Posts Tagged ‘heart disease’

Smoking is dangerous for pets. Oh, yeah, it’s bad for people, too.

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Yorkshire TerrierPeople who don’t want to stop smoking may change their minds when they learn the habit can harm their pets. This is what Michigan researchers recently learned from a survey they conducted.

Secondhand smoke can lead to cancer in cats and dogs. Birds, too, can have health problems.

And we already know that smoking can harm our children, other family members, our friends and ourselves.

So if people aren’t worried about getting cancer, heart disease or emphysema themselves, they may quit to help their animals or people they love. If Fido can help someone stop, great! Whatever works.

You already know that pregnant women shouldn’t smoke, and parents should avoid smoking around their children. Smoking and Pregnancy from the March of Dimes lists resources that can help you or someone you know quit.

What has helped you or someone you know to stop smoking?

Your child’s healthy heart

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Research has shown that high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity are related to heart disease. Genetics also play a role. To help prevent heart disease, it’s important to identify people at risk as soon as possible.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children should be screened for cholesterol between the ages of 2 and 10 if they:

  • * Have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease
  • * Are overweight or obese or have a family history of these conditions
  • * Have a family history of high blood pressure or diabetes

To be screened, a child has a blood test.

A healthy diet and physical activity are especially important for anyone at increased risk of heart disease. If screening shows that your child is at risk, his or her health care provider will help you choose healthy foods and exercise for him.