Nuts, when part of a balanced diet, may help decrease your risk for coronary heart disease. Nuts help lower LDL-cholesterol (sometimes called "bad cholesterol"), improve the health of your arteries, and reduce the risk for blood clots. Nuts pack a lot of nutrition into a tiny package, including unsaturated fats, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, plant sterols and vitamin E. Most nuts contain similar health benefits, including walnuts and almonds. While nuts are healthy, the majority of their calories come from fat. Nuts should be eaten in moderation, and more as a replacement for saturated fats and unhealthy snacks.
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Does eating nuts decrease my risk for coronary heart disease?
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Is there an easy way to check my heart's health?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredTwo simple physical tests can tell you a lot about the health of your heart. Both of them involve how your heart deals with vigorous exercise-how hard you can work out, and how quickly you recover. Each of these tests independently can predict your risk of death or disability in the next 10 years, from all causes, not just heart disease or arterial aging.
Here's how to carry out your own personal exercise stress test (only do these to the maximum exercise level you normally do, or if your doctor says you can do them). You will need to have a method of measuring your heart rate, such as a device that is built into the handles of an exercise machine or a heart-rate monitor that straps on your wrist.
Maximum Heart Rate: After exercising as hard as you can for three minutes, check your heart rate: How close does it come to 80 or 90 percent of the maximum for your age? (Calculate the maximum by subtracting your calendar age from 220: If you're 40 years old, your maximum heart rate should be about 180 beats per minute-80 percent would be 144; 90 percent would be 162.)
Recovery Time: Right at the end of the most strenuous workout you do, note your heart rate. Then stop all exercise (just this once, don't cool down), and check your heart rate two minutes later.
If you achieved at least 80 percent or greater of your maximum heart rate, or if your heart rate declined by 66 or more beats in the two minutes after you stopped, your RealAge is at least five years younger than your calendar age.
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How are most heart valve problems first noticed?
Most heart valve problems are first noticed with the detection of a heart murmur. When a health care provider can hear the blood whooshing or a valve clicking as blood moves from one chamber to the next, it is called a heart murmur. Many heart murmurs areinnocent or benign, meaning they do not cause harm. However, a murmur may also be a sign of an underlying problem with the valves, which may eventually need treatment. The most common problems arestenosis or regurgitation.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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