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Month: November 2017

Coffee & Cardiovascular Health

You can feel less guilty reaching for your third espresso shot in the midst of the holiday craziness this season— a recent study has linked that extra cup of coffee (up to six cups daily!) to a decreased risk of of heart failure, stroke and coronary heart disease.

Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine presented their findings last week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, reporting that every 8-ounce cup of coffee per day reduced heart failure risk by 7 percent, stroke risk by 8 percent and coronary heart disease by 5 percent in comparison to non-coffee drinkers. While this is not the first study of its kind to identify a link between drinking coffee and cardiovascular health, it is the first study to offer numerical data to back up previous research suggesting that coffee’s antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory makeup contributes to overall heart health.

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Canine Companions & Heart Health

The benefits that come with owning a dog are clear– physical activity, support, companionship — but owning a dog could literally be saving your life.

Dog ownership is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death, finds a new Swedish study published Friday in the journal Scientific Reports.

For people living alone, owning a dog can decrease their risk of death by 33% and their risk of cardiovascular related death by 36%, when compared to single individuals without a pet, according to the study. Chances of a heart attack were also found to be 11% lower. Multi-person household owners also saw benefits, though to a lesser extent. Risk of death among these dog owners fell by 11% and their chances of cardiovascular death were 15% lower. But their risk of a heart attack was not reduced by owning a dog.

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