Archive for the ‘Cardiovascular Disease’ Category

Leg Presses

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

If you belong to a health club, you probably have access to a wide range of resistance equipment, including a leg press machine that targets the legs (quadriceps and hamstrings) and also works the buttocks. Here is how to perform the movement correctly: (more…)

Homocysteine and Cardiovascular Disease Post 2

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Evidence is rapidly accumulating which suggests that elevated blood levels of homocysteine, a sulfhydryl-containing amino acid formed by the demethylation of methionine, may increase the risk of vascular disease. Several recent studies have established that moderately elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with CHD, independent of other risk factors. Epidemiological studies have been invaluable in delineating this relationship; more than 20 case-controlled and cross-sectional studies of more that 2000 subjects have demonstrated that subjects with stroke, hypertension and/or atherosclerosis tend to have relatively high blood levels of homocysteine compared to individuals free of disease . (more…)

Homocysteine and Cardiovascular Disease Post 1

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Cardiovascular disease remains by far the leading cause of premature death for men and women in the U.S., the disease itself the consequence of a variety of factors, both hereditary and environmental.

Of the major risk factors, namely, high low-density lipoprotein (LDL), cholesterol and/or low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, old age, male gender, premature menopause in women, hypertension, smoking, diabetes mellitus and a family history of heart attack, three are related to diet: HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, hypertension and diabetes. Much research time has been spent exploring potential dietary intervention strategies and preventative measures. (more…)