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Even Your Heart May Benefit From Extra Education

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – While there are many obvious benefits to achieving a higher level of education, one you may not have considered is a boost to your heart health. New research suggests that heart attack survivors with higher levels of education appear less likely to develop heart failure. Heart failure is a serious complication of heart attack that significantly increases the risk of death, study author Gerhard Sulo said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. Sulo is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bergen in Norway. The study included more than 70,500 people in Norway, aged 35 to 85. All had been hospitalized with a first heart attack between 2001 and 2009. None had a history of heart failure at the start of the study. By the end of 2009, 18 percent of patients had been diagnosed with early onset heart failure, the findings showed. Compared to those with ... Read more

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Heart Failure After Heart Attack Tied to Cancer Risk in Study

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 – People who develop heart failure after a heart attack may also face a higher risk of cancer, a new study suggests. And, they may be prone to cancers affecting the lungs or the digestive system, according to the researchers. "Patients with cardiovascular disease experience a high burden of other diseases and should be followed with that awareness in mind," said study co-author Dr. Veronique Roger, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The researchers said the new study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship between heart problems and cancers. Also, the number of heart failure patients diagnosed with cancer in the study was small. Still, the research shows the importance of closely monitoring cardiac patients, Roger said. Previous Mayo Clinic research has linked heart failure to a 70 percent higher risk ... Read more

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Men Face Greater Risk of Cardiac Arrest: Study

Posted 30 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 – Men are significantly more likely to have their heart stop suddenly than women are, a new study finds. About one in nine men will suffer a cardiac arrest before the age of 70, compared to about one in 30 women. At age 45, men have nearly an 11 percent lifetime risk of sudden cardiac death, compared with a 3 percent risk among women of the same age, researchers report. "Most of these deaths are occurring prematurely – before age 70 – which means that this is a very important and largely preventable cause of death that's really affecting families in a devastating way," said lead researcher Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones. He is chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. About 450,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac death each year, and most never have any symptoms of a heart problem, he said. Men are especially at ... 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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Diabetes Ups Risk of Heart Attack Death

Posted 24 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 – People with diabetes are much more likely to die after a heart attack than people without the blood sugar condition, a new study finds. Researchers included 700,000 people in the study. All of them were hospitalized with a heart attack between January 2003 and June 2013. About 121,000 had diabetes. Compared to people who didn't have diabetes, those with the disease were 56 percent more likely to die if they had a heart attack caused by a completely blocked coronary artery. If their heart attack was the result of a partially blocked coronary artery, people with diabetes were 39 percent more likely to die, the study found. "These results provide robust evidence that diabetes is a significant long-term population burden among patients who have had a heart attack," said lead researcher Dr. Chris Gale, a consultant cardiologist and associate professor in the School ... Read more

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Heart Attack Help? There's an App for That

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Smartphones, apps and other digital technology could speed emergency care to people suffering a heart complication or stroke, says a new report from the American Heart Association. When someone is suffering a heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest, quick action can be the difference between life and death, said Dr. Raina Merchant, who co-wrote the American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement. In theory, Merchant said, digital technology could boost those survival odds – partly by helping bystanders respond swiftly. "The public can really make a difference in saving someone's life," said Merchant. She is director of the social media lab at Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, in Philadelphia. "In an emergency, the first step is always to call 911," Merchant stressed. But, she added, digital technology can help – if, for example, a ... Read more

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Women Get Worse Cardiac Arrest Care Than Men: Study

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Women who survive cardiac arrest are less likely than men to get aggressive, lifesaving care at the hospital, researchers report. "Although we have made a lot of improvement in treating patients with cardiac arrest over the last decade, there is room for improvement, especially in women," said lead researcher Dr. Luke Kim, an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York City. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating. In 2014, more than 350,000 people in the United States suffered cardiac arrests and only 12 percent survived, Kim noted. In his study, women treated for cardiac arrest were 25 percent less likely to have an angiography, which is imaging to look for blocked heart arteries. Women were also 29 percent less likely to undergo angioplasty, a technique to open blocked arteries, the study found. Moreover, women ... Read more

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Blood Test May Rule Out Too Many Donor Hearts

Posted 21 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 – A blood test that's used to check the health of a donor heart may not accurately predict if a heart transplant will be successful, a new study finds. Placing less emphasis on this blood test could increase the number of hearts available for end-stage heart failure, the researchers said. "Heart transplantation is an incredible therapy for patients with end-stage heart failure, but there are only 2,000 to 2,400 transplants each year," said senior study author Dr. Snehal Patel. "A lot of focus has been on finding ways to sign up more people as organ donors, but there is also a problem in that only an average of one in three donor hearts are placed," explained Patel. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The blood test in question checks levels of a protein called troponin I. ... Read more

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For Better Heart Care, Get a Pharmacist on Your Team

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – People with poorly controlled risk factors for heart disease could cut their chances of future trouble by having pharmacists help manage their care, new Canadian research suggests. For the study, trained community pharmacists recruited people at high risk for heart attack and stroke. Half of the study participants received "medication therapy management" in tandem with a pharmacist and half received "usual" care. After three months, people who received intensive services to help them meet treatment targets had a 21 percent lower risk of future heart events when compared with those who received usual care, the study found. People receiving pharmacists' care lowered their estimated future risk of heart disease by more than 5 percent from the beginning of the study to its conclusion three months later. There was little change in risk for those receiving usual ... Read more

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Indoor Pollution From Fuels May Threaten Heart

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Regularly using kerosene or diesel for cooking, heating or lighting may increase the risk of heart attack and early death, a new study warns. Researchers followed more than 50,000 people in Iran, to assess the effects of indoor air pollution caused by burning kerosene, wood, diesel, cow dung and natural gas. The participants' average age at the start of the study was 52, and 80 percent lived in rural areas. Over 10 years, those who burned kerosene or diesel had a 6 percent higher risk of dying from all causes, an 11 percent higher risk of heart-related death, and a 14 percent higher risk of heart disease, the study found. Compared to those who used other fuels, people who used natural gas had a 6 percent lower risk of heart-related death, according to the study. "We know that smoking tobacco products and outside air pollution are linked to heart disease ... Read more

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Just 6 Percent of Chest Pain Cases in ER Are Life-Threatening: Study

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Americans who develop chest pain often rush to the hospital, where they're treated with urgency. A new study suggests, however, that less than 6 percent of these patients suffer from life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack. Most often, physicians can't determine the cause of patients' chest pain, the researchers found. But chest pain can be a sign of serious illness, cautioned study lead author Dr. Renee Hsia, an emergency room physician and director of Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. "This doesn't mean that patients shouldn't be worried when they experience chest pain," she said. "Depending on their risk factors, they certainly could be having a heart attack or another life-threatening condition, which is why it is important to seek timely medical care. "In the right patient population with risk factors, we ... Read more

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Mixed News on Drinking and Heart Health

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Texans living in "dry" counties are more likely to suffer heart attacks and congestive heart failure than people living in nearby "wet" counties, where alcohol sales are legal, a new study reports. But they're also less likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation, a condition where irregular heart rhythms raise the risk of stroke. "It appears that alcohol is not necessarily all good or all bad for the heart – it's more complex than that," said senior author Dr. Gregory Marcus, director of clinical research for the University of California, San Francisco Division of Cardiology. "One size does not fit all," Marcus added. "These data suggests that there may be some in whom alcohol – presumably in moderation – would be of benefit, and others where it would do harm." Residents of wet Texas counties, for instance, have a 9 percent lower risk of heart attack and 13 ... Read more

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Diabetes Drug Victoza May Help the Heart: Study

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – The blood sugar-lowering drug Victoza (liraglutide) cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke in type 2 diabetes patients, a new study finds. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among people with type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted. The study was funded by the drug's maker, Novo Nordisk, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. It included more than 9,300 adults from 32 countries who have type 2 diabetes and a high risk of heart disease. About half took Victoza, while the other half took an inactive placebo. Both groups also took other medications for health problems, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the study authors said. Tracking patients for three years, the researchers found that compared with patients in the placebo group, people who took Victoza had a 13 percent lower risk of heart attack or stroke. They also had a 22 ... Read more

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Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease a Dangerous Combo

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 11, 2016 – Prospects for people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease may be grimmer than previously believed, researchers report. "Type 2 diabetes accompanied by an acute coronary syndrome needs much more attention, especially in order to prevent yet another major cardiac event," said study leader Dr. William White. He is a professor with the University of Connecticut Health Center's Calhoun Cardiology Center. The study included more than 5,300 people around the world with type 2 diabetes. Those admitted to the hospital for congestive heart failure had a 24 percent to 28 percent chance of dying within 18 months. That's five times higher than the risk among those not hospitalized for a major heart problem, the researchers said. The risk of heart disease is two to three times higher among people with type 2 diabetes than in the general population, the study authors ... Read more

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6 Ways Women Can Take Care of Their Tickers

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 – Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, but there are a number of preventive measures women can take, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. "The risk of heart disease increases for everyone as they age. For women, the risk goes up after menopause, but younger women can also develop heart disease," FDA cardiologist Dr. Shari Targum said in an agency news release. One in four American women dies from heart disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here, the FDA offers six ways you can reduce your risk: Control your risk factors. Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease, so it's important to manage these health conditions if you have them. Talk to your health care provider about an effective treatment plan. Don't smoke. If you smoke, try to quit. Maintain ... Read more

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