Men: Heed Warning Signs of Heart Attack

It’s well known that more men have heart attacks than women, but many men ignore their cardiac health or don’t recognize warning signs. To further complicate matters, cardiologists can’t diagnose heart disease until the condition is advanced enough to cause high cholesterol or a blockage – problems that increase the risk of heart attack.

Most heart disease is coronary heart disease, in which arterial plaque build-up narrows blood vessels, lessening the amount of blood and oxygen that reaches the heart. While most men don’t have heart attacks until later in life – the average man gets his first heart attack at age 65 – plaque has been found in the hearts of 20-year-olds. That means that arterial plaque can build up for decades before men develop major problems.

Your Blood’s Amazing Trip Through Your Vascular System

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Your vascular system is made up of vessels that carry your blood throughout your body.

Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from your heart. Veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to your heart. Your blood leaves the left side of the heart and is pumped out to the rest of your body.

The main artery from your heart is called the “aorta.” As your blood travels throughout your body, it enters smaller and smaller blood vessels, reaching every cell, dropping off nutrients and picking up waste products and carbon dioxide. Your blood then starts the trip back in your veins, entering larger and larger ones as it goes, passing through your kidneys and liver on the way to drop off waste products. The blood eventually arrives back at the right side of your heart to start the trip all over again.

The Society for Vascular Surgery wants you to know that as we age, our arteries tend to thicken, get stiffer, and narrow when plaque builds up and cholesterol collects in large- and medium-sized arteries. A narrowing of the arteries from the build-up of plaque can lead to coronary heart disease and can cause a heart attack when this occurs in the blood vessels leading to the heart. The same situation in the arteries leading to the brain can cause strokes. Narrowing of the arteries in other places, such as your legs, can cause what is called peripheral arterial disease or PAD. PAD can lead to sores and pain with walking, which may eventually lead to gangrene and an amputation. When the smaller arteries are affected, it is called “arteriosclerosis.”

If your doctor diagnoses you with vascular disease, it is important to see a vascular surgeon. They are highly trained in vascular disease and are the only medical professionals who can treat vascular disease with medical management, minimally invasive procedures, and open surgeries. To learn more about your vascular health, visit www.VascularWeb.org.

Healing After Weight-Loss Surgery

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Obesity is a national health crisis affecting over one-third of all American adults (72 million people). It increases the risk for a number of serious health problems, including coronary heart disease, type-2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and others. For most people, the safest and most effective way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. But for some, this is not enough. For these people, weight-loss surgery may be an option.

While weight-loss surgery (often referred to as “bariatric surgery”) has been around since the late 1960s, recent advancements in surgical techniques and increased safety have made it an increasingly popular option. Last year an estimated 220,000 Americans underwent a weight-loss surgery procedure, and this number continues to grow.

But healing from weight-loss surgery, including gastric bypass and laproscopic banding procedures, can be more complicated than one might expect. Immediately following, and for several days after surgery, patients are prohibited from eating, and their diet is restricted to clear liquids, including water, diluted non-acidic fruit juices, tea, artificially sweetened non-carbonated drinks, broth and sugar-free gelatin. Over the next few months, patients gradually progress from an all-liquid diet to a solid food diet of 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day with several intermediate steps along the way.

The problem? Water and fruit juices do not supply adequate protein that the body needs for recovery. Doctors want to improve their patients’ post-surgery nutrition, but traditional protein drinks are often too thick and heavy, contain calorie-packed carbohydrates and are unsuitable for use during the initial phases of recovery.

The Isopure Company, LLC, which makes nutritional products, developed Isopure Plus Zero Carb Protein Drink to help bariatric surgery patients get the protein they need during their recovery and beyond.

Unlike other nutritional drinks, Isopure Plus is clear, fruit-flavored and never thick or milky. Bariatric patients can drink it during any phase of recovery, and it provides 15 grams of high-quality whey protein and all eight amino acids in a single, 60-calorie, eight-ounce serving. The drink is lactose-, gluten- and fat-free and comes in two flavors — Alpine Punch and Grape Frost.

For more information, visit the Isopure Plus Web site at www.isopureplus.com

Family Caregivers Face Pain Challenges

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Every day, many Americans find themselves in an unexpected new role. They become a family caregiver for a loved one suffering from chronic pain.

Experts estimate pain affects 76 million Americans, more people than diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer combined. Pain can interfere with daily activities, and those affected may need help from family and friends. Providing care for a loved one experiencing chronic pain presents a unique set of challenges, such as making sure your loved one reports pain to his or her healthcare provider and that your loved one’s pain is taken seriously by those who provide care.

“Each person may feel pain differently. Although it is a physical sensation, perceptions of pain are influenced by social, cultural, and psychological factors,” said Suzanne Mintz, president and CEO of the National Family Caregivers Association. “It can be difficult to make sure your loved one’s pain is evaluated appropriately.”

Unfortunately, there has been little information and few resources available to help family caregivers cope with these problems. The National Family Caregivers Association has teamed up with the national pain management education program Partners Against Pain to create Caregiver Cornerstones, a new program that provides information, encouragement, and tools to family caregivers who are caring for loved ones suffering from chronic pain.

The four Caregiver Cornerstones are:

1. Learning about pain management. Taking an active role in helping to manage a loved one’s pain may help you feel more useful and worry less.

2. Caring for a person with pain. This includes making sure that patients receive proper assessment and follow their treatment plans.

3. Caring for yourself. Being a family caregiver can be a demanding job. Allow others to help provide a support system.

4. Advocating for all people in pain. The Caregiver Cornerstones program offers guidance on raising awareness about the importance of access to appropriate and effective pain care.

More information about the Caregiver Cornerstones program and tips for caring for loved ones suffering from chronic pain can be found at www.partnersagainstpain.com.

Dads, WIN Back Your Health for Father’s Day

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Grandmothers might say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but many American dads should be paying attention to another old saying — the one about eating an apple a day. The experts at the Weight-control Information Network (WIN) want to make sure every dad is feeling jubilant and healthy this Father’s Day and for many more to follow.

So, what can dad do to stay healthy? Getting active can help men maintain a healthy weight. Couch potatoes should start with a level of activity that feels doable and then gradually increase frequency, duration and intensity of their workouts. For example, a person could start out walking 10 minutes a day the first week, then move up to 15 minutes the next week, until he meets his goal.

Moderate-intensity activities include brisk walking, weight training and swimming for fun. Chores, walking up stairs and playing with the kids count as healthy physical activities, too.

Of course, even with exercise, men need to watch what they eat. A healthy diet includes whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean meats and seafood, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. And even healthy foods need to be eaten in sensible amounts.

Consider the following information about portion sizes from WIN:

– Cereal. One cup, or the size of a fist.

– Fruit. One medium fruit equals a baseball in size. One-half cup of fresh fruit looks like half a baseball.

– Ice cream. Aim for half a cup, about the size of half of a baseball.

– Lean meats and seafood. Three ounces of lean meat are about the size of a deck of cards

– Low-fat or fat-free cheese. Picture four stacked dice -; that’s about the size of one and a half ounces cheese.

– Rice, pasta or potatoes. One-half cup, about the size of half a baseball.

Men whose waists measure more than 40 inches face an increased risk of serious health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, coronary heart disease and some types of cancer. Men are more likely than women to carry extra weight around their stomach, where it may cause more problems than fat located elsewhere in the body.

For more information, see the WIN brochure “Getting on Track.” For a free copy, visit www.win.niddk.nih.gov or call 1-877-946-4627.