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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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Belly Fat May Hurt Your Heart the Hardest

Posted 29 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 28 – People who have a normal weight but have excess belly fat may have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than even obese individuals, researchers report. In a new study, investigators found that normal-weight people who have what is called central obesity are at almost three times greater risk of dying from heart disease and two times greater risk of dying from any cause than those of normal weight with a normal waist-to-hip ratio. "People with normal weight may be less likely to feel the need for lifestyle changes," explained lead researcher Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "But, central obesity isn't healthy even in those with normal weight." There are several reasons why central obesity may raise the risk of death, Lopez-Jimenez said. It increases insulin resistance, and people with central obesity tend to have ... Read more

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Normal-Weight People With Type 2 Diabetes Have Higher Death Risk: Study

Posted 7 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 7 – Normal-weight people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have more than twice the risk of dying from heart disease and other causes than their overweight peers with the disease, a new analysis indicates. Although type 2 diabetes is normally associated with people who are overweight and lead sedentary lifestyles, the metabolic disorder can affect those who are normal weight. In the study, about one in eight people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were of normal weight – and it appears the disease may be more aggressive in people who aren't overweight when they're diagnosed. "We were somewhat surprised to find that people who have type 2 diabetes who were normal weight at the time of diagnosis had higher rates of mortality than those who were overweight or obese," said study author Mercedes Carnethon, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Feinberg School ... Read more

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Some Improvement in Heart Risk Factors for Americans: CDC

Posted 3 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 3 – About 47 percent of American adults have at least one risk factor for heart disease, according to a new report released Friday. These risk factors include uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and smoking, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We have seen declines [in risk factors], but there's still work to be done," said the report's lead author, CDC health statistician Cheryl Fryar. Findings of the report, culled from data gathered from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, included: A drop in the rate of adults with at least one risk factor from 58 percent in 1999 to 46.5 percent in 2010. Men (52 percent) are more likely than women (41 percent) to have one of these risk factors. From 1999 to 2010, there was a drop in the percentage of whites and Mexican Americans who ... Read more

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Even Mild Depression, Anxiety Hurts the Heart: Study

Posted 31 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31 – Even mild depression or anxiety may raise your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes, according to British researchers. And the greater the level of psychological distress, the higher the odds of death from heart disease, the researchers say. "The fact that an increased risk of mortality was evident, even at low levels of psychological distress, should prompt research into whether treatment of these very common, minor symptoms can reduce this increased risk of death," said lead researcher Tom Russ, a clinical research fellow at the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Center of the University of Edinburgh. For the study, published online July 31 in BMJ, Russ and colleagues analyzed 10 studies of men and women enrolled in the Health Survey for England from 1994 to 2004. Data on more than 68,000 adults aged 35 and older was included overall. Each ... Read more

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More Americans Have at Least 2 Chronic Health Issues: CDC

Posted 31 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31 – The number of Americans aged 45 and older with two or more chronic conditions has grown over the past decade, new research estimates, with seniors especially vulnerable to a rising risk of both diabetes and high blood pressure. Between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010, the percentage of Americans in the 45- to 64-year age group with two or more of the conditions grew from 16 percent to 21 percent, according to survey results. For adults 65 and older, the percentage increased from 37 percent to 45 percent. The survey was compiled by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Released Tuesday, the report from Virginia Freid and colleagues looked at nine chronic conditions: hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, current asthma and kidney disease. ... Read more

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Many Medicaid Patients Skip Drugs That Could Prevent Heart Trouble

Posted 20 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 20 – Many Medicaid recipients with chronic health conditions that can lead to heart disease – diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – do not take their prescribed medications, a new study has found. The researchers said failure to take medications leads to higher costs of care and an increased risk of hospitalization and even death. They looked at 2008 and 2009 data from more than 150,000 Medicaid patients in New York City, aged 20 to 64, and found that only 63 percent of those with the three chronic conditions took their prescribed medications. Older patients and white and Asian patients were most likely to take their medications, while black and Hispanic patients were least likely. "The outcome of this study is concerning, as it shows a large number of people with chronic conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease aren't taking prescribed medications, ... Read more

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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

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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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