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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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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

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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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