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Issue: #1January 2012 

All of us at OHVC would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve this wonderful community and appreciate all the support. Wishing you all good health, prosperity and blessings for 2012!
Weight Loss Surgery 
Obese people who undergo weight loss surgery appear to reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and death. Researchers reported a 30 percent reduction in the incidence of heart attack and stroke. Given these new findings, some experts think the criteria for the operations should include more than body mass index (BMI), a measurement that takes into account height and weight.
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Weight Gain

Too many calories and a lack of protein seems to be the culprit associated with unhealthy weight gain new research suggests. Those who ate low-protein diets gained less weight than the other groups. In contrast, the high-protein diets led to changes in lean body mass and helped participants burn calories.


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A new study published Wednesday cast doubt on the usefulness of a genetic test for patients taking the anti-coagulant drug Plavix. The study said the genetic test may not help identify those patients more at risk of a heart attack or other cardiac event. Plavix is used to prevent blood clots after a recent heart attack or stroke.


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Heart Healthy Corner

Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Pineapple Salsa



1 teaspoon canola or corn oil

2 slices fresh pineapple, each 1/2 inch thick, patted dry
1 cup whole strawberries (about 5 ounces), diced
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
3 to 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 medium lemon

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 ounces each), all visible fat discarded
2 teaspoons salt-free steak seasoning blend

1/4 teaspoon salt


Cooking Instructions:

Preheat the grill on medium high. Brush a grill pan or grill rack with the oil. Heat the grill pan or rack on the grill for about 2 minutes, or until hot. Grill the pineapple for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly, about 2 minutes, before chopping. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the remaining salsa ingredients except the lemon. Grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest, reserving the lemon. Stir the zest and chopped pineapple into the strawberry mixture. Set aside. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the seasoning blend and salt. Grill for 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the center. Transfer to plates. Squeeze the reserved lemon over the chicken. Serve with the salsa on the side.


New Year's Resolution: Exercise


Scheduling - The obvious place to start is when you'll workout and for how long. This should go right in your calendar along with any other appointments.


Planning - Knowing what you're going to do is critical to your success. There's nothing worse than walking into a gym and doing random exercises, with no real idea of whether you're doing the right thing. It helps to know your workout purpose and to get help (say, from a personal trainer) if you feel lost. More about setting up an exercise program.


Preparation - This may be the single most important thing you do. An unprepared exerciser is an unmotivated exerciser, so make sure you get everything you need well before your scheduled workout. You might even want to schedule this time in your calendar to ensure you'll do it (e.g., 15 minutes before bed to pack your gym bag).


Proper Fueling - Another part of preparing is making sure your body is ready. Plan what/when you'll eat and how you'll hydrate before, during and after your workouts. There's nothing worse than being hungry halfway through your workout.


The YMCA is a great place to help you start living a healthier lifestyle.


For help with nutrition specializing in health and wellness and weight management click here.

Fun Facts and Trivia
  • Heart disease is a major risk. In the US, it kills two times more people than all kinds of cancer.
  • Even long time smokers can benefit from stubbing out their cigarettes. Within three years of quitting, the risk of heart attack for former smokers is the same as it is for lifetime non-smokers.


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Adam Freeman

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Ohio Heart and Vascular Consultants