Saturday, September 5, 2009


Drinking coffee could reduce stroke risk for womenSydney, April 13 : Drinking coffee could lower women's risk of suffering a stroke, a new study has suggested.

The study of 83,000 women, conducted over a 24-year period by Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, revealed that women who drank five to seven cups of coffee a week were 12 per cent less likely to have a stroke than were those who downed just one cup a month.

However, German experts on stroke prevention in Berlin say that the benefit does not appear to come from caffeine, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Professor Martin Grond of the German Stroke Society said that those who drank tea and other caffeinated drinks did not experience the same reduction in stroke risk.

It looks like the positive health effects of coffee-drinking come from antioxidants in the beverage, which lower inflammation and improve blood vessel function, according to researchers.

Taking into consideration factors such as cigarette and alcohol consumption, researchers found that healthy women who drank two to three cups of normal caffeinated coffee a day had, on average, a 19 per cent lower risk for any kind of stroke than did women who drank less than one cup a month.

They found that drinking four or more cups a day lowered the risk by 20 per cent.

Meanwhile, the study confirmed that the beneficial effects of coffee only apply to otherwise healthy people.

Grond warned that those with complaints such insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure and cardiac complications should be aware that coffee consumption was likely to worsen their condition.

The study has been published in the March issue of the journal Circulation.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Healthy heart~ a reflection for today

Greetings to you!

I started this blog about 10 months after I experienced a myocardial infarction. The purpose of this blog is to help me heal my heart, add a sense of humor to my experience, and learn more about the heart (this incredible organ!), medication, natural healing remedies, and it serves as a nice place for me to come and share my thoughts, feeling, poetry, and any heart related information that I come across or that comes to me through my involvement with the AHA and other heart related organizations. I truly believe that we are healers and that we can heal our body, mind, and spirit, through unconditional pure love.
My son is getting ready to leave for college this month and I know that this will be an emotionally charged event. This is okay and I know I will get through it. I am so proud of him and I know that he is growing into a fine young man. So Beware! This months post may reflect my hearts emotions as we walk through the departure of Dylan as he starts his new journey!
As I wrap up here ...I must wish you all a HAPPY SEPTEMBER!!!! May you all reap what you have sewn in 2009 as we move into the time of harvest!!
Love and blessings~