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'Older' Blood Poses No Harm to Heart Surgery Patients: Study

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – 'Older' blood is just as safe for heart patients as transfusions of fresher blood, a new study shows. Researchers in Sweden found that heart surgery patients given blood stored for more than six weeks faced no greater harm than those who got blood donated within the previous two weeks. "Prior studies had reported that patients who undergo heart surgery and are transfused with blood stored for more than two weeks have worse survival and more complications than patients who are transfused with fresh blood," said study author Dr. Ulrik Sartipy, an associate professor in the department of molecular medicine and surgery at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. However, "In our study, which is by far the biggest of its kind, including all heart surgery patients in all of Sweden over a 16-year period, we find no evidence that prolonged storage of blood units has ... Read more

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Men's, Women's Hearts Age Differently

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – The heart ages differently for women and men. And this suggests a possible need for gender-specific treatments, according to a study published Oct. 20 in the journal Radiology. "The shape of the heart changes over time in both men and women, but the patterns of change are different. Men's hearts tend to get heavier and the amount of blood they hold is less, while women's hearts don't get heavier," study author Dr. John Eng, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a journal news release. Researchers used MRIs to examine the hearts of nearly 3,000 people without heart disease in the United States. The participants underwent another MRI about 10 years later, when they were aged 54 to 94 years. Both women and men had decreases in the volume of their left ventricle, the chamber of the heart that pumps blood throughout the body. ... Read more

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Poor Patients May Be More Likely to Die After Heart Surgery: Study

Posted 19 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 – Poor patients may be at higher risk for death after heart surgery, even in a country with universal health care, a new Swedish study finds. Researchers examined outcomes for more than 100,000 patients in Sweden who had heart surgery over 14 years. In Sweden, the entire population has access to the same health care plan, and heart surgeries are performed at a small number of medical centers with similar care and performance standards. The link between low income and increased risk of death remained the same even after the investigators included heart risk factors and other health problems. The study was published online Oct. 19 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The connection between low income and higher risk of heart disease is well-established, but most studies are conducted in countries without universal health care, where individual ... Read more

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During Menopause, 'Good' Cholesterol May Lose Protective Effect on Heart

Posted 16 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 – HDL cholesterol is commonly called the "good" cholesterol, but new research suggests that it could be harmful to women going through menopause. The new study finds that rather than helping to inhibit the formation of dangerous plaque in the arteries, HDL cholesterol may increase its buildup during menopause. This process is known as hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, and can lead to heart trouble. "This was surprising," said lead researcher Samar El Khoudary, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. "We know that the good cholesterol is supposed to protect women," she said. And, before menopause, good cholesterol does help protect against heart disease, El Khoudary said. But during menopause, HDL cholesterol seems to add to the plaque buildup, she explained. "This was independent of other factors such as body weight and ... Read more

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Positive Outlook May Help Heart Disease Patients Heal

Posted 16 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 – Heart disease patients with a sunny disposition are more likely to exercise, stick with their medications and take other steps to ward off further heart trouble, a new study suggests. Researchers said the findings add to a large body of evidence linking a positive approach to better heart health. Specifically, the results support the theory that healthier habits are a key reason that positive people tend to have less heart trouble. It all makes sense, according to James Maddux, a senior scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. "Over the years, we've learned a lot about this complex process called self-motivation," said Maddux, who was not involved in the study. When faced with a challenge – a diagnosis of heart disease, for example – people who are generally positive will become "task-oriented," Maddux ... Read more

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Should the Annual Physical Be Scrapped?

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – Doctors continue to debate the worth of a time-honored tradition of health care – the annual physical examination. Some want the once-a-year physical abandoned, based on a growing body of research that these exams don't reduce your overall risk of disease or death. But yearly checkups help build the relationship between doctor and patient, leaving both better prepared when illness does strike, other doctors respond. In editorials in the Oct. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Harvard professors air both sides of the debate. The original idea behind the annual physical examination held that these visits provide doctors an opportunity to practice preventive medicine, said Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, an associate professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Doctors would detect problems such as high blood pressure, ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Raise Women's Heart Risk, But Not Men's

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – The nighttime breathing disturbance known as sleep apnea can boost a woman's risk for heart problems and even death, but there was no such effect for men, a new study finds. The finding "highlights the importance of sleep apnea screening and treatment for women, a group who often are not routinely screened for sleep apnea," study co-author Dr. Susan Redline, a sleep specialist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a hospital news release. The study involved more than 1,600 people, average age 63, who did not have heart disease at the start of the study. All were tracked for an average of nearly 14 years. During that time, 46 percent of the men and 32 percent of the women either developed heart problems or died. The study wasn't designed to prove cause and effect. However, Redline's group found that women with moderate to severe sleep apnea had ... Read more

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Doctors, Nurse Practitioners Offer Comparable Outpatient Heart Care: Study

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – Heart disease patients appear to get comparable care whether they see a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, a new study finds. But most outpatient cardiac care fails to meet established standards for good heart health management, regardless of the provider, the researchers determined. Just over 10 percent of providers complied with all of the current recommendations, the study revealed. Many patients aren't getting the care they need, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. "As a result [they] may be at risk for cardiovascular events and deaths that could have been prevented," added Fonarow, who wasn't involved in the study. The researchers, led by Dr. Salim Virani, a cardiologist at the DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, based their results on more than 600,000 heart ... Read more

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Severely Obese Kids at Higher Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Children who are severely obese, especially boys, have risk factors that increase their odds of getting heart disease and diabetes, new research finds. "As the severity of obesity in kids gets worse, their risks for heart disease and diabetes goes up," said study author Asheley Skinner, an associate professor of pediatrics and health policy management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Children who are the most obese, she said, are twice as likely to have some of the risk factors for heart disease and diabetes as the mildly obese. The fact that the doubling of risk came from a comparison to mildly obese children, not normal-weight kids, is especially concerning, she said. The study is published Oct. 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Severe obesity is on the rise among U.S. children and young adults, according to background ... Read more

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More Evidence High-Fiber, Mediterranean Diet Is Good for You

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 – Numerous studies have extolled the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Now, research suggests the regimen may also boost levels of beneficial fatty acids. These so-called "short chain fatty acids" are produced by bacteria in the intestine during fermentation of insoluble fiber from fruits, vegetables and legumes. The fatty acids are believed to provide a number of health benefits, including a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and inflammatory diseases, an Italian team reports in the Sept. 29 issue of the journal Gut. "We provide here tangible evidence of the impact of a healthy diet and a Mediterranean dietary pattern," wrote the team led by Danilo Ercolini, a professor of microbiology at the University of Naples in Italy. The study of 153 Italian adults found higher levels of short chain fatty acids in vegans, vegetarians and those who closely ... Read more

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Sedentary Behavior Linked to Heart Disease in Hispanics

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by

MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Hispanics who are inactive much of the time are at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, even if they get regular exercise, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 Hispanic adults in Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego. Compared to those who were most physically active, adults who were most inactive had: 6 percent lower levels of "good" HDL cholesterol; 16 percent higher levels of triglycerides, a fat associated with plaque buildup in the arteries; and a 29 percent higher measure of insulin resistance, often a precursor to diabetes. The more inactive they were, the greater the participants' heart disease and diabetes risk. Those at highest risk were inactive more than 13 hours a day. The link between high levels of inactivity and heart disease and diabetes risk factors was evident even if people met recommended ... Read more

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Sweetened Drinks May Damage Heart, Review Finds

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by

MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages can seriously damage heart health, a new review finds. The added sugar in sodas, fruit drinks, sweet teas and energy drinks affects the body in ways that increase risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke, said review author Vasanti Malik, a nutrition research scientist at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Consuming one or two servings a day of sugar-sweetened beverages has been linked to a 35 percent greater risk of heart attack or fatal heart disease, a 16 percent increased risk of stroke and as much as a 26 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the report concluded. "Reducing the consumption of these drinks, it's not going to solve the heart disease epidemic, but it's one step that can have a measurable impact," Malik said. "It's not the only thing that needs to be ... Read more

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More Evidence Daily Aspirin May Fight Colon Cancer, Other Gastro Tumors

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by

MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Millions of Americans already take a low-dose daily aspirin to help shield their hearts. Now, a new study suggests the same inexpensive pill might extend survival for patients battling cancers of the gastrointestinal tract – including tumors of the colon and esophagus. "Given that aspirin is a cheap, off-patent drug with relatively few side effects, this will have a great impact on health care systems as well as patients," study lead author Dr. Martine Frouws, of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, said in a news release from the European Cancer Congress (ECC). The study was presented Sunday in Vienna at the annual ECC meeting. One U.S. expert said the findings aren't surprising. "For many years, gastroenterologists and oncologists have known that aspirin can improve survival in certain types of hereditary colon cancer," said Dr. Arun ... Read more

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Childhood Trauma May Boost Heart Disease Risk for a Lifetime

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by

MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Experiencing high levels of mental stress at any point in life – even if only in childhood – may raise the risk for heart disease, stroke or diabetes in adulthood, a new study suggests. "The most striking and perhaps sobering finding in our study is that high levels of childhood distress predicted heightened adult disease risk, even when there was no evidence that these high levels of distress persisted into adulthood," said study author Ashley Winning, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "Greater attention must be paid to psychological distress in childhood," Winning said. "It is an important issue in its own right and may also set up a trajectory of risk of poor health as people age." The findings were reported online Sept. 28 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers tracked ... Read more

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Differences Found in Smokers, Nonsmokers Who Develop Lung Cancer

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by

SUNDAY, Sept. 27, 2015 – A new study has identified significant differences between lung cancer patients who smoke and those who don't. Smoking is the main risk factor for non-small cell lung cancer, but nonsmokers can get it too and rates of the disease among nonsmokers are rising in many countries, according to researchers at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Lisbon. The investigators compared more than 1,400 Portuguese patients with this type of lung cancer and found that nonsmokers were more likely than smokers to be women and to have adenocarcinoma, the most common form of non-small cell lung cancer. The nonsmokers were also less likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, previous cancer of the larynx, or weight loss, the results showed. In addition, nonsmokers lived about twice as long after diagnosis, an average of 51 months compared to 25 ... Read more

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