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Heart Risks May Rise After Cancer Diagnosis

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 – As if people newly diagnosed with cancer don't have enough to worry about, a new study suggests the diagnosis may put their hearts at risk, too. The study found that newly diagnosed cancer patients are at increased risk for a condition called arterial thromboembolism, which occurs when blood flow is blocked by a clot that's traveled from another part of the body, such as the legs. The potential heart threat is higher "especially during the first six months after diagnosis," said a team led by Dr. Babak Navi, of Weill Cornell Medicine's department of neurology in New York City. Looking through a 2002-2011 database of about 140,000 cancer patients and an equal number of people without cancer, Navi's team found that cancer patients had twice the risk of an arterial thromboembolism in the six months after cancer diagnosis than patients without cancer. The study ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preparing for an Emergency

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Whether it's a natural disaster, fire or man-made activity, you and your family should be prepared for an emergency. The Red Cross says you should: Understand the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Develop and rehearse an evacuation plan for your family. Have at least one person in your household who is trained in emergency first aid and CPR. Participate in helping your community prepare for emergencies. Read more

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More U.S. Airports Offer Hands-Only CPR Training

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – Hands-only CPR training is now available at kiosks in three more major U.S. airports, bringing the total number to seven. The three airports are Cleveland Hopkins International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, and Orlando International, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Since 2016, more than 20,000 visitors have learned hands-only CPR from the kiosks at O'Hare International in Chicago, Indianapolis International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Baltimore-Washington International, the AHA said. "Only 46 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive bystander CPR before professional help arrives," said Dr. Clifton Callaway, a volunteer on the AHA's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. "The airport kiosks have proven to be an ... Read more

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Reducing Repeat Hospitalizations Doesn't Harm Patients: Study

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – Under Obamacare, efforts were made to cut the number of times patients needed to head back to the hospital after discharge. But would a reduction in these "readmissions" leave patients more vulnerable at home, raising death rates? A new study suggests that didn't happen. Reducing hospital readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia didn't increase death rates, the researchers said. As part of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. hospitals face significant financial penalties if they have too many readmissions. Since enactment of the health care law, also known as Obamacare, readmission rates within 30 days after patient discharge have been significantly reduced. To find out how that might affect death rates, researchers analyzed data on Medicare patients hospitalized for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia between 2008 and 2014. Reductions in ... Read more

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Timing Is Everything With Heart Attacks

Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – Times of high stress – Mondays and winter holidays – seem to be especially hard on the heart, according to new research that suggests these periods are when heart attacks are most likely to occur. On the flip side, heart attacks are least likely to occur when you're chilling out on the weekend or your summer vacation, the study found. The findings stem from an analysis of more than 156,000 heart attack cases. They were treated at Swedish hospitals over eight years. While other factors likely play a role in heart attack risk, stress appears to be a substantial contributor, according to study first author John Wallert, a Ph.D. student at Uppsala University in Sweden. However, he noted that this study is an observational study, and that means it cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship. It can only show a link between heart attacks and certain time periods. ... Read more

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CT Scans Might Help Gauge Heart Attack Risk

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – A new CT scan analysis may allow doctors to identify blood vessel inflammation before heart problems actually crop up, researchers report. Detecting inflammation before it hardens into irreversible plaque could potentially help cardiologists prevent heart attacks, the scientists said. "Currently, CT only tells you whether there are narrowings in the arteries of the heart, but there is no imaging to tell you which one of these narrowings is prone to rupture, a process that would lead to heart attacks," said lead researcher Dr. Charalambos Antoniades. "The vulnerable narrowings, or plaques, are the highly inflamed ones," explained Antoniades, an associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Oxford in England. "Detecting inflammation would allow detection of vulnerable patients prone to have heart attacks." Antoniades and his colleagues ... Read more

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Fewer U.S. Dollars Spent on Cardiac Arrest Research: Study

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the United States, yet it receives much less government funding for research than other leading causes of death, researchers report. Adjusted for inflation, U.S. National Institutes of Health funding for cardiac arrest research fell from $35.4 million in 2007 to $28.5 million in 2016, the study authors said. Cardiac arrest – the sudden loss of heart function – claims more than 450,000 lives in the United States each year, according to the Institute of Medicine. "If you look at the public health burden of cardiac arrest, it's a major public health issue," said senior author Dr. Robert Neumar. He is chair of the University of Michigan Health System's emergency medicine department. In 2015, the NIH invested about $13,000 for each death from diabetes versus $91 for each death from cardiac arrest, the study ... Read more

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CPAP Mask Not a Prescription for Heart Troubles

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Using a breathing device to treat sleep apnea may help you get a good night's rest, but it might not lower your risk of dying from a stroke or heart condition, a new analysis suggests. Looking at data from 10 clinical trials, researchers found that apnea patients' risk of cardiovascular-related death remained the same whether or not they used a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Until now, accepted medical practice has assumed that because sleep apnea can promote high blood pressure, inflammation and thicker blood, treating it should reduce a person's risk of fatal heart problems, the researchers explained in background notes. "There are an awful lot of people who are prescribing CPAP and a lot of patients using CPAP with the impression it's improving their outcome," said Dr. Alfred Bove. He is a professor emeritus at Temple University's Lewis ... Read more

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Docs Should Counsel Even Healthy People on Diet, Exercise, Experts Say

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Lifestyle counseling could help protect the long-term heart health of adults who aren't yet at high risk for heart attack and stroke, a panel of medical experts says. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on Tuesday reaffirmed its 2012 recommendation that doctors consider extra counseling on diet and exercise even among their low-risk patients. "The Task Force encourages primary care clinicians to talk to their patients about eating healthy and physical activity," said task force vice chair Susan Curry. If patients are interested and motivated to make lifestyle changes, doctors should offer to refer them to counseling, she said. Obese people and those who have high blood pressure or cholesterol levels, diabetes, or problems maintaining normal blood sugar levels are at higher risk for heart disease. The USPSTF already advised doctors to offer their ... Read more

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Daily Jolt of Java May Bring Longer Life

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Here's news to perk up your day: Drinking coffee might help you live a little longer, two new studies suggest. Researchers found that daily coffee drinkers were up to 18 percent less likely to die over the next 10 to 16 years, versus non-drinkers. The findings – based on over 700,000 middle-aged and older adults – add to the growing list of benefits linked to moderate coffee drinking. Studies have already tied the habit to lower risks of various diseases – from heart disease and type 2 diabetes, to liver cancer, to neurological diseases like Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. None of those studies prove coffee, per se, provides the benefit. And it's unlikely that doctors will start recommending coffee as some sort of elixir, according to Veronica Setiawan, the senior researcher on one of the studies. "But if you've always been a coffee drinker," she said, ... Read more

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Fatal First-Time Heart Attacks More Common in Blacks: Study

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Black adults are more likely than whites to die of a first heart attack, a new analysis suggests. Two out of three major heart studies reviewed, involving more than 28,000 people, found black men between the ages of 45 and 64 were twice as likely to die of a first heart attack as white men. Older blacks were also more likely than whites to die of a first heart attack, but the difference was smaller. Heart disease risk is similar for men of both races. For black women 45-64, the risk of fatal heart attack was also greater than for white women of the same age range. "Our concern is that blacks may not be seeking medical attention for important symptoms that could signal heart problems," said study senior author Dr. Monika Safford. She is chief of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Blacks' higher likelihood of a fatal first ... Read more

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Opioids a Threat to Seniors With COPD

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Seniors with COPD – a progressive lung disease that causes breathing problems – may increase their odds for heart-related death if they use opioid painkillers, a new study finds. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) patients are often prescribed opioids, including morphine and fentanyl. These narcotics can help treat chronic muscle and bone pain, insomnia, persistent cough and shortness of breath despite inhaler use, the researchers explained. "Previous research has shown about 70 percent of older adults with COPD use opioids, which is an incredibly high rate of new use in a population that is potentially more sensitive to narcotics," said study lead author Dr. Nicholas Vozoris. "Our new findings show there are not only increased risks for coronary artery disease-related death associated with new opioid use, but also increased risk of cardiac-related ... Read more

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Obamacare May Have Slashed Cardiac Arrest Rate in Oregon

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – A dramatic decrease in often-fatal cardiac arrest has occurred among Oregon residents who gained access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. Cardiac arrest cases declined by 17 percent among 45- to 64-year-olds soon after full implementation of the health care legislation in 2014, the researchers reported. This decrease likely occurred because doctors detected warning signs of heart disease and prescribed effective treatments that lowered patients' short-term risk of cardiac arrest, said lead researcher Dr. Eric Stecker. For example, doctors can dramatically reduce cardiac arrest risk by prescribing statins and daily aspirin to people with clogged arteries, said Stecker. He is an associate professor of cardiovascular medicine with Oregon Health & Science University. The observed reduction in cardiac arrest is a "surprising ... Read more

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Workers Unprepared for Heart Emergencies on the Job: Survey

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – If your heart stops suddenly while you're on the job, would your co-workers be able to help? Don't bet your life on it. Two American Heart Association (AHA) surveys find most American workers are untrained in CPR and first aid. Half have no idea where to find a defibrillator to deliver a shock to try to restore normal heart rhythm to someone suffering cardiac arrest. "The data suggests these untrained employees may be relying on their untrained peers in the event of an emergency, leaving employees with a false sense of security that someone in the workplace will be qualified and able to respond, when that is clearly not the case," said Dr. Michael Kurz. He co-chairs the AHA's Systems of Care Subcommittee. The heart association surveyed more than 3,000 workers in various fields and found 55 percent can't get first aid or CPR/automated external defibrillator (AED) ... Read more

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Secondhand Smoke Still Plagues Some Cancer Survivors

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – The number of nonsmoking cancer survivors exposed to secondhand smoke is down significantly in the United States, but it's too soon to breathe easy. A new review of federal data on nearly 700 nonsmoking adult cancer survivors found 15.7 percent reporting exposure to secondhand smoke in 2011-2012, down from nearly 40 percent in 1999-2000. However, exposure rates were higher among those with a history of smoking-related cancer and those living below the federal poverty level. Rates of secondhand tobacco exposure among nonsmoking cancer survivors are similar to that of the general population, the study found. "This is concerning," said study author Dr. Oladimeji Akinboro, chief medical resident at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital in New Rochelle, N.Y., "because those who have had or have cancer represent a group of people whose health outcomes are adversely ... Read more

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