The potentially fatal effects of blows to the chest are believed to be the result of rapid strains that adversely interfere with the transmission of electrical impulses thereby causing disruption of the heartbeat. The same interactions are thought to underlie the rescue of patients in cardiac arrest by an appropriately timed thump to the chest.
Review authors found that psychological well-being influenced heart health through biological processes, health behaviors and psychosocial resources.
Consumption of the American diet, also known as the “western diet”, categorized by excessively high levels of fat and refined sugars, has been shown to cause metabolic syndrome (prediabetes) in male rats. Now, research from has proven that the western diet can cause equally unsettling results among females, a population which possesses protective hormones aiding in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Study suggests that anabolic androgenic steroid use may be associated with the development of coronary artery disease in apparently healthy young people. Steroids may have an impact on the ability of HDL to remove cholesterol from macrophages, thereby promoting atherosclerosis.
The link between sugar and increased risk of heart disease is now established, but might have been accepted many years sooner if key findings had been public, the researchers say.
The interplay between female ovarian hormones and a circadian "clock" molecule protects the heart health of women as they age, according to a new study.
Aside from the direct association with cardiovascular risk factors, skipping breakfast might serve as a marker for a general unhealthy diet or lifestyle which in turn is associated with the development and progression of atherosclerosis.
Traffic-related air pollution may increase cardiovascular disease risk by lowering levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), commonly known as "good" cholesterol, according to new research.
The Tsimane people -- a forager-horticulturalist population of the Bolivian Amazon -- have the lowest reported levels of vascular aging for any population, with coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) being five times less common than in the US. Their lifestyle suggests that a diet low in saturated fats and high in non-processed fibre-rich carbohydrates, along with wild game and fish, not smoking and being active throughout the day could help prevent hardening in the arteries of the heart. The loss of subsistence diets and lifestyles could be classed as a new risk factor for vascular aging.
Fidgeting while sitting can protect the arteries in legs and potentially help prevent arterial disease.
The music of Mozart and Strauss is able to lower blood lipid concentrations and the heart rate. This is the result of a study of the effect of different musical genres on the cardiovascular system.
Testosterone might be involved in explaining why men have a greater risk of heart attacks than women of similar age.
Stress in childhood may be linked to hardening of the arteries in adulthood, new research suggests.
Achieving the metrics that define a healthy heart may translate to healthier brain function as people age. More ideal cardiovascular health measures meant less decline in brain processing speed and, to some extent, thinking ability and memory.
Happy events can trigger a heart condition known as takotsubo syndrome.