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High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Tied to Later Heart Trouble

Posted 27 Nov 2012 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 – Single-child mothers who develop preeclampsia during their pregnancy are more likely to die from heart disease later in life than mothers with multiple children who developed the blood pressure condition during their first pregnancy, a large, new study suggests. The study was published online Nov. 27 in the journal BMJ. This is the first time that this increased risk among single-child mothers has been reported and suggests that these women require special monitoring, according to a journal news release. Preeclampsia is a serious condition in which high blood pressure and protein in the mother's urine develop in the second half of pregnancy. Researchers looked at data from more than 836,000 Norwegian women who gave birth to their first child between 1967 and 2009. By 2009, nearly 3,900 of the women had died from heart disease. Overall, women with preeclampsia in ... Read more

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Routine Checkups Don't Cut Cancer, Heart Deaths: Study

Posted 21 Nov 2012 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 – Routine checkups don't help reduce a patient's risk of dying from either heart disease or cancer, new Danish research suggests. The finding applies to doctor visits among the general population, in which seemingly healthy patients, without any specific disease risk, come in on a regular basis for an array of standardized screenings and lifestyle counseling. The goal of such checkups is to catch early signs of disease and thereby reduce the risk for early death. But the fresh review of 14 previous studies involving nearly 183,000 patients uncovered no evidence that such checkups do anything of the sort. On the contrary, the research team found that routine checkups of healthy people may actually promote the use of potentially harmful invasive testing while at the same time leading to overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment. "We could not find evidence of benefit from ... Read more

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More Gene Variants Linked to Heart Trouble

Posted 8 Nov 2012 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 8 – Specific DNA variations explain more than 10 percent of the inherited genetic risk for developing heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers discovered 20 previously unidentified genetic variations in more than 63,000 people with coronary artery disease, which causes more deaths worldwide than any other disease. These variations were uncommon in a control group of more than 130,000 people without heart disease. The newly identified mutations bring to 47 the total number of genetic variations that have so far been linked to an increased risk for developing heart disease, according to study co-leader Panos Deloukas, head of the Genetics of Complex Traits in Humans research group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in Cambridge, England. One previous study estimated that 30 percent to 60 percent of heart disease cases might be attributable to genetic risk ... Read more

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Too Much Sitting Linked to Fat Buildup Around the Heart

Posted 8 Nov 2012 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 8 – All those hours Americans spend in their office chairs or on their sofas may be packing on a particularly unhealthy form of fat around the heart, a new study suggests. What's more, the fat stayed in place even when people undertook regular exercise, according to a study reported this week in Los Angeles at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association. CT scans of more than 500 older Americans found that excess time spent sitting "was significantly related to pericardial fat around your heart," said study lead author Britta Larsen, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of California, San Diego. There have been numerous large studies recently suggesting that when it comes to its deleterious health effects, sitting is not just the absence of physical activity – it has effects on the body that go beyond lack ... Read more

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Winter Brings Rise in Heart-Related Deaths, Study Finds

Posted 6 Nov 2012 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 – Heart-related deaths increase across the United States in winter, even in areas with warmer climates, a new study found. Researchers analyzed data on deaths between 2005 and 2008 in seven locations with different climates: Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Los Angeles County, Calif. In all seven areas, the total number of deaths and heart-related deaths – caused by heart attack, heart failure, cardiovascular disease and stroke – averaged 26 percent to 36 percent higher in winter than in summer. The seasonal patterns of total and heart-related deaths were similar in the seven different climate areas, according to the researchers at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. The study was to be presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Los Angeles. The researchers didn't look at the specific reasons why ... Read more

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Could an Aging Face Reflect an Unhealthy Heart?

Posted 6 Nov 2012 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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