Are menopause and high cholesterol related?

This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own. Is menopause a time women should pay special attention to cholesterol levels? As a heart attack survivor, I’m dedicated to keeping my risk of another heart attack as low as possible. I recently visited with a brilliant and well-respected…

Should Pregnant Women Worry About Heart Attacks?

A new study shows heart attacks in pregnant women are on the rise. The good news in a new study by the New York University School of Medicine showing more pregnant women are having heart attacks is that data is being collected about heart disease in women.  If we can clearly define the problem, a…

Dos and Don’ts Of Recovering From Open Heart Surgery

What should you do to recover from heart surgery? (and what shouldn’t you do) A full recovery from open heart surgery will take up to 3 month, and most of the recovery time will be at home. Understanding what you can and cannot do is important to recovering well.  Keep in mind these dos and…

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease

Why Treat High Cholesterol? To Prevent a Dangerous Problem

This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own. When Take Cholesterol to Heart spokesperson Howie Mandel was diagnosed with high cholesterol in his 30s, he was prescribed a statin medication and eventually stopped taking it without speaking to his doctor due to the fear of potential side…

Are You An Iguana or a Border Collie?

Discovering your stress recovery personality lowers stress! According to my research, job stress is at epidemic levels.  Most stress reduction strategies tend toward the quiet, contemplative activities.  These activities work well for some people, but for others… sitting quietly and concentrating on their breathing increases their stress because they can’t shut off thinking about the…

How to choose a diet: Should you eat more pasta?

Did you read that eating more pasta helps you lose weight? Before you start loading up on alfredo sauce, let’s take a look at what the study actually said. Can pasta be a part of a healthy diet? Yes!  Carbs are not the enemy.  In fact, one of the reasons I love Michele Payn’s award-winning…

How Does A Negative Work Environment Create Job Stress?

Does a crabby co-worker or an overly demanding boss increase stress? Absolutely. According to my job stress research, the environment at work is the 3rd leading cause of stress.  This makes sense for a couple of reasons: First, stress is contagious. Sitting next to a highly stressed person increases your stress.  A recent study indicates…

No, wine isn’t better than exercise

Did you see the news today reporting wine is better for you than exercise? Me too. Here is the thing: That’s not what the study says. The truth is that older people who drink moderately statistically live longer than non-drinkers. They are 18% less likely to die prematurely. People who exercise 15 to 45 minutes…