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'Atkins'-Type Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Problems: Study

Posted 27 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 26 – Women who regularly eat a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet may be raising their risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 28 percent, a new study suggests. Although the absolute increase in risk is small – four or five extra cases per 10,000 women – many young women try the Atkins diet or similar regimens and could be setting themselves up for cardiovascular problems later in life, the researchers noted. "Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets are frequently used for body-weight control," said lead researcher Dr. Pagona Lagiou, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Athens Medical School in Greece. "Although [the diets] may be nutritionally acceptable if the protein is mainly of plant origin, such as nuts, and the reduction of carbohydrates applies mainly to simple and refined [carbohydrates] like unhealthy sweeteners, drinks and snacks, the ... Read more

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9 in 10 Blacks With High Blood Pressure Have Early Heart Disease

Posted 7 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 7 – High blood pressure is strongly associated with heart disease in black Americans, new research shows. In the study, published online May 31 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, researchers looked at 161 people who came to a single emergency department. More than 93 percent of the patients were black. None had symptoms or a history of heart disease but 94 percent had a history of high blood pressure, or "hypertension." Echocardiograms (an image of the heart) revealed that nearly 91 percent of the patients had the beginnings of heart disease despite the lack of symptoms. Most of the patients with heart disease had diastolic dysfunction, which means that the heart had a reduced ability to pump blood to the body, brain and lungs. "These results present a tremendous opportunity to screen for heart disease before it becomes symptomatic, especially in a population with high ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Heart Disease

Posted 7 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

-- You can't control all risk factors for heart disease, but living a healthy lifestyle and taking medication prescribed by your doctor can help prevent many of its dangerous risk factors. The Womenshealth.gov website suggests these steps to help reduce your risk of heart disease: Maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressure. Quit or avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol. Take steps to control diabetes. Maintain a healthy body weight. Get plenty of regular exercise and adhere to a regular sleep schedule. Control conditions such as sleep apnea and metabolic syndrome. Read more

Related support groups: Heart Disease, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Ultrasound May Detect Heart Disease Earlier in Arthritis Patients

Posted 6 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 6 – A special type of ultrasound can detect heart disease early in people with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for heart disease, and it is important to be able to spot the disease at an early stage and begin treatment before it progresses to the point where a patient is at danger for a heart attack or heart failure, the researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., explained. Diagnostic methods commonly used by doctors, however, often underestimate the degree of heart danger in these patients. "The challenge we've had in our studies – and other people have had as well – is identifying patients with rheumatoid arthritis early enough so we can intervene, before the symptoms become clinically apparent," senior researcher Dr. Sherine Gabriel, a rheumatologist and epidemiologist, said in a ... Read more

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Amazon Tribe Gives Clues to Heart-Healthy Lifestyles

Posted 25 May 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 25 – Investigating indigenous Amazonian or African peoples who still follow a hunter-gatherer or forager-horticulturist lifestyle is giving new insights into how diet and lifestyle affect the heart as humans age. Two new studies found that these types of hunter-gatherer or foraging peoples have lower increases in blood pressure related to their age and are less likely to have hardening of the arteries than people with more modern lifestyles. Lifestyle factors such as high levels of physical activity and large amounts of fruits and vegetables – and low calories – in their diets may help protect these groups against those health problems, the researchers said. The studies appeared online May 21 in the journal Hypertension. One study looked at nearly 2,300 adults in 82 Tsimane villages in Bolivia's Amazon basin. Tsimane people live in the lowlands and are ... Read more

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U.S. Sees Drop in Deaths Linked to Diabetes

Posted 22 May 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 22 – Healthier lifestyles and better disease management led to a sharp drop in death rates for Americans with diabetes between 1997 and 2006, especially deaths caused by heart disease and stroke, a new federal government report shows. During that time, deaths from all causes for Americans with diabetes fell by 23 percent and deaths caused by heart disease and stroke in this group declined by 40 percent, according to the analysis of 1997-2004 National Health Interview Survey data on nearly 250,000 adults. One expert said the findings were reason for hope. "The encouraging news that less diabetic patients are dying from heart disease and stroke is a testament to multiple factors that have changed the playing field," said Dr. Tara Narula, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The study was conducted by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Heart Disease, Ischemic Stroke, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetes Mellitus

Obese Teens Can Have Heart Damage Without Showing Signs

Posted 21 May 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21 – Heart damage can be present in obese teens who don't have any symptoms of heart disease, a small, preliminary study found. Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease, and previous research has shown that obese adults have damage to their hearts. In the new study, researchers examined the heart structure and function of 97 adolescents – 32 lean, 33 overweight and 32 obese – with no symptoms of heart disease. The results showed that the obese adolescents had damaged hearts with thicker walls and impaired heart function. The study is scheduled for presentation today at the Heart Failure Congress in Belgrade, Serbia, an annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. "Education on healthy food and exercise is needed in schools to prevent obesity and early cardiovascular disease in adolescents," lead author Gani Bajraktari, professor ... Read more

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Study Links Antibiotic to Slight Rise in Heart Patients' Death Risk

Posted 16 May 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 16 – The widely prescribed antibiotic azithromycin may slightly raise the risk of death in patients with heart disease, a new study suggests. Several antibiotics have been tied to an increased risk of sudden death among heart patients, and recent reports have suggested azithromycin (Zithromax) might be part of that group, said the researchers, from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. "For patients with elevated cardiovascular risk, the cardiovascular effects of azithromycin may be an important clinical consideration," said study author Wayne Ray, a professor of preventive medicine at the school. "All antibiotics have risks and benefits, which must be considered in the prescribing decision." When patients and their doctors consider an antibiotic, they should weigh the heart risks of azithromycin against the severity of the infection and the effectiveness of ... Read more

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Today's Kids May Be Destined for Adult Heart Disease

Posted 4 May 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 4 – No longer an adults-only issue, heart health has become increasingly problematic for American children. An array of factors has been deemed key to a healthy heart by the American Heart Association, including maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active on a regular basis, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels normal. But half of U.S. kids meet just four or fewer of these health criteria, according to a report, Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2012 Update, which was published in Circulation. And, among those in high school, 30 percent of girls and 17 percent of boys do not get the recommended 60 minutes a day of physical activity, the report noted. In addition, a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in five children had abnormal cholesterol levels, which ... Read more

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Study Finds Direct Link Between Obesity, Heart Disease

Posted 2 May 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 2 – A large new study is the first to show a direct link between a high body-mass index and the risk of developing heart disease, British and Danish researchers say. Body-mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on height and weight. People with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 are normal weight while those with a BMI of 30 or more are obese. Those in between are deemed overweight. For the study, the researchers analyzed data from more than 75,000 people in Copenhagen and found that those with a high BMI had a 26 percent increased risk of developing heart disease. Further analysis using genetic and other data showed that a BMI increase of 4 points increases the risk of heart disease by no less than 52 percent. "By doing epidemiological studies combined with genetic analysis, we have been able to show in a group of nearly 76,000 persons that a high BMI is enough in itself to damage ... Read more

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Healthy Weight Loss May Also Cut Your Cancer Risk

Posted 1 May 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 1 – Moderate weight loss reduces levels of inflammation that have been tied to certain cancers, at least in postmenopausal women, a new study suggests. According to the findings, older women who lost at least 5 percent of their body weight through diet alone or diet plus exercise showed significant reductions in key inflammatory blood markers such as C-reactive protein and interleukin-6. In addition to risk for heart disease, elevated levels of these markers have also been associated with increased risk for several cancers, including breast, colon, lung and endometrial cancer. The findings appear May 1 in the journal Cancer Research. "Our findings support weight loss through calorie reduction and increased exercise as a means for reducing inflammatory biomarkers and thereby potentially reducing cancer risk in overweight and obese postmenopausal women," said researchers led ... Read more

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No Proof That Gum Disease Causes Heart Disease, Experts Say

Posted 18 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 18 – A new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association says no convincing evidence exists linking untreated gum disease to heart disease or stroke. Nor is there strong evidence that treating gum disease can reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke, the report says. For more than 100 years, it was said that gum, or periodontal, disease could lead to cardiovascular disease, a major cause of death in the United States, but an extensive analysis found no proof of that connection. "It's a statement that current science does not support a direct association or a causative association," said Dr. Peter Lockhart, a professor, dentist and co-chair of oral medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, N.C. The report has been in the works for more than three years, Lockhart said. "It was a matter of finding out, what is the state of the science?" ... Read more

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More Smog Might Mean More Hospitalizations

Posted 18 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 18 – Long-term exposure to fine-particle air pollution may increase older adults' risk of being hospitalized for lung and heart disease, stroke and diabetes, a new study says. Harvard School of Public Health researchers compared air-quality data with hospital admission records on all Medicare patients aged 65 and older admitted to 3,000 New England hospitals between 2000 and 2006. The researchers focused on fine air particles known as PM2.5, which have a diameter of 2.5 microns or less and are narrower than the width of a human hair. These particles – emitted by vehicles, power plants, wood-burning devices and some industrial processes – can lodge in the lungs and cause inflammation throughout the body. "Our study found that long-term rates of admissions for pneumonia, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes are higher in locations with higher long-term average particle ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Asthma, Heart Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Ischemic Stroke, Respiratory Tract Disease

Spouses of Cancer Patients May Have Raised Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

Posted 11 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 11 – The spouses of cancer patients are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers said the explanation might be that stress takes a toll on the health of caregivers. Using the national Swedish cancer registry and the Swedish inpatient registry, researchers found that risk for heart disease and stroke increased by 13 to 29 percent in people whose partner had cancer. "Our study shows that preventive efforts aimed at reducing psychological stress and negative risk factors are important for people whose life partner has got cancer," Jianguang Ji, a researcher from the Centre for Primary Healthcare Research in Malmo, Sweden, said in a university news release. "Previous studies have shown that preventive work can considerably reduce stress and anxiety in close relatives of patients." The study authors considered another explanation for ... Read more

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EKG Heart Test May Predict Risk in Older Adults

Posted 10 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 10 – Minor changes in the results of a commonly used heart test – an electrocardiogram, or EKG – translate into a 35 percent increased risk of heart events, such as heart attacks, hospitalizations for chest pain or the need for heart surgery, in people over 70, according to new research. For people with major abnormalities in their EKG, the risk of having a heart event is even higher, compared to people with normal tests. "We analyzed data from the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. More than 3,000 patients had an electrocardiogram done at baseline, but we only included the people who didn't have a previous history of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease, so no heart attacks or strokes," said lead study author Dr. Reto Auer, a research fellow in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. "We found ... Read more

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