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What is a Heart Rate Monitor and How Does it Work?

A heart rate monitor can be an important tool whether you are a serious athlete, have a regular exercise routine or are simply trying to lose weight and improve your health. No matter your reason for exercising, an HRM can help you to ensure that your heart rate is reaching and maintaining a safe level at all times. So how do these monitors work? As their name suggests, they are designed to continually monitor your heart rate and provide you with the necessary readings either at a glance or at the push of a button. The process is really...

What Are the Heart Attack Symptoms in Men?

Heart attack symptoms in men can be very different than those in women, which is something doctors didn’t realize until quite recently. Unfortunately, for most of us there is one common notion of what a heart attack looks like…severe chest pain that causes someone to clutch at their chest and drop to the floor, but that scenario is actually a lot less common in both men and women than most people realize. For this reason, many heart attacks go undiagnosed until it is too late. In fact, there can be many signs of a heart attack in...

What is a Normal Heart Rate?

What is a normal heart rate? That’s a very good question. There has been some debate about what exactly qualifies as “normal” and what constitutes a cause for concern. There are several mitigating factors that can be part of determining your heart rate, including age, medications, and even the weather. Heart rate can change as you age, lowering slightly but not significantly, and it will differ for those who are more active. Your heart rate, or pulse, is simply the number of times the heart beats in a minute. You can...

The 8 Worst Things For Your Heart

Cardiovascular disease affects more than 1 in 3 adults in the United States, yet many people still don’t pay attention to the potential signs of trouble, nor do they take the necessary steps to avoid developing heart problems. When you think about it, the human body is much like a machine and the heart is its engine and as with any machine, if you don’t properly maintain the engine, the machine will break down. It’s really that simple. With that in mind, here are the 8 worst lifestyle choices you can make in terms of preserving your...

The 10 Worst Foods For Your Heart Health

Heart disease is among the leading causes of death and doctors are forever warning us about the importance of maintaining good cardiac health. We all know that eating right and exercising are the keys to staying healthy, but when it comes to which foods to avoid the reality may be a bit more surprising than you thought. Here are the 10 worst foods for your heart that you may never have known about: 1. Cold Cuts – one of the most common dietary staples is the good, old-fashioned sandwich but even when we think we’re making healthy...

Where is the heart located in the body exactly?

A reader asked us recently: “Where is the heart located…is it on the left side, the right side or the middle of my chest?” Not surprisingly, most of us do not know the answer to that question. Let’s take a closer look. One of the main reasons that people ask this question is because they have some sort of chest pain and of course the immediate first thought is: “Uh oh, I hope I’m not having a heart attack!” But as I’m sure you’ve discovered over the years, most of the time it’s...

Womens Heart Health – What You Need To Know To Avoid Problems

Only recently getting its due recognition, womens heart health is a very important issue that should not be taken lightly. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, and unfortunately so many of us are unaware of just how serious the issue is. FACT: It is estimated that almost 1 in 2 women will eventually die of heart disease or stroke, while only 1 in 27 dies of breast cancer! How do you know if you are at risk? Although you can develop heart disease at any age, a womans heart health in midlife is of utmost concern...

Top 5 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

1. FOLLOW A HEART HEALTHY DIET Following a few simple rules as laid out in our Healthy Heart Diet section can significantly decrease your chances of developing heart disease. A brief summary follows: A. Limit intake of trans fats and hydrogenated oils found in margarine, fast food, fried food, etc. B. Limit refined sugar intake from cakes, cookies, candy, etc. C. Use extra virgin olive oil and garlic in cooking – they can lower cholesterol D. Add Omega 3 Fatty Acids to your diet – the best source is Fish Oil For more information on...

Symptoms of a Mini Stroke

The symptoms of a mini stroke can be quite similar to those of a full stroke, and as such it is important to seek medical attention right away to determine the extent of the condition. FACT: If you have suffered a mini stroke you are at a much greater risk of having a stroke in the future. What exactly is a “mini stroke”? More accurately called a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, it occurs when the supply of oxygen to a specific area of the brain is cut off. It usually lasts less than ten minutes, and symptoms are temporary, as...

Pharmaceutical Grade DHA is a More Powerful Omega 3 Fatty Acid

Pharmaceutical grade DHA is an essential Omega 3 fatty acid found in high quality fish oil supplements. DHA is one of the most important fatty acids for maintaining heart health as well as lower your risk of heart disease. What is pharmaceutical grade fish oil? As far nutritional supplements are concerned, this is the highest level of purity a product can have. This means the ingredients in the fish oil are over 99% pure, with no binders, fillers, excipients, dyes, or unknown substances. In essence you are getting the highest quality...