The power of Mind-Heart connection

As a practitioner of evidence-based medicine, I am impressed by all the research that looks at the effects of regular exercise, good nutrition, quitting tobacco and adequate sleep on the heart, but am disappointed that very few doctors are looking into how much matters of the mind can affect the heart.        …

Blood pressure and your heart

High blood pressure (BP) or ‘hypertension’ means that the pressure exerted by your blood on the inner walls of your blood vessels is higher than normal. It depends on several factors like pumping capacity of your heart, volume and viscosity of your blood, and state of your vessel wall. You would have noticed an inflatable…

Heal your heart with the power of yoga

If you would like to prevent or manage your heart disease better, adding yoga into your daily routine in addition to brisk aerobic exercise is the best way forward. The American Heart Association suggests that lifestyle changes like healthy eating, regular exercise and yoga are the ideal ways to prevent and reverse heart disease. In an article…

Lifestyle versus Genes in the causation of heart attack

Are you anxious and concerned that more and more people who appear healthy and normal are suffering a heart attack? Are you puzzled about how some individuals seem to have an unfair health advantage over others? Lifestyle risk factors We have discussed the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for heart attack or myocardial infarction in…

SLAM score for heart health

We all love a competition now and then! A running race, a sack race, a bicycle race, a swimming race, a painting competition, a cooking competition, the list is endless. But we all like winning, no matter who or what is up against us. So dear friends, let me introduce a new kind of competition…

10 Golden rules to incorporate exercise while at work

Nowadays, we are so busy with work that exercise is completely missing from our daily routine. Especially, the younger generation is glued to the chair for long hours, working on computers, watching television and studying for exams. This causes many unwanted reactions in the body, often leading to chronic health issues. Lack of exercise is…

The Healthfulness of Spices

Spices not only just excite your taste buds but are also composed of an impressive list of phytonutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for overall wellness. Spices come from a variety of tropical plant and tree parts, such as seeds, fruits, roots, buds, stems and barks. Spices have been an integral…

5 Tips to travel the heart-friendly way

It is that time of the year when many of us are making plans to travel. Whether it is a short weekend trip or a long journey to a faraway place, there are some things to take into account before you go on a holiday, especially if you or your loved ones have been diagnosed…

Control high blood pressure by eating right

With high blood pressure or hypertension being the most widespread cause of heart disease and stroke, let us try to understand the ideal eating pattern to prevent and control hypertension. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It is a flexible and balanced diet plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for our…

Relax, Refresh, Recharge

In the midst of our busy lifestyle, we very often forget to relax and rejuvenate our mind and body. Relaxation is nothing but a state of physical and mental calmness. Being relaxed automatically gives us the ability to manage psychological stress and anxiety in all situations. There are many techniques to help us attain a relaxed state,…

Knowledge-sharing: the essence of effective Cardiac Rehabilitation

Education or knowledge-sharing is the most important aspect of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs. For someone who has had a heart attack or myocardial infarction, having a reliable and knowledgeable professional to talk to and get answers to some pertinent questions makes a big difference. This is what health education is all about. The British…

Pranayama and its cardioprotective effect

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word. “PRANA” means energy of life and “AYAMA” means to control. So pranayama simply means controlling one’s own breath (inflow and outflow of air). Deep Breathing is the scientific word for pranayama. Taking a long deep breath to the bottom of the lungs, and holding it for a while and then…