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Remote Amazon Tribe May Have Healthiest Hearts on Earth

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FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – A primitive Amazonian tribe appears to have the best heart health in the world, living a simple existence that inadvertently provides them extraordinary protection against heart disease, researchers report. The Tsimane people of Bolivia lead an active life of subsistence farming and foraging for food in the Amazon rainforest, said study author Dr. Gregory Thomas. He is medical director of the Memorial Care Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial, in California. Thanks to their unique lifestyle, most Tsimane have arteries unclogged by the cholesterol plaques that drastically increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in modern Americans, Thomas said. CT scans revealed that hardened arteries are five times less common among the Tsimane than in U.S. adults, Thomas said. "We found that based on their lifestyle, 85 percent of this population can live ... Read more

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US Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

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WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Climate change is not only an environmental issue, but a major threat to public health, according to 11 U.S. medical societies. It's an issue that many people do not know exists, even though it may already affect them, the groups warned in a new report. "We want to get the message out that climate change is affecting people's health right now," said Dr. Mona Sarfaty. She's director of the group collective the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. More frequent and more intense heat waves raise the risk of heat-related illness, for example. Climate change can also exacerbate heart and lung conditions, including asthma and emphysema, said Sarfaty, who's also director of Program on Climate and Health at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. And, it can feed the spread of insect-borne infections, such as Lyme disease and Zika, and even contribute ... Read more

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Failed Fertility Treatments, Poorer Heart Health Later?

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MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Women who undergo fertility treatment but don't get pregnant may have a slightly higher risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. Failed fertility therapy was linked to a 19 percent increased risk of heart attack, stroke or heart failure later in life among the women in the study, said lead researcher Dr. Jacob Udell. He is a cardiologist at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. "Two-thirds of women were unsuccessful after undergoing fertility treatment, and it was in those women we found an association with an increased risk in adverse cardiovascular events long-term," Udell said. But the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link between the two. Udell said he and his colleagues conducted this research after noticing that fertility drug treatments can create short-term complications, including high blood pressure and diabetes – conditions linked to ... Read more

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Fish Oil Pills May Help After Heart Attack, Specialists Say

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MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Doctors may want to consider prescribing fish oil pills to heart attack survivors and patients with chronic heart failure, new recommendations from the American Heart Association suggest. Fish oil may help extend the lives of those patients, the heart association said. On the other hand, the supplements cannot be recommended for preventing heart problems in the first place, said Dr. David Siscovick, lead author of the report. That's because no clinical trials have tested fish oil's effects in people who are free of heart disease. Meanwhile, a few trials have given fish oil to people at increased risk of heart disease – because of diabetes or high cholesterol, for example. All but one has come up empty. "Many people take fish oil hoping to prevent heart disease," Siscovick acknowledged. "But there's a lack of evidence that it does." Fish oil is rich in omega-3 ... Read more

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Severe Low Blood Sugar Episode May Up Death Risk in Those With Type 2 Diabetes

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FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Just one episode of dangerously low blood sugar might increase the risk of death, heart disease and stroke in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) episode had to be so serious that it required a visit to the emergency room, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "If you have a patient with a history of severe hypoglycemia, this could portend poorly for his or her future," said study co-author Alexandra Lee, a Ph.D. candidate in epidemiology. "Our thinking has been that you resolve a hypoglycemic episode and it's over. But what this tells us is that one episode may have long-lasting consequences," Lee said in a school news release. However, the researchers also noted that it's not clear from this study whether people who had a severe low blood sugar episode were ... Read more

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Heart Disease Kicks in Earlier for Obese People

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THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Overweight and obese people tend to develop heart disease at an earlier age, living with chronic illness for much longer than those of a healthy weight, a new study shows. People carrying excess pounds do tend to live similar or only slightly shorter life spans compared to folks with normal body weight, the researchers found. But heart disease begins 1.8 years earlier in overweight middle-aged women compared with normal-weight women, and 4.3 years earlier for those who are obese, they added. Meanwhile, obese middle-aged men suffer heart disease 3.1 years earlier than normal-weight men. However, overweight men tended to develop heart disease at about the same rate and live about as long as normal-weight men. These findings show that even though some may benefit from an "obesity paradox" – where people with excess weight live longer than those of normal weight ... Read more

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Health Tip: Resuming Activities After a Heart Attack

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-- Life after a heart attack may seem uncertain, and you may be anxious to get back to your regular activities. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Talk to your doctor about specific activities, and when it is safe to resume them. The amount of time needed before returning to work depends on your job. You may need to adjust your work and schedule. It's typically safe to drive again about a week after your heart attack, but check with your doctor. Also, ask your doctor about when to resume intimacy. Go slowly and allow yourself time to heal. Make lifestyle changes that could speed your recovery. Read more

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Bad Diets Tied to 400,000 U.S. Deaths in 2015

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THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Unhealthy diets may have contributed to as many as 400,000 premature deaths from heart disease and strokes in 2015, a new study estimates. And, it's not just the things you should be avoiding – such as salt and trans fats – that are contributing to these deaths. The excess deaths may also be caused by what's missing in your diet – namely, nuts and seeds, vegetables and whole grains, the researchers said. "Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing more people in 2015 than any other cause," said lead researcher Dr. Ashkan Afshin of the University of Washington in Seattle. He's an acting assistant professor of global health at the university's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. "Poor diet is the top risk factor for cardiovascular disease death and, therefore, deserves attention from decision-makers in the ... Read more

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Zika Virus May Also Harm the Heart

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THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Zika may cause heart problems in some people infected with the mosquito-borne virus, researchers report. A new study has identified nine Venezuelan patients who suffered from heart problems shortly after coming down with Zika virus symptoms. Eight of the nine patients developed dangerous heart rhythm disorders, and two-thirds had evidence of heart failure, a condition in which the heart isn't pumping enough blood to meet the body's needs. Lead researcher Dr. Karina Gonzalez Carta said doctors should consider electrocardiograms (ECG) for all Zika-infected patients, and follow-up testing if an irregular heartbeat is detected. "While we anticipated we would see cardiovascular effects from Zika, we were surprised at the severity of the findings," said Carta, a Venezuelan native, and a cardiologist and research fellow at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. This is ... Read more

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Winter a Chilling Time for Heart Failure Patients

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WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Two new studies suggest that winter is a particularly precarious time for heart failure patients. Both reports found that these vulnerable patients are more likely to be hospitalized and to die during cold weather months. And one of the studies also found the cost and length of hospitalization for heart failure rose during winter. In the first study, researchers led by Dr. Emmanuel Akintoye analyzed data from about 600,000 heart failure hospital admissions between 2011 and 2013. Patients admitted in the winter were 6 percent more likely to die than those admitted in spring, and 11 percent more likely to die than those admitted in the summer or fall. In addition, the findings showed that the median cost for heart failure hospitalizations in the winter was $7,459, compared with $7,181 in the summer. In the second study, Dr. Soumya Patnaik, an internal medicine ... Read more

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Depression May Hasten Death in Years After Heart Diagnosis

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WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Heart patients who subsequently develop depression may be about twice as likely to die over the next 10 years as those without mental health troubles, a new study suggests. Depression – which is common after a heart diagnosis – appears to be a greater predictor of death than the type of heart disease, smoking, diabetes status or even age, the researchers said. Although the findings don't prove that depression leads to an earlier death, "screening for depression needs to happen continually in these patients, not just right after their heart disease diagnosis," said study lead author Heidi May. May is a cardiovascular epidemiologist with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. It's estimated that up to one-third of heart attack survivors develop some degree of depression, and doctors have long recognized a two-way link between ... Read more

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Fitbits, Other Trackers May Be Unfit to Measure Heart Rate

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WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Fitbits and other wrist-worn fitness devices promise to keep track of your heart rate, but new research suggests they are less accurate than thought during certain exercises. "If you need to know your heart rate with accuracy when exercising – either because you are training for a marathon or have safe heart rate limits set by your doctor, perhaps due to coronary artery disease, heart failure or other heart conditions – wrist-worn monitors are less accurate than the standard chest strap," study author Dr. Marc Gillinov said in an American College of Cardiology news release. The heart rates on the wrist-worn devices were compared to those from a continuous 4-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) and a chest strap monitor. Like an EKG, the chest strap measures electrical activity of the heart. Depending on the type of activity, the wrist devices were up to 34 beats a ... Read more

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House Republicans Unveil Their Rx for Obamacare

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TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – House Republicans have unveiled their long-anticipated plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a stripped-down system of individual tax credits. The proposed legislation would preserve some of the most popular features of the controversial health reform law sometimes called Obamacare, while eliminating some aspects that never caught on with the public. Young adults could still stay on their parents' health plans until age 26, and insurers still could not deny coverage or charge more to people with pre-existing conditions, according to a summary released Monday evening by the House Ways and Means Committee. House Republican leaders also have said they would maintain the Affordable Care Act's ban on lifetime insurance coverage caps, according to The New York Times. The proposed legislation would eliminate two of the Affordable Care Act's most ... Read more

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Could Fruits and Veggies Save Hearts Worldwide?

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TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – Getting people worldwide to eat more fruits and vegetables could significantly reduce disability and premature death from heart disease, researchers report. For the study, investigators analyzed data and previous studies to determine how fruit and vegetable consumption affected the number of "heart disease-related disability-adjusted life years" (DALYs) – healthy years lost to disability or death – in 195 countries. Each DALY is one lost year of healthy life. The findings showed that low intake of fruits accounted for just over 57 million DALYs, and low intake of vegetables accounted for more than 44 million DALYs. The burden of heart disease attributed to limited fruit intake was lowest in Rwanda (5 percent) and highest in Bangladesh (23 percent). The burden of heart disease attributed to limited vegetable intake was lowest in North Korea (about 6 percent) ... Read more

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1 in 4 U.S. Adults Disabled by Arthritis: CDC

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TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – Arthritis is expanding its grip on Americans, with 24 million adults limited in their everyday activities because of the debilitating joint disease, U.S. health officials say. Overall, 54 million adults – or one in four – report an arthritis diagnosis. And the number of people disabled by it has jumped 20 percent since 2002, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. "Arthritis symptoms keep millions of Americans from going about their daily routines," CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat said in an agency news release. The joint aches, stiffness and swelling of arthritis can make holding a glass, carrying a grocery bag, or walking a short distance difficult or even impossible, the agency said. Why so many Americans have arthritis isn't clear, and can't be attributed solely to an aging population. Almost two of five adults with ... Read more

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