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Poor Sleep May Worsen Heart Woes in Women, Study Finds

Posted 7 Jun 2013 by

FRIDAY, June 7 – Poor sleep appears to contribute to the progression of heart disease in women by raising their inflammation levels, but this effect was not seen in men, researchers say. "Inflammation is a well-known predictor of cardiovascular health," lead author Aric Prather, a clinical health psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. "Now we have evidence that poor sleep appears to play a bigger role than we had previously thought in driving long-term increases in inflammation levels and may contribute to the negative consequences often associated with poor sleep," Prather added. Previous research has shown that sleeping fewer than six hours per night may raise the risk of chronic health problems, including heart disease, and is associated with higher levels of inflammation. This new study ... Read more

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High Doses of Common Painkillers May Raise Risk for Heart Trouble

Posted 29 May 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, May 29 – People who take high doses of common painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) face a greater risk for heart problems, a new analysis shows. Although NSAIDs are used around the world to help people with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, a review of nearly 650 randomized trials found that taking either 2,400 milligrams (mg) of ibuprofen or 150 mg of diclofenac daily increased the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death by about one-third. The findings were published online May 29 in the journal The Lancet. The study authors said, however, that the increased risk of heart attacks from individual NSAIDs is proportional to a patient's underlying risk for heart attacks. Since people with a history of heart problems or risk factors for heart disease are at greatest risk, they concluded that doctors should weigh that before ... Read more

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Noise, Dirty Air May Be Double Whammy for the Heart

Posted 20 May 2013 by

MONDAY, May 20 – Air pollution and noise pollution both may boost the risk of heart disease, new research from Germany suggests. "Many studies have looked at air pollution, while others have looked at noise pollution," said Dr. Barbara Hoffmann, a professor of environmental epidemiology at IUF Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine and lead author of the new study. "This study looked at both at the same time and found that each form of pollution was independently associated with subclinical atherosclerosis," Hoffmann said. Atherosclerosis is also known as hardening of the arteries. Hoffmann and her colleagues are scheduled to present their findings Monday in Philadelphia at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society. The researchers analyzed data from a continuing population study underway in the Ruhr region of Germany. The data covered how exposure to fine particle ... Read more

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Control of Heart Risks May Vary Among Outpatient Practices

Posted 17 May 2013 by

FRIDAY, May 17 – Management of heart disease risk factors – such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking – varies significantly among outpatient practices in the United States, according to a new study. Researchers found that among 18 primary care and cardiology practices studied, the percentage of patients screened for smoking and counseled on how to quit ranged from about 54 percent to 86 percent. The study authors suggested outpatient practices can learn from one another and improve the prevention and management of disease. "It's eye-opening for practices to see how much better or worse they're doing than their peers on nationally derived measures of quality. They can learn to improve in collaboration with others instead of alone," the study's lead author, Dr. Zubin Eapen, an assistant professor of medicine at Duke University in Durham, N.C., said in an American Heart ... Read more

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Hysterectomy May Not Raise Heart Risks After All: Study

Posted 14 May 2013 by

TUESDAY, May 14 – Women who have a hysterectomy are not in danger of increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease later in life, a new study says. Although earlier research had found higher chances of cardiovascular disease in the years following a hysterectomy, different criteria were used in this latest study, the researchers noted. "If women are contemplating hysterectomy, they don't need to be worried about increased cardiovascular risk," said study author Karen Matthews, a professor of epidemiology and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus; sometimes the ovaries are also removed, to lower the risk of cancer. Previous studies found an increased risk for conditions such as coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure in women who underwent a hysterectomy. Unlike other studies, however, the new research ... Read more

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Hard Physical Labor May Boost Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke: Studies

Posted 18 Apr 2013 by

THURSDAY, April 18 – Demanding physical work may boost a person's risk of heart disease, two new studies suggest. "Physicians know that high stress can be associated with increased risk of heart disease," said one expert not connected to the study, Dr. Lawrence Phillips, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. "These two studies suggest that, in addition to normal life stressors, the physical demands a person experiences in the workplace can independently increase their risk as well." "The reason for this [labor-linked risk] is unclear, but might be related to higher stress levels," Phillips said. In one study, researchers looked at 250 patients who had suffered a first stroke and 250 who had suffered a first heart attack or other type of heart event. They were compared to a control group of 500 healthy people. Stroke and heart patients were more likely to have ... Read more

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Compound in Red Meat, Energy Drinks May Have Heart Disease Link

Posted 8 Apr 2013 by

SUNDAY, April 7 – A compound found in red meat and added as a supplement to popular energy drinks promotes hardening and clogging of the arteries, otherwise known as atherosclerosis, a new study suggests. Researchers say that bacteria in the digestive tract convert the compound, called carnitine, into trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). Previous research by the same team of Cleveland Clinic investigators found that TMAO promotes atherosclerosis in people. And there was an another twist: The study also found that a diet high in carnitine encourages the growth of the bacteria that metabolize the compound, leading to even higher TMAO production. "The [type of] bacteria living in our digestive tracts are dictated by our long-term dietary patterns. A diet high in carnitine actually shifts our gut microbe composition to those that like carnitine, making meat eaters even more susceptible to ... Read more

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Balding Men Could Face Higher Heart Risks, Study Finds

Posted 3 Apr 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, April 3 – New research out of Japan shows a potential link between male baldness and an increased risk for coronary heart disease. But it only affects men who are balding on top. Those with a receding hairline are not at risk, the researchers reported. The findings stem from an analysis of six published studies on hair loss and heart health that involved approximately 37,000 men. And although the researchers admitted the small study size was a limitation, they reported that men whose baldness affected the crown on their head faced a 32 percent to 84 percent increase in the risk of developing heart disease compared to men with a full head of hair or a receding hairline. Study lead author Dr. Tomohide Yamada, of the department of diabetes and metabolic diseases at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Medicine, in Japan, reported his findings in the current issue of the ... Read more

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Heart Risks May Also Point to Dementia Risk

Posted 1 Apr 2013 by

MONDAY, April 1 – Assessing a person's future risk of heart disease and stroke may be a better predictor of mental decline than a dementia risk test, new research suggests. The study included about 7,800 men and women with an average age of 55. Each participant's risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia was calculated at the start of the study. The heart disease assessment included the risk factors of age, blood pressure, high blood pressure treatment, smoking, diabetes and levels of total cholesterol and "good" HDL cholesterol. The stroke assessment included similar risk factors plus history of heart disease and irregular heart beat. The dementia risk score included age, education, blood pressure, body-mass index (a measure of body fat based on height and weight), total cholesterol, exercise levels and whether a person had a specific type of the gene associated with dementia. Ten ... Read more

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Anxiety, Depression May Triple Risk of Death for Heart Patients: Study

Posted 19 Mar 2013 by

TUESDAY, March 19 – Anxiety and depression coupled with heart disease triples the risk of death compared to cardiac trouble alone, researchers have found. Among heart patients, anxiety can double the risk of dying from any cause, the study authors noted, and depression further raises those odds. "Patients with heart disease who experience high anxiety during the stressors of everyday life may benefit from treatments designed to reduce anxiety, such as medications targeting anxiety or stress management," said lead researcher Lana Watkins, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. "Benefits from stress-reducing interventions would potentially be greatest in patients where anxiety is found in combination with depression," she added. Previous studies have shown that depression is about three times more common in heart ... Read more

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What's Good for the Heart May Also Prevent Cancer

Posted 18 Mar 2013 by

MONDAY, March 18 – Seven healthy lifestyle tips recommended by heart experts reduce not only the risk of heart disease but also cancer, a new study finds. Adopting all seven of the factors from the American Heart Association can reduce the risk of developing cancer by more than 50 percent. Moreover, the benefits are cumulative, with cancer risk declining with each additional recommendation followed, the researchers said. "These findings aren't surprising, given that many elements, like having a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking, are known to reduce the risk of cancer," said lead researcher Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, an assistant professor in the department of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. "We thought it was important to demonstrate that adherence to these goals as a whole is significantly associated with a lower risk of ... Read more

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Drug May Ease Angina in People With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 10 Mar 2013 by

SUNDAY, March 10 – The drug Ranexa (ranolazine) may help reduce chest pain in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study finds. The drug is approved in the United States for treatment of chronic angina (chest pain), but this is the first study to evaluate it in patients with diabetes, heart disease and angina, according to the researchers. One expert not connected to the study said the findings are welcome news for patients. The study "demonstrates that ranolazine is very effective in reducing angina in those with type 2 diabetes and, interestingly, is more effective in those with higher blood sugars," said Dr. Howard Weintraub, clinical associate professor in the department of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. People with diabetes are at increased risk for heart disease, and people with heart disease and diabetes are more likely to have angina than those without ... Read more

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Tooth Loss Associated With Higher Risk for Heart Disease

Posted 7 Mar 2013 by

THURSDAY, March 7 – For adults, losing teeth is bad enough, but tooth loss is also associated with several risk factors for heart disease, a large international study suggests. These heart disease-related risk factors include diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and smoking. For the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 16,000 people in 39 countries who provided information about their remaining number of teeth and the frequency of gum bleeds. About 40 percent of the participants had fewer than 15 teeth and 16 percent had no teeth, while 25 percent reported gum bleeds. For every decrease in the number of teeth, there was an increase in the levels of a harmful enzyme that promotes inflammation and hardening of the arteries. The study authors also noted that along with fewer teeth came increases in other heart disease risk markers, including "bad" LDL cholesterol levels and ... Read more

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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Early Heart Disease, Study Finds

Posted 7 Mar 2013 by

THURSDAY, March 7 – The more you're exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, the more likely you are to develop early signs of heart disease, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that exposure to secondhand smoke may be more dangerous than previously thought, according to the researchers. For the study, the investigators looked at nearly 3,100 healthy people, aged 40 to 80, who had never smoked and found that 26 percent of those exposed to varying levels of secondhand smoke – as an adult or child, at work or at home – had signs of coronary artery calcification, compared to 18.5 percent of the general population. Those who reported higher levels of secondhand smoke exposure had the greatest evidence of calcification, a build-up of calcium in the artery walls. After taking other heart risk factors into account, the researchers concluded that people exposed to low, moderate or high ... Read more

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Steer Clear of 'Miracle Cures,' Other Bogus Health Products: FDA

Posted 6 Mar 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, March 6 – Fraudulent health products are commonplace and can cause serious injury or even death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These products prey on people's desires for easy solutions to difficult health problems and often make claims related to weight loss, sexual performance, memory loss and serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. Besides wasting your money, use of these products can cause serious harm or even death. "Using unproven treatments can delay getting a potentially life-saving diagnosis and medication that actually works," Gary Coody, the FDA's national health fraud coordinator, said in an agency news release. "Also, fraudulent products sometimes contain hidden drug ingredients that can be harmful when unknowingly taken by consumers." "Health fraud is a pervasive problem, especially when ... Read more

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