Simple Science@Heart: Psychosocial distress may increase risk of stroke in seniors

Seniors dealing with depression, stress, a negative outlook and dissatisfaction with life may face a higher risk of stroke.

That grumpy outlook could be psychosocial distress, and researchers have found a link between the condition and stroke in a study of people 65 years or older.

Researchers found that seniors with […]

SimpleScience@Heart: New stent safer, more effective at mending brain aneurysms

A new stent — covered with a thin, porous layer of polyurethane — repaired aneurysms in an animal study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012.

A brain aneurysm is a weakness in the wall of a brain vessel that balloons out and is at risk of rupturing […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Eating flaxseed may lower blood pressure

Eating flaxseed may help lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.

In a study, people who added 30 grams of milled flaxseed to their diet every day for six months saw their systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) drop an average 15 mm Hg and […]

Simple Science @Heart: Hospital uses auto assembly line techniques to speed up stroke care

A hospital stroke team in St. Louis, Mo., used Toyota’s “lean” manufacturing principles to streamline care — treating patients 21 minutes faster than usual.

The team adopted the manufacturer’s assembly line approach, removing unnecessary or inefficient steps and adjusting others in the hospital’s stroke treatment process.

After streamlining care, 78 […]

Get your Heart in the Game!

I love October. Not for the cooler weather, the changing leaves or the costume parties– I love October for the baseball! The most exciting weeks of the nation’s past-time begin as the 2012 MLB post season kicks off today!

I come from a family of baseball fanatics. The kind that […]

Simple Science @Heart: Black stroke survivors face greater risk from high blood pressure

Blacks who survive strokes caused by bleeding in the brain are more likely than whites to have high blood pressure a year later, a new study says.

Continued high blood pressure increases their risk of another stroke.

The study examined racial and ethnic differences in these strokes, called intracranial hemorrhage or […]

Simple Science @Heart: Ingredient in chocolate may help you think more clearly

Chowing down on a pile of candy bars may not be a very good idea, but one ingredient in chocolate might actually help you come up with good ideas.

New research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension found improved mental function in elderly people who drank a lot of […]

Simple Science @Heart: Yoga improves balance, quality of life for stroke survivors

New research shows that yoga class twice a week can improve stroke survivors’ quality of life and balance.

Balance problems often plague stroke survivors and can lead to greater disability and a higher chance of falls. The researchers found that survivors taking yoga were more independent and less afraid of […]

Keep Heart Safe In The Heat!

As we head into this holiday weekend which is the official start of the summer,  it’s important to keep your heart safe while exercising or participating in any type of outdoor activity. Heat-related deaths and illness are quite preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. While the elderly, […]

Let’s Roll: It’s National Bike to Work Day

Are you a biker?

No, I don’t mean the leather-clad, long-haired, V-twin revving motorcycle biker. I mean the bell-ringing, spandex-rocking, trail-riding, Tour de France, Dallas, or Small Town USA cyclist.

Why do we ask? Because today is National Bike to Work Day! So, if you bike to work, we’re giving you […]