10 Tips For A Healthy Heart from Dr. Stork

In his latest NY Times Best seller, The Doctor’s Diet, Dr. Travis Stork remarks on how little we appreciate the work our heart does for each of us. Every day it pumps about 100,000 times. Try squeezing your hand 100,000 (or 100 times!) and you’ll start to respect the amount of work your heart does every minute of every day.  Using about the amount of pressure it would take you to squeeze a tennis ball, the muscles in your heart push your entire blood volume – about 6 quarts total – throughout your body three times every minute.  Heart disease is more than a statistic in his ER world. 
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Valentine’s “Heart” Day Tips from Dr. Melina

It is estimated that by 2020, heart disease will be the leading cause of death throughout the world. Dr. Melina Jampolis offers suggestions in her book, The Calendar Diet, that might change the course of the future of heart disease.

Her Valentine’s “Heart” Day, tips:

If your sweetheart is taking you out for a special dinner, go with a lower carb breakfast and/or lunch. Then, skip the breadbasket at dinner and say no thanks to the heavy starch entrees like pasta so you can save room for dessert and/or a glass of wine.  It’s completely okay to politely ask your valentine to skip the chocolates this year. 
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Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds: A Brain Fitness Valentine

While it may be cold outside, February offers many ways to warm our hearts. This second month of the year brings us not only the romance of Valentine’s Day, but also marks American Heart Month. What better time to pause and consider why having a healthy mind is all about having a healthy heart as well?

Health professionals have long recognized the strong, intricate relationship between cardiovascular disease and memory impairment. Yet few of the folks I speak to who worry about memory loss realize that vascular-related diseases are actually the second leading cause of dementia in the U.S. In addition, brain injury from stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
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