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Doctors May Miss Out on Recommending Aspirin Therapy

Posted 8 Aug 2014 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 – Many Americans who might benefit from taking low-dose aspirin every day to prevent heart attack and stroke say they've never been told by their doctors to do so, a new study shows. The findings highlight the fact that many doctors may not follow U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines that recommend aspirin as prevention therapy, according to the University of Rochester researchers. They analyzed data from nearly 3,500 middle-aged Americans who didn't have heart disease, but qualified for aspirin therapy based on their scores for heart disease risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and use of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Of those people, 34 percent of men and 42 percent of women said their doctors or other health care providers had never told them to take low-dose aspirin each day to prevent heart attack, stroke or cancer. The ... Read more

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Running Could Add 3 Years to Your Lifespan

Posted 29 Jul 2014 by

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 – Runners may live an average three years longer than people who don't run, according to new research. But, the best news from this study is that it appears that you can reap this benefit even if you run at slow speeds for mere minutes every day, the 15-year study suggests. "People may not need to run a lot to get health benefits," said lead author Duck-chul Lee, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University. "I hope this study can motivate more people to start running and to continue running as an attainable health goal." It's not clear from the study whether the longer lifespan is directly caused by running. The researchers were only able to prove a strong link between running and living longer. There could be other reasons that runners live longer. It could be that healthy people are the ones who choose to run, noted the study's authors. The ... Read more

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Exercise May Help Counter Health Risks of Sedentary Lifestyle

Posted 18 Jul 2014 by

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 – Being a couch potato may have fewer long-term health consequences if you trade some of your couch time for gym time, suggests a new study. The research found that people who were more fit were able to counter some of the ill health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, such as high blood pressure. And, not surprisingly, folks who were fitter also had less body fat, according to the researchers from the American Cancer Society, the Cooper Institute and the University of Texas School of Public Health. For the study, more than 1,300 adult men from a Texas clinic kept track of the amount of time they spent watching TV and sitting in a car. At regular clinic visits between 1981 and 2012, the men used a treadmill to test their fitness levels. Being inactive for extended periods of time can result in high blood pressure, high cholesterol, more body fat, more fat in the ... Read more

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Make Exercise Fun, Eat Less Afterwards

Posted 14 Jul 2014 by

SATURDAY, July 12, 2014 – If you make exercise fun, you'll eat less after your workout, new research contends. In one experiment, 56 adults were led on a 1.4-mile walk and were either told it would be an exercise walk or a scenic walk. The participants were given lunch after the walk, and those who were told it was an exercise outing ate 35 percent more chocolate pudding for dessert than those who were told it was a scenic walk. In another experiment, 46 adults were given mid-afternoon snacks after their walk. Those who were told it was an exercise walk ate 124 percent more calories of candy than those who were told it was a scenic walk. The Cornell University study was published recently in the journal Marketing Letters. "Viewing their walk as exercise led them to be less happy and more fatigued," study author Carolina Werle, a professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, said ... Read more

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Change Bad Habits Early, Save Your Heart Later

Posted 3 Jul 2014 by

THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 – Young adults who drop their bad health habits can reduce their risk of heart disease as they age, new research suggests. "Even after people have hit adulthood with some unhealthy behaviors, it's not too late to produce a benefit for their heart if they change those behaviors," said study author Bonnie Spring, a health psychologist and professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "Conversely, if they don't keep up their healthy lifestyle behaviors, and lose some, we will see adverse effects on their coronary arteries, which increases the risk of heart disease," Spring said. While many studies have shown that unhealthy behaviors are linked with heart problems, fewer studies have looked at whether turning around the bad habits might have a good effect, she noted. The general thinking is that people won't change, Spring ... Read more

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Is All That TV Killing You?

Posted 28 Jun 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 – Attention, binge TV watchers: New research suggests that long stretches spent glued to the tube may be more than just a guilty pleasure – they could also shorten your life. The study of more than 13,000 seemingly healthy adults in Spain found that those who spent more than three hours a day watching television had double the risk of early death compared to those who watched less than an hour a day. "It is a little bit surprising," said study author Dr. Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain. Gonzalez said the study participants were highly educated, and slim and active. Their average age was 37. Anyone who said they had diabetes, heart disease or cancer was excluded at the start of the study. Over the roughly eight years they were followed, there were 97 deaths – 19 from heart disease, ... Read more

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Good Heart Health May Keep Your Mind Sharp, Too

Posted 11 Jun 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 – Good heart health benefits your brain, a new study suggests. People with poor heart health are more likely to develop mental impairment than those with healthy hearts, according to researchers. The study looked at about 17,800 Americans, aged 45 and older, who underwent tests of mental function at the start of the study and again four years later. After accounting for differences in age, sex, race and education, the investigators found that learning, memory and verbal skills deficits developed in 4.6 percent of people with the poorest heart health, 2.7 percent of those with intermediate heart health and 2.6 percent of those with the most healthy hearts. "Even when ideal cardiovascular health is not achieved, intermediate levels of cardiovascular health are preferable to low levels for better [mental] function," lead investigator Evan Thacker, an assistant ... Read more

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Many Delay Blood Thinners After Stent Placement, Risking Death

Posted 28 May 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 – Many patients undergoing coronary stent placement don't fill their prescription for vital blood-thinning medication within the recommended time frame, a lapse leaving them much more likely to die within a month, new research suggests. Researchers found that 30 percent of stent patients neglect to start taking Plavix (clopidogrel) as directed within three days of hospital discharge. This can triple their risk of heart attack and quintuple their risk of death over the following 30 days, the study authors said. "What was surprising was the fact that almost a third of patients experienced some sort of delay and that any delay, even by a day, appeared to be associated with some increased risk," said study author Dr. Nicholas Cruden, a consultant cardiologist at Edinburgh Heart Center of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in Scotland. "This highlights the difficulties ... Read more

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Losing Weight at Any Age May Help the Heart

Posted 21 May 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 – Healthy weight loss at any time in adulthood is good for your heart, a new study indicates. "Our findings suggest that losing weight at any age can result in long-term cardiovascular health benefits, and support public health strategies and lifestyle modifications that help individuals who are overweight or obese to lose weight at all ages," according to lead study author John Deanfield, of University College London. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,300 men and women in the United Kingdom who were followed since their birth in March 1946. The participants were classified as being either normal weight, overweight or obese when they were children, and at ages 36, 43, 53 and between 60 and 64. The longer the participants had excess body fat in adulthood, the more likely they were to have heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and ... Read more

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Mouse Study Hints at How Mediterranean Diet Protects the Heart

Posted 20 May 2014 by

MONDAY, May 19, 2014 – Study after study has shown that a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables and fruits seems to lower your risk of heart trouble. Now, a new mouse study hints at why. "When unsaturated fatty acids, found in olive, nuts and fish oils, are eaten together with a source of nitrate or nitrite, found in vegetables such as beetroot and those with green leaves, they form nitro fatty acids in the body," explained lead researcher Philip Eaton, a professor of cardiovascular biochemistry at Kings College London. Those fatty acids then lower blood pressure by inhibiting a particular enzyme. The study is published online May 19 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the finding was made in animals and such results often can't be duplicated in humans, Eaton thinks it would also happen in people because they have the same enzyme. Eaton noted ... Read more

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FDA Approves Zontivity to Reduce the Risk of Heart Attacks and Stroke

Posted 8 May 2014 by

May 8, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zontivity (vorapaxar) tablets to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular death, and need for procedures to restore the blood flow to the heart in patients with a previous heart attack or blockages in the arteries to the legs. Zontivity is the first in a new class of drug, called a protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR-1) antagonist. It is an anti-platelet agent, designed to decrease the tendency of platelets to clump together to form a blood clot. By decreasing the formation of blood clots, Zontivity decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Like other drugs that inhibit blood clotting, Zontivity increases the risk of bleeding, including life-threatening and fatal bleeding. Bleeding is the most commonly reported adverse reaction in people taking Zontivity. The drug’s prescribing information (label) ... Read more

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Add Heart Test to High School Athletes' Screening, Cardiologists Say

Posted 8 May 2014 by

THURSDAY, May 8, 2014 – Including a test of the heart's electrical activity in screening programs for high school athletes increases the odds of detecting problems that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death, according to a new study. Researchers looked at data on nearly 5,000 athletes, ages 13 to 19, at 23 Seattle-area high schools who underwent standard American Heart Association screening, including a heart health questionnaire and physical examination. They also received an electrocardiogram (ECG). Twenty-three athletes were found to have significant heart abnormalities that required further evaluation. In seven of those athletes, the use of electrocardiogram led to the detection of heart problems that would not have been identified by the standard screening protocols. The researchers noted that modern criteria used to interpret the electrocardiogram results led to fewer ... Read more

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Daily Aspirin Regimen Not Safe for Everyone, FDA Warns

Posted 6 May 2014 by

TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 – Taking an aspirin a day can help prevent heart attack and stroke in people who have suffered such health crises in the past, but not in people who have never had heart problems, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Since the 1990s, clinical data have shown that in people who have experienced a heart attack, stroke or who have a disease of the blood vessels in the heart, a daily low dose of aspirin can help prevent a reoccurrence," Dr. Robert Temple, deputy director for clinical science at the FDA, said in an agency news release. A low-dose tablet contains 80 milligrams (mg) of aspirin, compared with 325 mg in a regular strength tablet. However, an analysis of data from major studies does not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medicine in people who have not had a heart attack, stroke or heart problems. In these people, aspirin provides no ... Read more

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Sustained Workouts May Help Aging Hearts

Posted 6 May 2014 by

MONDAY, May 5, 2014 – When it comes to exercise, reaching "retirement age" is no time to slow down: Seniors who maintain or boost their physical activity levels are less likely to suffer a heart attack, a new study suggests. Exercise improves the electrical well-being of their hearts and reduces the risk of heart rhythm problems, the researchers explained. They examined heart monitor data collected from 985 older adults, average age 71, over five years. The more physical activity the participants did, the better their heart rate variability, according to the findings appearing May 5 in the journal Circulation. Heart rate variability refers to differences in the time between one heartbeat and the next. "These small differences are influenced by the health of the heart and the nervous system that regulates the heart," study author Luisa Soares-Miranda said in a journal news release. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Confused About Healthy Eating?

Posted 8 Apr 2014 by

-- With so many diets and eating plans to choose from, deciding which plan is best for you can be challenging. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Follow a diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and also incorporates low-fat dairy and lean meats, fish, poultry, nuts, beans and eggs. Limit saturated fats, salt, trans fats, cholesterol and added sugars. Look for nutrient-rich foods. Choose a variety of healthy foods for better nutrition and to prevent dietary boredom. Read more

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