Are you at risk for a heart attack?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

If you indulge in coffee, alcohol, sex and commuting to work, you just might be putting yourself at risk for a heart attack.  A new study suggests that these are all triggers for heart attacks.  Topping the list…commuters sitting in smog filled highways. Even the act of riding a bike to work can put you at increased risk, especially if you ride in a polluted city like New York.  Daily activities where you exert yourself physically results in over a 6% increased risk and that includes sex.  Of course you should still stay active, its better than sitting on the couch.


Diet soda hazardous to your health?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

You may be proud that you made the switch from sugary soft drinks to low calorie sodas, but new research suggests that decision may have put your head and heart at risk.  Scientists followed over 2500 New Yorkers for over nine years.  What they found was alarming…

People who drank a diet soda every day had a 61% higher risk for heart attack and stroke.  Surprisingly, researchers are not suggesting giving up the diet sodas for good.  Not yet, anyway.  More studies are needed because this report only established a link, not a cause and effect.  Still, unsweetened beverages are a better choice.

Eggs healthier than ever before

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

A new report released by the US Department of Agriculture concludes that eggs have become a “healthy edible” item for your breakfast.  Today’s eggs are 14% lower in cholesterol and have more vitamin D and it’s not genetic engineering.  Apparently, it’s due to the improved quality of the feed given to hens.  Department of Agriculture says that eating one egg a day fits well with dietary guidelines of limiting cholesterol consumption to 300 mg per day.  An average large egg has 185 mg of cholesterol.


New Guidelines: Hold the Salt

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

The government is telling Americans to take a pass on the salt.  According to new dietary guidelines, consumers are now being asked to drastically cut their daily intake of salt.  For the first time, the guidelines target people who are 51 and older, all African Americans, and people at risk for high blood pressure and diabetes, which basically means anyone that is overweight or obese.  That group should reduce their daily salt intake to a little more than half a teaspoon a day.  Everyone else should limit their sodium intake to about a teaspoon a day.

One way to limit your salt is to eat more fresh foods and avoid the processed foods.  When eating out, ask the restaurant not to add salt.  Other recommendations in the new guidelines include eating less than 10% of you calories from saturated fats; that includes full fat cheeses and meats.

Evidence says, work out…while you watch TV


By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

A new study finds that people who spend too much time sitting in front of their TV or computer have a shorter lifespan.  Researchers say if you spend more than four hours in front of the TV, you double your risk of a heart attack.  This is only made worse when you consider that most people spend their day just sitting behind a desk and then head home to sit in front of the TV and computer.

It turns out, there is a correlation between the amount of passive sitting we do, and the levels of C-reactive protein in our bodies, which is a predictor of inflammation and high cholesterol.

Compromise…Perhaps a treadmill in front of your TV or computer would be a healthier alternative?!  Get up and move…Save your life!

7 steps to a healthier heart

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

Here’s seven steps that can improve your heart health and save your life.  Experts say that simple lifestyle changes can prevent you from having a heart attack.  These seven steps include:

  1. Giving up smoking
  2. Maintaining a normal body mass index (BMI)
  3. Getting regular exercise
  4. Eating a healthy diet
  5. Controlling your cholesterol
  6. Controlling your blood pressure
  7. Controlling your blood sugar

These are all things you probably already know, but are you doing them?  The reality is most Americans are falling short.  In this study by the American Heart Association, only 29% of the U.S. had four or more ideal healthy factors.  The difference can literally save your life.  Just by meeting five or more of the healthy factors, you can decrease your chances of dying by 55%.

She works ‘too’ hard for her money?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

As the song suggests, “She really does work hard for the money.”  A new study maintains that women who have stressful jobs are at greater risk for heart attacks, and may need coronary bypass surgery.  The research presented by the American Heart Association also contends that when women worry about losing their jobs, it can lead to high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  This is a first of its kind study to examine the overall impact of work related stress on women’s health.  Previous studies have only focused on the effects on men, and yes, they are at greater risk as well.