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Adult-Onset Asthma Might Raise Heart Risks

Posted 2 days 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

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 2 days 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

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 11 days ago by Drugs.com

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 12 days ago by Drugs.com

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 17 days ago by Drugs.com

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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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Nerve Damage

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Nerve damage caused by fluctuating blood sugar can be dangerous, particularly for people with diabetes. The condition can affect most any tissues of the body, but notably the heart and circulatory system. The American Diabetes Association says potential warning signs of neuropathy include: Feeling dizzy or fainting after standing up. Fainting for no apparent reason. Rapid heartbeat when you are at rest. Having a heart attack without chest pain or other common warning signs. Read more

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High Doses of Fish Oil Might Help Healing After Heart Attack

Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – Heart attack patients who took high doses of fish oil supplements for six months showed improved heart function and less scarring, researchers report. It is not yet precisely known how the large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in these supplements might have helped the healing process, but the results are encouraging, said study senior author Dr. Raymond Kwong. He is director of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In his study, 360 heart attack survivors were followed for six months. Half of them were given 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acid supplements daily for six months, while the other half were given placebo pills. A doctor might typically prescribe 1 to 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acid supplements a day if a patient has high triglyceride levels (a type of blood fat), Kwong added. Using MRIs of the heart, the researchers ... Read more

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Treating Psoriasis May Reduce Risk for Other Ills

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – Treating the skin disease psoriasis might reduce your risk for other health problems as well, a dermatology expert says. About 7.5 million people in the United States have the chronic skin disease. The inflammatory effects of psoriasis can affect the entire body, said Dr. Jashin Wu, director of dermatology research at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. "People with psoriasis, particularly those with more severe disease, have an increased risk for a variety of other health problems, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and heart attack," he said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Psoriasis is characterized by red, raised patches of skin, or plaques, covered with silvery-white scales. It's also marked by itching, burning or soreness of the skin. It is not contagious. "Psoriasis patients, even those ... Read more

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Even Your Heart May Benefit From Extra Education

Posted 20 Jul 2016 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 Jul 2016 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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