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Health Tip: Controlling Blood Pressure

Posted 16 Sep 2015 by

-- If you've got high blood pressure, you must work with your doctor to help keep it under control. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recommends: Eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise and stay at a healthy body weight. Take all of your medications as prescribed. Don't skip pills or let a prescription run out. Follow your doctor's orders for checkups and tests. Learn to check your blood pressure at home. Log your pressure readings in a journal. Read more

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Big Swings in Blood Pressure Could Spell Trouble

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – Wide blood pressure fluctuations may signal an increased risk of heart disease and early death, researchers say. The large study of people taking blood pressure medication found that variations of more than 14 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure readings between doctor visits was linked to a 25 percent increased risk of heart failure. Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading. "Patients should have their blood pressure controlled," said lead researcher Paul Muntner, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Alabama School of Public Health at Birmingham. "They should be aware that their blood pressure changes, and if there is a lot of variation, they might want to talk with their doctor about why it's changing." These variations may be a sign of increasing damage to the arteries, particularly stiffening, Muntner said. About one in ... Read more

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Statins Might Reduce Complications After Major Lung Surgery

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins might help reduce major complications after lung surgery, new research suggests. Statins have been linked to fewer complications after heart surgery, and researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City theorized they might also benefit patients undergoing major lung surgery. The researchers randomly assigned more than 160 study participants to receive the statin Lipitor (atorvastatin) or an inactive placebo before and after lung resection – removal of part of the lung. Complications – such as pneumonia, heart attack and acute respiratory failure – were reported in 22 percent of patients receiving placebo, compared with 12 percent taking statins. Statins were also linked to a nearly 50 percent reduction in post-surgery rates of atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm), the ... Read more

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One-Third of Americans Have Dangerous Mix of Heart Risk Factors

Posted 19 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – More than one-third of U.S. adults have a combination of health problems collectively known as metabolic syndrome that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research. What's worse, the researchers found the rate of metabolic syndrome increases dramatically with age. Almost half of people 60 or older in the United States have metabolic syndrome, the study found. "That's concerning, because we know the population of the U.S. is aging," said senior author Dr. Robert Wong, an assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco. "I think it will potentially place a huge burden on our health care system." Metabolic syndrome is a "perfect storm" of conditions that include high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, increased levels of blood sugar, and a wider waist circumference, Wong said. Medical experts are ... Read more

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Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

Posted 1 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 – Taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins for a year before getting a diagnosis of lung cancer was associated with a 12 percent lower risk of dying from that cancer, new research suggests. The researchers from Northern Ireland also found indications that those who had a minimum of 12 statin prescriptions filled after being diagnosed with lung cancer saw their lung cancer death risk drop by as much as 19 percent. But, study lead author Chris Cardwell stressed that the degree of the association seen between statin use and a lower risk for lung cancer death was "relatively small." And while the study found an association between statin use and a lower risk of lung cancer death, it wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Cardwell said there are any number of other differences between patients who take statins and patients who don't ... Read more

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Fainting Spells Often Tied to Too Many Meds at Once: Study

Posted 4 Nov 2012 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 4 – Taking too many medications at the same time could lead to repeated fainting episodes, a new study reveals. "Simply stated, the more antihypertensive pills a patient takes, the greater the likelihood of a possible fainting spell under certain circumstances," explained one cardiologist, Dr. David Friedman, chief of Heart Failure Services at North Shore-LIJ's Plainview Hospital in Plainview, N.Y. He was not involved in the new research. In the study, Danish researchers led by Dr. Martin Ruwald of Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte looked at more than 127,000 patients, median age 64, who were hospitalized for fainting between 1997 and 2009. Of those patients, more than one-fifth had experienced at least two fainting episodes. The researchers found that the risk of repeat fainting rose with the number of medications that patients were taking at the same time. For ... Read more

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U.S. Task Force Issues Blood Pressure Guidelines

Posted 15 May 2012 by

TUESDAY, May 15 – "Team-based care" should be used to improve patients' blood pressure control, the U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommended on Tuesday. The recommendation is based on a review of 77 studies that showed improvements in patients' control of blood pressure when they received care from a team of health professionals – a primary care doctor supported by a pharmacist, nurse, dietitian, social worker, or community health worker – rather than a primary care doctor alone. The task force found that team-based care increased the percentage of patients with controlled blood pressure, led to a decrease in both systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure, and improved results in patients with diabetes and elevated levels of blood fats. Team members assist primary care doctors by providing support and sharing responsibility for high blood ... Read more

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Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research. The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number of children in the United States in this age group rose by only 8 percent during the study period. "The problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better," Dr. Randall Bond, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. In conducting the study, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers reviewed information on over 544,000 children who landed in the emergency department due to medication poisoning ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Statin drugs and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Posted 30 Sep 2008 by

[Posted 09/30/2008] An FDA analysis provides new evidence that the use of statins does not increase incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." The FDA analysis, undertaken after the agency received a higher than expected number of reports of ALS in patients on statins, is based on data from 41 long-term controlled clinical trials. The results showed no increased incidence of the disease in patients treated with a statin compared with placebo.The FDA is anticipating the completion of a case-control or epidemiological study of ALS and statin use. Results from this study should be available within 6-9 months. FDA is also examining the feasibility of conducting additional epidemiologic studies to examine the incidence and clinical course of ALS in patients taking statins.Based on currently available information, ... Read more

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Statins Can Hinder Muscle Repair

Posted 25 Sep 2008 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 25 – Statins, taken by millions to lower cholesterol, may hinder the body's ability to repair muscles, University of Alabama researchers report. The most frequently reported side effect of statin therapy is fatigue, with about 9 percent of patients reporting muscle pain. As doses of the medication are increased, and physical activity is added, these effects can be more pronounced. These side effects are found in all commonly used statins. "While these are preliminary data and more research is necessary, the results indicate serious adverse effects of statins that may alter the ability of skeletal muscle to repair and regenerate due to the anti-proliferative effects of statins," lead researcher Anna Thalacker-Mercer said in a statement. Results of the study were presented Thursday at a meeting of the American Physiological Society, in Hilton Head, S.C. For the study, ... Read more

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Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Won't Cause Cancer

Posted 20 Aug 2008 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20 – Researchers who last year reported a possible link between cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and cancer now say that further analysis has disproved such an association. Statin medications include such blockbusters as Crestor, Lipitor, Pravachol and Zocor. "The bottom line is that there is no evidence from this work, the largest study published to date, that the cholesterol-lowering ability of statins increases the risk of cancer," said Dr. Richard H. Karas, director of preventive cardiology at Tufts Medical Center and leader of a group reporting the finding in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. A little more than a year ago, a report by Karas and his colleagues in the same journal described a slight increase in cancer risk among statin users – about one extra case per 1,000 people. That finding came from 13 trials that gathered information on side ... Read more

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Statins Help Obese People After Bypass Surgery

Posted 15 Aug 2008 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 15 – Statins reduce the perils facing obese people after they have the bypass surgery that restores blood flow to an endangered heart, a study finds. The study was done to help settle a running controversy about the ill effects of obesity in such cases, said Dr. Christina C. Wee, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, co-director of research in the division of general medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and lead author of a report in the Aug. 19 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "We know that obesity, per se, is a risk factor for developing heart disease," Wee said. "But once you develop it, is obesity more detrimental than not being overweight? There have been different studies with results going both ways." To settle the issue, Wee and her colleagues studied the outcome of bypass surgery for 1,314 people in a ... Read more

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Statins Might Reverse ED in Some Men

Posted 15 Aug 2008 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 15 – Statins might quickly help reverse erectile dysfunction among men who have metabolic syndrome, new animal research suggests. A threat to cardiovascular health, metabolic syndrome is also known to raise the risk for erectile dysfunction (ED). The current finding indicates that statins may reduce levels of a specific protein that contributes to ED. "Each condition of metabolic syndrome phenomenon – high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity – independently raises the risk for erectile dysfunction just on their own," explained study author Christopher J. Wingard, an associate professor of physiology with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. "And so, when all are present in combination as part of this syndrome, you have a situation where you don't even need to be as diabetic or hypertensive as you might otherwise have to be ... Read more

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Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Might Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Posted 28 Jul 2008 by

MONDAY, July 28 – Older people who were taking cholesterol-busting statin medications saw their risk for dementia fall by half, a new study found. The finding appears to be more evidence that statins – which include drugs such as Crestor, Lipitor, Pravachol and Zocor – can help maintain brain health. "This is another brick in the wall, in the sense that there is mounting evidence, primarily from observational studies, that there is at least some benefit for prevention of dementia," said lead researcher Mary N. Haan, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her team published the findings in the July 29 issue of Neurology. The study involved almost 1,700 Mexican-Americans, aged 60 and older, who were followed for five years. The effort was aimed at people at high risk of developing dementia because of conditions such as high blood pressure, ... Read more

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