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November 2018

November 25th - Atrial Fribrillation

Today’s Guest: Dr. James O’Brien
Show Topics: Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF, is an electrical disorder of the upper chambers of the heart. Though it’s not necessarily harmful by itself, having AFib increases your risk for other heart-related problems, as well as stroke. Dr. O’Brien joins us today to discuss the effects of AFib on your body, as well as, the testing done to detect AFib.

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In his new book, “Heart: A History,” by Dr. Sandeep Jauhar. Dr. Jauhar, a cardiologist, argues that health authorities should list emotional stress as a key modifiable risk factor for heart disease. He also feels that the field of cardiology needs to devote more attention to the emotional factors that can influence heart disease, like unhappy relationships, poverty, income inequality, and work stress. In the book, he shares how, at the age of 45, he was told he had blockages in his coronary arteries.
A group of US researchers determined that heart attack risk jumped 24% the Monday after switching over to daylight saving time. That risk tapered off over the remainder of the week. A combination of those risk factors and the disruption to the body’s internal clock may be enough to throw the entire body off balance. It was noted that the people who have heart attacks are the same people who would have a heart attack without the time change.
Air pollution and transportation noise are both associated with an increased risk of heart attacks. Studies on air pollution, which do not take into account traffic noise, tend to overestimate the long-term effect of air pollution on heart attacks. This Swedish study addressed the combined impact of transportation noise and air pollution on the cardiovascular system.
There is a lot of evidence now that sitting for long periods is bad for your health. A study from the University of Alberta in Canada, suggests that during each hour of sitting time, heart patients should take three breaks which add up to 21 minutes of light physical activity. This activity will expend 770 calories a day, an amount associated with a lower risk of premature death.
About 45 percent of all heart attacks are silent when blood flow to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. Recurring silent heart attacks can cause scarring and damage to the heart that would only be seen during an EKG. Statistics indicate that about 25 percent of all heart attacks occur in people below the age of 40 years, aggravated by smoking, lack of exercise, high BP, and diabetes.

November 18th - Effects of Smoking on Your Heart Health

Today’s Guest: Dr. R. Scott Morris
Show Topics: The Great American Smokeout is an annual event that takes place on the third Thursday of November, hosted by the American Cancer Society. This day challenges people to quit smoking. While the rate of smoking has decreased, there are approximately 38 million people who still smoke daily. Dr. Morris joins us today to talk about the dangerous connection smoking plays in increasing your risk of heart disease.
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The Great American Smokeout was this past Thursday. Congrats to everyone who took the challenge to stop smoking and find a way to quit. The American Cancer Society Quit for Life program has a 24/7 helpline when you need it: 1-800-227-2345
A new study confirms what doctors have long asserted — cold weather is a risk factor for heart attacks because it can constrict the arteries. There is also a change in our activity — like shoveling large amounts of snow when we don’t normally engage in that type of physical activity. Researchers also found that lack of sunshine also makes heart attacks more likely. Their advice, “move to warm, sunny places in retirement.”
Heart disease is almost as common in dogs as it is in humans, but smoking and a fatty diet are not risk factors for dogs. Heartworm disease and heart defects that worsen over time are the lead causes for canine heart disease. NBC News shared a story where a Colorado veterinary hospital is using procedures similar to human heart valve replacement surgeries on dogs to treat or cure pet heart conditions. Some dogs have even prescribed the same medications as human heart patients!
It’s possible that lead exposure from decades past is helping feed the growing epidemic of high blood pressure. Researchers tested veterans at Boston Veteran’s Affairs center and found that vets who had lead in their bones were more likely to have high blood pressure that could not be lowered sufficiently even by a cocktail of blood pressure drugs.
The flu is a common ailment that many people suffer from every year – yet there is a more serious health issue that may arise as a result of the flu: an increased heart attack risk. The flu triggers a host of inflammatory reactions that activate problems throughout the body, some of those problems can manifest in the heart. People who get the flu shot lower their heart attack risk by about 36%. Flu season peaks between December and February, although it can last as long as May.

November 11th - Heart Healthy Eating

Today’s Guest: Dr. Kevin Woods
Show Topics: A recent article in the Houston Chronicle titled, “Want a healthier heart? Eat a steak.” His position for heart patients to eat more red meat in their diet caught the attention of the cardiology community. The article, written by Dr. Bret Scher, the Low Carb Cardiologist. He writes, “For decades, nutritionists and physicians have urged people to limit consumption of red meat and other fatty foods, which were thought to cause heart disease. But new studies debunk this conventional wisdom. Indeed, it now looks like low-quality carbohydrates — not saturated fats — are driving America’s heart disease epidemic. It’s time to stop demonizing steak.” Dr. Kevin Woods is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases with interest in preventive cardiology and cardiovascular imaging. He joins us today to help clear the confusion on heart-healthy eating.

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Scientists are working on a treatment that targets B lipoproteins in young and middle-aged adults. “The idea is to get the cholesterol very low for a short period, let all the early cholesterol buildup dissolve, and let the arteries heal,” says the study author, confirming that this method has been successful in animal studies. “Then patients might need to be re-treated every decade or two if atherosclerosis begins to develop again.”
Until recently, experts thought that cardiac arrest always came on without warning, but some research suggests otherwise: More than half of people experience signs in the month before going into cardiac arrest but don’t realize that they’re signs – and therefore ignore them. The classic warning sign is chest pain. Radiating pain in your shoulder, stomach, or back is familiar with women. Shortness of breath, excessive sweating, and flu-like symptoms are also common signs.
Researchers at the NYU School of Medicine suggest that church can help reduce heart disease in black communities. Their study focused on healthy lifestyle behavior programs, hosted by local churches. The sessions focused on meal planning, changes in lifestyle, the importance of taking medicines, health goals, and keeping food and activity diaries.
A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that in the event of a flu epidemic, using pharmacies to administer flu vaccines could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars. According to the CDC, last year, nearly half of children and almost 35% of adults ages 18 to 49 received a flu shot.
Almost 79% of Americans don’t know when federal open enrollment takes place this year, compared to 76% last year. If you need health insurance, it’s important to understand the New York State Marketplace is NOW OPEN through December 15th to buy a plan or to see if you qualify for Medicine or the CHIP program. Coverage starts January 1, 2019.

November 4th - Cardiac Fitness

Today’s Guest: Blake Hamill, Executive Director of the Ciccotti Center
Show Topics: The Ciccotti Center offers a Cardiac Fitness program designed to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, gain strength and increase endurance through this heart-healthy program. Exercise safely with the help and supervision of a fitness specialist. The program is open to anyone in the community, so you do not need to be a member to participate. Blake Hamill is the executive director of the Ciccotti Center and joins us today to talk about the role activity and exercise play in your cardiac fitness.

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A paper called, “Reversing the Cardiac Effects of Sedentary Aging in Middle Age“, was published by the American Heart Association in January of this year. In the results, researchers noted that the “sweet spot” in time when adults can still enhance their heart function: from ages 45 to 64. One of the study authors noted that “if you incorporate regular exercise into your daily life, starting no later than middle age, you can restore the youthfulness of your heart muscle.” One suggestion was to use low-intensity “base training” workouts three times a week for 30 minutes each day, building to interval training regimen after four weeks.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows the main reason African-Americans die younger than whites is heart disease. It finds heart disease, mostly caused by high blood pressure, accounts for fully one-third of the disparity. And the main factor raising blood pressure? A Southern-style diet — loaded with white flour, sugar, salt, and meat. Blacks eat this diet more often than whites.
Juul has come to dominate the e-cigarette market with its slick devices and nicotine-laden “vape juice.” The FDA made a surprise visit to the Juul company headquarters in October to look for documents on how the company is marketing the product to teens. The company was suspected of making a product that was easier for teens to use, using social media to promote it, with fruit flavors that appeal to younger people. Juul said it was cooperating with the FDA.
The latest fad diet: The CrossFit diet is moderately low in carbs and emphasizes consuming macronutrients from whole plant foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Designed for athletes, the CrossFit diet was based on the Zone Diet, developed over 30 years ago by biochemist Barry Sears. Barry’s goal was to control blood sugar and minimize inflammation, which may curb hunger and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
When you are active or during exercise, a higher heart rate indicates a more intense workout. Your resting heart rate is a measure of how many times your heart beats per minute while at rest. 60 to 100 beats per minute is considered normal, with 60 to 80 being optimal. Generally, a lower resting heart rate indicates a higher level of cardiovascular fitness. The more you exercise you do will lower your resting heart rate.
Mango skin is edible and packed with nutrients like vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. People who consume diets high in vitamin C, polyphenols and carotenoids have lower risks of heart disease, certain cancers, and cognitive decline. The problem with the skin is, it’s relatively thick, difficult to chew and slightly bitter in taste.

October 2018

October 28th - World Stroke Day

Today’s Guest: Mary Ellen Kingand Patricia Dickson
Show Topics: Stroke is a leading cause of death around the world. But that’s just part of the story. 80 million people in the world have had a stroke, 50 million stroke survivors live with some form of permanent disability. The fact is, stroke is largely treatable and with healthy lifestyle changes, starting today, you can reduce your risk of becoming a statistic this year. Mary Ellen King is a Nurse Practitioner and directs our Remote Monitoring Clinic. Patricia Dickson is the Assistant Director of Diagnostic and Outpatient Services at CCA. Today we are going to discuss some of the testing and technology doctors use to investigate your risk of stroke. As well as an outreach program at Capital Cardiology at watches the heart health of those who protect our community.
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1 Tomorrow is World Stroke Day. Often, after surviving a stroke, many people have trouble using the hand or arm on the affected side of their body. A recent pilot study found that combining conventional rehabilitation therapy with vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) more than doubled the rate of recovery in stroke patients with upper limb impairment. The implant can cause complications and experts say more study is needed before this is put into widespread use.
2 Consuming at least two servings of dairy products a day is associated with lower risk for heart disease, stroke and death, based on results of a global study of more than 136,000 adults from 21 countries. Dairy contains vital nutrients like calcium and vitamin D and the current health guidelines say at least 3 services of dairy a day. It’s estimated that 80% of Americans don’t get enough dairy in their diets.
3 One in three U.S. adults eat fast food each day, a new CDC study finds. That’s about 85 million people. Health officials say too much high-calorie fast food can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.
4 Scientists from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that due to recent cultural shifts in our work schedules and daily stressors, sudden cardiac arrest no longer tend to occur in the mornings. The team studied ten years of data from emergency medical reports and found that about 1500 adults died from sudden cardiac arrest between 12AM-6AM accounting for almost 14% of fatalities. Doctors concluded that stress is likely a major factor of cardiac arrest due to the fact that we live in an “always on” era.
5 Yo-yoing weight has been linked to higher cardiovascular risk. South Korean scientists found that fluctuations in weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and fasting sugar led to higher instances of heart attack and stroke. The study author urged the importance of healthcare providers monitoring changes in patients and addressing the dietary and heart health risks in maintaining a healthy weight.

October 21st - High Blood Pressure

Today’s Guest: Dr. Lance Sullenberger
Show Topics: The American Heart Association (AHA) suggest that more than 100 million people in the United States now have high blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause many serious conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, and the loss of vision, among several others. A lack of physical activity, smoking, an unhealthful diet, excessive alcohol intake, stress, and being overweight are some factors that heighten risk but that can be changed or modified. There are also genetic risk factors for high blood pressure. Dr. Sullenberger joins us today to dive deeper into genetic risk factors and new drug treatments for hypertension.
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1 New research from the Duke University Medical Center examined sleep patterns and found that individuals with irregular bedtimes had a higher body mass index, higher levels of blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and they were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in the following decade than individuals with regular sleeping patterns.
2 In the largest study of its type, scientists conclude that adhering to the Mediterranean diet might reduce the risk of stroke by 17%. Women who followed the diet of fresh fish, nuts, fruits, cereals, and potatoes while reducing dairy and meat, most closely had a 22% reduction in stroke risk.
3 A study of nearly 1,000 individuals who had had a stroke found that those who had been doing 4 hours per week of light exercise or 2–3 hours each week of moderate activity had less severe strokes than those who had not been exercising. The study authors concluded that exercise likely helps maintain the brain’s complex system of blood vessels.
4 Scientists are developing a blood test that quickly and easily detects whether a person is at risk of a secondary heart attack. The researchers have identified plasma lipid biomarkers (fats in the blood) that improve upon traditional risk factors in predicting heart disease and stroke. The tests are under trial in Australia over the next 3 years.
5 Investigators have discovered that, as far as arteries are concerned, inflammation can be both good and bad. In its well-known bad role, it can aid atherosclerosis, the plaque-forming process that clogs up arteries and raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The study drew attention to the “high-profile drug” canakinumab, which is undergoing trials for the treatment of advanced atherosclerosis.

October 14th - National Healthcare Quality Week

Today’s Guest: Dr. Brion Winston
Show Topics: Healthcare Quality Week is the week dedicated to celebrating the contributions professionals have made to improve healthcare quality. Healthcare quality professionals serve in important roles within organizations. While their work is critical for improving outcomes, increasing efficiencies, and reducing costs, healthcare quality professionals go unnoticed because they often work behind the scenes. Dr. Winston joins us this week to discuss the importance of quality health care and governing our public health standards.
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Low-carb diets like Keto can help you lose weight now, but may increase your risk of dying at a younger age. A study published in August, points to the importance of eating more plant-based whole foods, including fats and proteins as well as a moderate amount of carbohydrates. Research is still being done on the long-term risks of low-carb diets.
New research suggests that athletes with low resting heart rates may experience irregular heart patterns later in life. One study found that lifelong endurance athletes had a higher incidence of later electronic pacemaker implantation. Research is still ongoing on the long-term effects of endurance exercise and scientists aren’t recommending any changes to your athletic routine at this time.
A genetic study of nearly half a million people concludes that height is “not just a correlated factor, but an underlying mechanism leading to varicose veins.” The study also confirmed that having had deep vein thrombosis in the past puts you at increased risk in the future. And, having varicose veins puts you at risk of these blood clots.
A large clinical trial of thousands of healthy older people with no history of heart problems or stroke finds that taking a low dose of aspirin per day did not help them live a longer life free of disability or dementia. This international study started in 2010 and is on-going. In the meantime, the study’s author, says older people should seek advice from their physicians about the use of aspirin as a preventive measure.
For men whose body increases blood pressure in response to exercise by an amount that’s higher than normal, then it could be a risk of future cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Doctors tested the relationship between your nerves, brain, and muscles in your body in how they work the metabolic reaction from exercise. Doctors identified two genes the play a key role in controlling your heart rate and blood pressure. Scientists will need to investigate why these genes are more prominent in men than in women and what other stressors are responsible for kicking these receptors into motion.

October 7th - Can Doctors Predict Heart Attacks?

Today’s Guest: Dr. Robert Benton
Show Topics: Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States experience heart attacks. These cardiovascular events are so widespread that statistically, a heart attack will strike someone in this country every 40 seconds. Physicians are currently limited in the ways they can assess their patients’ relative heart attack risk. However, a new research study have published at the end of August, used new technology to more accurately predict the risk of heart attack — not over your lifespan but in the near future. Dr. Robert Benton is the Clinical Research Director of Capital Cardiology Associates and joins us today to shed his insight on this new clinical testing.
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A common painkiller could increase the risk of stroke and heart attack by 50 percent, a new study finds, leading to calls for ban on over-the-counter purchases. The drug is sold in America as Voltaren and Solaraze, and is used to relieve fever or toothache in adults. British regulators banned the drug in 2015.
Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device. The new Apple Watch, now has features that allow the watch to take high-quality heart readings and detect falls.
Researchers in Britain say four out of five adults have a heart that is “older” than its actual age. That’s a recipe for heart disease. The founder of the online group Heart2Heart stated that “heart disease is a largely self-inflicted disease.” Nearly 2 million people have already participated in the online Heart Age Test that asks questions based on common lifestyle risk factors.
A new study by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers offers middle-aged Americans hope that they can still improve their heart health. Researchers found that in people over age 60, a lifelong history of exercise of 2 to 3 times a week resulted in a more youthful heart. Doctors recommend that for cardio-exercise, its best to be active every other day, giving your body 48 hours to recover.
You could soon be able to forego the squeeze of the blood pressure cuff and monitor your blood pressure with an iPhone app being developed by researchers at Michigan State University. The app works with a simple press of a finger to the phone’s screen. The built-in sensors and the camera work together to record pressure and blood flow. The app still needs to be validated in standard regulatory tests and should be available to consumers by late 2019.

September 2018

September 30th - Heart Medicines and Prescriptions

Today’s Guest: Dr. Kate Cabral
Show Topics: If you’ve had a heart attack or a form of heart disease, you will most likely be prescribed medication that you will take for the rest of your life. These medications are numerous and fall into several categories, like: drugs to help that prevent blood clots, lower your cholesterol, treat high blood pressure, correct abnormal heart rhythms, lower blood pressure, and help reduce chest pain and inflammation. Dr. Kate Cabral is a Clinical Pharmacist at Capital Cardiology. She consults heart patients, their family members, and caretakers on the full range of prescriptions and medications. She also answers their questions on drug interactions, side effects, as well as working with patients to develop lasting reminders to take their prescriptions.
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September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. AFib has several causes: heart disease, high blood pressure, heart defects from birth, sleep apnea, certain medicines, heavy alcohol or caffeine consumption, drug use and smoking. If you have a family history of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke you are at a greater risk of atrial fibrillation.
Scientists at the University of Toledo are looking into the blue light emitted from your cell phone screen, to determine if it can cause damage to the cells in your heart. When exposed to the toxicity of the blue light, the heart cells died. The blue light also killed cancer cells. More research will be needed to determine how to limit exposure to the negative effects of blue light in non-laboratory testing.
New research shows taking an aspirin a day to help prevent heart attacks, stroke, and certain cancers is only effective for people under a certain weight. In the latest study, people between 110 and 154 pounds who took a baby aspirin were found to have about a 23% lower risk while people above 154 pounds did not. The concern is the next dosage would be a full size aspirin which has been linked to excessive bleeding in some people.
According to a recently published study, living in a cooler house might be a risk factor for hypertension. The authors believe that the temperature of the home should be discussed with people who are at risk of, “stroke and heart disease. (Especially) in the winter months, suggesting indoor temperatures should be taken more seriously in diagnosis and treatment decisions, and in public health messages.”
New research suggests that current dietary guidelines should be revised to account for the dietary habits of modern populations from across the globe. Unprocessed red meat and dairy, for instance, should be included as part of a heart-healthy diet. People who consumed a diet emphasizing fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy products, and meat had the lowest risks of cardiovascular disease and early death.

September 23rd - World Heart Day

Air Date: 09/23/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Augustin DeLago and Dr. Kate Cabral
Show Topics: World Heart Day is next Saturday, September 29th. Created in 2012 by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day is a global awareness campaign to reduce cardiovascular disease. Nearly half of all deaths in the world are from heart disease and stroke. This year’s focus is on asking people around the world to make a promise … “for my heart, for your heart, for all our hearts.” Dr. DeLago specialties include cardiovascular disease with a special interested in invasive and interventional procedures that improve heart patients quality of life. He has pioneered two heart procedures in the Capital Region. Dr. Cabral is a Clinical Pharmacist and expert on heart and blood medicines. Today we will be discussing new technologies and treatments available for heart patients.
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September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. The Mayo Clinic reports that more than 200,000 AFib cases are diagnosed per year in the US. Typically at the age of 65, adults are at a greater risk of abnormal heart rhythms, although many AFib cases are being diagnosed younger in life, some as young as 40 years old.
The negative health effects of being overweight or obese can be seen as early as age 17, based on a study published in August. The study suggests that excess weight can have a negative impact on the heart health of young adults. Doctors noted healthy nutrition efforts should start at a young age.
Mammograms aren’t just for cancer screening, based on recent research. Doctors found a connection in middle-aged women who underwent three exams including a mammography, bone density scan, and an imaging test to detect calcification and plaque in the heart’s arteries. The study authors believe these measurements could help identify women who show no symptoms of heart disease but are at an increased risk.
The benefits of exercising outdoors far outweighs any potential risks from exposure to air pollution. A Danish study tracked more than 57,000 middle-aged adults who exercised outdoors. Researchers found that those with existing heart disease had a 20% lower risk of a second heart attack after biking, walking and gardening — even with poor air quality. The study authors noted that their work was done in Denmark, where air pollution is significantly less than in China and India.
For patients who can’t tolerate cholesterol-lowering statins, natural remedies like bergamot, garlic and green tea may be a useful alternative. The statement was written by a team of experts who shared how nutraceuticals are generally safe, with virtually no adverse effects, and have some cholesterol-lowering benefits. However, they stress the fact that natural remedies cannot replace statin therapy, which is a tried-and-true way to lower cholesterol and risk for heart events.

Sept 16th - Enhanced Cardiac Access

Air Date: This episode originally aired on 06/17/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Uzzilia
Show Topics: When someone has a heart attack, getting treatment in a timely manner is of the utmost importance. In 2014, Capital Cardiology Associates (CCA) launched its Enhanced Cardiac Access program. The ECA provides same day evaluations of patients with potential cardiac symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations.
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A Swedish study found that individuals with high-strain jobs are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, which is a common heartbeat disorder that can significantly raise the risk of stroke. “High-strain jobs” were defined as those that are “psychologically demanding” giving job-holders little control “over the work situation.” Examples include bus driving, nursing, and working on assembly lines.
88% of Americans don’t understand basic health information. The American Heart Association study came out this month shows that most Americans don’t know what bad blood pressure number are, didn’t know the causes of diabetes, and some didn’t understand the basic results of a health test.
Researchers found evidence that lingering smoke particles — called thirdhand smoke — can be picked up and spread all around buildings by forced air HVAC systems. This information will hopefully encourage smokers to light up in designated smoking areas which are usually marked at 25 feet or more from most building entry ways.
Poor sleep may fuel harmful eating habits and diabetes. According to a new study from the University of Arizona, people who have a hard time falling asleep at night are some of the most exposed to munching in the later hours, which may increase their risk of obesity and diabetes.
The New York City Health Department has launched an online calculator to measure your “heart age.” The calculator uses information like age, height, weight, blood pressure, and whether you smoke or have diabetes to determine your heart age. It then tells you your risk for stroke or heart disease.

September 9th - The Canadian Health Care System

Air Date: 9/09/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Connor Healey
Show Topics: The Canadian Healthcare system is often presented as a model In recent healthcare debates in America. We hear of “free” health coverage for all, lower drug costs, and a publicly funded hospitals as “pros” for the Canadian single-payer system. As “cons” we hear about long wait times, lower quality health care, which leads to doctors or patients coming to America. Dr. Connor Healey was raised in Eastern Ontario, Canada. Today we will discuss the common myths and truths along with the differences in the Canadian healthcare versus what we experience in the United States.

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September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. If you’re like most Americans, you have no idea what atrial fibrillation is or how to identify it. A 2014 survey showed that fewer than 20% of people could, “correctly identify medical conditions such as sleep apnea and diabetes as risk factors for atrial fibrillation.”
In a recent study on the effect of alcohol and the development of heart disease, doctors found an elevated risk of heart disease for moderate drinkers over the age of 55. Their finding: “It may be that the older group experienced lifestyle changes, such as retirement, which are known to co-occur with increases in alcohol intake.”
A new study suggests that people with high levels of LDL (“the bad”) cholesterol early in life may experience an increased risk of death related to cardiovascular disease. LDL cholesterol leads to lipid buildup in the arteries, which can affect the blood flow to and from the heart. As the former president of the American Heart Association put it, “This research highlights the need to educate Americans of any age on the risks of elevated cholesterol levels.”
A recent clinical trial tested the effectiveness and safety of using an innovative drug called the “triple pill” for the treatment of high blood pressure. This drug combines low doses of three existing drugs for blood pressure. 70% of the people taking the triple pill were able to lower their blood pressure which doctors say will make a difference to current therapy for hypertension.
The “monster” radish, originally cultivated on an Japanese island centuries ago, was tested to see if its antioxidants helps significantly reduce blood pressure. This 69 pound radish did produce more nitric oxide than is smaller cousins and could be helpful someday in slowing down cardiovascular disease or prevent it from beginning.

September 2nd - National Cholesterol Education Month

Air Date: 09/02/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Lance Sullenberger
Show Topics: September is National Cholesterol Education Month. According to the CDC more than 102 million Americans have cholesterol above healthy levels which puts them at a higher risk for developing heart disease. Most Americans are confused over “good” and “bad” levels and how our cholesterol levels predict our risk of stroke or heart attack. Dr. Sullenberger recently wrote an article that dissected the myth of “good” and “bad” cholesterol levels. He joins us to today to discuss what cholesterol is and how your doctor can use other factors to determine your risk of of having a heart attack or stroke.

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September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. If you’re like most Americans, you have no idea what atrial fibrillation is or how to identify it. A 2014 survey showed that fewer than 20% of people could, “correctly identify medical conditions such as sleep apnea and diabetes as risk factors for atrial fibrillation.”
A Healthline survey of people with type 2 diabetes found that baby boomers (adults 53 and older) reported positive outlooks on their efforts to manage their disease. Younger adults (ages 18-36) reported that they often hide their condition, feel negatively judged, and delayed seeking health care because of the cost for treatment.
In August, a woman in Vermont was the first person to die from a rare complication of Lyme disease (Lyme carditis) that affected her heart. Experts say that people shouldn’t be overly alarmed about contracting this condition which has only been reported in 1% of lyme disease cases in the past 17 years. However, people who live in tick-heavy areas should still be cautious when outside to limit their exposure of tick bites.
The keto diet has become one of the most popular methods this year to shed excess weight and improve health. Nutritionists are now looking at the benefits of a low fat, high carb, and moderate protein diet to your heart’s health. The challenge for most people is eating less than 50 grams of carbs per day by avoiding bread, fruit, and starchy vegetables.
If you’re a woman who has a heart attack, your gender — and the gender of your doctor — may be factors in whether or not you survive. Recent research shows women having heart attacks will wait longer to go to the hospital and that because women present differently for heart attacks than men at the hospital, male doctors may not recognize and treat it with the same urgency.

August 2018

August 26 - Breakdown of a Heart Attack and Life as a Heart Patient

Air Date: 07/22/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Robert Benton
Show Topics: In addition to seeing patients at four Capital Cardiology Associates locations, Dr. Robert Benton is also the Chief of Cardiology at Samaritan Hospital and is Past President of the Medical Staff. He spends his days in Troy traveling across the parking lot to see patients in the ER and our office in the Samaritan Medical Arts building. Today, Dr. Benton is going to breakdown the heart attack experience that he witnesses from serving patients in the ER to helping them live a new life as a heart patient.
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A study published in April followed a group of sedentary middle-aged men and women who walking or jogging for at least 30 minutes or longer. After two years, researchers found those adults hearts were fitter than they had been. These results suggest that our hearts can “retain plasticity” deep into middle age, meaning that they still can change in desirable ways if we exercise.
For the first time, the American Heart Association in Tucson, Arizona is hosting special classes for hispanic women. Statistics show hispanic women are at 30% higher risk of heart disease than women. Heart disease is the number one killer for men and women. These classes cover AED’s, CPR, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, as well as body mass index.
So-called good cholesterol might not always be a good thing. A new study found that at least among middle-aged women, especially around the time of menopause, a high HDL reading may not protect them from heart disease. Researchers found that the size of the cholesterol particles means that women need to be more aware of their heart health, looking at their diet and exercise levels when talking with their doctor.
The American Cancer Society followed 140,000 older adults and reported that those who walked six hours per week had a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer than those who were not active, but that walking even as little as two hours per week could begin to reduce the risk of disease and help you live a longer, healthier life
A new study — conducted by researchers at Stanford University in California — reveals that common foods, like corn flakes, can cause blood sugar spikes in otherwise healthy people. Paying closer attention to these spikes could prevent diabetes and some of its complications.

August 18th - Heart Failure

Today’s Guest: Dr. Robert Benton
Show Topics: More than 200,000 US cases of heart failure are diagnosed per year, typically affecting patients between the ages of 41-60, and those above 60 years old. The term “heart failure” makes it sound like the heart is no longer working at all and there’s nothing that can be done. Actually, heart failure is a term used to describe a heart that cannot keep up with its workload. Heart failure is a serious condition and usually there’s no cure. But many people with heart failure lead a full, enjoyable life when the condition is managed with heart failure medications and healthy lifestyle changes. Dr. Benton has a special interest in congestive heart failure and joins us today to discuss the warning signs of heart failure and treatments available to patients.
Air Date: 08/19/2018
Drones may soon help save people in cardiac arrest. A company in Reno, Nevada is testing to see if drones can swiftly and safely bring defibrillators to those in distress. Some drones use a cord to lower the AED to the ground, while others land and a bystander removes the AED.
Americans could increase their lifespan by as much as 14 years if the follow these five “low risk lifestyle factors”: never smoking; exercising for 30 minutes a day at a moderate to vigorous level (including brisk walking); having a normal body mass index; eating a healthy diet; and consuming a moderate level of alcohol, defined as no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
Studies have shown that those who consume fish regularly as part of a healthful, balanced diet are at a lower risk of heart problems. But the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explain that research is unclear as to whether these benefits come from fish or omega-3 in particular. A recent review found that taking long-chain omega-3 supplements had “little or no effect” on death risk from any causes, death risk from cardiovascular problems, or death risk from coronary heart disease.
Lime water can aid digestion and may encourage people to drink more water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest adding a slice of lime can also help heart patients. Limes contain high levels of magnesium and potassium, which improves blood flow and reduce blood pressure. The Vitamin C in lime also lowers blood sugar.
A new study shows that adding virtual counseling to regular medical therapy lowers blood pressure and the risk of developing cardiovascular problems in the following 10 years. The study’s author wrote that online counseling, “gives patients [them] feedback, builds confidence, and helps them sustain their (lifestyle) changes.”

August 12 - Ask The Expert

Air Date: 8/12/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Robert Benton
Show Topics: Dr. Robert Benton answers your heart health questions with a special edition of “Ask The Expert.”
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An innovative study finds a link between our heart health and the health of our gut, highlighting the importance of physical exercise for keeping both at optimal levels. People with the highest cardiovascular fitness were also found to have stronger intestinal linings that help prevent the trillions of bacteria in your gut from leaking to the rest of your body.
Sean Anderson started a blog to lose weight at 36 when he was over 500 pounds. Almost 8 years later, Sean has lost almost 300 pounds by comparing at his addiction to refined sugar like an addiction to alcohol. He says he starts every day with meditation and prayer, two cups of water, 20 pushups and 20 squats, then he rewards himself with a cup of coffee.
Scientists can 3D print human heart tissue now. Biolife4D, a Chicago-based company, announced the breakthrough at the end of June. The company is opening a new facility in Houston to print a human cardiac patch, containing multiple cell types which make up the human heart. It could one day be used to help treat patients who have suffered acute heart failure in order to restore lost myocardial contractility, the ability of the heart to generate force for pumping blood around the body.
Working long hours puts women at greater risk for this disease. For 12 years researchers followed a over 7,000 workers in Canada who did not have a diabetes diagnosis. While the working 45 hours or more per week showed a 63% greater risk for women to develop diabetes.
Being married may reduce the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular death, a review of studies has found. This study looked at over 2 million couples from around the world and found found that compared with married people, those who were unmarried — whether never married, widowed or divorced — were 42 percent more likely to have some form of cardiovascular disease and 16 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease. Why? Scientists believe relationships support heart health.

August 5th - Pharmacist Consultations

Air Date: 08/05/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Kate Cabral, Doctor of Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacist and Associate Professor at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Clinical Pharmacist at Capital Cardiology Associates.
Show Topics: A recent study from The Journal of the American Medical Association found that many patients stop taking their statin medication as early as 6 months after their heart attack. Dr. Kate Cabral will discuss the importance of taking your medications after a cardiac event and what questions to ask your doctor about your prescriptions.
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Plant-based foods are known to be good for the heart. A new study found that four foods: nuts, plant protein (like soy, beans, peas), soluble fiber (oats, eggplant, berries), and certain margarines. A diet that includes these foods was found to lower total cholesterol levels, as well as triglycerides (which are the most common fat types in the human body), and blood pressure.
The team at the National Cancer Institute has good news for coffee drinkers: People who drink coffee, no matter how much or what kind they drink, are less likely to die over that 10-year period than non-coffee drinkers. The team also found that people who drink more than four cups of coffee per day tend to be smokers, which carries its own health risks.
A new survey says that people generally overstate how much they exercise, just as they overstate their height and lowball their weight. About 24% of adults last year said they exercise enough each week to meet government health recommendations. The problem is, a government report shows that 31% of adults were reported as obese last year.
Smoking has hit an all-time low in the US. About 14% of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16%. Anti-smoking campaigns, cigarette taxes and smoking bans are combining to bring down adult smoking rates, experts say. There is also a rise in e-cig or vaping which is concerning due to the fact that research is now suggesting that the chemicals in the flavoring is a health hazard.
Mangos could help lower your blood pressure. Scientists found that systolic blood pressure — that is, the pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts — was significantly lower than the baseline reading 2 hours after consuming mango.

July 2018

July 29 - Ischemic Heart Disease

Air Date: 07/29/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Brion Winston

Show Topics: More than 3 million cases of ischemic heart disease are diagnosed every year in the United States. Also known as coronary artery disease, this form of heart disease damages the heart’s major blood vessels. While a majority of ischemic heart disease patients are over the age of 60, people between the ages of 40 and 60 are also affected with a growing number of younger patients being diagnosed as early as 19 years old. Dr. Brion Winston will discuss the preventative measures you can take today to assess your risk and work to limit your risk of developing ischemic heart disease.

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A comprehensive analysis of published studies and clinical trials has found no benefit to cardiovascular health from multivitamin and mineral supplement use. The study authors suggest that people focus instead on proven ways to promote heart health. “These include a heart-healthy diet, exercise, tobacco cessation, controlling blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels, and when needed, medical treatment.”
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California found that lower leg bioimpedance was tied to a higher risk of heart failure. The Stanford team also developed a formula that accurately predicts a person’s risk of developing heart failure in the next 8 years. It brings together leg bioimpedance, age, sex, and whether or not the individual has a history of heart attack.
A new study shows the many ways in which depression negatively affects your health and highlights the benefits of exercise for relieving depression and keeping your heart healthy. The team found that participants with high fitness levels at midlife had a 56 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease after receiving a diagnosis of depression.
California reversed its course on “soda bans” this summer voting to ban local taxes on soda for the next 12 years. Initially California cities had taxed soda as a health measure. One study found a 20% reduction in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in low-income neighborhoods in the year after the San Francisco Bay Area’s tax took effect in 2014.
Foods that combine fats and carbs appear to send the human brain haywire, creating rewards above and beyond what people get from foods that contain either ingredient alone, researchers reported last month. This is why processed foods like pizza, burgers and pasta with creamy sauces trigger our brains to overeat.

July 22 - National Parents Day

Air Date: 07/22/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Allison DeTommasi and Dr. Donna Phelan

Show Topics: Today is National Parents Day. As we honor all parents for their role in their child’s life, we also salute those working parents who have two full-time jobs. All careers have their unique levels of stress and time constraints. This afternoon, Drs. DeTommasi and Phelan will address the balance they manage as cardiologists and parents.
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Today is National Parents’ Day, which honors all parents on the fourth Sunday in July. National Parents’ Day was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into Law for: “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”
Researchers from China have claimed that eating one egg per day can “significantly” reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Scientists found that eggs are a source of protein and micronutrients. Egg eaters were 28% less likely to die from a hemorrhagic stroke and 18% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
Sitting for too long can cause heart and memory problems, as well as increase your risk for cancer and diabetes. Scientists recently discovered that people who sit more than 10 hours a day (not too hard to do for a person who spends 7 to 9 hours at a desk) have above-normal levels of proteins in their blood called troponin that heart muscle cells release when they’re damaged.
A University at Buffalo-led team has developed a computer security system using the dimensions of your heart as your identifier. The system, which was three years in the making, uses the geometry of the heart, its shape and size, and how it moves to make an identification. “No two people with identical hearts have ever been found,” the study’s lead author said. And people’s hearts do not change shape, unless they suffer from serious heart disease, he said.
New research found that adults over 45 who drank an average of 24 ounces or more of sugar-sweetened beverages every day had more than double the risk of dying from heart disease over a 6-year study period than those who averaged an ounce or less of sugar-sweetened beverages daily. Researchers excluded anyone with heart disease or type 2 diabetes, to make it easier to link sugar consumption and death risk during the study period.

July 15th - Valvular Heart Disease

Air Date: 07/15/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Louis Papandrea
Show Topics: Valvular heart disease

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The easiest exercise to prevent heart disease symptoms has been revealed according to The Express, a British newspaper. The paper reports that “walking has the lowest rate of people dropping out of exercise” and that England’s National Health Service recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week to improve your cardiovascular health.
A new study finds that even relatively minor sleep disturbances can increase the risk of increased blood pressure and vascular inflammation in women. This increase was measured even in women who slept for 7–9 hours each night. An estimated one third of people in the United States do not get enough sleep. And, women seem to be affected more often than men.
Three studies published in the journal Circulation explain just how autopsy can reveal the underlying causes of sudden cardiac death, how cardiac implantable electronic devices can offer crucial postmortem information, and how studying the heart after death can help us to zoom in on the causes of death, the danger for other family members, and atherosclerosis, which is a condition characterized by plaque buildup inside the arteries.
New evidence now finds that consuming the amount of caffeine that is equivalent to four cups of coffee might be enough to set off a cellular chain of events that protects the cells of our hearts. The team hopes that this discovery leads to better strategies in protecting the heart muscle for seniors.

July 8 - Heart Tests

Air Date: 7/08/2018
Today’s Guest: Patricia Dickson, Assistant Director of Diagnostic and Outpatient Services, Capital Cardiology Associates
Show Topics: Testing can reveal the structural and functional health of the heart and can help in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease or other heart conditions. Today we will discuss the various heart tests your doctor may order, what happens during the procedure, and how you can better prepare for your test or visit.

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Harvard researchers have made an interesting discovery: practicing mindfulness activates your body’s relaxation response, which physically changes the genes that regulate inflammation and metabolism. That change, in turn, lowers your blood pressure. One of the tools researchers used in the study was mindful breathing. Deep breaths boosts the flow of oxygen throughout your body, increasing calm and clarity, while decreasing anxiety and blood pressure.
If getting in better shape is something you’d like to do, know this: You’ll make more of a dent watching what you eat as opposed to trying to burn calories doing cardio. When it comes to exercise you’re better off building muscle which will increase your metabolism to burn more calories throughout the day. The easiest way to do it is by using your own bodyweight. Check out these body weight workout ideas.
Summer Superfood Alert: Blackberries are bursting with polyphenols, which may help prevent cancer as well as cardiovascular disease. Unlike exercise, you can see the impact they make in just three months.
Ditching the car and biking or walking to work just might cut your risk of developing heart disease and even dying from it. A new British study that finds a person’s risk of heart disease or stroke falls 11 percent and their risk of dying from these diseases falls by 30 percent, just by exercising on their way to work.

July 1st - Medicine and Military Service

Air Date: 07/01/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Kevin Woods
Show Topics: This Wednesday is the 4th of July. As we take time off to gather with friends and family to celebrate our nation’s Independence; we also pause to thank our military service members for their duty to our country. Today we will talk about the unique opportunity to serve as a soldier and doctor in the US Army.
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The American Heart Association has launched a new app called “My Cardiac Coach”. The app offers progress-trackers that people can use to monitor their weight and blood pressure, and also has the ability to log physical activity and keep track of the medication they are taking. It also offers the “Support Network,” where people can connect with others dealing with heart disease.
Immigrants coming from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are more likely to die from heart disease than the general population, researchers say. In a report published by the AHA, researchers have yet to find a specific genetic cause that would make South Asians more at risk than other groups. They believe that poor diet and lifestyle choice along with a lack of awareness are contributing to rising heart disease cases.
Heart disease may only be a matter of time for those with healthy obesity. In a study from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, people who are 30 pounds or more overweight may want to slim down a bit even if they don’t have high blood pressure or any other heart disease risk, according to scientists.
Sitting for too long can cause heart and memory problems, as well as increase your risk for cancer and diabetes. Scientists recently discovered that people who sit more than 10 hours a day (not too hard to do for a person who spends 7 to 9 hours at a desk) have above-normal levels of proteins in their blood. The best thing you can do to counteract the harms of sitting is just to get up and move every 30 minutes or so.

June 2018

June 24th - The Mediterranean Diet

Air Date: 06/24/2018
Today’s Guest: Susan Zogheib, Registered Dietitian and author of “The Mediterranean Diet Plan”
Show Topics: Heart Healthy Nutrition and Meal Planning

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June is National Men’s Health Month. As we celebrate the most important men in our life, let’s encourage them to make their heart health a priority by knowing their risk and talking with their doctor.
‘Healthy obesity’ not so healthy for the heart. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, in 2013–2014, up to 40.4 percent of adult women in the US had been diagnosed with obesity. Still, some women have what is often known as “metabolically healthy obesity,” as, despite their high body mass index (BMI), they do not have many of the additional health conditions that obesity is a major risk factor for.
Too much protein isn’t good for your heart, says a new study published by the American Heart Association. Researchers found that men who eat high-protein diets have a slightly increased risk of developing heart disease during middle age. Heart failure risk climbed to 43 percent for men who ate animal protein but rose to 48 percent for those who ate dairy protein and then dropped to 17 percent for those who ate plant protein. Protein from fish and egg were not associated with increased risk of heart failure.
Research from the from the National Heart and Lung Institute shows the difference between a healthy heart and the heart of someone who drinks too much. It shows the enlarged heart of someone suffering from alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM), which causes the heart to swell and lose the ability to properly pump blood around the body. The deadly condition is triggered by drinking more than 70 units a week, roughly seven bottles of wine, for five years or more. In severe cases, the condition can be fatal or require a heart transplant.
A trial on folic acid found that supplement alone can reduce stroke risk by 22 percent. Additionally, people with high blood pressure who took folic acid in addition to their usual hypertensive medication had a 73 percent lower risk of stroke.

June 17th - Enhanced Cardiac Access

Air Date: 06/17/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Uzzilia
Show Topics: When someone has a heart attack, getting treatment in a timely manner is of the utmost importance. In 2014, Capital Cardiology Associates (CCA) launched its Enhanced Cardiac Access program. The ECA provides same day evaluations of patients with potential cardiac symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations.

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A Swedish study found that individuals with high-strain jobs are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, which is a common heartbeat disorder that can significantly raise the risk of stroke. “High-strain jobs” were defined as those that are “psychologically demanding” giving job-holders little control “over the work situation.” Examples include bus driving, nursing, and working on assembly lines.
88% of Americans don’t understand basic health information. The American Heart Association study came out this month shows that most Americans don’t know what bad blood pressure number are, didn’t know the causes of diabetes, and some didn’t understand the basic results of a health test.
Researchers found evidence that lingering smoke particles — called thirdhand smoke — can be picked up and spread all around buildings by forced air HVAC systems. This information will hopefully encourage smokers to light up in designated smoking areas which are usually marked at 25 feet or more from most building entry ways.
Poor sleep may fuel harmful eating habits and diabetes. According to a new study from the University of Arizona, people who have a hard time falling asleep at night are some of the most exposed to munching in the later hours, which may increase their risk of obesity and diabetes.
The New York City Health Department has launched an online calculator to measure your “heart age.” The calculator uses information like age, height, weight, blood pressure, and whether you smoke or have diabetes to determine your heart age. It then tells you your risk for stroke or heart disease.

June 10th - The Watchman

Air Date: 6/10/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. James O’Brien
Show Topics: We’ll discuss The Watchman, the 100th milestone CCA recently reached, and how this procedure is quickly becoming sought out by patients with atrial fibrillation, AFib, in the Capital Region.

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Kevin Smith calls ‘widow-maker’ heart attack ‘the best thing that ever happened to me’. Smith had 100% blockage in his LAD in February. Since then he has lost 30 pounds using a plant-based diet.
Arlington, VA has been named the fittest city in America, according to the 2018 American Fitness Index. The index found that Arlington residents had the lowest smoking rate and highest reports of “very good” or “excellent” health compared to 99 other communities. Closer to home, Buffalo ranked 43rd, NYC made the list at 52. Albany did not make the top 100.
A new study shows that drinking more than five alcoholic drinks a week raises the risk of stroke, heart disease and aneurysms. The international study was reported in the Lancet Medical Journal. This study conflicts with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association that both say men can safely drink up to two alcoholic drinks a day and women up to a drink a day.
A Johns Hopkins University research team found that after six years of brisk walking or biking, in middle age may be enough to reduce your heart failure risk by 31%. Going from no exercise to recommended activity levels over 6 years in middle age may reduce heart failure risk by 23%.
Doctors in California are prescribing food as medicine, and it’s keeping patients out of hospitals. The program, which will cost California $6 million over the next three years, provides healthy, medically prescribed meals to those suffering from serious illnesses. The diet has led to lower monthly medical costs, fewer trips to the hospital, and less patients needing long-term care.

June 4th - Clinical Research

Air Date: 06/03/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Robert Benton
Show Topics: Clinical research advancements in heart health
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Mayor Bloomberg era’s emphasis on ‘health in all policies’ improved New Yorkers’ heart health. Researchers analyzed legislation from the 3 terms of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, focusing on health-related policies related to air pollution, diet, physical activity, and smoking cessation and found that generally, the policy made an impact.
Michigan State University is developing a 3-D printed smartphone device that reads blood pressure as well as a finger cuff. The device uses a finger applied to the phone.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a 2012 study of 10.9 million U.S. marathon and half-marathon runners over a 10-year period. Between 2000 and 2010, very few runners died during marathons and half marathons — just 1 per 259,000 participants. In all, there were 59 cardiac arrests. Of them, 42 were fatal. The final mile of a marathon accounts for about 50% of the deaths.

May 2018

May 27th - National Men’s Health Month

Air Date: 05/27/2018
Today’s Guest: Dr. Lance Sullenberger
Show Topics: June is National Men’s Health Month. The average age for a male’s first attack is 66. Today we’ll discuss what men can do to improve their heart health and lower their risk of heart disease.
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Former NFL player and general manager Matt Millen says he is being treated for amyyoidos is and awaiting a heart transplant.
New research shows the benefit of generating new heart cells through exercise. Scientists next steps are to understand the pathway to cell growth in human hearts. The goal is to improve recovery after a heart attack.
A new study examined the psychological effects of stroke on patients. Researchers found that stroke patients reported unhappiness with their social roles and activities. Researchers hope these findings can improve future therapies and rehabilitation.

May 20th - Summer Vacation and Heart Patients

Air Date: 5/20/2018
Today’s Guest: Maryellen King, NP, Capital Cardiology Associates
Show Topics: Memorial Day is next week, signaling the unofficial start of Summer 2018 and vacation season. How should heart patients prepare for summer vacations?
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American Heart Association Heart Walk is next Sunday (June 3) at UAlbany. Sign up to join us here.
Belly fat is bad for your heart, researchers say. Adults with normal body mass index (BMI) and extra belly fat (termed “central obesity”) had a 79 percent higher risk of major cardiovascular events, compared to people who were mildly overweight but with normal fat distribution.
The new Medicare cards will start arriving in New York State next month (June).

What heart patients need to know about flying and driving.
Do you need to discuss your travel plans with your doctor?

May 13 - National Stroke Awareness Month

Air Date: 05/13/2018
Today’s Guests: Drs. Robert Benton and Maryellen King, Nurse Practitioner
Show Topics: May is National Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke is an emergency – it can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age.
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A new study busts the myth of the existence of “good” fat that protects against heart disease. In fact, the study looked at the effects of losing weight in the hips, buttocks, and thighs on cardiovascular health, and it found nothing but benefits.
A new study on optimism and heart health adds a little more evidence worth considering. The results point to the benefits of seeing the glass half full, showing a strong correlation between increased levels of optimism and better cardiovascular health.

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