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Cardiovascular risk the same for those who use e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes, versus combustible only, study reports

A recent study has reported insignificant impact of e-cigarette use on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.1 The study was published in the American Heart & Stroke Foundation’s journal, Circulation.   Specifically, for those who have supplemented some of their conventional (or combustible) cigarette use with e-cigarette use, and now “dual use”, their risk for developing CVD […]

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How to improve heart health with exercise

Regular exercise can be helpful in preventing cardiovascular risk factors, maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system, and promoting rehabilitation after a cardiac event. Even just a single 30-minute exercise session can produce immediate benefits and exert a protective short-lasting effect on hearth health through a process called ischemic preconditioning.1 Ischemic preconditioning describes how exercise can train the […]

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Five tips on how to lower cholesterol

Keeping cholesterol levels in check is necessary for the maintenance of heart health.1 According to the World Health Organization, approximately 2.6 million deaths a year are attributed to high cholesterol, which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.2–4 Although cholesterol can be lowered using drug therapy, improved lifestyle changes may also help […]

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How to Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, is a common medical condition. In North America, as many as 1 in 3 individuals are silently living with this disorder. Genetics, being overweight or obese, advancing age, and being African-American all predispose individuals to have high blood pressure. High blood pressure causes no symptoms early on […]

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10 features of a heart-healthy eating pattern

The American Heart Association recently released their ‘2021 dietary guidance to improve cardiovascular health’.  Within the article, they covered ten features of a heart-healthy eating pattern, that emphasizes the importance of overall dietary pattern rather than individual foods or nutrients and underscores the critical role of nutrition in all stages of life. Instead of looking […]

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Can a short run improve brain function?

A new study investigates whether going on a ten-minute, moderate-intensity run can improve brain function and enhance cognitive performance.  Exercise has a variety of benefits for the body, and incorporating it regularly can be a great way to boost overall health.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get at least either 150 […]

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Can diet contribute to chronic pain?

A Western diet has been associated with a variety of negative health consequences, could chronic pain be the next?  Omega-6 fatty acids are typically high in Western high-fat diets, compared to omega-3 fatty acids. A diet high in omega-6 fatty acids has been linked with inflammation and disease.  A research group from The University of […]

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Eating walnuts could reduce cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk

Eating a handful of walnuts each day may promote cardiovascular health and reduce cardiovascular disease risk, according to a new study. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is known as “bad” cholesterol since high levels significantly increase the risk of heart disease and strokes. A […]

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Are edibles bad for your heart?

Consuming cannabis products doesn’t have the same effects on the respiratory system as smoking it – but are edibles bad for your heart? Cannabis, which is derived from the hemp plant, is widely known for its psychoactive and anti-nausea properties.  The active ingredient in cannabis that is associated with these effects is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  Cannabis […]

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Should You Drink More Pomegranate Juice?

Researchers in the United Kingdom investigated the effects of pomegranate juice on lowering blood sugar levels. Pomegranates are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants. Pomegranates are also an excellent source of fibre and iron. It’s no wonder then that research studies have investigated the effect of pomegranate juice, with positive […]

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What fitness test measures cardiovascular endurance?

Cardiovascular endurance, also known as cardiorespiratory endurance, can be measured by simple fitness tests to assess how well your body functions to bring oxygen to muscles during exercise. This measurement can be used to assess overall health. What is cardiovascular endurance? Cardiovascular endurance refers to the efficiency of the cardiorespiratory system when continuously performing full-body […]

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What is aerobic conditioning?

Researchers continue to investigate the frequency, duration, and type of exercise (e.g., aerobic and anaerobic exercise) that provides the most cardiovascular health benefits. Often, aerobic conditioning is reported in research to be an important type of exercise for lowering CVD risk. So, what is aerobic conditioning, and what are its health benefits? Aerobic conditioning – […]