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Younger Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Attack

Posted 6 days ago by

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 – Younger women may ignore early warning signs of a heart attack, a new study reveals. The finding could help explain why younger women have higher rates of death from heart attack than men in their age group. "Young women with multiple risk factors and a strong family history of cardiac disease should not assume they are too young to have a heart attack," said lead researcher Judith Lichtman, chair of the department of chronic disease epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Conn. "Participants in our study said they were concerned about initiating a false alarm in case their symptoms were due to something other than a heart attack," Lichtman said in a university news release. Yale researchers interviewed women aged 30 to 55 who survived a heart attack. The study authors found that many of the women didn't pay attention to early warning ... Read more

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Certain Painkillers Ill-Advised After Heart Attack: Study

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TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 – Common painkillers such as ibuprofen and Celebrex may raise the risk for heart attack, stroke and/or serious bleeding among heart attack survivors taking prescription blood thinners, a new study says. The finding could prompt widespread concern, given that these painkillers – known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – and anti-clot medications are widely used by heart attack survivors, researchers said. "For all sorts of reasons, many of us have been concerned about NSAIDs in a heart attack context for a long time," said Dr. Charles Campbell, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Tennessee Erlanger Health Systems in Chattanooga. "For example, we know NSAIDs have an adverse effect on the kidney. And we have long worried that what this study has found was going to be the case." There appeared to be no safe window period for taking ... Read more

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Mental Illness, Homelessness Linked to Heart Disease in Study

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TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 – Homeless people with mental illness are at high risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that they have a 24.5 percent risk of heart attack, fatal or nonfatal stroke, or sudden cardiac death over 30 years. The risk is about 10 percent for a person of the same age and gender who does not smoke, does not have diabetes or high blood pressure, and is not overweight, the researchers noted. The risk of cardiovascular disease in homeless people with mental illness was highest among men and those with substance abuse disorders, according to the study published Feb. 23 in the journal BMC Public Health. "Many of the factors that we thought would be associated with the 30-year cardiovascular risk among homeless adults with mental illness were actually not significant, such as not having a family doctor or having a diagnosis of psychosis or ... Read more

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After Blowing Their Stack, a Heart Attack

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TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 – Intense anger or anxiety greatly increases the risk of heart attack, a new study warns. "While the absolute risk of any one anger episode triggering a heart attack is low, our data demonstrates that the danger is real and still there," said Dr. Thomas Buckley, a senior lecturer and researcher from the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital in Australia. The increased risk of heart attack after intense anger or anxiety is "most likely the result of increased heart rate and blood pressure, tightening of blood vessels and increased clotting, all associated with triggering of heart attacks," Buckley said. In the study, Buckley's team assessed more than 300 heart attack patients and asked them to use a 7-point scale to rate their levels of anger over the previous 48 hours. On the scale, 1 was calm, 5 was intense anger, and 7 was enraged/out of control. ... Read more

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Newer Blood Thinner Beats Heparin for Certain Heart Attacks

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TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 – A blood thinner already used to treat dangerous blood clots in the limbs and lungs appears to be safer in treating certain heart attacks than the more powerful blood thinner that's traditionally used, a new Swedish study has found. Patients who received fondaparinux to treat a specific type of heart attack called non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) had a lower risk of major bleeding and death compared to patients who received heparin. Heparin is the blood thinner commonly used by doctors in heart attack cases, according to the study published in the Feb. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. These findings, drawn from a large Swedish health records database, confirm the results of a 2006 clinical trial that showed that fondaparinux could be used to safely and effectively treat these types of heart attacks, said lead ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis

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TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 – A new analysis shows that people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes or die early when they take blood pressure medications – even if they don't actually have high blood pressure. "Stroke, heart attack and other circulatory diseases are the biggest cause of premature death and disability in people with diabetes," said review author Dr. Kazem Rahimi, deputy director with the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford in England. "Any intervention that safely reduces the risk, even if modestly, will have an important effect." According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated two-thirds of people with diabetes have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medication. Diabetics tend to have higher blood pressure than other people, Rahimi said, and this can lead to health problems. It's clear that ... Read more

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Stress May Make Recovery From Heart Attack Harder for Younger Women

Posted 9 Feb 2015 by

MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 – When younger people have heart attacks, stress may lead to a worse recovery. This problem may be of particular concern among women, a new study suggests. Although stress affects both men and women, researchers found that women had higher levels of stress than men. Those higher stress levels may have played a role in their worse recovery in the month after suffering a heart attack. Women had more chest pain, poorer quality of life and worse overall health than men, the researchers found. "People need to be aware of the adverse impact on health of mental stress, and in this particular case, it may affect recovery after heart attack," said lead author Xiao Xu, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine. "Also, younger women experience greater stress than younger men. This may put women at higher risk for ... Read more

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Timing of First Period Tied to Women's Later Heart Risk: Study

Posted 15 Dec 2014 by

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 – The timing of a woman's first period may be linked to her later risk of heart disease, British researchers report. In a study of more than 1 million women, those who had their first period at age 10 or younger, or at age 17 or older, appeared to have a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and complications from high blood pressure. Women who had their first periods at age 10 or earlier were 27 percent more likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease, the researchers found. Those who had their first menstrual cycle at or after age 17 were 23 percent more likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease. The researchers found similar – though slightly weaker – associations for the risk of stroke and high blood pressure complications and early or late periods. "We now understand that the timing of the first menstrual cycle could have a long-term ... Read more

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FDA Approves Blood Test That Gauges Heart Attack Risk

Posted 15 Dec 2014 by

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new blood test that can help determine a person's future odds for heart attack and other heart troubles. The test is designed for people with no history of heart disease, and it appears to be especially useful for women, and black women in particular, the agency said. "A cardiac test that helps better predict future coronary heart disease risk in women, and especially black women, may help health care professionals identify these patients before they experience a serious [heart disease] event, like a heart attack," Alberto Gutierrez, director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in an agency news release. The test tracks the activity of a specific biological signal of vascular inflammation, called Lp-PLA2. Vascular ... Read more

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Heart Attacks Rose in N.J. in Hurricane Sandy's Wake

Posted 12 Dec 2014 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 – Hurricane Sandy, which pummeled much of the East Coast in 2012, also may have triggered a rise in heart attacks and strokes, a study of New Jersey residents shows. Researchers found that eight of the hardest-hit counties in the state had 22 percent more heart attacks in the two weeks after the hurricane than during the same time period in the prior five years. On the other hand, there was only a 1 percent spike in cases in the 13 counties that escaped the full fury of the storm, the study found. Although the study was not designed to determine cause-and-effect, the researchers also found that the 30-day death rate from heart attacks jumped 31 percent in the hardest-hit counties, post-Sandy. Overall, "we estimate that there were 69 more deaths from [heart attack] during the two weeks following Sandy than would have been expected," study leader Joel Swerdel, an ... Read more

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Study Questions Safety of Adrenaline Shots for Cardiac Arrest

Posted 3 Dec 2014 by

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 – A shot of adrenaline can jumpstart a heart that's stopped beating and save a life – think of Uma Thurman in "Pulp Fiction," near death from overdose and rescued by a hypodermic needle to the chest. But adrenaline might also harm those it helps, says a new study from France. Four out of five people who receive adrenaline to restart their heart end up suffering significant damage to brain function, the researchers found. The same level of brain damage occurs in only one-third of patients whose hearts restarted without help from adrenaline. Further, chances of brain damage increased with the amount of adrenaline that patients received, the researchers reported in the Dec. 2 online edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. These findings should prompt a search for a better alternative to adrenaline, which also is called epinephrine, said Dr. ... Read more

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Coordination of Heart Attack Care Trims Time to Treatment: Study

Posted 19 Nov 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 – Improved coordination between paramedics and hospitals can reduce heart attack deaths nearly fivefold by getting patients quicker treatment, a new study shows. That's the conclusion of a clinical trial that measured the impact of an American Heart Association initiative designed to improve care for heart attack patients. The findings were to be presented Wednesday at the heart association's annual meeting in Chicago. The initiative, called Mission: Lifeline and coordinated through Duke University, has reduced the time patients spend in emergency rooms waiting for treatment to reopen blocked arteries, researchers reported. The initiative, conducted with 484 hospitals and more than 1,200 EMS agencies in 16 cities, resulted in slight reductions in the time it took to get patients from their first contact with a medical professional into an operating room. But ... Read more

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Wireless ECG Speeds Up Heart Attack Treatments, Study Shows

Posted 18 Nov 2014 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 – A new wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) can cut the time it takes for heart attack patients to receive treatment, new research suggests. A study from Doha, Qatar, examined outcomes among 510 heart attack patients, and found a trans-satellite wireless 12-lead ECG cut the ambulance-to-angioplasty time by more than half an hour compared to standard treatments. The research, by Dr. Abdurrazzak Gehani, chief cardiologist at the Heart Hospital in Doha, and colleagues was to be presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago. The data and conclusions of research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. Ambulance crews used the ECG to take a patient's heart readings, which were immediately transmitted via satellite to the hospital so that cardiologists could determine the best ... Read more

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Cholesterol Drug Vytorin Linked to Reduced Heart Attack Risk

Posted 17 Nov 2014 by

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 – Driving "bad" LDL cholesterol down to extremely low levels with a combination drug appears to significantly reduce heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients with clogged arteries, a new study found. Patients experienced fewer heart attacks and strokes when taking Vytorin, a drug that combines a cholesterol-lowering statin called simvastatin with a non-statin medication called ezetimibe, said principal investigator Dr. Christopher Cannon, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a professor at Harvard Medical School. Vytorin reduced LDL cholesterol levels in patients to just under 54 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) of blood. That's far below where cholesterol levels ended up with statin therapy alone – 69 mg/dL, according to the researchers. This is the first study to show that reducing bad cholesterol by combining statins with ... Read more

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Certain Heart Attacks Are Deadlier in Hospital

Posted 16 Nov 2014 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 – A new study finds that patients are more likely to die of a certain type of heart attack if they suffer it in a hospital while being treated for non-cardiac conditions. At issue are heart attacks known as ST-elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI. The treatments include opening narrowed arteries with a stent or using medication to dissolve clots. But health officials haven't focused much on treating patients who suffer these attacks while already in the hospital, the researchers pointed out in their study. The findings were published in the Nov. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, but released Sunday to coincide with the American Heart Association annual meeting in Chicago. The study authors examined statistics from 2008 to 2011 in California. They found 62,021 cases of these heart attacks in 303 hospitals, including 3,068 that ... Read more

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