Drinking Enough Water Changes Your Body In These 5 Ways
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Source: Dr Portnay - July 27, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

No Scientific Proof That Multivitamins Promote Heart Health
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/899130No Scientific Proof That Multivitamins Promote Heart HealthTaking multivitamin/mineral (MVM) supplements does not prevent myocardial infarction, stroke, or death from a cardiovascular cause, according to a comprehensive meta-analytic review of relevant research." The take-home message is simple: there is no scientific evidence that MVM supplements promote cardiovascular health. We hope that our paper helps to settle the controversy on MVM use for CVD prevention, " lead author Joonseok Kim, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, toldtheheart.org | Medscape Cardiology.Th...
Source: Dr Portnay - July 25, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Treating Depression May StopRepeat Heart Attack
In this study, he pointed out, patients whose depression went into remission within six months fared better -- even if they were in the placebo group.Those on medication were, however, more likely to see a remission: Over half did, versus 35 percent of placebo patients.Blumenthal said that some research has found that regular exercise can help ease depression -- and may be as effective as antidepressants.He is currently leading a trial that's testing exercise against escitalopram for treating anxiety in heart disease patients.WebMD News from HealthDaySourcesCopyright © 2013-2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved. (Source: Dr Portnay)
Source: Dr Portnay - July 25, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

CHAMP-HF: Heart Failure Treatment in US Remains Subpar
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Source: Dr Portnay - July 25, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Omega-3 supplements don't help prevent disease - Business Insider
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Source: Dr Portnay - July 18, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Hands Only CPR Saves Lives
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/how-administering-hands-only-cpr-could-save-a-life/ (Source: Dr Portnay)
Source: Dr Portnay - July 16, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

How Do I Lower My Blood Pressure?
As I wrote inmy last blog post, the AHA/ACC earlier this week released new guidelines for the management of hypertension (HTN or blood pressure). The biggest change to these guidelines is the new definition of high blood pressure...Now anyone with a blood pressure> 130/80 is classified as having Stage 1 HTNAnyone with a blood pressure> 140/90 is classified as having Stage 2 HTNThe treatment recommendations have also been changed...Stage 1 HTN with increased cardiac risk should be treated medically to BP
Source: Dr Portnay - November 15, 2017 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

BREAKING NEWS: Definition of High Blood Pressure Drops
Just yesterday, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology announced new guideline for hypertension. Below is an excellent summary of this new report. Please discuss the following with your doctor. By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all adult Americans will be considered to have high blood pressure under new guidelines issued Monday by the nation's top heart health organizations.The new guidelines lower the diagnostic threshold for stage 1 high blood pressure to 130/80, down from the previous level of 140/90, according to a joint stat...
Source: Dr Portnay - November 14, 2017 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

NYTimes: The Growing Toll of Our Ever-Expanding Waistlines
The Growing Toll of Our Ever-Expanding WaistlinesBy  JANE E. BRODY NOV. 13, 2017Paul Rogers I hope you ’re not chomping on a bagel or, worse, a doughnut while you read about what is probably the most serious public health irony of the last half century in this country: As one major killer — smoking — declined, another rose precipitously to take its place: obesity.Many cancer deaths were averted after millions quit lighting up, but they are now rising because even greater numbers are unable to keep their waistlines in check.Today, obesity and smoking remain the two leading causes of pre...
Source: Dr Portnay - November 13, 2017 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

WebMD: Does Sex Really Trigger Cardiac Arrest?
Does Sex Really Trigger Cardiac Arrest?By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay ReporterSUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's a common Hollywood trope -- an older guy is having enthusiastic sex with a gal half his age when he suddenly flops over dead.But in real life, sexual activity very rarely causes cardiac arrest, a new study reassuringly reports.Sex was linked to only 34 out of more than 4,500 cardiac arrests that occurred in the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area between 2002 and 2015. That's a rate of just 0.7 percent, the researchers noted.Of those cases, 18 occurred during sex and 15 immediately after sex. Time couldn'...
Source: Dr Portnay - November 13, 2017 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Do Statins Raise Odds for Type 2 Diabetes? Maybe, but heart benefits likely outweigh any potential risk from the drugs, experts say
The following is an article recently published on WebMD. Many patients have mentioned to me the reports about statins increasing the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. I definitely agree with Drs Crandall and Donovan (see statements in orange below). The benefits of statins in terms of prevention of cardiovascular events outweigh the slight increase risk in HgbA1C/DM.By Serena GordonHealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins may lower your risk of heart disease, but also might boost the odds you'll develop type 2 diabete...
Source: Dr Portnay - November 13, 2017 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

AHA Says Cap Added Sugars for Kids at 6 Teaspoons a Day
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Source: Dr Portnay - August 23, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Cancer on Course to Become Americans' Top Killer
http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20160824/cancer-on-course-to-become-top-killer-of-americansCancer on Course to Become Americans'Top KillerReport shows it will probably eclipse heart disease as leading cause of death in coming yearsWebMD News from HealthDayBy Dennis ThompsonHealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) --Cancer is on track to become the leading cause of death in the United States, closing in onheart disease as America's number one killer, a new government study shows.Heart disease has consistently been the leading cause of death for decades, and remained so in 2014, according to a report from...
Source: Dr Portnay - August 23, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

What should I do if I feel a fluttering feeling in my chest? Here's some advice from an expert
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Source: Dr Portnay - August 20, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Why You Should Never Tell Someone to Relax - WSJ
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Source: Dr Portnay - August 20, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

New FDA-Approved Medication, ARNI Therapy, Could Prevent Nearly 30,000 Deaths From Heart Failure
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Source: Dr Portnay - August 15, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives. So Why Don't More Heart Patients Sign Up? : Shots - Health News : NPR
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Source: Dr Portnay - August 14, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Heart disease and cancer are responsible for nearly half of all deaths in the U.S., report says - LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-causes-of-death-20160629-snap-story.htmlHeart disease and cancer are responsible for nearly half of all deaths in the U.S., report saysWhat are the most common ways to die in America? The answer depends on how old you are, whether you're a man or a woman, and your racial and ethnic background, a new report shows.Alzheimer's disease accounted for 5% of deaths among U.S. women, for instance, but only 2.1% of deaths among men. Accidents and unintentional injuries caused 39.7% of deaths among people between the ages of 10 and 24, but only 7.4% of deaths for adults between the...
Source: Dr Portnay - August 14, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

U.S. Kids Don't Make the Grade on Heart Health
http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20160811/us-kids-dont-make-the-grade-on-heart-healthU.S. Kids Don't Make the Grade on Heart HealthMost don't eat right or get enough exercise, and the American Heart Association warns of problems aheadWebMD News from HealthDayBy Robert PreidtHealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most American children fall short of idealheart health, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says.An analysis of 2007-08 federal government survey results found that about 91 percent of youngsters did not havehealthy diets. Those between the ages of 2 and 19 get most of the...
Source: Dr Portnay - August 11, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Most heart transplant patients don ’t live more than 20 years. He just passed 30. | Miami Herald
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Source: Dr Portnay - August 5, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Weight Has Greater Impact on Diabetes Than Heart Disease - NYTimes.com
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Source: Dr Portnay - August 4, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Order Lunch Early, Lose Weight Later?
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Source: Dr Portnay - August 1, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Do Compression Sleeves Help With Muscle Recovery? - NYTimes.com
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Source: Dr Portnay - July 28, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Hour of Exercise a Day May Offset Sitting's Toll
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Source: Dr Portnay - July 27, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Dissolving Coronary Stents: The Fog of Hype
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Source: Dr Portnay - July 27, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Can Statins Cause Diabetes? - NYTimes.com
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Source: Dr Portnay - July 27, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Being Unfit May Be Almost as Bad for You as Smoking - NYTimes.com
This study also involved men — and Swedish men at that. So whether the findings are applicable to other people, particularly women, is uncertain. But " there is no reason not to think " that the rest of us would also share any beneficial associations between fitness and longevity, said Per Ladenvall, a researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, who led the study. Past studies involving women have found such links, he said. Encouragingly, if you now are concerned about the state of your particular aerobic capacity, you most likely can increase it just by getting up and moving. &...
Source: Dr Portnay - July 26, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Flu Shot May Help Protect Diabetics From CV Hospitalization
This study shows that it may significantly reduce cardiovascular illness and death during flu season, and thus it is very important for this high-risk population to get vaccinated, she stressed. Dr Jacob A Udell (Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and Cardiovascular Division, University Health Network, and University of Toronto, ON), who was not involved with this study, agrees. These observational data provide " positive reinforcement of why we should be getting patients vaccinated, particularly patients who aren't over 65 but have diabetes, " he told heart wire . Before flu season starts, cardiologists, internists, a...
Source: Dr Portnay - July 26, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Even a Little Exercise May Help Younger Women's Hearts – WebMD
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Source: Dr Portnay - July 26, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Can Too Much Exercise Harm the Heart? - The New York Times
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/30/can-too-much-exercise-harm-the-heart/?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0 Can Too Much Exercise Harm the Heart? iStockPhys EdGretchen Reynolds on the science of fitness.With many of us contemplating marathons or other prolonged endurance events in 2016, we, our spouses and other family members most likely have wondered whether such strenuous training could be harmful to our hearts. Could any of us, in making ambitious resolutions, exercise too much? A newly published scientific review offers both reassurance and some caution. It found that while most athletes' hearts can withstand mo...
Source: Dr Portnay - December 30, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Another Study Ties Coffee to Better Survival
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Source: Dr Portnay - December 19, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Too Few Are Taking Needed Cholesterol Drugs
This study reveals opportunities to reduce existing [racial] disparities through targeted patient education and cholesterol management programs," she said in a CDC news release.The CDC study team analyzed national data from 2005 to 2014 and found that nearly 37 percent of U.S. adults -- more than 78 million people aged 21 and older -- were eligible to take cholesterol-lowering medications or were already taking them.Among these people, 55.5 percent were taking cholesterol-lowering medication, almost 47 percent were making lifestyle changes to lower cholesterol, 37 percent were taking medication and making lifestyle ch...
Source: Dr Portnay - December 15, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Energy-Dense Walnuts Tied to Better Diets l
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Source: Dr Portnay - November 24, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Why Heart Failure Patients Often Get Too Little Exercise – WebMD
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Source: Dr Portnay - November 22, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Children of Stressed Parents May Be Obesity-Prone
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Source: Dr Portnay - November 4, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Type 2 Diabetics Still Face Elevated Death Risk
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Source: Dr Portnay - October 29, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Secret to Staying Slim: Your Fruit Bowl?
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Source: Dr Portnay - October 28, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Ranking the the least and most obese states in the country
http://bgr.com/2015/10/27/highest-obesity-rates-by-state/ There's no getting around it: America has a weight problem. Despite widespread efforts from a number of entities to encourage physical activity and promote healthier eating habits, obesity remains a serious and growing problem across the country. Today, 35% of Americans are considered obese, a jarring figure that prompted the OECD to recently label the United States the most obese country in the world. Compounding the problem is that unhealthy lifestyle habits are imparted onto children at an early age. As a result, the percentage of obese children in...
Source: Dr Portnay - October 28, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Coronary Calcium
Conclusions: The authors concluded that higher intake of fruits and vegetables during young adulthood was associated with lower risk for CAC after 20 years of follow-up. Perspective: These data support the current recommendations for a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and reinforce the need for programs to promote healthy dietary patterns early in life."http://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/journal-scans/2015/10/27/14/27/the-association-of-fruit-and-vegetable-consumption?utm_campaign=website&utm_source=clinical_topics&utm_medium=email_notification (Source: Dr Portnay)
Source: Dr Portnay - October 28, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Anti-Inflammatory Flops in Acute MI
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Source: Dr Portnay - October 27, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Poor Sleep May Spur College Weight Gain
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Source: Dr Portnay - October 26, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Sleep Apnea Is Tied to Gout - NYTimes.com
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Source: Dr Portnay - October 22, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Mediterranean Diet May Keep Your Mind Healthier in Old Age – WebMD
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Source: Dr Portnay - October 21, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Lifting Weights, Twice a Week, May Aid the Brain - NYTimes.com
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Source: Dr Portnay - October 21, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Flu Vaccine Risks - NYTimes.com
"Bottom line, Dr. Doron said, is that the risks of flu, which causes thousands of deaths each year, "are much higher than the risks of the flu vaccine."Vaccination helps people around you, too, including babies under six months, those whose bodies don't mount a good response to the vaccine, and those who are too immunocompromised to get it."When you get the flu shot, it's for yourself and it's for everybody else," she said."http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2015/10/16/ask-well-flu-vaccine-risks/?partner=rss&emc=rss&referer=Sent from my iPhone (Source: Dr Portnay)
Source: Dr Portnay - October 16, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Younger Women Less Likely to Take Meds After Heart Attack – WebMD
This amazes me. We need to find ways to ensure that women, especially young women, survivors of a heart attack get the same treatment as men. Here were some startling results from this new study: "For at least 80 percent of the year after their heart attack, only one-third of the survivors filled all of their prescriptions. Among women younger than 55, just 65 percent started taking all of their medications as prescribed, compared with 75 percent of men of the same age." http://www.m.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20151013/younger-women-less-likely-to-take-meds-after-heart-attack?src=RSS_PUBLIC (Source: Dr Portnay)
Source: Dr Portnay - October 13, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

TCT: 'Disappearing' Metal Stent Shows Promise | Medpage Today
Absorbable coronary artery stents are progressing in their development. While current third generation drug eluding stents are amazingly effective and durable, they are permanent structures that remain inside the artery forever. The newest stents under development are aiming to be as effective as the current "gold standard" permanent stent but be absorbable over a short period of time. Researchers are hoping that this will enable the artery to act normally and be able to expand and contact (unlike arteries that are fixed in size by a permanent stent) While not ready for prime time just yet, these stents are conti...
Source: Dr Portnay - October 12, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

Red Wine Boosts Heart Health in Type 2 Diabetes
While still too soon to know for sure, it appears that drinking a glass of wine for dinner in middle aged diabetics is beneficial http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20151012/red-wine-boosts-heart-health-type-2-diabetes?src=RSS_PUBLICSent from my iPhone (Source: Dr Portnay)
Source: Dr Portnay - October 12, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

TCT:'Disappearing' Metal Stent Shows Promise | Medpage Today
Absorbable coronary artery stents are progressing in their development. While current third generation drug eluding stents are amazingly effective and durable, they are permanent structures that remain inside the artery forever. The newest stents under development are aiming to be as effective as the current " gold standard " permanent stent but be absorbable over a short period of time. Researchers are hoping that this will enable the artery to act normally and be able to expand and contact (unlike arteries that are fixed in size by a permanent stent) While not ready for prime time just yet, these stents are ...
Source: Dr Portnay - October 11, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

This is the best fitness/diet article I've read in a long time
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Source: Dr Portnay - October 8, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs