3 Types of Exercises for the Heart and Lungs

Heart and lung ailments are easily among the most common health issues that Americans suffer from. To make matters worse, their victims seem to be getting younger and younger each year. Because of this, health experts all over the nation are alarmed, and they have started disseminating information that helps individuals take better care of… Read More

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Is Weightlifting Better at Reducing Heart Fat than Aerobic Exercise?

A new study suggests that obese people who engage in resistance training are more likely to see reductions in a type of heart fat that has been linked to cardiovascular disease (Christensen et al., 2019). In this small study, of 50 individuals, Christensen and colleagues concluded that a certain type of heart fat known as… Read More

Is there a Link between PTSD & Cardiovascular Disease?

Research Paper Title The association between PTSD and cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in male veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts: a systematic review. Background Military personnel with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can experience high levels of mental and physical health co-morbidity, potentially indicating a high level of functional impairment that can impact on both… Read More

Military Personnel: Cardiovascular Disease & Its Impact on Productivity

Research Paper Title Lost productivity among military personnel with cardiovascular disease. Background Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is associated with significant productivity loss among all occupational groups. However, the increased occupational requirements of military personnel pose physical and psychological demands that could lead to greater lost productivity of CVD. The aim of this study was to determine… Read More

Linking Social Jetlag & Cardiovascular Disease

“Cut that lie-in short A study of how much 984 adults shifted their waking and sleeping hours at the weekend has found that, for every extra hour a person’s schedule shifts, there is an 11 per cent increase in the likelihood that they have cardiovascular disease. The phenomenon is called social jetlag, because it’s often caused… Read More

A Guide to Coronary Calcium Scans

Here in Australia, a number of organisations offer coronary calcium scans. What, I hear you say, is a coronary calcium scan? Why Look At Coronary Calcium? A coronary calcium scan looks for specks of calcium (or calcification) in the walls of the coronary (heart) arteries. Calcification can be an early sign of coronary heart disease… Read More

Does Carbohydrate Ingestion Immediately Prior to Combined Mental & Physical Stress Attenuate Cortisol Responses?

Research Paper Title Exogenous Carbohydrate Reduces Cortisol Response from Combined Mental and Physical Stress. Background Combined mental and physical stress is associated with exacerbated cortisol production which may increase risk for the progression of cardiovascular disease in individuals working in high-stress occupations (e.g., firefighters, military personnel, etc.). Carbohydrate (CHO) ingestion prior to physical stress may… Read More