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Matters of the heart September 24, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol.
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Some may ask if they have moderately high cholesterol but healthy blood pressure, is it possible that they will have a greater chances of getting hypertension?

You can have high blood pressure simply because you have larger-than-life lipids.  However, while there’s no direct connection between the two, they do have some risk factors in common, explains Edward D. Frohlich, M.D., of Alton Oschner Medical Foundation and editor of the medical journal Hypertension.  Among them:  being overweight and not exercising.  So if you’re trying to lower your cholesterol by losing weight and increasing your activity level, you’re actually lowering your risk for getting hypertension, too. – Greg Gutfeld and Joe Kita

How safe are herbal supplements? (2) August 9, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Banned Mahogany Seeds, Better Feeling, Lowered Body Pressure, Whole Leaves, Whole Plant.
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I knew one story of a woman who was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors prescribed her to undergo a chemotherapy. But then her friend told her stories of people cured by herbs.  So she decided to try the herbal therapy. Several months after taking the herbal teas she said she was feeling much better. But then she died soon after.

We have heard of herbals that used to be “miracle cures” of this or that disease. The fads didn’t last long, however. Now these miracle cures are no more.

I’m sure that some of you heard the mahogany seeds.  They said that the mahogany seeds lowered blood pressure. The mahogany seed was the rage only about a decade ago.

There is this story of one journalist who started chewing the seeds because he heard of the story about the mahogany seeds.  And he believe that it will cure him, so he tried that.  The seed was turned out to be toxic to human.  And it was banned.  But it was too late for that journalist.

It is the same thing with other herbals. Some plants really have medicinal value. Indeed, many medicines are taken from plants. But separating the medicinal ingredients from other parts of the plant is one thing; taking the whole plant or its leaves as a tea is another.

A plant or a leaf has many chemical properties. The medicinal property may be only one, but there may be many others that could be harmful. Herbals should be taken with caution because we don’t know the harmful ingredients they contain. Studies must first be made before a certain plant is prescribed as medicine.

Healthier salt to spice our dish (1) February 20, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Food Preservative, High Blood Pressure, Maintain Blood Volume, Major Culprits, Own Diet, Regulation of Water Balance, Salty Taste, Transmission of Nerve Impulse.
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Good morning everybody.  We Filipinos were much particular in taste when it comes to cooking foods.  We made sure that our food will tastes good that’s why we always use salt.  There is some kind of salt that does not good for the heart.  Iodize salt is good.

Salt,  is not only a flavor enhancer and a food preservative, it is also an essential nutrient needed by our body.  The sodium present in salt is important in maintaining blood volume and blood pressure, in the regulation of water balance, transmission of nerve impulses and other vital functions.  The 5 grams of salt is always never followed.

Salt is one of the major culprits in developing high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, stomach cancer, osteoporosis and kidney disease, among others.

Health authorities have been clamoring for further reductions of salt in processed foods as well as better labeling of salt on food products so more people could make changes to their own diet and reduce their salt intake.

There can always be an alternative for salt.

A Finnish professor Heikki Karppanen was able to develop a mineral salt product containing a reduced amount of sodium. Instead he added potassium and magnesium to provide the salty taste.  Karppanen became involved in the study of salt and its harmful effects after he learned about the high incidence of heart attacks that lead to deaths among families in his hometown. 

Reference:  Charles E. Buban …  Read the best, Philippine Daily Inquirer

 

What exercise really does to your heart – 2 February 6, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Brisk walking, Builds Endurance, Effects of Exercise, Feel-good hormones, Frequent Exercies, Good Antidote, Good HDL Cholesterol, Heart Beat, Heart Rate, Heart Rate Drop, Off Stress, Prevents bone-thinning, Reduces Triglycerides, Release of Endorphins, Remove LDL Cholesterol, Strong Heart, Vigorous Exercise.
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There is a good effect if you exercise frequently.  Exercise causes the heart to get stronger, enabling it to move more blood with each heart beat. It takes fewer beats to get you through the day. With the heart rate drop, the heart is able to enjoy a well-deserved rest.  Exercise also removes “bad” LDL cholesterol from the blood, reduces triglycerides and increases “good” HDL cholesterol.

Exercise wards off stress, builds endurance, prevents bone-thinning or osteoporosis. Importantly, it reduces blood pressure and blood sugar.  Exercise  stimulates the release of endorphins or the “feel-good hormones”. It is one good antidote for depression. It is an instituted  fact that depression increases the risk of heart attacks by 50% or even higher.

Some asked, what is the exercise should you dig yourself into? For how long and how hard?

You need not be a gym addict to be fit. Generally, 30 minutes of moderate exercise like brisk walking, five times a week, or 20 minutes of more vigorous exercise, like cycling or jogging, thrice a week is recommended. Exercise need not be a humdrum, but rather, a pleasurable activity.

For those who have heart disease, a stress test may be needed so a safe level of exercise can be set. Your attending physician will advise you on your corresponding physical activity level. While more isn’t necessarily better, none may be worse than you will ever imagine.  Little sweat a day can definitely work wonders. Investing in exercise not just for the short term but as regular daily routine is assured to give you the highest return: a healthy heart!


Ref: Dr. Ma. Belem Carisma, Cardiologist and President of the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) visit http://www.philheart.org or e-mail secretariat@philheart.org.