Heart and blood vessels

Health benefits of Olive oil

May.08, 2010

According to a new study conducted in the UK regular use of olive oil high consumption can significantly reduce the risk of ulcerative colitis developing.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the rectum and colon. The main symptoms of the disease include abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss. The study found that people who regularly consume olive oil are at lower risk of ulcerative colitis development.

Singing helps to restore speech after stroke

Mar.08, 2010

According to a new study conducted by American scientists, singing promotes more rapid and effective speech rehabilitation in patients after stroke.

The study is based on the fact that singing is engaged in another brain area, rather than for speech. In case when speech center in the brain is damaged, speech, nevetheless, can be restored the center of singing instead of it.

A happy marriage reduces the risk of stroke in men

Mar.08, 2010

According to one study which involved more than 10,000 men aged  1963 to 1997 a happy marriage helps to reduce the risk of stroke  and other cardiovascular complications in men.

Scientists found that the risk of stroke for single men is 64% higher than in that of married ones. Then there was a survey, in which men were supposed to determine whether their marriage is successful. It was found that 3.6% of participants believed their marriage unhappy. The risk of stroke in this group was more than 60% higher as well.

One of the study’s authors say honestly that he could not exactly explain this effect how happy family life influence cardiovascular system.

Others explain it in particular that a loving wife supports her husband in the struggle with risk factors for stroke, for example, forcing him to quit smoking and manage with excess weight by practicing sports or eating a healthy diet.
Unfortunately, such studies have not been carried out in women, although the results would be very curious. Many of the study’s authors believe that they should be similar to those obtained in this study.

Foods rich in potassium can help to protect heart

Mar.07, 2010

Foods rich in potassium such as bananas, potatoes and leafy greens can reduce the risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.

This results were obtained by Italian scientists which analyzed 10 studies with a total number of participants 280 000 for a period of 5 to 19 years.

The consumption of potassium rich foods lowers the risk of stroke by 19% in patients and by 8% in patients with coronary heart disease. The authors of this study recommend to consume more foods reach in potassium. The list of these foods include: