A new study from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing suggests that drinking green tea three times per week may cut the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
For the study, a team of researchers tracked the health of 100,902 people who didn’t have cancer, heart attack or stroke for seven years. They also recorded how much tea every participant drank.
The analysis of the received data showed that green tea drinkers had a 39% lower risk of either condition over eight years, a 56% lower risk of dying from one of them, and a 29% lower chance of dying during the study.
The author of the study Dr Xinyan Wang says: “Habitual tea consumption is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death. The favourable health effects are the most robust for green tea and for long-term habitual tea drinkers.”
A new study, published in the journal Heart, suggests that daytime napping once or twice a week may decrease the risk of having heart stroke.
Within the scope of the study, the researchers studied the association between napping frequency and duration as well as the risk of fatal or non-fatal heart conditions such as heart attack, stroke, or heart failure. The study included data gathered from 3462 randomly selected people living in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The study authors conclude: “The study of napping is a challenging but also a promising field with potentially significant public health implications. While there remain more questions than answers, it is time to start unveiling the power of naps for a supercharged heart.”
A new study of Chinese adults finds a link between air pollution and a higher risk of developing atherosclerosis, or coronary artery calcification, as well as death from heart disease.
To investigate the influence of air pollution, a team of researchers analyzed data on 8,867 Chinese people whose age varied from 25 to 92 years. All of them had suspected coronary heart disease and were recruited between 2015 and 2017.
The analysis showed that for each nitrogen dioxide increase of 20 μg/m3, the risk of having a high coronary artery calcium score increased by 24.5 per cent, and for each 30 μg/m3, the risk increased by 27.2 per cent.
The lead author Meng Wang says: “This study may provide evidence that coronary atherosclerosis is a pathological pathway through which air pollution exposure increases risk of death from coronary heart disease.”
According to a new study, presented at Nutrition 2019, the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in Baltimore, US, low consumption of fruits and vegetables may become the cause for 1 in 7 deaths and 1 in 12 deaths, correspondingly, from heart disease.
A team of researchers analyzed the available data, the scientists found that low consumption of fruit was connected to approximately 2 million deaths from heart disease, and low consumption of vegetables was associated with 1 million deaths, on a global level.
Senior study author Dariush Mozaffarian, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy says: “These findings indicate a need to expand the focus to increasing availability and consumption of protective foods like fruits, vegetables, and legumes — a positive message with tremendous potential for improving global health.”
A new study from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester finds that eating a diet with a high content of fruits, vegetables, and fish can decrease the risk of heart failure by 41 percent.
In the course of the study, a team of researchers examined the association between five major dietary patterns and the risk of heart failure in people with no prior diagnosis of heart disease. The analysis included data from 16,068 black and white people averagely aged 45 years.
The lead researcher Dr. Kyla Lara, a cardiology fellow at the Mayo Clinic, comments: “The need for population-based preventive strategies for heart failure is critical […] These findings support a population-based dietary strategy for lowering the risk of incident heart failure.”
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