The ABCs of CPR Rearranged to “CAB”

Heart Health
Every shopping season we all hear a wrenching story or two of someone who dies of a heart attack at a mall with people standing around but NOT offering help. I think it's not only because so many have not had CPR training, and don't know what  to do, but that the definitely do NOT want to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on someone they do not know. Well, now even untrained observers can do CPR, except it's now called "CAB." Here are the details from MedScape: Chest compressions should be the first step in addressing cardiac arrest. Therefore, the American Heart Association (AHA) now recommends that the A-B-Cs (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) be changed to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing). So, if you see someone collapse and they are not breathing and do…
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Can Calcium Supplements Cause Heart Attacks?

Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Calcium supplements are coming under scrutiny due to concerns that they might increase heart attacks. A new study shows that patients over 40 who take 500 mg/day or more of calcium have an increased risk of heart attack. And, the theory is plausible as too much calcium might lead to vascular calcification and atherosclerosis. But it is WAY, WAY, WAY  too soon to jump to any conclusions for at least a couple of reasons: The analysis only looked at people taking calcium supplements alone. It doesn't address the role of dietary calcium or taking vitamin D along with calcium. Especially since some research suggests that taking calcium plus vitamin D does not significantly affect coronary artery calcification. The Doctors of Pharmacology at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database tell prescribers this:…
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Too many women experiencing heart attack symptoms fail to call 911

Heart Health, Woman's Health
In the USA Today Your Health column, Kim Painter points out that an American Heart Association survey reveals that "just over half of" the female respondents "said they would" call 911 in the event of heart attack symptoms. "Instead, many women would call their doctors, take an aspirin, or get to a hospital on their own, says study author Lori Mosca, director of preventive cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center." This trend is not gender exclusive, as "many men also respond to ominous symptoms with denial, says Angela Gardner, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians." A cardiologist with Harvard's Health Line says this: Here is what I recommend about chest pain and calling 911: If the discomfort (pain, pressure, squeezing) is severe, felt in the midchest area,…
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Four lifestyle choices reduce risk of chronic disease 80 percent

Cancer, General Health, Heart Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Woman's Health
What an interesting new study. It concludes that to dramatically reduce your healthcare costs, to lengthen your life, to improve the quality of your life, and, in short, to have a happier and more highly healthy life, you need to “only” do four things. More Information: (more…)
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More reasons to consider having your vitamin D level checked – you may think better and have less arthritis

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
Low vitamin D levels may impair thinking and adequate vitamin D levels may help prevent knee osteoarthritis, according to two studies released this last week. Both of these studies, added to the others I’ve discussed in this blog in the past, may lead you to get your doctor to check your vitamin D level at your next physical exam. More Information: (more…)
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FDA Approves Triple-Drug Antihypertensive Polypill – Should you consider a polypill?

Heart Health, Woman's Health
Hidden behind all of the Swine flu news stories is this one – which I feel is significantly more important when it comes to public health. The FDA just gave its official thumbs-up to an antihypertensive polypill. Could this pave the way for a preventive medicine polypill? And, should you consider taking a polypill? More Information: (more…)
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Study indicates inexpensive polypill pill may significantly reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. Should you consider it?

Heart Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Woman's Health
On the March 30th edition of the ABC World News, Charles Gibson reported, "Some of the country's leading heart doctors heard results" yesterday at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference "about ... just one pill that could revolutionize the way heart disease is treated. This pill combines five commonly used medications, and new findings show it to be safe and effective." Should you get your doctor to prescribe this to you? More Information: (more…)
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Gardening Not Only Saves Money, It’s Highly Healthy

Children's Health, General Health, Heart Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Obesity, Woman's Health
I don’t know about your part of the world, but here in Colorado, the weather was downright balmy last week. And on Friday spring was sprung! These facts turned my and Barb’s minds toward preparing for this year’s gardening. So, I wanted to remind myself, and you, of why gardening can be highly healthy to you and those you love. More Information: (more…)
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Are multivitamins helpful or harmful when it comes to preventing chronic diseases?

Alternative Medicine, Cancer, Children's Health, General Health, Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
According to the LA Times, “a spate of high-profile studies published in the last few years shows that a variety of popular supplements -- including calcium, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E -- don't do anything to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, or a variety of cancers.” And, the New York Times is reporting, “In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.” But what about multivitamins? Are they helpful or harmful More Information: (more…)
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Inexpensive blood test identifies people with a normal cholesterol at risk for heart attack, stroke – and a statin medicine may save lives and change preventive medicine

General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Whew! This is long title describing the remarkable results of a study, just announced at the American Heart Association’s meeting in New Orleans, which showed that AstraZeneca's cholesterol fighting Crestor (rosuvastatin) slashed deaths, heart attacks, strokes, and artery-clearing procedures in apparently healthy patients who had normal cholesterol levels. The study has made a dramatic impression on some doctors who now expect an adjustment to preventive care guidelines. More Information: (more…)
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Vitamin D may protect against heart attack

General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health
  In yet another study of vitamin D, Reuters is reporting a study where scientists found that low vitamin D levels are associated with a higher risk for heart attack.  Researchers studied medical records and blood samples from 454 men aged 40-75 who had either died from heart disease or who were alive but had a heart attack. (more…)
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