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New Experienced Family Nurse Practitioner on Board!

By |2019-06-04T19:33:01-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

After four years of dedicated service, CardioMender, MD says goodbye to Dr. Young. The CMMD Team and its patients are grateful for Dr. Young’s devoted contribution and wishes him the best in all future endeavors. 

Felix Baez Alonso, FNP-C, brings years of experience in the medical field. He will deliver to our patients’ best practice medical treatment and weight loss strategies as part of a holistic, healthy weight loss program.

Felix is a foreign trained doctor from Cuba with more than 12 years of experience in medical care, specializing in Family Medicine and General Surgery. He has a master’s degree in geriatrics from the Superior Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana. While working for Doctors Without Borders and The International Red Cross, he served as a doctor in various countries and speaks multiple langWeight loss nurse practitioneruages.

In 2013, Felix came to the US and worked in a variety of areas of medicine, including as a clinical case manager, research clinical coordinator, medical assistant and phlebotomist. Motivated by his continued desire to help others, he obtained a Masters in Science of Nursing and his Family Nurse Practitioner license. Currently, in addition to his role at CardioMender, MD, he is Assistant Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at Florida National University.

Please join us in welcoming Felix.

The Relationship Between Stress and Blood Pressure 

By |2019-05-21T22:02:44-04:00May 21st, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

Stress and blood pressure are more connected than you may think. Increased stress levels contribute to an increase in blood pressure, which can have a whole host of undesirable medical consequences. (The Mayo Clinic, 2019). Everyone experiences stress. Whether it’s minor, such as a problem at work or forgetting your keys, or major, such as a life-threatening illness, stress has at least some degree of impact on our physiological well-being. That’s why it is important to decrease stress, which will in turn improve physical health — and blood pressure.

In this article, we will discuss the relationship between stress and blood pressure, including what happens when blood pressure is too high. We’ll also discuss ways to relieve stress.

 

Stress and Blood Pressure

When stressed, our body reacts in a flight or fight mode and produces hormones called catecholamines (The Mayo Clinic, 2019). These hormones increase blood pressure, make our heart beat faster and cause constriction and narrowing of blood vessels (The Mayo Clinic, 2019). For people undergoing normal amounts of stress, this reaction would be temporary. However, in a chronically stressful environment increased hormone levels can damage arteries, potentially causing heart disease (The Mayo Clinic, 2019).

Additionally, many of us react to stress in ways that raise our blood pressure. For example, if we drink, smoke, or reach for ‘junk food’ or “comfort food”, this can cause an increase in blood pressure (The Mayo Clinic, 2019). That, combined with all the other physical effects from stress, is a recipe for disaster.

 

Effects of High Blood Pressure

Your heart and brain are the organs most at risk for damage from high blood pressure, but your kidneys

How to Rise Above Stressful Daily Life 

By |2019-04-23T21:00:33-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

There’s no doubt about it: life can be stressful. Whether you’re dealing with work or school, personal issues with family or friends, there is a lot of stress out there. As you know, stress has a lot of short term consequences. However, what you might not know is that stress also has a lot of ill effects that can cause problems down the road. That is why managing stress on a daily basis is so important to your health and wellness.

In this article, we will discuss ways to manage and deal with stress.

When Stress Becomes A Problem

First, let’s start by acknowledging the obvious: a little stress never hurt anyone. But, this adage applies to stress that isn’t experienced in large amounts, constantly, day after day. Small quantities of occasional stress can help with providing you with motivation to meet deadlines. But if it increases beyond that, the potential ramifications may be problematic.

Stress becomes a real issue when you become increasingly consumed by it and it takes over your thinking. Over time, many people can develop physical illnesses such as heart disease, arrhythmia, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure from stress (Mayo Clinic, 2018). Depression, anxiety and even personality disorders could also be triggered by stress (Mayo Clinic, 2018). Additionally, you might experience gastrointestinal symptoms, rash, hair loss and sexual dysfunction, as a consequence of excessive stress (Mayo Clinic, 2018). When you experience any of these, you should consider the role that stress may be playing and this may be an indicator that you need to slow down and process.

Below are some ways that you can combat stress, including every day tips, exercise and nutrition.

Stress Relieving Supplements: Do They Work?

By |2019-04-16T22:09:10-04:00April 15th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

April is Stress Awareness Month, and stress has many negative effects on your life and health. Because of the many adverse results of stress, things that alleviate it will make you calmer and less prone to the various negative consequences. There are steps you can take to reduce stress, along with its consequences, which include exercise, meditation and certain stress relieving supplements. In this article, we will discuss the ways that stress affects the body and mind, and how certain supplements have been shown to help.

How Stress Affects the Body 

There are many ways in which stress affects the body. These include short-term symptoms, such as headaches, palpitations, chest pain, muscle tension, nausea or stomach cramps, sleeplessness, and changes in libido. You might also experience muscle pain with no identifiable source. When unchecked, stress can lead to a lot of long-term diseases. These include high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Often, behavior and physical health go hand-in-hand. It’s not often that physical symptoms have no mental health consequence. In the next section, you will see how stress affects your mental health and your mood, including internal and external manifestations.

How Stress Affects Mental Health 

Your mental health can be divided into two categories for the purposes of stress effects: your mood and your behavior. Often, your behavior is the outward manifestation of your mood. Mood-wise, you may experience anxiety, depression, restlessness, lack of focus, lack of motivation, feelings of being overwhelmed, irritation and anger, or depression. Your behavior, which is how you express these moods, can include alarming actions such as over- or under-eating, outbursts at close friends and family, tobacco, drug or alcohol use, withdrawing

What Is Processed Food? Myths vs. Reality

By |2019-03-25T21:32:21-04:00March 24th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

We use the word “processed” a lot when talking about harmful foods that you should cut out of your diet. “Processed” has become somewhat of a buzzword, and it is used so often that its real meaning might be lost. In this article, we will review what exactly processed food is and why you should avoid it, especially when you don’t really know what specifically has been done to the food. 

The Definition of Processed Food

Processed foods are foods that, during preparation, have undergone alterations by the manufacturer or producer (NHS, 2010). This can be simple preparations, such as freezing, baking, canning, or drying (NHS, 2010). Processing food is very common and calling all processed food “unhealthy” is just not true. Cereal, canned vegetables, dairy products, bread and other commonplace foods are all processed (NHS, 2010). Something can be whole-grain and still be processed and, in some cases, processing is required to make the food safer (NHS, 2010). This applies in the case of milk, where the producers pasteurize the milk to get rid of dangerous bacteria (NHS, 2010).

However, processed food does have its unhealthy side. Candy, prepackaged meats, microwavable foods, pies and cakes are some of the many examples of processed foods that have a high potential for unhealthiness (NHS, 2010). It’s all about knowing which processed foods are okay and which should be avoided. 

The History Behind Processed Food 

Another reason the hysterics behind processed food are overblown is due to the fact that processing has been going on for thousands of years. Take bread, for example. Baking is a form of processing. Baking bread predated agriculture, with evidence of early European societies having baked

Is ALL Sugar Really Bad For You?

By |2019-03-19T19:31:13-04:00March 18th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

There is a difference between cutting out “unhealthy” sugars and cutting out all sugar. There are sugars out there that will not hurt you provided you are eating in balance. Knowing the difference between the two is a crucial part of health awareness. Cutting out something completely from your diet, especially if you don’t have to, will possibly do more harm than good. In this article, we will discuss the difference between harmful sugars and more desirable sugars. 

What Sugars Should You Cut Out?

The “unhealthy” sugars are known as “free sugars.” (Mann, 2014). Free sugars are often added to processed food. Free sugars are mono- and di-saccharides that companies add to their food to give it a sweet taste (Mann, 2014). Table sugar, sugar in juice, honey, syrup and fructose are common examples of these free sugars (Mann, 2014). Free sugar and added sugar are essentially the same thing, though the latter term is used more often by advertisers (Mann, 2014). But don’t be fooled by the terms “raw sugar,” “unrefined sugar” and “natural sugar,” as these are all free sugars as well (Mann, 2014).

In general, free sugar intake should be kept to a minimum. According to the World Health Organization, peoples’ daily dietary intake should consist of no more than ten percent free sugar (Mann, 2014). Any more than that, and the risk of obesity and dental cavities skyrockets. So, you should cut out sugary foods that are not naturally sweet, such as juices, candy and other sources of artificial sugar.

What Sugars Should You Keep?

The sugar in fruit is organic and comes naturally with the fruit itself. This fruit sugar contains sucrose, glucose and fructose

February is Heart Health Month!

By |2019-02-26T14:18:08-04:00February 23rd, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

February is Heart Health Month, bringing awareness to the all-too-common problem of heart disease. America has one of the most prevalent rates of heart disease and obesity (a main cause of heart problems) in the world. For Valentine’s Day, you shouldn’t care just about the metaphorical heart—you should care about the literal one as well. In this article, you’ll find information about the prevalence of heart disease in America, information about heart disease, causes of heart disease, and preventative measures to take to keep yourself healthy. While genetics and biology do play a factor, there are certainly steps you can take to better your odds, even if you have a family history of heart disease.

How Common Is Heart Disease in America?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have conducted several studies about heart disease in America, unearthing some scary statistics. In the United States, one in four deaths (610,000 people) is caused by heart disease (CDC, 2017). Heart disease is the top cause of death for women and men (CDC, 2017). Heart attacks are equally common. Each year, approximately 735,000 people suffer a heart attack in the US (CDC, 2017). About two-thirds of these people have never had a heart attack before, while a third has been afflicted previously (CDC, 2017).

Ethnicity-wise, heart disease levels remain constant among Caucasian and African-American people, causing 23.8% of deaths (CDC, 2017). American Indians and Asian Americans have slightly lesser rates, at 22.2% and 18.4% respectively(CDC, 2017). For these two latter groups, cancer is the leading cause of death, but heart disease is number two (CDC, 2017). Hispanic and Latino Americans face higher risks of heart disease than White Americans because of

Cardio-Critical Vitamins for Heart Health Month

By |2019-02-26T13:27:56-04:00February 19th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

February is Heart Health Month - Learn how to take care of your heart.

CardioMender, MD, as our name suggests, is committed to improving your cardiovascular well-being.  We are pleased to offer several premium-quality natural supplements which may help improve your heart health.

All of our supplements undergo extensive quality assurance testing to ensure both safety and that you are in fact getting what you are paying for, to safely optimize heart health.

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