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FDA Renews Call to Reduce Salt in Processed Foods

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FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Americans eat way too much salt, and one reason why is that processed and prepared foods have a lot of hidden salt, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. But proposed new guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants – first announced early in June – may change that. The FDA is asking food makers and eating establishments to voluntarily reduce salt levels in their products to help reduce Americans' high salt intake. The draft guidelines target these sources of salt with the goal of reducing Americans' average daily salt intake from 3,400 milligrams (mg) a day to 2,300 mg a day. "It's no easy task for consumers to consume the recommended amount of sodium in their diets," Susan Mayne, director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said in an agency news release. "We want to help reduce the amount of sodium across the entire food supply ... Read more

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Heat Waves Are Health Threats

Posted 20 days ago by

SATURDAY, July 2, 2016 – Heat waves are more than uncomfortable, they can be deadly. That's especially true in large cities. And, seniors, children and people with chronic health problems are at higher risk for heat-related illness and death, according to Dr. Robert Glatter. He's an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Those who have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, as well as those who suffer with mental illness, may be at risk for heat-related emergencies, including heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion, as well as heat stroke," he said in a hospital news release. "Various classes of medications including beta blockers, as well as diuretics, can impair sweating – ultimately disrupting the body's ability to cool itself. Other medications including antihistamines, as well as antidepressants and sedatives, may also ... Read more

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Men Face Greater Risk of Cardiac Arrest: Study

Posted 30 Jun 2016 by

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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Inherited Cholesterol Disorder Significantly Boosts Heart Risks

Posted 30 Jun 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 – People who inherit a genetic disorder that causes high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol have an increased risk for heart disease and hardened arteries, a new study finds. The condition is called heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. It's believed to affect about 1.5 million people in the United States, the researchers said. The genes linked to this condition prevent the liver from removing LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol from the blood. This allows the bad cholesterol to build up. Doctors suspect this familial condition when LDL levels are above 190 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), the study authors explained. The researchers reviewed data from six groups of people involved in previous studies. Compared to people with average LDL cholesterol levels (less than 130 mg/dL), those with familial hypercholesterolemia had a five times higher risk for ... Read more

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Sudden Heart Death More Common in Male Minority Athletes

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 – It's always surprising and heartbreaking to hear about a young athlete dying suddenly. Now a new study finds that in many of these cases, an underlying heart problem was already present. The researchers found that about one-third of sudden cardiac deaths were caused by the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This condition causes a portion of the heart's wall to grow abnormally thick, which hinders the heart's performance. There are often no symptoms, study authors said. This heart condition is often inherited, according to the American Heart Association. About 40 percent of sudden deaths in males were caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. More than 50 percent of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy occurred in minority males. Just 1 percent of these cases were found in minority females, the study published in The American Journal of Medicine found. "We have ... Read more

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Elderly Patients Get Unnecessary End-of-Life Treatments

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – People dying naturally of old age often receive unnecessary end-of-life medical treatments in hospitals, a new global study finds. The Australian-based research found that one-third of patients with advanced, irreversible chronic conditions were given treatments that didn't necessarily benefit them – including admission to intensive care or chemotherapy – in the last two weeks of their life. The study also revealed that one-quarter of older patients who had Do-Not-Resuscitate orders were still given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). People with serious conditions were subjected to invasive procedures, unnecessary scans and blood tests, intensive heart monitoring and other treatments that did little to alter their outcomes, sometimes against their wishes, the researchers found. "It is not unusual for family members to refuse to accept the fact that their ... Read more

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Are Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk for Fatal Heart Attack?

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by

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 Plus Kidney Problems May Raise Heart Risks

Posted 24 Jun 2016 by

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 – For black Americans with diabetes, poor kidney function appears to boost their risk of dying from heart disease, a new report suggests. Both kidney disease and diabetes are very common among black people in the United States, the study authors noted. For the study, researchers reviewed data from more than 3,200 black people in Mississippi who were enrolled in a heart study from 2000 to 2004. The participants were followed for a median of seven years. The investigators found that the risk of death from heart disease was more than 2 percent higher per year among those with diabetes. The risk of death from heart disease was 7 percent higher in people with kidney disease. But, people with both diabetes and kidney disease fared the worst. Their risk of dying from heart disease was 15 percent higher, the study found. The study couldn't prove a cause-and-effect ... Read more

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Sprained Ankle Could Pose Longer-Term Harms to Health

Posted 23 Jun 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 – Many Americans have suffered through an ankle break or sprain, but new research suggests these injuries might have a larger effect on health. The study, based on a survey of thousands of adults, found that people with injured ankles tend to have higher rates of disability and arthritis, heart or respiratory issues going forward. The study can't prove cause-and-effect, but it points to the importance of proper rehabilitation after such injuries, the researchers said. "What is concerning is these differences are presenting across the life span – especially during the critical middle age years when our risk for these diseases begins to increase," said study author Phillip Gribble. He's an associate professor in the department of rehabilitation sciences at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington. In the study, Gribble's team conducted an online survey of over ... Read more

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Irregular Heartbeat More Deadly in Blacks: Study

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Black Americans with a common heart rhythm disorder are at higher risk than whites for serious heart complications and death, a new study finds. The disorder, called atrial fibrillation, affects about 1 percent of American adults and more than 5 percent of those 65 and older. Atrial fibrillation can raise a person's risk for stroke. The new findings may "put the focus on improving prevention efforts for adverse outcomes in blacks with atrial fibrillation," said study lead author and cardiologist Dr. Jared Magnani. The research might also "drive further studies into the reasons behind why this is happening," said Magnani, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Heart and Vascular Institute. The study included more than 15,000 blacks and whites, average age 54, who were followed for an average of 21 years. During that time, nearly 2,350 cases of atrial ... Read more

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Long Work Hours May Hurt Your Health

Posted 21 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 – Years of working long hours may help you climb the career ladder, but those hours may take a steep toll on your health – and that's especially true for women, new research says. "People who habitually put in a lot of long hours for many years, even decades, are really running an increased risk of potentially seeing chronic disease later in life," said study researcher Allard Dembe. He's a professor of health services management and policy at the College of Public Health at Ohio State University. The link between long work hours and disease ''seems to be present a bit in men but is tremendously more evident in women," said Dembe. While the study cannot prove cause and effect, he said, the associations were strong in women. When the researchers compared men who worked more than 60 hours a week to those who worked 30 to 40, they found those who worked the longer ... Read more

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Blood Pressure May Soar if You Live Near an Airport

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 – Living near an airport isn't just hard on your hearing, it may also be hard on your heart, new research suggests. "The volume of air traffic has skyrocketed since jet-powered planes were introduced in the 1960s," said study author Marta Rojek, a researcher at Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. "According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, there were 64 million take-offs and landings in 2013 and this figure is set to double in the next 20 years." "The steady growth in air traffic and expansion of airports, along with the development of residential areas near airports, has led to more people being exposed to aircraft noise," Rojek said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. She added there is emerging evidence that exposure to aircraft noise may increase the risk of high blood pressure, especially at night. There's ... Read more

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Single Working Moms Carry a Heart Burden

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 – Single working moms, who are often pressed for time and money, may have to worry about their heart health, too. Compared to married mothers with jobs, single working mothers in the United States have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, researchers found. They're also more likely to smoke – a known heart risk – than women with other work and family patterns, said Frank van Lenthe, co-author of the new study. Losing the support of a partner, along with the second income, "may cause stress and result in unhealthy behaviors," said van Lenthe. He is an associate professor of social epidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Before this study, he said, "We did not know much about the role of work, per se, and its link to cardiovascular risk for women, and we did not know that it was single working mothers who were most ... Read more

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For Better Heart Care, Get a Pharmacist on Your Team

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by

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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Heart Disease Down Among Over-40 Americans

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – America's heart health seems to be improving, a new study reports. Federal researchers found that fewer Americans over 40 have coronary heart disease. The rate is down from just over 10 percent in 2001-2002 to 8 percent in 2011-2012, the study found. Despite the overall decline, there wasn't a significant change in heart disease rates for people from 40 to 59 years old. But the rate among those 60 and older fell from 19.5 percent to 15 percent, the researchers said. The rate among women dropped more than 2 percent during the study period. There were also significant declines in coronary heart disease among whites and blacks, the study revealed. Having health insurance was also linked to better heart disease rates, the study authors said. The study was carried out by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for ... Read more

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