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Heart-Stopping Facts About Your Heart

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Everyone knows it’s important to keep our heart healthy, but here are a few facts to inspire you to do so: • The average heart beats about 115,000 times a day, or 42 million times a year. • It pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood a day through about 60,000 miles of blood vessels. • The aorta, the body’s main artery, is about the diameter of a garden hose. • Some capillaries are ten...

Laughter Could Save Your Life. No Joke.

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If you love a good laugh, scientists can now explain why. According to a recent study by the Maryland School of Medicine, laughter could literally save your life. Researchers found that laughter expands the endothelium—the protective barrier lining our blood vessels—and increases blood flow. This process reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. When you laugh, blood...

Heartwarming News About Hot Peppers

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If you like hot peppers, a new study by the Mediterranean Neurological Institute in Italy could give you reason to love them wholeheartedly. Among 25,000 participants monitored over eight years, the risk of dying from a heart attack was 40% lower among those eating chili peppers at least four times a week. Though researchers have yet to pinpoint the root of the positive benefits, some dieticians...

Why You Should Keep Tailoring Your Health Coverage

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“The only sensible person is my tailor. He measures me anew each time he sees me.” —George Bernard Shaw Medical coverage is not one size fits all. Your age, state of health, lifestyle, geographic location and financial situation are some of the factors involved in deciding which supplemental policies you might need to fill in the gaps, since Medicare doesn’t pay for premiums...

When It Comes to Heart Health, Heredity Is Only Half the Story

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While 50% of cardiovascular disease is genetic, you can still lower your risk even if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease. “You can greatly reduce a high genetic risk or greatly worsen a low genetic risk,” says Dr. Eugenia Gianos, director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York “Your fate lies largely in your hands.” According to a recent report from the...

Heartening News: 80% of Cardiovascular Disease Is Preventable!

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And all you have to do is not smoke; control high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol; exercise regularly; and eat healthy. Easier said than done. According to a recent report from the American Heart Association, 121 million American adults have some form of heart disease. That’s nearly half of the population. After decades of steady decline, deaths rose by almost 4,000 cases...

Lessons Learned from Heart-Healthy Countries

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Why do Japan, Korea and France have the world’s lowest rate of heart disease? What are they doing that we Americans don’t? And what are they not doing? Here are some examples: Smaller portions. The Japanese use the phrase “Hara Hachi Bu’ which means 80% full. One hundred percent full will make you feel stuffed and uncomfortable. Fermented foods. These reduce inflammation...

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