Heart Disease

Why You Should Eat More Low Glycemic Foods

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

The rise of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease motivates some people to become more careful about the food choices they make. If you are looking for an easy tool to help make healthy choices and help prevent the onset of chronic disease, the glycemic index has been shown to do just that.

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Transforming Our Society

Charles Francis | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living
Charles Francis

Today, people who meditate are seen as progressive and open-minded. Whatever term we may use to describe them, they are generally loving, kind, generous, insightful, and willing to help others achieve the same rich and fulfilling lives they have.

Your Heart Wants You To Eat Chocolate To Stay Healthy

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living

New research has added to tentative evidence that eating chocolate in modest quantities may be good for the heart, its investigators said on Tuesday. ...

The Downside of Restaurant Food

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Eating out is generally considered a pleasurable experience, not least because of its convenience. Busy lifestyles as well as lack of cooking skills and amenities make it an easy choice for many working-age adults to let others take care of their nutritional needs. Unfortunately, not being in charge of your own food preparation can prove hazardous for your health in the long run.

The Shorter You Are, The More Likely You Are To Get Heart Disease

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Living

Short people face a greater lifetime risk of clogged arteries, according to a study out Wednesday that confirmed the long-known link between height an...

Juice Cleanses: Just Don't Do Them!

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It's funny how the fads come and go. Cleanses and detox diets have actually been around for more than 100 years. But Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator April Thorimbert says, it's not always a good thing when history repeats itself.

Top 5 Nutritional Tips to Decrease Your Risk of a Heart Attack

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

If I were to ask you to choose between a Snicker's Bar and a bagel, which caused the biggest spike blood sugar when consumed -- which one would you pick? The glycemic index is a tool that measures foods for this exact reason, and yes certain breads such as bagels and other breadstuffs do actually score higher (GI=95) on this scale than this beloved Snickers candy bar (GI=51).

Don't Believe These 5 Heart Health Myths

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

While the risk of heart trouble increases as you get older, a growing number of people are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors at younger ages. Poor lifestyle choices are often to blame, including sedentary living, smoking and unhealthy diets.

How Aging Affects Inflammation in Our Bodies

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg If a person continued to supplement bacteria with our health in its best interests, such as probiotics, mutiny may be prevented or at least belayed. With more research, we may be able to prove this point and find a means to offer the elderly, the sick and even the brokenhearted a way to prevent the onslaught of virulence and live a happier, longer life.

Stem Cell Pioneer's Major Multinational Discovery May Speed Research

University of Toronto News | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada
University of Toronto News

There's a new class of stem cell that's exciting researchers around the world -- and it was discovered by an international team of almost 50 scientist...

Why You Must See Your Doctor After a Trip to the ER

Michael J. Schull | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Living
Michael J. Schull

Studies have shown that inadequate follow-up care after emergency room visits is common, with up to 30 per cent of patients with chronic illnesses not seeing a doctor within 30 days after they've been sent home from the ER. Why? In part, it's because fewer than one in three primary care physicians in Canada report being notified when their patients visit an emergency department.

Mom Was Right, An Apple A Day Is Good For You

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Living

A seven-year study involving nearly half a million subjects concludes that daily fruit consumption cuts the risk of developing cardiovascular disease ...

How Good Oral Hygiene Can Protect Your Heart

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

As with many scientific and medical breakthroughs, the discovery of the link between gum and cardiovascular diseases started off rather unexpectedly. Back in 1989, a group in Finland wanted to find out if heart disease could be linked to other chronic diseases. They did the usual blood analysis to detect heart problems and also conducted other medical examinations not unlike what a family doctor might do. They expected something but never imagined they would find a link between the inevitably fatal problems with a rather common condition many of us have: gum disease.

Obesity Is Not the New Tobacco

Kapil Khatter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

Those approaches, for unhealthy eating in particular, can be a real challenge, because they bang hard against the reactor core of our economic system -- consumption. Consumption and lots of it. Like tobacco, the fight for healthy eating will challenge the heart of what companies do: sell as much as they can.

Bacteria Could Increase Your Risk of a Heart Attack

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Heart health is a complex study and requires a proper lifestyle to maintain. Yet, as the researchers have shown, should there appear to be signs of problems, such as continual chest pains, palpitations, lightheadedness, shortness of breath and fatigue; there may be yet another option for diagnosis and treatment to avoid a heartbreaking end.

Maybe We Should Stop Drinking Diet Drinks

CBC | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living

New research presented in the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions is raising questions about the connection between diet drinks and h...

Man Impatient With Transplant Wait Fixes His Own Heart

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Impact

Ever since Garwin Cockhead endured a heart attack two years ago, he has been defying the odds, strengthening his heart to the point where he no longer...

Why Mental Illness Is As Serious As This Life-Threatening Disease

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

If a person is suffering from something that you don't understand, it doesn't mean that their suffering is invalid. A person can't judge the anxieties of another person based on the scope of their own experience. Each human being is an individual, so take the time to inform yourself.

Fight Obesity With Education

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

With growing wealth in many developing countries around the world, diet and lifestyle changes are showing dramatic increases in obesity and related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But more than rising standards of living, lack of education seems to contribute to these dismal trends.

Can People Control Obesity?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

As a dietitian and health counselor, I have no problem with declaring obesity a disease, especially considering the complexity of potential causes, some of which are indeed beyond an individual's control. Having said that, I also believe that the only appropriate response to illness is to make every effort to overcome it as quickly possible.

7 Heart Healthy Tests That Can Save Your Life

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Currently, one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke (approximately 2,500 deaths per day). It is time for a functional medicine approach to treat and prevent heart disease. Here are my seven heart tests that can save your life.

Why I Measure My Health

Brian Campkin | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Brian Campkin

I was on the tennis court when it happened -- the shortness of breath that really put the fear of dying into me. I was scared and I did not know what was wrong with me. Luckily, I managed to walk off of the tennis court and make it to my doctor. I needed an emergency triple bypass surgery.

Rehtaeh Lives On Through Organ Donation

Glen Canning | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Living
Glen Canning

Rehtaeh Parsons will live on in the lives of others thanks to the organ donations made after her death. I received a letter from an organ recipient. This unnamed person found out this year they needed a new heart. Their family and friends were scared because they almost died. Then the words hit me, the recipient is "only 17 years old." Rehtaeh's age.

Gardening Can Be Good For Your Heart

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living

Mowing the lawn or washing the car are among simple activities that can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by almost 30 per cent in people over...

SPOILER ALERT: Air Pollution is bad for you.

Philip Plante-Ajah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Philip Plante-Ajah

I do not think society has been as intentionally naïve with the effects of first and second hand smoke as it has been with air pollution. Municipalities are making it much harder to smoke on outdoor patios as well. Needless to say, smokers do not attempt to minimize the effects of smoking, nor are tobacco manufacturers able to market their products freely.