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Early Care by Cardiologist May Lower Stroke Risk for A-Fib Patients

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – Patients with a common heart rhythm disorder who receive a cardiologist's care soon after diagnosis are less likely to suffer a stroke, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that increases the risk of stroke and other complications. It affects between 3 million and 5 million Americans. Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed data on more than 184,000 people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation between 2004 and 2012. Within 90 days of diagnosis, 40 percent were cared for by a cardiologist and 60 percent by a primary care doctor only. Patients seen by cardiologists had a 9 percent lower risk of stroke and an 11 percent lower risk of early death, the study found. The lower stroke risk probably resulted from a higher rate of prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs that prevent blood clots, ... Read more

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Workers Unprepared for Heart Emergencies on the Job: Survey

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – If your heart stops suddenly while you're on the job, would your co-workers be able to help? Don't bet your life on it. Two American Heart Association (AHA) surveys find most American workers are untrained in CPR and first aid. Half have no idea where to find a defibrillator to deliver a shock to try to restore normal heart rhythm to someone suffering cardiac arrest. "The data suggests these untrained employees may be relying on their untrained peers in the event of an emergency, leaving employees with a false sense of security that someone in the workplace will be qualified and able to respond, when that is clearly not the case," said Dr. Michael Kurz. He co-chairs the AHA's Systems of Care Subcommittee. The heart association surveyed more than 3,000 workers in various fields and found 55 percent can't get first aid or CPR/automated external defibrillator (AED) ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Attack, Arrhythmia, Myocardial Infarction, Cardiac Arrest, Asystole, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis, Post MI Syndrome

Nighttime Airport Noise May Raise Heart Risks

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Aircraft noise, particularly at night, may be linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart flutter in people who live near large airports, a new study suggests. It's one of the first long-term follow-up studies of aircraft noise, but more research is needed to draw conclusions about cause and effect, the researchers said. For the study, Klea Katsouyanni, of the University of Athens department of hygiene, epidemiology and medical statistics, and colleagues analyzed data from 420 people living near Athens International Airport in Greece. As many as 600 aircraft take off and land at the airport every day. Nearly 45 percent of participants were exposed to more than 55 decibels (dB) of daytime aircraft noise. Just over 27 percent were exposed to more than 45 dB of nighttime aircraft noise, the findings showed. Between 2004 and 2006, and during a ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Hypertension, Arrhythmia, Hypertensive Heart Disease

Cardiac Arrest? Someday, Drones May Come to Your Rescue

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – Drones have been proposed for some pretty mundane uses, such as delivering pizzas or packages, but new research suggests the high-flying machines could be used to swoop in and save lives. Swedish researchers think drones can quickly deliver defibrillators to someone whose heart has suddenly stopped beating. "Each minute that passes after a sudden cardiac arrest decreases the chance of survival by approximately 10 percent," explained lead investigator Andreas Claesson. He's a paramedic with the Center for Resuscitation Science at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "In rural areas, a drone carrying an AED [automated external defibrillator] could arrive far ahead – meaning 16 minutes [faster] – of emergency medical services," he said. And that, Claesson said, could "potentially save lives through earlier defibrillation as carried out by bystanders onsite." ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Attack, Arrhythmia, Myocardial Infarction, Heart Block, Asystole, Cardiogenic Shock, Post MI Syndrome

Implantable Defibrillator May Not Mean End to Sports

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – Competitive sports may be safe for many athletes who have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), new research suggests. The four-year study followed 440 athletes with ICDs who participated in vigorous sports such as running, basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, skiing and snowboarding. An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin. When it detects an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), it delivers an electric shock to restore normal rhythm. In 2015, the American Heart Association said participating in competitive sports may be considered for athletes with ICDs. That advice was based on a study that followed hundreds of athletes with the devices for two years. This longer study of 10- to 60-year-olds followed competitive athletes at the national and international level, high school and college athletes, and others. During the study period, ... Read more

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Heart Disease the No. 1 Killer Worldwide

Posted 17 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – Roughly a third of all deaths around the world are the result of heart disease and stroke, making cardiovascular disease the number one killer globally, new research finds. Big declines in heart disease-driven fatalities in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea and many countries in Western Europe have started to level off over the past 20 years, investigators reported. "It is an alarming threat to global health," said study lead author Dr. Gregory Roth, an assistant professor of cardiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. "Trends in cardiovascular disease mortality are no longer declining for high-income regions," he noted in an American College of Cardiology news release, "and low- and middle-income countries are also seeing more cardiovascular disease-related deaths." The study included 2,300 ... Read more

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Heart Health Might Be a Matter of Geography

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – The county you call home may have a lot to do with your chances of dying from heart disease or stroke, a new U.S. study reveals. Although deaths from cardiovascular disease have been dropping overall for the past 35 years in the United States, there are still pockets across the country where these death rates are unusually high, the researchers said. Poverty and lack of access to quality care may doom many Americans to early deaths, the study authors suggested. "In some counties, the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is extremely low, while in other counties the risk continues to be very high," said lead researcher Dr. Gregory Roth. He is an assistant professor of cardiology at the University of Washington. In Pitkin County in Colorado, for example, about 35 people out of 100,000 died from heart disease in 2014 – the lowest death rate in the United ... Read more

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Energy Drinks May Give the Heart an Unhealthy Jolt

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 – The surge from energy drinks can cause unhealthy changes in your heart rhythm and blood pressure that don't occur with other caffeinated beverages, a small new trial suggests. The blend of caffeine, sugar and herbal stimulants contained in energy drinks may causes changes in the heart's electrical system that can promote an abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythm, the researchers found. Energy drinks may also create a longer-lasting increase in a person's blood pressure, compared to caffeine, the trial results suggest. "Consumers should be aware that drinking an energy drink is not the same as drinking coffee or soda. There are differences," said lead researcher Emily Fletcher. She's a deputy pharmacy flight commander from David Grant U.S.A.F. Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California. "I would recommend only moderate consumption of ... Read more

Related support groups: Arrhythmia, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Oktoberfest Study Links Boozing to Heart Woes

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 – Drinking heavily over a short period of time can significantly boost the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, even in healthy people, new German research suggests. The finding stems from a study done at Munich's Oktoberfest, a long-standing Bavarian beer festival held every autumn. Over a 16-day period in 2015, researchers tracked the heart health and drinking patterns of a group of more than 3,000 men and women. The investigators found that nearly a third of the group experienced an abnormal heart rhythm – or "cardiac arrhythmia" – at some point during the festival, a much higher percentage than usually seen among the general population. What's more, investigators calculated that, for every additional gram of alcohol consumed per kilogram of blood (above zero), arrhythmia risk rose by 75 percent. Study co-author Dr. Moritz Sinner, an assistant professor of ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Disease, Arrhythmia, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

No Link Between Common Antibiotic, Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – The widely used antibiotic azithromycin doesn't increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, a new study finds. Azithromycin (Zithromax) is often used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections. It belongs to a class of drugs known as macrolides. Another type of macrolide called erythromycin can disrupt the heart's normal rhythm. That antibiotic has been linked to a potentially life-threatening heart condition called ventricular arrhythmia. Recent studies have reached conflicting conclusions about whether azithromycin is also linked to an increased risk of death from that condition. In an effort to clarify the issue, researchers analyzed data from more than 14 million new antibiotic users. The patients were located in Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The study found that 0.1 percent developed ventricular arrhythmia. ... Read more

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Taller, Bigger Women May Face Irregular Heartbeat Risk

Posted 10 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – Big or tall women are nearly three times as likely to develop the dangerous irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation as smaller women, a preliminary study says. The larger a woman's body size as a young adult, the more likely she is to develop the heart disorder later in life, according to the researchers. "There was a stepwise elevation in risk with increasing body size," said study author Dr. Annika Rosengren. "The group with the highest body surface area had nearly three times the risk as those with the lowest body surface area," added Rosengren, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that develops in the atria – the two upper chambers of the heart. The quivering heartbeat increases risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart rhythm problems, according to the ... Read more

Related support groups: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Disease, Arrhythmia, Cardiac Arrhythmia, Abnormal Electrocardiogram

Heart Devices 101: Guide to the Tools That Keep You Ticking

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 2, 2017 – Pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices have saved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Someone you know probably has received one of these heart-health enhancers, although not all have become household words. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates and regulates these and other medical devices in the United States. Below, the agency provides a brief glossary of terms that might come in handy when a doctor recommends a cardiac tool: Heart pacemakers: These small, battery-powered devices are implanted in the body. They deliver an electric shock to restore normal heart rhythm when the heart beats too slowly. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators: These deliver a shock to restore normal heart rhythm when the heart beats too fast. Automated external defibrillators: These portable, automatic devices are found in many public locations. ... Read more

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Just 17 U.S. States Require Defibrillators in Some Schools

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – Automated external defibrillators in schools save lives, but only about one-third of U.S. states require the devices in at least some schools, a new study reveals. As of February 2016, researchers found that 33 states had no legislation requiring automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. The portable devices treat sudden cardiac arrest – the abrupt, unexpected loss of heart function. They deliver a shock meant to restore normal heart rhythm. Defibrillators are easy to use by bystanders, but time is crucial. The chances of survival decrease 10 percent for every minute a shock is not applied, research has shown. "This review should be used to inform the debate about expanding community-access AEDs into schools," said study lead author Dr. Mark Sherrid. Of the 17 states with AED requirements, only one requires them in public and private grade schools ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Attack, Arrhythmia, Myocardial Infarction, Cardiac Arrest, Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders, Cardiogenic Shock

Exercise a Great Prescription to Help Older Hearts

Posted 24 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – Regular exercise is potent medicine for older adults with heart disease, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. Physical activity should be a key part of care for older adults with heart disease who want to reduce their symptoms and build their stamina, said geriatric cardiologist Dr. Daniel Forman. He's chair of the panel that wrote the new statement. "Many health-care providers are focused only on the medical management of diseases – such as heart failure, heart attacks, valvular heart disease and strokes – without directly focusing on helping patients maximize their physical function," Forman said in a heart association news release. Yet, after a heart attack or other cardiac event, patients need to gain strength. Their independence may require the ability "to lift a grocery bag and to carry it to their car," said Forman, a professor ... Read more

Related support groups: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Disease, Ischemic Stroke, Heart Attack, Arrhythmia, Heart Failure, Congestive Heart Failure, Transient Ischemic Attack, Myocardial Infarction, Left Ventricular Dysfunction, Ischemic Heart Disease

Fish Oil Pills May Help After Heart Attack, Specialists Say

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Doctors may want to consider prescribing fish oil pills to heart attack survivors and patients with chronic heart failure, new recommendations from the American Heart Association suggest. Fish oil may help extend the lives of those patients, the heart association said. On the other hand, the supplements cannot be recommended for preventing heart problems in the first place, said Dr. David Siscovick, lead author of the report. That's because no clinical trials have tested fish oil's effects in people who are free of heart disease. Meanwhile, a few trials have given fish oil to people at increased risk of heart disease – because of diabetes or high cholesterol, for example. All but one has come up empty. "Many people take fish oil hoping to prevent heart disease," Siscovick acknowledged. "But there's a lack of evidence that it does." Fish oil is rich in omega-3 ... Read more

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