Daytime Napping Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Stroke

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.Daytime Napping Linked to Lower Risk of 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.”

Air Pollution Linked to Higher Risk of Coronary Artery Calcification

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.Air Pollution Linked to Higher Risk of Coronary Artery Calcification

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.”

Low Intake of Fruits and Vegetables Increases the Risk of Death from 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.Low Intake of Fruits and Vegetables Increases the Risk of Death 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 Diet Rich in Fruits and Vegetables Can Cut Risk of Heart Failure by 41%

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.fruits and vegetables cut the risk of heart failure

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.”

Skipping Breakfasts Regularly May Increase the Risk of Heart Disease

A new study from the University of Iowa suggests that skipping breakfasts can increase the risk of heart disease by 87%.skipping breakfasts increases the risk of heart disease

For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data from 6,550 people aged 40 and more with heart disease which were collected for 18 years. Most of them (59%) ate breakfast regularly, 5.1% never ate breakfast, and 10.9% rarely ate it, and 25% skipped it for a few days.

The authors write in their paper: “Breakfast is believed to be an important meal of the day, whereas there has been an increasing prevalence of skipping breakfast over the past 50 years in the United States, with as many as 23.8% of young people skipping breakfast every day.”