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Can You Be Obese But Heart-Healthy? Study Says No

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FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – A new British study of nearly 300,000 people dismantles the "obesity paradox," a theory that claims being obese does not necessarily raise heart risks. Instead, the researchers found, obesity increases the risk for heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure, and the risk increases the more fat one carries around the waist. "The higher total body fat or fat around the ...

Vitamin D3 May Benefit Heart Surgery Patients

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MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Many patients have low vitamin D levels before and after open heart surgery, but those levels can be restored to normal with supplementation, a new study suggests. It included 150 patients who had elective open heart surgery. They generally had low levels of vitamin D before their operation, and the stress of surgery caused those levels to fall even more. But patients ...

Australian Nurse Treats, Survives His Own Heart Attack

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WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – A nurse stationed on Australia's isolated far west coast experienced chest pain and dizziness – signs of heart attack – but he was almost a hundred miles from the next nearest medical facility. So he pushed past the pain to diagnose and treat himself, according to a report of the case published March 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The 44-year-old worked at ...

What Younger Women Need to Know About Heart Disease

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MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – Heart disease used to be thought of as a man's issue, but women are unfortunately catching up. And though it's still also thought of as an older person's disease, lifestyle factors in your younger years can make you more susceptible. So it's never too soon to protect heart health. Young women in particular aren't always aware of their possible heart disease risks. Ask ...

Years of Football Could Harm the Heart

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – A lifetime spent playing football has been linked to brain damage, but the game also may lead to serious heart problems, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers found that former National Football League players have a five-times greater chance of developing heart rhythm problems, such as atrial fibrillation, than the general public. The other study found ...

Poorer Kids May Fare Worse After Heart Surgery

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Children who've had surgery to repair defective hearts are more likely to die or require longer hospitalizations if they live in poorer neighborhoods, a new study suggests. The disparities between affluent and poor children persisted even though all were treated at the same major hospitals, the researchers said. And those disparities were only partially explained by ...

FDA Warns Heart Patients About Antibiotic Clarithromycin

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – The antibiotic clarithromycin (brand name: Biaxin) may increase the long-term risk of heart problems and death in patients with heart disease, according to U.S. health officials. As a result, the federal Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it's recommending that doctors carefully weigh the benefits and risks of the drug before prescribing it to patients with ...

Take Early Clinical Trials With a Grain of Salt

Posted 22 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – More than one-third of early clinical trials exaggerate positive findings and may give patients false hope, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from 930 clinical trials published in 10 leading medical journals between early 2007 and mid-2015. The investigators found that a significant number of early trials reported effects that were 2.7 times greater than ...

Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – The flu virus – even if it doesn't cause symptoms – can lead to serious complications after heart surgery, a new study by Dutch researchers suggests. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a potentially deadly infection in which fluid fills the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe, appears more common among heart surgery patients during flu season, the ...

For Older Men, Even Light Exercise Helps

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Just a few minutes of exercise a day – even light workouts – can reduce an older man's risk of early death, a new British study claims. Each additional 30 minutes a day of light activity – such as easy gardening or walking the dog – was associated with a 17 percent lower risk of death, said Dr. Barbara Jefferis, of University College London, and colleagues. Each ...

Here's to a Healthy Pregnancy

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Take good prenatal care of yourself and not only will you have a healthier baby, you'll also lower his or her risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. First, you'll want to monitor your weight while pregnant. A baby's future diabetes risk, for example, is higher if mom is under- or over-nourished during pregnancy, according to researchers at ...

Health Tip:Heart Disease Risk Factors You Can Control

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by

-- About one in four women dies of heart disease in the United States, making it the most common cause of death among women. Some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as gender, race or age. Other factors involve your lifestyle. The U.S. Office on Women's Health provides examples: Smoking – If you smoke, quit immediately. Diet – Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and avoid saturated fats, ...

Heart Defects May Raise Odds for Dementia

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – If you were born with a heart defect, you might have to worry more about developing dementia as you age, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 10,600 people in Denmark born with a heart defect between 1890 and 1982. Compared with the general population, adults born with heart defects during that time period had a 60 percent overall ...

Make a Bucket List -- Then Share It With Your Doc

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – Do you have things you want to do before your time's up? If so, consider sharing that so-called "bucket list" with your doctors. Those discussions could help your doctors provide health care that fits your life plans, researchers say. And for people with a chronic or even terminal illness, it could also help with advance planning. A survey of more than 3,000 people across ...

How To Pick a New Primary Care Doctor

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – There are times in life when you need to pick a new doctor, or primary care provider. A primary care provider is your health gatekeeper, offering wellness visits, evaluating problems and suggesting specialists when necessary. There are different types of providers to choose from, such as internists; family practitioners who care for adults as well as children; and, for ...

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