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Smog Raises Heart Risks in Those With Diabetes, Study Says

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Long periods of exposure to air pollution – including dust and car exhaust – heightens heart risks for women with diabetes, a large, new study indicates. Building on prior research linking shorter exposures to air pollution to higher heart disease in the general population, the scientists found that those with diabetes are especially vulnerable. "People respond differently to levels of air pollution, and our study was uniquely suited to look at this," said study author Jaime Hart, an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "There's pretty robust literature about the short-term effects of air pollution suggesting those with diabetes are at risk, so it's nice that our results actually went along with [that]," she added. The study was published Nov. 25 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Heart disease is a ... Read more

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Obesity in Youth May Harm the Heart Long-Term, Even After Weight Loss

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – A new study finds that even if overweight or obese young women slim down later on, obesity-linked damage to the heart may linger for decades. The research shows that even formerly overweight women remain at heightened risk for sudden cardiac death later in life. So, "it is important to maintain a healthy weight throughout adulthood as a way to minimize the risk of sudden cardiac death," lead author Stephanie Chiuve, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a news release from JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. The study was published in the journal Nov. 25. In their research, Chiuve's team tracked outcomes for more than 72,000 healthy American women followed from 1980 to 2012. The women provided information about their weight and height when they were age 18. Their body mass index (BMI - an estimate of body fat based on weight and ... Read more

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Heart Disease Doesn't Take a Holiday

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – People with heart disease should take a number of precautions if they travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, an expert suggests. The first step is to be as well-prepared on your trip as you are at home, said Dr. Winston Gandy Jr., a cardiologist at Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta. "Make sure when you travel that you have your medicine," Gandy said in an American Heart Association news release. Some people carry a copy of their original prescriptions in case they lose their medications, but having a list of your medications and your cardiologist's phone number should be sufficient. It's also a good idea to tell your cardiologist where you'll be. "Chances are your cardiologist is going to know someone there, either personally or by reputation," who can provide you with help if needed, Gandy said. Research medical facilities at your destination, and know what ... Read more

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High 'Resting' Heart Rate Tied to Higher Odds of Early Death

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MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – A rapid "resting" heartbeat might mean you have a higher risk of dying early, researchers suggest. "Higher resting heart rate is an independent predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular death," said lead researcher Dr. Dongfeng Zhang, of the department of epidemiology at the Medical College of Qingdao University in Shandong, China. Your resting heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats a minute. When you're seated or lying down and relaxed, a normal heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats a minute, according to the American Heart Association. Zhang's team analyzed 46 studies involving more than 2 million patients in all. Compared to people with the lowest resting heart rate, those with a resting heart rate of more than 80 beats a minute had a 45 percent greater risk of death from any cause, while people with a resting heart rate of 60 to 80 ... Read more

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Danger Persists for Young Women After Heart Attack, Stroke

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MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – Young women who survive a heart attack or stroke may not be out of danger once they recover, European researchers say. These women could continue to face drastically increased risk of death – or another heart attack or stroke – for a long time after their initial life-threatening illness, according to a new study published Nov. 23 in JAMA Internal Medicine. "Our results show that the increase in risk is persistent over a long time, making it even more clear that women should keep their regular checkups and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, even if their first event was years ago," said co-author Bob Siegerink, group leader of epidemiology at the Charite Center for Stroke Research in Berlin, Germany. Overall death rates are 3.7 times higher in women who've had a heart attack and 1.8 times higher in women who've had a stroke, compared with healthy women, ... Read more

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Why Women Should Lower Their Holiday Stress Level

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SUNDAY, Nov. 22, 2015 – The stress of making holiday time a happy time can put women at risk for heart problems, an expert warns. The pressure of tasks like cooking, buying presents, and organizing family gatherings can lead to stress that can damage their hearts, according to Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer, a cardiologist with Houston Methodist Hospital's Heart and Vascular Center. "We have seen more than a few cases of stress-induced cardiomyopathy around the holidays. This occurs when women are under great amounts of stress for a short period of time and that stress is compounded with another traumatic event, such as a death in the family, a car accident, loss of money, etc. If it is ignored, it can be fatal," she said in a hospital news release. Stress-induced cardiomyopathy occurs when stress hormones weaken the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber. The condition is most common ... Read more

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Child Care Centers Offering Too Little Outdoor Time

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FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 – Preschool children at child care centers spend too little time outdoors, a new study says. The research from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center included 380 children, ages 3-6, at 30 U.S. child care centers from November 2009 through January 2011. While 90 percent of the centers said they scheduled at least two outdoor sessions daily, only 40 percent of the children took part, and only 30 percent had the recommended 60 minutes daily outdoor time. Thirty-two percent of the children spent no time outside. The researchers also found that children in centers with at least 60 minutes of outdoor time were more active over 24 hours than those who did not get this amount of outdoor time, according to the study published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "These [outdoor] opportunities may be especially important for children who lack ... Read more

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Sleep Cycle Changes May Affect Your Health

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – Waking early on workdays and sleeping in on days off may not be as restful as you think: a new study suggests that when routine sleep habits are disrupted, your risk for diabetes and heart disease rises. The study included 447 men and women, aged 30 to 54, who worked at least 25 hours a week outside the home. They each wore a wristband that recorded their sleep and movement 24 hours a day for a week. Questionnaires were used to assess their exercise and eating habits. Nearly 85 percent of the participants slept longer on their days off than on workdays, the investigators found. The rest woke earlier on their days off than on workdays. Those with large differences in their sleep schedules on workdays and free days tended to have worse cholesterol and fasting insulin levels, greater insulin resistance, larger waist size, and higher body mass index (BMI), the ... Read more

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Depressed Black Americans May Be at Risk for Heart Woes

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TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 – Black Americans who are depressed may be at increased risk for heart disease and stroke, a new study finds. The study, based on the ongoing Jackson Heart Study in Jackson, Miss., included more than 3,300 blacks between 21 and 94 years old who were screened for depression. None of the participants had a history of heart attack or stroke. But more than 22 percent had major depression at the start of the study, and over the course of 10 years, they had a higher risk of heart disease (5.6 percent vs. 3.6 percent) and stroke (3.7 percent vs. 2.6 percent) than those without depression, the researchers found. Participants with depression were more likely to be women, have chronic health problems, get less exercise, have lower incomes, smoke, and have a higher body mass index (BMI), an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. The study was published recently in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Host a Healthier Holiday Meal

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-- If you're hosting a meal this holiday season, do your guests a favor and make it a heart-healthier one. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions recommends: Start with healthy appetizers, such as whole-grain crackers, cut vegetables, hummus, low-fat dressings or unsalted nuts. Cut or eliminate salt from your recipes, flavoring with other seasonings instead. Make your own gravy, using low-sodium broth. Make mashed potatoes with low-sodium chicken broth, roasted garlic and fat-free evaporated milk. Use whole-wheat bread crumbs, onions and celery, dried fruit and less butter for healthier stuffing. Bake your own desserts to avoid trans fats. Read more

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Health Tip: Enjoy Heart-Healthy Holiday Foods

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-- Fat- and calorie-laden dishes abound during the holidays, but you can enjoy the fruits of the season in a healthy way. The American Heart Association suggests: Dig into a dish of nutrient-rich sweet potatoes. Roast them, then add a drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy roasted winter and acorn squash, as well as pumpkin. Munch on fiber-rich, low-calorie Brussels sprouts. Sprinkle with a little salt and brown sugar, then heat. Bake apples into a tasty frittata. Offer roasted, unsalted nuts as a healthy appetizer. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans and peanuts are good choices. Opt for heart-healthy salmon as a main holiday dish. Read more

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Scientists Pinpoint What Level of Vitamin D Promotes Heart Health

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THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 – Researchers say they've identified the minimum level of vitamin D needed for good heart health. Previous research has shown that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke, but the level of deficiency associated with such risk was unclear, the researchers said. Having a vitamin D level anywhere above 15 nanograms per milliliter is fine for heart health, according to a team at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. "Although vitamin D levels above 30 were traditionally considered to be normal, more recently, some researchers have proposed that anything above 15 was a safe level. But the numbers hadn't been backed up with research until now," lead researcher Dr. J. Brent Muhlestein, co-director of cardiovascular research, said in an institute news release. "Even if any level above 15 is safe, ... Read more

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New Medicare Rules Triple Heart Failure Patients' Access to Cardiac Rehab

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – Newly expanded Medicare and Medicaid coverage for cardiac rehabilitation has tripled the number of heart failure patients with access to these lifesaving programs, a new study has found. But coverage could stand to be even further expanded, the researchers concluded. "There are a lot of new patients eligible, but we left out this whole huge bucket of patients," said lead researcher Dr. Jacob Kelly, a heart physician at the Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C. "Now the question is, what should we do with this group?" Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that helps people with heart problems improve the quality of their lives, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Heart patients in cardiac rehabilitation participate in exercise training, take classes on heart healthy living, and receive counseling to help them ... Read more

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Football Linemen at Higher Risk for Heart Troubles, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – The heart health of football players might depend on the position they play, with linemen facing a greater risk for certain heart problems compared with their other teammates, a new Harvard study suggests. College football linemen tended to have higher blood pressure than other players, along with an increase in the thickness of their heart muscle wall, said lead researcher Dr. Jeffrey Lin, a former cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "Over the course of just one season, there was an increase in the incidence of high blood pressure among football players, and the linemen tended to be affected the most," Lin said. "They developed thicker walls of their heart muscle, and they had decreases in the function of their heart as well." These differences likely are due to the demands of a lineman position, said Lin, who is now a cardiac ... Read more

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Obese Kids as Young as 8 Show Signs of Heart Disease

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TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Obese children can develop signs of heart abnormalities as young as age 8, which might drive up their risk for early death as adults, new research suggests. "It is both surprising and alarming to us that even the youngest obese children in our study who were 8 years old had evidence of heart disease," said study lead author Linyuan Jing, a postdoctoral fellow with Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa. "Ultimately, we hope that the effects we see in the hearts of these children are reversible," Jing added. "However, it is possible that there could be permanent damage." For the study, Jing's team conducted MRI scans of 40 children between 8 and 16 years old. Half were obese; half were of normal weight. The obese kids had an average of 27 percent more muscle mass in the left ventricle region of their heart, and 12 percent thicker heart muscle overall. Both are ... Read more

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