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HIV May Double Odds of Heart Attack

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – As people with HIV are living longer, new concerns are cropping up, such as a risk for heart attack up to two times greater than for people without the AIDS-causing virus, a new study reports. Those increased odds are seen even in people whose virus has been suppressed to undetectable levels in the blood with antiretroviral drugs, the researchers said. There are several reasons for this higher risk, said lead researcher Dr. Matthew Feinstein, a cardiology fellow at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "A key factor appears to be chronic HIV-associated inflammation that persists even when there is no detectable virus in the blood," he said. Feinstein explained that the heart disease and stroke risk is higher "because the virus maintains a reservoir in the body's tissues, driving a chronic inflammatory and immune response that can ... Read more

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High-Rise Living May Lower Your Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

Posted 18 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – The view from those upper floors may be breathtaking, but it might come with a risky cost: people living on higher floors appear less likely to survive cardiac arrest, a new study found. In fact, above the third floor, your chances of surviving cardiac arrest get worse the higher up you live – and above the 16th floor, survival is "negligible," according to the study authors. The likely reason is simple. "It takes first responders longer to get to the patients who live on higher floors, so treatment is delayed," said lead researcher Ian Drennan, a paramedic with the York Region Paramedic Services in Canada. When cardiac arrest occurs, patients have a better chance of surviving the sooner they can be defibrillated – shocking the heart back to a normal rhythm. The longer it takes before defibrillation, the less likely the shock will be effective, Drennan said. ... Read more

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Side Effects Cause Some to Stop Taking Blood Thinner Brilinta

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Side effects like bleeding or shortness of breath cause some heart attack survivors to stop taking a potentially lifesaving new blood thinner during clinical trials, researchers report. About one in five people assigned to take the highest dose of the blood thinner Brilinta (ticagrelor) during clinical trials stopped taking the drug due to side effects, the new research found. Even a lower dose of Brilinta caused one in six patients to stop using the drugs because of side effects. Researchers classified the majority of side effects as minor, and urged doctors to counsel patients to stay on the medication. "You can tell a patient that this side effect is not harmful, and if you can tolerate it you will receive benefit from this drug," said lead researcher Dr. Marc Bonaca, a cardiovascular medicine specialist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. However, ... Read more

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Heart Attack Shouldn't End Your Sex Life

Posted 21 Sep 2015 by

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – If you've had a heart attack, you don't have to avoid sex for fear of having another one, researchers report. Many people who've had a heart attack worry that too much physical activity could trigger a repeat event. But after reviewing data collected on 536 heart disease patients between the ages of 30 and 70, the researchers found sexual activity requires about the same amount of exertion as climbing two flights of stairs or taking a brisk walk. The patients completed questionnaires about their sexual activity. In the months leading up to their heart attack, nearly 15 percent did not have sex during this time, almost 5 percent had sex less than once per month, about 25 percent had sex less than once a week, and 55 percent had sex at least once weekly. The researchers analyzed the sexual activity the patients experienced in the 12 months before their heart ... Read more

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