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The Heart Risks of a Desk Job

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2017 – Your comfortable recliner and state-of-the-art office chair may be increasing your risk for heart disease. A sedentary lifestyle can raise cholesterol and threaten heart health. If you have a desk job, it's especially important to counter long bouts of sitting with an hourly 5-minute exercise break, even if you stay within your office. If you work long hours within the confines of a small cubicle, you'll need to be creative to find ways to get your blood flowing. Here's how. Shake up daily habits. Leave the perfect parking spot for someone else. Parking farther away from your building will give you a chance to stretch your legs before and after a long day at work. Instead of sitting in the cafeteria during lunch, head outside to walk, talk and eat with your co-workers. You'll feel refreshed and ready to take on the second half of the day. Rather than scheduling ... Read more

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Are Stents Really Useless After Chest Pain? Cardiologists Not Sure

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – Heart experts are cautiously embracing the results of a new, landmark clinical trial that questions the value of opening blocked arteries to relieve chest pain. Chest pain sufferers who received a stent – a tiny wire mesh tube – to reopen an obstructed artery did not show any more improvement than people who only took medicine to improve their condition, the British researchers reported. "This definitely has made big waves," said Dr. Samin Sharma, director of interventional cardiology at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. But cardiologists can't say whether the trial, published Nov. 2 in The Lancet journal, will have much immediate impact on clinical decision-making. For one, the trial focused on a set of patients with relatively mild symptoms, and it did not include a long enough follow-up to see whether those who didn't receive stents wound up with ... Read more

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Are Artery-Opening Stents for Chest Pain a Waste of Time?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – With findings that some experts believe could change cardiovascular care, a new study suggests that the placebo effect of stents in heart patients with chest pain may be far more pronounced than thought. That could mean that drug therapy alone, rather than the pricey, artery-opening devices, is all that's needed for certain patients, the researchers said. "The most important reason we give patients a stent is to unblock an artery when they are having a heart attack. However, we also place stents into patients who are getting pain only on exertion caused by narrowed, but not blocked, arteries. It's this second group that we studied," explained lead author Rasha Al-Lamee, from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London. The study included 200 patients with stable angina who received six weeks of intensive drug treatment for their angina. ... Read more

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How Your Thyroid Could Be Working Against Your Heart

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – The tiny thyroid gland could have a big impact on heart health, new research suggests. Middle-aged and older adults with an elevated thyroid hormone may be at higher risk of heart disease and death, researchers found. In the new Dutch study, high and even high-normal levels of a hormone called free thyroxine (FT4) doubled the odds of having calcification of the coronary arteries. This can be a sign of atherosclerosis, commonly called hardening of the arteries. Higher FT4 levels were also linked to an 87 percent greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke and twice the risk of dying from one. "High FT4 is indicative of an overactive thyroid," explained lead researcher Dr. Arjola Bano, of Erasmus University in Rotterdam. FT4 is produced in the thyroid gland at the front of the neck. It helps control the body's rate of energy use, she said. Atherosclerosis ... Read more

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Bystander CPR Less Likely in Black Neighborhoods

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – If your heart suddenly stops beating, the racial makeup of the neighborhood may determine the likelihood of receiving CPR from a passer-by or having access to a public defibrillator, researchers say. These lifesaving treatments for cardiac arrest occur less often in black neighborhoods in the United States, researchers discovered. Delaying CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can dramatically reduce the odds of surviving cardiac arrest. "We have known that there are differences in the rates of survival from cardiac arrest between blacks and whites, but it was surprising to see how the demographics of a neighborhood affected outcomes of residents who experience cardiac arrest," said Dr. Monique Starks, the study's lead author. She's a cardiologist at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C. "This is absolutely a call to action to improve and expand ... Read more

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After Heart Attack, Just 1 in 3 Go for Rehab: CDC

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – Only one in three heart attack survivors in the United States goes for outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, government health officials report. Despite guidelines that recommend rehab for reducing the risk of future heart attacks, it's greatly underused, according to statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, about 790,000 U.S. adults have heart attacks, of which 210,000 are repeat heart attacks, the CDC report said. Exercise counseling, healthy heart lifestyle advice and stress-reduction tips – which are part of cardiac rehab – help reduce those odds of recurrence. There's another advantage as well: extended medical supervision after discharge, the researchers said. The report was led by Dr. Jing Fang, of the CDC's division for heart disease and stroke prevention. Fang's team analyzed health survey data ... Read more

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Heart Risk Up if Hospitalized for Pneumonia or Sepsis

Posted 12 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – Adults who've been hospitalized with pneumonia or sepsis have a higher risk of heart disease, a new European study reports. Researchers examined data from nearly 237,000 Swedish men. They were followed from age 18 into middle age. The study found that those admitted to the hospital with pneumonia or sepsis (a bacterial infection of the blood) had a six times higher risk of heart disease in the following year. The rate dropped significantly during the second and third years, but was still more than double. And, by the fourth and fifth years, the risk remained almost two times higher in those who'd been hospitalized for sepsis or pneumonia compared to those who hadn't. The study was published recently in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. While most patients with sepsis or pneumonia recover from these conditions, many still have inflammation after the ... Read more

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By Age 12, Poor May Show Signs of Heart Risks Ahead

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Children from poor families are more likely than their richer peers to show signs of narrowing in the neck arteries – hinting they could face a heightened risk of heart disease as adults. That's the finding of a new study that followed children from nearly 1,500 Australian families. The study builds on evidence that heart disease risk can start to take shape at a young age. It also adds another layer: Social disparities in heart disease risk may begin early in life, too, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow. Fonarow, who was not involved in the study, is co-director of preventative cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. It's well-known that poor adults face a higher heart disease risk than their more-affluent counterparts, Fonarow said. But it hasn't been clear whether kids from poor families are more likely to show early warning signs of unhealthy ... Read more

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Health Tip: Worried About Lung Disease?

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Subtle changes in your breathing may be easy to miss, but they can be important warning signs of lung disease. The American Lung Association says symptoms to be concerned about include: A cough that persists for a month or longer, or coughing up blood. Feeling short of breath, or having difficulty breathing. Persistent production of mucus that lasts for a month or longer. Wheezing. Chest pain that occurs for unknown reasons – particularly when you cough or inhale – that lasts for at least a month. Read more

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Daily Jolt of Java May Bring Longer Life

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Here's news to perk up your day: Drinking coffee might help you live a little longer, two new studies suggest. Researchers found that daily coffee drinkers were up to 18 percent less likely to die over the next 10 to 16 years, versus non-drinkers. The findings – based on over 700,000 middle-aged and older adults – add to the growing list of benefits linked to moderate coffee drinking. Studies have already tied the habit to lower risks of various diseases – from heart disease and type 2 diabetes, to liver cancer, to neurological diseases like Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. None of those studies prove coffee, per se, provides the benefit. And it's unlikely that doctors will start recommending coffee as some sort of elixir, according to Veronica Setiawan, the senior researcher on one of the studies. "But if you've always been a coffee drinker," she said, ... Read more

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Meds Rooted in Ancient China May Help Heart: Review

Posted 12 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 – Traditional Chinese herbal medications might have a role to play in treating or preventing heart disease in the West, a research review suggests. Heart disease and stroke remain major killers worldwide, accounting for 17.3 million deaths a year, according to the World Heart Federation. This unrelenting death toll has prompted scientists to look to the ancient East for inspiration. Investigators in China reviewed 56 rigorously conducted studies that examined use of medications rooted in traditional Chinese medicine for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and narrowing or hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Chinese herbal medications might help prevent or treat these conditions, the researchers noted. For patients who can't tolerate or afford high blood pressure medications, the research suggested some herbal alternatives: tiankuijiangya, ... Read more

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Exercisers May Have Better Shot of Surviving Heart Attack

Posted 12 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – Maybe this will be the news that finally jolts you off the couch and into an exercise program. A new study suggests that being physically active increases the chances of survival after a heart attack. Researchers compared exercise levels among 1,664 heart attack patients in Denmark, including 425 who died immediately. Those who had been physically active were less likely to die, and the risk of death decreased as exercise levels rose. Patients who had light or moderate/high physical activity levels were 32 percent and 47 percent less likely to die from their heart attack, respectively, than the sedentary patients. The study was published April 12 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. "We know that exercise protects people against having a heart attack," said study co-author Eva Prescott, a professor of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation ... Read more

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Many Americans Don't Know How to Handle High Cholesterol

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Americans with high cholesterol are well aware of its heart dangers, but many lack the confidence or knowledge to keep it under control, a new survey shows. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, causing about 2.6 million deaths in the United States each year, the researchers said. The survey included nearly 800 people nationwide with either a history of heart disease or at least one major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. Overall, 47 percent of the respondents had not had their cholesterol checked in the past year. While those with high cholesterol had higher rates of recent testing, 21 percent of them had not had their cholesterol checked in the past year. Eighty-two percent of the respondents knew there was a link between cholesterol and risk for heart disease and ... Read more

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Who Really Needs All Those Heart Tests?

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – Sometimes the treatment for heart problems may be more aggressive than it needs to be, according to Consumer Reports. Heart disease requires emergency medical attention when someone is having active symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. But excessive heart screening tests associated with false alarms can cause unnecessary anxiety and lead to a series of costly and risky procedures, the new report stated. Overtreatment for heart disease can lead to complications and worse outcomes, cautioned Dr. Marvin Lipman, the chief medical adviser at Consumer Reports. Low-risk patients with no worrisome symptoms who've been told they should undergo certain heart-screening tests should speak up and ask their doctor why these tests are necessary, he advised. "If you don't get a satisfactory answer, politely decline it or ask for a second opinion," Lipman said ... Read more

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Health Tip: Understanding Angina

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Angina is the medical term for chest pain that occurs when your heart doesn't get enough oxygenated blood. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says triggers may include: Being under emotional stress. Being exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures. Eating a heavy meal. Smoking tobacco or using cocaine. Taking medication that narrows blood vessels. Read more

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