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Too Much Sitting Hurts Heart Patients' Health

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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 9 days ago 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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Lowering Body Temperature May Help Cardiac Arrest Patients

Posted 16 days ago by

MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 – Lowering the body temperature after someone's heart has stopped beating may improve the odds of surviving with good brain function, a new study suggests. In fact, patients whose body temperatures were lowered (therapeutic hypothermia) were nearly three times more likely to survive cardiac arrest, the study found. Those treated with the cold therapy were also 3.5 times more likely to have better mental function than those who didn't receive the therapy, the researchers said. "Our findings provide support for the idea that all unconscious post-arrest patients should receive aggressive care with therapeutic hypothermia," said lead researcher Dr. David Gaieski, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. "Withholding [this treatment] does not make sense given these data and other data from ... Read more

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Bystander CPR Helps Some Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – More American children who suffer cardiac arrest at home or in public places are getting CPR from bystanders, a new study finds. Kids who receive bystander CPR have better survival rates, the researchers said. But, the study didn't find an impact on infant survival rates. "This lack of impact on infants suggests the need for a public health strategy to improve the use of bystander CPR," study lead author Dr. Maryam Naim said in an American Heart Association news release. Naim is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. Cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of heart function in someone who may or may not have diagnosed heart disease. Each year, more than 420,000 emergency medical services-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, according to ... Read more

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Side Effects Cause Some to Stop Taking Blood Thinner Brilinta

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Side effects like bleeding or shortness of breath cause some heart attack survivors to stop taking a potentially lifesaving new blood thinner during clinical trials, researchers report. About one in five people assigned to take the highest dose of the blood thinner Brilinta (ticagrelor) during clinical trials stopped taking the drug due to side effects, the new research found. Even a lower dose of Brilinta caused one in six patients to stop using the drugs because of side effects. Researchers classified the majority of side effects as minor, and urged doctors to counsel patients to stay on the medication. "You can tell a patient that this side effect is not harmful, and if you can tolerate it you will receive benefit from this drug," said lead researcher Dr. Marc Bonaca, a cardiovascular medicine specialist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. However, ... Read more

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Heart Transplant Mental Toll May Be Greater for Women

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Women may have more mental stress after a heart transplant than men, a new study finds. Heart transplant patients with higher levels of mental stress are less likely to take medications as prescribed and are at higher risk for infection, the researchers noted. The study looked at 91 heart transplant patients, almost one-third of them women, in the first 100 days after they received their new heart. The researchers found that high levels of depression were experienced by 39 percent of women, compared to 15 percent of men. High levels of anxiety occurred in more than three-quarters of women, versus 46 percent of men. Women also felt they had less control over their health than men, according to the study that was to be presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Health care providers should monitor heart transplant ... Read more

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Women May Get Poorer Care Than Men Post-Heart Attack

Posted 9 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 – Women are less likely than men to get the recommended treatments for heart attack survivors, and that could explain much of the gender gap in long-term survival, a new study finds. Looking at records for nearly 50,000 older Americans hospitalized for a heart attack, researchers found that women were 8 percent less likely to be on "optimal care" when discharged. Optimal care means that patients are sent home with prescriptions for all of the standard therapies that are appropriate for them. According to guidelines after a heart attack, that can include counseling on smoking cessation, referral to a cardiac rehab program, and prescriptions for a low-dose daily aspirin, a cholesterol-lowering statin or blood pressure drugs such as beta blockers and ACE inhibitors. The finding that men are more likely to get recommended heart attack therapies is nothing new, said Dr. ... Read more

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Many Americans May Experience 'Silent' Heart Attack

Posted 9 Nov 2015 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 – New research suggests that many Americans suffer "silent" heart attacks – events that go unnoticed but are serious enough to leave scars on the heart. "We know that risk factors for heart disease – the number one killer of American men and women – are predominantly modifiable, so this finding gives further support to the notion that early identification and management of these risks is critical," said Dr. Stacey Rosen, vice president of women's health at The Katz Institute for Women's Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y. She was not involved in the new research. The study was led by Dr. David Bluemke of the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. His team looked at heart scans from more than 1,800 people, ages 45-84, from various ethnic groups who were free of heart disease when they enrolled in the study between 2000 and 2002. Ten years ... Read more

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Smoggy Days Linked to Most Severe Type of Heart Attack

Posted 9 Nov 2015 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 – Air pollution increases the risk of a serious heart attack for those who have heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on thousands of people treated for heart attack in and around Salt Lake City between 1993 and 2014. Their aim was to see how air pollution affects heart attack risk and which type of heart attack in particular. The study found a strong association between bad air quality – above 25 micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter of air – and increased risk of STEMI heart attack, the most dangerous type of heart attack. But the study did not prove that poor air quality causes this type of heart attack. STEMI heart attack occurs when a heart artery is completely blocked and a large portion of the heart muscle can't receive blood. Without quick treatment, a patient can suffer irreparable heart damage or death, the ... Read more

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The Physically Active Less Prone to Post-Heart Attack Depression

Posted 6 Nov 2015 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 – Heart attack survivors who exercised for years prior to the event have a lower risk of developing depression, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 189 people in Norway after their first heart attack. People who were physically active for 10 years before their heart attack were 20 percent less likely to be depressed after the event than those who were inactive, the investigators found. The study also revealed that those who had been inactive but started exercising before their heart attack were less likely to be depressed than those who had been active but stopped exercising. The findings were published recently in the American Journal of Medicine. "Our results add strength to the evidence of a causal link between physical activity and mental health," study first author Linda Ernstsen, of the Center for Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University ... Read more

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Fast-Food Menus With Calorie Counts Not Changing New Yorkers' Habits

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – Calorie labeling on menus has had little effect on the number of calories consumed by people eating at fast-food restaurants in New York City, a new study shows. The findings suggest that menu calorie information alone is not enough to lower obesity rates, the NYU Langone Medical Center researchers said. In 2008, New York City ordered chain restaurants to provide customers with calorie counts of menu items. The researchers analyzed items purchased by nearly 7,700 people who ate at McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and Wendy's restaurants in New York City and nearby New Jersey cities between January 2013 and June 2014. They compared that information to results of a survey of more than 1,000 fast-food restaurant customers conducted just after the New York City policy was introduced. Calorie consumption in the 2013-14 survey averaged between 804 and 839 per meal at ... Read more

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New Advisory Says Some Athletes With Heart Conditions OK to Play

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – Some people with a potentially deadly type of irregular heartbeat may be able to play competitive sports, new guidelines say. The scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology pointed out that recent research indicates the risk of sudden cardiac arrest is lower than previously thought for some athletes with irregular heartbeat caused by long QT syndrome and athletes with long QT syndrome who have implanted pacemakers or defibrillators. People with long QT syndrome can experience fast and chaotic heartbeats that can be life-threatening. The new statement applies only to athletes with long QT syndrome who play competitive sports directed by a coach, including baseball, football and basketball. It doesn't apply to people who occasionally play sports for exercise or fun. Since every patient is different, people with ... Read more

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Positive Outlook May Help Heart Disease Patients Heal

Posted 16 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 – Heart disease patients with a sunny disposition are more likely to exercise, stick with their medications and take other steps to ward off further heart trouble, a new study suggests. Researchers said the findings add to a large body of evidence linking a positive approach to better heart health. Specifically, the results support the theory that healthier habits are a key reason that positive people tend to have less heart trouble. It all makes sense, according to James Maddux, a senior scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. "Over the years, we've learned a lot about this complex process called self-motivation," said Maddux, who was not involved in the study. When faced with a challenge – a diagnosis of heart disease, for example – people who are generally positive will become "task-oriented," Maddux ... Read more

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Younger Women Less Likely to Take Meds After Heart Attack

Posted 13 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 – Younger women who've had a heart attack are less likely than men to be taking the appropriate heart medications one year later, new Canadian research shows. These findings underscore previous studies that show fewer women take these drugs than men. Researchers said this discrepancy has important implications for how doctors approach treatment for younger women who've had a heart attack. "The gender gap in treatment initiation among younger women is an important finding because younger women have much worse outcomes after suffering a heart attack than do men of the same age," said study co-author Karin Humphries, an associate professor of cardiology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. "This finding suggests that younger women should be treated aggressively, especially when we have medications that work," Humphries added in a news release from ... Read more

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Doctors, Nurse Practitioners Offer Comparable Outpatient Heart Care: Study

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – Heart disease patients appear to get comparable care whether they see a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, a new study finds. But most outpatient cardiac care fails to meet established standards for good heart health management, regardless of the provider, the researchers determined. Just over 10 percent of providers complied with all of the current recommendations, the study revealed. Many patients aren't getting the care they need, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. "As a result [they] may be at risk for cardiovascular events and deaths that could have been prevented," added Fonarow, who wasn't involved in the study. The researchers, led by Dr. Salim Virani, a cardiologist at the DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, based their results on more than 600,000 heart ... Read more

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