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Fitness Linked to Better Survival After First Heart Attack

Posted 9 days ago by

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Being in good shape may improve a person's chances of surviving a first heart attack, a new study indicates. "We knew that fitter people generally live longer, but we now have evidence linking fitness to survival after a first heart attack," said study author Dr. Michael Blaha. He is a heart specialist and assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "It makes sense, but we believe this is the first time there is documentation of that association," Blaha said in a Hopkins news release. The study also adds to evidence that regular exercise reduces the risk of heart attack and death from all causes, he said. The researchers examined the medical records of more than 2,000 people, average age 62, who had done a treadmill stress test before they suffered a first heart attack. The tests provide a metabolic equivalent ... Read more

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Women's Heart Attacks Are Different Than Men's, Experts Stress

Posted 16 days ago by

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – Heart attacks in women often have different causes and symptoms than those in men, and they're deadlier, too. That's the premise of a scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) that hopes to raise awareness about key differences in heart attack indicators and treatment in women. Women who don't recognize their heart attack symptoms won't seek needed medical care, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. "These delays in care contribute to higher mortality rates experienced by women, particularly younger women," he said. Worldwide, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women. Since 1984 in the United States, heart attack survival has improved for women. But the heart death rates among women still outpace heart deaths in men, according to the AHA statement. The new ... Read more

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Race Not Tied to Threat of Second Stroke, Study Finds

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – Younger black people are three times more likely to have a stroke than their white peers, but they may not be at greater risk for a second stroke, new research suggests. "The interaction between black race and age appears to be remarkably different for the risk of first versus second stroke," said study author George Howard, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "There was very little difference in race for the risk of a second stroke," he said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. The seven-year study involved almost 30,000 people, including close to 3,000 with a history of stroke. Over the course of the study, about 300 of the people who had a previous stroke suffered another one. Meanwhile, just over 800 of the remaining people had their first stroke during the study period. By the age of 45, the black study participants with no ... Read more

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Eating More Healthy Fats May Extend Life, Study Suggests

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – For years, experts have preached the gospel of eating "healthy" fats and limiting "unhealthy" fats. Now, a new study contends that if people worldwide began to eat healthier fats, there might be more than a million fewer deaths from heart disease every year. Although a great deal of attention has been focused on reducing saturated fats from the diet, the researchers said the focus should be two-fold: reducing unhealthy fats such as saturated fat and trans fats, and replacing them with healthy fats, such as polyunsaturated fats. "Our findings highlight the importance of ending America's fear of all fat. We estimate that nearly 50,000 Americans die of heart disease each year due to low intake of vegetable oils," said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior study author and dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. However, while the ... Read more

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High-Rise Living May Lower Your Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

Posted 18 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – The view from those upper floors may be breathtaking, but it might come with a risky cost: people living on higher floors appear less likely to survive cardiac arrest, a new study found. In fact, above the third floor, your chances of surviving cardiac arrest get worse the higher up you live – and above the 16th floor, survival is "negligible," according to the study authors. The likely reason is simple. "It takes first responders longer to get to the patients who live on higher floors, so treatment is delayed," said lead researcher Ian Drennan, a paramedic with the York Region Paramedic Services in Canada. When cardiac arrest occurs, patients have a better chance of surviving the sooner they can be defibrillated – shocking the heart back to a normal rhythm. The longer it takes before defibrillation, the less likely the shock will be effective, Drennan said. ... Read more

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High Blood Sugar May Increase Heart Attack Complications: Study

Posted 9 Jan 2016 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2016 – High blood sugar levels can increase the risk of complications in heart attack patients, a new study suggests. Researchers found that high blood sugar (glucose) causes stronger contraction of blood vessels and also identified a protein associated with this increased contraction. The findings could lead to new treatments to improve outcomes after heart attack or stroke, the study authors said. A heart attack occurs when an artery that provides blood to the heart is blocked. High blood sugar at the time of a heart attack could make this blockage more severe by causing the artery to contract, resulting in a higher risk of complications, according to the research team at the University of Leicester in England. "We have shown that the amount of sugar, or glucose, in the blood changes the behavior of blood vessels, making them contract more than normal. This could ... Read more

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Heart Attack Treatment Often Delayed for Former Bypass Patients

Posted 30 Dec 2015 by

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 – Heart attack patients need quick treatment, but a new study finds that those with a history of bypass surgery often face delays at the hospital. Guidelines say that heart attack patients should receive angioplasty – a procedure that clears the blockages causing the heart attack – within 90 minutes of hospital arrival. That should be enough time for doctors to get images of the heart blood vessels and see where the trouble lies. But in the new study of nearly 300 U.S. hospitals, researchers found that delays were common for heart attack sufferers with a history of bypass surgery. About one-quarter were not treated within 90 minutes – double the number of heart attack patients who'd never had the surgery. The findings appear in the Dec. 28 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions. The study could not dig into the ... Read more

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Early Treatment Improves Heart Attack Outcomes, Study Finds

Posted 30 Dec 2015 by

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 – Early treatment to restore blood flow quickly once heart attack symptoms begin may reduce damage to the heart, a new study suggests. Patients who recognize the symptoms of a heart attack early on and receive immediate medical attention have better outcomes, the researchers found. As soon as heart attack patients arrive at the hospital, doctors must restore blood flow to the heart using a stent, a procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention. The time that elapses between the onset of symptoms and treatment is known as "door-to-balloon time." Treatment should be received in 90 minutes or less, according to guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. In the study, researchers examined the hospital records of 2,056 patients. They compared the time between the onset of symptoms and treatment and the resulting ... Read more

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All High-Risk Patients Should Get Blood Pressure Meds: Study

Posted 25 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 – People known to be at high risk for a heart attack or stroke should be given blood pressure-lowering medications no matter their blood pressure level, new research suggests. Current protocols recommend starting medication when readings reach specific levels. The threshold used to be 130/85 mm Hg. But it was recently shifted to 140/90 mm Hg for non-elderly individuals, and 150/90 for the elderly. The newest and latest call for a new treatment regimen follows a review of 123 studies conducted between 1966 and 2015 that, in total, involved more than 600,000 people. The new report was published in the Dec. 23 issue of The Lancet. "Our findings clearly show that treating blood pressure to a lower level than currently recommended could greatly reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and potentially save millions of lives if the treatment was widely ... Read more

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Not Be So Sudden

Posted 22 Dec 2015 by

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 – Sudden cardiac arrest may not be as sudden as doctors have thought, researchers report. Roughly half of cardiac arrest patients experience telltale warning signs that their heart is in danger of stopping in the month preceding their attack, new study findings suggest. Those symptoms can include any combination of chest pain and pressure, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and flu-like sensations (such as nausea, back pain and/or abdominal pain), the researchers said. The problem: less than one in five of those who experience symptoms actually reach out for potentially lifesaving emergency medical assistance, the investigators found. "Most people who have a sudden cardiac arrest will not make it out alive," warned study co-author Dr. Sumeet Chugh, associate director of the Heart Institute and director of the Heart Rhythm Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical ... Read more

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A Newborn's Heart Attack Shows Heart Can Regrow, Recover

Posted 11 Dec 2015 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 – Scientists who saved the life of a newborn after a massive heart attack say the case shows that the human heart can fully recover after suffering major damage. The heart attack suffered by the infant in the first hours of life was caused by a blockage in one of the heart's main blood vessels. "The baby's heart was severely damaged. Astonishingly, the baby recovered very quickly," study author Bernhard Haubner, from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna, Austria, said in an institute news release. Findings from the study were published online Dec. 9 in the journal Circulation Research. "One and one-half months after his severe illness, we were able to release the child. His heart is functioning normally. This observation proves for the first time that the human heart can fully recover after suffering massive damage," Jorg-Ingolf Stein, head of ... Read more

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More Support for Lower Blood Pressure Goals

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 – Intensive treatment to lower blood pressure below currently recommended levels reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease, a new study shows. Effective blood pressure goals have been the subject of much recent scientific debate, with another recent study also supporting lower targets. For this study, researchers analyzed data from 19 clinical trials that included nearly 45,000 people. They wanted to assess the potential benefits and safety of pushing systolic blood pressure in high-risk patients below the current target of 140. Systolic is the top number in a blood pressure reading. Compared to those who received standard treatment, average systolic pressure was 6.8 lower and diastolic blood pressure was 4.5 lower in patients who received more intensive treatment – 133.2/76.4 ... Read more

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Optimistic Outlook May Boost Recovery After Heart Attack

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – Having an optimistic attitude after a heart attack may be good for your health, Harvard researchers report. Two weeks after a heart attack, patients who had a positive attitude were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital. After six months, these patients were more physically active than less optimistic patients, the study found. "In contrast, gratitude, assessed right after the heart attack, actually had no effect on readmissions or increasing physical activity," said lead researcher Dr. Jeff Huffman, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard, in Boston. For the study, Huffman and colleagues studied 164 patients. The researchers assessed a patient's optimism and gratitude two weeks after the heart attack and again six months later. These findings suggest that all positive emotional experiences may not be alike when it comes to their potential effects ... Read more

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Too Much Sitting Hurts Heart Patients' Health

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2015 – Even with regular exercise, people with heart disease who sit too much have worse health than those who sit less, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked too much sitting with an increased risk of heart disease. But the authors of this study say it's the first to examine the impact of too much sitting on people who already have heart disease. The study included 278 heart disease patients who had been taught how to increase their exercise levels. For nine days, they wore monitors that recorded their activity levels. The researchers also assessed various indicators of health including body mass index (BMI) and heart-lung fitness. These heart patients spent an average of eight hours a day sitting, the study found. On average, men sat an hour more daily than women, mostly because women engaged in more light intensity activity such as housework or ... Read more

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Danger Persists for Young Women After Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by

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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