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Coffee, Wine Good for Healthy Gut, Sodas May Be Bad

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – The food you eat and the medicines you take can alter your gut bacteria in ways that either help or harm your health, two new studies suggest. Foods like fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, yogurt and buttermilk can increase the diversity of bacteria in a person's intestines. And that diversity can help ward off illness, said Dr. Jingyuan Fu, senior author of one of the studies. "It is believed that higher diversity and richness [in gut bacteria] is beneficial," explained Fu. She is an associate professor of genetics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. On the other hand, foods containing loads of simple carbohydrates appear to reduce bacterial diversity in the gut, Fu and colleagues found. These include high-fat whole milk and sugar-sweetened soda. In addition, medications can also play a part in the makeup of your gut bacteria. Antibiotics, ... Read more

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Night Shift Work May Be Tough on a Woman's Heart

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Women who work rotating night shifts may face a slightly increased risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. "We saw a modest increased risk of heart disease associated with longer duration of rotating night shift work, which appears to wane after stopping shift work," said lead researcher Celine Vetter. She is an instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. That increased risk ranged from 15 percent to 18 percent when compared to women who did not work rotating night shifts, the study found. But the more time that elapsed after quitting such night shift work, the lower the risk for heart disease, Vetter said. And this "further supports the hypothesis that the risk of coronary heart disease associated with shift work might wane over time when women stopped working [such] shifts. This is a new finding," she said. Rotating night shift ... Read more

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Depression Common for Heart Attack Survivors, And More May Need Help

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 16, 2016 – Although depression, stress and exhaustion are known to increase heart attack risk, people who've already had a heart attack may not be getting the treatment they need for these conditions, new research suggests. The Swedish study included more than 800 people younger than 75. Their average age was 62. All had suffered one heart attack. The researchers compared this group to an equal number of similarly aged people who never had a heart attack. Fourteen percent of those in the heart attack group had symptoms of depression, compared with 7 percent of those in the control group, the study found. Symptoms of depression or exhaustion were associated with a doubled risk of heart attack, though the study did not prove they actually caused the heart attacks. However, only 16 percent of heart attack patients with depression were prescribed antidepressants, compared ... Read more

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Fruit Every Day Might Help Your Heart, Researchers Say

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – Eating fresh fruit regularly may help prevent heart attacks and strokes, a large study out of China suggests. Adults who ate fresh fruit, such as apples and oranges, every day had about a one-third reduced risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, compared to those who rarely or never ate fruit, researchers found. "Fruit consumption is important for your cardiovascular health," said lead researcher Dr. Liming Li, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, in Beijing. Study participants who ate fruit most often had lower blood pressure and blood sugar than less frequent fruit eaters, which may account for the reduced risk for heart attacks and strokes, Li said. Due to the nature of the study, however, it could not prove that fruit consumption caused the lower risk of heart attack and stroke, just that there was an association, Li said. For ... Read more

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Women Twice as Likely to Die From Severe Heart Attack, Study Finds

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – Women are up to twice as likely as men to die from the most dangerous type of heart attack, a worldwide study finds. Although death rates have fallen, there are still significant survival differences after what's called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to the Yale University-led team of investigators. The study "highlights that there is a gender discrepancy between men and women in mortality outcomes with STEMI," study first author Hyon Jae Lee said in a Yale news release. The researchers analyzed data from more than 700,000 STEMI patients in 29 countries and six geographic regions. In all those regions, they found that appropriate treatment was delayed for women and that the in-hospital death rate for women was double that of men. Also, women were 70 percent more likely to die at 30 days, six months and one year after the heart ... Read more

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Harmful Artery-Stiffening Seen in Healthy 40-Year-Olds

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Even healthy, young adults may have hardening of the arteries that can harm their brain health, a new study suggests. Brain changes that can lead to mental decline and Alzheimer's disease later in life have been found in people in their 40s, the researchers reported. The new study shows "that increasing arterial stiffness is detrimental to the brain, and that increasing stiffness and brain injury begin in early middle life, before we commonly think of prevalent diseases such as atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease or stroke having an impact," said study author Pauline Maillard. She is a researcher in the department of neurology and Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. "These results may be a new avenue of treatment to sustain brain health," she added in a university news release. The study included about 1,900 participants in the ... Read more

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Endometriosis Linked to Heart Disease in Study

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Women who have endometriosis, the abnormal growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus, may face a 60 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than women without the disorder, a new study suggests. The potential risk was especially high for women who were 40 or younger: they were three times more likely to have heart disease than women in the same age range without the gynecological condition, the researchers found. That finding could be partly explained by the endometriosis treatments themselves. These treatments, such as removal of the uterus and ovaries, have been linked in other studies to potential heart disease risk, the study authors said. "Women with endometriosis should be thinking about lifestyle changes and discussion with their doctor about steps they can take to prevent heart disease," said Stacey Missmer, the study's senior author. Missmer ... Read more

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Skipping Meds Greatly Ups Heart Patients' Risk of Stroke: Study

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – People at risk for heart disease are much more likely to die from a stroke if they don't take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and blood pressure medications as prescribed, a new study reports. Folks with high blood pressure and high cholesterol had a seven times greater risk of suffering a fatal stroke if they didn't follow their drug regimen to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The study findings were published online March 28 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Fatal stroke risk also increased if these patients stuck to one type of medication but not both, the researchers found. For example, if patients kept taking blood pressure medication but dropped their statins, their risk of dying from a stroke increased by 82 percent. Turning the tables, they had a 30 percent added risk of stroke if they took their statins but didn't take their ... Read more

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Brain Scans Give Clues to Stress-Heart Attack Link

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – A new brain study might help explain why a high level of stress is linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Increased activity in the amygdala – the fear center of the brain – appears to create an immune system reaction that increases inflammation in the arteries, researchers plan to report at the upcoming American College of Cardiology meeting in Chicago. Such arterial inflammation is a precursor to heart disease, heart attack and stroke, said senior researcher Dr. Ahmed Tawakol, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Tawakol and his colleagues followed nearly 300 people and found their amygdala activity – as seen on brain scans – indicated whether they would suffer a major cardiac event in the near future. "By the end of the study, roughly 5 percent with low activity had events, compared to roughly 40 percent of the ... Read more

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Heart Attacks Striking Younger, Fatter Americans: Study

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – Heart attack victims in the United States are becoming younger and fatter, a new study reveals. The average age of people suffering the deadliest heart attacks fell from 64 years old to 60 years old over the past two decades, Cleveland Clinic researchers report. And obesity is now implicated in 40 percent of severe heart attacks. Heart attack sufferers are also more likely to smoke and have high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than patients of 20 years ago, the researchers found. This new profile is raising alarms. "Lifestyle changes to reduce weight, eat right, exercise and quit smoking are critical for prevention of heart attack," said senior researcher Dr. Samir Kapadia, a professor of medicine and section head of interventional cardiology. Working toward these heart-healthy improvements is a job for doctors at ... Read more

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Women, Men Share Similar Symptoms of Heart Disease

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – Tests used to confirm heart disease will probably pick up the same symptoms in women and men, a new study finds. The two most prominent symptoms – chest pain (angina) and shortness of breath – are common to both sexes, concludes a study of more than 10,000 people in the United States and Canada. "In most cases, symptoms of possible blockages in the heart's arteries are the same [for women] as those seen in men," study lead author Kshipra Hemal, of the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C., said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). However, the study also found that because standard evaluations don't include certain heart disease risk factors more common to women than men, it may still be tougher for women to receive an accurate diagnosis. The study will be presented April 3 at the ACC's annual meeting in Chicago, and ... Read more

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Depression Tied to Worse Outcomes for Heart Patients

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – People who develop depression after being diagnosed with heart disease may be more likely to have a heart attack or die than those without depression, a new study finds. The study included nearly 23,000 heart patients in the Canadian province of Ontario who were diagnosed with heart disease between late 2008 and late 2013. During an average follow-up of three years, those with depression were 83 percent more likely die of any cause and 36 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those without depression. Depression did not affect the chances of needing bypass surgery or heart artery stents. However, the study did not prove that depression caused an increased risk for heart attack and death in these patients. It only found an association between those factors. The study will be presented April 4 at an American College of Cardiology meeting in Chicago. ... Read more

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Statewide Training on Cardiac Arrest Saves Lives in N. Carolina

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – A North Carolina program to increase bystander action in cases of cardiac arrest saved lives and reduced brain damage among survivors, a new study shows. The statewide program trained family members and the general public to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and to perform CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs). "You can do something," said study author Dr. Christopher Fordyce, of the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C. "You don't have to just call 911 and stand while your loved one is on the floor. Start chest compressions immediately. Your actions actually make a difference." Cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of heart function in someone with or without known heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. The North Carolina study found that the rate of bystander CPR for cardiac arrests that occurred in ... Read more

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Gaps in Care Can Harm Patients After Heart Attack

Posted 23 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – Heart attack patients who wait a long period to have a follow-up medical appointment after leaving the hospital are less likely to take their medications as prescribed, endangering their health. That's the finding of a new study of 21,000 Medicare patients over 65 who survived a heart attack. One heart doctor said timely care is key to a good recovery for these patients. "Many patients with heart attack are treated with coronary stents, and in those patients, missing their medications for more than a couple of days can be life-threatening," said Dr. Lawrence Ong, a cardiologist at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. The new study was led by Dr. Tracy Wang, of Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C. The researchers noted that of the estimated 1 million Americans hospitalized with heart attack each year, 470,000 are expected to have another heart ... Read more

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Black Heart Attack Victims More Likely to Have Ambulance Diverted

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – Black heart attack patients are more likely than whites to have their ambulance diverted to another hospital due to overcrowding in the closest emergency department, a new study shows. The researchers also found that long diversions reduced black patients' chances of receiving specialized heart care and increased their risk of death within a year. The study looked at 2001-11 Medicare data. The researchers included information on nearly 30,000 heart attack patients who were transported by ambulance to hospitals in 26 California counties. Half the patients had no ambulance diversion, the study found. Another quarter had diversions lasting six hours or less, researchers said. Fifteen percent of heart attack patients had six to 12 hours of diversion, and 10 percent had more than 12 hours of diversion, the study said. Diversions were more likely to occur for ... Read more

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