611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

Health Choice Integrated Care crisis Line
1-877-756-4090

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530



SEABHS
611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530


powered by centersite dot net

Getting Started
Here are some forms to get started. These can be printed and brought with you so that you can pre-fill out some known info ahead of time. More...


Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Pool Chemicals Harm Thousands Every SummerAre Diets High in Processed Foods a Recipe for Obesity?Lupus Takes Bigger Toll on Longevity for BlacksScientists Spot Unexpected Player in FibromyalgiaAnthrax Is a Risk on Every ContinentAHA News: More Clues to the Genetics Behind an Inherited Cholesterol DisorderSuspect Your Child Has an Ear Infection? There May Soon Be an App for ThatLyme Disease Now a Threat in City Parks Health Tip: Treating a Charley HorseMore Back-to-Back Heat Waves Will Come With Climate ChangeParents, Here's How to Protect Your Child During Measles OutbreaksAHA News: Dangerous Blood Clots May Be the Latest Risk From 'Bad' CholesterolAre You Running Short on Iron?1 in 4 American Workers Struggles With Back PainInjured Lungs Can Be Regenerated for Transplant: StudyKeeping Your Summer Fun on Sound FootingMore Active Lupus Linked to Childhood EventsSigns of Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Show Up Long Before DiagnosisSummer Is Tough for Asthma SufferersHepatitis A Infections Soaring: CDCIs the County You Call Home a Potential Measles Hotspot?'Zap' Ear Clip May Ease A-FibTake Steps to Prevent a StrokeDoes Removing Your Appendix Put You at Risk for Parkinson's?Potentially Blinding Shingles of the Eye on the RisePsoriasis, Mental Ills Can Go Hand in HandAfter Concussions, Some Ex-Athletes Show Key Marker for Brain Disease: StudyWindow for Safe Use of Clot-Buster Widens for Stroke PatientsAn Antibiotic Alternative? Using a Virus to Fight BacteriaDo Adults Need a Measles Booster Shot?Military Tourniquets Might Save Kids' Lives During School ShootingsWell Water's Spillover Effect: Heart Damage?AHA News: Helping Asian-Americans Fight Their Hidden Heart RisksSunscreen Chemicals Enter Bloodstream at Potentially Unsafe Levels: Study'Ringing in the Ears' May Drive Some to the Brink of SuicideBlood Test Might Diagnose Chronic Fatigue SyndromeAsthma Inhalers Incorrectly Used by Most Kids in StudyDevice Helps Doctors Select Lungs for TransplantBenlysta Approved for Children With LupusIn a World First, Drone Delivers Kidney for TransplantHigh Measles Rates Mean Kids, Adults Need Proper Vaccination: CDCParents, Protect Your Kids as Measles Outbreaks SpreadWork Stress, Poor Sleep, High Blood Pressure a Deadly TrioFor Obese People, Commuting by Car Can Be a Killer: StudyHealth Tip: Tick RemovalHalf of Older Dialysis Patients Die Within a Year, Study FindsIs Peanut Allergy 'Immunotherapy' Causing More Harm Than Good?Long-Term Antibiotic Use May Up Women's Odds for Heart TroubleSalmonella Outbreak Tied to Pre-Cut Melons Expands to More Than 100 CasesAs U.S. Measles Cases Hit New High, Experts Warn the Disease Can Be Deadly
Questions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Cancer
Men's Health
Women's Health

Just a Little Weightlifting Can Help Your Heart

HealthDay News
by By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter
Updated: Nov 27th 2018

new article illustration

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An hour or less of weightlifting each week might significantly cut your risk of heart attack or stroke, new research suggests.

Evaluating nearly 12,600 adults over more than a decade, scientists found that small amounts of resistance exercise weekly were linked to between 40 percent and 70 percent fewer cardiovascular events.

But doing more weightlifting didn't reduce these risks further.

"Strength training is not just to make yourself look good to be shirtless on the beach," said Dr. Alon Gitig, a cardiologist at Mount Sinai Riverside Medical Group in Yonkers, N.Y.

"It has definite health benefits … and seems to directly impact on cardiovascular health," added Gitig, who wasn't involved in the study.

Weightlifting uses muscle resistance to strengthen and build muscles. Other types of resistance exercise include pushups, sit-ups or lunges.

Study author Duck-chul Lee said, "Traditionally, weightlifting was for athletes, and that's why I think there is less evidence on its health benefits, specifically for the heart." Lee is an associate professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University.

"People know that running or cardio exercise is good for the cardiovascular system, but there are benefits of weightlifting on the heart that were not [previously] well-studied," Lee added.

In research published separately, Lee and his colleagues found that less than an hour of weightlifting per week also reduced the risk for high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions linked to diabetes. Those reports are in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

For the heart and stroke study, the researchers studied nearly 12,600 participants (average age 47) who had undergone at least two clinical examinations between 1987 and 2006. The participants self-reported their levels of resistance exercise, and follow-ups were done about five and 10 years later.

The results indicated that the benefits of resistance exercise on heart and stroke risk were independent of aerobic exercise such as walking or running, Lee said.

Compared with participants who did no resistance exercise, those who took part from one to three times and up to 59 minutes in all each week experienced a risk reduction of up to 70 percent.

The study didn't prove that weightlifting prevents heart attack or stroke, only that an association exists, however.

"We found benefits of resistance exercise without body mass index [changes]," Lee added. "It means that even though you don't lose weight, you can still get benefits for the heart. People believe the benefits of exercise are from losing weight, but that's not true."

Gitig, however, expressed caution about the findings. He said the cardiovascular benefits "seem to be a lot higher than we would expect from strength training."

In addition, Gitig noted that most participants were male and white, coming voluntarily to the clinic where the study was held. "The question is if confounding variables made these people healthier to begin with," he said.

Still, Gitig said he wasn't as surprised by learning about the cardiovascular benefits linked to weightlifting as he might have been five or 10 years ago.

He and Lee agreed that easing into a weightlifting routine should be safe for anyone who's healthy overall and doesn't have symptoms of cardiovascular or kidney disease. If you do, check with your doctor first, they said.

"I would counsel my patients that [the research] is very eye-opening and suggests that strength exercise is definitely a good thing overall and may have more powerful benefits than previously thought," said Gitig, also an assistant professor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

And what if you don't have access to free weights or weight-training machines? Digging in the yard and lugging heavy shopping bags provide strength-training benefits, too, Lee noted.

The study was published online recently in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

More information

Harvard Health offers tips for strength-training exercise.