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How to Stay Hydrated in a Heat Wave Aug 15th, 2022

From the NY Times:By Hannah Seo -  Large swaths of the United States, and many parts of Europe, China, and other areas worldwide, are facing dangerous levels of heat. That means that many people who live in affected regions will need to be especially vigilant about keeping themselves safe and healthy. Here...

Preventable Risk Factors In Childhood Linked To Adult Heart Disease Jul 14th, 2022

High body mass index was one of five risk factors identified by the study as having the potential to increase the risk of heart attack later in life. Five childhood risk factors, individually or combined, have been identified as predictors of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events in adulthood. Body mass...

Five Ways to Help Reduce Every Day Stress Jul 7th, 2022

From Jacqueline Hargrove, Ph.D.Some stress is part of everyone’s life. But there are times when the daily demands of the job or school, the complications of home life, the pressure of living in the New York metropolitan area, and the state of the world, especially with the ongoing pandemic, can...

Want to Reduce Stroke Risk? Sit Less. Move More. Do Chores. Jun 23rd, 2022

Imagine watching “The Batman” movie back-to-back four times every day or driving a whopping 390 miles each way on a daily commute.  Either uncomfortable choice will take about 12 hours — or the same amount of time most Americans stay seated throughout any day.     The dangerous consequences of prolonged...

People With Depression Experience 2X The Cardiovascular Benefits Of Exercise Jun 20th, 2022

Study underscores the brain’s role in deriving cardiovascular benefits from physical activity Researchers analyzed the health records of more than 50,000 patients, around 4,000 of whom suffered a significant heart-related event They assessed through a questionnaire the rate of coronary events in people who said they met the weekly recommended...

More Avocados In Your Diet May Mean Less Cardiovascular Disease Apr 29th, 2022

2 Servings of Avocado per Week May Cut Heart Disease Risk by 16%. New research finds that two servings of avocado a week may reduce cardiovascular risk.   Researchers examined the relationship between avocado consumption and cardiovascular events.  They found that eating 2 or more servings of avocado per week is linked...

Higher Olive Oil Consumption Linked With Lower Risk of Premature Death Apr 12th, 2022

Replacing margarine, butter, mayonnaise, and dairy fat with olive oil was associated with a lower mortality risk.Consuming more than 7 grams (>1/2 tablespoon) of olive oil per day is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, cancer mortality, neurodegenerative disease mortality, and respiratory disease mortality, according to a...

Coffee Doesn’t Raise Your Risk for Heart Rhythm Problems Apr 3rd, 2022

UCSF Cardiology Researchers Report No Link Between Coffee Consumption and Arrhythmias In the largest study of its kind, an investigation by UC San Francisco has found no evidence that moderate coffee consumption can cause cardiac arrhythmias.     In fact, each additional daily cup of coffee consumed among several hundred thousand...

Binge Drinking Linked to First Episodes of Heart Rhythm Disorder Mar 22nd, 2022

Alcohol May Kindle Atrial Fibrillation, a Major Killer that Often Leads to Stroke Mardi Gras, Saturday nights, Super Bowl Sunday, and other days when more people consume more alcohol are also associated with more emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation, reported a new study led by UC San Francisco. The...

Replacing Bad Food Habits With Ones That Are Better For Your Heart Feb 17th, 2022

No one food is a magic bullet, and no one food will doom you. The reality is that most people eat both good and bad foods. Yet, even those of us not obsessed with eating a wholesome, balanced diet for every meal, often entertain a familiar inner dialogue about what...

New Study: Yoga Appears To Be A Promising Therapy For Recurrent Vasovagal Syndrome Feb 3rd, 2022

You may know that vasovagal syncope is fainting caused by stressful triggers that can lead to sudden drops in blood pressure and heart rate. In patients with recurrent vasovagal syncope, yoga as adjunctive therapy was superior to standard therapy only for reducing the symptomatic burden and improving quality of life,...

Pets Can Be Good for Your Heart, and Studies Appear To Prove It Jan 26th, 2022

If you have a pet, you already know the joy and love they can bring to your life. Now science is confirming just how good they really are for you — both mentally and physically.  One theory is that pets boost our oxytocin levels. Also known as the "cuddle chemical," oxytocin enhances...

Why Healthy Boundaries Can Make For A Happier 2022 Jan 5th, 2022

The holidays are full of gifts, parties, festive meals, and twinkling lights. Unfortunately, there are also awkward encounters with friends, family, or coworkers.  Sometimes those folks comment on our bodies, or our food choices, in ways that make us feel uncomfortable. Sometimes they insist on talking about controversial or trendy...

The Worst Habits for Your Heart's Health Dec 6th, 2021

From bad sleep to stress to your diet... It really can hurt your heart and wreck your health. There is good news and bad news when it comes to your risk of developing heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S. The bad news is that...

CDC: Everyone Ages 18 and Older Should Get a Booster Shot Nov 30th, 2021

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday, Nov. 29, that everyone over the age of 18 should get a booster shot. From the CDC: Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster Shot You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer ...

Study: Intermittent Fasting May Lower Risk of Heart Disease & Diabetes Nov 2nd, 2021

Popular diet trend could reduce the risk of diabetes and heart diseaseEating your daily calories within a consistent window of 8-10 hours is a powerful strategy to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, according to a new manuscript published in the Endocrine Society’s journal, Endocrine...

Simple Ways to Help Lower Your Anxiety Oct 25th, 2021

Everyone can feel anxious now and then. From tense social situations that make your stomach clench to the nervous sweat some may get going into a dentist or visiting the doctor, in the current culture, there are many situations where we can expect that wave of anxiety. And for many,...

Study: Young Adult Marijuana Smokers are Twice as Likely to Suffer Heart Attacks Oct 18th, 2021

A history of myocardial infarction was more frequently reported among young adults who recently used cannabis compared with those who did not use the substance, a cross-sectional study showed.   Research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that such marijuana users were nearly twice as likely to suffer...

Eating A Plant-Based Diet May Lower The Risk Of Heart Disease In Mid-Life Oct 6th, 2021

Eating nutritious, plant-based foods is downright heart-healthy according to two research studies published this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Both studies analyzed healthy plant food consumption, and researchers found that both young adults and postmenopausal women who ate more healthy plant-based foods had fewer heart attacks and...

Pfizer COVID19 Booster Update Oct 1st, 2021

COVID 19 Vaccine Booster Update Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, September 24—only for certain people age 18 years and older who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine more than six months ago.The CDC says these groups should get the...

STUDY: Eating Lignans Like Flaxseed & Chia Associated With Lower Risk Of Heart Disease Sep 8th, 2021

A new study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, suggests that consuming lignans may lead to a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). The authors explain that lignans, polyphenolic substances, are found in plant-based foods such as seeds, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, tea, and coffee. The...

Going For A Ride - The Benefits Of Biking Aug 26th, 2021

Cycling is fantastic exercise, benefiting your overall health and fitness. As a regular activity, cycling can be exceptionally good for cardiovascular fitness, as well as toning muscles, improving physique, and boosting body image. And it can help to improve muscle tone and strength, especially in one's core. For substantial health...

The E-Cigarette Epidemic - The Facts And How To Help Jun 16th, 2021

With the recent explosion of vaping, adolescents are among those most vulnerable to its siren call. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is especially harmful to a young person's developing mind because it can harm the part of the brain responsible for memory, attention, and learning. This part of the brain...

New Study: 2 Fruit and 3 Vegetable Servings/Day May Lead To A Longer Life Apr 10th, 2021

Findings from a new observational study show that eating 2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings per day is associated with a lower risk of death related to cancer, cardiovascular disease, or respiratory disease. Starchy vegetables and fruit juices, however, did not appear to contribute to the reduction in risk. Nutritionists...

Tips For Getting To A COVID-19 Vaccine In NYC Mar 4th, 2021

We continue to hear stories about how confusing and inaccessible the process is just to get to a website that actually works and lets one schedule an appointment. As of yet, there seems to be very little coordination between all of the different systems and organizations, governments, and hospitals. There...

The Biology of Emotion: What It's Teaching Us About Living Longer Feb 23rd, 2021

New research out of Harvard helping us further understand the link between positive emotions and good health. It's shedding more light on often-asked questions like: Can a more optimistic outlook mean less heart disease? Can hope protect against hypertension? Do happier people live longer? There is already a vast amount...

Where & How To Get Your NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Jan 14th, 2021

New Yorkers in Phase 1a & 1b ARE NOW eligible,those groups include the following: Age 65 and older A patient in a Nursing home regulated by the NYS Department of Health (DOH). Residential program or hospital certified or operated by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office for People...

How to Avoid Holiday Heart Syndrome Dec 25th, 2020

'Tis the season of giving and receiving, holiday gatherings and overindulgences. The combination can create what Dr. Philip Ettinger described as "Holiday heart syndrome" (HHS) for the first time in 1978. It's one explanation for the sudden increase in emergency room visits during the holidays due to irregular heart rhythms,...

Wearing Face Masks During Exercise Won't Hinder Breathing or Impair Lung Function Dec 9th, 2020

While wearing a face mask during a workout is not the most comfortable experience, two new studies out this month indicate that a mask won't be detrimental to your breathing during your activity. A recent University of Saskatchewan study has found that exercise performance and blood and muscle oxygen levels...

A New Study Suggests Lifestyle Changes Can Offset Cognitive Decline Related To Aging Oct 30th, 2020

A new study of older adults shows how making some lifestyle changes such as changing diet and increasing physical activity can lower the risk of dementia, even if the person already has been diagnosed with and is experiencing cognitive decline. The term dementia describes a collection of disorders that are...

New Study Confirms Link Between Influenza And Heart Complications Oct 30th, 2020

Findings Underscore Need to Get a Flu Shot Early, Lead Researcher Says. People with heart disease and those who have had a stroke are at higher risk for developing serious complications from the flu. If you're in that group, it is especially important that you get a flu vaccine every...

Emerging From Quarantine: Keeping Your Health Priorities Straight In A Post-COVID World Jul 16th, 2020

COVID-19 lockdowns are easing across the U.S., and there is a lot to process as these restrictions begin to end and transition. What is the new safe? Can we return to the gym? Can we schedule regular medical appointments again? What should we include on our post-quarantine list of health...

It's OK To Worry About Your Local Movie Theaters May 4th, 2020

It’s a beautiful, sunny morning, and spring is in the air. There should be a bounce to your step as you prepare to decamp from your home, meet your friends for coffee, head into the office, and begin another wonderful day. But then it comes to you: there is still...

Running A Marathon Could Prove To Be A Vascular Fountain Of Youth Apr 22nd, 2020

There is new research out that suggests that first-time marathon runners could help reduce their vascular age — the age of one’s arteries — by up to four years. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S073510971938369X?via%3Dihub) The study's purpose was to determine whether the rigorous training for a first-time marathon can reverse stiffening of the aorta...

Optimism May Be Positively Good For Your Heart Mar 16th, 2020

A recent NY Times article cited a number of recent long-term studies that linked greater optimism to a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other chronic ailments, and to fostering "exceptional longevity." (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/27/well/mind/optimism-health-longevity.html) Optimism, the psychological attribute characterized as the general expectation that good things will happen, or the...

What Everyone Needs To Know About Marijuana And Cardiovascular Disease Feb 4th, 2020

It's turning out that cannabis may not be the panacea many once had professed it to be. While recreational consumption still appears to have a fairly low level of health risk for the average person, a new study suggests that there's a potential cardiovascular impact for those managing heart disease....

Top Heart Healthy Apps & Devices For 2020 Jan 22nd, 2020

In 2017, Stanford University researchers began a study sponsored by Apple that looked at the effectiveness of cardiac apps installed in the Apple Watch. Last month, those researchers published their paper in the New England Journal of Medicine. Previously, though, they had released the study's preliminary results which concluded that,...

Breaking Medical News: Fasting Jan 9th, 2020

I have attached a link to a recent review of intermittent fasting, published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Many of you have asked me about this method of weight loss. In animal models, and in smaller studies of predominantly overweight young and middle-aged adults, there appear to be...

Sleep & Heart Disease - Dangerous Bedfellows Oct 29th, 2019

Getting a good night's rest is one of the best ways to maintain heart health. A Rarely Mentioned Yet Controllable Risk Factor One of the least mentioned factors that can contribute to heart disease is sleep. There are several risk factors that people can’t control such as age, gender, race/ethnicity,...

The Detrimental Effects Of Too Much Sitting Oct 12th, 2019

Sitting while working is the most commonly overlooked sitting most people do. Sitting for long periods is a near daily occurrence for millions of people in modern society due to office jobs and other lifestyle circumstances. Sadly, this situation does not feed into your hopes of promoting good health. On...

Are You Getting The Exercise You Need? Aug 27th, 2019

It's harder to get enough exercise than one would think. How much do you get? Staying active is one of the best ways to keep our bodies healthy. Most Americans don’t get enough exercise and, therefore, don’t reap the health benefits. In addition to helping prevent heart disease, exercise is...

Dr. Meyer's Debut Blog Post: Constructing a Gratitude List Jun 26th, 2019

Focus on the positives. Write them down, and review the list. You will undoubtedly find that you have much to be grateful for, and you will smile. Hello, and welcome to my blog. With a new website, and new office (soon), and the fact that my children keep telling me...