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MAY 2019

May 25th - World No Tobacco Day

Today’s Guest: Dr. Harlan Juster, Director of the Bureau of Tobacco Control
Show Topics: May 31st is World No Tobacco Day 2019. This year’s focus is on “tobacco and lung health.” The campaign will increase awareness on: the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s health. The campaign also serves as a call to action, advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors in the fight for tobacco control. Dr. Harlan Juster is the Director of the Bureau of Tobacco Control. He joins us today to talk about New York State’s efforts in smoking reduction programs.

May 19th - National Stroke Awareness Month

Today’s Guest: Maryellen King, Advance Practice Nurse
Show Topics: May is National Stroke Awareness Month. The goal is to raise awareness of stroke and its impact on sufferers and their friends and families, as well as educating the general public on the signs and symptoms of strokes, what causes strokes, what happens during a stroke and what to do in the event of someone suffering a stroke. Maryellen specializes in heart failure management and works with heart failure patients in the hospital as well as in outpatient settings. She joins us today to talk about risks and prevention.


Tight blood pressure control may improve outcomes for an estimated 103 million American adults, based on a study linking aggressive hypertension treatment to preserved brain function and reduced risk of heart events. The INFINITY trial compared standard vs. aggressive blood pressure treatment in elderly adults. After three years, imaging showed that participants in the more aggressive treatment group had fewer brain lesions and significantly fewer heart events.

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder say a five-minute breathing exercise could help improve your brain and heart health. It’s called inspiratory muscle strength training (IMST) and involves inhaling vigorously through a hand-held device that provides resistance to strengthen the muscles you use to breathe. Preliminary data on middle-aged adults suggests that using the device for five minutes a day can significantly lower blood pressure, may boost cognitive and memory performance, and improve physical endurance

We’ve got our running shoes, FitBit, and headphones on – now we need to know what our max heart rate should be during exercise. The only true method of determining HRmax is to conduct a maximal exercise test. But HRmax can be estimated using a formula proposed in 2001 based on age. HRMax = 208 [*down from 220] – (0.7 x Age) This means a 45-year-old would have a predicted HRmax of 177 BPM.

The Mediterranean diet is the only diet endorsed by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Mayo Clinic for heart patients or those who want to improve their heart health. Studies have shown that those who follow the diet of more fresh fruits and veggies, chicken and fish in place of red meat, and avoidance of processed foods benefit from the low-carb meals that have dietary fiber which slow the absorption of sugar from one’s bloodstream, thus helping to better regulate one’s blood sugar level.

 NBA Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal, has dedicated himself to bringing awareness to heart health and why heart disease is more prevalent among African-Americans. “I think it’s safe to say, most men, including myself, look in the mirror and say to themselves, ‘I’m healthy, I don’t need to get checked.’ I just want everybody to go check with your physician, talk with your doctor, and go see,” the 4-time NBA champion stated. Shaq does not have heart failure issues or problems but wanted to advocate for men in their 40’s and African-American men to “get real” about their heart health. For more, visit his website

May 12th - Cardiac Oncology

Today’s Guest: Dr. Heather Stahura and Michelle Giwerc, PA-C
Show Topics: Cardio-oncology is a new term to describe the efforts to prevent or treat patients with cancer who face heart problems caused by cancer treatments. Dr. Stahura and PA Michelle Giwerc are actively studying this area of cardiology and join us today to share what they have learned.


Frequent trips to the toilet at night — called nocturia — was linked to a 40% greater chance of having hypertension. The more visits to the toilet, the greater the risk of hypertension, says a Japanese study. Hypertension is a national disease in Japan. The Watari study author noted that “The relationship may be influenced by various factors including lifestyle, salt intake, ethnicity, and genetic background.”

The American Heart Association released a scientific statement on hookah health risks. Many young people believe that hookah is a safer alternative than cigarette smoking which has not been proven. Hookah smoke contains a large quantity of particulate matter at concentrations higher than even cigarette smoke. Hookah smoke also has the same harmful chemicals (Like lead and arsenic) that have a short-term effect on heart rate and blood pressure, and its chronic use can increase the risk of coronary artery disease.

High tech ‘smart’ pajamas that monitor heartbeat, breathing and posture could soon be available. They look like the classic button up pajama but have five self-powered sensors continuous monitoring of breathing patterns and the amount of REM sleep the person gets. They also have a built-in Bluetooth transmitter that sends the data wirelessly to a computer for analysis. Scientists from the new Fabric Discovery Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, are still testing their smart apparel that will cost between $100 to $200.

Professor Reza Razavi, an English doctor whose newborn daughter nearly died from an undiagnosed heart defect is developing technology which that use 2D pictures taken from different angles to build 3D computer models doctors can use to scan for heart abnormalities, performed during routine ultrasounds. Researchers expect the scans to be introduced in the UK within the next year, potentially helping 750 babies annually.

The most common triggers of atrial fibrillation – an irregular heart rhythm that’s a leading cause of stroke – are avoidable behaviors like drinking alcohol or coffee, a recent study suggests. Many, if not most of these triggers are modifiable, like lying on your left side while sleeping. Researchers say it’s possible these behaviors don’t actually trigger AFib episodes but instead make the symptoms worse. People with episodes of atrial fibrillation that appear to be triggered by alcohol or caffeine, for example, can avoid these.

May 5th - Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

Today’s Guest: Dr. Catrina K, Personal Trainer, Catrina K Fitness
Show Topics: Catrina K is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She joins us today to talk about Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM) is an international observance of health and fitness in the workplace. The goal of GEHFM is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments.


A new study by consulting firm Willis Towers Watson found that 51% of employees said that “Employers should actively encourage their employees to live healthy lifestyles”, suggesting that if they were shown it was acceptable in the workplace to facilitate healthy living, they might be slightly more inclined to do so.

The “2015 Employee Benefits” research report stated more than two-thirds of U.S. employers offer them as part of their benefits package. Certain health insurance providers, like CDPHP, which rewards members who have active health club memberships.

In 1985, half of Americans said they had a close friend at work, compared that to today where only 15% of these on-the-job buds are considered “real friends,” and barely half of the employees surveyed feel comfortable talking to their coworker cronies about their love lives or health issues. And after leaving the company, more than one in four workers (27%) confess that they “barely stay in touch” with their work friends once they’re not clocking in together anymore.



APRIL 2019


April 28th - Organ Donor Awareness Month

Today’s Guest: David Gray
Show Topics: David Gray is heart transplant survivor. He volunteers his time with several organ donor groups, New York State Donate Life, the Center for Donation and Transplant at Albany Med, the American Heart Association. He joins us to share his unique story of survival and the importance of organ donors.

April 21st - National Drug Take Back Day

Today’s Guest: Dr. Kate Cabral
Show Topics: National Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 27th is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Between 10AM and 2PM your city Police station or county Sheriff office will serve as a collection point. Dr. Cabral regularly meets with patients at CCA to discuss their prescriptions and medications. She joins us today to talk importance of take back day.


A study published in January recommends a personalized approach when considering daily aspirin for heart disease prevention in people without CVD. Aspirin helps prevent heart attack and stroke by reducing blood clotting. However, this study found that aspirin use also increased risk of major bleeding events—a known complication associated with aspirin—by 43%.

A paper published in February reviewed everything we know about the use of heart medication in women who are pregnant and breastfeeding. According to authors, heart disease treatment requires a careful balance of risk between the mother and baby. Experts outlined key drugs used to treat high blood pressure, blood thinners, and cholesterol-lowering statins. The authors also stressed the importance of talking with your health care provider if you are planning for pregnancy.

Researchers have found that vaping marijuana has stronger effects on cognitive and motor skills than smoking it. The findings were published at the end of 2018. The concern, according to experts, is that THC levels (10 mg and 25 mg) tested in this study are generally lower than what consumers might buy from a smoke shop. And for those vaping marijuana, the effects can be even more pronounced than when smoking.

“People should know if the medications they’re taking to treat their diabetes could lead to serious cardiovascular harm,” says the lead author of a Northwestern University study that investigated basal insulin and prandial insulin, two drugs commonly prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. The study found patients who take one of these two drugs are 36% more likely to experience cardiovascular harm than those taking newer classes of antidiabetic medications.

Latest heart health fad supplement: hawthorn. It’s a shrub that dates back to the 1st century when it was reportedly first used medicinally to treat heart conditions and anxiety. In one small study, the supplement helped people with chronic heart failure be more active. The real concern is the possible interference with heart medications. Just be warned: per the NIH, hawthorn has been associated with some mild (but unpleasant) side effects like dizziness and nausea.

April 14th - Move More Month

Today’s Guest: Catrina K, Personal Trainer and Owner of Catrina K Fitness

Show Topics: Catrina K is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She joins us today to talk about Move More Month. The American Heart Association encourages everyone to move more and commit to being physically active during the month of April. Catrina has some tips and tricks on how get active anywhere and at any time!

April 7th - World Health Day

Today’s Guest: Dr. Dr. Brion Winston
Show Topics: World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7th, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization, to call attention to the advancement of health in all people. That everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship. Dr. Winston has an extensive background in providing health care to those in need as well as an interest in public health policies created to improve our quality of life.


E-cigarettes could undo decades of progress made by anti-smoking efforts, based on a recent study that found youths starting with e-cigarettes are four times as likely to use cigarettes within two years compared to those who never tried e-cigarettes. A national survey study looked at smoking trends among children aged 12 to 15 years. Given these trends, the link between e-cigarette and cigarette use could undo or even reverse progress we’ve made in cutting smoking rates.

Screening and treatment for depression are critical in patients with heart disease, based on a paper published in the European Heart Journal that puts a spotlight on both cardiovascular and mental health. Patients with heart disease are up to three times more likely to experience depression than the general population. Evidence suggests that depression is twice as common and tends to be more severe in women than men, especially after a heart attack.

Although marijuana may have some benefits, its use could cause health issues for older people with cardiovascular disease. One case report, involved a 70-year-old man with stable coronary artery disease had a heart attack after eating a lollipop that was infused with 90mg of THC. He consumed the drug to help minimize pain and improve sleep. Doctors concluded that the large dose of THC caused a rapid heart rate, an abnormally high blood pressure, and the release of the stress hormone catecholamine. Doctors caution older people who use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Fresh evidence suggests that sleep regulates a mechanism that can help to protect arteries from hardening. Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital studied the development of atherosclerosis in mice. The researchers found that sleep-disturbed mice developed larger plaques in their arteries than mice that slept well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 35 percent of adults in the United States were regularly sleeping less than 7 hours per 24-hour period in 2014.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic taught a computer to detect asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction, a rare form of heart disease that causes the heart to pump improperly without any obvious symptoms. It occurs in 3-6% of the population. Not only was the artificial intelligence that was created able to identify patients without symptoms, but it also had some unexpected accuracy in detecting individuals who were at future risk of developing the disease.



MARCH 2019


March 31st - National Doctors Day

Today’s Guest: Dr. Connor Healey
Show Topics: March 30th is National Doctors Day. We can thank Eudora Brown Almond, a doctor’s wife, who, in 1933, led the charge to set aside a special day for MDs. Why? Because they take care of us. Why March 30? Because it was a painless choice; it commemorated the day in 1842 when anesthesia was first used in surgery. Today, Dr. Connor Healey joins us to talk about his path to practicing medicine and the importance of a healthy doctor-patient relationship.


Researchers at Harvard University found that the ability to do push-ups a way to assess the risk of heart disease among middle-age men. Their study reported that people who could complete more than 40 pushups, there was a 96% reduction in cardiovascular disease incidents compared to those who could complete fewer than 10. The authors suggest that the push-up test is reasonable for clinicians to assess functional status during clinical evaluations by using basic questions regarding activity.

The results of the OPERA (Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Prevention of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation) trial provided strong evidence that fish oil supplementation does not lead to increased bleeding during surgery. Also, higher omega-3 fatty acid levels were associated with a lower risk of bleeding. The study warrants the reconsideration of existing recommendations to stop fish oil or delay procedures before cardiac surgery.

The UC San Francisco personal survey of patients with A-Fib has found that the majority of triggers for the condition are easily modifiable lifestyle choices, starting (in order) with alcohol, caffeine, exercise and lack of sleep. The team’s next step is to launch an app study to systematically test for triggers. As irregular heartbeats can be hard to feel by patients, doctors value the opportunity to detect A-Fib to mitigate the risk of stroke.

A Cleveland Clinic survey of people between the ages of 18 and 73 revealed that many had misconceptions about how a diet affects their heart health. 18% said that their diet had nothing to do with their CV health. 42% believe being overweight wouldn’t affect their heart health if they maintained an exercise routine, without actually losing any weight. Many also don’t know that people only need to lose about 5 percent of body weight to see significant health impacts.

Diet drinks may seem like healthier options than sugary sodas and fruit drinks, but a study from Columbia University found that that women who drank two or more artificially sweetened drinks a day had a 23% higher risk of having any type of stroke, and a 31% increased risk of having a stroke due to clotting in brain blood vessels, compared to women who reported drinking fewer than one beverage a week (or none at all). The area of concern is with artificial sweeteners, like saccharin and aspartame, that may disrupt the body’s ability to control glucose.

March 24th - Diabetes Awareness Day

Today’s Guest: Denise Nicastro and Danielle Unser-Slater, JDRF, Northeast New York Chapter
Show Topics: Diabetes Alert Day is on March 26, 2019. Observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day “wake-up call” that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk. Denise Nicastro is the Director of Development of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Northeast New York Chapter and joins us today to discuss the work the JDRF is doing to find a cure and help families and patients of Type 1 diabetes.


A team of doctors at Columbia University researched the negative effects of yo-yo dieting in the women who had never been pregnant. The women without a pregnancy history were likely younger and might be those who started weight cycling – lost at least 10 pounds and then regained the weight within a year. The women in the study had an average age of 37 years which the study author noted “the need to identify critical periods for the effect of weight fluctuation on heart disease risk at an early age.”

New research shows that an antiseptic compound found in mouthwash destroys “friendly” oral bacteria that help maintain normal blood pressure levels. Researchers reported that twice daily use of mouthwash is a concern when you consider that 2 out of 3 patients prescribed high blood pressure medication do not have their blood pressure adequately managed and the first thing over 200 million Americans do each day is use an antiseptic mouthwash – which may be doing more harm than good.

Turning off the TV, being active and eating an energy-rich breakfast of milk, cheese and cereals everyday could be the key, suggest researchers in a new study. People who watched more than 21 hours of TV per week were 68% more likely to have high blood pressure and 50% more likely to have diabetes. Researchers found that those who ate a high-energy breakfast tended to have significantly healthier arteries than those who ate little or no breakfast.

Folks with type 2 diabetes who ate five or more servings of tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, pistachios, pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts and pine nuts) had a lower the risk of premature death from heart disease or any other cause by about one-third for people with type 2 diabetes. The study author detailed these nuts seem to help control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Eating nuts also appears to help dampen inflammation and improve blood vessel health.

A positive or optimistic mind offers a 30% lower risk of developing heart disease. Scientists hypothesize that those who tend to look for the bright side of negative situations can avoid the damage that stress inflicts on the cardiovascular system. Another hypothesis is that people with a positive outlook are more likely to use healthy coping strategies like problem-solving to overcome obstacles and manage stressors, whereas people with a negative outlook tend toward unhealthy coping strategies like self-medicating with food and other substances.


March 17th - Community Gardening and Healthy Eating

Today’s Guest: Amy Klein, CEO, Capital Roots
Show Topics: March is National Nutrition Month. Capital Roots works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.


A study published in Hypertension investigated whether women or men benefit more from a low-salt diet to lower blood pressure. In a study using mice that were give a high-salt diet for one week, a high-salt diet resulted in higher blood pressure in females. The study provide evidence that aldosterone, a hormone in the body that regulates salt and water, a good target for treatments for females suffering from conditions such as obesity and high blood pressure.

Having gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy can make you twice as likely to get heart disease. Doctors believe that there are other risk factors associated with GDM, including higher levels of blood fats, increased inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein, and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and higher levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Each of those were present in women who had GDM as early as three months after delivery, meaning the disorder gains attention during pregnancy.

23 and Me has a new Type 2 diabetes risk report. The goal, according to a release from the company, is to help customers learn about their genetic predisposition to Type 2 diabetes early enough to seek proactive medical care and make lifestyle changes. The report will be offered with the Health and Ancestry test. Heart disease is the number one cause of death among people with type 2 diabetes.

Is Cheez Whiz Healthy? The processed food contains high levels of a fatty acid called CLA, which has been linked to burning fat and fighting cancer. Nutritionists point out that while CLA is found in Cheez Whiz, the other ingredients in the Whiz counteract any potential health benefits. The best food sources of CLA are beef and full-fat dairy, where it is found naturally. People with diabetes or heart disease, or people on blood-thinning medication, should not take CLA supplements because it increases cholesterol levels and inflammation.

If you are on the blood thinner warfarin, you should talk with your doctor before using CDB for any potential medical benefits. Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become popular as an alternative treatment believed to help with everything from inflammation issues, anxiety, and lower blood pressure. However, for patients taking warfarin, a case was reported on the risk of the CBD interacting with the anticoagulant to be much higher than expected, leading to bleeding risk, making the effect of CBD on your medication unpredictable. TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR about ALL supplements you are taking with your prescriptions.


March 10th - National Nutrition Month

Today’s Guest: Dr. Dr. Kevin Woods
Show Topics: National Nutrition Month is celebrated during the month of March, to focus our attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Dr. Kevin Woods was award the distinction of Master Clinician, while at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC. The award is presented to physicians who make lifelong commitments to caring for patients and educating young and future physicians. He joins us today to discuss heart healthy diet and lifestyle changes you can make this month.


UK researchers wanted to find out if aspirin prevents cardiovascular disease in people between 53-74 and what the risk of bleeding was that required hospitalization. Their findings suggest that although regular aspirin use will prevent cardiovascular disease in people who have never had a heart attack, it won’t reduce the odds of dying if you do have one and comes with a significant risk of bleeding. Your body weight is a factor on aspirin’s effectiveness, it’s best to talk with your doctor about YOUR specific diagnosis.

Following the simple 7 health factors and lifestyle behaviors that are associated with cardiovascular health are physical activity, diet, weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and tobacco use – can also drastically reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Study participants at Ohio State University College of Medicine, who were in the recommended, ideal ranges for at least four of the seven factors had a 70% lower risk of developing diabetes over the next 10 years.

A study by Canadian researchers found that climbing stairs at short intervals throughout the day can improve cardiovascular health and may even add years to your life. They call it “exercise snacking,” the technical term is sprint interval training (SIT), which can be effective when done as a single session with a few minutes of recovery between each intense burst of exercise, only requiring about 10 minutes of exercise total. One of the co-authors noted, “Vigorously climbing a few flights of stairs on your coffee or bathroom break during the day seems to be enough to boost fitness in people who are otherwise sedentary.”

Kenley Jansen, the Los Angeles Dodgers closer, opened up about his second heart operation in six years. The 31-year-old dropped 25 pounds since a heart procedure in November, after he experienced an atrial fibrillation episode last season. He said his doctor is confident the issues are behind him, even if he’s not completely cured. He is off blood thinners and has been cleared to pitch this year.  

The Heart Foundation is lobbying for infrastructure improvements around Australian schools, like crosswalks and walking paths, to make walking to school safer, easier and more appealing to children and their families. Currently, 19% of Australian school children reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day, according to The Heart Foundation.

March 3rd - Cardiac Technology Update

Today’s Guest: Dr. James O’Brien
Show Topics: Two technology announcements at the beginning of this year are innovating how we diagnose heart attacks and the cause of stroke, using smartphones. Dr. James O’Brien specializes in arrhythmia management and cardiac electrophysiology and joins us to today to talk about heat beat monitoring and how technology is helping save lives.



A new report from Florida State University found that community cardiac education programs in rural areas – work . “With Every Heartbeat is Life,” a six-week heart healthy program, addressed major cardiovascular disease risk factors. Participants reported making better food and lifestyle choices as well as having an increased awareness for heart attack symptoms. Recognizing signs of a heart attack can help people seek medical assistance sooner, especially in rural areas where the hospital and emergency medical services may be farther away than in urban settings.

Swapping out regular sugar for high-quality honey in your diet may improve different aspects of heart health, as it has been shown to reduce several risk factors for heart disease. A 30-day study found that honey helped decrease levels of total and “bad” LDL cholesterol while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol. While honey may be a better option than refined sugar, it should still be consumed in moderation to prevent adverse effects on your health.

A tendon that stretches between your heel and your calf may tell you something about your cardiovascular health. Researchers found that people with thicker Achilles tendons have more significant coronary artery disease and are at higher risk for a heart attack than those with thinner tendons. It’s unclear, however, exactly why this artery was thicker in these individuals, and researched will continue to explore this science.

Originally designed in the 1920s to treat epilepsy, the ketogenic — or “keto” — diet has become one of the most popular weight loss trends over the past couple of years. Fitness expert Jillian Michaels blasted the Keto diet in the January edition of Women’s Health, saying it’s a bad for your body to cut out carbohydrates, “you are starving yourself. Macronutrients serve a very important purpose for your overall health and well-being. Each and every one of them,” she said.

Three 2018 in-vitro studies on the dangers of e-vaping point to the concerns with inflammation and toxicity when smoking e-cigarettes. Two studies found that exposure can cause an inflammatory response in immune system and in certain types of white blood cells. The third study found that exposure to flavoring additives in e-cigarettes can harm blood vessel cells in the heart, which are known to play a role in long-term heart health. Data from 2018 shows that roughly 10.8 million American adults are currently using e-cigarettes, and more than half of them are under 35 years old.

AliveCor, the same company behind the Kardia products, wants to help people diagnose heart attacks with their smartphones. Their new app is capable of determining whether or not a person is having an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), or heart attack, with nearly the same accuracy as a standard 12-lead ECG. The app uses a strip that patients place their fingers on for scanning. You can view the reading on the app or it can be sent to the cloud for review.

Apple and Johnson & Johnson are teaming up on a study to determine whether the latest Apple Watch, in conjunction with an app from the pharmaceutical company, can accelerate the diagnosis of a leading cause of stroke. Their study will start later this year, focused on US adults over 65 who wear the Apple Watch Series 4. In a statement, J&J said, “the goal is to identify early on AFib and prevent stroke by combining the physical know-how from Apple.”





February 24th - The State of Heart Health in America

Today’s Guest: Dr. Lance Sullenberger
Show Topics: When you look at the leading causes of death in America, heart issues always rank near the top. But if you ask a random sampling of Americans to tell you what they’re doing to protect their hearts, you’ll get some pretty weak and uneducated answers. Dr. Sullenberger joins us to talk about the innovations in technology and treatment of heart disease as well as simple steps you can do to monitor your risk.


The Sydney Morning Herald shared different forms of exercise that can benefit heart health, from aerobic exercise where the body relies on its oxygen intake (like sprinting), to slower-paced anaerobic exercise where stored energy in the muscles is utilized. The report stated the key is to get your heart rate up. Aim for regular exercise of moderate intensity at least three times a week for at least 20 to 30 minutes at a time.

The pegan diet is a style of eating inspired by two of the most popular diet trends — paleo and vegan. According to its creator, the diet promotes optimal health by reducing inflammation and balancing blood sugar. Although a diet full of organic fruits, vegetables, and grass-fed, pasture-raised meats may seem great in theory, it may be inaccessible for many people. With that in mind, with a focus on 75% of food coming from fruits and vegetables with the rest divided among meats, eggs, and healthy fats, such as nuts and seeds – we’ll be following this diet closely in 2019.

A new sleep study suggests there is a connection between how much sleep you get  and how well you sleep and the risk of atherosclerosis, a condition that doctors characterize by plaque buildup in the arteries. The study found that after the exclusion of other risk factors for heart disease, participants who slept under 6 hours every night had a 27% increase in the risk for atherosclerosis when the researchers compared them with people who slept between 7 and 8 hours each night.

Recently, bone broth soup has enjoyed a boost in popularity. Researchers were interested in how cooked bones might release proteins which might block particular enzymes known to be involved in heart disease. They found that dry-cured ham bones [used in] stews and broths could have a positive impact on heart health and a possible reduction of high blood pressure.

People who are bullied or exposed to violence on the job were 59% more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease or hospitalized for heart attacks or strokes than individuals who don’t deal with these challenges at work, a European study suggests. Severe stress contributes to high blood pressure, mood disorders like anxiety or depression or fuel unhealthy behaviors like smoking or eating and drinking too much, the study authors note.


February 17th - National Heart Valve Disease Day

Today’s Guest: Dr. Donna Phelan
Show Topics: National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day is February 22nd. As many as 11 million Americans have heart valve disease (HVD) — a potentially disabling and deadly disease — yet 3 out of 4 Americans know little to nothing about HVD. Dr. While heart valve disease can be can be disabling and deadly, available treatments can save lives, making education and awareness particularly important. Donna Phelan has a special area of interest in echocardiography and non-invasive cardiology and joins us today to talk about detection and treatment options for HVD.


A simple new tool helps show the potential lifesaving benefits of diabetes treatment, based on a recent study that tested a model for predicting heart risks in patients with type 2 diabetes. Known as the DIAL (diabetes lifetime-perspective prediction) model, this tool uses a patient’s medical data to predict things like a patient’s risk for developing heart disease in the next ten years is 50% based on their existing health and treatment plan. The tool is free and available online.

Not all blood pressure measurements are created equal, based on a recent paper that reviewed the pros and cons of different ways we screen patients for hypertension. The authors discussed in-office, home, and ambulatory monitoring. Regardless of which assessment is used, according to authors, the key goal is to get an accurate measure of patients’ blood pressure. That helps ensure that all patients with any form of high blood pressure is both diagnosed and treated, while minimizing the number of patients that could be wrongly diagnosed.

If you’re experiencing frequent heart palpitations at night, consider scheduling an appointment with your doctor. If you feel an irregular pulse, a fluttering sensation in your chest, or a fast or pounding heart rate – those are typical symptoms that could be brought on this time of year by caffeine, cold medicines, alcohol, chocolate, stress, fever, too much exercise (like snow shoveling), or changes in blood pressure or blood sugar.

The Microbiome Diet is a new, trendy weight loss diet based on eating and avoiding certain foods in the hopes of restoring gut health. It’s also claimed to offer other benefits, such as a faster metabolism and weight loss. The diet is split into three phases, the first two lasting almost a month, the third for life. Each phase eliminates processed and fried foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners, trans and hydrogenated fats.

A study, funded by the British Heart Foundation, found that a type of specialized immune cell could make a real difference to the risk of hypertension. Researchers zeroed in on macrophages, a type of white blood cell that forms part of the immune system. They found that macrophages can ensure that blood vessels properly relax, which helps lower blood pressure. The teams’ next steps will be to investigate the role of macrophages in people living with hypertension.


February 17th - HeartTalk LIVE

Today’s Guest: Dr. Robert Benton, Dr. Heather Stahura, Dr. Lance Sullenberger, and Maryellen King, NP
Show Topics: February is American Heart Month. In 1963, more than half of the deaths in the United States were caused by cardiovascular disease. Today heart disease is the number one cause of death in our country. However, with advancements in technology and clinical research, cardiac innovations today provide doctors better tools in the areas of detection and treatment.


The history of investigating coronary disease began with Leonardo da Vinci in the mid 1400’s. By the 1900’s doctors began to experiment with procedures that are still commonly used to evaluate or confirm the presence of coronary artery disease and to determine the need for further treatment.

“Silent heart attacks” account for 45% of heart attacks and strike men more than women. This is especially concerning to patients with diabetes and nerve damage, who cannot sense the pain that signals a heart attack.

Statin drugs lower blood cholesterol levels much more effectively than any diet or drug regimens that were available before the discovery of stains in 1976.

Since the late 19th century, surgeons have been performing cardiac surgery. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality statistical brief, published in March 2014, about 213,700 Americans have a CABG procedure every year. The need for CABG surgeries is expected to expand by just over 5% in the seven years due to stress, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy habits.

Earlier this month, the American Heart Association (AHA) published a bold statement: Nearly half of American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease. The reason for the jump lies in the new guidelines for high blood pressure. In 2017, the AHA and American College of Cardiology lowered the acceptable healthy level of blood pressure from 140/90 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg.

There are three, research-backed ways to improve your heart health. 1) Daily activity or exercise for 20 minutes that raises your heart rate. 2) A plant-based diet that is high in fiber, like the Mediterranean Diet or DASH diet, that avoids processed foods. 3) Setting aside ten or fifteen minutes a day to relax and lower our stress levels.

February 10th - Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

Today’s Guest: Dr. Robert Benton
Show Topics: February 7th through the 14th is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. While it only affects 1 in 110 (about 40,000) babies born in the US, a congenital heart defect (CHD) is one of the most common types of birth defects. For many forms of CHD, surgery is not a cure. Congenital heart disease is a lifelong condition requiring specialized care, and often additional surgeries and medications are needed later in life. Dr. Benton is the Chief of Cardiology at Samaritan Hospital and joins us to talk about the close to 4 million Americans living with CHD.


Women wait 37 minutes longer to seek treatment for heart attack compared to men, based on results of a Swiss study. The study author cites the delay for women is that they don’t experience the classic pain in the chest and arm symptoms. Women often have back, shoulder, or stomach pain. The author said any moderate to severe discomfort including pain in the chest, throat, neck, back, stomach or shoulders that lasts for more than 15 minutes warrants a call to 911.

The Jackson Heart Sleep Study found that sleep apnea could make it harder for African-Americans to get blood pressure under control. Among participants with high blood pressure, those with moderate or severe sleep apnea were twice as likely to have resistant hypertension than those with no sleep issues. What this study confirms, according to authors, is the link between sleep apnea and hard-to-treat hypertension.  

An article published in the American Journal of Public Health states that sweating induced by saunas may be beneficial for people with conditions such as COPD, congestive heart failure, and peripheral arterial disease. Saunas may also help reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and can be advantageous for muscle recovery after sports. The report recommends that healthy people not sit in a sauna for more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time and talk with their doctor about sauna usage.

According to a recent study, spirulina may help to reduce blood pressure. It’s a blue-green algae that contains high levels of protein, iron, and other nutrients that some research has shown it to have anti-inflammatory properties, help control levels of glucose and lipids in the blood. In lab test, the active molecule in digested spirulina measured a drop in blood pressure in mice.

The British Heart Foundation has identified two biomarkers that could help in the diagnosis of a heart condition that raises the risk of stroke. One is a hormone secreted by the heart called brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) and the other is a protein responsible for phosphate regulation called fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23). The study authors said the biomarkers have the potential to be used in blood tests for people with atrial fibrillation.


February 3rd - American Heart Month

Today’s Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Uzzilia
Show Topics: February is American Heart Month. We use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community. Dr. Jeffrey Uzzilia joins us today to discuss how we can fight heart disease: the number one killer of men and women in the United States.


A paper published on the importance of promoting heart health to children, highlighted the fact that unlike many other diseases, we actually have control of many risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular risk, such as obesity, inactivity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Teaching kids about healthy habits could help prevent these risk factors later in life.

Can you make up missed sleep the next night? The simple answer is yes. According to a study from 2016, it takes four days to fully recover from one hour of lost sleep. Additionally, many Americans who lose sleep do so chronically instead of just once in a while. This creates a “sleep deficit,” making it harder to catch up on sleep and increasing the likelihood of sleep deprivation symptoms. According to the National Sleep Foundation, we need about 7.1 hours of sleep per night to feel good, but 73% of us fall short of that.

Eating a heart-healthy diet has show benefits for people with MS. Oregon researchers are looking into the alpha-lipoic acid that’s naturally found in dark leafy greens, broccoli, yams, potatoes, red meat, and over-the-counter-supplements. Scientists are studying if the antioxidant can help a patients think and walk better.

Millions of people live with high blood pressure, which can place them at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. For this condition, doctors typically prescribe blood-lowering drugs. A new British study found in a trial that when they looked specifically at people with high blood pressure, they saw that exercise was as effective as most blood-lowering medication. The team urges patients to stay on their meds but also talk with their doctor about activity and exercise programs.

A new study examined the relationship between loss of income and heart health. The team found that stressful events can contribute to obesity, which is a risk factor for heart disease, as well as high blood pressure. Having a lower socioeconomic status has also been connected to poorer heart health, since people with low or unstable incomes tend to smoke more, get less regular exercise and see their doctors less frequently, all of which can add to the risk of heart problems. The authors noted that it makes sense for physicians to ask about life changes during visits.






January 27th - Go Red for Women Day

Today’s Guest: Dr. Heather Stahura
Show Topics: National Wear Red Day is the first Friday in February, where women are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness about heart disease being the number one killer of women. Dr. Heather Stahura joins us today to talk about how heart disease affects women in a larger numbers than men.


Two studies published in December show that people who eat red meat, but not vegetarians or people who eat only white meat such as chicken, produce more of a chemical called TMAO, which has been shown to raise heart disease risk. They also showed that a diet heavy in red meat can change kidney function, a surprising finding that raises more questions about red meats effects on the body.

CNET tested the new Apple Watch against a traditional EKG. While the Apple Watch can now detect changes in the heart rhythm, to get a definitive diagnosis, doctors need more information. The Apple Watch is the only direct to consumer device with a built-in EKG. But there are other devices, like the Cardioband, the let you take an EKG outside the doctor’s office. Apple Watch competitors like Armour and Fitbit are also working to improve their heart rate monitoring tech as well.

After the running and aerobics boom of the 1970s, large numbers of septuagenarians stuck with it and have been exercising regularly for the past 50 years. In a study at the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University, researchers found that, “These 75-year-old  men and women have similar cardiovascular health to a 40 to 45-year-old.” The healthiest group have a history of participating in structured exercise four to six days a week for a total of about seven hours a week.

Heart attack symptoms aren’t the same for everyone, especially women.  In a Twitter post last month, a female nurse shared her story. “Last Sunday I had a heart attack. I had a 95% block in my left anterior descending artery. I’m alive because I called 911. I never had chest pain. It wasn’t what you read in pamphlets. I had it off & on for weeks.” She described feeling what she thought was muscle strain running across her upper back, shoulder blades and equally down both arms.

Finish researchers found that frequent sauna baths were associated with reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. However, it is still unclear as to why saunas are associated with these health benefits. The authors stated that heat therapy helps lower blood pressure but pointed out the cultural differences: there are as many saunas as TV sets in Finland – something hard to achieve in America.


January 20th - Cardiology Pharmacy

Today’s Guest: Dr. Kate Cabral
Show Topics: Dr. Kate Cabral recently earned the distinction of being the only “board-certified” in cardiology pharmacist in New York state. This is her third visit on HeartTalk. Today we will be discussing some of the questions that come from the conversations she has with heart patients on their medications and prescriptions.


Patients who undergo heart surgery do not experience major memory changes, either better or worse, when compared with those who have a much less invasive, catheter-based procedure, according to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. The study examined CABG patients who have issues with memory and thinking skills in the weeks following surgery. Doctors found that patients abilities should gradually improve post-surgery and stress the importance of follow up appointments for up to two years.

A new study shows that heart disease mortality has fallen below cancer mortality at some point in 31 states over the last two decades. While heart disease is still the #1 killer of men and women nationwide, the team believes that a reduction in heart disease mortality rate correlates closely with the reduction in tobacco smoking.

Is there such thing as heart attack season? Researchers in Sweden found that more heart attacks happened on days with temperatures below freezing. When the temperature was above 40 degrees, the rates of heart attack declined. It is possible that the cold air when breathed in the lungs, can stress the body to raise temperatures, resulting in inflammation. Also, the narrowing of blood vessels, can raise blood pressure as possible setups for heart attack.

The VITAL Trial questioned the benefit of omega-3 and vitamin D supplements in reducing risk for heart disease. Studies show that individuals who naturally get these nutrients naturally tend to have better health and lower risk of death. Authors ultimately conclude that daily omega-3 and vitamin D supplements failed to reduce risk of cancer and major heart events in healthy adults after five years.

Altria, the parent company for Philip Morris USA, announced in late December, a $12.8 billion deal to buy a 35% stake in Juul with plans to aggressively help promote the e-cigarette brand. Research shows youth who vape are four times more likely to smoke deadly cigarettes. Juul was the subject of an FDA probe last summer.

January 13th - Healthy Weight Week

Today’s Guest: Catrina from Catrina K Fitness
Show Topics: Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. Catrina, from Catrina K Fitness, is a personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. She joins us today to talk about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses.


A study on the Mediterranean diet released last month found diets based on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fish may reduce cardiovascular risk by minimizing inflammation, controlling blood sugar and promoting a healthy weight. This study followed nearly 26K US women with an average age of 55 for 12 years – 23% of the women on the diet lower risk for heart events than those who were not.  

An English study explored how body mass index and fat content relate, especially in regard to heart health. The take-home message then, according to authors, is that fat is the driving factor behind increased heart risks. While BMI doesn’t consider fat in its calculations, it’s a useful tool that mirrors the results of fat testing—tests that are far more involved and costly than simply calculating BMI.

The new Heartsense heart monitor is the first of many wearable AI-driven devices that will help reshape healthcare in the near future. This innovative wearable tech gathers real-time sensitive and specific data of the hearts rhythm and streams it wirelessly to the cloud. It connects with your smartphone to offer real-time ECG with an accuracy level of more than 95%. The Heartsense monitor will launch early this year.

Excess waist fat is common in many people with a high risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a recent European study. This study shows that large proportions of individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease have unhealthy lifestyle habits and uncontrolled blood pressure, lipids, and diabetes. Study authors also advised doctors not to assume that having normal BMI means that there is no heart-related issue in an otherwise healthy individual.

Scientists in an international review were especially interested in understanding the relationship between circadian rhythms and eating patterns — called chrono-nutrition — and overall cardiometabolic health. The team found that individuals who went to bed later tended to have less healthful eating patterns. For instance, they generally ate later in the day, at less regular times, and they consumed more alcohol, sugar, and caffeinated products than earlier risers. Night owls were also more likely to skip breakfast.

January 6th - Congestive Heart Failure

Today’s Guest: Dr. Connor Healey
Show Topics: One in five people worldwide run the risk of developing congestive heart failure, and this prevalence increases with age. As there is no cure for the ailment, patients can only monitor their health closely with lifestyle changes or medication to prevent their heart function from deteriorating irreversibly. Dr. Connor Healey provides guidance and treatment for congestive heart failure patients.


Christmas Eve, New Years, midsummer holidays, early mornings (8 a.m.) and Monday mornings all are times for increased risk of heart attack. A Swedish study found that apart from overindulgence in unhealthy food and beverages, emotional stress, and exhaustion during the holiday season have been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks.

Snoring is harmful to heart health in women. Snoring makes the walls of the heart’s main pumping station work harder, this cardiac change affected women more than men. Doctors recommend to ask your partner to observe you and look for phases during sleep when you stop breathing for a short while and then gasp for air.

Eating pumpkin seeds everyday may keep your heart healthy and active. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, healthy fats and beneficial fibers. You can eat  them as an evening snack without any guilt. A 100 gram serving of pumpkin seeds provide about 560 calories and almost 50% of daily protein requirement.

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine states that compared with nonsmokers, people who smoked regular cigarettes daily nearly triple their heart attack risk, compared with a nearly doubled risk among people who used only e-cigarettes. However, about two-thirds of current e-cigarette users also smoked regular cigarettes. Using both products daily was linked to a nearly fivefold increase in heart attack risk.

People who see vivid pictures of their own arteries getting clogged up with debris may be more likely to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle than individuals who don’t see these images, a recent experiment suggests. Study participants received info on CV risk factors and were shown images of their arteries. After a year, people who had seen the pictures of their own arteries had lower average risk scores for heart disease than they did before they saw the images. As the author put it, “Visual graphics and pictures are more effective, as this trial found; the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” is hard-wired into us.”

December 2018

December 30th - Heart Bypass Surgery

Today’s Guest: Dr. Lance Sullenberger
Show Topics: Traditional Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
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In July we learned that bergamot, garlic and green tea may be a useful alternative to cholesterol-lowering statins. Researchers wanted to provide treatment options for patients who can’t take statins due to side effects, like muscle pain. Experts also believe the addition of supplements could complement existing treatments. The study authors also stressed that natural remedies cannot replace statin therapy, which is a tried-and-true way to lower cholesterol and risk for heart events.

Maintaining a consistent blood pressure is important for patients with hypertension (high blood pressure), based on a study release in February that found fluctuation in blood pressure is associated with a twofold increase in risk for heart events. Findings suggest that all patients with hypertension should carefully monitor their blood pressure levels to ensure that their blood pressure is both low and consistent between readings.

n March, we learned that the Kardia Band, a smartwatch app designed for patients with atrial fibrillation, was shown to correctly identified 93% of abnormal heart rhythms in participants wearing the watch. A few months later, Apple announced the new Heart monitor feature in their new Series 4 Watch which also made ECG’s available to PDF’s for doctors and would call 911 in emergency situations.

A Dutch study published in May found that adults living within roughly a half-mile from a fast food restaurant were significantly more likely to develop heart disease than those living further away. It’s estimated that the number of McDonald’s outlets increased by 20% globally in the past decade. According to authors, findings should serve as a warning about the public health dangers of the fast food trend.

An update published in June focused on percutaneous coronary intervention — a nonsurgical procedure that improves blood flow to the heart. PCI was first introduced in 1977 as an alternative to open heart surgery, but carried high risk of complications and didn’t always work. Over the years PCI has been improved making it more safe and effective. Today, it’s estimated that about 60% of patients having a heart attack will receive PCI, with the remainder undergoing open heart surgery or receiving medication alone.


December 16th - Are There Safe Levels of Alcohol for Heart Disease?

Today’s Guest: Dr. Robert Benton
Show Topics: In August, a study was published in The Lancet that suggested there is no safe level of alcohol as beneficial effects against ischemic heart disease. Dr. Robert Benton calls this “fake news” and joins us to today to help us better understand IF there are any medical benefits to drinking any amount of alcohol.
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New research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that a little bit of strength training goes a long way in preventing heart disease. Just 60 minutes of weight lifting once a week cut the risks of heart disease and dying from a cardiovascular event by 40 to 70%, even if they didn’t get the recommended amount of aerobic exercise every week.
A controlled-diet study challenges the theory that dietary saturated fat is bad or a contributor to heart disease. The study focused on the association between saturated fat in the blood and heart disease. They found that there are 4 “good fats” (Monounsaturated – like avocados, Polyunsaturated – oils in veggies, Essential fatty acids – found in fish, Saturated fatty acids – butter) that are okay to consume in moderation while avoiding Trans fats which have been associated with an increased heart-attack risk. Trans fats are found in processed foods, candies, fried food, and snacks.
High blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking increase women’s risk of heart attack more than men. Researchers found that high blood pressure raised a woman’s risk of heart attack by 83 percent more than it did in a man. Smoking by 55% more in a woman, and Type 2 diabetes by 47% more in a woman, relative to a man.
Men who eat fermented dairy products have a smaller risk of incident coronary heart disease than men who eat less of these products, according to a new study. Less than 4 cups a day of cheese, yogurt, and sour milk have more positive effects on blood lipid profiles and the risk of heart disease than other dairy products.
New research adds to the list of reasons why the Mediterranean diet may be good for the heart. Eating foods that are high in trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) like fish, seafood, and vegetables reduced cardiac fibrosis in a clinical study with rats with hypertension. After 56 weeks, the rats’ hearts improved. The author noted that “fish-rich and vegetarian diets had significantly higher plasma TMAO than red meat- and egg-rich diets, which are considered to increase cardiovascular risk.”

December 9th - Why Diabetes Increases the Risk of Heart Disease

Today’s Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Uzzilia
Show Topics: A campaign has been launched to educate people with type 2 diabetes about heart disease and what they can do to reduce their risk. The new, multi-year awareness and education initiative is called Know Diabetes by Heart. Dr. Jeffrey Uzzilia has a special interest in coronary artery disease treatment and prevention.
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Less than a third of Americans and only one in five teenagers meet new physical fitness guidelines issued by the federal government. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (walking briskly, riding a bike on level ground with few hills and playing doubles tennis) and two sessions of muscle-strengthening activity (lifting weights, “heavy gardening,” such as shoveling, and yoga) each week.
A nutrition study tested if eating nitrate-rich vegetables for a month would lower high blood pressure. Participants with untreated prehypertension or grade 1 hypertension ate beets, celery, lettuce, spinach and radishes which did not lower their blood pressure.
Researchers from New Zealand used new equipment for a blood test to see if it was accurate enough to diagnose a heart attack victim in just 15 minutes. The study measured troponin levels and found that 16% of the patients tested, in fact, suffered a heart attack. The team was encouraged that test could allow earlier discharge of patients who have not had a heart attack.
Doctors are studying the effects of antibiotics on the gut microbiome and heart attack recovery in experimental studies. Boosting the gut microbiome by giving probiotics may aid recovery in heart attack patients. Further studies on the short chain fatty acids normally produced by the gut microbiome may provide other therapies which could improve the immune system and aid heart attack recovery
A new blood pressure app for iPhone X is being tested by Michigan State University. The app would scan your fingertip when pressed on the front camera of the phone, which would test the external pressure of the underlying artery. The team is trying to produce cuff-less and calibration-free BP monitoring technology for existing and new versions of smartphones.

December 2nd - National Influenza Vaccination Week

Today’s Guest: Dr. Brion Winston
Show Topics: December 2nd through the 8th is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Established by the CDC in 2005, this week stresses the importance of getting your flu shot for peak season from December through February. Flu season can last as long as May! Dr. Winston joins us today to talk about the research done to fight infectious diseases.
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Saving most of your calories for the evening may spell trouble for heart health, based on a study that found eating big meals after 6 p.m. increases the risk for prediabetes and high blood pressure in Hispanics. Doctors in the study urge patients to be aware of what they eat and when they eat it.
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 make 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 been prescribed the same medications as human heart patients!
Gum disease may make it more difficult to treat high blood pressure, based on a recent study that links gum disease to higher blood pressure levels. Experts believe that that inflammation from gum disease may trigger or worsen inflammation in other parts of the body, including blood vessels and arteries. Findings show that taking care of teeth and gums may be an important way to help promote a healthy blood pressure.
Women are less likely to receive life-saving CPR during sudden cardiac arrest, often due to fear of injury or sexual assault. The lead author on the survey study wrote, “While these are actual fears the public holds, it is important to realize that CPR is lifesaving and should be rendered to collapsed individuals regardless of gender, race or ethnicity.”

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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.

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.
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

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.
New research investigates the chemicals used to flavor e-cigarettes could be damaging blood vessels and the cells that line the inside of the heart. The chemical additives used to create some of the most popular flavors, including mint, vanilla, banana, burnt flavor, cinnamon, clove, butter, strawberry, and spice were found to have health risks.
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.
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

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.

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.

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
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.
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?
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.
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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