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Chewing Gum Raises Heart Rate Variability

Well, there had to be SOME reason why people chew gum, right? A recent Japanese study showed that when people are acutely stressed (the stress in this study was created by loud noise), chewing gum raises their heart rate variability (HRV), which reduces stress—even though the participants did not report any subjective lowering of stress. To find out more about stress and how you can easily detect and manage it, check out http://www.sweetwaterhrv.com.

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Extramarital Sex Raises Heart Attack Risk

OK, guys, don’t say we didn’t warn you: a recent report from the American Heart Association says that men having extramarital affairs are more likely to have a heart attack during sex. (No word about the risk for women having affairs.) The surmise is that the stress caused by enjoying forbidden fruit in an unfamiliar venue can bring on heart attack. But not to worry; sexual activity is the cause of less than 1% of all heart attacks, and is generally thought to be good for your heart.

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You CAN Die from a Broken Heart…

…but most people recover. Broken Heart Syndrome is a genuine medical condition, usually brought on in healthy people by sudden and surprising events such as death of a loved one, or losing one’s true love to another. In Broken Heart Syndrome, there is no evidence of a heart attack or a blocked artery—and yet the patient’s heart doesn’t function properly, causing symptoms identical to those suffered during heart attacks. Scientists believe it is caused by a sudden rush of hormones. Doctors see about 30,000 cases of Broken Heart Syndrome every year in the United States. Thankfully, it rarely results in death.

Step Away from the Computer…and Go Out with a Friend

Having strong social relationships is good for your health. Studies on men have found that those who have multiple friendships are less likely to suffer from heart disease. While not clearly verified by science, it could be that having friends and an active social life reduces stress, which in turn is good news for your heart. To find out more about stress and how you can easily detect and manage it, check out http://www.sweetwaterhrv.com. Beat Healthy!

Eat That Chicken!

Eating chicken, other types of poultry and some kinds of fish—specifically the dark meat portions—may help to protect women with high cholesterol from developing heart disease, according to a study done by the Langone Medical Center of New York University. The magic ingredient is taurine, found in dark-meat poultry and some fish. The study of more than 14,000 women found that those with high serum levels of taurine were 60% less likely to develop or die from congestive heart disease. Who wants the drumstick?

Heart Attack: It’s a Family Affair

A recent study confirms what we probably knew already: the tendency to heart disease runs in families. An international study of about 30,000 adults showed that having a parent that had a heart attack in their 40s or younger made it two-and-a-half times more likely that their offspring would have a heart attack. The risk is six times higher if both parents had heart attacks before age 50. (See http://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health/news/heart-attacks-are-all-in-the-family.aspx for more info on the study.)

While genetics may be a determinant in heart health, the good news is that lifestyle can help to combat the genes you were handed at birth. Regular exercise, good nutrition, lowering stress, and reducing weight can all help to keep your heart working well. A key vital sign to heart health (and stress) is heart rate variability. To download a short PDF explaining HRV and stress, go to http://beathealthy.com/education/stressandhrv.pdf.

HRV: The Vital Sign Your Doctor Never Mentioned

Heart rate variability (HRV) is a critical vital sign that can predict a number of different disease states, including heart attack and probably recovery from heart attack—but it’s not one of the things your doctor measures (at least our doctor doesn’t). You know your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Why don’t you know your HRV levels? To download a short PDF explaining HRV, go to http://beathealthy.com/education/hrvbackground.pdf