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Could an Aging Face Reflect an Unhealthy Heart?

Posted 6 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 – Anxious about those telltale signs of aging? A new study gives you one more reason to worry: Facial aging might point to worsening cardiovascular health. The Danish study found that people who had three or four signs of aging – fatty deposits around the eyelids, receding hairlines, baldness, and creased earlobes – were 39 percent more likely to develop heart disease and 57 percent more likely to have a heart attack over 35 years of follow-up, compared to people of similar age who looked younger. "Looking old for your age is a good marker for poor cardiovascular health," said study lead author Dr. Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, a professor of clinical biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen. She presented the findings Tuesday in Los Angeles at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA). According to Tybjaerg-Hansen, many doctors explicitly or ... Read more

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Many U.S. Hispanics Have Heart Disease Risk Factors

Posted 5 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 5 – Many Hispanic adults in the United States have major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, a new study reveals. The researchers also found that Hispanics born in the United States are more likely to have multiple cardiovascular disease risk factors and a history of coronary heart disease and stroke, compared to those born outside the country. The study was published online Nov. 5 and in the Nov. 7 print issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and was to be presented Monday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Los Angeles. Researchers looked at data from more than 16,000 Hispanic men and women, ages 18 to 74, with Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Central American and South American backgrounds. Eighty percent of men and 71 percent of women had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol, ... Read more

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U.S. Adults Face Substantial Heart Disease Risk: Study

Posted 5 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 5 – American men and women – even those with a favorable health history – have a significant risk of developing cardiovascular disease in their lifetime, a new study finds. Overall, U.S. adults have a more than 55 percent estimated risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the Chicago researchers said. Even among those with no major risk factors, the chance of developing cardiovascular disease is more than 30 percent, although it appears to strike later, the researchers said. The study was published online Nov. 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with its presentation at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Los Angeles. "Lifetime risks for total [cardiovascular disease] were high regardless of index age, indicating that achieving older age free of total [cardiovascular disease] does not guarantee escape from remaining lifetime ... Read more

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Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetic Heart Patients: Study

Posted 5 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 5 – For a subset of heart patients who are both diabetic and have more than one clogged artery, bypass surgery appears to outperform the use of artery-widening stents, a major new trial finds. The study adds more evidence that bypass is the preferred approach for this type of patient, according to experts discussing the findings Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Los Angeles. "This has the potential to change clinical practice," said Dr. Alice Jacobs, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and interventional cardiology at Boston Medical Center. In her commentary, she said the results of the new trial "add to the consistent evidence base supporting coronary artery bypass grafting as the preferred strategy for patients with diabetes and multi-vessel coronary heart disease." The findings were also published online Nov. 4 in the New ... Read more

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Heart Disease Risk Factors Also Tied to Death From Prostate Cancer

Posted 22 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 22 – Men with metabolic syndrome – a group of symptoms linked to heart disease and diabetes risk – may also face a higher risk of dying from prostate cancer if diagnosed with the disease, according to a large new study. Metabolic syndrome includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high blood fat levels, as well as greater than normal body-mass index (BMI), a measurement of body fat based on height and weight. The study authors noted that by following health recommendations on diet and exercise to prevent heart disease and diabetes, men can also lower their risk of death from this form of cancer. Researchers from Umea University in Sweden, led by Dr. Par Stattin, a visiting scientist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, examined data on more than 290,000 men enrolled in a long-term study on metabolic syndrome and cancer. Over the course of ... Read more

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Blood Test May Spot Serious Health Risks in Women

Posted 9 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 9 – A new blood test may help identify a woman's risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer, a new study suggests. The test, which measures levels of a substance called proneurotensin, may also spot an increased risk of early death, the researchers behind the study said. "In women, but not in men, there were very strong relationships between high concentrations of proneurotensin in the blood and the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer," said the study's lead author, Dr. Olle Melander, professor of internal medicine at Lund University in Malmo, Sweden. "Women with high levels of proneurotensin in the blood died significantly earlier than women with normal proneurotensin concentrations, and the excess mortality with high proneurotensin was primarily caused by cardiovascular diseases," added Melander. Results of the study ... Read more

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New MRI Might Help Spot Heart Disease Early: Study

Posted 9 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 9 – A new MRI technique is showing "practical promise" in identifying thickening of the coronary artery wall, an early stage of coronary heart disease, researchers say. The findings suggest that this technique could be used to screen people at risk for coronary artery disease and to monitor the effects of treatment, said the authors of the study published online Oct. 9 in the journal Radiology. "We currently have no reliable way to noninvasively image coronary artery disease in its early stages, when the disease can be treated with lifestyle changes and medications to lower cholesterol," lead researcher Dr. Khaled Abd-Elmoniem, a staff scientist in the biomedical and metabolic imaging branch of the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, said in a journal news release. The researchers used both single-frame MRI and time-resolved multiframe ... Read more

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Aspirin May Help Preserve Brain Function in Older Women With Heart Disease

Posted 4 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 4 – The same daily, low-dose aspirin that many women take to lower their risk for heart attack may have spillover benefits on their risk for developing mental decline, suggests new research from Sweden. In the study of nearly 700 women between 70 and 92 years old, 600 were considered to be at high risk for heart disease and stroke. Of these, about 130 women were taking low-dose aspirin when the study began, and nearly 100 more were taking various other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. After five years, women who were taking low-dose aspirin showed less decline on a standardized test measuring brain function than women who were not on aspirin. The longer the women were taking aspirin, the more pronounced the differences. Daily aspirin use did not, however, have any bearing on the risk for developing full-blown dementia, the study showed. Exactly how ... Read more

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Stem Cell Transplant May Spur Heart Disease Risk: Study

Posted 3 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3 – People who undergo the transplantation of stem cells taken from bone marrow, circulating blood or umbilical cord blood are more likely to develop risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, a new study contends. Researchers from the American Society of Hematology noted that patients who were treated with chemotherapy or radiation before such a transplant – called a "hematopoietic cell transplant," or HCT – had a significantly higher risk for heart disease later in life. "While we know that heart disease is a real concern for long-term HCT survivors, small sample sizes and a lack of long-term follow-up in previous studies have only allowed us to look at a small piece of the puzzle of how this chronic condition develops in these patients," the study's first author, Dr. Saro Armenian, medical director of the Pediatric ... Read more

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Moderate Drinking May Increase Risk of Heart Rhythm Disorder: Study

Posted 1 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 1 – For older people with heart disease or advanced diabetes, moderate drinking may increase their risk of a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, according to a new study. Atrial fibrillation is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that affects about 2.7 million people in the United States, and is a risk factor for stroke. Researchers analyzed data from more than 30,000 people, aged 55 and older, in 40 countries who had a history of cardiovascular disease or advanced diabetes with organ damage. Moderate to high alcohol intake was associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation. And for moderate drinkers, the effect of binge drinking was similar to that of habitual heavy drinking, according to the study, which was published Oct. 1 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association Moderate drinking was defined as up to two drinks per day or one to ... Read more

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Heart Disease Deaths in Europe Dropping: Report

Posted 28 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 28 – Heart disease deaths in Europe and the European Union are dipping but underlying factors may cause heart disease to increase in the near future, according to a new report. Heart disease now causes 4 million deaths per year in Europe, down from 4.3 million in 2008, which represents a decrease from 48 percent to 47 percent of all deaths in Europe. Within the European Union, heart disease now causes 1.8 million deaths per year, down from 2 million in 2008, which represents a decrease from 42 percent to 40 percent of all deaths, new research shows. Heart disease hits women especially hard and is the main cause of death for women in each of the 27 European Union countries, and is the leading cause of death for men in all the European Union countries except France, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain. Death rates from heart disease vary widely among European nations. For ... Read more

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Early Menopause May Double Heart Disease Risk, Study Says

Posted 19 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19 – Women who experience early menopause may face double the risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study. This increased risk is true across different ethnic backgrounds and is independent of traditional heart disease and stroke risk factors, the researchers said. The study included more than 2,500 women, aged 45 to 84, who were followed for between six and eight years. Twenty-eight percent of the women reported early menopause, which occurs before the age of 46. Women with early menopause had twice the risk of heart disease and stroke compared to other women. The overall number of women in the study who suffered heart attacks (50) and strokes (37) was small, however, the researchers noted. When a woman's periods have stopped for a year, she has reached menopause. The study – which found an association between early menopause and heart risk, but not a ... Read more

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Heart Deaths Rise With Extreme Temperatures, Study Finds

Posted 18 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 18 – Extreme temperatures during hot or cold spells may increase the risk of premature death from heart disease, a new Australian study says. The risk of heart disease-related death is higher during heat waves than during cold snaps, according to the study, which was published Sept. 18 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. These new findings are important in light of growing rates of obesity and climate change, said lead researcher Cunrui Huang, of the School of Public Health and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. "With increasing rates of obesity and related conditions, including diabetes, more people will be vulnerable to extreme temperatures," Huang said in a journal news release. "That could increase the future disease burden of extreme temperatures." Researchers ... Read more

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It's Possible to Be Obese and Heart-Healthy: Studies

Posted 5 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5 – Some obese people have no greater risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer than normal-weight people, a new study suggests. Moreover, for patients with heart disease, being obese may actually reduce the risk of death, a phenomenon called the "obesity paradox," another study finds. "It is possible to be fat and fit – but relatively few people are," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. He took no part in either study. "For the most part, the behaviors that promote fitness most effectively defend against fatness into the bargain. It is certainly possible to be thin and unhealthy, which is why health, not a particular weight, is what we should be aiming for as both individuals and a society," he said. Both reports were published online Sept. 5 in the European Heart Journal. For the first study, a team ... Read more

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Chemical in Household Products May Be Linked to Heart Disease: Study

Posted 4 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 4 – Exposure to a chemical used in some common household products may be associated with heart troubles and peripheral artery disease, a new study suggests. The chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – which is widely used to make products such as food packaging, paper and textile coatings, polishes and lubricants – is detectable in the blood of more than 98 percent of people in the United States, according to previous research. In this study, a team at the West Virginia University School of Public Health looked at data from more than 1,200 people and found that increasing blood levels of PFOA were associated with the presence of heart and artery disease. This association appeared to be independent of other disease risk factors such as age, sex, race/ethnicity, smoking, body-mass index, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The study was published ... Read more

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