Researchers say black men and women have double whites’ risk of dying of coronary heart disease. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Monika Safford studied about 24,000 people nationwide who were followed for about four years.
February is reserved as American Heart Month in order to raise awareness about the prevention and management of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women and accounts for almost 700,000 deaths each year or 29% of all U.S. deaths.
(Distributed 01/31/08) February is American Heart Month. Women will again “Go Red for Women” by wearing something red or a special pin to raise awareness of heart disease, women’s no. 1 killer.
In the past, cardiovascular disease was thought to be caused by diet alone, but today health experts are beginning to realize that it is in part due to inflammation of blood vessel walls. A large study was done in England showed that foods rich in vitamin C can lower levels of inflammatory markers in their blood stream.
"Try to add more fresh fruit, juice and a variety of vegetables in your diet to improve your health and reduce heart disease risks," urges LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy. The USDA Food Guide Pyramid recommends 2-3 servings of fruits and 3-4 servings of vegetables daily.
A new eating plan can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by lowering blood pressure. DASH - Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension - is rich in low-fat dairy foods, fruits and vegetables.
Dietary fat is important in determining cardiovascular health and risk of heart disease development. Some fats actually help protect against heart disease.
It has been thought for some time that diet is related to strokes.There’s now evidence that fruits and vegetables help protect against stroke.
Scientists are learning about the role of genetic and non-genetic factors in cardiovascular, metabolic and hormonal responses to aerobic exercise through a three-part investigation begun 12 years ago, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy.