Brisk, Regular Walking Helps Lessen Heart Disease Risk

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familywalk2A regular walking routine can lower blood pressure, stave off diabetes, and prevent heart disease. Finding walking buddies, using a pedometer, and following a walking workout plan may help people stick to a program.

Walking is a low-impact, do-anywhere exercise that helps lower blood pressure and stave off diabetes. And two large, long-term Harvard studies suggest that walking for about 20 minutes a day may cut the risk of heart disease by as much as 30%, according to the December 2015 Harvard Heart Letter.

But many people need some added inspiration to start — and stick with — a walking program. One of the best ways is to find walking buddies, says Dr. Lauren Elson, physical medicine and rehabilitation instructor at Harvard Medical School. “I find that if I can get someone to walk with — a partner, a spouse, or a friend — that helps a lot.” Even better is getting several friends to walk together, because they all hold each other accountable. “They call each other up and say, ‘Where are you?’” Dr. Elson says.

Other people find motivation by using a pedometer to track their steps and distance, says Dr. Elson. One review of 26 studies found that people who used pedometers raised their physical activity levels by nearly 27%, adding about 2,500 steps a day. Most stores that sell exercise equipment have inexpensive pedometers. Other options include smartphone apps that track steps, such as Moves, Breeze, or Pedometer++.

For people who’ve had a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease, walking is an ideal exercise because it can be easily adapted based on a person’s fitness level. People with heart failure should ask their physician to recommend a cardiac rehabilitation program to safely reap the benefits of exercise. This type of supervised exercise is particularly helpful for people who haven’t been active for a while.

Read the full-length article: “Marching orders: How to start a walking program”

Also in the November 2015 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter:

* Cardiac rehabilitation: Best medicine for recovery

* Heart-friendly holiday eating

* When blood pressure dips too low

The Harvard Heart Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Why Regular Eye Exams Can Help Prevent Serious Heart Events

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eyeDr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN explains why eye exams provide clues to heart and blood vessel health. “During a comprehensive eye exam, Optometrists or Ophthalmologists are able to identify heart related diseases before symptoms appear,” says Dr. Shofner. Heart Awareness Month is an appropriate time to learn more about how a comprehensive eye exam can help prevent serious heart events.

Eyes and Heart Connection

During a thorough eye examination; an eye doctor can view small changes in the blood vessels in the back of the eye, which can also predict a more serious systemic disease including high blood pressure, stroke or heart failure. Using advanced digital retinal imaging, eye doctors can detect and monitor blood flow in the retina.

Affecting almost 65 million people, high blood pressure (hypertension) is known as a “silent” disease as many don’t experience any symptoms. During a comprehensive eye examination, an eye doctor will check for subtle changes in the retina resulting from high blood pressure, also known as hypertensive retinopathy. Changes may include narrowing of the small blood vessels in the retina, arteries pressing down on veins and flame-shaped haemorrhages, among other complications. If these changes are detected, it’s imperative that a patient contacts their primary care physician to receive appropriate and timely treatment.

Vision loss may occur when blood obstructs the retina, the eye is deprived of sufficient oxygen or the macula swells. Once the central retinal vein becomes blocked, significant vision loss may occur. Artery and blood vessel obstruction in the retina can be temporary or permanent and can also cause vision loss when a blockage disrupts blood flow in the eye. More specifically, Transient monocular vision loss (TMVL) is an important warning sign that should not be ignored because this complaint may predict risk for a major cardiovascular event.

Promoting Healthy Vision, Healthy Heart

Most everyone is aware that a healthy diet and lifestyle will improve one’s overall health. Researchers show that the following risk factors link heart health with vision health and they include: smoking, obesity and high cholesterol.

healthyheartExercising and eating a heart healthy diet rich in omega-3s, antioxidants and soluble fiber will help improve both heart and eye health. It’s recommended to consult with a primary care physician before beginning any exercise or diet program. Don’t forget to visit your eye doctor annually or as recommended by your eye care professional.

According to the Department of Health, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Tennessee. Together, heart disease and stroke account for 1 out of 3 deaths in Tennessee each year. “It is imperative to help raise Heart Health Awareness, as well as the importance of regular eye exams,” says Dr. Shofner. Eye exams not only help prevent vision loss but also potentially save lives.

About Dr. Shofner

Recognized by his peers as one of the most outstanding Board Certified Ophthalmologist in the United States, Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 30,000 LASIK procedures and 10,000 ocular surgeries and his business continues to grow…mostly from patient referrals. Dr. Shofner has outstanding credentials to deliver the best care and surgical outcomes for patients.

About Shofner Vision Center

Shofner Vision Center provides comprehensive vision care services including LASIK/PRK vision correction, cataract surgery and eye disease diagnosis and treatment. Shofner Vision Center utilizes the most advanced, proven technology to deliver the best solutions safely and reliably. Patients can schedule appointments online or call 615-340-4733.

Regular Dental Visits: Why Are They Deemed Important?

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By Samuel Addison

dentistHave you ever wondered why most dentists recommend to have teeth checked at least twice a year?

Truth be told, your teeth need the same amount of attention and TLC you’re giving your body.

In essence, a regular visit to your dentist will not only help maintain optimal oral health, but will also assist in sustaining your overall health as well.

What happens during a dental exam?

During a dental check-up, your dentist assesses your teeth, gums and mouth. Also, presence of cavities, plaque build-ups, broken fillings and tooth sensitivities will be looked into.

Additionally, you will be checked if you are suffering from bleeding gums, which is often a prominent sign of gingivitis. Furthermore, your cheeks, tongue, palate and other areas of your mouth will also be examined to ensure no unusual or suspicious inflammation is present.

Typically, you will also be asked about your general health and if you have complaints since your last visit.

Ideally, you will also be given advice on how to keep your mouth healthy, including what foods to eat, what oral hygiene routine to religiously follow and what detrimental oral habits to avoid. Also, you will be informed when your next visit is due.

What are the benefits of routine dental visits?

Prevent oral cancer

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, at least one person dies from oral cancer every hour of the day. While it’s true that it can be diagnosed easily, mortality rate is still high because the condition is usually discovered late.

As a safety precaution, most dentists will not only perform oral prophylaxis during a check up but will also include screening as part of the standard routine to detect if malignant cells are present.

Prevent gum disease

Gum (periodontal) disease is known as one of the leading causes of tooth loss in many adults. Most of these diseases are bacterial infections caused by plaque, a sticky, colourless and bacterial-filled film that sticks to the teeth.

When addressed immediately, gingivitis and other gum infections are easily treated. Suffice it to say; early treatment should be given at all times so any dental condition will not escalate.

Avoid dental emergencies

Since most dentists can very well detect any signs of teeth or gum-related problems, regular dental exams can effortlessly spare you from the excruciating pain of tooth sensitivity and aches.

However, if you don’t give your dental health the attention it deserves, chances are you will be left with costly alternatives such as root canals, surgeries and implants.

Save your teeth

As gum disease escalates, the pockets can grow deeper. This will enable plaque to go deep down the tooth’s root, wreaking havoc to the supporting bone in the process. Once this occurs, teeth might loosen and will likely fall out eventually.

However, the scenario can be easily avoided provided you observe good oral hygiene and pay your dental professional a regular visit.

Maintain overall health

malesmileYour oral health is more vital than you perceive it to be. In fact, a recent study suggests a significant link between gum and cardiovascular diseases.

According to the research, people who suffer from gum diseases are known to be more predisposed to heart conditions.

Gum diseases that are due to extended bacterial exposure increases the inflammation level of the body. And since inflammation is a huge risk factor of most heart diseases, people with periodontal infections become more susceptible to heart attacks and other heart-related problems.

Taking all the benefits into account, it’s easy to see scheduling a regular visit to the dentist is one of the best things you can ever do, not just for your teeth but also your overall health in general.

– Samuel Addison is a professional content writer with over 8 years of experience both in writing and internet marketing. Samuel started having interest in cosmetic dentistry when he himself undergone a dental operation 3 years ago.