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Archive for March, 2011

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

With heart disease being cited as the leading cause of death in America, it is important to gain an understanding of what it is, as well as the various factors which contribute to heart problems. While some of these factors are out of our control, many are well within it.  And, while no one is immune to heart problems, smart lifestyle choices can help us greatly reduce our risk for heart disease. Read more »

Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children

A new study released by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is suggesting that a simple and inexpensive screening can potentially identify children who are at risk for serious heart issues. While relatively uncommon, sudden cardiac arrest is attributed to anywhere from 100 to 1,000 or more childhood deaths each year. This condition is caused by structural or electrical abnormalities, which often show no symptoms and are rarely diagnosed. Read more »

Mediterranean Diet is Great for Heart Health

Heart Healthy DietsThe idea of going on a diet usually prompts a feeling of dread at the notion of giving up the foods most people actually want to eat. Deprivation and starvation loom overhead while cracking open the first diet protein shake and purging the fridge of all potential temptations. Is it too much to ask for a diet that permits real food and maybe even a glass of wine now and then? Read more »