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Heart Disease No. 1 Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California: Study

Posted 17 Nov 2013 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 17, 2013 – Heart disease is the top cause of pregnancy-related deaths in California, but almost one-third of those deaths could be prevented, a new study suggests. "Women who give birth are usually young and in good health. So heart disease shouldn't be the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths, but it is," lead researcher Dr. Afshan Hameed, an associate professor of clinical cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Irvine, said in an American Heart Association (AHA) news release. From 2002 to 2005, there were 2.1 million live births in California. Hameed and her colleagues analyzed the medical records of 732 women in the state who died from all causes while pregnant or within one year of pregnancy, and found that 209 of those deaths were pregnancy-related. About one-quarter (52) of the pregnancy-related deaths were from some form of heart ... Read more

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Your Flu Shot May Also Help Your Heart

Posted 22 Oct 2013 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 22 – If avoiding an achy, feverish week or so laid up with the flu doesn't motivate you to get a flu shot, a new study linking flu shots to a lower incidence of heart disease might persuade you to roll up your sleeve. People in the study who got flu shots were one-third less likely to have heart issues, such as heart failure or a heart attack, compared to those who opted against vaccination. The flu shot was associated with an even greater reduction of heart problems if someone had heart disease to start with, according to the study. "This is one further piece of evidence to convince patients to go out and get their flu shot," said the study's lead author, Dr. Jacob Udell, a cardiology and clinician scientist, at Women's College Hospital at the University of Toronto. Results of the study are published in the Oct. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical ... Read more

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Chronic Exposure to Airplane Noise Might Harm the Heart: Study

Posted 9 Oct 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9 – People who put up with the constant roar of aircraft overhead may be at higher risk for heart disease, two new studies suggest. In one study, British researchers compared rates of stroke and heart disease among 3.6 million people who lived near London's sprawling Heathrow airport, one of the busiest transit hubs in the world. The results showed that these people were at heightened risk for death and hospitalization from heart issues. The risk was highest among the 2 percent of the study population exposed to the highest daytime and night-time levels of aircraft noise, the team said. In the second study, researchers analyzed data from more than 6 million people aged 65 and older who lived near 89 U.S. airports during 2009. On average, people who lived in zip codes with 10 decibel higher levels of aircraft noise had a 3.5 percent higher rate of hospitalization for ... Read more

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Study May Help Explain Delay of Heart Disease in Women

Posted 24 Sep 2013 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 24 – Younger women's bodies are better able to counter the effects of insulin resistance, which may help explain why they typically develop heart disease 10 years later in life than men, a new study suggests. Insulin is a hormone that takes glucose (sugar) from the blood and carries it into cells, where it is used for energy. Insulin resistance – the term used when the body doesn't use insulin properly – increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The new study included 468 women and 354 men with similar levels of insulin resistance. Among those aged 50 or younger, women had lower blood pressure, lower fasting blood sugar levels, and lower levels of fats in the blood (triglycerides) that can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. However, these differences between women and men were not seen in participants aged 51 or older, according to the ... Read more

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Positive Attitude Linked to Longer Life in Heart Patients

Posted 12 Sep 2013 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 12 – Heart disease patients with an upbeat outlook are likely to live longer than those with a negative attitude, a new study says. Researchers used a questionnaire to assess the moods of 600 coronary artery disease patients in a Denmark hospital and conducted a follow-up five years later. The study found that the death rate for those with the most positive attitudes was 42 percent lower than for those with negative attitudes, about 10 percent versus 16.5 percent. Positive mood and exercise was also linked to a reduced risk of heart-related hospitalizations, according to the study published Sept. 10 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The differences in death rates between optimistic and low-spirited heart patients weren't as large when both groups exercised, the investigators found. However, information on the types and amounts of exercise ... Read more

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All-in-One Pill May Be Effective Treatment for Heart Care

Posted 4 Sep 2013 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 3 – People dealing with chronic conditions like heart disease often have trouble keeping up with the fistfuls of medications needed to maintain their health. Now scientists have tested a potential solution that might just work: a "polypill" combining several different medications. A new international study found that heart patients are much more likely to regularly take aspirin and drugs for cholesterol and blood pressure if they are all stuffed into a single pill. "The general advantage is that everything is all in one medication," said Dr. Gerald Fletcher, a spokesman for the American Heart Association, who was not involved in the study. "Patients who have to take a dozen pills at a time tend to have a hard time remembering to take them." Heart patients can reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke by more than half if they take a combination of blood pressure ... Read more

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200,000 Heart Disease, Stroke Deaths Could Be Prevented: CDC

Posted 4 Sep 2013 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 3 – In 2010, more than 200,000 Americans under 75 died from heart disease and stroke that could have been prevented, health officials said Tuesday. Sadly, more than half of those who died were under 65, according to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "As a doctor, I find it heartbreaking to know that the vast majority of people who are having a heart attack or stroke, under the age of 65 in particular, and dying from it didn't have to have that happen," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a noon press conference. But progress has been made, Frieden said. "The rate of preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke decreased by nearly 30 percent between 2001 and 2010," he noted. Most of this progress, however, has been made among those older than 65. And while these are the people who have the highest risk, most of ... Read more

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Gene May Raise Diabetics' Chances of Heart Disease

Posted 27 Aug 2013 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 27 – Some people with type 2 diabetes might be at higher risk for heart disease if they also carry a particular type of gene, new research reveals. The gene variant could raise diabetics' odds for heart woes by about a third compared to people without this DNA, according to a team from the Harvard School of Public Health and Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. The finding might lead to new ways to prevent or treat heart disease in this group of patients, the team added. People with type 2 diabetes are already up to four times more likely to develop heart disease than those without diabetes, and heart disease remains the leading cause of death among the more than 370 million people worldwide with type 2 diabetes, according to information in a Harvard news release. As reported in the Aug. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Boston team analyzed ... Read more

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Kidney Stones Tied to Raised Heart Disease Risk in Women

Posted 23 Jul 2013 by

TUESDAY, July 23 – Women who suffer from kidney stones may also be at raised risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. No such increased risk was seen among men with kidney stones, the researchers noted. "A link between kidney stones and cardiovascular risk factors has been long suspected, however studies on the association with cardiovascular outcomes that take into consideration important aspects such as dietary factors or medications are lacking," said lead researcher Dr. Pietro Manuel Ferraro, a nephrologist at Columbus-Gemelli Hospital in Rome. "Our study suggests that having kidney stones carries a higher risk of developing coronary disease in women independent of known cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure," he said. However, why the risk is seen only among women is not clear, Ferraro noted. "A possible explanation for the observed differences ... Read more

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Skipping Breakfast a Recipe for Heart Disease, Study Finds

Posted 22 Jul 2013 by

MONDAY, July 22 – Men who skip breakfast have a 27 percent higher risk of suffering a heart attack or developing heart disease than those who start the day with something in their stomach, according to a new study. The study confirms earlier findings that have linked eating habits to elevated risk factors for heart disease, the Harvard researchers said. "Men who skip breakfast are more likely to gain weight, to develop diabetes, to have hypertension and to have high cholesterol," said Eric Rimm, senior author and associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and associate professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School. For example, breakfast skippers are 15 percent more likely to gain a substantial amount of weight and 21 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, earlier studies have reported. The new study, published July 22 in the ... Read more

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As Years Spent Obese Rise, So Do Heart Risks

Posted 16 Jul 2013 by

TUESDAY, July 16 – There's more bad news for overweight Americans: A 30-year study finds the risk for heart disease rises the longer someone is obese. "Each year of obesity was associated with about a 2 to 4 percent higher risk of subclinical coronary heart disease," said study lead author Jared Reis, an epidemiologist with the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. "Subclinical" heart disease means damage to arteries that shows up in markers such as calcium buildup on arterial walls, but has not yet developed into symptomatic illness. "Those with longest duration of both overall obesity and abdominal obesity tended to have the highest risk" for subclinical disease, Reis said. The report was published in the July 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the new study, Reis' team used scans to track calcium buildup in the heart arteries in almost 3,300 ... Read more

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Abdominal Fat Linked to Raised Heart, Cancer Risks

Posted 10 Jul 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, July 10 – People with excessive belly fat have a greater risk of heart disease and cancer than those who have fat in other body areas, a new study finds. Researchers used CT scans to assess fat in the abdomen, around the heart tissue and around the aortic artery in more than 3,000 Americans, average age 50. They were then followed for up to seven years. During the follow-up, there were 90 cardiovascular events, 141 cancer cases and 71 deaths. Abdominal fat – which typically indicates fat around internal organs – was associated with an increased risk of heart disease and cancer, the investigators found. The findings, published online July 10 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, might explain why people with a similar body mass index (BMI) but different body types have varied obesity-related health problems. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and ... Read more

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Depression, Antidepressants Tied to Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk in Older Women

Posted 23 Jun 2013 by

FRIDAY, June 21 – Older women who have depression or take antidepressants may be at increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, a new study finds. Researchers looked at about eight years of data from a few thousand postmenopausal women in the United States. Those who had depression or were using antidepressants were more likely to have a higher body-mass index (BMI), a measurement of body fat based on height and weight; larger waist size and signs of inflammation than those who did not have depression and were not taking antidepressants. These measurements are all associated with increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, noted the authors of the study in the June 13 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. "It may be prudent to monitor postmenopausal women who have elevated depression symptoms or are taking antidepressant medication to prevent diabetes ... Read more

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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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