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Anger, Heavy Exertion: Fast Track to a Heart Attack?

Posted 14 days ago by

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – Intense anger or heavy physical exertion may be triggers for a first heart attack in some people, new research suggests. In the study of more than 12,000 people, both intense activity and intense emotions each seemed to double the odds of suffering a heart attack in the next hour. That risk rose about threefold when people were upset and exerted themselves at the same time. The study is far from the first to suggest – and it does not prove – that bouts of anger or physical exertion can trigger a heart attack. But, it's larger than past studies, and more diverse – covering first-time heart attack patients in 52 countries, said Barry Jacobs, a spokesman for the American Heart Association who was not involved in the research. "This confirms that blowing your top is not good – for other people, or for you," Jacobs said. Do the findings mean that everyone who ... Read more

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Your Post-Heart Attack Survival May Depend on Choice of Hospital

Posted 18 days ago by

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – Older heart attack victims who receive immediate high-quality care from their hospital often wind up with a long-term survival advantage, a new study reports. Medicare recipients can gain as much as a year of additional life if they are treated at a hospital that has a better track record of keeping all heart attack patients alive for the first 30 days after their emergency, the researchers found. "It really does make a difference where you go for care," said study author Dr. Emily Bucholz, a resident physician at Boston Children's Hospital. "It's not just about surviving that acute period. The benefits you accrue by being treated at a hospital that does really well will persist over your entire remaining life span." In the study, researchers reviewed nearly 120,000 Medicare-covered heart attack patients treated at 1,824 hospitals across the United States ... Read more

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Cooling Therapy Might Not Help All Cardiac Arrest Patients

Posted 20 days ago by

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 – While cooling patients whose hearts stop suddenly outside the hospital may help improve outcomes, it doesn't seem to show the same benefit when cardiac arrest happens in a hospital setting, a new study suggests. Cooling slows the body's activity levels while cells aren't getting oxygen, in hopes of preserving organs and limiting brain damage. But the approach did not improve survival or preserve more mental function when it was performed in the hospital, the researchers reported. "We were surprised that cooling was harmful," said lead researcher Dr. Paul Chan, a professor of medicine at the Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo. However, Chan added, "Patients in the hospital are a lot sicker, which may be a reason cooling doesn't work." Cooling is standard care for patients who have a cardiac arrest, whether in or out of the hospital, Chan ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Less Safe for Men With Prior Heart Attack

Posted 30 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 – Men diagnosed with prostate cancer often receive hormone-depleting therapy to help fight the tumor. But a new study suggests that the treatment may pose a risk to men who've previously suffered a heart attack. "Patient age, cardiac risk, and disease recurrence risk should be considered when selecting candidates for hormone therapy in this patient population," lead researcher Dr. Nataniel Lester-Coll of Yale University said in a Yale news release. He's a resident doctor at the Yale School of Medicine's department of therapeutic radiology in New Haven, Conn. Because prostate tumors typically grow in the presence of hormones such as testosterone, doctors often recommend therapies that temporarily deplete hormone levels. But might that approach affect heart health? To find out, the Yale team analyzed data from patients with intermediate- and high-risk prostate ... Read more

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1 in 4 Medicare Patients Uses Blood Pressure Meds Incorrectly

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – Nearly 5 million Medicare prescription drug enrollees aren't taking their blood pressure medication as directed, increasing their risk of heart attack and stroke, a new U.S. study found. An analysis of 18.5 million Medicare Part D enrollees in 2014 found that 26 percent either skipped doses of their blood pressure medication or stopped taking the drugs entirely, according to the study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "That's particularly troubling, because other research indicates that up to 25 percent of new prescriptions for blood pressure medicine are never even filled in the first place," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. "Of those prescribed those regimens, maybe a quarter don't even start them, and now we're finding that another quarter don't continue them." Heart disease and stroke kill 800,000 people every year in the United ... Read more

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Heart Rhythm Disorder May Be Tied to Wider Range of Ills

Posted 7 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 – Atrial fibrillation, a common type of heart rhythm disorder, is associated with a wider range of conditions than previously believed, researchers report. The findings add "to the growing literature on the association between atrial fibrillation and cardiovascular outcomes beyond stroke," researchers at the University of Oxford in England and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote. The team reviewed 104 studies involving more than 9 million people, including nearly 590,000 people with atrial fibrillation. They concluded that the heart rhythm disorder was also associated with heart disease, heart failure, kidney disease, sudden cardiac death and death from all causes. The study did not prove atrial fibrillation caused these additional health risks, just that there was an association. Risk for heart failure was the most significant of these ... Read more

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Sex Suffers for Younger Adults After Heart Attack

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – After a heart attack, many younger adults experience sexual difficulties – and women more so than men, a new study reveals. Moreover, those who don't talk to their doctors about sex in the first few weeks after a heart attack are more likely to delay a return to sexual intimacy, the researchers added. "A substantial number of younger men and women will experience sex-related problems after their heart attacks. Yet, very few ever had a conversation about this with their doctor," said Kevin Weinfurt, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. "This underscores a need for providers to talk to their patients about the possible effects of heart attacks on their sex lives and what they can do about it," said Weinfurt, who wrote a commentary accompanying the study. The issue: How do heart attacks ... Read more

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Heart Attack Before 50 Ups Early Death Risk

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – The risk of early death after a heart attack has lessened over the past 30 years among those younger than 50. But it's still nearly twice as high as the general public, Danish researchers report. This higher risk is driven mainly by conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, which are more common among people who've had a heart attack, said lead researcher Dr. Morten Schmidt. "Patients with a heart attack in young age should be advised that an excess risk of fatal events persists, warranting compliance to their prescribed medicine and efforts to reduce modifiable lifestyle-related risk factors, particularly smoking," said Schmidt, a researcher at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. Schmidt's team looked at long-term survival of nearly 22,000 Danes who'd had a heart attack before age 50. The patients were followed for roughly 11 years, and ... Read more

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Study Bolsters Role of Angioplasty, Stents in Heart-Attack Survival

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – Patients who suffer a heart attack live longer now than they did before, and invasive procedures such as angioplasty, stents and bypass get a lot of the credit, a new study suggests. While medicines and healthy lifestyle remain important, "it was the increased and more widespread use of this invasive coronary strategy that explain the changes/improvements in survival after heart attack" between 2003 and 2013, said study author Dr. Chris P. Gale. He is associate professor and consultant cardiologist at the University of Leeds in England. Gale's team noted there's been a steady decline in the rate at which people die in the months after a heart attack. But what's driving that good news? To find out, Gale worked with Leeds co-author Dr. Marlous Hall and others to track information from a 2003-2013 database on nearly 400,000 heart attack patients living in England ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea Mask Treatment Fails to Curb Heart Risks

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – The nighttime breathing difficulties of obstructive sleep apnea have long been linked to an increase in cardiovascular risks. However, a new study throws confusion into that link. While treatment with CPAP did lower sleep apnea symptoms, it did nothing to lower users' long-term odds for heart attack, stroke or heart-related death. CPAP stands for "continuous positive airway pressure," with users wearing a special mask during the night to help them breathe easier. Unfortunately, "our study does not support the use of CPAP treatment solely for the prevention of future cardiovascular events in patents who have established [heart] disease," said study author Dr. Doug McEvoy. He's a clinician at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. In the study, McEvoy's team selected more than 2,700 people with moderate-to severe ... Read more

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Adult-Onset Asthma Might Raise Heart Risks

Posted 24 Aug 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – People who develop asthma when they're adults may have another health issue to worry about: an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. That's the finding from research involving almost 1,300 adults, average age 47, none of whom had heart disease at the beginning of the study. Of the participants, 111 had been diagnosed with asthma as adults – also known as "late-onset" asthma. Fifty-five more people had been diagnosed with asthma as children. The health of all the participants was tracked for 14 years. Researchers led by Dr. Matthew Tattersall published their findings Aug. 24 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. They found that people with late-onset asthma were 57 percent more likely than those with early-onset asthma and those without asthma to suffer heart attack, stroke, heart failure, angina and heart-related death. Based on the ... Read more

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Stress May Take Greatest Toll on Younger Women's Hearts: Study

Posted 24 Aug 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Stress may be especially hard on the hearts of younger women who have heart disease, new research suggests. Researchers gave nearly 700 men and women with heart disease a mentally stressful public speaking assignment. Then they measured blood flow to the heart. Women aged 50 or younger were nearly four times more likely than men of the same age or older women to have reduced blood flow to the heart, said study leader Dr. Viola Vaccarino. She is chair of epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta. Reduced blood flow – known medically as myocardial ischemia – can lead to a heart attack, she noted. "Younger women appear to be more vulnerable [than men and older women] to the effects of stress on their heart," Vaccarino said. Experts have long known that younger women have worse outcomes than men of the same age after a heart ... Read more

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Do Angioplasty Patients Really Need Beta-Blocker Drugs?

Posted 16 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – Doctors might be overprescribing beta-blocker medications to heart patients who aren't seriously ill, a new study contends. Beta blockers such as Inderal (propranolol) and Lopressor (metoprolol) reduce blood pressure and control abnormal heart rhythms. They're lifesaving when given to patients who've had a heart attack or have heart failure, said study co-author Dr. Valay Parikh. He is a cardiology fellow with North Shore LIJ-Staten Island University Hospital, in Staten Island, N.Y. But these drugs do not appear to help patients who haven't had a heart attack or have heart failure, even if they did need angioplasty – surgery to clear a blocked artery that caused chest pain, Parikh and his colleagues report. "Beta blocker therapy should be individualized, and these medications should not be given blindly to everyone," Parikh concluded. "They should be properly ... Read more

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Too Many Public Defibrillators Out of Reach When Needed

Posted 15 Aug 2016 by

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 – Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) placed in public spaces can save the lives of people in cardiac arrest. However, a new Canadian study finds too many of the devices are in buildings that aren't always open, so bystanders can't get them when needed. The study, "serves as a vivid reminder that 24/7/365 access to AEDs is as important as their widespread placement," said one specialist who reviewed the findings, Dr. Howard Levite. He directs cardiology at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. More AEDs in public spaces, along with timely access, is imperative, he said, because "the potential to improve survival in cardiac arrest is an opportunity that cannot be ignored." Cardiac arrest differs from a heart attack, and occurs when the heart abruptly stops beating. According to the American College of Cardiology (ACC), over 400,000 cases of ... Read more

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Tougher U.S. Air Standards Would Be Lifesavers: Study

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – Curbing two types of air pollution could save thousands of lives in the United States every year, a new study contends. Research by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) says that reduced airborne levels of ozone and fine particles would also prevent many serious illnesses and significantly reduce missed days of school and work. The ATS recommendations are lower than current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. Specifically, the ATS said 9,320 lives could be saved each year with an eight-hour ozone standard of 0.060 parts per million, rather than the EPA's 0.070 standard. So would a fine particle annual standard of 11 micrograms per cubic meter, rather than the EPA's 12 microgram standard. Stricter standards would reduce serious health events such as heart attacks, hospital admissions and emergency room visits by 21,400 a year, the ATS said. The ... Read more

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