Heart Disease

Mediterranean Diet Can Help Those Struggling With Heart Disease

AFP Relaxnews | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Living

Just another reason to adopt the Mediterranean diet.

Why We're All At Risk For Heart Disease

Marc Davis | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

If you're still relatively young, don't roll your eyes because you don't think this topic is relevant to you. Instead, consider this sobering fact: While a heart attack comes on quickly, cardiovascular disease typically develops over many years, even decades.

8 Ways To Reduce Your Heart Age

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living

A young heart is a healthy heart.

Show Your Heart A Little Love

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

February is Heart Month. Let's show our hearts a little love. Do something healthy for your heart. What do you want to do to love your heart? Cut down on alcohol? Train for that couch-to-5K? Walk to school once a week with your kids? Make a pledge and share it with your family and friends so they can support you in your effort.

This Is Why We're Afraid Of Carbs And Confused By Fats

Dain Wallis | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

In the span of roughly 50 years, the government and mainstream media condemned dietary fat before making a now near-complete 180. In 2016 butter is no longer bad, and in case you missed the headlines, the U.S. government declared cholesterol no longer "a nutrient of concern for overconsumption" and completely removed it from their dietary guidelines.

What's Your Relationship Status?

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Sandeep Prasad

As Canadians, we pride ourselves on our universal health care system. But the reality is that it isn't reaching everyone. Unless we work together to build the relationships that foster good health, people and communities across Canada will continue to be left out of the "universal" health care system. So here is what we are doing about it.

What's A Legume And Why Should I Eat It?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Legumes are high in fibre. Meat is not. Fibre helps lower cholesterol, which is helpful in the prevention of heart disease. Fibre also helps us have regular bowel movements, and helps control blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and keeps you feeling full for longer.

Why Heart-Healthy Eating Isn't As Bad As You Think

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

I have to admit, I hate talking about what not to eat. Not only is it boring and a kill-joy, but it perpetuates the myth that dietitians take away food choices. But, if you are trying to lower your cholesterol levels, here are some interesting nutrients you'll want to consider including more often.

How To Train For A Healthy Heart

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

February is heart month, which means there is no better time than now to focus on your heart health. It's easy to take your ticker for granted -- you go about your daily life and probably don't think much about the organ that makes it all possible.

Tips For Eating Veggies On A Budget

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

How can we keep up our vegetable intake -- or add more -- when prices are skyrocketing? A registered dietitian shares tips to help you fill up on veggies but not empty your wallet.

How Your DNA Can Help You Find The Perfect Diet

Jonathan Rizzolo | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Jonathan Rizzolo

There's one thing in common between the eating habits of our ancestors: no one counted carbs or fat. They simply ate the foods that were natural to their environment and experienced remarkable health. Living under these conditions for thousands of years led to genetic changes in each group that were then passed on to you and I.

6 Nice Things You Can Do For Your Heart This Year

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Here are six changes you can make to your lifestyle to help out your heart (and other parts of you, too). Try even just one to give your heart a little love this year.

The Most Delicious And Healthy Pomegranate Recipes

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Pomegranates have always brought up happy memories for me. Here are my favourite recipes featuring pomegranates collected from dietitians and chefs across North America. There's everything from refreshing beverages to nourishing salads to delightful desserts. Enjoy!

The Health Benefits Of Drinking Tea

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Canadians drink about 10 billion cups of tea a year and the amount continues to increase! There are thousands of studies investigating the potential health benefits of tea. How can this ancient beverage boost our health?

Doctors Can Help Cure Poverty Without Leaving The Office

Gary Bloch | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living
Gary Bloch

The push for doctors to treat social issues like poverty is starting to change the way we practice medicine and how we work with community agencies and those with expertise in income benefits, food security and poverty law. Many health organizations now are right in the middle of advocacy for better social conditions. Major medical organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian College of Family Physicians have been vocal in their support for this approach. This demonstrates a real acceptance by the medical mainstream that reducing patients' poverty is a core part of a doctor's job.

Even Exercise Can't Combat The Effects Of Sitting In Heart Disease Patients

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Living

Make it a point to get up and move!

A New Option for Heart Disease Prevention

Dr. James Aw | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. James Aw

If your cholesterol score is proving tricky to lower, and you've tried other methods, then it's possible these drugs can help you. And the next trick? Cutting the costs for these drugs as effectively as the drugs cut cholesterol levels -- solve that, and we'll be that much closer to a revolution in cardiac care.

How Microbes Could Give You a Heart Attack

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Twenty years ago, heart disease was the number one killer of Canadians. That number has dropped over the years thanks in part to research examining the causes of heart attacks and recommendations for better preventative behaviours. Despite this drop, there is still much to be learned about how heart attacks happen. One of the most studied causes is the atherosclerotic lesion, better known as plaque. This accumulation of cells, fats, minerals, and other organic material tend to accumulate in the arteries as we age. If buildup happens to occur in the coronary artery, cardiac arrest may inevitably happen.

It's OK to Eat Butter - Again

Dr. B.J. Hardick | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. B.J. Hardick

Once again, expert opinion and the official stance on fats have changed. Haven't we been down this road before? That's right, earlier this year we had to apologize to cholesterol. We've certainly heard the flip flop even prior to that as we've journeyed from the fat-free craze to the acknowledgement of good fats.

5 Slow Carb Swaps for Energy, Weight Loss and Health

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

With slow carbs, your blood sugar will go up slowly, won't go up as high, and will peter off gradually, looking more like a gentle wave than a tsunami. This means you avoid the Spike-Crash-Crave cycle. Research suggests that the most effective long-term weight loss diet features moderate amounts of protein along with slow carbs.

The Little Blue Miracle Pill We Should All Take

Gillian Mandich | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

Blueberries in particular are showing berry exciting promise as research has linked the consumption of blueberries with a modest decrease in blood pressure in various groups of people with high blood pressure (also known as hypertension).

Rising Diabetes, Obesity Putting Ethnic Groups At Risk: Study

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living

Steadily rising rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure over the last decade have dramatically increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes among some groups of ethnic Canadians, researchers say.

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. ...