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Key Heart Risks Decline for Older Americans

Posted 3 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 – Older Americans dramatically reduced their risks for heart attack and stroke over a recent 20-year period, a new analysis finds. The likely reason: greater use of drugs to control cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as a decline in smoking, according to researchers from the University of Southern California. The benefits were seen in both sexes, which suggests women ...

AHA: Does Your Height Play a Role in Heart Risks?

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Your height may affect your choice of clothing, theater seat or airplane row. Turns out it could also play a role in your risk of heart disease and stroke. Scientists have looked at whether height increases or decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases for decades. In several cases they've found connections. For instance, research suggests ...

Depression Could Be a Risk Factor for A-Fib: Study

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Depression can raise your risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm that's been linked to stroke and heart failure, a new study suggests. A person's risk of atrial fibrillation increased by about a third if they either reported symptoms of depression or had been prescribed antidepressants, the investigators found. Previous research has linked fright and anxiety to ...

AHA: 'Beating' Stroke, New Hip-Hop Program Helps Kids Save a Life

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Teaching school kids the symptoms of stroke and how to react quickly to them is an effective way to potentially save lives and prevent disabilities, according to a new study done in tandem with the educational program Hip Hop Stroke. Published Thursday in Stroke, the study included 3,070 minority New York City children in fourth, fifth and ...

Magnetic Heart Pump Cuts Risk of Blood Clots, Stroke in Study

Posted 11 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 11, 2018 – A new heart pump cuts the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients with heart failure, research funded by the device maker shows. The study included 366 patients who received either Abbott Inc.'s HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device or the HeartMate II. Two years after getting the devices, 151 of the 190 patients (79.5 percent) who got the HeartMate 3 had not ...

Heart-Healthy 'DASH' Diet May Also Help Lower Depression Risk

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains may lower your risk of depression, new research suggests. "Making a lifestyle change – such as changing your diet – is often preferred over taking medications, so we wanted to see if diet could be an effective way to reduce the risk of depression," said study author Dr. Laurel Cherian, who's with Rush University ...

As Stroke 'Liquefies' Brain Tissue, Lasting Harm May Spread

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Brain tissue damaged by a stroke can liquefy, become toxic and then harm remaining healthy parts of the brain – possibly causing dementia, new research in mice suggests. "Most people probably assume that the brain heals in the same way as other tissues, but it doesn't," researcher Kristian Doyle said in a news release from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in ...

Aspirin as Good a Clot Buster as Pricey Drugs After Joint Replacement

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests. Researchers said the findings could change some doctors' prescribing habits. After knee or hip replacement surgery, there's a risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs. So it's routine for patients to take ...

Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Race may play a role in just how dangerous atrial fibrillation – the common irregular heartbeat – might be. New research finds that the risk of stroke is much higher in black Americans with afib than in whites with the condition. It's known that atrial fibrillation, which is common with advancing age, raises the odds of blood clots, stroke and heart failure. While ...

Could a Blood Thinner Actually Raise Stroke Risk for Some?

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Taking blood-thinning drugs is typically thought to ward off stroke in people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation. However, new research out of Britain hints – but cannot prove – that the drugs might actually raise the odds of stroke in seniors with a-fib who also have kidney disease. "Chronic kidney disease is common among older people, and one in ...

Short as a Child, Stroke Risk as an Adult?

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Researchers from Denmark are suggesting a potential – and unusual – risk factor for stroke: Being short as a kid. The investigators found that men and women who had been about 2 inches taller than average at age 7 had, as adults, up to an 11 percent lower risk for an ischemic stroke. That's the type of stroke caused by a blood clot. The risk for a hemorrhagic stroke ...

Women Fare Worse Than Men After a Stroke

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Women tend to have a tougher time recovering from a stroke than men do, though the reasons aren't completely clear, researchers say. On average, female stroke survivors reported more limitations in their day-to-day activities than male survivors did, according to a review of 22 studies. Female survivors also were more likely to develop depression after their stroke and ...

The Risk Factors That Make Women More Likely To Have A Stroke

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Stroke affects more women than men in the United States. And a new study pinpoints stroke risk factors unique to females. "Many people don't realize that women suffer stroke more frequently than men, and mortality is much higher among women," said Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, the study's corresponding author. "As women age, they are much more likely to have a stroke as a first ...

'Hole in Heart' Defect May Raise Stroke Risk After Surgery

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – People born with a hole in their heart face an increased risk for stroke after surgery, a new study finds. This common type of birth defect – known as patent foramen ovale (PFO) – is a hole between the upper chambers of the heart that does not close after birth. "We already knew that a PFO increases the risk of a second stroke in people who have previously had a ...

Keep Working to Protect Your Brain After a Mild Stroke

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Work may be good medicine for the brains of people who suffer mild strokes, a new study out of Israel suggests. The study included 252 working-age adults whose mental functioning was evaluated one and two years after a mild stroke. Those who had jobs before and after their stroke were less likely to experience mental decline, the researchers said. Compared to those who ...

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