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After Heart Attack, New Threat: Heart Failure

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Risk of heart failure appears high within a few years of a first heart attack, a new study finds. "Heart failure is a major medical problem with a high chance of hospitalization and death," said study author Dr. Johannes Gho, a cardiology resident at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. Heart failure means the heart can't pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body's demands. Improved heart attack treatment has led to higher survival rates, leaving more patients susceptible to later heart failure, Gho said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. For the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 25,000 people in the United Kingdom who suffered a first heart attack. Nearly 25 percent of these patients developed heart failure within four years, the investigators found. Certain risk factors increased the risk of heart failure ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Raise Risks for Angioplasty Patients

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Scientists say they now have more evidence that sleep apnea might worsen heart disease. Sleep apnea leads to interrupted breathing during sleep. In their study, the researchers found that patients with the condition who had a form of the heart procedure called angioplasty were much more likely to suffer heart attacks or strokes after their procedure. The big difference held up even when the researchers adjusted their findings so they wouldn't be thrown off by factors like obesity and high blood pressure, which are common in these patients. While the study did not prove sleep apnea caused heart disease to worsen, the authors think the first one probably exacerbates the second one. "For cardiologists inserting stents for coronary artery disease, it is important to screen the patients for obstructive sleep apnea," said study author Dr. Lee Chi-Hang. "And patients ... Read more

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Watch Walking to Gauge Health After Heart Surgery

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – Assessing the prognosis of a loved one who's scheduled for heart surgery may be as easy as watching them walk, a new study suggests. Patients who aren't able to walk a short distance at a comfortable pace before heart surgery are at greater risk for death following heart procedures, says a team of Canadian researchers. One U.S. doctor wasn't surprised by the finding. "We knew people with a slower gait speed would have a harder time recovering, and it's helpful that these initial impressions are now supported with data," said Dr. Scott Schubach, chair of cardiovascular surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital, in Mineola, N.Y. For the study, researchers led by Dr. Jonathan Afilalo of McGill University in Montreal assessed heart patients' gait speed – the ability to walk about 16 feet in a reasonable amount of time. Gait speed, the researchers explained, reveals ... Read more

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Health Tip: Climate Change Affects Health

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Climate change and associated extreme weather pose significant threats to human health. The American Lung Association mentions these examples: Warmer temperatures and more droughts mean worsening air pollution from factors such as ozone, dust and wildfires. Since plants produce more pollen in warmer weather, climate change can mean worsening allergies. Wildfires, which are more common during drought conditions, can trigger serious problems for asthmatics, and people with heart or lung disease. Read more

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No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

Posted 4 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – Taking cholesterol-lowering statins right before heart surgery, once touted as a way to prevent common postoperative complications, has no benefit and may even cause harm, a new study suggests. In that setting, Crestor (rosuvastatin) did not prevent either the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation or heart damage, and it was linked to a slightly increased risk of kidney damage, researchers said. "There are many valid reasons why one may want to take statins, but prevention of postoperative complications in cardiac surgery is not one of them," said lead researcher Dr. Barbara Casadei. She is a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Oxford in England. "Our study is consistent with the idea that well-established beneficial effects of statin therapy, such as the reduction in heart attacks and strokes, are only achieved by long-term ... Read more

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Building Muscle Could Boost the Body's Most Important Muscle

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – Having more muscle and less fat reduces the risk of early death in people with heart disease, a new study suggests. Doctors should encourage patients to do resistance exercises as part of a healthy lifestyle, rather than emphasizing and monitoring weight loss, the study authors advised. For the study, Dr. Preethi Srikanthan of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues analyzed data gathered from more than 6,400 Americans with heart disease. The investigators found that people with higher amounts of muscle and lower levels of body fat were less likely to die of heart problems or any other causes than those in three other groups based on body composition. The groups were: low muscle/high fat; low muscle/low fat; or high muscle/high fat. Because people with more muscle were more likely to have a high body mass index (BMI, a measurement based on ... Read more

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Night Shift Work May Be Tough on a Woman's Heart

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Women who work rotating night shifts may face a slightly increased risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. "We saw a modest increased risk of heart disease associated with longer duration of rotating night shift work, which appears to wane after stopping shift work," said lead researcher Celine Vetter. She is an instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. That increased risk ranged from 15 percent to 18 percent when compared to women who did not work rotating night shifts, the study found. But the more time that elapsed after quitting such night shift work, the lower the risk for heart disease, Vetter said. And this "further supports the hypothesis that the risk of coronary heart disease associated with shift work might wane over time when women stopped working [such] shifts. This is a new finding," she said. Rotating night shift ... Read more

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Childhood Cancer Survivors Often Feel Older Than Their Years

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 – Surviving a childhood cancer can take a toll on health, and new research shows that young adults who've been through the ordeal often feel aged before their time. "Our findings indicate survivors' accelerated aging, and also help us understand the health-related risks associated with having had cancer as a child," said study senior author Dr. Lisa Diller. She is chief medical officer of Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. "What's encouraging is that the lower quality-of-life scores are associated with chronic disease after treatment, not with a history of pediatric cancer itself," Diller explained in a Dana-Farber news release. The researchers studied data on thousands of childhood cancer survivors in the United States. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, overall health-related quality-of-life scores were similar to those of adults in the ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Meds Won't Raise Chances of Heart Attack, Stroke, Study Suggests

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 – Treatment with estrogen-lowering drugs called aromatase inhibitors doesn't raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes among breast cancer survivors, a new study suggests. However, the researchers did find that women who took the drugs had a slightly higher risk of less serious heart problems, such as an abnormal heart beat or swelling and irritation of the membrane surrounding the heart. "Our study is a comprehensive assessment of the impact aromatase inhibitors have on cardiovascular risk and provides reassurance that the hormone therapy to reduce breast cancer recurrence does not increase risk of the most fatal cardiovascular events," said study author Reina Haque. She is a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente's Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation. "A particular strength of our study is that we accounted for women's other potential ... Read more

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Lonely, Isolated People May Be Prone to Heart Disease, Stroke

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 – Lonely and isolated people may face a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, researchers report. Social isolation raised that risk by about 30 percent, exerting the same level of influence on heart health as risk factors such as anxiety and job stress, the British review found. "Addressing loneliness and social isolation could have an important role in the prevention of two of the leading causes of ill health and mortality worldwide," said lead researcher Nicole Valtorta, a research fellow in the department of health sciences at the University of York. "We take risk factors like obesity and physical inactivity for granted, whereas we do not yet with social isolation and loneliness," she said. "The data from our study support us taking it seriously." But this analysis could not prove that loneliness and social isolation caused heart problems or strokes, only ... Read more

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Expert Panel Reaffirms Daily Aspirin's Use Against Heart Disease, Colon Cancer

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – People in their 50s who are at increased risk of heart disease should take a low-dose aspirin each day to reduce their risk of both heart disease and colon cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends. Americans in their 60s who are at increased risk of heart disease can also benefit from taking aspirin, the influential expert panel said, but the benefit is somewhat smaller for this age group. Therefore, the decision to take low-dose aspirin between age 60 to 69 should be made with a doctor, based on the patients' risk of heart disease and gastrointestinal bleeding, as well as their overall health and personal preferences. A low-dose aspirin is typically 81 milligrams. The USPSTF said that there is not enough evidence to determine the risks or benefits of daily low-dose aspirin in adults who are either younger than 50, or older than 70. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercise for a Healthier Heart

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It's common knowledge that exercise helps you shed pounds. But it also can help your heart. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says exercise: Boosts lung function and makes your heart stronger, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to be pumped throughout your body. Reduces the risk of plaque formation inside your arteries, which can lead to coronary heart disease and heart attack. Lowers blood pressure and blood fats, and helps regulate blood sugar. Helps reduce inflammation, control weight and boost healthy HDL cholesterol. Read more

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A Few Key Steps Can Protect Your Heart and Kidneys

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 – Taking care of your heart may also help your kidneys, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at more than 14,800 adults, between the ages of 45 and 64, who were grouped by how closely they followed the American Heart Association ideals for heart health. Those ideals – dubbed Life's Simple 7 – include healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, diet and body weight, as well as getting sufficient exercise and not smoking. After an average follow-up of 22 years, one-third of participants who began the study with none of the ideals had developed chronic kidney disease, compared to 6.5 percent of participants who had at least six of the heart health ideals. While smoking, body fat, physical activity, blood pressure and blood sugar were associated with kidney disease risk, cholesterol and diet were not, the researchers found. The findings were ... Read more

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Hispanics More Likely to Have Heart Pumping Problems, Study Says

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Hispanics have higher rates of heart pumping problems than other Americans, yet many don't know they have a disorder that can lead to heart failure, a new study finds. The research included more than 1,800 Hispanic people. They were between 45 and 74 years old. They lived in New York City, Chicago, Miami and San Diego. About half had a blood pumping problem (called cardiac dysfunction), the study found. But, fewer than 1 in 20 knew they had the heart problem, the study revealed. The study was published April 5 in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. "The perception has been that Hispanics/Latinos are a low-risk group for cardiac dysfunction, but that is not true," senior study author Dr. Carlos Rodriguez said in a journal news release. He's an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. A ... Read more

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Harmful Artery-Stiffening Seen in Healthy 40-Year-Olds

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Even healthy, young adults may have hardening of the arteries that can harm their brain health, a new study suggests. Brain changes that can lead to mental decline and Alzheimer's disease later in life have been found in people in their 40s, the researchers reported. The new study shows "that increasing arterial stiffness is detrimental to the brain, and that increasing stiffness and brain injury begin in early middle life, before we commonly think of prevalent diseases such as atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease or stroke having an impact," said study author Pauline Maillard. She is a researcher in the department of neurology and Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. "These results may be a new avenue of treatment to sustain brain health," she added in a university news release. The study included about 1,900 participants in the ... Read more

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