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Plant-based heart health
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heart health heroes
Harvard experts are exploring unique and interesting approaches to cardiovascular health.
“The research showing a link between sleep and cardiovascular disease in humans is abundant,” says the associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Systems Biology.
The Harvard John A. Paulson School Of Engineering And Applied Sciences alum designed a more effective implant to improve corrective surgeries for neonatal congenital heart defects.
New research finds that consuming more carbs, fat, or protein can promote good health as long as they are part of an overall sensible and varied diet.
“Not only do the diets reduce blood pressure, they reduce direct injury to the heart and they reduce inflammation,” says the assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Researchers found a connection between psychological well-being and a reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events.
“[B]olstering psychological strengths rather than simply mitigating psychological deficits may improve cardiovascular health,” says the associate professor of society, human development, and health.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s:
Discover art’s long exploration and science’s artistic interpretations of the heart.
“Preparation showing child spine and portion of thorax with heart” by Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Boy with Plastic Heart, Guatemala” by Rosalind Solomon
“Teaching watercolor of degeneration of the heart tissue caused by venereal disease” by Oscar Wallis
Straight to the heart
Map of the human heart
A 3-D model of a human heart ventricle
Reviving cells after a heart attack
Soft robot helps the heart beat — Harvard Gazette
Researchers examining the relationship between cigarette smoking and smoking cessation on mortality during a decades-long perspective study of over 100,000 women found that approximately 64% of deaths among current smokers and 28% of deaths among former smokers were attributable to cigarette smoking.
Maintaining a healthy weight
A study showed that middle-aged women and men who gained 11 to 22 pounds after age 20 were up to three times more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and gallstones than those who gained five pounds or fewer.
A study showed that, among women ages 50 to 79 with no cardiovascular disease at the start of study, prolonged sitting time was associated with increased heart disease risk regardless of the amount of time spent in leisure-time physical activity.
Follow a healthy diet
A study found that those who adhered most to healthy eating patterns had a 14 to 21% lower risk of cardiovascular disease when compared with those who adhered least.