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Heart Issues Have Affected 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Since Pandemic Began: Survey

Heart Issues Have Affected 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Since Pandemic Began: SurveyWEDNESDAY, Feb. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Four in 10 Americans say they've had at least one heart-related issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, and about one in four who have tested positive say COVID has affected their heart health, according to a new online poll.Shortness of breath (18%), dizziness (15%), higher blood pressure (15%) and chest pain (13%) were the top problems reported in the survey of 1,000 American adults. "COVID fatigue is a very real thing – and for this year's survey we wanted to see what kind of effect the ongoing pandemic is having on Americans' heart health and in particular their healthy habits," said Dr. Samir Kapadia, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, which conducted the poll."We know 90% of heart disease is preventable through a...

Getting Active Soon After Concussion May Aid Kids' Recovery

2 February 2022
Getting Active Soon After Concussion May Aid Kids` RecoveryWEDNESDAY, Feb. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A return to non-contact physical activity three days after a concussion is safe and possibly even beneficial for kids, a Canadian clinical trial finds."Gone are the days of resting in a dark room," said study co-author Andrée-Anne Ledoux, a scientist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada.The new study included 456 patients aged 10 to 17 who had concussions. One group rested until they had no more symptoms; the other resumed physical activity 72 hours after their concussion. The two groups completed surveys about their symptoms.Two weeks after their concussion, both groups had similar symptoms, indicating that an early return to physical activity was not harmful, the study authors said.But the...

Take These Winter Workout Tips to Heart

30 January 2022
Take These Winter Workout Tips to HeartSUNDAY, Jan. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Tempted to take your workout into the great outdoors?Be aware that there are both benefits and risks to exercising outdoors during the winter.“There’s actually some advantages to working out in cold weather – with no heat and humidity to deal with you may be able to work out longer in cold weather which means you can burn even more calories,” said Dallas cardiologist Dr. John Osborne. "It’s also a great way to get much needed vitamin D from the sunlight, which can help elevate your mood."Plus, research shows that exercise boosts your immunity during the cold and flu season, which Osborne said could be important in dealing with possible COVID infection.But he cautioned that outdoor winter sports and chores such as shoveling can pose...

Extra 10 Minutes of Daily Activity Could Save 110,000...

25 January 2022
Extra 10 Minutes of Daily Activity Could Save 110,000 U.S. Lives AnnuallyTUESDAY, Jan. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Americans, get up out of that chair and get moving.If everyone between 40 and 85 years of age were active just 10 minutes more a day, it could save more than 110,000 U.S. lives a year, a large study reports."Our projections are based on an additional 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity," said lead researcher Pedro Saint-Maurice of the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch at the U.S. National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. "If the walk is brisk, it counts."And added exercise benefits everyone — white, Black, Asian and Hispanic, men and women, the investigators found.For the study, the researchers examined data from more than 4,800 middle-aged and elderly adults who were part of a government health and nutrition study between 2003...

3 Factors Helped Teens Stay Mentally Healthy During Pandemic

25 January 2022
3 Factors Helped Teens Stay Mentally Healthy During PandemicTUESDAY, Jan. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Support from family and friends, along with exercise and sufficient sleep, have helped protect teens' mental health during the pandemic, new research shows.The study also found that teen girls have been more likely than boys to suffer mental distress during the pandemic.For the study, researchers analyzed data gathered from more than 3,000 participants, aged 11 to 14, in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study — the largest long-term study of brain development and child health ever conducted in the United States — before and during the early months of the pandemic.The factors most strongly associated with protecting teens against stress, anxiety and depression were positive relationships (such as talking about plans for the...

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