New discoveries are made every day. The field of heart research is no different. It can be difficult to follow what scientists discovered recently. Here we summarized the latest news on heart health. 1. People who survived heart attack are at risk for diabetes or prediabetes, according to Harvard researchers. A study of 8,300 Italians who had survived a heart attack revealed that after 3.5 years, almost two-thirds of them or 62% developed diabetes or prediabetes. 2. HDL, also called the “good” cholesterol, might have a bad side, according to researcher from the University of Washington in Seattle. They found that defective forms of HDL can increase the risk of a heart attack. However, overall the substance is beneficial. 3. First, scientists told us that high levels of vitamin E are no so good at preventing a heart attack. Late, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center said that failure of vitamin E to prevent heart attacks is because of underdosing. 4. The World Health Organisation announced a report suggesting that people can die from heart disease caused by prolonged exposure to excessive noise. British doctors discovered that 3 percent of fatal heart attacks and strokes were linked to noise pollution. Researchers at the University College London claim that levels exceeding 75 decibels can raise blood pressure to a large extent. 5. A new animal study showed that excessive exercise can worsen high blood pressure and progression to heart failure. The implications for humans are not yet clear, but the results warn against the potential damage too much exercise can do to persons with untreated high blood pressure. 6. Plant compounds – sterols and stanols – are very good at protecting human heart. They are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and oils. If you adding 2g of either to your every day diet you can lower risk of heart disease by 20 percent within 14 days. 7. Some people with high blood pressure develop heart failure, while others don’t. Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered that a lack of a protein called estrogen-related receptor alpha is responsible for this incident. 8. Antioxidants are playing an important role in the defense against heart disease. But, too much of reduced glutathione can contribute to the disease, according to University of Utah researchers. They showed that an overload of this antioxidant can cause heart failure. 9. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that consuming two to three daily cups of caffeinated drinks, including coffee, can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by 31 percent. 10. Too much salt in your diet can lead to high blood pressure and increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The average American consumes 4,000 to 6,000 milligrams of salt each day. The American medical institutions recommend a limit of 1,500 mg to 2,400 mg a day.
For years, we have all heard about the evils of fast food. The word around town has always been that fast food is bad for you. In fact, eating a fast food hamburger inflames the blood vessels around the heart, and causes plaque build up in the arteries, so they say. However, recently, there has been good news coming from the fast food industry. The NRA (National Restaurant Association) has recently reported a rise in health foods coming out of the fast food industry. Among the good news are claims like these: • There are healthy menu choices as alternatives. • Nutritional information is now on many menu items. • Heart-healthy menu options are now also available in many places. A Better Way To Cook Many fast food chains have included sea salt on fried items like fries and a lower cholesterol method of frying that includes lower fat grease in which they are fried. There has also been an amazing increase in fast food restaurants that serve healthy sandwiches. America cheered when Jared S. Fogle lost over a hundred pounds and then kept the weight off by eating nothing but sandwiches from a now popular fast food sandwich chain. Know What You Eat Many fast food restaurants now include a list of ingredients and nutritional information on their selections and some have even included an entire menu dedicated to helping their patrons lose weight by ordering low calorie, low sodium menu items. It is very refreshing to know that we can still enjoy the smell of all the-bad for you food-while we order our fast food salads. Fiber Is In We never thought we would see the day but it has finally arrived. Some fast food restaurants are now offering foods that are high in fiber, like oatmeal with fresh fruit. This is something that they should have done a long time ago because while eating oatmeal is a joy, cooking it somehow feels like a chore. Being able to order oatmeal and fruit bowls at a burger joint is a very positive move and could be the herald to an entirely new kind of healthy fast food restaurant that would be very popular considering the health craze that has swept the entire planet. So What Could Be Next Now if they could just find a way to make their hamburgers healthy, I for one would move my entire household to be near one. Could you imagine eating bacon wrapped burger that is heart healthy and would help you lose weight? That kind of technology may be a ways off but until then, many fast food restaurants are doing much more with their menus to ensure that we stay alive long enough to spend our retirement dollars in their restaurants. Turkey burgers are good, but they are not the same as a good quarter pound of all-American beef. Veggie burgers are also very good because of the delicious vegetables that enhance them and they are certainly delicious on pizza, but do not make as much sense when they are wrapped in all the fat and cholesterol of the meat in which they are served. Who knows, maybe we will soon be able to order the veggies without the burger.