Exercise After Heart Attack May Improve Survival

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Exercising after a heart attack, even a long walk around the neighborhood, can be frightening for survivors. But those fears may be eased by new research that found regular physical activity could help keep them alive.

Many heart attack survivors initially worry that exercise or any type of prolonged activity that increases their heart rate could strain their recovering heart. But a new Swedish study published Dec. 11 in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that even a low level of physical activity within the first year of a heart attack was enough to reduce the odds of dying in the immediate years that followed.

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Full-Fat Milk Could Cut Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack

By Lynn Allison – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Americans have been led to believe that all fat is bad for your health. In addition, we’ve been told to ditch dairy products. But now a blockbuster new study debunks both myths.

Researchers at the University of Texas’ School of Public Health studied 3,000 adults over the age of 65 and measured the levels of three fatty acids found in dairy products in their blood for 13 years. They published their findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

After a Heart Attack, Return to Work Can Be Good Medicine

By HealthDay – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

After five weeks off recovering from her heart attack, Melissa Murphy looked forward to returning to her job.

“I’m back out, and I’m contributing again,” the Iowa mother of two remembered thinking. “I’m not a victim, which is how you sometimes feel when you’re sitting on your couch and everybody leaves to go to work or school and you’re left with your thoughts.”

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Exercise Halves Risk of Dying After Heart Attack

By AFP/Relaxnews – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Exercising after a heart attack may help stave off death for longer, Swedish researchers said Thursday.

A study which followed 22,000 heart attack survivors aged 18-74, found that those who boosted their exercise levels after being discharged from hospital, halved their risk of dying within the first four years.

“It is well known that physically active people are less likely to have a heart attack and more likely to live longer,” said Orjan Ekblom of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences. Continue reading

Balding Drug May Cut Heart Attack Risk

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Although best known for its ability to improve hair growth when used on the skin, minoxidil — which is classified as a potassium channel opener — was initially marketed as a vasodilator, and an oral formulation is sometimes prescribed for high blood pressure that has not responded to other medications. Earlier studies have suggested that minoxidil may increase elastin even in mature tissues.

A study published in American Journal of Physiology — Heart and Circulatory Physiology found that minoxidil, which is sold under the brand name Rogaine, makes stiff vessels more flexible and improves blood flow to vital organs like the brain. Continue reading