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Chronic Disease in Mom May Be Linked to Newborns' Heart Disease

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TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Babies born to mothers with certain chronic diseases may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study suggests. The analysis included millions of births in Taiwan. The researchers found that pregnant women who themselves had been born with heart defects or who later developed type 2 diabetes were more apt to have babies born with severe heart disease ("congenital" disease). The study didn't prove a cause-and-effect link. However, babies of mothers with these conditions should be closely monitored after birth, according to the researchers. The investigators said they also found a slightly higher risk of mild congenital heart problems in babies of mothers with several other chronic diseases, including: type 1 diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia and epilepsy. "Although some maternal diseases were associated with congenital heart disease in offspring, ... Read more

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Are Some Blood Pressure Meds Linked to Depression, Bipolar Risk?

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TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Some blood pressure drugs may boost the risk that patients will be hospitalized for depression and bipolar disorder, a new study suggests. But the researchers added that the effect seems small, and the study did not prove cause and effect. Still, "it might be worthwhile for physicians to remember that some of these medications may have an impact on mental health in some of their patients," said study author Angela Boal, a medical student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. The study was published online Oct. 10 in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Researchers have found evidence of a link between heart disease and mental illness, Boal said. Some possible explanations: people who are anxious may exercise less, eat unhealthy foods and take up habits such as smoking and substance abuse, she suggested. Also, stress can boost levels of blood ... Read more

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Sudden Drops in Blood Pressure Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

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TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – There seems to be an association between sudden drops in blood pressure upon standing up – a condition called orthostatic hypotension – and an increased risk for dementia, according to a new study. The study of 6,000 Dutch people could only point to an association between sudden low blood pressure and dementia, and couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, a geriatrician in the United States said the link is worth investigating. "The study adds to the increasing body of knowledge that links cerebral blood flow to cognitive [thinking] disorders," said Dr. Irving Gomolin, chief of geriatric medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. The new study was led by Arfan Ikram and Frank Wolters, of Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands. They analyzed 24 years of data from more than 6,000 people and found that those with orthostatic hypotension – low ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure May Hike Dementia Risk

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MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – High blood pressure, particularly in middle age, might open the door to dementia, the American Heart Association warns in a new scientific statement. Dementia affects some 30 million to 40 million people worldwide. That number is expected to triple by 2050, as the world's population ages and treatments remain elusive, the association noted. "People with high blood pressure tend to have more dementia," said statement author Dr. Costantino Iadecola. He is a professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Whether controlling high blood pressure ("hypertension") reduces the odds of developing dementia, however, has not been scientifically proven, he said. "There are a lot of small observational studies that looked at people who were treated for blood pressure and, generally, there was an improvement in cognition [thinking ... Read more

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Brain Aneurysm: Lack of Awareness Can Cost Lives

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TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 – On March 19, 2015, Emmy-nominated news anchor and New York City TV journalist Lisa Colagrossi was on a routine assignment when she had what her husband, Todd Crawford, described as "a horrific coughing spell." Colagrossi was rushed to a local hospital's intensive care unit and placed on life support. Within 24 hours, the 49-year-old WABC-TV reporter was dead. The cause: the sudden rupture of an undiagnosed brain aneurysm. "At the time we knew nothing about the condition," recalled Crawford. "It turned out Lisa was experiencing at least one of the classic warning signs – the worst headache of her life – but we didn't take the proper steps to address it given our lack of knowledge. If we had, she might be here today." Besides her husband, Colagrossi left two young sons. Since that day, Crawford has worked tirelessly to turn his family's painful loss into a ... Read more

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More Research Cites Salt's Potential Health Risks

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MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – Conventional wisdom says too much salt is bad because it can lead to high blood pressure. And now a new 25-year study finds that salt – even just a bit – may increase your risk of premature death. The research found that if you normally have about 1.5 teaspoons of salt daily, adding just slightly less than a half teaspoon (1,000 milligrams) more a day can increase your odds of dying early by 12 percent. And, the risk continues to climb 12 percent for each 1,000 milligrams of salt you add to your daily diet. There was a potential bit of good news from the study, however. Cutting back on your salt consumption may extend your life. The study showed that restricting salt seemed to lower the risk of dying prematurely by 15 percent. However, this finding didn't reach statistical significance, the researchers said. "Consuming lower levels of sodium, as advocated by ... Read more

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Health Tip: Health Risks of Childhood Obesity

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by

-- 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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High Blood Pressure Might Affect Some Kids' Thinking Ability

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – High blood pressure may affect the brains of some children and teens, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed the cognitive (thinking) abilities of 150 youngsters. The kids were between the ages of 10 and 18 years. Half of the kids were newly diagnosed with high blood pressure, while the other half had normal blood pressure. The researchers compared the groups and found that children with high blood pressure scored lower on tests of visual and verbal memory, processing speed and verbal skills than those without high blood pressure. But while the children with high blood pressure (hypertension) had lower scores on the tests, the differences were small. And the investigators emphasized that all of the children's scores fell within normal ranges. No children were found to be obviously impaired in thinking or memory, the researchers said. The study also found ... Read more

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Your Biological Clock: Why Some Age Faster Than Others

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – Some adults age faster biologically than others, and may die early even if they have healthy lifestyles, researchers report. The international team of scientists analyzed DNA in blood samples from more than 13,000 people in the United States and Europe and used an "epigenetic clock" to predict their life spans. The clock calculates the aging of blood and other tissues by tracking a natural process (methylation) that chemically alters DNA over time, the researchers explained. "We discovered that 5 percent of the population ages at a faster biological rate, resulting in a shorter life expectancy," said principal investigator Steve Horvath. He is a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Accelerated aging increases these adults' risk of death by 50 percent at any age," Horvath added in a university news ... Read more

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Can Pregnancy Problems Foretell Future Health Risks?

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Some pregnancy complications may signal a higher risk of health problems later in life, according to a heart specialist. High blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes that develops during pregnancy usually gets better soon after delivery. But women who've had these conditions aren't off the hook, said Dr. Monika Sanghavi, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "These women are at higher risk for developing hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the future, and should be followed long term," Sanghavi said in a hospital news release. Up to 6 percent of pregnant women develop diabetes during pregnancy (called gestational diabetes). Meanwhile, about 7 percent of women develop high blood pressure during pregnancy, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "Cardiologists call pregnancy nature's stress test," said ... Read more

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Marriage May Help Diabetics Keep Weight Off

Posted 16 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 – Spouses may be good for more than just love and companionship: A new study suggests married people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to be overweight than single people with the blood sugar disease. The researchers found that diabetic men who lived with their spouses were also less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, a combination of related factors including high blood pressure and high blood sugar that boost the risk of heart disease and stroke. For the study, Japanese researchers examined the medical records of 270 patients with type 2 diabetes from 2010 to 2016. The group included 180 married patients (109 men, 71 women) who were living with their spouses, and 90 single patients (46 men and 44 women). The married people had a lower average body mass index (24.5) than the single people (26.5). The index is a measurement of body fat based on height ... Read more

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Sound Waves: An Rx for High Blood Pressure, Migraine?

Posted 16 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 – A new sound-based therapy appears to reduce blood pressure and ease migraine symptoms, according to a pair of small studies. The therapy initially reads brain activity through scalp sensors. That activity is then converted into a series of audible tones. The tones are then reflected back to the brain through earbuds in a matter of milliseconds, explained Dr. Charles Tegeler, a professor of neurology with Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Your brain gets to listen to the song that it's playing. It gets to look at itself in an acoustic mirror," said Tegeler, who served as senior researcher for both studies. "Somehow that rapid update gives the brain a chance to auto-calibrate, self-optimize, relax and reset," Tegeler said. One study found that 10 men and women achieved significant reductions in their blood pressure after going through an ... Read more

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Severe Obesity and Heart Failure

Posted 16 Sep 2016 by

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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Extreme Preemies May Be at Risk for High Blood Pressure as Adults

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Very preterm infants – those born before 29 weeks of pregnancy – appear to have a bigger risk of high blood pressure in young adulthood, two small, preliminary Canadian studies suggest. In one study, researchers found that the risk for high blood pressure was tied to smaller-than-normal kidneys at birth. A second study by the same researchers found a link between high blood pressure and impaired function in the cells that line blood vessels. "These studies highlight how important it is for those born preterm to look after their health," said Dr. Anne Monique Nuyt, who co-authored both studies. She's a professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Montreal. Thanks to modern medicine, more very preterm infants have survived in the past 30 years than before, she said. But since these preemies are only now reaching their 30s and 40s, any ... Read more

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Tighter Blood Pressure Control Could Save 100,000 U.S. Lives: Study

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Engaging Americans at high risk for heart disease in aggressive efforts to lower their blood pressure could save more than 100,000 lives a year, a new analysis indicates. Current guidelines recommend a systolic pressure – the top number in a blood pressure reading – of below 140 mm Hg. But a 2015 study from the U.S. National Institutes of Health suggested more lives could be saved if the goal was less than 120 mm Hg. The NIH trial known as SPRINT included adults aged 50 and older with systolic readings of 130 to 180 mm Hg and at high risk of heart disease (but not diabetes or stroke). They had either intensive treatment, with a goal of lowering systolic pressure to less than 120 mm Hg, or standard treatment, with a target of less than 140 mm Hg. The results were so impressive that the NIH halted the trial early. Risk of death from all causes was 27 percent ... Read more

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