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'Boomers' Doing Better at Avoiding Eye Disease of Aging

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Macular degeneration is a major cause of vision loss in older Americans. But new research shows that baby boomers are somehow avoiding the illness at higher rates than their parents did. Why the improvement? The researchers aren't sure, but say that lowered rates of heart disease – long tied to poorer eye health – may be one reason. In any case, "aging baby boomers [born between 1946 and 1964] may experience better retinal health at older ages than did previous generations," concluded a team led by Karen Cruickshanks, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eye experts welcomed the findings. "This suggests that those born in newer generations are possibly living healthier lifestyles, and that this may account for overall better health in later years," said Dr. Jules Winokur, an ophthalmologist at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City. ... Read more

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U.S. Seniors Struggle More to Pay for Health Care Compared to Other Countries

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – It's often no fun getting old in America: A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations. Access to insurance isn't an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. But America's seniors are still sicker than the elderly in other countries – and are more likely to go without essential care because they can't afford it, according to the Commonwealth Fund study. "Our Medicare is not as generous as comparable insurance in other countries," fund President Dr. David Blumenthal said during a media briefing on Tuesday. In other countries, government health insurance is not restricted to the elderly, but covers everyone, he said. The United States is complacent about the value and benefits associated with Medicare, even though it's a universal system, Blumenthal said. "We do know ... Read more

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Is Low-Dose Aspirin Right for You After Surgery?

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Each year, millions of American heart patients go "under the knife" for various kinds of surgery. Often they're told to take a low-dose aspirin, to help lower their odds for a post-op blood clot. But does that practice reduce the risk of additional heart problems? A new study says yes. Giving low-dose aspirin after surgeries unrelated to heart problems – things like knee replacements, cancer surgeries or a myriad of other operations – reduces the risk of heart attack and death in people who've previously had artery-opening angioplasty. The new study was led by Dr. P.J. Devereaux, of McMaster University in London, Ontario, Canada. The team pointed out that the safety of post-op aspirin was cast into doubt following the results of an earlier clinical trial of more than 10,000 people who received low-dose aspirin after a non-cardiac surgery. That trial found ... Read more

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Motor On, Heart Patients: Electric Cars Don't Harm Cardiac Implants

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Heart patients who've bought an all-electric Tesla need not worry that their car might interfere with their implanted defibrillator. That's the finding from a new study of 34 seniors who had the devices, which help guard against dangerous irregular heartbeats. The study "demonstrates the safety of the Tesla electric vehicle in patients with cardiac defibrillators and is the first step in establishing that these vehicles are safe for patients with cardiac devices," said Dr. Apoor Patel, a cardiologist who reviewed the findings. Patel directs cardiac electrophysiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He believes the study will "need to be replicated [in] other vehicles," but also noted that "the Tesla generated the most electrical activity during charging." The new study was led by Drs. Thein Tun Aung and Abdul Wase, of Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, ... Read more

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Uninsured Heart Patients Often Face Daunting Bills

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – A life-threatening heart emergency can spell financial doom for people who don't have health insurance, a pair of new studies shows. Around 4 out of 5 uninsured patients hospitalized for a heart attack, stroke or heart bypass surgery faced financial ruin before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, the researchers reported. "Medical expenses are the No. 1 cause of bankruptcy in the United States," said Dr. Rohan Khera, lead researcher of one study and a cardiology fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "The uninsured are particularly vulnerable." Both studies relied on the National Inpatient Sample, the largest publicly available inpatient health care database in the United States. One study focused on the financial toll of heart attacks and strokes, while the other examined the impact of heart bypass operations. ... Read more

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Want to Prevent Heart Disease? Go Nuts

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Avoiding heart disease may be a nutty idea. That's the conclusion of a new study of more than 210,000 U.S. adults tracked for 32 years. Researchers found that those who regularly ate peanuts, walnuts, cashews and other nuts had a lower risk of heart disease. The findings "support recommendations of increasing the intake of a variety of nuts, as part of healthy dietary patterns, to reduce the risk of chronic disease," said study author Marta Guasch-Ferre. She is a research fellow in the department of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Guasch-Ferre spoke in a news release from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which published the findings Nov. 13. The research was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. It found that – compared to people who never ate nuts – people who ate walnuts one or more times a week had about ... Read more

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Younger People With Diabetes Have 7 Times Greater Risk of Sudden Heart Death

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – People younger than 50 with diabetes have a seven-times higher risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, preliminary research suggests. And their risk of dying from any kind of heart disease is eight times higher than for those without diabetes, the long-term Danish study also found. "It is important that healthcare providers are aware that young patients with diabetes have an elevated risk of mortality and that this is mainly explained by an increased risk of sudden cardiac death," said the study's lead author Jesper Svane, a medical student at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. Sudden cardiac death is caused by malfunctions in the heart's electrical system. It often occurs without warning, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. James Catanese, chief of cardiology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said he wasn't surprised ... Read more

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Healthier Diet, Less Salt: The Recipe to Beat High Blood Pressure

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 - Cutting back on salt, along with following the highly recommended "DASH" diet, can beat back high blood pressure in adults, new research shows. After just a month, the results for people adopting this strategy were "striking and reinforce the importance of dietary changes" for those with problematic blood pressure. So says a team of researchers led by Dr. Stephen Juraschek, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Millions of Americans fight a daily battle with high blood pressure, which can greatly increase their odds for stroke and other heart events. What's the best dietary strategy to lower those blood pressure numbers? One key factor that's long been linked to blood pressure is salt (sodium) intake. In the new study, 412 people with high blood pressure (or in danger of high blood pressure) were assigned to one of three daily salt-intake regimens. ... Read more

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Many Women Miss Out on Lifesaving CPR

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 – America's hang-ups over sexuality and gender could cost women their lives when their heart suddenly stops, a new study suggests. Simply put, women suffering from cardiac arrest in a public setting are less likely to get lifesaving CPR from a passerby than men are, researchers reported. "When it comes to life and death, we need to reassure the public that we're not worrying about what seems socially inappropriate or taboo," said senior study author Dr. Benjamin Abella. He is director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Resuscitation Science. "The situation requires action, and it requires people to not hesitate. A life is on the line," Abella added. But the study showed people do hesitate, especially when the victim is a woman. About 45 percent of men who suffered cardiac arrest in a public setting received CPR from a bystander, compared with only 39 ... Read more

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Music, Video Help Sixth-Graders Master Hands-Only CPR

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 – CPR can be performed by sixth graders, a new study suggests. Some states require hands-only CPR training for high school graduation, but teaching younger children has not been a focus of training efforts, the researchers explained. "We were wondering why they need to wait until 12th grade when sixth graders have learned the circulation system and seem mature enough and are interested in learning hands-only CPR," said study author Dr. Mimi Biswas. She's a cardiologist at the University of California's Riverside School of Medicine and Riverside Community Hospital. For the study, her team divided 160 sixth graders into three groups. All of the students were instructed in hands-only CPR. One group (the control) watched a video that demonstrated how to perform 100 to 120 chest compressions a minute on adult CPR dummies. Another group watched the video and listened ... Read more

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The Heart Risks of a Desk Job

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2017 – Your comfortable recliner and state-of-the-art office chair may be increasing your risk for heart disease. A sedentary lifestyle can raise cholesterol and threaten heart health. If you have a desk job, it's especially important to counter long bouts of sitting with an hourly 5-minute exercise break, even if you stay within your office. If you work long hours within the confines of a small cubicle, you'll need to be creative to find ways to get your blood flowing. Here's how. Shake up daily habits. Leave the perfect parking spot for someone else. Parking farther away from your building will give you a chance to stretch your legs before and after a long day at work. Instead of sitting in the cafeteria during lunch, head outside to walk, talk and eat with your co-workers. You'll feel refreshed and ready to take on the second half of the day. Rather than scheduling ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Disease, Angina, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Ischemic Heart Disease

About Half of Americans Get Health Care in ER

Posted 4 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – When Americans need medical care, almost one in two people choose the emergency room, a new study reveals. "I was stunned by the results. This really helps us better understand health care in this country," said Dr. David Marcozzi. He is an associate professor in the University of Maryland's department of emergency medicine. "This research underscores the fact that emergency departments are critical to our nation's health care delivery system," Marcozzi said in a university news release. "Patients seek care in emergency departments for many reasons. The data might suggest that emergency care provides the type of care that individuals actually want or need, 24 hours a day," he added. The analysis of data from several national sources showed that there were more than 3.5 billion emergency department visits, outpatient visits, and hospital admissions during the 1996 ... Read more

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Are Stents Really Useless After Chest Pain? Cardiologists Not Sure

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – Heart experts are cautiously embracing the results of a new, landmark clinical trial that questions the value of opening blocked arteries to relieve chest pain. Chest pain sufferers who received a stent – a tiny wire mesh tube – to reopen an obstructed artery did not show any more improvement than people who only took medicine to improve their condition, the British researchers reported. "This definitely has made big waves," said Dr. Samin Sharma, director of interventional cardiology at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. But cardiologists can't say whether the trial, published Nov. 2 in The Lancet journal, will have much immediate impact on clinical decision-making. For one, the trial focused on a set of patients with relatively mild symptoms, and it did not include a long enough follow-up to see whether those who didn't receive stents wound up with ... Read more

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Sugary Drinks Increase Heart Disease Risk

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – If you're a fan of sodas, fruit juices and sugary sports drinks, you're probably not doing your heart any favors. A new review suggests that regularly quenching your thirst with sugar-sweetened beverages not only contributes to your risk of gaining weight, it also ups your chances of developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that raises your risk of heart disease. "Some studies found that consuming as few as two servings of sugar-sweetened beverages a week was linked to [an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease and stroke]," said study senior author Faadiel Essop, a professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. "Others found that drinking at least one sugar-sweetened beverage per day was associated with elevated blood pressure," he said, and added that even more alarmingly, some studies found ... Read more

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Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "What you eat after you've been diagnosed may make a difference," Chan said. "There is a possibility that increasing your intake of fiber may actually lower the rate of dying from colon cancer and maybe even other causes." Chan cautioned, however, that the study does not prove that the additional fiber caused people to live longer, only that the two were associated. Fiber has been linked to better insulin control and less inflammation, which may account for better survival, he suggested. In addition, a ... Read more

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