People are always touting breakfast as the most important meal of the day, but oftentimes, the reasoning behind that title revolves around weight loss or hunger. Now, though, science is saying that it could make an impact on the health of your heart. More
Yesterday, Rosie O’DonnellÂ wrote on her blog that she had a heart attack last week. After she helped an “enormous” woman get out of her car (not that we believe that caused her heart attack), she began developing chest pains, which she ignored at first. But this is something that could have killed her, she admits now. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs that you may be having a heart attack (and remember, the symptoms are often different for women):
Over the weekend, news broke that Alex Trebek, the slightly-awkward, sometimes mustachioed long-time host of “Jeopardy!” suffered what is being called a “mild heart attack.”Â Which lead me (and probably a few other people in America, as heart disease remains our number one killer) to ask, in the form of a question: what is a “mild” heart attack? Aren’t all heart attacks pretty serious? More
The Mayo Clinic’s monthly journal is reporting that extreme exercise like marathons or long-distance bike races can actually be detrimental to health, causing heart problems like irregular heartbeats and cardiovascular scarring. Will it deter die-hard endurance junkies? Almost certainly not, and we hope it doesn’t deter any other healthy athletes, either. More
It’s hard to feel sorry for anyone who eats this–the double bypass burger, while also drinking alcohol and smoking, and then collapses and nearly dies. That’s exactly what happened to a woman at the aptly-named Heart Attack Grill which prides itself on serving grossly unhealthy food to well, grossly unhealthy people. More
Today, with great sadness, the world bids farewell to the American Bandstand icon, Dick Clark, who died yesterday from a heart attack at the age of 82. According to the CDC, heart attacks are the leading cause of death for both men and women and over 600,000 die from them every year. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs and symptoms. More
Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Organizations like Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the CDC are teaming up to remind us that heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States–and yes, that includes women. In fact, more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. That’s why you need to know these four warning signs. More
When the word got out this weekend about the death of Kara Kennedy, daughter of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, my first thought was that it must have been due to a recurrence with lung cancer. Then I heard that she actually died of a heart attack (after a workout, no less). And she was only 51.
Whenever I hear news like that, I have to wonder: Is this a wake-up call? For me? For all of us? Granted, reports seem to indicate that her heart was already in a weakened state due to the cancer she was diagnosed with at age 42 and the subsequent chemotherapy and surgery she endured. Not that any age is acceptable to get cancer or have a heart attack, but 42 and 51 respectively are just so young.
One out of every two American men and one out of three American women will have some form of heart disease over the course of their lifetime. Like many American physicians, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn witnessed increasing numbers of patients suffering from heart disease, and he couldn’t understand why more doctors, including himself, couldn’t do more to prevent this from happening. More
We feel flattered every time a we get a reader comment, and we jump up and down when we get new fans on Facebook, so you can imagine how elated we were when we discovered that one of our readers created an entire video inspired by one of our posts about quitting smoking. David Carnegie, aka @CreelmanKid on Twitter, posted a link to his video, inspired by the Blisstree post, “What Happens to Your Body If You Stop Smoking Right Now?” in a tweet: More
Yesterday, Fox News’ website ran a post that claimed April Fool’s Day is good for your heart, and cited studies indicating that laughter reduces stress hormones, may help reduce blood pressure, and may even potentially help prevent a heart attack or stroke. That’s all well and good if your April Fool’s Day prank (or the one someone plays on you) actually makes you laugh, but what if instead the ruse scares the crap out of you, so much so that you have a heart attack out of sheer fright and terror? Then, not so good for your health.
In my experience, April Fool’s Day is less about laughing than it is about trying really hard to fake out and potentially terrify the other person or people, however briefly. A few of my innocent past April Fool’s pranks have included telling people I eloped with someone I barely knew, telling people I was pregnant, telling people I’d been kicked out of school, telling people I’d joined the military, telling people I was moving to Mongolia the following week, telling people I’d been offered a recurring role on a soap opera, et cetera. Sure, the laughs came later, but the real electric charge came from the period of time when the other (gullible) person or people actually bought your story and were fooled into a sudden state of total shock and surprise. More