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Review Says Calcium Supplements Won't Harm the Heart

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – Calcium supplements, taken within recommended levels, can be considered safe for the heart, according to new guidelines. Over the past decade, a number of studies have raised questions about whether calcium supplements might contribute to heart disease or stroke. Just this month, a study of U.S. adults found that supplement users were more likely than nonusers to have plaque buildup in their heart arteries. (Calcium is a component of artery-clogging "plaques.") But a new research review, commissioned by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), has come to a different conclusion. On balance, the review found, the evidence doesn't support a connection between calcium supplements and heart disease or stroke. As long as people don't go overboard, calcium supplements should be considered "safe from a cardiovascular standpoint," say the guidelines from the NOF and ... Read more

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Opioid Abuse Fueling Drug-Related Heart Infections: Study

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – The number of Americans hospitalized with heart infections caused by use of injected opioid drugs is on the rise, a new study indicates. Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston said the finding is a disturbing outgrowth of a rising tide of opioid addiction in the United States. For the study, the researchers reviewed U.S. hospital admissions for infective endocarditis, a sometimes deadly infection of the heart valves. Although people born with abnormal valves and older adults with valve problems are at added risk for the condition, it can also result from injecting drugs. Injections can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, the researchers said. In 2013, 12 percent of hospitalizations for infective endocarditis were related to injection drug use, compared to 7 percent in 2000, the study team found. The actual number of cases rose to ... Read more

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Elderly Patients Get Unnecessary End-of-Life Treatments

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – People dying naturally of old age often receive unnecessary end-of-life medical treatments in hospitals, a new global study finds. The Australian-based research found that one-third of patients with advanced, irreversible chronic conditions were given treatments that didn't necessarily benefit them – including admission to intensive care or chemotherapy – in the last two weeks of their life. The study also revealed that one-quarter of older patients who had Do-Not-Resuscitate orders were still given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). People with serious conditions were subjected to invasive procedures, unnecessary scans and blood tests, intensive heart monitoring and other treatments that did little to alter their outcomes, sometimes against their wishes, the researchers found. "It is not unusual for family members to refuse to accept the fact that their ... Read more

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Genetic Tests May Not Change People's Unhealthy Ways

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – Genetic tests that predict people's risk for disease are becoming more common, but a new analysis suggests that having that information doesn't mean people act on it. British researchers reviewed the results of 18 studies that looked at whether communicating DNA test results for conditions such as cancer and heart disease led people to make healthy changes. They found no evidence that people adopted healthier behaviors, such as quitting smoking or eating more healthfully, after receiving their DNA results. Individuals were neither motivated to make healthy changes nor discouraged from doing so, the review authors noted. Theresa Marteau, director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge, led the investigation. She said the reviewed studies did not address why test results failed to promote risk-reducing behaviors. The most ... Read more

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Tai Chi Could Be a Healthy Move for Your Heart

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – Tai chi and other traditional Chinese exercises may benefit people with heart disease, researchers report. The new review of 35 studies included more than 2,200 people in 10 countries. The investigators found that, among people with heart disease, these types of low-risk activities appeared to help lower blood pressure and levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and other unhealthy blood fats. Tai chi, qigong and other traditional Chinese exercises were also linked to improved quality of life and reduced depression in heart disease patients, the study authors added. But the exercises did not significantly improve heart rate, aerobic fitness levels or general health scores, according to the report published March 9 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. "Traditional Chinese exercises are a low-risk, promising intervention that could be helpful in ... Read more

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Too Much Sitting Can Harm Older, Female Heart Attack Survivors

Posted 3 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – An older woman who already survived one heart attack can cut her odds for a second one by exercising more and sitting less, a new study finds. The study was led by Anna Gorczyca of Indiana University and included more than 800 postmenopausal women. All of the women had no history of heart disease but had suffered a heart attack. The researchers assessed the women's physical activity levels using metabolic equivalents (METs) – a measure of energy expended by the body. For example, 7.5 MET-hours a week is equivalent to the 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise – a level recommended by many medical groups. Compared to women who remained relatively inactive, women who boosted their activity levels after a heart attack to 7.5 MET-hours per week or more had a 57 percent lower odds for a subsequent heart attack, Gorczyca's group found. Women who maintained the ... Read more

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Smog's Health Effects Persist for Decades, Study Finds

Posted 10 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later, one of the longest running air pollution studies suggests. British scientists found the negative health effects of air pollution – such as a higher risk of lung and heart disease – can persist for more than 30 years. The study authors suggested that more research into the long-term health effects of air pollution – often called smog – is needed. "Air pollution has well established impacts on health, especially on heart and lung disease," study author Dr. Anna Hansell, from Imperial College London, said in a university news release. "The novel aspects of our study are the very long follow-up time and the very detailed assessment of air pollution exposure, using air-quality measurements going back to the 1970s." The researchers monitored air pollution levels in areas of England and ... Read more

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