A Look Inside the “Stroke Belt” of America

stroke1Cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke are a major problem in America, but an area known as the Stroke Belt suffers from 34 percent higher risk than the rest of the country. This 11-state region spans across the South, with the highest prevalence in Mississippi. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia also make the list.

About Stroke

A stroke is essentially a brain attack (rather than a heart attack) that occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Deprived of much-needed oxygen, brain cells begin to die and limit the brain’s ability for muscle control and memory. Strokes can range from minor, resulting only in temporary weakness of an arm or leg, to serious, resulting in permanent brain damage, paralysis, or death. Continue Reading

Is Coffee Really a Lifesaver?

You’ve surely seen the humorous Facebook images relating to coffee: “A poem for mornings: Coffee. Coffee, Coffee. Stop talking. Coffee!” Americans unite over their love for and admitted addiction to coffee, and throughout the years coffee’s alleged health benefits and risks have swung like a pendulum. Some years, coffee has bowed its head in shame… Continue Reading

How Important is Aerobic Exercise?

We have all undoubtedly heard the recommendations from doctors and experts that 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 days a week, is a vital key to maintain robust health. But when it’s cold and rainy, or you’re tired, or you’ve had a tough day at work, it’s tempting to skip that workout in favor… Continue Reading

The Significance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Whether you’re curious about omega-3 fatty acids because of your doctor’s urging, your spouse’s insistence, or your own desire to improve your health, you’re making a great decision doing further research. Often known as fish oil, but available in other plant-based forms as well, omega-3s are powerful for a host of health reasons. Omegas are… Continue Reading

Moderate Drinking is Good for Heart Health

The conventional wisdom that people who don’t drink live healthier and longer lives. If it were that simple, we wouldn’t have old drunks and young, healthy athletes wouldn’t have heart attacks. For years, the government has understood that moderate drinking is not only beneficial to overall health, it has specific advantages for staving off heart… Continue Reading

Can Marriage Keep Your Heart Healthy?

It has been a long established truism that married couples are healthier and live longer than single or divorced people. A study, by the British epidemiologist William Farr, in the 1850s found that married couples were overall healthier and happier than single people or widowed men or women. This study has been the basis of… Continue Reading

Get Your Running Shoes On – It’s Officially Good for Your Heart!

Most people are aware that maintaining a good exercise regime is beneficial for your health. It helps to boost metabolism, improve blood flow, reduce weight and lower cholesterol, which in turn, reduces the risk of heart disease. However, when it comes to exactly what exercise is most beneficial, people are occasionally a little more clueless.… Continue Reading

Can Yoga and Meditation Really Help Improve the Health of Your Heart?

Yoga and meditation have been practiced for hundreds of years across the world, and are both valued as useful means of enhancing health at an emotional, spiritual and physical level. However, it is only in recent years that scientists have discovered that both these practices can be specifically good for the health of your heart… Continue Reading

Does Saturated Fat Equal a Heart Attack? New Research Suggests Not

For years, we’ve been told that saturated fat is the enemy… or at least when it comes to the health of our hearts. Doctors have continually advised against a diet rich in meat, cheese and butter, suggesting that it dramatically increases risk of developing heart disease. However, recent research conducted in 2014 suggests that actually,… Continue Reading

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