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Brisk Walk May Help Sidestep Heart Disease

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Walking at moderate intensity may lower the risk of heart disease, a small study suggests. "We know walking is an excellent form of exercise, but research has been mixed on how successful a walking program can be in changing biological markers such as cholesterol, weight, blood pressure," said Pamela Stewart Fahs. She is associate dean, professor, and chair in rural nursing at the Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing in New York. For the study, Fahs and a graduate student tracked 70 women in a rural area of New York state. The study participants were asked to walk briskly at least 150 minutes a week for 10 weeks. The women ranged in age from 29 to 79, and had an average age of 55. At the start of the study, the researchers calculated the women's risk of a heart attack within the next 10 years. Halfway through the 10 weeks, the participants were given ... Read more

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Many Young Adults With High Cholesterol Not on Statins as Recommended

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 – Too few Americans who need them – especially young adults – are getting cholesterol-lowering statin medications, a new study suggests. The study of nearly 3 million adults found that more than half of younger patients under 40 with too-high blood levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol are getting statins as recommended. "This article clearly articulates the under-usage of statins in young people with severe elevations of LDL cholesterol," said heart specialist Dr. Carl Reimers. Reimers is associate chair of cardiovascular medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He reviewed the new findings but wasn't involved in the research. Reimers said that younger patients often show early signs of heart trouble linked to cholesterol, but too often aren't treated with statins. That's a shame, he said, because "it is well-established that treating these patients with ... Read more

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Routine Checkup Should Assess Fitness, Too

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – Most people know they should have their height, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly, but an exercise expert says cardiorespiratory fitness should also be part of a routine medical exam. Cardiorespiratory fitness is a measure of how much work your body can do during exercise. "This measurement is so important because it shows how the heart, lungs and muscles all work together, and it should be an element of assessment of heart disease risk along with factors like smoking history, diabetes, and [high blood pressure]," said Dr. Benjamin Levine. He is a professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and director of the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine, which is run by UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources. "Decades of tests have clearly demonstrated that the ability to do aerobic exercise is strongly ... Read more

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Prices Skyrocket on Drugs Widely Used by Seniors: Report

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 – The prices of brand-name drugs used by many older Americans rose nearly 130 times faster than inflation last year, a new study reports. "This new report once again highlights the high and unrelenting price increases that are shockingly common in the pharmaceutical market," said Debra Whitman. She is chief public policy officer at AARP, a nonprofit organization focused on social welfare issues. "What's particularly remarkable is that these incredibly high price increases are still occurring in the face of the intense public and congressional criticism of prescription drug pricing practices," Whitman said in an AARP news release. The researchers examined the prices of 268 brand-name prescription drugs widely used by seniors, including 49 in drug categories that are used to treat common and often chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol ... Read more

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Americans' Cholesterol Levels Keep Falling

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Healthier diets may be a factor in the ongoing decline in levels of unhealthy blood fats for Americans, new research suggests. According to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blood levels of total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and the blood fats known as triglycerides have continued to fall among adults through 2014. All of that may be adding up to improved heart health nationwide, with death rates from heart disease also on the decline, the CDC noted. "Removal of trans-fatty acids in foods has been suggested as an explanation for the observed trends of triglycerides, LDL-cholesterol levels, and [total cholesterol] levels," wrote a team led by CDC researcher Asher Rosinger. These trends "may be contributing to declining death rates owing to coronary heart disease since 1999," the study authors suggested. One ... Read more

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Migraine and Stroke Risk Linked Again

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – Women who experience migraines have more than double the risk of suffering a stroke, new research shows. The finding adds evidence to the suspected link between these two conditions. Although it's not yet clear why this connection may exist, study lead author Dr. Cecil Rambarat said it's important for health care providers to be aware of the link. "This is important since migraine is generally not considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease," said Rambarat. He's a resident physician at the University of Florida Shands Hospital in Gainesville. "Maybe providers need to factor in migraine headaches as a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease among women," he said. "This is not being done currently." Previous research has linked migraines – especially the form known as migraine with aura – to stroke. Migraine with aura is estimated to affect one ... Read more

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Coming Soon: Lower Cholesterol From a Twice-a-Year Shot?

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – Instead of popping a pill every day, people might soon control "bad" LDL cholesterol by getting an injection at their doctor's office two or three times a year. Researchers testing a new injectable drug called Inclisiran found it cut LDL cholesterol by half or more. According to early clinical trial data, the effect could last for four to six months. Inclisiran produced "significant and durable reductions in LDL cholesterol, and thus could potentially impact cardiovascular events," said study presenter Dr. Kausik Ray, a professor of public health at Imperial College London in England. Such long-lasting effects could provide a major advance in preventing heart disease, heart attack and stroke, by helping reduce hardening of the arteries, the researchers said. The trial results were presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in New ... Read more

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Does Living in Poor Neighborhood Up Stroke Risk?

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – People in poor neighborhoods have a higher stroke risk than those in wealthier ones, regardless of race or gender, new research suggests. The study included nearly 25,000 Americans, average age 65, with no history of stroke. During an average follow-up of seven and a half years, 929 of them had a stroke. Women and men of all races in the poorest neighborhoods were more likely to suffer a stroke than those in the richer neighborhoods. This held true even after the researchers adjusted for other factors such as age, race, sex and region of the country. One possible reason is that people in poor neighborhoods are more likely to smoke than those in richer areas. They also have higher rates of high blood pressure and diabetes, which are linked to stroke, according to the researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). "Many social and behavioral risk ... Read more

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Does 'Good' Cholesterol Matter in Heart Disease Risk?

Posted 31 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 – A large new study adds to questions about whether your "good" HDL cholesterol levels really affect your risk of heart disease. The study, of nearly 632,000 Canadian adults, found that those with the lowest HDL levels had higher death rates from heart disease and stroke over five years. But they also had higher death rates from cancer and other causes. What's more, there was no evidence that very high HDL levels – above 90 mg/dL – were desirable. People with HDL that high were more likely to die of noncardiovascular causes, compared to those with HDL levels in the middle, the study found. The fact that low HDL was linked to higher death rates from all causes is key, said lead researcher Dr. Dennis Ko. That suggests it's just a "marker" of other things, such as a less healthy lifestyle or generally poorer health, he said. That also means it's unlikely that low ... Read more

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Parent-Child Screening Urged for Inherited Heart Condition

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Young children should be screened for a type of genetic heart disease that significantly increases their risk of a heart attack at a young age, a new British study suggests. The screening could also identify parents with familial hypercholesterolemia. The condition, which causes high cholesterol levels, is the main inherited cause of early heart disease, the study authors said. Without preventive medication, people with familial hypercholesterolemia have a 10-fold increased risk of heart attack before age 40, the study noted. Researchers tested more than 10,000 children in England and found that one in 270 had familial hypercholesterolemia. That rate is nearly double the previously reported one in 500, the researchers said. After a child with familial hypercholesterolemia was identified, their parents underwent screening. Overall, one in every 125 persons ... Read more

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Health Tip: Health Risks of Childhood Obesity

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Obesity among children can lead to numerous health problems now and for many years to come. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says obese children are at greater risk of developing: High blood pressure and high cholesterol. Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and impaired fasting glucose. Asthma, sleep apnea and other breathing problems. Pain and discomfort of the joints and musculoskeletal system. Gallstones, heartburn and fatty liver disease. Behavioral problems, depression, poor self-esteem, poor quality of life and poor school performance. More Information See The Shape Of Things To Come – 8 Reasons Why Obesity Needs To Be Tackled Now for more information. Read more

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Are There Alternatives to Statins?

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Statins are the go-to therapy for lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol, but other treatments also can effectively reduce risk of future heart problems, a new evidence review reports. These alternative therapies – including a heart-healthy diet, other cholesterol-lowering medications, and even intestinal bypass surgery – seem to confer the same level of heart health protection as statins when cholesterol levels decrease, according to the findings. Nonstatin therapies reduced the risk of heart problems by 25 percent for each 1 millimole per liter (mmol/L) decrease in LDL cholesterol levels. That's very similar to the 23 percent reduction per 1 mmol/L decrease seen with statins like atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor), the researchers said. What's more, the benefits of these therapies stack up if more than one proves effective at lowering a person's ... Read more

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'Spare Tire' May Be Tougher on Your Heart Than 'Love Handles'

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Belly fat – especially hidden fat deep in the gut – may indicate increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. The six-year study of more than 1,000 adults found people with a "spare tire" in their midsection had a greater risk for heart disease compared to those with visible flab elsewhere under the skin – or "love handles." "Adipose tissue [fat in the stomach] along with fat below the skin has been associated with abnormalities, including high triglyceride levels, low HDL levels [good cholesterol], high blood pressure and greater risk of diabetes," said Dr. Gregg Fonarow. He is a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and had no part in the new study but is familiar with the findings. The study looked at abdominal fat quantity and quality. The researchers cautioned, however, that the study only showed an association ... Read more

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Severe Obesity and Heart Failure

Posted 16 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 – Severe obesity appears to be an independent risk factor for heart failure, a new study suggests. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore reviewed data from more than 13,000 American adults, average age 54. After accounting for other risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, the researchers concluded that severe (morbid) obesity was a stand-alone risk factor for heart failure. Heart failure occurs when the heart is weakened and cannot pump blood sufficiently to take care of the body's needs. Severe obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 40 or higher, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Body mass index is a rough estimate of a person's body fat. A BMI of 25 or below is generally considered normal weight. Someone who is 5 feet 9 inches tall would have to weigh 271 pounds or more ... Read more

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Over 64? Want to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk? Try Exercise

Posted 29 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 – Ride a bike, take a swim, walk your dog: New research shows even a "moderate" amount of exercise each week drastically reduces the odds a person aged 65 or older will die from heart disease. The benefits of exercise are "good prevention for many diseases, and the effect is dose-dependent – the more you do, the better," said study lead author Riitta Antikainen. She is a professor of geriatrics at the University of Oulu in Finland. Antikainen's team wanted to quantify the benefits of exercise on health over the long term. To do so, her group tracked the health outcomes of almost 2,500 Finnish people aged 65 and older for almost 12 years. None of the participants had a serious chronic illness at the start of the study. About 1,600 did at least moderate exercise, Antikainen said. Based on questionnaires, the research team assessed each participant as a low, ... Read more

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