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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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Are Vegetarian Diets Heart-Healthier?

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – Vegetarians are assumed to be healthier than carnivores, but a new study questions that assumption. It found meat eaters had no significantly greater risk of heart disease over 10 years compared to those who favored no-meat diets. "I wouldn't say a vegetarian diet is useless for preventing cardiovascular risk," said study leader Dr. Hyunseok Kim. However, the heart benefits on a population level may be less than some believe, said Kim, an internal medicine resident at Rutgers New Jersey School of Medicine in Newark. The study findings puzzleded one nutritionist who said previous research has indicated that a vegetarian diet is good for the heart. The study used U.S. national survey data to compare adult vegetarians to thousands of meat eaters. While vegetarians were thinner, their overall heart risk wasn't actually different, according to the study. "Followers ... Read more

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Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. Seniors Has Some Form of Disability

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – A new U.S. government report on aging finds that close to a quarter of Americans over 65 have some form of disability. "Many Americans enjoy longer lives, though with some functional limitations," according to a news release from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, which authored the report. The Forum found that in 2014, "22 percent of the population age 65 and over say they have at least one limitation in vision, hearing, mobility, communication, cognition, or self-care." That finding means millions of Americans – often spouses or children – are becoming caregivers for disabled, aging loved ones. The report found that, in most cases, the burden isn't excessive. Overall, "about 86 percent reported that informal caregiving gives them satisfaction that the care recipient is well cared for," the Forum said. Caregivers often reported a ... Read more

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Are Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk for Fatal Heart Attack?

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – Regularly eating fish and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may lower your risk of fatal heart disease, a new research review suggests. "Our results lend support to the importance of fish and omega-3 consumption as part of a healthy diet," said senior study author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, in Boston. "At a time when some but not other trials of fish oil supplementation have shown benefits, there is uncertainty about cardiovascular effects of omega-3s," Mozaffarian said in a university news release. Fish are the main dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, anchovies, sardines and herring, are the richest source of these nutrients. Walnuts, flaxseed oil, canola oil and some other seeds and nuts contain the plant-based omega-3 known as ... Read more

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Building Muscle Could Boost the Body's Most Important Muscle

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – Having more muscle and less fat reduces the risk of early death in people with heart disease, a new study suggests. Doctors should encourage patients to do resistance exercises as part of a healthy lifestyle, rather than emphasizing and monitoring weight loss, the study authors advised. For the study, Dr. Preethi Srikanthan of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues analyzed data gathered from more than 6,400 Americans with heart disease. The investigators found that people with higher amounts of muscle and lower levels of body fat were less likely to die of heart problems or any other causes than those in three other groups based on body composition. The groups were: low muscle/high fat; low muscle/low fat; or high muscle/high fat. Because people with more muscle were more likely to have a high body mass index (BMI, a measurement based on ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercise for a Healthier Heart

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It's common knowledge that exercise helps you shed pounds. But it also can help your heart. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says exercise: Boosts lung function and makes your heart stronger, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to be pumped throughout your body. Reduces the risk of plaque formation inside your arteries, which can lead to coronary heart disease and heart attack. Lowers blood pressure and blood fats, and helps regulate blood sugar. Helps reduce inflammation, control weight and boost healthy HDL cholesterol. Read more

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Fruit Every Day Might Help Your Heart, Researchers Say

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – Eating fresh fruit regularly may help prevent heart attacks and strokes, a large study out of China suggests. Adults who ate fresh fruit, such as apples and oranges, every day had about a one-third reduced risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, compared to those who rarely or never ate fruit, researchers found. "Fruit consumption is important for your cardiovascular health," said lead researcher Dr. Liming Li, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, in Beijing. Study participants who ate fruit most often had lower blood pressure and blood sugar than less frequent fruit eaters, which may account for the reduced risk for heart attacks and strokes, Li said. Due to the nature of the study, however, it could not prove that fruit consumption caused the lower risk of heart attack and stroke, just that there was an association, Li said. For ... Read more

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Women Twice as Likely to Die From Severe Heart Attack, Study Finds

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – Women are up to twice as likely as men to die from the most dangerous type of heart attack, a worldwide study finds. Although death rates have fallen, there are still significant survival differences after what's called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to the Yale University-led team of investigators. The study "highlights that there is a gender discrepancy between men and women in mortality outcomes with STEMI," study first author Hyon Jae Lee said in a Yale news release. The researchers analyzed data from more than 700,000 STEMI patients in 29 countries and six geographic regions. In all those regions, they found that appropriate treatment was delayed for women and that the in-hospital death rate for women was double that of men. Also, women were 70 percent more likely to die at 30 days, six months and one year after the heart ... Read more

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Hispanics More Likely to Have Heart Pumping Problems, Study Says

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Hispanics have higher rates of heart pumping problems than other Americans, yet many don't know they have a disorder that can lead to heart failure, a new study finds. The research included more than 1,800 Hispanic people. They were between 45 and 74 years old. They lived in New York City, Chicago, Miami and San Diego. About half had a blood pumping problem (called cardiac dysfunction), the study found. But, fewer than 1 in 20 knew they had the heart problem, the study revealed. The study was published April 5 in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. "The perception has been that Hispanics/Latinos are a low-risk group for cardiac dysfunction, but that is not true," senior study author Dr. Carlos Rodriguez said in a journal news release. He's an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. A ... Read more

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Treating Depression Might Help Stem Heart Woes: Study

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – Effective treatment of depression seems to reduce a person's risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Depression is a known risk factor for heart disease, but how treatment for depression affected that risk was unclear, researchers said. This study of 7,550 people found that effective treatment for depression could lower a patient's heart risks to the same level as those who never had depression, reducing their chances of stroke, heart attack, heart failure and death. The risk of major heart problems was: 4.6 percent among those successfully treated for depression: 4.8 percent among those without depression; 6 percent among those with depression who did not respond to treatment; and 6.4 percent among those who developed depression during the study. The findings from the researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City ... Read more

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Waistline May Predict Heart Disease Better Than Weight

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 2, 2016 – When it comes to heart health, new research adds to the argument that a pear-shaped body, which is heavy in the hips, may be better than an apple-shaped body, which carries more weight around the belly. A study of diabetes patients found that increasing waist size appears to be a stronger predictor of serious heart disease than body weight or body mass index (BMI, the weight-to-height ratio). "We have known that abdominal obesity is more linked to coronary atherosclerosis [plaque buildup in the arteries] than other forms of obesity," said Dr. Brent Muhlestein, a study author and co-director of research at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. "We found that left ventricle heart function got worse with progressive waist circumference. The relation between left ventricle function and waist circumference remained highly significant, ... Read more

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Endometriosis Linked to Heart Disease in Study

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Women who have endometriosis, the abnormal growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus, may face a 60 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than women without the disorder, a new study suggests. The potential risk was especially high for women who were 40 or younger: they were three times more likely to have heart disease than women in the same age range without the gynecological condition, the researchers found. That finding could be partly explained by the endometriosis treatments themselves. These treatments, such as removal of the uterus and ovaries, have been linked in other studies to potential heart disease risk, the study authors said. "Women with endometriosis should be thinking about lifestyle changes and discussion with their doctor about steps they can take to prevent heart disease," said Stacey Missmer, the study's senior author. Missmer ... Read more

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Wearable 'Defibrillator-in-a-Vest' May Help Some Heart Patients

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – A vest containing a defibrillator may be an option for some heart patients who can't use an implantable defibrillator – the device that can shock the heart back to a proper rhythm if needed. That's the conclusion of the first science advisory on the devices just issued by the American Heart Association. The advisory, however, cautioned that there are still big gaps in knowledge about the devices and they should only be used as a short-term option for specific patients. "They serve an important niche, but there is relatively limited evidence about their effectiveness and safety," said the advisory's lead author, Dr. Jonathan Piccini, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. "We need research and clinical trials to figure out which patient populations they should be applied to and what the relative benefit is," he ... Read more

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Mammograms May Also Help Spot Heart Disease, Study Suggests

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – The standard breast cancer screening test, mammography, may offer a surprising extra benefit – the ability to check heart health, new research suggests. When radiologists look at mammograms for signs of breast cancer, they can also see calcium deposits that have built up in the arteries that supply blood to the breasts, said researcher Dr. Laurie Margolies. She's director of breast imaging at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Women with large calcium deposits in their breast arteries have likely developed similar deposits in the arteries leading to the heart. These deposits are considered a very early sign of heart disease, the study authors said. And, calcium deposits in the breast arteries appear to be as strong a risk factor for heart disease as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, the researchers said. If follow-up studies confirm ... Read more

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Spare Dying Patients Electric Shocks From Heart Device, Docs Say

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – Dying patients with an implantable heart defibrillator don't know the device can be turned off so that it doesn't give them painful shocks during their last days of life, researchers report. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are surgically implanted in people with certain heart conditions. They deliver a shock to restore normal heart rhythm when they detect a potentially deadly abnormal rhythm. Doctors are encouraged to inform patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator about the benefits of deactivating the device when they are near death. But research shows that up to 31 percent of people with an ICD receive shocks in their final days. Two new studies provide further proof that many doctors aren't following the Heart Rhythm Society and European Society of Cardiology recommendations. A Spanish study of 243 patients with implantable ... Read more

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