Aluminum cans aren’t the only thing brewers are recycling. Increasingly, brewers are making fruit beers with previously fermented fruits such as blackberries and peaches, plus pressed grape skins and stems, turning waste into beers that you’ll want to drink again and again.
Part of the trend’s popularity can be traced to surging interest in piquette. It’s a rustic French technique of turning pomace—the skins, pulp, and stems leftover after pressing grapes for wines—into a low-alcohol, wine-like beverage that’s fizzy, fruity, and often only around 5 percent ABV. The method is favored by many natural winemakers, and “we get a lot of inspiration from what is going on in that world,” says Jake Guidry, the brand director for Hopewell Brewing.
The Chicago brewery’s Neon series of sour ales features massive amounts of fruits such as cherries, raspberries, and blueberries. At first Hopewell didn’t recycle the fruit, but it started experimenting and discovered the value of second-use fruit, especially berries. That led the brewery to launch Neonette program of piquette-style beers.
Don’t expect Jamba juiciness. The brewery makes a lower-alcohol base beer then steeps the fruit, letting the subdued fruitiness shine. “We’re getting more of a prickliness and more tannins coming through,” Guidry says. “They’re going to give you a completely different experience with fruit.” Here are five great beers featuring second-use fruit. They’re all worth trying for the first time.
Second-Use Fruit Beers
Hopewell Brewing Neonette, 4.9% ABV
Pét-nat wines informed Hopewell Brewing’s series of Neon sour ales, which are lavishly fruited and packaged in clear glass bottles to better highlight each release’s electric hue. To make its piquette-inspired Neonette beers, the Chicago brewery makes a moderate-strength table beer, then ferments it with previously used Neon fruit such as black raspberries. [hopewellbrewing.com]
Gigantic Brewing Funquette, 6.3% ABV
The Portland, Oregon, brewery partnered with Stillwater Artisanal and St. Reginald Parish, a natural wine producer in Oregon, on this piquette-inspired sipper. Funquette is made by pairing just-pressed pinot gris pomace with a barrel-aged saison inoculated with wild yeast and a bit of fresh wort, a.k.a. the sugar-rich broth that becomes beer. The fermented result is seltzer-fizzy, the gently cutting tartness balanced by a smidgen of fruity sweetness reminiscent of a ripe cantaloupe. [giganticbrewing.com]
Threes Brewing Thought Experiment Peach, 4.8% ABV
For its Thought Experiment series, Brooklyn’s Threes takes its food-friendly table beer and ages it on fruits previously used in another beer, such as blueberries and cherries. The fruits lend color and flavor, creating spritzy and colorful refreshers reminiscent of sparkling wine. This peachy release (the fruits were previously used in an oak-aged saison) would make for a perfect brunch beer, low enough in alcohol that you can crush the whole bottle. [threesbrewing.com]
Modern Times Cool Zone, 3.8% ABV
In pursuit of the perfect poolside beer, the San Diego brewery infused a funky, wood-aged Belgian beer with a “frickin’ mountain” of second-use Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grapes. Modern Times then added de-aerated water to drop the alcohol to a positively crushable 3.8 percent—less boozy than Bud Light. Think of this as a fruity beer spritzer. [moderntimesbeer.com]
Grimm Artisanal Ales Little Thief, 3% ABV
The Brooklyn brewery is big on recycling its grains and fruits. For example, Seconds is a low-alcohol dark mild brewed with grains originally used to make a strong imperial stout, while the spent skins and stems of Merlot grapes used to make a barrel-aged sour ale were repurposed for Little Thief. The brightly refreshing Berliner weisse–style sour makes for a fine start or finish to any meal, or most any time of the day. [grimmales.com]
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You’ve crushed your leg session. That means your lower body is in the clear until the next time leg day rolls around, right?
Well, not exactly. For a lot of guys, the soreness you feel in your muscles after a tough workout could be even worse that the discomfort you feel powering through the actual exercises. It’s called delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, and it could make everything from walking down the stairs to putting on your shirt feel unbearable, depending on the muscles you worked beforehand. Sore, achy muscles sounds like something you’d want to avoid, but there’s a lot of controversy among gym-goers whether DOMS is actual a badge of honour. In fact, many guys believe they didn’t get a good enough workout in if they’re not super sore the next day.
So what’s the deal with DOMS? We talked to a few experts to decipher what’s behind your post-workout soreness, and what it really means for your gains. Here’s what we found out.
What Is Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)?
When you stress your muscles, like through a challenging squat or bench press session, you cause micro-tears in your muscles, explains Blair Callaghan, P.T., D.P.T., a physical therapist in Washington D.C. This is a normal part of working out, and rebuilding those fibres is key to the muscle-strengthening process.
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But the micro-tears also cause inflammation, which leads to muscle soreness, she says. So you can consider DOMS a symptom of the muscle breakdown process.
“The damage shows our body and our brain that our lifestyle demands more strength or endurance than our muscles can tolerate,” Callaghan says. “Because the human body is extremely adaptive, this demand for increased strength cues it to build more muscle tissue and make us stronger.”
DOMS generally shows up 24 to 48 hours after an intense workout, according to Jordan Metzl, M.D., a sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. And Callaghan explains that the delay happens as a result of a process called “the inflammatory cascade.”
Basically, there’s a ramp-up process involved in muscle repair, which means it takes awhile for the greatest amount of soreness to kick in.
“The first 24 hours include a slow increase in blood flow to the damaged muscles along with hormones and proteins to assist with healing,” she says. “On day two, the whole team has arrived and your muscles are fully inundated with excess blood and cellular fluid. This inflammation creates extra pressure on structures in the area of affected muscles, which is what causes the pain.”
More challenging workouts can create more of those tiny muscle tears, sparking greater inflammation, so it’s more likely you’d see it after you do something like squats with heavy weight rather than a slow, easy jog.
3 Ways To Help Your Muscle Recover Faster
Plus, you’ll likely feel more sore after adding a new move to your workout than after one you do regularly.
“If your muscles aren’t used to a type of activity—say you’re a runner who decides to cross-train with a 45-minute swim—they’re going to have to play catch-up to gain the desired strength or endurance,” Callaghan says.
What Does It Mean If You Don’t Get Muscle Soreness After a Workout?
According to Callaghan, you don’t always need to feel DOMS after a workout to prove that you worked hard enough. Just because you aren’t debilitatingly sore doesn’t mean you didn’t get stronger or gain muscular endurance. You’re still creating those micro tears and building muscle, but they’re not as severe, so the amount of inflammation is decreased.
Plus, there are some factors that may influence delayed-onset muscle soreness that have nothing to do with how hard you’ve worked out. One big one? Hydration, says Dr. Metzl. The more hydrated you are before, during, and after a workout, the less likely you are to experience DOMS.
Also, some people may just be more prone to it than others, though experts aren’t really sure what factors come into play there.
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How to Treat DOMS
If you’re experiencing DOMS, the worst thing you can do is ignore it and hit those same, achy muscles with a tough workout.
Besides it hurting like hell, you can also risk injury—and, surprisingly, not just to the muscles that are already sore.
That’s because delayed-onset muscle soreness causes you to use your muscles differently, Callaghan explains. After all, think of how you walk up and down your stairs after leg day. In order to avoid stressing your sore quads, you may creep up and down gingerly, engaging other muscles to take some of the strain off the major players.
Not such a big deal when you’re simply talking stairs. But if you’re in the gym, you might find yourself compensating with other muscles that shouldn’t be key players during certain moves, Callaghan says.
Say, for instance, you do a max deadlifting session on Monday. Two days later, you’re dealing with some serious DOMS in your hamstrings. If you decide to deadlift again on Wednesday, you may end up avoiding firing your achy hammies, and instead bring your lower back into play, instead. Big problem: That can lead to back strain and pain.
But that’s not to say you should park yourself on your couch when you’re dealing with DOMS. It’s important to do low-impact activities so your muscles can loosen up, like a short walk or swim. Foam rolling and stretching those muscles will also help.
This kind of restful, low-impact movement is a vital part of the process, and can help create a stronger and more efficient body, Callaghan says.
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Should You Worry About DOMS?
It’s usually not a huge deal if you experience DOMS in the days after a workout, but it could be a serious problem if it persists for more than 36 to 48 hours at a time. In that case, it’s possible you may be mistaking your muscle soreness for rhabdomyolysis, or rhabdo for short. Rhabdo occurs when a large amount of a protein called myoglobin is released into your bloodstream, according to Dr. Metzl. Myoglobin doesn’t pass very easily through your kidneys, and could lead to damage or even failure.
So work on the preventive game, and don’t work past your limits—feeling sore doesn’t necessarily mean you’re working out harder. Other things you can do? Make sure you’re properly hydrated before, during, and after exercise, and avoiding significantly intense workout sessions until your soreness passes or improves. If it doesn’t within the 36- to 48-hour time frame, make an appointment with your doctor immediately.
By Danielle Zickl
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Widely used medications for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – also known as enlarged prostate – may be associated with a small, but significant increase in the probability of developing heart failure, suggests a study in The Journal of Urology®, Official Journal of the American Urological Association (AUA). The journal is pub lished in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
The risk is highest in men taking a type of BPH medication called alpha-blockers (ABs), rather than a different type called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs), according to the new research by Dr. Robert Siemens, MD, and colleagues of Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont., Canada. “While no one should stop taking their BPH medications based on these results, our study contributes new evidence for understanding the complex interaction of factors affecting heart disease risk in men with BPH,” Dr. Siemens comments.
Do BPH drugs affect heart failure risk? New long-term, follow-up data
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a very common condition in men, especially at older ages. It occurs when the prostate gland becomes enlarged, causing urinary symptoms (such as frequent and difficult urination). Millions of men take medications to reduce BPH symptoms – most commonly ABs, 5-ARIs, or a combination of the two.
Both BPH and cardiovascular disease are common in older men, which may reflect shared risk factors or causes. Clinical trials have suggested that men taking ABs or 5-ARIs might be more likely to develop heart failure: a chronic condition where the heart can’t pump enough blood to keep up with demand. However, other studies have found no such link.
To clarify the association between BPH medications and heart failure, Dr. Siemens and colleagues used Ontario health data to identify more than 175,000 men diagnosed with BPH. About 55,000 patients were being treated with ABs alone, 8,000 with 5-ARIs alone, and 41,000 with a combination of ABs and 5-ARIs. The rest were not taking either type of BPH medication.
On analysis of follow-up data, men treated with ABs and/or 5-ARIs were more likely to be diagnosed with heart failure. The risk of developing heart failure were increased by 22 percent in men taking ABs alone, 16 percent for those taking combination therapy, and 9 percent for those taking 5-ARIs alone, compared to the control group of men not taking BPH medications. The associations were significant after adjusting for other characteristics, including heart disease risk factors.
Heart failure risk was higher with older “nonselective” ABs compared to newer “selective” ABs. Risk was higher in men taking ABs for a prolonged time: 14 months or longer.
Dr. Siemens and coauthors emphasize that while the increased probability of developing heart failure was statistically high, the absolute risk was relatively low. Risk factors such as previous heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes had a much greater impact on heart failure risk compared to BPH medications. The researchers also note the control group of patients not taking 5-ARIs or ABs may have had less severe BPH symptoms, with possible differences in heart disease risk factors.
Our study suggests men taking ABs and/or 5-ARIs are more likely to be diagnosed with heart failure. This is an important finding, given that BPH is so common among older men, and that these medications are so widely used.”
Dr. Robert Siemens, MD, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont., Canada
Dr. Siemens adds: “Since men with BPH may continue these medications for several years, it is important physicians be aware of this risk, including both primary care physicians and urologists, perhaps especially in patients with previous heart disease or cardiovascular risk factors.”
Lusty, A., et al. (2021) Cardiac Failure Associated with Medical Therapy of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A Population-Based Study. Journal of Urology. doi.org/10.1097/JU.0000000000001561.
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My new year began like many others before — with me feeling a sense of optimism for the fresh start and a simultaneous relief that I could finally get back to healthy living again. Christmas had been enjoyable and as over-indulgent as ever.
I make it sound as though I’d been coerced into over-eating and over-drinking during the holidays. In reality, I had my usual annual downfall into dietary abandonment and over-indulgence that began in late October.
For many years I’ve managed a solid 9-months of healthy living. Once Christmas approaches, I’ve typically lost my resolve and my commitment wobbles. This year, in spite of best intentions not to allow the pattern to repeat itself, I found myself doing the same. Again.
In my defence Covid-19 and its associated lockdowns and restrictions were easier to cope with during the spring and summer months, when it was a joy to be outside exercising. We also lost my father-in-law to cancer in October, and the effects of his passing were difficult to manage for us all.
My alcohol consumption escalated — not to a catastrophic extent but I found myself having a couple of beers most evenings rather than just drinking at weekends or on special occasions. I lost interest in watching what I ate and exercised less and less as the holidays approached.
These combined slip-ups resulted in my weight climbing to its highest for over 5 years. At my annual medical in November I weighed in at 212 pounds. By January 1st it had climbed further to 220 pounds.
I’d already decided before the end of 2020 that with my 45th birthday approaching I would be taking a more moderate approach to life — holding myself to less ambitious and punishing standards, setting more attainable goals and taking life a little more lightly.
As far as my weight, I knew that I needed to get in better shape and maintain it for the long term, albeit as part of that more moderate life. I put a plan into action.
On January 15th I stepped on the scales again for the first time since January 1st, keen to see if my efforts had made any difference. I’m proud to report that I’d lost 13 pounds and 2% body fat — still some way to go, but a positive start.
I’m conscious that by many standards, losing almost 1 pound per day isn’t considered a healthy or sustainable way to lose weight. What has surprised me is that I didn’t set out to lose it as quickly, nor have I taken extreme measures to do so.
I think I’ve just hit upon a formula that works for me without it feeling too punishing or restrictive.
I want to share what I did, if only to encourage others who might be looking to do the same that big effects can be achieved without too-radical a set of changes.
You can’t out-train a bad diet
This is the mantra that I’ve kept in mind while trying to lose this year’s holiday weight. In past years I’ve started January with a bang; trying to work out daily, often twice per day in a gung-ho, all or nothing bid to lose weight and build muscle.
I’m reasonably determined and disciplined as an individual. I’ve managed in past years to keep this up for months on end. But as I get older, I inevitably feel the pain of such radical steps. I get injured more frequently and recovery is slower. Invariably, after nine months of commitment I burn out and slip down the slope to abandonment once again, just in time for the holidays and their excesses!
This year I figured that I’d focus on my diet as the means by which I lose the weight, rather than training like I have in the past. Exercise would be a bonus and a catalyst to my efforts, not the basis of the whole thing.
Keep it simple
What works best for me is simplicity. I need a few basic rules that I can stick to rather than a complicated and potentially confusing program that confuses and demoralises. The same basic principles will form the basis of a more sustainable, ongoing regime once I reach my target weight and want to maintain it.
Here’s what I’ve committed to:
A basic adherence to the Slow Carb diet — where refined carbohydrates are avoided, the majority of carbs come from green vegetables and protein is king. I know that bread and sweets are my dietary kryptonite and that I do better with high protein, low carb regimes generally. Slow carb is my default diet when I’m focused on what I’m eating.
Avoidance of all dairy (aside from cottage cheese) — I’ve no idea why cottage cheese is different to other dairy produce but I’m glad it’s on the slow carb list, as I love it! This seems an important rule as in late 2020 I was drinking a lot of cappuccinos and lattes — two or more per day which is a lot of calories when added up.
Avoidance of alcohol (other than on special occasions) — In line with my moderate approach to life, I wasn’t about to sign up for Dry January or commit to zero alcohol. My commitment is not to drink alcohol unless a social occasion calls for it. My recently widowed mother-in-law moved into a new home this week and we drank a champagne toast to her new start — I wasn’t about to be the only one drinking orange juice, so I had one small glass and savoured the moment.
Whey Protein shakes are the only supplement — I’m keen to lose fat rather than muscle mass and have allowed myself one or two shakes as part of my daily food intake. It’s filling and tasty and should hopefully prevent loss of too much muscle mass.
One cheat meal per week (if necessary) — At the peak of my fitness-regime last year I allowed myself a cheat day where I could eat or drink anything I wanted. With 24 pounds to lose, any more than one meal ‘off plan’ is too much of an indulgence at this point and more than I deserve. As it happens, enjoyment of the results to-date have outstripped my desire for a cheat meal anyway.
That’s as complicated as it gets.
The importance of tracking
I firmly believe that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. For this reason I wanted to capture data as I went along so as to remain mindful throughout each day that I was following a program — it’s about the act of measuring and logging rather than analysis of the data afterwards.
Logging meals — I log every meal and drink consumed (aside from water and black coffee) using the free version of the MyFitnessPal app. It’s simple and easy to use and I can put up with the adverts which make it free. Most foodstuffs are listed in it, along with details of their respective nutrients. The functionality for scanning barcodes returns a result 9 times out of 10 which makes it easy to log different foods when they’re pre-packaged.
Through logging my meals I’ve established that a daily calorie intake of 1700 per day seems enough to trigger the desired weight loss and not leave me feeling too hungry to sleep or function. I’ll eventually increase this once I’ve lost my holiday weight.
Weighing food — I’ve started weighing portions of food rather than guessing at what I’m eating. It’s highlighted that I tend to radically underestimate what I’m consuming! I’ll hopefully develop more of an eye for portion size as I go on but for now it’s useful to make sure I’m logging what I actually eat, not what I think I’m eating.
Not weighing myself too much — aside from a weekly weigh-in at the same time of day in the same clothes, I don’t go near the scales. There seems little point and after two weeks it reminded me that progress takes time!
Similar meals each day
I’m pretty comfortable treating food as fuel, not as a treat or something that has to be varied or exciting most of the time. It’s nice to cook and eat different foods now and again (within the bounds of my regime). But generally speaking I’ve eaten from the same subset of meals on most days and again it keeps things simple.
It makes it easy to shop for. It makes it easy to batch prepare meals in advance and it makes it easy to log the meals in the app. The exception to this is in trying to make family meals a little more inclusive and sociable so that I can eat similar foods to my wife and kids. Even then, if the family is having food like a chilli for dinner then I’ll have a portion of the same but with broccoli and brussel sprouts rather than rice and nacho chips.
I may introduce more variety in the long term to make it sustainable but for now it definitely helps to limit the range of foods I’m eating.
No excessive complications
For it to be simple and easy to follow, I’ve deliberately avoided including further constraints or rules. I don’t try and eat within a particular time window nor do I eat specific food combinations or use supplements (besides protein powder) to speed up results.
This is as important for the weight-loss phase as it will be for maintenance. We all lead busy enough lives as it is without having to accommodate complex rules or remembering to take costly pills or potions at a particular time of day.
Simplicity is key.
Exercise as a catalyst
As I mentioned, exercise is important in its own right for physical and mental health, but also as a catalyst for weight loss. Crucially though, I was determined that I wouldn’t try again to train myself into shape but would instead focus on diet.
Since the new year I’ve approached exercise in a more measured way, in a style more befitting my age.
I exercise regularly because it makes me feel good and it helps me to sleep better (which also helps weight loss and recovery) but I don’t beat myself up if I don’t exercise on a given day.
I don’t force myself to workout if my body tells me I need to rest (in which case I just do a 20-minute yoga stretch routine on YouTube) — I consider that restful anyway!
Daily walks — I’m lucky to live in the countryside with quiet places to walk outside my front door. In recent years I’ve taken an hour’s walk before work and Covid-19 has made that all the more practical (and essential). I realise that this is in itself good exercise but it’s the basis of my active life and I really don’t think of it as exercise.
Running and weight-training where appropriate — My weekly aim is to complete three workouts of half an hour or more. Anything more than that is a bonus. It’s typically made up of a three-mile jog, twice each week and a full-body weight-training session once per week. YouTube is once again useful for providing half-hour (or longer) full-body workouts that can be done with minimal home exercise equipment.
My goal is to get down to 196 pounds and then see how I feel.
Tomorrow will be the second weigh-in of the year and I’m confident I will have lost a few more pounds on top of the 13 lost so far. I’m also pretty sure that at some point I’ll hit a plateau where it will become harder to shift the remaining few pounds.
I’ve spent most of the last 5 years weighing around 200 pounds which I’m happy with as a 6-feet 1-inch tall man. If and when I get to 200 I’ll see how I feel and maybe try and lose a little more or focus on building more muscle mass while continuing to lose body fat.
When I get there I’ll definitely be increasing my daily calorie intake — it’ll be necessary to build more muscle or simply to maintain what I’ve lost already. Crucially, I expect to follow the same basic principles of diet as I am following now.
Some of my standards may relax a little — I may indulge in a few more treats and cheat meals now and then, but I’ll still log them. I may allow myself a few beers now and again.
All that said, I feel like I’ve discovered a regime that works well for me now, and I’m happy to commit to it as the basis of a healthy life.
Simple is easy. Simple is sustainable. Simple works.
I’m not a dietician, a personal trainer or a doctor. I’m just a guy trying to live a healthier life. If you’re interested in doing the same, go for it; just don’t take anything I’ve shared above as advice or suggestion — seek out professional guidance as I have.
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Novak Djokovic’s dominance at the Australian Open has continued, with the world number one winning his ninth men’s title — and third straight — by defeating Daniil Medvedev in the final.
Djokovic defeated Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 53 minutes
It is the second time Djokovic has won three straight Australian Opens during his career
Medvedev has now lost both major finals he has contested
Pre-match predictions of a five-set thriller come to nothing, as Djokovic dismantled the fourth-seeded Medvedev in under two hours, triumphing 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.
Djokovic has a perfect record in Australian Open finals and now has won three consecutive championships for the second time in his career.
The victory also gave him an 18th major singles title, just two shy of the men’s record held by his contemporaries Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic, who had been troubled by injury earlier in the tournament, said it was a satisfying feeling to win another Australian Open.
“It has been a roller-coaster ride for me, especially in the last couple of weeks,” Djokovic said during the presentation ceremony.
Djokovic thanked Australian Open organisers for staging the tournament amid the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic.
“There are a lot of mixed feelings about what has happened in the last month or so with tennis players coming to Australia,” he said.
“But I think when we draw a line in the end, it was a successful tournament for organisers. I want to congratulate the head of Tennis Australia (chief executive) Craig Tiley for making an effort.
“They did make a great effort. It wasn’t easy. It was very challenging on many different levels.”
The presentation ceremony had earlier been interrupted by booing and whistling when Tennis Australia chair Jayne Hrdlicka addressed the crowd.
Ms Hrdlicka was booed when she spoke about COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as when she thanked the Victorian government for their assistance in holding the tournament.
Medvedev, who was bidding to become the third Russian to win the Australian Open men’s championship, had won three of his past four encounters against Djokovic.
But he was his own worst enemy at times on Sunday night, racking up 30 unforced errors during his defeat.
Medvedev paid tribute to Djokovic, who he described as a “great sport”.
“Nine grand slams in Australia, 18 titles, is amazing and probably not your last one,” said Medvedev, who was playing in his second final of a major.
“I have no words to say.”
Djokovic said it was “a matter of time” before Medvedev won a major.
“He’s definitely one of the toughest players that I ever faced in my life,” he said.
Medvedev’s appearance in the Australian Open final will lift him to a career-high ranking of three.
Djokovic takes control early
Djokovic was in cruise control in the early stages of the first set after he established a 3-0 lead.
Despite losing his opening service game, Medvedev was unflustered. He held serve and then broke back in the fifth game when Djokovic mistimed an overhead smash at 15-40 down.
As the set progressed it seemed a tiebreak would be needed to decide its outcome, however Djokovic made sure he had a say in the matter.
Leading 6-5 with Medvedev serving, Djokovic brought up three set points with a brilliant backhand passing shot. Medvedev saved the first two, but Djokovic converted on the third via an unforced error from his opponent.
Medvedev, who had won 20 straight tour-level matches before the final, started the second set on the right note when he clinched a service break in the opening game.
But Djokovic got the break back immediately, robbing Medvedev of the opportunity to build momentum early in the set.
Medvedev’s serve let him down again in the fourth game. Unforced errors on both his backhand and forehand wings cruelled his chances of holding serve, allowing Djokovic to leap out to a 3-1 lead.
A set and a break up, Djokovic could smell blood, while Medvedev was becoming increasingly frustrated. He let his emotions boil over in the seventh game when he smashed his racquet on the court after falling behind 2-5.
His mood only darkened when he dropped serve in the next game, as Djokovic took a two-sets-to-love lead.
When Djokovic broke Medvedev in the second game of the third set, his victory was a mere formality.
He kept his nose in front throughout the set, forcing Medvedev to play catch-up in his attempt to stay in the final.
Djokovic held serve to lead 5-2 and he wrapped up victory in the following game when he broke Medvedev for the seventh time.
Look back at how the action unfolded in our blog.
By Andrew Mcgarry
A wild tournament ends with a familiar champion
At the end of a fortnight that saw some crowds, then no crowds, then the return of the fans – it was good to see and hear a proper audience at Rod Laver Arena for the tournament’s conclusion.
The result is very familiar – nine titles for Novak Djokovic, and 18 grand slam crowns in total, just two behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
From the get-go, Djokovic was fierce and full-on at every point. He took on the man in form, Daniil Medvedev, and he proved far too strong. He out-hit him, out-thought him and outlasted him. The Russian has been very impressive in recent months, but he had no answer tonight.
This is the launching point for a huge 2021 for Djokovic. With Federer close to the end, and Nadal mainly up for the French, the world number one will be eyeing more grand slam titles before the year is out. He wants to be the greatest, and he will give it a red-hot go.
This won’t be Medvedev’s last chance to win a major, but he will need to find a way to play better in the crucial moments.
So that’s where we will leave our live coverage for the Australian Open.
Thank you for joining us on the blog for tonight’s final. There will be more stories on our website tonight and tomorrow in the washup of the Australian Open. In the meantime, this is Andrew McGarry, signing off.
By Andrew Mcgarry
The men’s singles grand slam table right now:
20: Roger Federer,Rafael Nadal
18: Novak Djokovic
14: Pete Sampras
12: Roy Emerson
11: Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg
By Andrew Mcgarry
By Andrew Mcgarry
So Djokovic takes home the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for the ninth time at the House of Novak, AKA Rod Laver Arena.
By Andrew Mcgarry
Djokovic thanks his team, for dedicating so much time to him including Ule his physio.
He then turns to the circumstances of the Open:
Look, there are a lot of mixed feelings about what has happened in the last month or so with tennis players coming to Australia. But I think when we draw a line in the end it was a successful tournament for organisers.
I want to congratulate the head of Tennis Australia Craig Tiley for making an effort. They did make a great effort. They did make a great effort. Look, it wasn’t easy. It was very challenging on many different levels.
But, you know, I think they should be proud of themselves of what they have put together and allow this to come to Australia and be standing here as Daniil said and the closing ceremony. Thank you guys very much for making it possible.
Last but not least I would like to thank this court. I would like to thank this court. I would like to thank Rod Laver Arena. I love you each year more and more. It’s been love affair keeps growing. Thank you so much.
By Andrew Mcgarry
Now the champion:
I would like to return nice words to Daniil. First of all, class act. You’re a great guy. Great person.
You’re not calling me anymore in the last few years. But it’s nice to see that you were thinking good things about me. Thank you so much. I really like Daniil as a person off the court he’s great. Always very friendly. Very out going. On the court, he’s definitely one of the toughest players that I ever faced in my life.
It’s a matter of time when you hold a Grand Slam that’s for sure. If you don’t mind waiting a few – waiting a few more years. I would like everyone just to I think once more appreciate what he has done 20 match winning streak in the last couple of months. Amazing.
By Andrew Mcgarry
Big thanks to my wife and my coach. Not the best day today. Probably good three last months after some tough circumstances. Thank you guys for being with me in Australia for a long time.
Hopefully we’re going to hold a Grand Slam soon.
last but not least I would like too thank you guys first of all for inviting us, even if it was not easy for some of you as we know. We’re still here. I see your happy to see tennis. I really wanted to make this match longer and more entertaining for you, but today was not the day. But thanks a lot for coming and supporting me. Your energy is very good. Thanks.
By Andrew Mcgarry
Never easy to speak when you just lost a final or a Grand Slam. But I’ll try to do my best. First of all congrats to Novak and your team. Nine Grand Slams in Australia. 18 title is amazing and probably not your last one. I have no words to say.
Just to tell a small story guys. First our practice with Novak when I was like 500 in the world 600 in the world in Monaco. He was already No.1. Just won Wimbledon.
I thought OK he’s not going to speak to me or something, because the guy was a God for me. I came there. Because I was shy. So I didn’t speak. He was asking the questions, talking to me like a friend. I was really surprised. It never changed since I was 600 in the world or four in the world you’re a great sport, great person. So congratulations.
By Andrew Mcgarry
Audience comment by Charmaine Andrews
Well done to both players for making the finals.well done Novak for another title
By Andrew Mcgarry
There was a cascade of boos from the crowd when Hrdlicka thanked the Victorian Government.
Applause however when she thanked the thousands of volunteers who helped make the tournament possible… and to the fans.
By Andrew Mcgarry
Tennis Australia chair Jayne Hrdlicka …
What an exceptional finish to two amazing weeks of tennis in Melbourne Park. And tonight, of course, was an opportunity to see a spectacular match and clearly the crowning of the King of Melbourne Park Novak Djokovic.
Novak you demonstrated … tonight what a tenacious competitor you are. You had no intention of leaving the Stadium tonight without the trophy in hand. This is your ninth Australian Open final. 50% of your 18 Grand Slam championships.
Daniil, tonight was not your night. You’re a fierce competitor. You’re the third Russian to make the finals of the Australian Open in our history. You should be very proud of your achievements.
Novak was unbeatable tonight. We’re all sure we’ll see you back here trying to take the crown off of him at some point in the future. Congratulations.
Both players and frankly all of the players over the course of the last three weeks have been playing under exceptional circumstances. In fact, the last 12 months have been exceptional circumstances for everybody around the world. It’s been a time of heart felt challenge. It’s been a time of deep loss and extraordinary sacrifice for everyone.
So we hope for those of you at home tonight watching, for those of you in the stands today, and for the many people who have been able to join us over the last couple of weeks that we bought a bit of hope for the hard work that’s ahead in getting back to normal.
By Andrew Mcgarry
Mark another down for the Big Three against the Next Generation…
Who will be the first one to beat one of Federer, Nadal or Thiem in a final?
By Andrew Mcgarry
Medvedev was broken seven times tonight – you can’t beat Djokovic when you can’t hold your own serve.
Medvedev hit 24 winners to Novak’s 20, but 30 unforced errors to Djokovic’s 17.
The most important stat for Djokovic tonight? 18 – the number of singles grand slam titles in his possession.
By Andrew Mcgarry
By Andrew Mcgarry
Just incredible stuff from Djokovic. He climbs to the stands to hug his coach and supporters.
What else can you say!
Nine finals, nine wins. 21 straight wins at Melbourne Park.
Medvedev had almost forgotten how to lose – but Novak reminded him tonight!
By Andrew Mcgarry
Novak Djokovic wins his ninth Australian Open, beating Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.
By Andrew Mcgarry
Medvedev to stay in the tournament
Second serve – Djokovic jumps on it, takes control and hammers for the corners. he gets the winner and it’s 0-15
Second serve. Djokovic gets the ball back, and Medvedev finds the net again. Two points away!
Some more uncanny deep hitting from Djokovic, but he hits the net with one return and it’s 30-15
Second serve and let. The crowd is being asked for silence by the umpire.
Medvedev produces a wide serve and Novak hits the net. 30-30
first serve too long. Djokovic hitting deep, medvedev pulls it wide, Championship point!
By Andrew Mcgarry
By Andrew Mcgarry
Djokovic serves at 7-5, 6-2, 4-2
Brilliant cross-court drop volley winner from Djokovic to start.
You can’t see where the comeback will come from.
The crowd tries to rev up Medvedev, as he hits a cross-court winner. 15-15
Medvedev winner! The crowd roars as he hits an off-forehand into the corner. It’s now or never. 15-30
And like clockwork, the unplayable serve into the corner. 30-30
That. Was. Too. Good. Medvedev was hitting for the corners, Djokovic drills a return on the line and the Russian can only block it in the net. 40-30
Second serve. Big rally, but Medvedev can’t find the opening, and finally he hits the net.
Djokovic is one game away!
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That means that counted for nothing and Djokovic aimed to show us all why.
They traded breaks in the first set then Djokovic mugged Medvedev in the 12th game to take a 7-5 win. In reality, it was all over there.
Djokovic was just too good in the second set and Medvedev gradually fell apart.
The third set was much of a procession as he couldn’t find a way to respond when Djokovic turned his powerful strokes against him.
Djokovic needed one championship point to seal the win and he took it with an overhead smash.
This is his court.
Djokovic won 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.
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It didn’t take the tennis world long to call out one of Novak Djokovic’s big backers for getting ahead of itself before tonight’s final.
Welcome to our live coverage of tonight’s Australian Open men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev.
Djokovic is chasing his ninth title at Melbourne Park while Medvedev is fighting for his first grand slam trophy after disposing of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.
The match is scheduled to start at 7.30pm AEDT.
PUNTER PUTS BIG BUCKS ON DJOKOVIC
One punter has a big payday riding on tonight’s match after betting $115,000 — the single biggest bet of this year’s Australian Open — on Novak Djokovic to win at odds of $2.25 with the TAB.
A Djokovic victory would net the individual $258,750.
‘OOPS’: OVER-CONFIDENT NOVAK EMAIL EMERGES
Novak Djokovic may be unbeaten in Australian Open finals, but a sponsor seemed to think he’s already won this year’s — before he’s even played it.
Ahead of the eight-time champion’s clash with Daniil Medvedev, his racquet sponsor HEAD offered its congratulations in a promotional email.
“Congratulations Novak,” said the email, posted on Twitter by tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg, which described Djokovic as a “record-breaking 9 time Australian Open champion”.
The gaffe was quickly rectified.
“Oops — we got ahead of ourselves!” a follow-up email said. “What we meant to say is … Good luck Novak in the 2021 Australian Open Final.”
The mistake is perhaps understandable, with top-ranked Djokovic’s eight titles already a record at the Australian Open.
However, Russia’s Medvedev takes a 20-match winning streak into the Melbourne final, where he is seeking his first major title.
NOVAK’S STRATEGY NEEDS TO BE ON POINT
Novak Djokovic heads into Sunday’s Australian Open final unbeaten on eight previous occasions in the title match, but knowing he will need to be at his mental and physical best to overcome red-hot Russian Daniil Medvedev.
The Serbian world No. 1 has had to battle injury and extract new levels of determination just to get to the final.
But after his semi-final win over another Russian, Aslan Karatsev, Djokovic reported he felt fitter than at any time during the Melbourne fortnight.
Tonight he will face an entirely different challenge against “chess player” Medvedev — the form man of tennis who is on a 20-match winning streak.
Medvedev, the world No. 4, is unbeaten since last November, including a straight-sets drubbing of the Serb at the ATP Finals in London.
“He’s just so solid. Also, I heard (commentator) Jim Courier calling him a master chess player because of the way he tactically positions himself on the court, and it’s true,” Djokovic said.
“You know, he’s definitely a very smart tennis player.”
Djokovic is into his ninth decider at Melbourne Park as he targets an 18th slam title to close the gap on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have 20 each.
But the 33-year-old said while experience was clearly an advantage, Medvedev would be a formidable adversary.
The Serb holds the phenomenal record of never losing a final on Melbourne’s famous blue courts in eight attempts spanning 13 years.
Djokovic will also be playing his 28th grand slam final. It will be the Russian’s second.
“Of course it contributes to more confidence, prior to coming into the finals, knowing that I never lost in the finals or semi-finals just makes me feel more comfortable being on the court,” Djokovic said.
“But each year is different, although it does have a mental effect on me. Maybe on my opponents, I don’t know, but on me it does definitely have a positive effect.
“But it’s not a decisive factor in the way the match is going to go forward, because each year is different.”
Medvedev, who has dropped just two sets so far, said that despite having all the momentum he will go into the final as the underdog.
“He’s the favourite because he didn’t lose. On eight occasions that he was here in the semis he won the tournament,” said the 25-year-old.
“Me, I’m … the challenger, the guy that challenges the guy who was eight times in the final and won eight times. And I’m happy about it.
“I know that to beat him you need to just show your best tennis, be at your best physically maybe four or five hours, and be at your best mentally maybe for five hours.”
Medvedev, who also reached the 2019 US Open final, losing to Nadal, has the weapons to trouble Djokovic, with a big serve, unrelenting returns and exceptional movement as he targets a maiden grand slam title.
Twelve of his 20 straight wins have been against top-10 players and he has won three of his last four against the 17-time grand slam-winning Serbian.
“Playing Novak seven times already is just a huge experience,” he said. “(But) I think when he’s in the zone he doesn’t miss. He goes down the line, cross, forehand, backhand, he doesn’t miss. That’s what is the toughest part of playing against him.”
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Novak Djokovic goes for a record-extending ninth Australian Open title on Sunday as Russia’s Daniil Medvedev attempts to end the Serb’s dominance and win his first Grand Slam.
The world number one, who has won all eight of his previous Melbourne finals, is aiming for an 18th major title.
Djokovic trails Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who have 20 each, in the fight to finish with the most men’s Slams.
“He has more experience but more things to lose than me,” said Medvedev.
“I don’t have a lot of pressure because Novak has never lost here in the final. He has all the pressure to get to Roger and Rafa.
“But I think he’s the favourite because he hasn’t lost here.”
Fourth seed Medvedev, 25, will contest his second major final after losing to Spain’s Nadal in an enthralling 2019 US Open final.
After falling short of making an epic comeback in New York, Medvedev has another opportunity to become Russia’s first male major champion since 2005.
Medvedev is in the form of his life, having earned his 20th match win in a row by beating fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in Friday’s semi-final.
Djokovic ready for the ‘battle of the tournament’
If 33-year-old Djokovic is to win his 18th major, he says he will have to solve the puzzles set by “master chess player” Medvedev.
“I’m ready for the battle for the toughest match of the tournament, without a doubt,” said the Serb.
“Medvedev is playing at an extremely high quality. He’s the man to beat.
“I heard Jim Courier calling him a master chess player because of the way he tactically positions himself on the court, and it’s true. You know, he’s definitely a very smart tennis player.”
Djokovic struggled with an abdominal injury earlier in the tournament, saying it would have forced him to withdraw from any event outside of the majors.
But he has recovered and said he suffered no pain in his semi-final win against Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev.
On Saturday, Djokovic practised before a match for the first time since his third-round win over American Taylor Fritz when the problem flared up.
Djokovic looking to extend dominance at his ‘second home’
Few players have dominated a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era like Djokovic’s takeover of the Australian Open.
Nadal is the only man to have won more majors at the same place, claiming 13 titles at the French Open, with another win for Djokovic on Sunday moving him ahead of Federer’s eight Wimbledon crowns.
Djokovic describes Melbourne Park as his “second home” and the statistics starkly illustrate his dominance there:
By reaching the final for a ninth time, Djokovic has extended his all-time record for most men’s singles final appearances
Djokovic has won all eight Australian Open finals he has previously contested
The Serb has won 81 of his 89 career matches at Melbourne Park
Having won the 2019 and 2020 titles, he has won his past 20 matches there
Djokovic has suffered just three defeats at the Australian Open from 2011 onwards
While he has already created history in Melbourne, Djokovic has made no secret that he wishes to overhaul Federer and Nadal in the race to finish with the most men’s Grand Slam titles.
For many, that is the key indicator to determine who is the greatest men’s player in the history of the sport.
Medvedev plans to turn US Open defeat into positive experience
Since losing in the Vienna quarter-finals in October, Medvedev has won the Paris Masters and ATP Finals title, as well helping Russia win the ATP Cup earlier this month.
Not only is he simply winning matches, he is beating the best. Against Djokovic he is looking to earn a 13th successive win against an opponent ranked inside the top 10.
Medvedev has won three of his past four meetings with Djokovic but facing the Serb with the weight of winning a first major title should be a different proposition.
On what he has learned from losing to Nadal in New York, Medvedev said: “I took a lot of experience. It was my first Grand Slam final against one of the greatest and on Sunday I will face one of the other greatest.
“The experience from the last Grand Slam final is going to be a big key, to not get tight and to just play again.”
What they say about each other
Djokovic on Medvedev: “He has a big serve. For a tall guy, he moves extremely well. Forehand maybe was his weaker shot, but he has improved that as well. Backhand is as good as it gets.
“He’s so solid. He doesn’t give you much. But he’s not afraid nowadays to attack and get to the net and take it to his opponents.”
Medvedev on Djokovic: “I know that to beat him you need to just show your best tennis, be at your best physically maybe four or five hours, and be at your best mentally maybe for five hours.
“When he’s in the zone he doesn’t miss. He goes down the line, cross, forehand, backhand, he doesn’t miss. That’s what is the most, the toughest part of playing against him.”
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Medvedev ruthlessly continued along his merry way in the third set, breaking for a 2-0 lead as he went in for the kill.
Tsitsipas later saved multiple break points to hold for 2-3, but was still on the back foot.
The Greek star held up Medvedev before the start of the sixth game, then the Russian returned the favour, delaying his serve even when his opponent was set.
This gamesmanship sparked more boos from the Melbourne crowd — who had earlier issued the same treatment in the first set as they barracked for Tsitsipas.
The support gave the fifth seed a boost and he broke for the first time in the match, sending the fans wild as the set evened out at 3-3.
Tsitsipas went up 4-3 and had a break point, sending the crowd into raptures once again, but the pro-Greek supporters were a little too boisterous for the umpire’s liking. James Keothavong told the raucous spectators while it’s “great” they’re so enthusiastic, he reminded them of the need to remain quiet during points and be fair to both players.
Medvedev produced a breathtaking backhand passing shot down the line to break again, giving him a 6-5 lead before he served out the match to book his place against Djokovic on Sunday.
SECOND SET: STEFANOS LOSES HIS COOL
Medvedev broke early in the second set, looking far more comfortable than his rival.
He went up 2-1 with a break, prompting Tsitsipas to throw his water bottle on the ground at the change of ends, only for water to spray all over the court.
He received a soft verbal warning from the umpire and play was delayed while ballkids cleaned up the court — but a smug-looking Medvedev asked why the Greek star didn’t receive an official warning.
Medvedev was winning his service games with ease, rattling off rapid points while Tsitsipas struggled to achieve the same dominance off his own racquet.
Medvedev’s hot streak continued as he secured a double break to go up 5-2 then breezed through another service game to take a two-sets-to-love lead.
FIRST SET: BOOS RING OUT AS MEDVEDEV DRAWS FIRST BLOOD
Both players had little trouble holding serve to start the match, things progressing evenly towards 2-2 before Medvedev landed the first significant blow by breaking first for a 3-2 advantage.
Sections of the pro-Greek crowd at Rod Laver Arena booed Medvedev at times, but they must not remember how hostile crowds spurred him to the US Open final in 2019.
To be fair, the boos were hardly going to blow the roof off, but the cheers that erupted every time Tsitsipas won a key point made it clear who was enjoying the majority of the support.
Sports writer Zenia D’Cunha tweeted: “The extremely pro-Tsitsipas, Greek-flag waving crowd at #AusOpen — literally booing Medvedev — might give him US Open 2019 flashbacks and we all know how that turned out!”
The Russian wasn’t fazed, going on to maintain his break advantage and win the first set 6-4.
A war of words erupted at that first encounter in Miami, with the Greek star’s mid-match toilet break and lack of apology after benefiting from a net cord infuriating Medvedev.
Tsitsipas reportedly called his rival a “bulls*** Russian” who should “know your place”, sparking a furious response after the pair shook hands at the net.
“Man, you better shut the f*** up, OK?” Medvedev.
“Hey Stefanos, do you want to look at me and talk? You go emergency toilet for five minutes during and then you hit (the net) and you don’t say sorry. You think you are a good kid? Look at me. Hey, look at me. You don’t look at me?”
Addressing the umpire, Medvedev continued: “He started it. He said ‘Bulls*** Russian’. Do you think this is normal? I answer him, because he doesn’t know how to fight. He’s a small kid who doesn’t know how to fight.”
The pair’s feud was reignited after their 2019 clash in Shanghai, when the Greek lashed out at the Russian’s “boring” play, with his big serve and relentless baseline rallies.
Tsitsipas has changed his mind now, with the 25-year-old on a 19-match win streak dating back to November.
“Medvedev is going to be a difficult task. He’s in very good shape, playing good tennis, playing accurate, playing simple,” said Tsitsipas.
“Might have said in the past that he plays boring, but I don’t really think he plays boring.
“He just plays extremely smart and outplays you.”
The 22-year-old Tsitsipas was two sets down and seemed to be heading for defeat against Nadal before launching an astonishing comeback to go through 3-6 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 7-5 in four hours and five minutes.
“Stefanos is an amazing player, big serve, great volley,” said Medvedev, who beat fellow Russian Andrey Rublev over three sets in his quarter-final.
“Tough to play. I think he’s improving physically because maybe two years ago could say, yeah, out of five sets it’s maybe not bad to play him. I don’t think it’s the case right now.”
Both men head into the semi-final bidding for a maiden grand slam title. Tsitsipas has never gone beyond a semi-final before, falling to Nadal in the last four at the 2019 Australian Open and to Djokovic at Roland Garros last year.
He has his sights set on becoming the youngest grand slam champion since Djokovic won the title at Melbourne Park in 2008 and the first Greek, man or woman, to lift a major trophy.
Medvedev will be playing his first semi in Melbourne as he continues to knock on the door of grand slam success, having reached the 2019 US Open final, where he was pipped in five sets by Nadal, and the last four in New York in 2020.
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Please note that “WomenHeart” is styled that way – Upper-case W and H, no space between the words. The organization is styled: WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
February is Heart Health month, a great time to review the symptoms of heart attacks for both men and women.
More than a quarter of female deaths are the result of heart disease, which kills more than 300,000 women every year. Heart disease has been women’s number one cause of death for decades, says the World Health Organization, but the popular perception is that heart disease is a “man’s disease.” Read more of the report at https://tinyurl.com/12c7mnp2.
As a result, many women do not think of heart health as a priority and many with heart disease have been misdiagnosed and their treatment delayed. Some women found that healthcare providers failed to recognize their heart attack symptoms, attributing them to indigestion or other minor causes.
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, in partnership with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), aims to address this gap in knowledge. Both support beginning research to develop improved healthcare practices to ultimately improve patient health outcomes and quality of care.
As part of this effort, WomenHeart and SIDM will host a conference for stakeholder groups, including women with heart disease, cardiologists, nurses and other healthcare providers, researchers, hospitals with women’s heart centers, and many others. The conference’s results will be published as a white paper afterwards, with a goal of advancing the body of knowledge about women’s heart disease.
The conference is funded by a grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), http://www.pcori.org.
Read more about WomenHeart at https://www.WomenHeart.org/our-story/ and more about SIDM at https://www.ImproveDiagnosis.org/.
Men’s Health Network (MHN), www.MensHealthNetwork.org, is a national non-profit headquartered in Washington, D.C., that has advocated for men’s health for decades. MHN offers a free 60-page pamphlet, “Heartbeat,” at https://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/Heartbeat.pdf.
The organization recognizes that men also have a role in promoting women’s health for their mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, and friends. MHN urges men and women to become familiar with the symptoms of heart attack for both sexes.
For men, symptoms of heart attack are chest pressure or pain; sudden jaw, neck, or back pain; nausea or vomiting; and shortness of breath.
Women may also experience chest pain, but that symptom isn’t always present. They may also experience pain or pressure in the lower chest or upper abdomen; fainting; indigestion; or extreme fatigue. Women may experience sudden jaw, neck, or back pain; nausea or vomiting; and shortness of breath, just as men do.
Men can be strong advocates for treatment of women who may have had a heart attack. It’s important to insist that the doctor or nurse administer an EKG test or an enzyme blood test to see if the woman they care about is having a heart attack or had one. As part of its core mission to support the health of men and their families, MHN encourages all men to help the women in their lives understand the risks to them of unrecognized and unmanaged heart disease.
There is a significant relationship between COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease, including more deaths from cardiovascular disease during the COVID-19 pandemic and serious heart conditions associated with an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.5
MHN is joining the CDC Million Hearts® initiative and health organizations across the nation in spotlighting the importance of maintaining your heart health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the CDC-approved public service announcement reminding Americans to guard their heart health, especially during this pandemic, at https://tinyurl.com/s4raurc0.
Be an advocate, for yourself and for others.
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