HeartFailureCenter's Sheryl McCormick reviews the latest news relating to heart failure.

Start With Your Heart-It's Never Too Late

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

If you are overweight, don't eat right, and/or don't exercise, it is never too late to start taking care of yourself; particularly your heart since it is the body's "motor." Whatever you do now will affect you for years to come, so think ahead. Embrace Your Heart has published a few simple, common sense steps that anyone can take, at any time, for a healthier heart and life. For full details and the six steps, click on the link below...

http://www.thecardioblog.com

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School Nurses Being Urged to Help Prevent Heart Diseases

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently issued a statement concerning the participation school nurses should play in the effort to prevent heart disease and other cardiac problems later in life. The AHA is pushing for nurses to participate "in behavioral skill training and heart-health education in children." Awareness is the key and urging students to exercise, eat healthy, and not smoke are mentioned in the statement. For the full story and related articles, click on the links below...

http://www.forbes.com

http://www.heartzine.com

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Successful Heart Surgery on Orangutan at San Diego Zoo

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

It was determined during a routine check-up that Josephine, on of the 10 oldest orangutans in North America, was suffering from heart disease. The 47-year-old Sumatran orangutan had fluid around her heart that needed to be drained. A short time after the fluid removal, she appeared lethargic and had a "poor appetite." A team of doctors from the University of California, San Diego performed a "quick surgery" on Josephine on May 25th. After a week of bed rest she was happily reunited with her family and friends and seems to have made a complete recovery. For the full story and pictures, click on the link below...

http://www.savetheorangutan.co.uk

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Possible Presidential Hopeful Michael Bloomberg Discloses Stent Placement

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

It was confirmed on June 28th that Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, had two coronary arterial stents inserted to "relieve blockage" in his heart in 2000 before becoming mayor. Bloomberg, 65, yet to confirm his candidacy for president, is said to be in excellent health. For more on the story, click on the link below...

http://www.forbes.com

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Studies on Monkeys for Stress and Heart Disease

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

A study on monkeys concerning the effects of hormone therapy on heart vessel disease published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests "stress can affect estrogen levels and may set the stage for heart disease later in life,"according to Jay Kaplan, Ph.D., professor of comparative medicine and director of the primate center. The study indicates that "younger postmenopausal women who take estrogen-alone hormone therapy have significantly less building of calcium plaque in their arteries compared to their peers who did not take hormone therapy." Kaplan adds, "The message for women is that anything that reduces estrogen levels in young adulthood - whether it be stress or exercise and diet habits - may put women on a high-risk course for heart disease." For more information on the research, click on the link below....

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

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Fifty Percent of Wrestler Deaths Linked to Heart Failure

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

The number of pro wrestlers that have died in the past decade is close to 200. Almost 50 percent of those deaths are linked to heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes. The controversy over these mostly untimely deaths questions illegal drug abuse and/or obesity. Whether a person is carrying that much weight because of muscle or fat, the stress to the heart is a big problem and obviously, the use of steroids has proven to have a negative affect on the heart. For a list of the wrestlers, the causes of death, and related stories, click on the links below....

http://prowrestling.about.com

http://www.cardsclubhouse.com

http://www.100megsfree4.com

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Small Town Gets To The Heart Of The Matter

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

Framingham, Massachusetts, population 65,000, is like any other small town in America, with one big difference-the town helps heart specialists from all over the world identify major risk factors associated with heart disease and help determine heart failure statistics and prognosis. The Framingham Heart Study began in 1948 after World War II, when President Roosevelt died of a stroke. "That was when no one realized that high blood pressure and stroke are connected," said Dan Levy director of the study. Almost sixty years of data collected from the townspeople and their offspring "have produced over 1,000 scientific papers and paved the way for researchers to undertake singular clinical trials based on Framingham findings, created a revolution in preventive medicine, and forever changed the way the medical community and general public view the genesis of disease." For further information on Framingham and the milestones associated with the study, click on the links below.....

http://news.bbc.co.uk

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

http://www.framingham.com

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Alliance For a Healthier Generation

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership formed by the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association (AHA), has a goal of eliminating childhood obesity by 2010. One out of every six children in the United States is considered overweight. One objective that the Alliance has addressed is junk food in schools. Their Guidelines "promote fat-free/low-fat dairy products" and place "limits on fats, sugar and sodium." For more objectives of the program and what you can do, click on the link below....

http://www.thediabetesblog.com

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Taking French Lessons to Heart

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

Historically speaking, the French have always maintained the reputation of drinking lots of wine, smoking harsh cigarettes, drinking strong coffee and espresso, and eating cheese and chocolate like they are going out of style. But yet, the French seem to outlive their American counterparts-they have a life expectancy of 80 and have a national lower percentage of cardiovascular related diseases, while Americans are expected to live to be 78 and heart health concerns are reaching epidemic proportions in the United States. Moderation seems to be the key. When it comes to drinking and eating the French do it with a twist. For a couple of pointers on how the French enjoy their lifestyle and remain healthier than Americans, click on the link below..........

http://www.sfgate.com

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800 Proteins Linked to Heart Disease

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has recently provided the "first large-scale identification of the proteins involved in coronary heart disease. David A. Kan and a team of experts have developed a technique for identifying proteins within the coronary arteries of heart disease patients. "The information will help to better understand the progression of the disease, improve diagnosis, and detect early pathological signs more efficiently in the leading cause of death in the United States." For the full article and related information, click on the link below....

http://www.sciencedaily.com

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