heart attacks

  1. Nearly half of all heart attacks are ‘silent’

    Is your heart as healthy as you think it is?

    You've just finished a long day on the links and are finally sitting down to relax.

    You may feel tired -- but it's probably just because you haven't been sleeping well. And that twinge of pain? Oh, it's just a muscle strain and probably nothing to worry about... right?

    OR... you could be having a heart attack!

    The fact of the matter is, those chest-clutching, fall-to-the-floor heart attacks usually only happen on TV. In real life, a heart attack can be much harder to spot. In fact, most of the symptoms can be mistaken for something else.

    As I've shared with you before, heart attack victims are getting younger -- and now, it looks like heart attacks are getting quieter!

    In fact, a new study shows that nearly half of all heart attacks are considered "silent." This means that 45 percent of the time, the signs and symptoms aren't noticed at the time of the attack (or, they're dismissed).

    But just because you couldn't feel the heart attack doesn't mean it will leave behind any less damage. In fact, having a silent heart attack TRIPLES your risk of dying from heart disease. And although it may seem unrelated, your chances of dying from ANY OTHER ILLNESS go up by more than a third.

    And that's probably because you can't make any changes to prevent another heart attack from occurring if you don't even know the damage has been done... or if you wait to get help.

    The truth is that "silent" heart attacks aren't completely invisible. Their symptoms -- like sweating, muscle pain, fatigue, or indigestion -- aren't so much "missed" as they are "brushed off."

    Many times, the patient did feel something. Upon reflection, they might say it just felt like a pulled muscle in their chest.

    Fortunately, knowing is half the battle. Pay close attention to yourself and your loved ones -- and
    if any of these symptoms seem to appear without warning, get checked out immediately. A doctor can give you an EKG, which is really the only way to know for sure if you've recently suffered a heart attack.

    If you've got a clean record of heart health with no disease or heart attacks to speak of, that's good news -- but you're not off the hook. Be sure to do what you can to stop the attack before it happens. That may mean quitting smoking, changing your diet, shedding unwanted pounds, and staying active.

    And don't forget your supplements like fish oil and magnesium, which can do wonders for your heart health. And for men, a testosterone supplement could also help reduce risk.

  2. Snowy season brings heart attacks

    Don’t let snow shoveling turn into a deadly heart attack

    That blizzard of fluffy white snow may look picturesque.

    But when you have to step out in the cold to dig yourself out, it can be a heart attack waiting to happen.

    You see, just being in the cold air poses its own dangers to the heart. Cold air constricts the blood vessels throughout the body, causing your blood pressure to soar.

    The combination of cold temperature and the vigorous exercise of snow removal (which also raises blood pressure) are the perfect storm for a heart attack, especially if you’re already at risk and live a sedentary life.

    Using your arms is actually more taxing on the heart than leg work, so it’s a dangerous situation – and over 1,600 people die every year from shoveling-related heart attacks, most of them over age 55.

    Now, I don’t expect you to sit inside your home all winter as the white stuff increasingly blocks you in – but you don’t have to risk your life just to clear the driveway.

    Ask your doctor if he thinks you’re healthy enough to shovel snow yourself, and if you’re not, hire a healthy and strong neighborhood kid – or a professional – to handle the mess for you.

    If you do move the snow yourself, avoid shoveling immediately after you wake. Most heart attacks happen in the morning, when blood is more prone to clot. And stay away from stimulants like coffee and cigarettes that elevate your blood pressure and heart rate – at least an hour before AND after shoveling.

    More importantly, focus on your overall health all year long. Try a light exercise program you can stick with – you don’t want shoveling to be the first time your muscles and heart have gotten a workout in ages.

  3. Bisphenol-A is linked to prostate tumors

    Uncle Sam says a lifetime of bisphenol-A (BPA) exposure won't do you any harm, so why did mice develop prostate cancer after just 14 days? A shocking new study on BPA, which has already been linked to heart disease, should be the nail in the coffin for this dangerous plastic hardener.
  4. Beware of this 'up-and-coming' drug

    Move over statins -- you're yesterday's news. With the patents on all but one of the top-selling cholesterol meds now expired, Big Pharma is on the prowl for a new trophy wife.
  5. Same story, different day for diet soda

    Want to know what happens when you inject a bunch of bubbles into a liquid poison, and then seal it in a can? You get diet soda!
  6. The non-condition that'll get you medicated

    Being told you have "prehypertension" is about as ridiculous as a man being told he's "pre-pregnant." It's nonsensical. Yet not only does the mainstream keep pushing this as some sort of real diagnosis, they actually want to DRUG people for it. This time, they claim "prehypertension" patients who take their pills have a lower risk of stroke.
  7. The worst type of birth control

    The way the feds are glossing over serious problems with newer birth control drugs, you'd think Priority #1 at the FDA is making sure Americans don't have babies (which isn't as far from the truth as you might believe).
  8. The real reason you need your testosterone

    Men, I've said all along that you need your testosterone for a heckuva lot more than just sexual well-being, and the latest news out of Europe backs me up: Seniors with the highest levels of this stuff are practically heart attack- and stroke-proof.
  9. Another day, another tobacco lie

    The antismoking crowd is a cozy little mutual admiration society -- and when one member lies, the rest quickly swear to it.
  10. Killer breath

    I've told you for years that oral health affects heart health. Now, one scientist has figured out the "why" behind this cause-and-effect relationship.

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