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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: Coping With Hardening of the Arteries

Posted 4 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Hardening and narrowing of the arteries – medically called atherosclerosis – may require lifestyle changes to protect yourself from heart attack. Here's how to find support, courtesy of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: Tell your doctor if you feel depressed, anxious or stressed. If necessary, talk with a mental health professional. Reach out to your local hospital or health department for support and additional information. Discuss needed lifestyle changes with family and friends. Ask loved ones to help you make these changes. 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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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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Smoking Raises Heart Attack Risk 8-Fold in People Under 50

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – All smokers face a higher risk of heart attack, but the threat is particularly high among those under 50, a new study finds. Compared to former smokers and nonsmokers in their age group, heart attack risk was nearly 8.5 times higher for smokers younger than 50, British researchers found. One expert in smoking and health who reviewed the report said the findings underline the importance of keeping youth and cigarettes apart. "Through comprehensive tobacco-control programs that include environmental smoking bans, high taxes on cigarettes, and anti-tobacco media campaigns, we can decrease the rates of smoking/tobacco use, heart disease and many other health conditions," said Patricia Folan. She directs the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. The study found that smokers at older ages faced higher heart risks, as well. Compared to ... Read more

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Statins Often Interact With Other Heart Drugs

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Cholesterol-lowering statins can interact with other drugs prescribed for heart disease. But there are ways to navigate the problem, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association. Statins are among the mostly widely prescribed drugs in the United States. Roughly one-quarter of Americans age 40 and up are on a statin, according to a 2014 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The drugs are prescribed to people who either have atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) or are at risk of it, which means many statin users also take other cardiovascular drugs, the heart association says. The benefits of those drug combinations will generally outweigh the risks, said Barbara Wiggins, a clinical pharmacy specialist in cardiology at the Medical University of South Carolina. But doctors and patients should be aware of how the drugs ... 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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PTSD May Stiffen Veterans' Arteries, Boosting Heart Risks

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have blood vessels that don't expand normally, a new study suggests. If vessels don't widen as they should, the risk of heart attack and stroke goes up, the researchers noted. The researchers also found that risk factors usually associated with blood vessel problems – such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking – didn't seem to account for why people with PTSD were more likely to have blood vessels that didn't dilate properly. The researchers suspect that stress may be to blame. "We believe that we should try to gain a better understanding of the relationship between mental illness and cardiovascular health," said lead researcher Dr. Marlene Grenon. She's an associate professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Veterans Affairs Medical ... Read more

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A Daily Cup of Tea May Soothe Your Heart

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 – Drinking as little as a cup of tea daily may be good for your heart health, new research suggests. The study found that people who drank a cup of tea each day were 35 percent less likely to have a heart attack or other major cardiovascular event, compared to nondrinkers. The study also found that tea drinkers were less likely to have calcium buildup in the heart's coronary arteries. Calcium deposits have been linked to serious conditions, such as heart disease and stroke, the researchers said. "We found that moderate tea drinkers had a decreased progression of coronary artery calcium and a decreased incidence of cardiovascular events," said Dr. Elliott Miller. He's an internal medicine physician and instructor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. But Miller noted that the researchers couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between tea ... Read more

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Healthier Arteries May Lower Dementia Risk in Old Age

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 – Elderly Americans whose arteries are clear of calcium buildup appear less likely than others to suffer from heart disease or dementia, according to new research. University of Pittsburgh researchers found that among people in their 80s and 90s, those without calcium buildup in their arteries developed dementia later than those with high levels of calcium. Calcium-clogged arteries – also called atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries – are linked to increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, stroke and, apparently, dementia as well. These results suggest that aggressive prevention of elevated heart risk factors that lead to calcium buildup "could result not only in increased longevity and decreased heart attacks, but also substantial reduction of incidences of dementia, especially among older women," said Dr. Lewis Kuller, an emeritus professor of ... Read more

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VA Hospital Care Improving, Study Suggests

Posted 9 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – Veterans Affairs hospitals seem to do just as well as other U.S. hospitals when it comes to treating older men with heart disease or pneumonia, a new study suggests. The findings, published online Feb. 9 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were called "reassuring" in light of recent negative news about the nation's VA health care system. Researchers found that between 2010 and 2013, men treated for a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia at a VA hospital were slightly less likely to die in the next month, compared to similar men treated at a non-VA center. They were, on the other hand, somewhat more likely to be readmitted to the hospital in that same time frame. Still, the differences between the VA and non-VA groups were so small – usually less than 1 percentage point – that the outcomes really are comparable, said senior researcher Dr. ... Read more

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Tiny Brain Lesions Linked to Raised Risk of Stroke Death

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 – Tiny damaged areas in the brain may signal an increased risk of stroke or stroke-related death in people with no history of a prior brain attack, a new study indicates. "These findings suggest that even very small lesions on brain imaging – even without symptoms – may represent early pathology and could identify persons at increased risk of stroke," said lead researcher Dr. Gwen Windham, an associate professor of geriatrics at the University of Mississippi in Jackson. People who had both small lesions and larger lesions had an even greater increased risk of stroke and stroke-related death, she added. "The findings should be replicated in other populations, but suggest that these very small lesions are clinically relevant and more research is needed to help us understand what is causing them and how we can prevent them," Windham said. The report was published ... Read more

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Low Vitamin D Levels in Childhood May Raise Heart Risks: Study

Posted 10 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 – Adults who had low vitamin D levels as children and teens may be more likely to have hardening of the arteries, a new study suggests. Artery hardening is associated with heart disease. The study included more than 2,100 people in Finland. Their vitamin D levels were measured at ages 3 to 18, and they were checked for artery hardening at ages 30 to 45. Those with the lowest vitamin D levels when they were youngsters had a much higher risk for artery hardening as adults, according to the study published online Feb. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. This link was independent of other heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, poor eating, lack of exercise and obesity. Only an association was seen between childhood vitamin D levels and later heart health. The study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Further ... Read more

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Statins May Help Kids With Genetic Cholesterol Disorder

Posted 9 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 – Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs seem to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in children who have a genetic cholesterol disorder, according to a long-term European study. Researchers looked at 194 children and teens in the Netherlands with familial hypercholesterolemia, which puts people at risk for premature hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The inherited disorder affects about one in 500 people. The youngsters were prescribed the statin drug pravastatin and followed for 10 years. The results showed that taking the drug prevented premature atherosclerosis, according to the research, which was done by Dr. D. Meeike Kusters, of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, and colleagues. The younger the age of those who start taking the drug, the better, noted the study, published in the Sept. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical ... Read more

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Secondhand Smoke in Childhood Thickens Arteries

Posted 5 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 – Secondhand smoke causes irreversible damage to children's arteries and puts them at increased risk for heart attack and stroke later in life, a new study says. Researchers looked at more than 3,700 adults in Australia and Finland, and found that those exposed to secondhand smoke when they were children had thicker artery walls. The walls of the neck arteries in those who grew up in homes where both parents smoked were an average of 0.015 millimeters thicker than in those whose parents did not smoke. That means that exposure to secondhand smoke in childhood adds an extra 3.3 years to the age of an adult's blood vessels, according to the authors of the study published online March 5 in the European Heart Journal. They said their findings provide further evidence to support measures to protect children from secondhand smoke. "Our study shows that exposure to ... Read more

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