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Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More Than Whites

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The cluster of heart risk factors known as the "metabolic syndrome" might raise the risk of heart disease more for black women than it does for white women, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to having at least three health conditions – including a large waist size, high blood pressure, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, high levels of blood fats called triglycerides, and impaired sugar metabolism – that can all work together to boost the odds of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In the new study, a team led by Dr. Michelle Schmiegelow at University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark looked at data from more than 14,000 American women, aged 50 to 79. All were taking part in a long-term national study. About 47 percent were white, 36 percent were black and 18 percent were Hispanic. Over 13 years of follow-up, about 1,100 of the women were ... Read more

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Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults

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TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Healthy older adults who take cholesterol-lowering drugs may be cutting their risk of stroke, a new French study suggests. The study found that when people took medications called statins or fibrates, their risk of stroke over almost a decade went down by about one-third. But, lead researcher Dr. Christophe Tzourio, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Bordeaux and Inserm in France, doesn't think older people should start taking these drugs solely for stroke prevention. "Our results should not be interpreted as an indication for prescribing statins or fibrates to elderly individuals. We wouldn't recommend changing medications based on the results of only one study," he said. "The next step is to see whether we can replicate our findings or not," he added. The report was published May 19 in the BMJ. Statins include drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor. ... Read more

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Too Much, Too Little Sleep May Up Stroke Risk for Those With High Blood Pressure

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 – People with high blood pressure who sleep less than five hours or more than eight hours each night may have significantly higher odds of a stroke, new research suggests. Analyzing data from more than 200,000 U.S. residents with high blood pressure, scientists determined that "insufficient" sleepers logging less than five hours of shuteye each night had an 83 percent increased risk of stroke compared to "healthy" sleepers who got seven to eight hours of sleep. "Long" sleepers reporting more than eight hours of nightly sleep experienced a 74 percent higher stroke risk than healthy sleepers, according to the study. "We were surprised, especially with the individuals reporting insufficient sleep, because most studies . . . have shown [only] a modest increase in the chances of suffering a stroke among those with short sleep duration," said study author Dr. Oluwaseun ... Read more

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Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Clues to Heart Health

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Testing hand-grip strength could be a cheap and simple way of identifying people at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and premature death, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 140,000 adults who underwent grip-strength tests. The participants were aged 35 to 70, and they were from 17 countries. Their health was followed for an average of four years. Every 11-pound decrease in grip strength was associated with a 16 percent increased risk of death from any cause, the investigators found. Each decrease was also tied to a 17 percent raised risk of heart-related death or death from non-heart causes. And, every 11-pound drop in grip strength was also associated with a 9 percent increased risk of stroke and a 7 percent higher risk of heart attack, the findings showed. Although this study found an association between grip strength and the risk ... Read more

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Even Treated Depression May Raise Stroke Risk

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Depression in older adults appears to significantly increase the risk of a stroke, even after depression symptoms have gotten better, a new study suggests. The researchers found that people who had severe symptoms of depression were more than twice as likely to have a stroke as those with no symptoms. People who had symptoms at the first interview, but had gotten better by the second interview still had a 66 percent higher stroke risk, the study authors said. "The surprising finding that stroke risk remains elevated even if symptoms seem to have gone away make replicating this study urgent," said lead researcher Paola Gilsanz, a research fellow at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "If replicated, these findings suggest that doctors should seek to identify and treat depressive symptoms before harmful effects on stroke risk start ... Read more

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Expert Tips to Detect Early Warning Signs of Stroke

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 10, 2015 – Prompt treatment of stroke is key to preventing death and disability, but not everyone knows how to quickly identify the early warning signs of stroke. "Today, thanks to early detection, aggressive treatment and new intervention therapies, more stroke patients than ever are returning to normal life with limited to no disability," said Dr. Stanley Tuhrim, director of the Stroke Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "Despite these accomplishments, it is clear that there is still much more work to be done to reduce the burden of stroke in our community. The challenge remains to educate as many people as possible about stroke's earliest warning signs and symptoms, so patients can get the immediate treatment they need," he said in a hospital news release. Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United ... Read more

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Many Women Unaware of Female-Specific Stroke Symptoms

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women, but many are unaware of warning signs and symptoms that are unique to females, a new study says. Of 1,000 women surveyed, only one in 10 was aware that hiccups that occur with unusual chest pain is an early warning sign of stroke in women, said researchers from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus. Although men and women share some risk factors for stroke – such as smoking, being sedentary and having high blood pressure – others are specific to women, the researchers explained. But only 11 percent of women polled knew that pregnancy, lupus, migraine headaches, birth-control pills and hormone replacement therapy increase their stroke risk, the study found. "I think we have a ways to go when it comes to educating women about stroke and their unique risk factors," Dr. Diana Greene-Chandos, ... Read more

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E-Health Records May Not Boost Stroke Care

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 – While electronic health records are touted as the holy grail of a transparent health care system, a new study finds they don't improve treatment results for some stroke patients in the United States. Patients fared about the same in terms of quality of care and illness progression whether their hospitals had embraced electronic health records or not, researchers report May 4 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The records "do not appear to be sufficient, at least as currently implemented, to improve overall quality of care or outcomes for this important disease state," lead author Dr. Karen Joynt, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, said in a journal news release. Electronic health records provide a more comprehensive medical picture than records related to a single hospitalization. Between 2007 ... Read more

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Stroke Patients May Face Increased Risk of Suicide

Posted 8 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 – Stroke patients are at significantly increased risk of suicide, especially during the first two years following the brain attack, a new Swedish study shows. Researchers analyzed data from more than 220,000 people in Sweden who suffered a stroke between 2001 and 2012. They found that stroke patients were up to twice as likely to commit suicide as people in the general population, and the risk of attempted suicide was highest in the first two years after a stroke. Among stroke patients younger than 55, the risk of suicide was five times higher than in the general population. And stroke patients with lower income or education levels were 37 percent more likely to try to take their lives than those with a university education. The Umea University researchers also found that stroke patients who lived alone were 72 percent more likely to attempt suicide than those ... Read more

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Pouch in Heart May Trigger Unexplained Strokes: Study

Posted 7 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 – A pouch-like structure in the heart may be the source of some strokes that have no other known cause, a new study suggests. This pouch in the heart's left atrial chamber – called a left atrial septal pouch – was first discovered in 2010 by cardiologists at the University of California, Irvine. "The cul-de-sac nature of this heart pouch may promote stagnation of the blood, forming clots that can travel into the brain and cause a stroke," Dr. Mark Fisher, a professor of neurology and pathology and laboratory medicine, said in a UC Irvine news release. The researchers looked at 75 stroke patients to find out if the pouch could be a source of stroke-causing blood clots. Of the 23 patients who had a stroke of undetermined origin, 30 percent had a left atrial septal pouch, compared with only 10 percent of the 52 patients whose cause of stroke could be pinpointed. ... Read more

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Packaged Grocery Foods Often High in Salt, Study Finds

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 – More than half of packaged grocery store foods included in a new study contained too much added salt, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. That's important because eating too much salt (sodium) is a risk factor for developing high blood pressure, according to the study authors. And high blood pressure can contribute to heart disease and strokes. "We looked at packaged food sales in grocery stores," said study researcher Linda Schieb, an epidemiologist in the division of heart disease and stroke prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "What we found was more than 50 percent of those products exceeded the FDA healthy food label guidelines for sodium." Under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration healthy food label guideline, only 480 milligrams (mg) of sodium per serving are allowed for individual foods – such as cheese, cold cuts ... Read more

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More People Dying of Heart Disease, Stroke Worldwide: Study

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 – Despite medical advances, a new study shows that more people are dying of heart disease and stroke worldwide than did a quarter century ago because the global population is growing, and growing older. The good news is that the death rate – the number of deaths in relation to the size of the population – fell in most regions of the world. The declining death rate reflects better diets, less tobacco smoking and improvements in medicine, said Dr. Simon Capewell, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Liverpool in England. However, the numbers are still too high, said Capewell, who was not involved in the study. "A lot of these deaths are premature, meaning they kill people below the age of 75," Capewell said. "Ninety percent of these premature deaths are preventable and avoidable through healthy diets and zero smoking." In the study, ... Read more

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New Stroke Prevention Efforts May Be Paying Off

Posted 31 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 – Fewer people are being treated in U.S. emergency rooms for strokes caused by blood clots in the brain, which experts read as a sign that current stroke prevention methods are working. The rate of emergency department visits for either a stroke or a mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) – a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain – decreased dramatically between 2001 and 2011, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Such ER visits declined 35 percent for adults 18 and older, and 51 percent for those 55 to 74, said the report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The statistics mirror a "dramatic reduction in stroke fatality in the country, which we believe is likely due to better control of risk factors," said Dr. Larry Goldstein, chief of the division of stroke and vascular neurology and ... Read more

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Air Pollution Linked to Increased Stroke Risk, Study Says

Posted 6 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 – High levels of small-particle air pollution can increase your risk for narrowing of the neck (carotid) arteries, which may raise your risk for stroke, a new study says. Researchers analyzed the results of cardiovascular screening tests from more than 300,000 people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Those who lived in areas with the highest levels of air pollution were 24 percent more likely to have narrowing of the carotid arteries than those in areas with the lowest levels of air pollution. The carotid arteries deliver blood to the brain. The investigators focused on a type of air pollution called fine particulate matter – particles of pollution smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. Fine particulate matter is the most common type of air pollution and comes from sources such as car exhaust and the burning of wood or coal. The study is scheduled for ... Read more

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Early Studies See No Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – Testosterone therapy doesn't seem to increase a man's risk of heart attack or stroke, a pair of new studies suggests. "Testosterone therapy in any form – gel, pills or injections – does not appear to cause adverse cardiovascular effects," said Dr. Pawan Patel, lead author of one of the studies and an academic physician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. The studies are to be presented next week at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting, in San Diego. Research presented at medical meetings is typically viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The two studies were released a day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the overuse of testosterone-boosting drugs by aging baby boomers trying to use hormone therapy to turn back the clock. The FDA will require all prescription testosterone ... Read more

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