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Infertile Men May Have Higher Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes

Posted 7 Dec 2015 by

MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 – Infertile men may have a higher risk of developing other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and substance abuse disorders, compared with fertile men, a new study suggests. "We found that infertile men developed several chronic diseases in the years following an infertility evaluation," said lead researcher Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University Medical School, in Palo Alto, California. "What's interesting is that these are young, healthy men," he said. "Prior studies suggested a higher risk of [testicular] cancer or even death. But for the first time, we are seeing higher risk of these metabolic diseases." These findings suggest that infertility may provide a window into later health, Eisenberg added. For the study, Eisenberg and colleagues collected data on more than 100,000 men from an ... Read more

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Sense of Purpose in Life May Boost Longevity, Heart Health

Posted 4 Dec 2015 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 – Having a sense of purpose might protect your heart and add years to your life, new research suggests. Scientists found that people who felt strongly that their lives have meaning or that they were "useful" to others were at lower risk for heart disease and death during the study period. It's unclear exactly how having a sense of purpose might guard the heart, but the researchers said strategies to help people find meaning in their lives could help improve their health. In examining the association between purpose in life and the risk for heart disease, researchers analyzed 10 previous studies involving 136,000 people from the United States and Japan. Their average age was 67. After being followed for roughly seven years, more than 14,500 of the volunteers died from any cause and 4,000 suffered a heart attack, stroke or other heart-related event. But the ... Read more

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Negative News on Statins Tied to Dropped Prescriptions

Posted 2 Dec 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 – News reports on the downsides of statins may push some people to stop taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new study hints. The findings, published Dec. 2 in the European Heart Journal, cannot prove that media stories drive statin users to give up their prescriptions. Instead, Danish researchers found a broad correlation between "negative" media coverage and people's odds of quitting a statin within six months of their first prescription. But even without a clear cause-and-effect connection, experts said it's reasonable to assume that media stories had an influence over some statin users in the study. It rings true to Dr. Thomas Whayne Jr., of the Gill Heart Institute at the University of Kentucky. "I've seen this happen a lot," said Whayne, who was not involved in the study. "News stories come out, and you have patients saying, 'I'm not going to take ... Read more

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Hearts Entombed With Loved Ones Give Clues to Cardiac Disease Centuries Ago

Posted 2 Dec 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 – "My heart will go on" may be more than a line from a song: Researchers say they're learning more about the history of heart disease from spousal hearts buried with loved ones centuries ago. The hearts – encased in decorative, heart-shaped urns – were buried about 400 years ago in France. "It was common during that time period to be buried with the heart of a husband or wife. This was the case with one of our hearts. It's a very romantic aspect to the burials," study author Dr. Fatima-Zohra Mokrane, a radiologist at the University Hospital of Toulouse, France, said in a news release from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). As described by the researchers, the several burial vaults in the basement of the Convent of the Jacobins in Rennes date back to the late 16th or early 17th century. The vaults were excavated by France's National Institute for ... Read more

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Smog Linked to Heart Disease in Seniors

Posted 2 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 – Older people living in cities with high levels of a particular type of air pollution are more likely to be hospitalized for heart disease, a new study reveals. The type of air pollution in question is known as coarse particulate matter. Increased levels of this kind of air pollution have been linked to construction projects, desert winds and farming, according to the researchers. These microscopic particles are larger than the air pollutants released by cars and power plants. Scientists say they can have a significant impact on people's health. "We suspected that there was an association between coarse particles and health outcomes, but we didn't have the research to back that up before," said study leader Roger Peng. He is an associate professor of biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "This work provides the ... Read more

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1 in 8 American Adults Still Have High Cholesterol: CDC

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 – About one in every eight American adults continue to have high levels of total cholesterol, while even more have low levels of "good" cholesterol, health officials reported Tuesday. Although the percentage of adults with high total cholesterol and low HDL ("good") cholesterol declined between 2007 and 2014, roughly 12 percent of Americans still had high total cholesterol and 18.5 percent still had low levels of HDL cholesterol, the report found. These findings show that while many Americans are working on reaching better cholesterol levels, there is more work to be done, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers said. Lead researcher Margaret Carroll, a survey statistician at CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), speculated that more people are having their cholesterol checked and are being treated. Treatments include ... Read more

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Fitness in Youth Can Pay Off Decades Later: Study

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – Hitting the gym or playing field in your 20s may bring health benefits that last a lifetime, new research suggests. The study of nearly 5,000 young adults found that those with good heart/lung fitness had a lower risk of heart disease and death later in life. One cardiologist who reviewed the study wasn't surprised by the finding. "Despite all the remarkable medical and technological advances in the treatment of heart disease, it remains clear that the best prescription for adults is to be active and routinely exercise," said Dr. Kevin Marzo, chief of cardiology at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. The new study was led by Dr. Joao Lima of Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore and focused on people who were between 18 and 30 at the start of the study. All of them underwent treadmill exercise tests to assess their cardiorespiratory fitness. Over a ... Read more

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Too Much Sitting Hurts Heart Patients' Health

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2015 – Even with regular exercise, people with heart disease who sit too much have worse health than those who sit less, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked too much sitting with an increased risk of heart disease. But the authors of this study say it's the first to examine the impact of too much sitting on people who already have heart disease. The study included 278 heart disease patients who had been taught how to increase their exercise levels. For nine days, they wore monitors that recorded their activity levels. The researchers also assessed various indicators of health including body mass index (BMI) and heart-lung fitness. These heart patients spent an average of eight hours a day sitting, the study found. On average, men sat an hour more daily than women, mostly because women engaged in more light intensity activity such as housework or ... Read more

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Obesity in Youth May Harm the Heart Long-Term, Even After Weight Loss

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – A new study finds that even if overweight or obese young women slim down later on, obesity-linked damage to the heart may linger for decades. The research shows that even formerly overweight women remain at heightened risk for sudden cardiac death later in life. So, "it is important to maintain a healthy weight throughout adulthood as a way to minimize the risk of sudden cardiac death," lead author Stephanie Chiuve, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a news release from JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. The study was published in the journal Nov. 25. In their research, Chiuve's team tracked outcomes for more than 72,000 healthy American women followed from 1980 to 2012. The women provided information about their weight and height when they were age 18. Their body mass index (BMI - an estimate of body fat based on weight and ... Read more

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High 'Resting' Heart Rate Tied to Higher Odds of Early Death

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – A rapid "resting" heartbeat might mean you have a higher risk of dying early, researchers suggest. "Higher resting heart rate is an independent predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular death," said lead researcher Dr. Dongfeng Zhang, of the department of epidemiology at the Medical College of Qingdao University in Shandong, China. Your resting heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats a minute. When you're seated or lying down and relaxed, a normal heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats a minute, according to the American Heart Association. Zhang's team analyzed 46 studies involving more than 2 million patients in all. Compared to people with the lowest resting heart rate, those with a resting heart rate of more than 80 beats a minute had a 45 percent greater risk of death from any cause, while people with a resting heart rate of 60 to 80 ... Read more

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Sleep Cycle Changes May Affect Your Health

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – Waking early on workdays and sleeping in on days off may not be as restful as you think: a new study suggests that when routine sleep habits are disrupted, your risk for diabetes and heart disease rises. The study included 447 men and women, aged 30 to 54, who worked at least 25 hours a week outside the home. They each wore a wristband that recorded their sleep and movement 24 hours a day for a week. Questionnaires were used to assess their exercise and eating habits. Nearly 85 percent of the participants slept longer on their days off than on workdays, the investigators found. The rest woke earlier on their days off than on workdays. Those with large differences in their sleep schedules on workdays and free days tended to have worse cholesterol and fasting insulin levels, greater insulin resistance, larger waist size, and higher body mass index (BMI), the ... Read more

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Angioplasty May Not Boost Survival for Some Heart Disease Patients

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – Angioplasty – the procedure used to open narrowed or blocked arteries – doesn't seem to lengthen life for people with stable heart disease and chest pain, a new study finds. After 15 years of follow-up, the study found that people who had angioplasty fared no better than those who had their heart disease treated with medication and lifestyle changes alone. "[Angioplasty and] stenting is effective and improves survival when performed early in the course of a heart attack," said lead researcher Dr. Steven Sedlis, an associate professor of medicine at NYU Medical School in New York City. "But the benefits of routine [angioplasty and] stenting for patients with stable heart disease have been uncertain and highly controversial." During the angioplasty procedure, a small tube may be placed in the blood vessel to keep it open. This is called stenting. Routine ... Read more

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New Medicare Rules Triple Heart Failure Patients' Access to Cardiac Rehab

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – Newly expanded Medicare and Medicaid coverage for cardiac rehabilitation has tripled the number of heart failure patients with access to these lifesaving programs, a new study has found. But coverage could stand to be even further expanded, the researchers concluded. "There are a lot of new patients eligible, but we left out this whole huge bucket of patients," said lead researcher Dr. Jacob Kelly, a heart physician at the Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C. "Now the question is, what should we do with this group?" Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that helps people with heart problems improve the quality of their lives, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Heart patients in cardiac rehabilitation participate in exercise training, take classes on heart healthy living, and receive counseling to help them ... Read more

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Bystander CPR Helps Some Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – More American children who suffer cardiac arrest at home or in public places are getting CPR from bystanders, a new study finds. Kids who receive bystander CPR have better survival rates, the researchers said. But, the study didn't find an impact on infant survival rates. "This lack of impact on infants suggests the need for a public health strategy to improve the use of bystander CPR," study lead author Dr. Maryam Naim said in an American Heart Association news release. Naim is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. Cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of heart function in someone who may or may not have diagnosed heart disease. Each year, more than 420,000 emergency medical services-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, according to ... Read more

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Some Kids With Heart Defects Struggle in School

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Children born with heart defects often do worse in school than their peers, a new study finds. Researchers led by Dr. Matthew Oster of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta analyzed end-of-grade test results for third-grade students in North Carolina public schools between 1998 and 2003. Compared to other children, those with a congenital heart defect were 40 percent less likely to meet reading proficiency standards, 20 percent less likely to meet math standards, and 50 percent less likely to meet standards in both subjects, the study found. The researchers also found that 2.8 percent of children with heart defects were held back in third-grade, compared with 1.9 percent of other children. Two experts in pediatric care who reviewed the new findings weren't surprised. "Children with congenital heart disease have long been known to be at increased risk for later ... Read more

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