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Getting angry frequently raises the chance of heart attack, stroke and heart rhythm problems. Researchers found a nearly fivefold increase in heart attacks among people who reported angry outbursts that occurred within two hours after getting mad. The finding highlights the importance for clinicians of discussing anger management with patients at high risk.
Heart disease is a killer and poor dietary habits have been associated with heart disease. Eating high cholesterol, high fat and sugary food has been associated with increased risk for heart disease. Recent research shows there is more evidence for the benefits of a whole diet approach than for a low fat diet approach to lower cardiovascular risk.
Staying in the sun too long can raise our chances of skin cancer. But a new study shows a bit of sunshine might also help keep the heart healthy by lowering blood pressure. Researchers from the UK say it may be time to take another look at public health advice to avoid skin exposure to sunshine.
Smoking remains a major killer. Even with the flood of research to confirm how dangerous smoking really is, far too many people continue to smoke. Clearly, it helps to have health care professionals set a good example by not smoking themselves. Recent research shows there may be some progress in this area as less health care professionals smoke.
Research suggests being fit as a teenage could significantly lower the chances of heart attack 30 to 40 years later. The finding that was conducted among men also suggests the importance of maintaining normal body mass index to avoid heart attack risk in adulthood.
Heart disease and stroke are killing off Americans faster than bullets in overseas wars. We would like to think that with all of the media hype surrounding the need for healthier lifestyles and better nutrition to fight heart disease and stroke that we would be seeing dramatic improvements in dealing with these conditions