Exercise After Covid-19? Take It Slow

Heart and lung damage can happen after even mild illness, prompting doctors to recommend caution before returning to your workout.

#blood-clots, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #fatigue, #heart, #sports-medicine

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Do You Have the Heart for Marijuana?

Research suggests that smoking marijuana carries many of the same cardiovascular health hazards as smoking tobacco.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #heart, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #smoking-and-tobacco

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The Pandemic’s Real Toll? 300,000 Deaths, and It’s Not Just From the Coronavirus

A C.D.C. analysis finds that overall death rates have risen, particularly among young adults and people of color.

#alzheimers-disease, #black-people, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #diabetes, #heart, #jama-journal-of-american-medical-assn, #millennial-generation, #minorities, #native-americans, #statistics, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Where Have All the Hospital Patients Gone?

Except in areas where Covid is surging, there are still no lines of patients in the hospital halls.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #heart, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #medicine-and-health, #stroke

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Think You Have ‘Normal’ Blood Pressure? Think Again

Even levels of blood pressure that are generally considered “normal” may be high enough to foster the development of heart disease, new research shows.

#blood, #blood-pressure, #cholesterol, #diet-and-nutrition, #heart, #hypertension, #salt

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Laughter May Be Effective Medicine for These Trying Times

Doctors, nurses and therapists have a prescription for helping all of us to get through these difficult times: Try a little laughter.

#anxiety-and-stress, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #heart, #hospitals, #laughter, #pain

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A Man Died After Eating a Bag of Black Licorice Every Day

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital said the unusual case highlighted the risk of consuming too much glycyrrhizic acid, which is found in black licorice.

#acids, #black-licorice, #candy, #deaths-fatalities, #heart, #new-england-journal-of-medicine

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‘I Had Heart Surgery in the Middle of a Coronavirus Hot Spot’

Anxiety and uncertainty about the pandemic are leading some patients to delay surgery. But how safe is that when you have an aneurysm in your heart?

#aneurysms, #aortic-aneurysm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #covid-19-precautions, #florida, #heart, #hospitals, #miami-beach-fla, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #surgery-and-surgeons, #valve-sparing-aortic-root-repair

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Covid-19 May Have a Hidden Impact on the Heart

Should that change how we think about its risks? This is what the research tells us.

#athletics-and-sports, #college-athletics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #football-college, #heart, #research

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For Older People, Reassuring News in the Statin Debate

There is accumulating evidence that the benefits of statins far outweigh possible risks, and nearly all statins on the market are now available as inexpensive generics.

#cholesterol, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #heart, #statins-cholesterol-lowering-drugs

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Evidence slowly building for long-term heart problems post-COVID-19

Image of small blue spheres surrounded by long green fibers.

Enlarge / A fluorescent image of cardiac muscle cells in culture. (credit: Douglas B. Cowan and James D. McCully, Harvard Medical School)

Coronaviruses spread primarily through material released when we breathe, and they cause respiratory symptoms. And SARS-CoV-2, with part of its name coming from “severe acute respiratory syndrome,” didn’t appear to be an exception. But as time went on, additional symptoms became clear—loss of smell, digestive-tract issues—and these weren’t likely to be due to infection of the respiratory tract. And over time, what also became apparent is that the symptoms didn’t necessarily fade when the virus was cleared.

As we’ve studied the virus more, we’ve learned that the protein it uses to latch on to cells is present in a lot of different tissues in the body, suggesting that a wide variety of different effects could be the direct product of infections of the cells there. This week, the effect that seems to be grabbing attention is heart problems, spurred by a Scientific American article that (among other things) considers the stories of professional and college athletes who have been infected. That was followed by a report that roughly 30 percent of college athletes who’ve contracted the virus end up with inflammation of the heart muscle called myocarditis.

Both reports are heavy on anecdote, but this is not a new thing; ESPN had reported on myocarditis in college athletes back in early August. And, more significantly, the scientific community has been looking into the issue for months. So far, its conclusion is that there are likely to be heart complications, even in patients who had mild COVID-19 symptoms. But the long-term implications of these problems aren’t yet clear.

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#biology, #cardiac, #covid-19, #heart, #medicine, #sars-cov-2, #science

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Dizziness Upon Standing Can Lead to Falls and Fractures

The problem, a brief but precipitous drop in blood pressure that causes lightheadedness or dizziness when standing up, is called orthostatic hypotension.

#blood-pressure, #dehydration, #elderly, #falls, #heart

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Intimacy in Isolation

It can be unsettling to be seen. Now I have to see myself.

#dating-and-relationships, #heart, #your-feed-selfcare

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Doctors Enter College Football’s Politics, but Maybe Just for Show

Universities have had mixed messages, competing agendas and a lack of transparency as they consider whether to hold college football in the fall, with billions of dollars at stake.

#athletics-and-sports, #atlantic-coast-conference, #big-12-conference, #big-ten-conference, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #football-college, #heart, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ohio-state-university, #pacific-12-conference, #southeastern-conference, #tests-medical

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Covid-19 Is Creating a Wave of Heart Disease

Emerging data show that some of the coronavirus’s most potent damage is inflicted on the heart.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #heart, #respiratory-diseases, #united-states

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Poem: The Unsolvable Puzzle

#crossword-puzzles, #heart, #puzzles

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Identical Twins With Two Very Different Destinies

A father looks to science and faith to understand his son’s congenital heart defect.

#families-and-family-life, #heart, #multiple-births, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #twins

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Should a Study on Pesticides Affect Our Use of Them?

Recent research, which found a link between pyrethroids and deaths from heart disease, highlights the limitations of epidemiological research.

#ddt-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #heart, #medicine-and-health, #pesticides, #research, #west-nile-virus

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A Jazz Drummer’s Fight to Keep His Own Heart Beating

Milford Graves devoted himself to studying the rhythms of the heart. It turns out he was creating a technique to treat himself.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #biofeedback, #graves-milford-1941, #heart, #jamaica-queens-ny, #jazz, #meginsky-jake, #music

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Should We Be Drinking Less?

Scientists helping to update the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are taking a harder stance on alcohol.

#agriculture-department, #alcohol-abuse, #alcoholic-beverages, #bmj-journal, #cancer, #content-type-service, #deaths-fatalities, #diet-and-nutrition, #health-and-human-services-department, #heart, #men-and-boys, #national-cancer-institute, #obesity, #weight, #women-and-girls

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Stayin’ Alive: How Disco Saved Daddy

He hated the Bee Gees, couldn’t stand platform shoes, and deplored the only pair of polyester pants he’d ever owned.

#defibrillators, #emergency-medical-treatment, #families-and-family-life, #heart, #pop-and-rock-music

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A ‘Cure for Heart Disease’? A Single Shot Succeeds in Monkeys

A novel gene-editing experiment seems to have permanently reduced LDL and triglyceride levels in monkeys.

#cholesterol, #genetic-engineering, #genetics-and-heredity, #heart, #international-society-for-stem-cell-research, #kathiresan-sekar, #monkeys-and-apes, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #triglycerides

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Sitting All Day May Increase Your Risk of Dying From Cancer

Need another reason to move? Sedentary behavior was linked to an increased risk of fatal cancer.

#cancer, #diabetes, #exercise, #heart, #obesity, #walking, #weight

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The Coronavirus Pandemic’s Needless Deaths

Seriously ill people avoided hospitals and doctors’ offices. Patients need to return. It’s safe now.

#cleveland-clinic, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #heart, #hospitals, #mayo-clinic, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #stroke, #telemedicine

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Fear of Covid Leads Other Patients to Decline Critical Treatment

Psychologists say anxiety and uncertainty prompt irrational decisions — like turning down a transplant when an organ becomes available.

#anxiety-and-stress, #cancer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #fear-emotion, #heart, #liver, #transplants, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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How Cubans Lost Faith in Revolution

In this election year, the key for American politicians to understanding Cuba’s politics is understanding its people and the promises of a better life that were not kept.

#castro-fidel, #castro-raul, #cuba, #diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel, #discrimination, #elections, #granma-newspaper, #havana-cuba, #heart, #hospitals, #obama-barack, #santeria-faith, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #youth

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Returning to Exercise After Recovery From Coronavirus

Two new expert consensus statements urge caution for athletes with coronavirus who are returning to serious training.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cycling-road, #exercise, #heart, #marathon-running, #running, #telemedicine, #triathlon

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What We Know About the Covid-Related Syndrome Affecting Children

The new inflammatory disease is scary but thankfully rare and easy to spot.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #heart, #hospitals, #kawasaki-disease, #parenting, #pediatric-inflammatory-multisystem-syndrome-pims, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #toxic-shock-syndrome-tss

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‘Straight-Up Fire’ in His Veins: Teen Battles New Coronavirus Syndrome

Jack McMorrow, 14, awoke in agony, with heart failure. His case may help doctors understand a frightening new affliction in children linked to the coronavirus.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #heart, #hospitals, #jack-mcmorrow, #multisystem-inflammatory-syndrome-in-children, #your-feed-science

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‘Straight-Up Fire’ in His Veins: Teen Battles New Covid Syndrome

Jack McMorrow, 14, awoke in agony, with heart failure. His case may help doctors understand a frightening new affliction in children linked to the coronavirus.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #heart, #hospitals, #jack-mcmorrow, #multisystem-inflammatory-syndrome-in-children, #your-feed-science

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Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, Heart and Stroke Patients Go Missing

Emergency physicians are seeing declines in the number of patients arriving with cardiac problems. Some say they were afraid to go to the hospital.

#austria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #fear-emotion, #heart, #hospitals, #jaipur-india, #stroke, #united-states

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How Covid-19 Is Making Millions of Americans Healthier

People are finally cooking more.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #epidemics, #fast-food-industry, #food, #heart, #quarantines, #social-media, #soft-drinks

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How ‘Fast Carbs’ May Undermine Your Health

Comfort foods like chips and cookies can short-circuit our biology and accelerate the onset of diabetes and heart disease.

#carbohydrates, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #digestive-tract, #food, #grain, #heart, #obesity, #weight

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