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Damar Hamlin Teams With Heart Experts to Promote Life Saving CPR

Damar Hamlin Teams With Heart Experts to Promote Life Saving CPRTHURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is issuing a CPR challenge to promote use of the emergency procedure that saved his life on national television.Hamlin, 24, suffered cardiac arrest during a Jan. 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, moments after being tackled hard in the chest.A month later, Hamlin is teaming up with the American Heart Association (AHA) for his “3 For Heart CPR Challenge,” asking people to learn hands-only CPR and then spread the word to others.“It's going to be an amazing opportunity to impact and educate millions of people on the importance of CPR. It literally saved my life," Hamlin said in an AHA news release.The challenge has three steps:Learn – Go to heart.org/3 to watch a minute-long video and learn...

Sports-Linked Cardiac Arrest Rare in Seniors, Study Finds

1 February 2023
Sports-Linked Cardiac Arrest Rare in Seniors, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The saga of Damar Hamlin's recent collapse during a football game has thrown the dangers of sports-related cardiac arrest into the spotlight. What about this happening to someone much older? A new study brings reassuring news: It’s rare for an older adult to have a sudden cardiac arrest during exercise, and those who do tend to have fewer health issues than those who experience this medical emergency outside of exercise, according to researchers.While exercise is among the most heart-healthy habits, a new study from Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles noted that it can trigger an irregular heart rhythm that leads to sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when an electrical malfunction causes a person’s heart to stop beating. Most...

How Many Daily Steps Do You Need to Lose Weight?

30 January 2023
How Many Daily Steps Do You Need to Lose Weight?MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s clear that staying active is key to being healthy, and fitness trackers and smartwatches have become popular tools for tracking activity.But just how many steps does someone need to take to lose weight? That’s not such a simple a question. While evidence is limited on exactly how many steps a day it takes to lose weight, experts say to get about 150 to 300 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise weekly, said Amanda Paluch, an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology and Institute for Applied Life Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.That’s about an average of 22 minutes per day on the low end and 45 minutes on the high end, Paluch said. “And we do know that for weight loss and weight...

Step Up! Here's How to Start a Healthy Walking Habit

30 January 2023
Step Up! Here`s How to Start a Healthy Walking HabitMONDAY, Jan. 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Starting a walking routine is simple because it requires so little: comfortable, supportive walking shoes and your own two feet. Unlike gym workouts, the initial expense is small and the schedule is flexible. “Walking's a great way to work out because we can integrate it into our daily lives,” said Amanda Paluch, an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology and Institute for Applied Life Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.“And if you can just fit it around your house or within your neighborhood, it's one of the most convenient options,” Paluch said.The benefits abound, too. Even a single bout of walking at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity can improve sleep, memory, ability to think and anxiety, according to...

You Can Prevent Sports Overuse Injuries

27 January 2023
You Can Prevent Sports Overuse InjuriesFRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- “Move it or lose it” the saying goes, but too much exercise or playing sports can lead to overuse injuries. These injuries include damage to bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles due to repetitive actions, such running, throwing, biking, lifting and swimming, to name a few.An overuse injury can be the result of poor training techniques such as doing too much too fast; not warming up or cooling down; failing to take enough time to recover after exercise; or not doing the proper cross training to support the activity.Shoulder impingementShoulder impingement is an overuse injury in the rotator cuff -- the muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. It is caused by “repetitive overhead activities while the shoulder joint is in a...
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