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Study: Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors May Prevent 80 Percent of Heart Attacks

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 – Five recommended health behaviors may prevent four out of five heart attacks in men, a new study suggests. Middle-aged and older men were much less likely to have heart attacks over an average of 11 years if they drank moderately, didn't smoke and did everything right on the diet, exercise and weight fronts, the study found. Only about 1 percent of men involved in the study fit into this ultra-healthy-living category. But they were 86 percent less likely to have heart attacks than those who ate poorly, were overweight, exercised too little, smoked and drank too much alcohol, the researchers said. The healthiest men could still eventually die of a heart attack, of course, and the study didn't say if they live longer than others. Still, "there is a lot to gain and money to be saved if people had a healthier lifestyle," said study lead author Agneta Akesson, an ... Read more

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Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 – Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia – even late in life, according to new research. The World Alzheimer Report 2014, commissioned by Alzheimer's Disease International, revealed that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia by 50 percent. The study noted that obesity and an inactive lifestyle are key risk factors for diabetes as well as high blood pressure. The researchers suggested that dementia should be included in national public health prevention and detection programs along with other major non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. They pointed out that it's never too late in life to make healthy lifestyle changes. "While age and genetics are part of the disease's risk factors, not smoking, eating more healthily, getting ... Read more

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Older Patients More Likely to Fill Prescriptions for Generic Statins: Study

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 – Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests. At issue are the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. Well-known brands include Crestor, Zocor and Lipitor. Generic statins are also available. The drugs are designed to lower the risk of heart problems due to clogged arteries. About half of patients on statins stop taking them within the first year, explained study lead author Joshua Gagne, an assistant professor of medicine with Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Statins are among the most "notorious" medications in terms of low adherence – patients actually taking them when they're prescribed, said Dr. Orli Etingin, a professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College-New ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Seems to Stay Lower Longer in Fitter Men

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 – Aerobic exercise leading to strong heart fitness can delay a man's onset of age-related high blood pressure by nearly a decade, a new study suggests. Blood pressure naturally increases as people grow older and their arteries become stiffer with age. But men with strong cardio-fitness don't start drifting toward high blood pressure until their mid-50s. On the other hand, largely sedentary men usually experience the early signs of high blood pressure in their mid-40s, researchers report in the Sept. 15 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "A higher level of fitness can significantly delay this natural increase of blood pressure with age," said study co-author Dr. Xuemei Sui, an assistant professor in the department of exercise science at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health. "For those with a high level of ... Read more

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Low-Carb Beats Low-Fat for Weight Loss, Heart Health: Study

Posted 2 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 – For people who want to lose weight and boost their heart health, cutting down on carbohydrates may work better than trimming dietary fat, a new study suggests. In a small clinical trial of obese adults, researchers found that those assigned to follow a low-carbohydrate diet lost more weight over a year than those who followed a low-fat plan. They also had bigger improvements in their cholesterol and triglyceride levels, the research team reports in the Sept. 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. "On average, they lost 8 pounds more, and lost more body fat mass," said researcher Dr. Tian Hu, a doctoral fellow at Tulane University School of Public Health in New Orleans. And while some experts have raised concerns that low-carbohydrate diets could be less than heart-healthy, these findings suggest otherwise, said Dr. Lydia Bazzano, who also worked on the ... Read more

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Doctors May Miss Out on Recommending Aspirin Therapy

Posted 8 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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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