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Studies Reveal Gender Gap in Heart Care

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2015 – New research suggests that doctors don't warn younger women when they're at risk for heart disease as often as they warn men. And once younger women suffer a common kind of heart attack, they are less likely to get a common treatment and more likely to die in the hospital. The findings were reported in two separate studies in the Oct. 26 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The disparities between the genders were significant. According to the analysis of 1.4 million heart attack cases, 4.5 percent of women under 60 died in the hospital, compared to 3 percent of comparable men. The death rates for both genders actually went up from 2004-2011. The findings challenge "the mistaken belief that women are not at risk for heart attack and that it is 'a man's disease.' Just because a woman is relatively young, she should not assume that worrisome ... Read more

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Loading Up on Fruit, Veggies in Early Adulthood Pays Off Later

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2015 – Young adults who eat more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day have healthier hearts when they're older, a new study finds. Researchers divided more than 2,500 young adults into three groups based on how many fruits and vegetables they ate. Twenty years later, CT scans showed that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables as young adults were 26 percent less likely to have calcified plaque in their arteries than those who ate the least. This plaque is associated with hardening of the arteries, which increases the risk of heart disease. "People shouldn't assume that they can wait until they're older to eat healthy – our study suggests that what you eat as a young adult may be as important as what you eat as an older adult," said study author Dr. Michael Miedema, senior consulting cardiologist and clinical investigator at the Minneapolis Heart ... Read more

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Nitrous Oxide OK During Surgery for People With Heart Disease

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by

SUNDAY, Oct. 25, 2015 – Nitrous oxide, commonly known as "laughing gas," is a safe anesthetic for surgery patients who have or are at risk of heart disease, a new study finds. The findings are "welcome news because nitrous oxide is widely used around the world as part of the mixture of agents for general anesthesia," lead author Dr. Kate Leslie, a professor at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia, said in an American Society of Anesthesiologists news release. "Nitrous oxide is inexpensive, simple to administer and helps with pain as well as anesthesia," she added. The research included nearly 6,000 patients. All had surgery that didn't involve the heart. The study volunteers received either general anesthesia with nitrous oxide or general anesthesia with nitrogen. A year after surgery, there was no difference in rates of heart attack, stroke, disability or death between the two ... Read more

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Heart Patients Worldwide Missing Out on Key Drugs

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Many patients worldwide don't receive generic life-saving heart medicines that are supposedly affordable, a new study reveals. In poor and middle-income nations, these vital medications are often not widely available or are too expensive. In rich countries, as many as half of patients with a history of heart disease or stroke still don't receive them, the researchers found. "Unless both availability and affordability of these medicines are improved, their use is likely to remain low in most of the world," they added. The study is published Oct. 21 in The Lancet. Four classes of heart medicines – aspirin, beta blockers, statins and angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors – should be available in 80 percent of communities and used by half of eligible patients by 2025, the World Health Organization says. But compliance currently is far from those targets, ... Read more

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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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