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The Ups and Downs of Arrhythmia

heart arrhythmiaFirst, what is a heart arrhythmia?

The heart has a perfect beat, not to fast, not to slow…if it wavers off, it is considered an arrhythmia; simple as that!  There are different kinds of arrhythmia’s, but lets keep it simple.

–  Tachycardia: heart is to fast.

–  Bradycardia: heart is to slow.

Arrhythmia’s are then identified by where they are happening in the heart; atria or ventricles.

You can have an atrial or ventricular arrhythmia.

Don’t get me wrong, this is very simplified, there are many other layers, but this is the basics.

Now, why does all of this matter?

Well, when your heart is not working correctly oxygen is not pumped to your major organs such as your brain.  This is when a condition with such a crazy name becomes as simple as life or death.    So how do we know if we are at risk of having a heart arrhythmia that will challenge your health?

A heart attack is the most important factor making someone a prone suspect.

If you have suffered a heart attack you are probably under doctor care and have regular EKG’s to monitor your heart.  But what if you have not had such a severe warning, what are some signs or symptoms?

–  fainting or dizziness

–  dificulty breathing

–  fatigue

–  “fluttering heart” feeling

–  flopping in your chest

–  thumping in your chest

–  chest pain

These are just a few, and if you suspect any of them, please seek medical help to begin monitoring your health.  There are many ways to treat and manage an arrhythmia.  Some are medications, pacemakers and keeping a record of your pulse.  Above all when in doubt follow your gut and see your doctor…then follow his/her advice.

Have a Heart Healthy Day!

Kristi Krouse

 

Your Heart and Beer…Happy St. Patricks Day!

Alright so don’t think I am going all crazy with alcohol news, but I thought it appropriate to have a blog relating to beer for St. Patty’s Day.  I was wondering if there are differences between how red wine effects the heart vs. beer.  The ADA or the American Dietetic Association has quite a bit to say about the subject.  Here is a quote!

“Red wine enjoys a reputation for sophistication and health benefits, but as interest in artisan brewing gains momentum and emerging research reveals unique nutrition properties, beer is finding redemption not only as a classy libation with deep roots in many cultures, but as a beverage with benefits,” said registered dietitian and ADA spokesperson Andrea Giancoli in a news release.”

I was intrigued!  There actually is very similar health benefits to beer as there is to wine.

Whether you prefer wine, beer or liquor, people who drink one to two alcoholic drinks of any kind are less likely to suffer from heart disease according to a 2008 Journal of the American Dietetic Association article. Experts believe alcohol improves heart health by making blood less sticky so it’s less likely to clot by increasing levels of “good” HDL cholesterol while lowering unhealthy LDL cholesterol.

So what are some suggestions?  First, limit your consumption; this is not a go-ahead to revisit your college days in hopes of gaining health; I assure you it will do just the opposite.  So stick with (assuming your Doctor agrees) one or two glasses a day…or night…once the kids are in bed.  The great thing is that you can have one beer and it be a treat at the end of a good eating, healthy portioned, veggie packed day.  If you get light beer it will only cost ya 100 calories!  Works for me!  Then to top it off its full of fiber; anywhere from .75 to 1.3 grams per 12 ounce bottle.  But wait…there is more!  Beer has also been tested to see if it could actually strengthen your bones.

 In a Tufts University study, men who drank between one to two beers a day had hip bone densities three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half times greater than teetotalers.

Last but not least, it is yummy!  Well not for everyone…in that case read on to my wine blog post!   Check out this video from fox news!

I am no Doctor, but there are quite a few options if a beer a day is not something you would like to commit to.  To be honest, me personally, this is something I could not do.  Pizza…yea, but everyday?!?  Chocolate, now that is something I could do everyday; portion control is my problem!  So here is an option, check with your Doctor first, but I have been looking into this:

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day, and drink only one or two GREEN beers!  

 

 

Have a heart healthy day!
Kristi Krouse

Drink yourself Heart Healthy?!?

red wine heart benefitsRed Wine Heart Benefits

So the question is:  Red Wine, is it good for your heart? The big answer: Mabe?!? Basically there are antioxidants called resveratrol and flavonoids naturally found in the wine.  So yes antioxidants are great for you, but why wine?  Is this just an excuse to drink wine, and if so, how much per day do you need to drink to benefit from the antioxidants? After researching myself, I basically found that yes all wine contains antioxidants.  Red wine has more antioxidants because it is fermented longer with the grape skins.  But, (yes there is a but) if you truly are drinking the wine for the antioxidants, you can simply eat grapes or drink grape juice.  There are many other foods that have antioxidants too!  Examples are:

red wine heart benefits  

My conclusion is; if you are drinking wine because you want a glass of wine, then you are adding to your daily list of antioxidants, enjoy!  Yay, two birds, one stone.  If you are drinking wine for the antioxidants it would be better to have a bowl of fruit salad.

So don’t drink for your health, drink to it!

Have a Heart Healthy Day!

Kristi