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Health Tip: Understanding Risk Factors for Hardening Arteries

Posted 25 Dec 2015 by

-- Atherosclerosis, the medical term for hardening of the arteries, occurs when the arteries narrow and become rigid. Left undetected or untreated, one or more of these vessels may become completely blocked. The American Academy of Family Physicians explains these risk factors: Having high blood pressure. Having high cholesterol. Being diabetic. Being overweight or obese. Using tobacco. Eating an unhealthy diet. Getting insufficient exercise. Having family members with heart disease. Read more

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All High-Risk Patients Should Get Blood Pressure Meds: Study

Posted 25 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 – People known to be at high risk for a heart attack or stroke should be given blood pressure-lowering medications no matter their blood pressure level, new research suggests. Current protocols recommend starting medication when readings reach specific levels. The threshold used to be 130/85 mm Hg. But it was recently shifted to 140/90 mm Hg for non-elderly individuals, and 150/90 for the elderly. The newest and latest call for a new treatment regimen follows a review of 123 studies conducted between 1966 and 2015 that, in total, involved more than 600,000 people. The new report was published in the Dec. 23 issue of The Lancet. "Our findings clearly show that treating blood pressure to a lower level than currently recommended could greatly reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and potentially save millions of lives if the treatment was widely ... Read more

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Healthy Habits Help Reduce Risk of Heart Failure, Study Finds

Posted 23 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 – Following seven healthy habits might reduce your risk of heart failure, a new study says. "Even though there is awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, many people don't act on those messages," said senior study author Vanessa Xanthakis, an assistant professor of medicine and biostatistics at Boston University. The study included just over 3,200 Americans, average age 59, who were followed for up to 12 years. During that time, 188 developed heart failure. This is a condition where the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Those who had high scores on the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 checklist for a healthy heart had a lower risk of heart failure, the study found. The measures on the checklist are: manage blood pressure, control cholesterol, reduce blood sugar, get physically active, eat better, lose weight and ... Read more

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More Support for Lower Blood Pressure Goals

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 – Intensive treatment to lower blood pressure below currently recommended levels reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease, a new study shows. Effective blood pressure goals have been the subject of much recent scientific debate, with another recent study also supporting lower targets. For this study, researchers analyzed data from 19 clinical trials that included nearly 45,000 people. They wanted to assess the potential benefits and safety of pushing systolic blood pressure in high-risk patients below the current target of 140. Systolic is the top number in a blood pressure reading. Compared to those who received standard treatment, average systolic pressure was 6.8 lower and diastolic blood pressure was 4.5 lower in patients who received more intensive treatment – 133.2/76.4 ... Read more

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Kids With Asthma, Allergies May Face Higher Heart Risk Factors: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – A new study suggests that kids with asthma or allergies like hay fever may face as much as a doubling of their risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol – even if they aren't overweight. However, the risk to any one child remains low, experts stressed, and it's not clear whether allergic diseases directly cause these problems. It's possible that another factor – such as a lack of exercise – could play a role. Still, study author Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, said, "You have common health problems that turn out to have a lot more serious consequences in some kids." According to Silverberg, an associate professor of dermatology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, prior research has shown that adults with allergic disorders are more likely to have risk factors for heart disease. His own research has hinted at links between the ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea Devices Lower Blood Pressure

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 – For those suffering from sleep apnea, the disrupted sleep and reduction of oxygen getting to the brain can contribute to high blood pressure, but the two common treatments for the condition both lower blood pressure, Swiss researchers report. A comparison of the treatments – continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and mandibular advancement devices (MADs) – showed that each produces a modest reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure rates, the researchers found. "CPAP and MADs not only reduce symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea such as sleepiness, but also lower blood pressure," said lead researcher Dr. Malcolm Kohler, chair of respiratory medicine at the University Hospital of Zurich. "Both treatments have similar positive effects on blood pressure, but the treatment effect of CPAP seems to be larger in patients who have more hours of sleep," ... Read more

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Could PMS Raise Women's Risk for High Blood Pressure?

Posted 24 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – Millions of women suffer through premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and now new research suggests that those with moderate-to-severe PMS may be at heightened risk for high blood pressure later in life. While the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, the finding may mean that "women with PMS should be screened for adverse changes in blood pressure and future risk of hypertension," wrote a team led by Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, an epidemiologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The investigators tracked nearly 1,260 women who developed clinically significant PMS between 1991 and 2005, as well as more than 2,400 women with mild PMS. Both groups were followed until 2011. Women with moderate-to-severe PMS were 40 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure than those with mild or no PMS symptoms, the researchers found. This higher risk remained after ... Read more

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Nearly Half of Americans With High Blood Pressure Not Controlling It: CDC

Posted 12 Nov 2015 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 – Nearly half of Americans with high blood pressure are not properly controlling their condition, increasing their risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease, a new government report shows. About 47 percent of people with high blood pressure have not brought their numbers to a normal range, through either lifestyle changes or medications, according to data published Nov. 12 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's actually a huge improvement: Back in 1999, more than 68 percent did not have their blood pressure under control, the report found. But it's far short of the federal Healthy People 2020 goal, which calls for fewer than 40 percent of people with high blood pressure to have it uncontrolled by that date, according to the CDC researchers. Experts agreed that the problem is still significant. "I don't think we have enough positive ... Read more

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Football Linemen at Higher Risk for Heart Troubles, Study Finds

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – The heart health of football players might depend on the position they play, with linemen facing a greater risk for certain heart problems compared with their other teammates, a new Harvard study suggests. College football linemen tended to have higher blood pressure than other players, along with an increase in the thickness of their heart muscle wall, said lead researcher Dr. Jeffrey Lin, a former cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "Over the course of just one season, there was an increase in the incidence of high blood pressure among football players, and the linemen tended to be affected the most," Lin said. "They developed thicker walls of their heart muscle, and they had decreases in the function of their heart as well." These differences likely are due to the demands of a lineman position, said Lin, who is now a cardiac ... Read more

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Even Easy Exercise May Lower Blood Pressure in Those With Diabetes

Posted 9 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 – Just a few minutes of easy exercise daily can help lower blood pressure in overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes, researchers report. "It appears you don't have to do very much," co-author Bronwyn Kingwell, head of metabolic and vascular physiology at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes in Melbourne, Australia, said in an American Heart Association news release. "We saw some marked blood pressure reductions over trial days when people did the equivalent of walking to the water cooler or some simple body-weight movements on the spot," she noted. For the study, the researchers monitored blood pressure levels in 24 overweight and obese adults as they sat for eight hours. The average age of the study participant was 62. All had type 2 diabetes. The study participants took brief breaks from sitting, and either walked slowly for three minutes or did three ... Read more

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Lower Blood Pressure Target Could Save Lives: Study

Posted 9 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 – Millions of Americans could avoid heart disease if doctors controlled their high blood pressure more aggressively than previously recommended, a groundbreaking study contends. The SPRINT trial has revealed that a target systolic blood pressure of 120 reduces by about one-quarter the rate of death, heart attack, heart failure and stroke, compared with the currently recommended target pressures of 140 for people under age 60 and 150 for seniors. "This is, in my view, the most important blood pressure study of the last 40 years," Dr. Dan Jones, a past president of the American Heart Association, said during a presentation on SPRINT Monday at the association's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The final results were also published in the New England Journal of Medicine, to coincide with the meeting presentation. Systolic pressure is the top of the two blood pressure ... Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Rheumatoid arthritis may raise the risk of early death by as much as 40 percent, with heart and respiratory problems the most common contributors to a shortened life span, a new study suggests. And among those who died of respiratory causes, one of the main causes of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the researchers reported. The findings provide new evidence to support previous research suggesting a link between rheumatoid arthritis and increased risk of early death, and they point to the need for doctors to closely monitor these patients, the study authors said. However, the study only showed an association, and not a cause-and-effect relationship, between rheumatoid arthritis and risk of premature death. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain and swelling. ... Read more

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Severe Combat Injuries Linked to Risk of Chronic Diseases

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – U.S. soldiers who've suffered severe combat injuries are at high risk for chronic diseases, according to a new study. "The more severely a service member is injured, the more likely they are to develop a wide variety of chronic medical conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and hardening of the arteries," study lead author Major Ian Stewart, a researcher at the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California, said in a news release from the American Heart Association. The study included more than 3,800 soldiers injured in Afghanistan or Iraq. All received scores ranging from 1 to 75 based on the severity of their wounds. The higher the score, the worse the injuries. The researchers found that for every five-point increase in injury score, the risk of high blood pressure rose 6 percent; coronary artery disease ... Read more

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Cutting Sugar From Diet Boosts Kids' Health Immediately: Study

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – Cutting most of the sugar from a child's diet can immediately improve health, even if the diet still contains the same amount of calories and carbohydrates as before, a new study suggests. Researchers put a group of 43 obese kids on a nine-day diet that severely restricted sugar intake, but replaced added sugars with starchy foods to maintain the children's intake of calories and carbs. That diet caused immediate reductions in their high blood pressure and improvement in their blood sugar and cholesterol levels, the investigators found. "Every aspect of their metabolic health got better, with no change in calories," said study author Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. "This study definitively shows that sugar is metabolically harmful not because of its calories or its effects on weight. Rather, ... Read more

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Chronic Heartburn Drugs Tied to Higher Risk of Kidney Disease

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – A common type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) seem to be linked with increased risk of chronic kidney disease, two new studies suggest. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid belong to this class of drugs, which treat heartburn and acid reflux by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach. While the current studies have shown an association between these drugs and the development of chronic kidney disease, they did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Still, the lead author of one of the studies believes, "It is very reasonable to assume that PPIs themselves can cause chronic kidney disease," said Dr. Pradeep Arora, a nephrologist and associate professor at the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Science in Buffalo, N.Y. "Patients should only use PPIs for [U.S. Food and Drug Administration]-approved indications, and ... Read more

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