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Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-Fib

Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-FibTUESDAY, July 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes have a much higher risk of the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation than non-athletes, and younger athletes have a higher risk than older athletes, according to a new report from Britain. Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that can impede blood flow. A-fib can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related problems. For the study, researchers analyzed 13 studies published between 1990 and December 2020. There were more than 70,000 participants, including more than 6,800 athletes and more than 63,000 non-athletes. Overall, athletes had about a 2.5 times higher risk of a-fib than non-athletes. But when the researchers focused on participants without heart disease risk factors...

5-Minute Daily Breathing Exercise May Equal Meds in...

7 July 2021
5-Minute Daily Breathing Exercise May Equal Meds in Lowering Blood PressureWEDNESDAY, July 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A quick daily "workout" for the breathing muscles may help people lower their blood pressure to a similar degree as exercise or even medication, a small study suggests.The technique is called inspiratory muscle strength training (IMST), and it involves using a device that provides resistance as the user inhales — essentially working out the diaphragm and other breathing muscles.Researchers found that over six weeks, the exercises lowered study participants' blood pressure by nine points, on average.And all it took was five minutes of training per day, said lead researcher Daniel Craighead, an assistant research professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.There are caveats, he said: Study participants had higher-than-normal blood...

Masks at the Gym: Uncomfortable But Not Unsafe, Study Finds

2 July 2021
Masks at the Gym: Uncomfortable But Not Unsafe, Study FindsFRIDAY, July 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Wearing a mask while you exercise may be uncomfortable, but a new study should reassure gym-goers that it poses no actual health risks."What we found was, that it is safe to run at peak exercise in both an N95 mask and a cloth face mask," said researcher Dr. Matthew Kampert, of the Cleveland Clinic.His team looked at 20 healthy people, average age 37, who ran on a treadmill to peak exhaustion while wearing an N95 mask, a cloth mask and no mask.None of the participants had any safety issues while working out in either type of mask, and monitors showed no abnormal heart rhythms or unsafe drops in oxygen. The main reason participants stopped running was due to mask discomfort, according to the study published online June 30 in JAMA Network...

Sleep, Exercise & Your Odds for a Long, Healthy Life

1 July 2021
Sleep, Exercise & Your Odds for a Long, Healthy LifeTHURSDAY, July 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Poor quality sleep can shave years off your life, and these effects may be magnified if you don't get enough physical activity.That's the bad news. The good news is that getting more exercise may help counter some of the health risks known to accompany poor quality sleep, new research shows.Folks who scored low in both sleep and exercise categories were 57% more likely to die from heart disease, stroke and cancer over more than a decade of follow-up when compared with those who reported getting better sleep and more exercise."Physical inactivity seems to amplify the health risks of poor sleep patterns in a synergistic way," said study co-author Emmanuel Stamatakis. "The mortality risk from physical inactivity and poor sleep combined is larger...

Healthy Living Can Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer's

29 June 2021
Healthy Living Can Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer`sTUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Alzheimer's disease has no cure, but one expert says it may be possible to reduce the risks of developing the disease with healthy lifestyle changes.There are two different types of Alzheimer's. Early-onset typically affects patients before age 65. Late-onset affects older adults."Early-onset dementia often is linked to genetics and can run in families," said Dr. Chen Zhao, a neurologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. "The cause of late-onset dementia is less clear, and most likely due to a combination of lifestyle, environmental and genetic risk factors."Certain lifestyle changes may have benefits for brain health, which may then reduce the risk for dementia. The strongest evidence is that physical activity,...

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