The heart is the very center of our bodies and often the center of our lives. The same organ that pumps blood, controls heart rate, and regulates blood pressure is also responsible for the warm, fuzzy feeling we get when we see our favorite person, the rush of joy at hearing a baby laugh, and the depth of emotion when we think of our loved ones. There's no denying the heart is a vital part of each of us.
As time goes on, we've learned so much about what impacts heart health and we're sharing a few of the lesser-known factors.
Oral Health - It's important to have clean, healthy teeth but it turns out there is a connection between heart health and poor dental health. While researchers are still investigating the exact cause, some believe it is rooted in the inflammation that is caused by bacteria that infect the gums.
Sleep - It's no secret that sleep is key to a balanced, healthy lifestyle. When you sleep, your heart rate slows down, which allows your heart to recover from the day.
Pets - Harvard Health researchers have found that pet owners have lower blood pressure and better stability during seasons of stress when compared to non-owners.
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with cardiovascular disease claiming a life every 30 seconds. To learn more about how donating your body to science impacts the heart health of future generations, read our blog here. To learn how to identify the differences between angina and a heart attack, read this blog here.
Our work wouldn't be possible without the team that works tirelessly to ensure we honor donors' desire to leave a lasting legacy. In this series, we will introduce you to our team so you can get to know that passion that drives us. We'll start with Tricia Hammett, our fearless leader. To know Tricia is to know her dedicated commitment to Science Care donors and clients. Visit our website to read the full blog.
Through the gift of body donation to science, members of our community are assisting researchers in the ability to better understand complex neurological diseases and develop new, more effective treatments and therapies. Science Care donors also play an integral part in the education of neurologists and neurosurgeons. Read our blog to learn more.
We hear questions all the time about death certificates - why do you need them, what information is on them and how does Science Care help? No matter where you are, a death certificate is a required official document that declares the cause of death, time of death and other personal information about the deceased. Visit our blog to learn more.