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Do Angioplasty Patients Really Need Beta-Blocker Drugs?

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – Doctors might be overprescribing beta-blocker medications to heart patients who aren't seriously ill, a new study contends. Beta blockers such as Inderal (propranolol) and Lopressor (metoprolol) reduce blood pressure and control abnormal heart rhythms. They're lifesaving when given to patients who've had a heart attack or have heart failure, said study co-author Dr. Valay Parikh. He is a cardiology fellow with North Shore LIJ-Staten Island University Hospital, in Staten Island, N.Y. But these drugs do not appear to help patients who haven't had a heart attack or have heart failure, even if they did need angioplasty – surgery to clear a blocked artery that caused chest pain, Parikh and his colleagues report. "Beta blocker therapy should be individualized, and these medications should not be given blindly to everyone," Parikh concluded. "They should be properly ... Read more

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How Long Will You Live? Look to Your Parents

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 – Children of long-lived parents are less likely than others to die from heart disease in their 70s, new British research suggests. "We found that for each parent that lived beyond 70 years of age, the participants had a 20 percent lower chance of dying from heart disease," said study co-author Luke Pilling, a research fellow in epidemiology and public health at the University of Exeter Medical School. Specifically, the children of longer-lived parents had lower rates of vascular disease, heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the study found. The findings aren't an excuse to turn into a binge-eating couch potato if your mother and father reached their 80s or 90s. Nor are they a sign that those whose parents died early should just give up. On the contrary, your decisions about your health can reverse trends toward the illnesses ... Read more

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Blood Pressure-Lowering Diet May Help Treat Gout

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 – A diet that helps people reduce high blood pressure may also offer a non-drug treatment for gout – a type of inflammatory arthritis, a new study suggests. The clinical trial included more than 400 people who ate the so-called DASH diet (which features high amounts of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and low amounts of fats and saturated fats), or a typical American diet. Along with lowering blood pressure, the DASH diet also significantly lowers levels of uric acid. Uric acid crystals are known to cause gout, the Arthritis Foundation says. The DASH diet's effect for some people with gout was so strong that it nearly matched the effectiveness of drugs normally used to treat the painful condition, the study authors said. The findings suggest that dietary changes could offer an effective and safe way to lower uric acid levels. That would possibly prevent gout ... Read more

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U.S. Kids Don't Make the Grade on Heart Health

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – Most American children fall short of ideal heart health, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. An analysis of 2007-08 federal government survey results found that about 91 percent of youngsters did not have healthy diets. Those between the ages of 2 and 19 get most of their calories from simple carbohydrates such as sugary drinks and desserts. "A primary reason for so few children having ideal cardiovascular health is poor nutrition," statement author Dr. Julia Steinberger said in an association news release. "Children are eating high-calorie, low-nutrition foods and not eating enough healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, fish and other foods strongly associated with good heart health and a healthy body weight." Lack of physical activity is another concern. Among 6- to 11-year-olds, half of boys and about a third of ... Read more

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Even Poorer Nations Not Immune to High Blood Pressure

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – For the first time ever, high blood pressure rates are higher in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries, researchers say. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, and the leading preventable cause of premature death and disability worldwide. This study of 2010 data from 90 countries found that 31 percent of adults worldwide (1.39 billion) had high blood pressure, and that about 75 percent of them were in low- and middle-income countries. Between 2000 and 2010, high blood pressure rates fell 2.6 percent in high-income countries but rose 7.7 percent in low- and middle-income countries, the study found. During that time, as more people in high-income countries became aware of high blood pressure, treatment rates rose from 44.5 percent to 55.6 percent, and control of the condition increased from nearly 18 ... Read more

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Heart Risk Factors Rise Before Menopause

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – Heart disease risk factors – such as abnormal cholesterol levels and high blood pressure – appear to increase before a woman goes through menopause, not after, new research finds. "These risk factors related to heart disease and stroke appear to worsen rapidly in the years leading up to menopause, and during the postmenopausal period they progress less rapidly," said Dr. Mark DeBoer, the study's senior author. He's an associate professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Virginia. In the past, he said, experts believed that a rapid increase in heart disease and stroke risk factors took place in women after menopause. They thought this was when women "catch up" to men's risk. However, the new research finds the rapid increase in risk factors starts well before the last menstrual period. The real danger zone, DeBoer's team concluded, was before ... Read more

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Fat May Not Hike Heart Attack Risk: Study

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – In a study that challenges a commonly accepted belief, Swedish researchers contend that obesity may not increase the risk of heart attack or premature death. Their study of identical twins looked at cases where one twin was overweight or obese and the other was trimmer. "The heavier twin had a lower risk of heart attack or death than the leaner twin. However, as expected, the heavier twin had a higher risk of diabetes," said lead researcher Peter Nordstrom. He's chief physician in the department of community medicine and rehabilitation at Umea University. "Lifestyle factors that decrease the amount of fatness may not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease or death, although it will reduce the risk of [type 2] diabetes," Nordstrom added. Because identical twins are genetically the same, they provide a unique tool for evaluating risks associated with obesity ... Read more

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FDA Approves Qbrelis (lisinopril) Oral Solution for Pediatric Patients 6 Years of Age and Older

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

Denver, July 29, 2016 — Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Inc., leader in the development and commercialization of innovative and safe medicines for children, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Qbrelis (Lisinopril) Oral Solution, the first and only FDA-approved Lisinopril oral solution. Qbrelis is indicated for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) in adult patients and pediatric patients 6 years of age and older, adjunct therapy for heart failure, and treatment of acute myocardial infarction in adults.1 “We are excited to launch our second product focused on pediatric patients and pediatric hypertension” said Frank Segrave, President & CEO, Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “Qbrelis provides a ready-to-use oral solution for these children with the additional assurance of an FDA approved medication. As a company, we continue to foc ... Read more

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Treating Psoriasis May Reduce Risk for Other Ills

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – Treating the skin disease psoriasis might reduce your risk for other health problems as well, a dermatology expert says. About 7.5 million people in the United States have the chronic skin disease. The inflammatory effects of psoriasis can affect the entire body, said Dr. Jashin Wu, director of dermatology research at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. "People with psoriasis, particularly those with more severe disease, have an increased risk for a variety of other health problems, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and heart attack," he said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Psoriasis is characterized by red, raised patches of skin, or plaques, covered with silvery-white scales. It's also marked by itching, burning or soreness of the skin. It is not contagious. "Psoriasis patients, even those ... Read more

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Family Lifestyles May Be as Important to Health as Genes

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Shared lifestyles and surroundings may play as strong a role as genes in diseases that run in families, a new study indicates. The study included medical histories of more than 500,000 people and their families in the United Kingdom. The information included blood and adoptive relatives. The researchers focused on 12 common diseases, including high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as several cancers and neurological diseases. Factors shared by family members can have a significant influence on a person's risk for some diseases. These factors include the same living space and similar eating habits. The impact of genes on disease risk may be overestimated by 47 percent when shared family factors aren't taken into account, the study authors contended. The study offers "precise estimates of the role of genetics in these important diseases. It also ... Read more

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Lack of Fitness Second Only to Smoking as Predictor of Early Death: Study

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Poor physical fitness ranks right behind smoking as leading risk factors for an early death, new long-term research suggests. Analyzing nearly 800 men starting at midlife, Swedish scientists also found that each measurable increase in fitness levels translated into a 21 percent lower risk of death over 45 years of follow-up. "Fitness in middle age is of importance for mortality risk for several decades," said study author Per Ladenvall, a researcher in the department of molecular and clinical medicine at University of Gothenburg. "Persons with low fitness are associated with an increased mortality risk throughout life." "Smoking was the risk factor that was [most strongly] associated with mortality," Ladenvall added. "We were somewhat surprised that the effect of aerobic capacity was even more pronounced than that of high cholesterol and high blood pressure." ... Read more

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FDA Renews Call to Reduce Salt in Processed Foods

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

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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College Linemen Larger Than Ever, Study Finds

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Offensive linemen who play college football – even at small Division III schools – are getting bigger than ever, a new study shows. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston found these players were 38 percent heavier than their counterparts were in 1956. Meanwhile, the average male's weight increased only 12 percent during the same period. "Through selective recruiting, weight training and nutrition ['hyper-nutrition'], we end up with a population of large linemen," said senior study author Dr. David Greenblatt, professor of integrative physiology and pathobiology. "The public health issue is that everybody involved with American football needs to develop concerted ways to assure the health of players when their football days are over," he said in a Tufts news release. "The results of our study emphasize the importance of helping these ... Read more

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9 Out of 10 Strokes Could Be Prevented, Study Finds

Posted 16 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability but the vast majority of strokes are preventable, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide. Of these modifiable risk factors, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important. "The study confirms that hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor in all regions, and the key target in reducing the burden of stroke globally," said study co-leader Dr. Martin O'Donnell. He is an associate clinical professor in the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and the HRB-Clinical Research Facility in Galway, Ireland. Preventing strokes is a major public health priority and strategies for reducing people's risk should be based on key preventable causes of stroke, the ... Read more

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Rising Blood Sugar Hitting More Obese Adults

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Among obese American adults, control of blood sugar is worsening, leading to more diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds. While blood pressure and cholesterol levels stayed relatively stable among obese adults, poor control of blood sugar led to a 37 percent increase in heart disease risk factors between 1988 and 2014, the researchers reported. "Obese adults with cardiovascular disease risk factors may need more intense approaches – healthy diet, increased physical activity – to control blood sugar and achieve weight loss," said lead researcher Dr. Fangjian Guo. He is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas in Galveston. After climbing over several decades, U.S. obesity rates have leveled off. Still, about 35 percent of American adults are obese, according to background notes with the study. Obesity hinders the ... Read more

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