Read This If You Have A Heart Murmur

A report by Dr. T. Welch states that people who have heart murmurs are in danger of infections of the heart valve. Therefore, they should take antibiotics before, during, and after dental or surgical procedures.

3 Vitamins That Help the Heart

Several recent studies reveal that certain vitamins can help to reduce the blood levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol. This could cause a significant reduction in your risk of heart attack. These vitamins include beta carotene (15 to 20 milligrams per day), vitamin C, and Vitamin E. The best source of beta carotene is yellow vegetables, especially carrots.

Second Hand Smoke: New Data You Need To Know

A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that breathing second hand smoke results in increased heart attack risk. The study shows that non-smokers who are married to smokers have more heart attacks than nonsmokers who are also married to nonsmokers. This could result in as much as 35,000 heart attack deaths each year.

Baldness and Heart Problems

A study by Dr. Carlos Henera of the University of Texas Medical School shows the following. Men who lose their hair quickly also are twice as likely to have coronary heart problems. This is probably due to some genetic factors. It means that these men should pay particular attention to the other high heart attack risk factors. Lowering these other factors could help to normalize or lower bald men’s heart risks.

“Wonder Drug ” May Help Prevent A Stroke

People at high risk of stroke because of irregular heartbeat may benefit from taking low doses of warfarin, a blood-thinning drug.

According to the results of a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, warfarin can reduce the risk of stroke by almost 80 percent in people at high risk. The drug is already widely used to treat people who suffer from a heart irregularity also known as atrial fibrillation.

Following almost two years of tracking over 500 men with atrial fibrillation, researchers discovered that 23 men had suffered strokes— 19 were in a placebo group and 4 were using warfarin.


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