The number of hospitalizations and deaths related to energy drinks is on the rise. Although most contain caffeine and sugar similar to drinks like soda, there are additional unhealthy ingredients in energy drinks. Specialized “energy blends” are herbs and chemicals that may include ginseng, taurine, B vitamins, among others. The effects of these ingredients on cardiovascular health is unknown.
A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is disrupted. Without blood, the heart is deprived of oxygen and nutrients and ceases to properly function. Heart attacks may be sudden and intense but can also be a slow process with minimal pain. It is important to know the symptoms and warning signs of a heart attack and to act quickly to save a life.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force of blood pumping against the walls of blood vessels is consistently too high. The circulatory system, consisting of the heart and network of blood vessels, carries blood to and from tissues and organs. The two numbers on a blood pressure reading are systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure occurs when blood pumps out of the heart. Diastolic pressure is the measurement of the heart as it rests between beats.
With over 500 brands on the market, energy drinks have grown in popularity as physical and mental performance boosters. However, before reaching for an energy drink for a pick-me-up or an after exercise refresher, consider that it may not be healthy, especially for your heart.
At the end of the year, you may ask yourself which habits you want to take with you and which habits you want to leave behind. As you enter the new year, bring some resolutions for a healthy heart with you.
One of the best parts of the holidays is enjoying festive foods. Year after year, we overindulge, gain holiday weight, and promise ourselves to lose it in the new year. Do not waste your New Year’s resolution on holiday weight. Dedicate yourself to eating healthy for your heart and your body this holiday with these easy tips.
Magnesium is the gift that keeps giving this holiday season and year-round. It is critical for electrical and mechanical activity in tissues such as nerves, muscles like the heart, and blood vessels. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body.
However, nearly half of Americans consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium in their daily diet. Studies show that lower magnesium levels increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and other cardiac factors such as arrhythmias, hypertension, and atherosclerosis.
Everyone is in holiday mode. Whether it be decorating the house, cooking epic holiday meals, or marathon shopping trips, your legs are feeling the strain. You may find yourself celebrating the holidays with leg pain and swelling.
It is officially the holiday season, and many people celebrate by traveling. Unfortunately, certain travelers overlook the impact that long trips have on their health. Extended periods of immobility when traveling elevate the risk of serious cardiovascular complications.
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, rolls, and pumpkin pie must mean it’s Thanksgiving! The biggest meal of the year where we pile our plates high with mouth-watering food.