dr. Kancho Kuninaka, one of the pioneers in the technique of treatment with alkaline water in Japan, confirmed that all those who have high blood pressure in a state of the acid. He has succeeded in lowering blood pressure in alkaline water. If blood pressure is always at a high level, it can cause a narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and it takes a long time (maybe more than a year) so that the blood pressure down by drinking alkaline water. The small blade and dissolve cholesterol is created, it takes some time but certainly will succeed. Moreover, the long-term treatment will have no side effects.In addition to lowering blood levels of acid in the capital increase is attributed to hypertension, other treatments are also harmful. Dr. Sang Whang told the patient that disease, high blood pressure can not be cured, and patients will have lower blood pressure tablets, throughout the rest of his life. Within 6 weeks, this victim had been drinking alkaline water and cure high blood pressure. Doctors recommend that people with high blood pressure patients to stop eating high fat foods, abstaining from meat, sugar, soft drinks and non-smokers. These common characteristics do? We are drawn to get oxygen (oxygen) from our bodies.Therefore, ion-chemical alkaline water is the savior because it contains lots of dissolved oxygen. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Prof. Kuninaka Hironage, Head of Kuninaka Hospital For over 10 years of my experience, my concept towards minerals, especially pertaining to ionic calcium in high blood pressure and other diseases is most significant. In accordance to the theory of medical Prof. Gato of Kyushu University on Vitamin K (because vitamin K enables the blood calcium to increase), or the consumption of more alkaline ionic water, the effectiveness of the increase in calcium in high blood pressure is most significant. Most illnesses are caused by too much fat in the diets, which lead to the deposition of cholesterol on the blood vessels, which in turn constrict the blood flow. This results in high blood pressure. By drinking alkaline ionic water for a period of 2 to 3 months, the blood pressure should slowly drop, because the alkaline ionic water is a good solvent, which dissolves the cholesterol in the blood vessels. HEART DISEASES Prof. Kuwata Keijiroo, Doctor of Medicines In my opinion, the wonder of alkaline ionic water is the ability to neutralize toxins, but it is not a medicine. The difference is that the medicine can only apply to each and individual case, whereas the...

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