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Increasing Numbers of Pregnant Women Also Have Heart Disease

Posted 22 May 2017 by

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Many more American women with heart disease are choosing to have babies, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 81,000 women with heart disease from 2003 to 2012. They found that the proportion who had babies rose 24 percent during that time. "We learned that in addition to the high and growing prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies, the reasons are mainly related to increases in women delivering babies with diseases such as cardiomyopathy, adult congenital heart disease, and pulmonary hypertension," study author Dr. Kathleen Stergiopoulos said in a Stony Brook University news release. She is a specialist in heart disease in women at the Stony Brook Heart Institute. The researchers also found that major heart problems, such as heart failure and heart rhythm problems, in pregnant women with heart disease increased by nearly 19 ... Read more

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Debbie Reynold's Death Puts Spotlight on 'Broken Heart Syndrome'

Posted 29 Dec 2016 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 – A stroke claimed the life of actress Debbie Reynolds, 84, on Wednesday – just a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died from a heart attack. Reynold's son, Todd Fisher, told the Associated Press that the stress of losing her daughter may have been a contributing factor in his mother's death. Now, doctors familiar with such cases agree that so-called "broken heart syndrome" might have played a role. "Lots of times I hear a causal mention of someone dying of a 'broken heart,' but what many don't know is that 'broken heart syndrome' is a real medical condition," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Lorber wasn't on Reynolds' medical team, but he said the syndrome is a familiar one for many physicians. "Broken heart syndrome refers to the consequences of the heart being exposed to a surge of stress hormones triggered ... Read more

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Marijuana Use Tied to Rare, Temporary Heart Malfunction

Posted 13 Nov 2016 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – Marijuana use might raise the risk of a rare, temporary heart muscle malfunction that can feel like a full-fledged heart attack, a new study suggests. People who used marijuana were almost twice as likely as non-users to suffer a bout of stress cardiomyopathy, a condition also known as takotsubo, said study co-author Dr. Amitoj Singh. He is chief cardiology fellow at St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa. Further, pot users experiencing takotsubo were more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest or require an implanted defibrillator, compared with non-users with takotsubo, Singh said. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating. "Marijuana does not appear to be entirely safe, as some of the lobbyists for marijuana are arguing," Singh said. But the study did not prove that pot causes takotsubo. Singh was to present his findings Sunday at the ... Read more

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Why Women Should Lower Their Holiday Stress Level

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 22, 2015 – The stress of making holiday time a happy time can put women at risk for heart problems, an expert warns. The pressure of tasks like cooking, buying presents, and organizing family gatherings can lead to stress that can damage their hearts, according to Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer, a cardiologist with Houston Methodist Hospital's Heart and Vascular Center. "We have seen more than a few cases of stress-induced cardiomyopathy around the holidays. This occurs when women are under great amounts of stress for a short period of time and that stress is compounded with another traumatic event, such as a death in the family, a car accident, loss of money, etc. If it is ignored, it can be fatal," she said in a hospital news release. Stress-induced cardiomyopathy occurs when stress hormones weaken the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber. The condition is most common ... Read more

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Traumatic Life Events May Harm Women's Hearts, Study Suggests

Posted 29 Apr 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 – Middle-aged and older women who experience a life-threatening illness or the death of a loved one may face a 65 percent increased risk of heart attack, a new study suggests. And having a history of money problems might double the heart attack risk, the study authors added. Such traumatic events can increase a woman's stress levels to the point where her heart health may be harmed, the researchers explained. "Our results suggest that even a single traumatic life event that could have occurred in the distant or recent past might be akin to some elements of post-traumatic stress conditions that have negative heart impact, and thus strengthens the case for routine assessment of psychological factors as part of heart attack risk assessment in women," said lead researcher Dr. Michelle Albert. She is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San ... Read more

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Tragedies Do Cause Broken Hearts, Study Suggests

Posted 27 Mar 2014 by

THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 – The stress of natural disasters can break people's hearts, according to a new study. Researchers found dramatic rises in "broken heart syndrome" in Vermont after a huge storm ravaged the state and in Missouri after a massive tornado. People with broken heart syndrome – formally called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy – suffer a temporary enlargement and weakening of the heart. The condition is often triggered by extreme emotional or physical stress, such as losing a loved one or being in a traffic crash. "Despite the seemingly increasing number of natural disasters we have, there is limited data about how it might affect the heart," said lead investigator Dr. Sadip Pant, an internist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. "Our findings suggest two disasters – one in Vermont and one in Missouri – might have been possible triggers for the clustering of ... Read more

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Grief Is a Real Heartbreaker, Study Finds

Posted 9 Jan 2012 by

MONDAY, Jan. 9 – There really is such a thing as heartbreaking grief, suggests new research that finds losing a loved one can increase the risk of heart attack. Within a day of a significant other's death, heart attack risk was 21 times higher than normal, said researchers who looked at data on nearly 2,000 heart attack patients. And within the first week after death, the heart attack risk for the bereaved was still six times greater than usual. "Extreme grief can trigger heart attacks," said lead researcher Dr. Murray Mittleman, director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston. "For at least a month the risk remains elevated and likely stays up even longer," he added. The stress and anxiety of losing someone close can trigger heart-damaging biological processes, Mittleman explained. "All of this can ... Read more

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Women More Prone to 'Broken Heart' Syndrome: Study

Posted 16 Nov 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16 – Broken heart syndrome – a temporary heart condition brought on by extreme physical or emotional stress – occurs overwhelmingly in women compared to men, a new study suggests. Whether preceded by the sudden death of a loved one, a frightening medical diagnosis, a car accident or even a surprise party, the phenomenon is 7.5 times more common in females, and women older than 55 are 2.9 times more likely to develop broken heart syndrome than younger women, the researchers found. "We don't really know what causes it, but it's with people who present with symptoms of a heart attack that often occurs with a very stressful situation," said Dr. Stacey Rosen, associate chair of cardiology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. "We know women get all forms of heart disease differently than men do. Whether this is an external effect on the heart ... Read more

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'Broken Heart Syndrome' May Affect More People Than Thought

Posted 19 Jul 2011 by

TUESDAY, July 19 – "Broken heart syndrome" – a temporary form of acute heart failure caused by a sudden weakening of the heart muscle – may affect more people than previously thought, a new study suggests. This condition, also known as "stress cardiomyopathy," usually affects postmenopausal women and is typically triggered by a profoundly stressful event, such as a break-up, domestic abuse or the unexpected death of a loved one. In this study, however, researchers found this condition may also develop in younger people, men and even those who cannot identify an a precipitating stressful event. Researchers analyzed 256 stress cardiomyopathy patients in seven tertiary care centers in both Europe and North America over the course of five years. The vast majority (81 percent) of the study's participants were postmenopausal women; 8 percent were 50 or younger, and men accounted for 11 ... Read more

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