March 26, 2010

Broken Heart Syndrome

Broken heart syndrome is a temporary condition that is often confused with having a heart attack. The symptoms are similar, such as shortness of breath and chest pain. It mostly affects middle-aged and elderly women and is often caused by emotional or physical stress. The condition is almost never fatal, causes no long term heart damage, and usually doesn't reoccur.

Symptoms of the condition occur when stress causes your body to be flooded with catecholamine hormones. Blood pressure and heart rate increase. There is also a sudden and temporary weakening of the mycardium. A bulging out of the left ventricular apex with a hypercontractile base of the left ventricle of the heart often happens.

The condition is commonly referred to as stress cardiomyopathy, stress-induced cardiomyopathy, or apical ballooning syndrome. Symptoms can be prevented by reducing anxiety before it increases. It is different from a heart attack because a heart attack is caused by blocked arteries and broken heart syndrome is caused by a surge of adrenaline and other hormones. One to two percent of patients who are diagnoses with a heart attack are actually experiencing the condition.

March 23, 2010

Cure Urinary Tract Infections with Baking Soda

Most urinary tract infections are caused by E. coli bacteria, which are normally found in the rectum. A urinary tract infection can also be caused by an infection of the bladder or urethra. Symptoms of a UTI include frequent and urgent needs to urinate, painful urination, cloudy urine, lower back or abdominal pain, and blood in the urine. A good way to cure a UTI is to use baking soda. Baking soda makes the bladder more alkaline, which prevents bacteria from multiplying. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with 8 ounces of water at the first sign of symptoms of a UTI and drink once or twice a day until you see a doctor and start taking antibiotics.

March 15, 2010

New AntiGravity Yoga

There is a new style of personal workout that is becoming very popular called AntiGravity Yoga. The technique uses hammocks to suspend the body. As you turn upside down, while supported by the hammock, joint tension is released. The hammock is like a soft trapeze that supports you as you do simple techniques that lead to more advanced poses. The workout increases blood flow and upper body strength.

March 10, 2010

New Fat Tax on Sodas

Leaders in New York are proposing a new fat tax on the soft drink industry, claiming that sodas are to blame for obesity in the United States. Public officials in New York and other states see the tax as an opportunity to have an affect on the diets of the general population and cut health costs due to obesity.

It is estimated that almost 20 percent of children in the United States between 6 and 19 years old are obese, which increases the risks of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature death. Health experts say that insufficient exercise, fast food, and sugary sodas are to blame.

Beverage companies says that they have reduced calories in schools by removing full-calorie soft drinks and offering lower-calorie, more nutritious, and smaller-portion options. Leading beverage companies, including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo say that 88 percent less calories are now sold in their drinks when compared to 2004.