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Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – Menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, as the protective effect of estrogen declines. However, in a new study, researchers found that postmenopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than did men of similar ages. "Women have lower cardiovascular disease risk than men, even after menopause," said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Catherine Kim, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "But the advantage is seen primarily in white women compared to white men; black women have less of an advantage compared to black men." Although some research has suggested that natural menopause does not boost heart disease risk but surgically induced (after hysterectomy and ovary removal) menopause does, Kim did not find much difference in risk between menopause types. Her long-term study found: ... Read more

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Make CPR, Defibrillator Training Mandatory for High School Graduation: Experts

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 – Far too few Americans are surviving cardiac arrest, and a new report issued Tuesday by a federally appointed panel of experts sets out ways to boost survival rates. One recommendation: Make a working knowledge of CPR and the use of an automated electronic defibrillator (AED) a graduation requirement for all middle- and high-school students. One expert in emergency care applauded the proposal. "By teaching laypersons in public settings the proper use of such devices, we may be able to effectively increase survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. According to the new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, less than 6 percent of the 395,000 Americans who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital each year will survive. And even in a hospital setting, cardiac arrest ... Read more

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Trauma, PTSD May Raise Women's Odds of Heart Attack, Stroke: Study

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 – Women who have been through a traumatic event or developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a new large study suggests. For women with severe PTSD, the study found a 60 percent higher risk of heart attack or stroke compared to women who hadn't experienced any trauma. The risk was increased 45 percent for women who experienced a traumatic event but didn't develop PTSD, the researchers added. "Our study is the first to look at trauma exposure and PTSD symptoms and new cases of cardiovascular disease in a general population sample of women," said lead researcher Jennifer Sumner, an epidemiologist at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. It's important to note, however, that while this study found an association between trauma and a higher risk of stroke and heart attack, it ... Read more

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Too Few Older Heart Attack Patients Get Implanted Defibrillators, Study Finds

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Fewer than one in 10 older heart attack survivors gets a potentially lifesaving implantable defibrillator, a new study finds. This small, battery-powered device sits under the skin in the chest. If the heart starts beating abnormally or stops altogether, the defibrillator shocks the heart to restore a normal rhythm. Heart doctors say many heart attack survivors – but not all – would benefit from such a device. "We do not think that 100 percent of patients with weak hearts after heart attacks should be getting implanted defibrillators," said study lead researcher Dr. Sean Pokorney, a cardiology fellow at Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C. However, he added, "sometimes heart function recovers, but this is uncommon and does not fully explain the very low implantation rates observed in our study." Even among those who would benefit most – ... Read more

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More Than Two-Thirds of U.S. Adults Now Overweight or Obese: Study

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Fewer than one-third of Americans are currently at a healthy weight, with the rest of the population either overweight or obese, a new report finds. About 35 percent of men and 37 percent of women are obese. Another 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight, researchers said in the June 22 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. "Obesity is not getting better. It's getting worse, and it's really scary. It's not looking pretty," said Lin Yang, a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Obesity has been linked to a number of chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and arthritis, Yang said. "This generation of Americans is the first that will have a shorter life expectancy than the previous generation, and obesity is one of the biggest contributors to this ... Read more

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Seeing Their Clogged Arteries Can Spur Healthy Changes in Patients

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – Seeing images of their narrowed heart arteries may convince some heart disease patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle and take prescribed medications, a new study suggests. "Seeing their calcified coronary arteries on the CT image was clearly an eye-opener for patients. We received comments such as, 'It is my coronary artery and my coronary artery calcification and I am facing a real risk and challenge,' " said study author Rikke Elmose Mols, a nurse and Ph.D. student at Aarhus University Hospital-Skejby in Denmark. "This may be the wake-up call patients need to take their medication and modify their behaviors to reduce their risk of having a coronary artery event," Mols said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. The research included 189 people recently diagnosed with early stage heart disease. Half were shown a CT image of calcium buildup on the ... Read more

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FDA Ban on Harmful Trans Fats Expected Soon

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 14, 2015 – Harmful trans fats may soon be banished from America's food supply, following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement expected any day now. The move could prevent as many as 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease a year, the FDA says. Most trans fats in food come from partially hydrogenated oils. Up to now, the FDA has designated these oils with "generally recognized as safe" status. That allows manufacturers to use the oils in food without prior FDA approval. But under the proposed rule on the verge of finalization, the FDA would reclassify partially hydrogenated oils as food additives. This means companies would need federal approval before including them in food products. "This is going to be a huge public health victory," said Jim O'Hara, director of health promotion for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which ... Read more

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Early CPR Spurred by Smartphone Alerts Saves Lives

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – Starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation early and using smartphone alerts to increase rates of bystander CPR can save people with cardiac arrest, two new studies find. When CPR was started before an ambulance arrived, twice as many cardiac-arrest patients lived to leave the hospital than when CPR was delayed, researchers said. And alerting people trained in CPR that their help was needed nearby greatly increased the rate of early CPR. "We have proved what has been thought before – that early CPR is associated with improved survival," said lead researcher Dr. Jacob Hollenberg, from the department of cardiology at South Hospital at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He said a mobile phone app that alerted laypeople trained in CPR that their help was needed nearby increased the rate of early CPR by 30 percent. Both studies were published June 11 in the New ... Read more

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Poorer Blacks May Face Higher Odds of Heart Disease

Posted 27 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 – Poorer black people under age 50 are more than three times as likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular ailment as black people with the highest wealth, a new study suggests. Analyzing data from more than 5,300 black Americans, researchers also found that black women in the lowest income group had more than twice the risk of experiencing a cardiovascular "event" – including death – than those in the highest income group. Study author Samson Gebreab, a staff scientist at the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute, said the findings – which could be fueled by a combination of physical and social factors – emphasize the need for greater awareness of cardiovascular disease among blacks. "We [also] think resources should be put into early detection and screening of cardiovascular disease, especially in African-American women and ... Read more

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Many ER Patients With Chest Pain Can Be Sent Home, Study Finds

Posted 18 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – While chest pain sends many people to the nearest hospital emergency department, most patients may not need a costly hospital stay as a result, a new study suggests. According to a news release from Ohio State University, chest pain sends more than 7 million Americans to the ER every year and about half of them are then admitted for further observation, testing or treatment. But is the cost and inconvenience of a hospital stay always warranted? The study aimed to "assess whether this population of patients could safely go home and do further outpatient testing within a day or two," lead researcher Dr. Michael Weinstock, a professor of emergency medicine at the university's College of Medicine, said in the news release. His team looked at data from more than 11,000 visits by patients experiencing chest pain to three hospitals in Columbus, Ohio between 2008 and ... Read more

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Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Clues to Heart Health

Posted 13 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Testing hand-grip strength could be a cheap and simple way of identifying people at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and premature death, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 140,000 adults who underwent grip-strength tests. The participants were aged 35 to 70, and they were from 17 countries. Their health was followed for an average of four years. Every 11-pound decrease in grip strength was associated with a 16 percent increased risk of death from any cause, the investigators found. Each decrease was also tied to a 17 percent raised risk of heart-related death or death from non-heart causes. And, every 11-pound drop in grip strength was also associated with a 9 percent increased risk of stroke and a 7 percent higher risk of heart attack, the findings showed. Although this study found an association between grip strength and the risk ... Read more

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Quitting Smoking Improves Angioplasty Outcome, Study Finds

Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – Patients who quit smoking when they have angioplasty – a heart blood vessel-opening procedure – have better outcomes, a new study finds. Quitting smoking was associated with less chest pain and better quality of life, researchers reported. "It's a no-brainer. Stopping smoking seems like a relatively easy way to increase your chances of getting the best outcomes from angioplasty," said senior author and cardiologist Dr. John Spertus, clinical director of outcomes research at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City. The researchers followed more than 2,700 adults who underwent angioplasty for either a heart attack or chest pain. One year after the procedure, 21 percent of those who quit smoking when they had angioplasty had chest pain, compared with 31 percent of those who kept smoking, and 19 percent of those who never smoked or quit smoking ... Read more

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High-Protein Diet May Be Dangerous for Those at Risk of Heart Disease

Posted 8 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – A high-protein diet may backfire for people at risk for heart disease – increasing the likelihood of weight gain and early death, a new study suggests. Replacing carbohydrates and fats with protein is touted as a quick way to weight loss. But this long-term Spanish study of older adults found these high-protein diets – think Atkins and South Beach, for example – may be harmful. When protein replaced carbohydrates, for instance, the eating plan was linked to a 90 percent greater risk of gaining more than 10 percent of body weight. It was also linked to a 59 percent higher risk of death from any cause, the researchers found. When protein replaced fat, risk of death rose 66 percent, the researchers said. "These results do not support the generalized use of high-protein diets as a good strategy for losing weight," said lead researcher Monica Bullo, of Pere Virgili ... Read more

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Many Aging Boomers Face Chronic Illness, But Death Rate Is Falling: CDC

Posted 6 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – A new study finds mixed results for the health of America's aging "Baby Boom" generation, with nearly half of people ages 55 to 64 taking a prescription heart drug and about 1 in 5 dealing with diabetes. However, the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also finds that the overall death rate in this age group has gone down over the past decade. The report shows that the "prevalence of diabetes and obesity among Baby Boomers remains remarkably high and is a public health concern," said Dr. Ronald Tamler, who directs the Mount Sinai Clinical Diabetes Institute in New York City. But he said the new findings also show that "interventions focusing on heart health are beginning to pay off." The new data comes from an annual report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, looking at 2014 statistics on the health of all ... Read more

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Bystander CPR Linked to Better Outcomes After Cardiac Arrest

Posted 4 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 – New research from Denmark finds that more cardiac arrest survivors are returning to work, because more bystanders are performing CPR. "We already know CPR helps save lives – and now our findings suggest there is even more benefit in performing it," study author Dr. Kristian Kragholm, a clinical assistant at Aalborg University Hospital and Aarhus University in Aalborg, said in an American Heart Association (AHA) news release. He is also a fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C. For the new study, researchers tracked over 4,300 people in Denmark who had jobs prior to experiencing cardiac arrest between 2001 and 2011. The study only included people who were not in a hospital at the time of their cardiac arrest. More than 75 percent of the survivors were capable of returning to work, and their chances of doing so were about 40 percent higher in ... Read more

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