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Tennis Anyone? It May Prolong Your Life

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – If you want to try to extend your life, a new study suggests that taking up racquet sports might help. Researchers found that people who played racquet sports – badminton, squash, tennis – had an almost 50 percent lower risk of dying from any cause during the 15-year study. And playing a racquet sport was linked to a 56 percent lower risk of death from heart disease during the study period. "Our findings indicate that it's not only how much and how often, but also what type of exercise you do that seems to make the difference," said study senior author Emmanuel Stamatakis. He is an associate professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. "Participation in specific sports may have various benefits for health. These observations with the existing evidence should support the sport community together with other sectors to design and implement effective ... Read more

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Many Women With Chronic Ills Don't Use Online Tools

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Chronically ill women who don't use the internet may struggle with worse health, a new study finds. "A significantly larger proportion of non-internet users reported needing help learning what to do to manage their health conditions and needing help learning how to care for their health conditions," said researcher Carolyn Mendez-Luck. She's an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at Oregon State University. She and her colleagues analyzed information provided by hundreds of American women aged 44 and older with at least one chronic condition. These included heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, emphysema and anxiety. More than one-third didn't use the internet. And fewer than half of those who did have access used the web to learn from others with a chronic disease, the researchers found. Also, fewer ... Read more

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More Than Half of Americans Have Chronic Health Problem: Study

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – More than half of Americans have at least one chronic disease, mental illness or problem with drugs or alcohol, according to a new study. "The health of individuals in the U.S.A. is increasingly being defined by complexity and multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more chronic medical conditions," said the study authors, Elizabeth Lee Reisinger Walker and Dr. Benjamin Druss. They emphasized that people with multiple health issues need more access to care and better coordination among their health care providers. The Emory University researchers examined public health records to find out what percentage of U.S. adults have chronic medical conditions, mental illness or substance abuse problems, and how many were also living in poverty. Chronic medical conditions looked at in the study included asthma, cirrhosis, diabetes, heart disease, hepatitis, high ... Read more

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Depression Can Fuel Heart Disease in Midlife Women: Study

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – Women in midlife with a history of depression appear at markedly greater risk of suffering from heart disease, new research suggests. The finding seems to reinforce the well-known link between depression and heart troubles, but it doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Tracking about 1,100 women over 10 years, researchers found that depression was the only significant risk factor for coronary artery disease in women younger than 65 who had no history of heart ailments at the beginning of the study. In women over age 65, however, age was identified as the only significant predictor for heart disease, the investigators found. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, responsible for one in four deaths each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Once we added depression... ... Read more

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Adult-Onset Asthma Might Raise Heart Risks

Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – People who develop asthma when they're adults may have another health issue to worry about: an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. That's the finding from research involving almost 1,300 adults, average age 47, none of whom had heart disease at the beginning of the study. Of the participants, 111 had been diagnosed with asthma as adults – also known as "late-onset" asthma. Fifty-five more people had been diagnosed with asthma as children. The health of all the participants was tracked for 14 years. Researchers led by Dr. Matthew Tattersall published their findings Aug. 24 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. They found that people with late-onset asthma were 57 percent more likely than those with early-onset asthma and those without asthma to suffer heart attack, stroke, heart failure, angina and heart-related death. Based on the ... Read more

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Stress May Take Greatest Toll on Younger Women's Hearts: Study

Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Stress may be especially hard on the hearts of younger women who have heart disease, new research suggests. Researchers gave nearly 700 men and women with heart disease a mentally stressful public speaking assignment. Then they measured blood flow to the heart. Women aged 50 or younger were nearly four times more likely than men of the same age or older women to have reduced blood flow to the heart, said study leader Dr. Viola Vaccarino. She is chair of epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta. Reduced blood flow – known medically as myocardial ischemia – can lead to a heart attack, she noted. "Younger women appear to be more vulnerable [than men and older women] to the effects of stress on their heart," Vaccarino said. Experts have long known that younger women have worse outcomes than men of the same age after a heart ... Read more

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Do Angioplasty Patients Really Need Beta-Blocker Drugs?

Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – Doctors might be overprescribing beta-blocker medications to heart patients who aren't seriously ill, a new study contends. Beta blockers such as Inderal (propranolol) and Lopressor (metoprolol) reduce blood pressure and control abnormal heart rhythms. They're lifesaving when given to patients who've had a heart attack or have heart failure, said study co-author Dr. Valay Parikh. He is a cardiology fellow with North Shore LIJ-Staten Island University Hospital, in Staten Island, N.Y. But these drugs do not appear to help patients who haven't had a heart attack or have heart failure, even if they did need angioplasty – surgery to clear a blocked artery that caused chest pain, Parikh and his colleagues report. "Beta blocker therapy should be individualized, and these medications should not be given blindly to everyone," Parikh concluded. "They should be properly ... Read more

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Heat Waves Are Health Threats

Posted 3 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, July 2, 2016 – Heat waves are more than uncomfortable, they can be deadly. That's especially true in large cities. And, seniors, children and people with chronic health problems are at higher risk for heat-related illness and death, according to Dr. Robert Glatter. He's an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Those who have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, as well as those who suffer with mental illness, may be at risk for heat-related emergencies, including heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion, as well as heat stroke," he said in a hospital news release. "Various classes of medications including beta blockers, as well as diuretics, can impair sweating – ultimately disrupting the body's ability to cool itself. Other medications including antihistamines, as well as antidepressants and sedatives, may also ... Read more

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Espero Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval for GoNitro (nitroglycerin) Sublingual Powder

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 14, 2016) – Espero Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved GoNitro (nitroglycerin) sublingual powder for acute relief of an attack or prophylaxis of angina pectoris due to coronary artery disease. With this approval, GoNitro is the first and only short-acting nitrate in a stabilized crystal granule form available in single dose packets. “The FDA’s approval of GoNitro enhances the treatment options available to the more than 8 million U.S. patients suffering with stable angina due to coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease,” commented Quang Pham, Founder and CEO of Espero Pharmaceuticals. “GoNitro is a sublingual nitrate and as this class of drug therapy is a Class I recommendation according to the 2012 Stable Ischemic Heart ... Read more

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Heart Disease Down Among Over-40 Americans

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – America's heart health seems to be improving, a new study reports. Federal researchers found that fewer Americans over 40 have coronary heart disease. The rate is down from just over 10 percent in 2001-2002 to 8 percent in 2011-2012, the study found. Despite the overall decline, there wasn't a significant change in heart disease rates for people from 40 to 59 years old. But the rate among those 60 and older fell from 19.5 percent to 15 percent, the researchers said. The rate among women dropped more than 2 percent during the study period. There were also significant declines in coronary heart disease among whites and blacks, the study revealed. Having health insurance was also linked to better heart disease rates, the study authors said. The study was carried out by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for ... Read more

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Just 6 Percent of Chest Pain Cases in ER Are Life-Threatening: Study

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Americans who develop chest pain often rush to the hospital, where they're treated with urgency. A new study suggests, however, that less than 6 percent of these patients suffer from life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack. Most often, physicians can't determine the cause of patients' chest pain, the researchers found. But chest pain can be a sign of serious illness, cautioned study lead author Dr. Renee Hsia, an emergency room physician and director of Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. "This doesn't mean that patients shouldn't be worried when they experience chest pain," she said. "Depending on their risk factors, they certainly could be having a heart attack or another life-threatening condition, which is why it is important to seek timely medical care. "In the right patient population with risk factors, we ... Read more

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Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease a Dangerous Combo

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 11, 2016 – Prospects for people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease may be grimmer than previously believed, researchers report. "Type 2 diabetes accompanied by an acute coronary syndrome needs much more attention, especially in order to prevent yet another major cardiac event," said study leader Dr. William White. He is a professor with the University of Connecticut Health Center's Calhoun Cardiology Center. The study included more than 5,300 people around the world with type 2 diabetes. Those admitted to the hospital for congestive heart failure had a 24 percent to 28 percent chance of dying within 18 months. That's five times higher than the risk among those not hospitalized for a major heart problem, the researchers said. The risk of heart disease is two to three times higher among people with type 2 diabetes than in the general population, the study authors ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get a Stress Test

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A stress test measures your heart's response when it's under stress during exercise. The test can help identify serious heart problems, such as coronary artery disease. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says that a stress test can help identify: Irregular changes affecting your blood pressure or heart rate. Chest pain or shortness of breath, especially if they occur when you're not exercising strenuously. Irregularities in the electrical activity or rhythm of your heart. Read more

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Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds

Posted 4 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – Many heart bypass patients are skipping medications meant to maintain smooth blood flow in their repaired veins, a new study finds. "It is important for patients to understand that bypass surgery is a second chance, not a cure for their disease," Dr. Michael Savage, a professor of cardiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. Research has shown that taking statins and aspirin helps keep vein grafts used in bypass surgery open over the long term, and the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend taking both medications unless they are unsafe for a patient. But among the more than 400 patients in the study, only 52 percent were taking the recommended combination of statins and aspirin. Sixty-seven percent were taking just a statin and 75 percent were using aspirin only. Those who ... 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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