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Heart Failure Protein May Signal Early Brain Damage

Posted 2 days 1 hour ago 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 days ago 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 9 days ago 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 11 days ago 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 12 days ago 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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3 Keys to Cutting Your Risk of Heart Failure

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Middle-aged adults who've avoided obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are far less likely than others to experience heart failure in their later years, new research reports. Investigators found that a 45-year-old without those three key risk factors has as much as an 86 percent lower risk for heart failure compared with someone with poor control of weight, blood pressure and blood sugar. "This paper provides more evidence to demonstrate the importance of a heart-healthy lifestyle," said study co-author Dr. John Wilkins. He's a cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Good lifestyle habits can help prevent obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes in many people, "which will substantially reduce their chances of developing cardiovascular disease later in ... Read more

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Device Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Treat Heart Failure

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 – A hard-to-treat form of heart failure may be relieved by an experimental device that creates a hole inside the heart muscle, according to new clinical trial results. The InterAtrial Shunt Device opens up and maintains an 8-millimeter (mm) hole in the wall of tissue separating the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria), said lead researcher Dr. David Kaye. He's a senior cardiologist at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. The technique appears to work, Kaye's team reported Wednesday at the American Heart Association annual meeting, in New Orleans. A group of 64 people who received the implant experienced better pumping output from their heart a year after the procedure, Kaye said. Their hearts were able to take on more workload, and they could exercise for longer periods of time. "The device is safe, with an acceptable complication rate," Kaye said. A ... Read more

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Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – Cash prices of generic medicines to treat heart failure vary so widely that some patients may not be able to afford to fill all of their prescriptions, a new study suggests. In the greater St. Louis area, the cost of filling prescriptions for three common drugs – digoxin, lisinopril and carvedilol – ranged from as little as $12 to as much as $400 a month, the researchers found. Cardiologist Dr. Paul Hauptman, the study's lead author, said retail pricing is confusing and inconsistent. Patients "can encounter some major sticker shock," he said. The wide range of prices was unrelated to the drug dose or duration of therapy, the area where the pharmacy does business, whether it was a chain or independent pharmacy, or median income in pharmacy ZIP codes, the researchers noted. "There may be different reasons for different pricing practices, but this clearly needs ... Read more

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Heart Failure Hospitalizations on the Rise in U.S.

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – More Americans are going to the hospital due to heart failure, a new study finds. The good news is that the hospital stays are getting shorter and survival rates for those hospitalized with heart failure are higher than in the past, researchers said. The study included data from more than 15 million congestive heart failure-related hospital admissions in the United States between 1996 and 2009. The number of hospitalizations for heart failure rose from just over 1 million in 1996 to almost 1.2 million in 2009. But the average length of stay fell from about six days to five days over that same period. In addition, the in-hospital death rate declined from almost 5 percent to just over 3 percent, the study found. Shorter hospital stays and lower death rates are due to advances in care, such as new drugs and medical devices, according to the University of ... Read more

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Meat-Heavy Diets May Raise Older Women's Heart Risks

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could have a higher risk for heart failure, especially if most of their protein comes from meat, researchers report. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, postmenopausal women with the most protein in their diet had a 60 percent increased risk of heart failure, compared with women who ate little protein, the study found. The findings were presented Monday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in New Orleans. Most of the risk appears to come from animal protein, said study author Dr. Mohamad Firas Barbour. He's an internist at Brown University's Alpert Medical School and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket. Women who got most of their protein from vegetable sources appeared to have a nearly 20 percent reduced risk of heart failure, Barbour said. "The higher total dietary protein ... Read more

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Device Plus 'Aggressive' Drug Strategy May Curb Severe Heart Failure

Posted 13 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – A combination of an implanted heart device and intensive drug therapy may help boost heart function in end-stage heart failure patients, preliminary results of an ongoing study suggest. The research focused on 36 patients who were implanted with what's known as a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a kind of heart pump. "Patients who receive this assist device generally are in line to receive a heart transplant," explained cardiologist Dr. Michael Kim, who reviewed the new findings. "Because there are not nearly enough hearts available for transplantation relative to the need for heart transplantation, these newer assist devices can keep these sick patients alive until a heart does become available, sometimes for years," said Kim. He directs interventional cardiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The new study was led by Dr. Emma Birks, professor ... Read more

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Discovery Speeds Creation of Healthy Heart Cells From Scar Tissue

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – A new discovery in mice may boost efforts to find an effective treatment for heart failure in humans, researchers say. Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco tested an estimated 5,500 chemicals and identified two that help transform scar tissue in the heart into healthy, beating heart muscle. When heart muscle is damaged, the body can't repair dead or injured heart cells. The researchers investigated cellular reprogramming (turning one type of adult cell into another) as a way to regenerate heart muscle cells. In experiments with mice, the investigators were able to convert 10 percent of scar tissue cells into heart muscle cells, according to an institute news release. The two newly identified chemicals increased by eightfold the number of heart cells created. The chemicals also sped up the process, achieving in one week what used to take six ... Read more

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No Link Between Caffeine, Irregular Heartbeat in Heart Failure Patient Study

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Contrary to common belief, coffee doesn't seem to increase the risk of irregular heartbeats in people with heart failure, according to a small Brazilian study. "Our data reassures that most patients with heart disease might drink moderate doses of caffeine-rich beverages with no major risks," said lead researcher Dr. Luis Rohde. He's from the division of cardiology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre. Caffeine-rich beverages have long been suspected of causing several heart-related symptoms, such as palpitations or rapid or irregular heartbeats, Rohde said. "Because of this assumption, counseling to reduce or avoid caffeine consumption is still widely recommended in clinical practice by most physicians for patients with any heart disease," he said. But Rohde's team found no link between caffeine and abnormal heartbeats in the short ... Read more

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Queen Latifah Puts Heart Failure Center Stage

Posted 30 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 – When her mother was diagnosed with heart failure, the award-winning singer and actress Queen Latifah was shocked. Her mom, Rita Owens, was a New Jersey high school teacher only in her early 50s. But after she passed out at school one day, doctors determined she was one of 6 million Americans with heart failure, a chronic, progressive disorder. Like many of them, Owens had missed the early symptoms of the disorder, including shortness of breath and unusual fatigue. If she had known what to look for, "she might have caught it sooner," Latifah said. Her family's experience galvanized Latifah to speak out about the illness. The Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe winner headlined an American Heart Association (AHA) panel discussion on Facebook Thursday, hoping to shine some star power on the potentially life-threatening condition. "Being involved with the AHA is really ... Read more

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Could Prescribed NSAID Painkillers Raise Heart Failure Risk?

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – Use of prescription-strength ibuprofen, naproxen and other commonly used pain relievers may be tied to a higher risk of heart failure, researchers report. Medicines like these fall into a category of painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications may raise a person's relative risk of heart failure by nearly 20 percent, according to the analysis of medical records for nearly 10 million patients. That risk increases with the amount of NSAIDs a person is taking, said study author Andrea Arfe, a Ph.D. student at University of Milano-Bicocca, in Italy. A person's risk of hospitalization for heart failure doubles for some NSAIDs used at very high doses, including diclofenac (Cataflam or Voltaren), etoricoxib (Arcoxia), indomethacin (Indocin), and piroxicam (Feldene), Arfe said. Also, "our findings – which focused only on ... Read more

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