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Building Muscle Could Boost the Body's Most Important Muscle

Posted 5 days ago 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 8 days ago 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 12 days ago 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 13 days ago 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 14 days ago 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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Vitamin D Boosts Heart Function in Study

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – Regular doses of vitamin D3 may improve heart function in heart failure patients, a new British study suggests. "These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients," said study leader Dr. Klaus Witte, from the University of Leeds School of Medicine. "It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness – known as heart failure." The study included more than 160 patients who had pacemakers and/or were receiving blood pressure drugs known as ACE inhibitors or beta blockers. The study participants took either vitamin D or inactive placebo pills once a day for a year. The researchers explained that they avoided using a calcium-based vitamin D supplement, because calcium can cause other problems for heart failure patients. Heart pumping function improved from 26 percent to 34 ... Read more

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Endometriosis Linked to Heart Disease in Study

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Women who have endometriosis, the abnormal growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus, may face a 60 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than women without the disorder, a new study suggests. The potential risk was especially high for women who were 40 or younger: they were three times more likely to have heart disease than women in the same age range without the gynecological condition, the researchers found. That finding could be partly explained by the endometriosis treatments themselves. These treatments, such as removal of the uterus and ovaries, have been linked in other studies to potential heart disease risk, the study authors said. "Women with endometriosis should be thinking about lifestyle changes and discussion with their doctor about steps they can take to prevent heart disease," said Stacey Missmer, the study's senior author. Missmer ... Read more

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Wearable 'Defibrillator-in-a-Vest' May Help Some Heart Patients

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – A vest containing a defibrillator may be an option for some heart patients who can't use an implantable defibrillator – the device that can shock the heart back to a proper rhythm if needed. That's the conclusion of the first science advisory on the devices just issued by the American Heart Association. The advisory, however, cautioned that there are still big gaps in knowledge about the devices and they should only be used as a short-term option for specific patients. "They serve an important niche, but there is relatively limited evidence about their effectiveness and safety," said the advisory's lead author, Dr. Jonathan Piccini, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. "We need research and clinical trials to figure out which patient populations they should be applied to and what the relative benefit is," he ... Read more

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Women, Men Share Similar Symptoms of Heart Disease

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – Tests used to confirm heart disease will probably pick up the same symptoms in women and men, a new study finds. The two most prominent symptoms – chest pain (angina) and shortness of breath – are common to both sexes, concludes a study of more than 10,000 people in the United States and Canada. "In most cases, symptoms of possible blockages in the heart's arteries are the same [for women] as those seen in men," study lead author Kshipra Hemal, of the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C., said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). However, the study also found that because standard evaluations don't include certain heart disease risk factors more common to women than men, it may still be tougher for women to receive an accurate diagnosis. The study will be presented April 3 at the ACC's annual meeting in Chicago, and ... Read more

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Statewide Training on Cardiac Arrest Saves Lives in N. Carolina

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – A North Carolina program to increase bystander action in cases of cardiac arrest saved lives and reduced brain damage among survivors, a new study shows. The statewide program trained family members and the general public to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and to perform CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs). "You can do something," said study author Dr. Christopher Fordyce, of the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C. "You don't have to just call 911 and stand while your loved one is on the floor. Start chest compressions immediately. Your actions actually make a difference." Cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of heart function in someone with or without known heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. The North Carolina study found that the rate of bystander CPR for cardiac arrests that occurred in ... Read more

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