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Genes May Be Tied to Cardiac Arrest Risk in Dialysis Patients

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THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 – Genes may play a role in cardiac arrest risk among kidney patients who are on dialysis, new research suggests. In a study of pairs of kidney patients who were on dialysis, the risk of cardiac arrest was 70 percent higher in the pairs where the two patients were blood relatives. In general, patients on dialysis are 20 times more likely to suffer cardiac arrest than people in the general population, and cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among patients on dialysis, the researchers noted. The finding suggests that genes may play a role in cardiac arrest risk among these patients, and that pinpointing these genes may lead to new treatments to lower the risk, the researchers added. The study was published online April 16 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "These findings advance the science because they suggest that genetic factors – ... Read more

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Divorce Tied to Higher Chance of Heart Attack in Study

Posted 13 days ago by

TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 – People who divorce face a higher risk of suffering a heart attack than those who remain in wedded bliss, but remarriage may not be the remedy, at least not for women, a new study suggests. Duke University researchers found that among nearly 16,000 U.S. adults followed over two decades, those who were divorced at some point had a higher heart attack risk than those who stayed married. The connection seemed stronger among women, but there was no evidence that a second marriage improved their situation. Women who remarried were still 35 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than those who stayed with their first husband. The study, published April 14 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality Outcomes, does not prove that divorce causes a person's heart trouble. There could be other reasons for the association, experts said. On the other hand, ... Read more

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Fit at 50? Cardiac Arrest During Exercise Unlikely, Study Finds

Posted 6 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 – Physically active middle-aged men and women have little chance of suffering cardiac arrest while playing sports, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed more than 1,200 cases of sudden cardiac arrest – abrupt loss of heart function – among adults aged 35 to 65. They found only 5 percent of attacks occurred during sports activity such as jogging or bicycling. And the outcome for those patients was positive, the researchers said. "When you take a closer look at those who have a sports-related cardiac arrest, they were more likely to survive than those whose cardiac arrest was not sports-related," said lead researcher Dr. Sumeet Chugh, associate director of genomic cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. "Overall, the news is good. The risk of dying suddenly if you participate in sports is quite low," Chugh said. However, if you have a known ... Read more

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Regular, Vigorous Exercise May Lengthen Your Life: Study

Posted 6 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 – Although any amount of exercise offers health benefits, a new study suggests that rigorous physical activity may be key to boosting longevity. Australian researchers found that middle-aged or older people who get at least some high-intensity exercise that makes them sweaty and winded may reduce their chances of dying early by up to 13 percent. The researchers concluded that doctors' recommendations and public health guidelines should encourage participation in some vigorous types of exercise. The study involved more than 204,000 people aged 45 or older who were followed for more than six years. Researchers compared those who engaged in only moderate activities – like gentle swimming, social tennis or household chores – with people who got some amount of vigorous activity – such as jogging, aerobics or competitive tennis. The participants were divided into ... Read more

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Cooling After Cardiac Arrest May Help Preserve Brain Function

Posted 6 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 – Cooling the body might help prevent or lessen brain damage caused by cardiac arrest, a new study suggests. People who received what is called targeted body temperature management after cardiac arrest – when the heart stops beating – had good outcomes in terms of quality of life and mental function, researchers said. Body temperatures were lowered between 2 and 7 degrees Fahrenheit. "Among unconscious patients with cardiac arrest treated with targeted body temperature management, more than 90 percent returned home and a significant number were gainfully employed," said Dr. Venkatesh Aiyagari, professor of neurological surgery and neurology and neurotherapeutics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Aiyagari was not involved in the current research, but co-authored an editorial accompanying the study in the April 6 online edition of ... Read more

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Some Older Heart Patients Might Benefit From Aggressive Treatments

Posted 16 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 – Older people with certain types of heart problems might benefit from aggressive treatment they might otherwise not receive because of their age, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 458 patients, aged 80 and older, in Norway who had a type of heart attack that is initially mild but leads to poor outcomes after six months or longer, or a closely related condition called unstable angina. Both conditions – called acute coronary syndromes – are caused by plaque buildup in the heart's arteries. The patients were randomly assigned to receive either conservative treatment – which included medications but no invasive procedures – or to undergo coronary angiography, in which a catheter is threaded into the heart's arteries to assess them. Of the patients who had coronary angiography, 48 percent later had balloon angioplasty and/or stenting to widen narrowed ... Read more

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Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm

Posted 16 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 – A new study calls into question the value of removing blood clots from a patient's heart arteries during angioplasty, a procedure to open blocked arteries. Although manually removing clots has become common medical practice, this study of more than 10,000 heart attack patients found no benefit in terms of reducing death, heart attack or heart failure in the six months after the procedure. Removing clots appears to have increased the risk of stroke in the month after clots were removed, the Canadian researchers report. "There has been some controversy about removing blood clots during the treatment of heart attacks," said lead researcher Dr. Sanjit Jolly, an associate professor of cardiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. A study in 2008 suggested that removing clots during an angioplasty might save lives, he said. "Guidelines changed based on this ... Read more

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Newer Blood Thinner May Improve Outcomes for Heart Attack Survivors

Posted 15 Mar 2015 by

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 – Long-term use of the newer anti-clotting drug Brilinta cut heart attack survivors' future risk of heart attack, stroke or heart-related death, a new study found. The study was funded by Brilinta's maker, AstraZeneca, and was scheduled for presentation Saturday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). One expert not connected to the new study said the findings are encouraging, even though Brilinta typically costs more than older, generic blood thinners. Long-term cost savings – due to Brilinta users avoiding more heart attacks or strokes – "might help offset the upfront cost of Brilinta compared to generic anti-clotting agents," explained Dr. David Friedman, chief of heart failure services at North Shore-LIJ's Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream, N.Y. The new study was led by Dr. Marc Sabatine, a cardiologist at Brigham ... Read more

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Stress, Depression a 'Perfect Storm' of Trouble for Heart Patients

Posted 10 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 – Heart disease, depression and stress can be a deadly combination, a new study finds. Researchers looking at the effect of significant stress and deep depression on nearly 4,500 patients with heart disease called the pairing a "psychosocial perfect storm." "The combination of high stress and high depression symptoms may be particularly harmful for adults with heart disease during an early vulnerability period," said lead researcher Carmela Alcantara, an associate research scientist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "We found that those who reported both high stress and high depression were 48 percent more likely than those with low stress and low depression to have another heart attack or die in the first 2.5 years of follow-up," she said. Longer follow-up did not show a significant association, however. People with both stress and ... Read more

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New CPR Devices Approved

Posted 9 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 9, 2015 – A pair of new CPR devices designed to help save people whose hearts stop beating has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The ResQCPR System involves two devices used together to help people who require CPR outside the hospital. Some 300,000 Americans each year require out-of-hospital CPR, the FDA said Monday in a news release. "Most people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital die," said Dr. William Maisel, acting director of the Office of Device Evaluation in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. "The ResQCPR System may increase oxygenated blood circulation during CPR," which may boost the chances of survival for those patients. The first device, the ResQPump Active Compression Decompression CPR Device, attaches to a person's chest with a suction cup, making it easier for a rescuer to perform compressions and ... Read more

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Women Take Longer to Reach Hospital After Heart Attack

Posted 5 Mar 2015 by

THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 – Women having heart attacks get to the hospital for treatment later than men and are more likely to die, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 7,400 heart attack patients in Europe. They found that 70 percent of women took longer than an hour to get to a hospital that could treat them. Only 30 percent of men with heart attack symptoms took that long. The time to the hospital ranged from as few as five minutes to as long as three days, according to the researchers. A major reason why women took longer to receive care was that they waited longer than men to call emergency medical services. Women waited an average of one hour to call for help versus 45 minutes for men, according to the study. "Our findings should set off an alarm for women, who may not understand their personal risk of heart disease and may take more time to realize they are ... Read more

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Early Studies See No Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – Testosterone therapy doesn't seem to increase a man's risk of heart attack or stroke, a pair of new studies suggests. "Testosterone therapy in any form – gel, pills or injections – does not appear to cause adverse cardiovascular effects," said Dr. Pawan Patel, lead author of one of the studies and an academic physician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. The studies are to be presented next week at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting, in San Diego. Research presented at medical meetings is typically viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The two studies were released a day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the overuse of testosterone-boosting drugs by aging baby boomers trying to use hormone therapy to turn back the clock. The FDA will require all prescription testosterone ... Read more

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Stem Further Damage After Heart Attack

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – High doses of omega-3 fatty acids may protect against further damage in heart attack patients, a preliminary study suggests. The research included 374 heart attack survivors who received standard treatment and took either a 4-gram prescription-only dose of omega-3 fatty acids each day or a placebo. The researchers said that people probably couldn't get that level of omega-3 fatty acids from diet alone. To illustrate how large a dose that is, the researchers noted that 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acids is the equivalent of eating 8 ounces of salmon. Using MRIs, the patients' hearts were scanned two weeks, four weeks and six months after their heart attack. Compared to those taking the placebo, patients taking the omega-3 capsules had lower levels of inflammation and were 39 percent less likely to show deterioration of heart function. There was also less ... Read more

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Younger Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Attack

Posted 24 Feb 2015 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

Posted 24 Feb 2015 by

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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