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Stroke Risk Factors Are Rising

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – While progress is being made in reducing the number of stroke deaths, it seems that more people who experience these brain attacks have significant stroke risk factors, a new study reveals. The rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, smoking and drug abuse have all been on the rise in stroke patients over recent years, the study authors said. The study included over 900,000 people hospitalized for stroke between 2004 and 2014. Each year, prevalence of high blood pressure went up by 1 percent, diabetes rose by 2 percent, high cholesterol went up by 7 percent, smoking increased by 5 percent, and drug abuse jumped 7 percent, the researchers found. "The risk of dying from a stroke has declined significantly, while at the same time the risk factors are increasing," said researcher Dr. Ralph Sacco. He's a professor of neurology at the ... Read more

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Can Sauna Sweats Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Frequent sauna bathers might be boosting their heart health as they sweat, new research suggests. Studying more than 1,600 middle-aged men in Finland, researchers found that those who took sauna baths four to seven times a week cut their risk of high blood pressure by nearly half, compared to once-a-week sauna bathers. "Sauna bathing may decrease systemic blood pressure through different biological mechanisms," said study researcher Jari Laukkanen, a professor at the University of Eastern Finland, and colleagues. In the sauna, your body temperature rises, widening the blood vessels. Over time, this appears to improve the function of the inside layer of blood vessels, the researchers explained. Sauna baths also remove fluid from the body through sweating, and relax the body and mind, the researchers added. The research team used data from follow-up on the men over ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure in 40s a Dementia Risk for Women?

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s could be much more vulnerable to dementia later in life, a new study suggests. That increased risk could run as high as 73 percent, the researchers reported, but the same did not hold true for men. These new findings suggest that high blood pressure can start playing a role in brain health even earlier than previously thought, said lead researcher Paola Gilsanz, a postdoctoral fellow with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland. Prior studies have linked high blood pressure with dementia, but "it wasn't clear if hypertension before one's 50s was a risk factor," Gilsanz said. A healthy circulatory system is key to a health brain, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer's Association. "The brain is a very metabolically active organ in the ... Read more

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Can You 'Om' Your Way to a Healthy Heart?

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – Meditation may help reduce some risk factors for heart disease, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association. The statement, released Thursday, also noted that a healthy lifestyle and medicines to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart threats are the most effective ways to prevent heart disease. "Although studies of meditation suggest a possible benefit on cardiovascular risk, there hasn't been enough research to conclude it has a definite role," said Dr. Glenn Levine, chair of the statement writing group. Levine and his colleagues reviewed studies on common types of sitting meditation, such as Zen meditation, Raja yoga and transcendental meditation, and their effects on heart disease risk factors. The investigators concluded that these types of meditation may be associated with decreased stress, anxiety and ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Boost Child's Obesity Risk

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Having high blood pressure during pregnancy may make your child more vulnerable to obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 88,000 mother-child pairs in China. The mothers' blood pressure was checked in each trimester of pregnancy. The children were then weighed when they were between the ages of 4 and 7. Compared to children whose mothers had lower blood pressure during pregnancy, children of mothers with high blood pressure during the second trimester were 49 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. The risk of childhood obesity was 14 percent higher among children whose mothers had high blood pressure during the third trimester. "Our study is the first to demonstrate that among pregnant women, elevated blood pressure is associated with a greater risk of overweight and obesity for their children," said study first ... Read more

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Some May Need a Little Help Monitoring Blood Pressure at Home

Posted 17 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 16, 2017 – Home blood pressure monitoring is on the upswing in the United States. But some adults are less likely to do so than others, a new study finds. Lower rates of home monitoring were found among those who did not have at least a high school diploma and those with no partner, according to the study. The American Heart Association advises anyone with high blood pressure, also called hypertension, to monitor it at home. "Home monitoring allows hypertensive individuals to take ownership of their treatment and helps health care providers determine whether treatments are working," the association says in a news release. Home monitoring also may point to differences between readings at the doctor's office and at home. For the new study, researchers analyzed data from more than 6,100 adults who took part in a 2013-14 federal government health survey. They found that ... Read more

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Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure?

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – You probably already know that certain healthy lifestyle behaviors can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, but is any one behavior more important than the others? Maybe, as new research suggests maintaining a healthy weight is the No. 1 behavior to prevent unhealthy blood pressure levels. "Our results indicate by maintaining a healthy body weight into middle age, you can help preserve low blood pressure," said the study's lead author, John Booth III. He's a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "There have been increases in blood pressure at younger ages, which are linked to heart disease and stroke," Booth said. "We evaluated the long-term impact of maintaining healthy behaviors on [high blood pressure]." Booth and his colleagues looked at the effects of five healthy behaviors: Never smoking Drinking 7 or fewer ... Read more

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Health Tip: Treating Sleep Apnea

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- There's no routine blood test to detect sleep apnea, and it may well be missed during a routine medical visit. But left untreated, sleep apnea can raise a person's risk for significant health risks, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Those risks include: High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Heart failure. Heart arrhythmia, the medical term for an irregular heartbeat. Driving accidents. Read more

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Do E-Cigarettes Damage Blood Vessels?

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Nicotine in e-cigarettes may cause stiffened arteries, which can lead to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a small Swedish study suggests. With the dramatic increase in e-cigarette use ("vaping") over the past few years, questions have arisen about their safety. And while many people think the devices are harmless, especially compared with regular cigarettes, little is known about long-term effects of these devices, according to lead researcher Magnus Lundback, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "Increased arterial stiffness has previously been demonstrated following exposure to conventional cigarettes," said Lundback, who is a research leader and clinical registrar at the Danderyd University Hospital. "We think that chronic exposure to e-cigarettes with nicotine may lead to stiffer arteries and, in the long run, an increased risk of ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea Wreaks Havoc on Your Metabolism

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – People who leave their sleep apnea untreated for just a short time may face a higher risk of spikes in blood sugar levels, stress hormones and blood pressure, a new study finds. Even a few days of failing to treat sleep apnea can cause these levels to go up, researchers found. They say the findings support the ongoing use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices to protect sleepers from airway closure due to sleep apnea. "This is one of the first studies to show real-time effects of sleep apnea on metabolism during the night," said study senior author Dr. Jonathan Jun, an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. An estimated 20 to 30 percent of adults have obstructive sleep apnea, which causes a person's airway to close multiple times per hour during sleep. Sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness ... Read more

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Uptick in U.S. Stroke Deaths Sets Off Alarms: CDC

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – Progress in preventing stroke deaths in the United States has stalled after 40 years of decline, and may even be reversing, government health officials say. Stroke deaths increased significantly among Hispanics and in the South between 2013 and 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. "This report is a wake-up call because 80 percent of strokes are preventable," said lead author Quanhe Yang, a CDC research scientist. "More than ever, we need to direct our efforts to reduce stroke risk factors and improve the quality of care," he said. According to prior research, high blood pressure is the most important preventable and treatable risk factor for stroke. But high cholesterol, smoking and physical inactivity play a role, too. While stroke death rates declined 38 percent from 2000 to 2015, researchers said the average decline ... Read more

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Calcium in Arteries May Best Predict Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – People with no calcium buildup in their arteries seem to have a significantly lower risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study finds. Calcium collects in the arteries after plaque builds up and hardens over time, the study authors explained. For the study, researchers looked at nearly 6,200 people, aged 45 to 84, and found that those whose arteries were free of calcium deposits had a less than 3 percent chance of heart attack or stroke over the next decade. That's well below the 7.5 percent heart risk level used as a guideline to begin treatment with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, the researchers noted. The study finding held true even among people who had other risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high levels of bad cholesterol. About half of the study participants showed no calcium deposits in their arteries. "The event rates when ... Read more

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Marriage a Blessing for Heart Attack Patients

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Marriage is good medicine for someone who has a heart attack. That's the conclusion of a study that tracked nearly 1 million British patients for 13 years. The researchers found that married patients who had a heart attack were 14 percent more likely to survive until the end of the study than singles. And compared to divorced patients, survival odds for wedded folks were 16 percent higher, said study senior author Dr. Rahul Potluri. He's a clinical lecturer at Aston University Medical School in Birmingham, England. "Marriage is a proxy for psychological risk factors which are important for ensuring compliance to medication," Potluri said. In other words, the social and physical support a spouse can provide translates to significant health benefits. For instance, marriage appears to have a positive effect on the three largest risk factors for heart disease – ... Read more

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Young Adults May Be Ignoring High Blood Pressure

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – High blood pressure doesn't seem to be as much of a concern for young American adults as it is for their 40 and older counterparts, a new study finds. And, that seems to be especially true for young adult men, the study authors said. "While hypertension awareness, treatment and control have improved overall since the early 2000s, all three remain worse in young adults – those aged 18-39," said senior study author Dr. Andrew Moran. An assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, he made his comments in a news release from the American Heart Association. The heart association defines high blood pressure as 140/90 or higher. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke. The study included information from eight surveys completed sometime between 1999-2014. More than 41,000 Americans participated in the surveys. They ... Read more

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More Support for Tight Blood Pressure Control

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – For people at increased risk of heart disease, intensive blood pressure control may be just as safe as standard treatment, a new study finds. Experts said the results bolster the case for more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure. Two years ago, a U.S. government-funded trial called SPRINT challenged the standard approach to treating high blood pressure. Intensive control meant using medication to get patients' systolic pressure – the top number – below 120 mm Hg. That was a big change from standard treatment, where the aim is to get below 140 mm Hg, or in some cases 150. Driving down blood pressure to lower levels had major benefits for people at increased risk of heart attack. That included people age 75 and older, and patients with existing heart disease or multiple risk factors for it such as smoking and high cholesterol. Overall, the aggressive ... Read more

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