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The Checkup Archive: Cardiovascular Health

Wake up! It's sleep awareness week.

New data released by the CDC to coincide with National Sleep Awareness Week -- which begins today -- paint a less-than-ideal picture of Americans' relationship with sleep. More than 35 percent of nearly 74,571 people surveyed in 2009 reported getting less than 7 hours' sleep a night. (We're supposed to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily; children need 10 or 11 hours.) Almost 38 percent admitted to having unintentionally dozed off during the daytime during the 30 days before the survey. Worse yet: Nearly 5 percent of those surveyed had done so while driving.

By Jennifer Huget  | March 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Family Health, General Health, Sleep, Stress  
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Study warns against energy drinks for kids, teens

A study in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics spells out everything you need to know about energy drinks, particularly the risks they pose to the young people who are most inclined to use them. Read it, and you'll never look at those drinks as benign products again.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 15, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Dietary supplements, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Sleep, Teens, heart failure  
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Is that right? Drinking diet soda increases stroke risk?

I don't typically report on research that's not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. But the provocative study about diet soda and stroke risk presented this week at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles has generated enough confusion to warrant some attention here.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 11, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness, Sodium, Strokes  
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Why is the whole world getting fatter?

At least the United States is not alone in getting fatter -- the entire world is gaining weight, too, according to a massive world weight project published yesterday and reported on by The Post's David Brown. "Our results show that overweight and obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are...

By Greg Linch  | February 4, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Health News, Obesity  
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Is that right? Shoveling snow boosts heart-attack risk

Snow shoveling (and other activities such as pushing cars and operating snowblowers) is the perfect setup for heart attack (when blood flow to a section of heart muscle becomes blocked) and sudden cardiac death (in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating).

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, General Health, Snowmageddon  
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Healthy adults getting unneeded heart screenings

But a report issued this morning by Consumer Reports shows that a whopping 44 percent of healthy adults (those who have no history of heart disease and who have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels) have had heart-health screening procedures that they didn't really need. The report also notes that few of us question the need for screening, whether by blood-pressure check, EKG, or C-reactive protein test. And still fewer of us seem to care about the potential risks of such screenings, which include unneeded followup screenings, tests and treatments.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 3, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, medical costs, screening  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Traffic noise boosts stroke risk , Rob Stein , January 26, 2011
Weight loss's link to better health questioned , Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 24, 2011
Is that right? Santa should shed 50?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 24, 2010
A rare heart disorder that can fell new mothers, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 10, 2010
Is that right? Aspirin reduces cancer risk?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 10, 2010
Keeping caffeine from kids, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 9, 2010
New tobacco warnings from surgeon general, Rob Stein , December 9, 2010
New vitamin D recommendations, Rob Stein , November 30, 2010
Is that right? Vitamin E boosts cardio health?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 5, 2010
FDA refuses to approve another diet drug, Rob Stein , October 29, 2010
An app after your own heart, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 21, 2010
First aid and CPR guidelines revisited, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 18, 2010
FDA issues warning on weight-loss drug, Rob Stein , October 8, 2010
Can noise be deadly?, Rob Stein , October 6, 2010
Are you a Type D personality? , Rob Stein , September 14, 2010
Smoking rate decline stalls, Rob Stein , September 7, 2010
Study: Chocolate protects the heart, Rob Stein , August 16, 2010
Vitamins fail another test, Rob Stein , August 4, 2010
Bad news for short people , Rob Stein , June 9, 2010
Is that right? An extra 10 pounds won't hurt, might help?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 30, 2010
Added sugar = added cardio risk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 22, 2010
Young Americans getting fat faster, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 8, 2010
Easter Bunny may save your life, Rob Stein , March 30, 2010
Canadian official has heart surgery -- in the U.S., Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 25, 2010
Happiness and heart health, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 17, 2010
Do IVF babies grow up healthy? , Rob Stein , February 17, 2010
Snow safety tips, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 7, 2010
Fighting aging, Rob Stein , January 20, 2010
Hold the salt on that turkey, Rob Stein , November 25, 2009
A better way to give CPR?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 23, 2009
Pregnant Women and the Flu, Rob Stein , October 1, 2009
Beware the CT Scan?, Rob Stein , August 27, 2009
The Health Hazards of Pessimism, Rob Stein , August 13, 2009
The Best Part of the Mediterrannean Diet, Rob Stein , June 25, 2009
Proton-Pump Inhibitors and Plavix Don't Mix, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 6, 2009
 
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