Tag: Heart Health

Price of olive oil on the rise

13 January, 2015 No Comments

There’s bad news in store for all you olive oil fans out there: brace yourself to pay more for this basic commodity of the Mediterranean diet, whose merits are praised by gourmets and dietitians alike. The disastrous olive harvest in southern Europe in 2014 is sure to cause an upward surge in oil prices (the […]

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There’s still too much trans fat on your plate

15 September, 2014 No Comments

Trans fats garnered loads of publicity in the early 2000s and with good reason. The scientific community unanimously agrees that these fats have a harmful effect on cardiovascular health. What’s more, with the exception of dairy products, these fats are found primarily in ultra-processed and nutrient-poor foods, which certainly doesn’t help their cause. To be […]

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The 7 main principles of the Mediterranean diet

Over the last fifty years or so, there has been growing scientific data on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet to prevent heart attacks, strokes as well as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer-type dementia and even depression. Here are the 7 main features of this diet, which is usually represented graphically by a pyramid:

What is blood cholesterol?

Cholesterol is one of the fats that is present in blood. It may be used in the construction of cell membranes and in the manufacture of vitamin D or hormones such as cortisol, testosterone and progesterone.

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Preventing hypertension through diet

28 February, 2014 No Comments

What is hypertension? One is said to suffer from hypertension (or high pressure) when the force exerted on the walls of the arteries by blood pumped from the heart throughout the human body is higher than normal. If nothing is done to lower blood pressure, the blood vessels harden and blood circulation gets restricted. Since […]

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Heart-Friendly Food Items

21 February, 2014 No Comments

Colored fruits and vegetables By consuming 4 fruits and 5 servings of vegetables a day, you absorb a fair amount of antioxidants. Make sure you consume a range of colors that include at least one green and one orange vegetable for a variety of vitamins. In winter, we stock up on citrus fruits and we […]

Eating well for a healthy heart: Beware of these 4 elements (part 2)

16 February, 2014 No Comments

Trans fats Derived from partially hydrogenated oils, industrial trans fats are the most harmful to the heart. They can increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease good cholesterol (HDL). Since labels on processed food must indicate their trans fat content, it is easy to identify and avoid them.

Eating well for a healthy heart: DASH diet to the rescue (part 1)

14 February, 2014 No Comments

Almost a third of all deaths in the West are linked to cardiovascular diseases. Among the various factors directly related to this incidence, are several that can be controlled with a healthy lifestyle. February being the Heart Month, this is the perfect time to adopt good eating habits to improve cardiovascular health.

Nurturing your growing child

12 February, 2014 No Comments

Blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure are the last items on the priority list of a child or adolescent. However, eating habits that dictate if their heart is in good shape or if it will become weak later are determined from a very young age.

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Two hearts for Valentine’s Day

8 February, 2014 No Comments

The combination of mid-February with love and fertility dates back to ancient times. While in ancient Athens, the period between mid-January to mid-February was called Gamelion month to celebrate the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera, the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia was celebrated on February 15 to worship Lupercus, the god of fertility.

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2013 World Health Day’s theme: High blood pressure

World Health Day is celebrated on April 7th to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year, a theme is selected for World Health Day, that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure, also known […]

Very successful cardiovascular disease awareness days!

15 February, 2013 No Comments

Last week, more than 200 Montrealers took advantage of the 2 cardiovascular disease awareness days organised by the CHUM in the Desjardins complex to undergo tests and learn about their risk factors. They simply had to fill out a questionnaire, check their blood pressure, cholesterol level, weight, etc. But it is a much larger number […]