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Heart, Lung Problems May Not Always Need ICU Care

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – The intensive care unit (ICU) may not improve the chances of survival for all patients with serious heart problems, a new study suggests. "We found that the ICU may not always be the answer. Now, we need to help doctors decide who needs the ICU and who doesn't," study lead author Dr. Thomas Valley said. He's a pulmonary and critical care researcher at the University of Michigan Medical School. Researchers examined 1.5 million Medicare records to determine outcomes for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart attack and worsening heart failure. Many patients with these conditions are admitted to an ICU. There was no difference in 30-day death rates between patients in the ICU and those who received regular inpatient care in another type of hospital unit, the study authors said. However, ICU care was almost $5,000 more for patients with ... Read more

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Heart Disease Could Cost U.S. $1 Trillion Per Year By 2035: Report

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Heart disease is increasing at a troubling pace in the United States, with costs expected to double from $555 billion in 2016 to a whopping $1.1 trillion in 2035, a new American Heart Association report estimates. "Our new projections indicate cardiovascular disease is on a course that could bankrupt our nation's economy and health care system," said AHA President Steven Houser. He's also associate dean of research at Temple University in Philadelphia. By 2035, 45 percent of the total U.S. population – about 131 million people – will have at least one health problem related to heart disease, the AHA report projected. Heart disease is spreading much more quickly than previously estimated, Houser said at a news conference. The last time the AHA performed these calculations, in 2011, researchers projected that by 2030 about 40 percent of the United States would ... Read more

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Calcium Buildup in Young Arteries May Signal Heart Attack Risk

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – Young adults with any amount of calcified plaque in their arteries are already at risk of a heart attack, a new study finds. Among those 32 to 46 years old, even a little calcified plaque – called atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries – can boost the odds for fatal or nonfatal heart disease fivefold over the next 12 years, researchers found. "Heart disease really begins in adolescence and early adulthood," said lead researcher Dr. Jeffrey Carr. Carr is a professor of radiology, biomedical informatics and cardiovascular medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. For the study, CT scans, which can detect these potentially deadly blockages, were performed on more than 3,000 participants whose average age was 40. Just a small amount of plaque increased the risk of heart attack over the next decade by 10 percent, regardless of other risk ... Read more

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Too Many Americans Have High Blood Pressure, Doctors Warn

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – A group of family physicians warns that too many Americans struggle with high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack and heart failure, said Dr. John Meigs Jr., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Since February is National Heart Month, now is a good time for people to get their blood pressure under control and treated so they can avoid heart disease, Meigs said. A 2016 survey by the AAFP and data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 29 percent of Americans (75 million people) have high blood pressure, and only 54 percent have it under control. "This finding is concerning because we know that high blood pressure and heart attacks or chronic heart failure are so closely related," Meigs said in an AAFP news release. "According to the CDC, seven out of 10 people who have a ... Read more

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Flu Shot May Curb Respiratory Infections in People With Heart Failure

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Flu and pneumonia vaccines may reduce heart failure patients' risk of dangerous respiratory infections, a new review suggests. More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, when the heart is too weak to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Respiratory infections are the leading cause of hospitalization for people with heart failure. These infections are associated with high death rates in a hospital, the review authors said. The researchers reviewed studies published from January 1990 to July 2016. These studies suggested that flu and pneumonia vaccines seem to help protect people with heart failure from life-threatening respiratory infections. People older than 65 with heart failure may benefit more from high-dose vaccination, the researchers said. "Vaccination represents a low-cost intervention that may be able to prevent the significant disease, ... Read more

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Snowstorms May Bring Blizzard of Heart Troubles

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – Snowstorms may leave more than a big mess in their wake: New research shows a sharp spike in hospital admissions for heart trouble two days after these weather events. Hospital admissions for heart attacks, chest pain and stroke actually fell on the day of the storm, the study found, possibly because people can't get out for care. But they rebounded again within the next 48 hours. The reasons for the trends aren't clear, the researchers said. "We're not talking to people and asking them, 'Why did you go to the hospital on this day and not that day?' " said study lead author Jennifer Bobb. Bobb was a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health when she worked on the study. She's now an assistant investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. With emergency travel bans in place during major snowstorms, "maybe people ... Read more

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U.S. Heart Failure Rates on the Rise

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Heart failure rates are going up in the United States, according to a new report from the American Heart Association. The same report also said that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, even as the death rate from heart disease is heading down. The number of American adults with heart failure – in which the heart is too weak to pump blood throughout the body – rose by 800,000 over five years, the American Heart Association (AHA) said in the report released Thursday. The number of people with heart failure is expected to rise by 46 percent by 2030. That means 8 million people will have heart failure by then. Reasons for the rising number of Americans with heart failure include an aging population and a growing number of heart attack survivors, who are at increased risk for heart failure. Cardiovascular disease includes all ... Read more

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Soft Robotic Sleeve Shows Promise for Failing Hearts

Posted 18 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Scientists are reporting some early success with a "soft robotic" device aimed at treating advanced heart failure. The hope, the researchers said, is to improve upon ventricular assist devices, or VADs, that are currently used for severe heart failure. The new device has been tested only on pig hearts – so there is a long way to go yet, the study authors said. It will likely be a few years before the device could be used in humans, according to researcher Ellen Roche. She is a biomedical engineer who led the study at Harvard University. But if the device pans out, it could be used in the same way that VADs are now, said Roche. She's currently with the National University of Ireland in Galway. VADs are implantable pumps that help the heart's lower chambers send blood to the body. The devices are sometimes used to manage advanced heart failure – a chronic ... Read more

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'Stress Ball' in Your Brain May Be Key to Heart Risks

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – Doctors have long known that a stressed life does no favors for the heart, and new research may help unravel why that's so. A Harvard team says heightened activity in a key part of the brain may explain why stress boosts people's odds for heart disease and stroke. The finding "raises the possibility that reducing stress could produce benefits that extend beyond an improved sense of psychological well-being," said study lead author Dr. Ahmed Tawakol, who co-directs the cardiac imaging program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. One neurologist agreed that the research could have real value for patients. "This study provides information that can help us better understand the mechanisms in which the body and the brain affect each other," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein. He is president of the Brain & Behavior Foundation in New York City. "A better ... Read more

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Heart Failure Drug Shows Promise in First Human Trial

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 – Heart failure patients have weakened hearts, but researchers say an experimental drug used for the first time in humans may repair heart cells and improve heart function. According to the results of a small phase 1 trial, a single intravenous infusion of the drug cimaglermin was safe and, at high doses, improved heart function for at least three months. "Right now we have many therapies that we use for heart failure, and these patients [in the study] were on all of those therapies and still had significant heart dysfunction," said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Lenihan. He's a professor of medicine and director of Vanderbilt University's heart clinical research program in Nashville. People with heart failure often take a combination of drugs, Lenihan said. These include medications to lower blood pressure and diuretics to help remove excess fluid that builds up as ... Read more

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Heart Failure Protein May Signal Early Brain Damage

Posted 8 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – Higher blood levels of a specific heart disease protein are associated with brain damage, a new study suggests. N-terminal Pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a protein released into the blood in response to heart wall stress. Blood levels of NT-proBNP rise when heart failure worsens and fall when it gets better. Previous research has found a link between heart disease and brain disease, but the role of NT-proBNP was unclear. Researchers in the Netherlands looked at nearly 2,400 middle-aged and elderly heart disease patients without dementia and found a clear association between blood levels of NT-proBNP and brain damage detected on MRIs. But the study did not prove that higher levels of this protein actually caused brain damage. The study was published online Dec. 7 in the journal Radiology. "We found that higher serum levels of NT-proBNP were ... Read more

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Study Finds Worrisome Heart Effects Among Some Football Players

Posted 5 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Football players, particularly linemen, may have higher risk of elevated blood pressure and potentially harmful structural changes in the heart, a new study suggests. "Our study confirmed associations between football participation, high blood pressure and cardiac remodeling," said study senior author Dr. Aaron Baggish, an associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Cardiac remodeling refers to changes in the size and shape of the heart. What's worrisome, Baggish said, is that the changes detected in young college athletes may be "maladaptive," or harmful. "This type of change to the heart is concerning in this population of young, otherwise healthy athletes, and raises questions about long-term health implications," Baggish said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology. Using data ... Read more

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After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack

Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Cancer survivors are at increased risk for the most severe type of heart attack and require close attention to their heart health, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reviewed data on more than 2,300 patients who suffered this type of heart attack, called ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). One in 10 had a history of cancer, the investigators found. "We've watched cancer survivorship increase over the past two-and-a-half decades, which is wonderful. But, it has led to new challenges, such as handling of downstream illnesses and side effects to an extent never encountered before," said study senior author Dr. Joerg Herrmann. He is an interventional cardiologist at the clinic. "As cardiologists, we wanted to know if cancer and its therapies left these patients debilitated from a cardiovascular disease standpoint," he ... Read more

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Does a Little Daily Drinking Really Help the Heart?

Posted 29 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – Many studies have hinted that alcohol, in moderation, can do a heart good. But new research suggests that moderate drinkers are no more likely than teetotalers to have clear arteries. The scientists looked at almost 2,000 patients who underwent CT angiography – an imaging test that detects "plaques" in heart arteries. Overall, there was no association between people's drinking habits and their odds of showing clogged vessels. The findings stand in contrast to past studies that have linked moderate drinking to a lower risk of heart disease – where plaques build up in the heart arteries and may eventually trigger a heart attack. Researchers said an advantage of the new study is that it used objective measurements. "No prior studies have assessed the relationship between alcohol consumption and the presence of coronary heart disease as depicted by coronary CT ... Read more

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Alzheimer's Protein Plaques May Also Harm the Heart

Posted 29 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Protein fragments that form plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients might also stiffen their heart muscle and increase their risk of heart failure, a new study reports. The protein fragments are called amyloid beta. Tests of heart tissue samples revealed that the hearts of Alzheimer's patients had increased levels of amyloid beta, the study showed. Sticky amyloid beta chunks create plaques between neurons that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Similar deposits can be found in the heart, said senior researcher Dr. Federica del Monte. She's an associate professor with Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Cardiovascular Institute, both in Boston. "We found that some forms of heart failure are basically an Alzheimer's disease in the heart," del Monte said. "They basically have the same biological defect. In one case, it ... Read more

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