Welcome listeners of Marion Joyce Consumer Talk
From time to time, Marion Joyce talks with editors of Harvard Medical School's health newsletters and special health reports on her radio show, Marion Joyce Consumer Talk, which airs on WGCH (AM1490) in southwestern Connecticut and southeastern New York. Listeners can read the article that was the focus of the conversation.
December 20, 2010 broadcast
Alcohol: Moderation matters, especially with high blood pressure. Harvard Heart Letter editor Patrick J. Skerrett talks with Marion about moderate alcohol drinking during the holidays and the rest of the year. Moderate means no more than two drinks a day for men and no more than one for women. Binge drinking isn't limited to college students--one in seven American adults reported binge drinking in a recent survey by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new Korean study showed that adults with high blood pressure who reported occasionally bingeing on alcohol were four times more likely to have died over a 20-year period as those who didn't binge (read the full Harvard Heart Letter article here).
Light and social smoking carry cardiovascular risks. Almost 25% of smokers smoke only a few cigarettes per day, or smoke only once in a while. Many of them don't consider themselves to be smokers. While light and social smoking may be better for you than heavy smoking, but they still expose you to many of the same cardiovascular risks, explains Harvard Heart Letter editor Patrick J.Skerrett (read the full article). He also talked with Marion about calcium supplements and whether they protect the heart or could possibly harm it.
Beating high blood pressure with food. Food can have a direct and sometimes dramatic effect on blood pressure. Salty foods can boost blood pressure. But a healthful eating strategy that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables; fish, beans, and poultry; unsaturated fats; and more can lower blood pressure, explains Patrick J. Skerrett, editor of the Harvard Heart Letter (read the full article here).
May 17/24 broadcast
Exercise stress test and traveling to high altitudes. Marion talked with Harvard Heart Letter editor Patrick J. Skerrett about the exercise stress test, a common test used to detect clogged coronary arteries, and about whether people with high blood pressure or heart disease can travel to high altitudes. You can download the articles on those topics, which appeared in the April 2010 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.
March 22/29 broadcast
Prostate cancer screening. Marion spoke with prostate cancer expert Dr. Marc B. Garnick about screening for prostate cancer and the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Dr. Garnick is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an oncologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Editor in Chief of Perspectives on Prostate Diseases, a quarterly report from Harvard Health Publications.
"Good" cholesterol. Marion also talked with Harvard Heart Letter editor Patrick J. Skerrett about HDL, the so-called good cholesterol, and other timely topics in heart health. You can read the full article on good cholesterol, "HDL: The good, but complex, cholesterol," which appeared in the March 2010 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.
January 18/25, 2010 broadcast
How old are your arteries? Marion talked with the Harvard Heart Letter about ways to gauge the age of your arteries. The simplest method is using a questionnaire derived from a wealth of data from the landmark Framingham Heart Study. Read the full article article, "How old are your arteries?" from the January 2010 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter. Download a copy of the Vascular Age Questionnaire so you can calculate the age of your arteries.