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Heart Disease Linked to Anxiety, Negative Feelings

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – People with mild heart disease are more likely to say they have poorer health, anxiety and a negative outlook than people in the general population, a new study suggests. These problems are more common among female patients than male patients, the research found. In mild heart disease, there is partial blockage of blood flow to the heart. People with the condition are more at risk of heart attacks, other serious heart problems, and death from any cause. The perception of overall physical and mental health, as well as personality, can have an impact on health outcomes, study senior author Paula Mommersteeg suggested. The study was published Feb. 21 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. "We were very intrigued by these sex and gender differences – we had not thought they would be so apparent," Mommersteeg said in a journal news ... Read more

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Testosterone Therapy May Have Benefits, But Risks Too

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – Testosterone treatment can boost bone density and reduce anemia in older men with low levels of the hormone, but it might also open the door to future heart risks, a new set of trials suggests. The findings come in the last four studies to be reported out of the Testosterone Trials, a set of seven overlapping federally funded year-long clinical trials conducted at 12 sites across the United States. All told, the Testosterone Trials seem to indicate that the best use of testosterone therapy is for treatment of decreased sexual function in men with so-called "low T" (low testosterone levels), said Dr. Thomas Gill. He is a Yale University professor of geriatrics who ran one of the clinical trial sites. But the trials also found that men receiving testosterone treatment experienced a significantly greater increase in arterial plaque than men not taking the hormone, ... Read more

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Heart, Lung Problems May Not Always Need ICU Care

Posted 9 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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5 Ways Women Can Cut Their Heart Attack Risk

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Heart disease is the leading killer of American women, but lifestyle changes can reduce the risk, a heart expert says. An estimated 43 million women in the United States have heart disease, but many don't know it, according to Dr. Mary Ann McLaughlin. She's medical director of the Mount Sinai Health System's Cardiac Health Program in New York City. As part of American Heart Month in February, McLaughlin describes how women can protect themselves: Starting 10 years after menopause, women should ask about a stress test if they have a family history of heart disease or are obese. Doctors also recommend a stress test if you want to start a vigorous exercise program or if you have chest pressure or shortness of breath when walking uphill. Reduce emotional stress levels through exercise, mediation or yoga. Emotional stress is a bigger heart risk factor in women than ... Read more

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

Posted 11 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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Beware Heart Attack Risk From Shoveling Snow

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Shoveling is the probable reason why men are more likely to suffer a heart attack after a heavy snowfall, researchers report. In a new study, investigators analyzed data on heart attacks between the months of November and April in the province of Quebec between 1981 and 2014. About 60 percent of hospital admissions and deaths due to heart attack were in men. The findings showed that men's risk of heart attack hospitalization and death was higher after heavy snowfalls. The highest risk was on the day after a snowfall and after snowfalls lasting two to three days. The risk of heart attack after a snowfall was higher regardless of age, cardiovascular risk factors or other health conditions. The link between snowfalls and increased heart attack risk was not seen in women, the study authors noted. However, "men are potentially more likely than women to shovel, ... Read more

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Drinking Peroxide as 'Natural' Cure Leads to Dangerous Blood Clots

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – Ingesting high-concentration hydrogen peroxide as a "natural cure" or cleansing agent may land you in the emergency room, health experts caution. Of particular concern are alternative drinking "therapies" that proactively promote the health benefits of potent peroxide. These so-called "super water" cures are anything but curative, researchers said, with ingestion leading to heart attack, stroke, and in some cases, death. "Alternative medicine practices are not always safe," said study lead author Dr. Benjamin Hatten. He's currently an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "In addition to the lack of scientific evidence of benefit, ingestion of high-concentration peroxide can be life-threatening. This product is much more dangerous than the household hydrogen peroxide that comes in a brown ... Read more

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Heart-Healthy Tips for Your Grocery List

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – A healthy heart begins with what you eat, and one way to shop for groceries wisely is to start with a list, a cardiologist recommends. Reducing the amount of fat, sugar and salt (sodium) in your diet can help reduce your risk of obesity, heart attack, type 2 diabetes and other diseases, according to Dr. Susan Smyth. She's medical director of the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute. "Make your meal healthier by substituting foods with lots of color from natural sources [not artificial colors] for foods that are white or brown. Start in the produce section with fresh fruits and veggies, which are high in vitamins and fiber and low in fat," Smyth said in a university news release. She added that consumers should check the labels on processed foods found in the produce department, such as guacamole or prepared salads with dressing. These products may ... Read more

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Calcium Buildup in Young Arteries May Signal Heart Attack Risk

Posted 18 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 18 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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What to Do If You Think You're Having a Heart Attack

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – Would you be able to recognize the urgent symptoms of a heart attack – and know how to respond to it? The heart-related deaths of such celebrities as "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher, singer-songwriter George Michael and actor Bernard Fox are a powerful reminder that everyone should know the symptoms of serious heart problems, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) said. People need to take potential heart attack symptoms seriously and immediately call 911 or get to the nearest emergency department. According to the ACEP, the most common symptoms of heart attack are: Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and returns, Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, jaw, arms or back, Chest discomfort along with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or ... Read more

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ER Doctor Offers Tips for Safer Snow Shoveling

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – If you're a middle-aged couch potato, shoveling snow could put you at risk for a heart attack. While shoveling isn't dangerous for many people, certain people are at higher risk. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people should check with a doctor first if they don't get regular exercise, have a medical condition or are middle-aged or older. If you must shovel, know the symptoms of a heart attack. Symptoms include: pain in the chest, arm(s), back, neck, jaw or stomach; a cold sweat; shortness of breath; nausea; lightheadedness; and uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness in the center of your chest. "If you are concerned that you may be having a heart attack, you should not hesitate about seeking medical treatment – every minute is crucial when experiencing a heart attack," said Dr. George Becker. He is director of the emergency department ... Read more

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Study Suggests Newer Cholesterol Drugs Are Safe

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – A combination of drugs that drastically lowers "bad" cholesterol levels appears safe for heart patients, but whether it prevents heart attacks or strokes isn't yet known, researchers report. "It may be that people need very low cholesterol levels to get a benefit in terms of heart attacks and stroke reduction, but that remains to be determined," said lead researcher Dr. Jennifer Robinson. She directs the University of Iowa's Preventive Intervention Center. It had been feared that very low levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol might trigger memory problems or nervous system disorders, but all the researchers found was a slightly increased risk of cataracts. That increased risk may have shown up because some of the people in the study were older and already prone to cataracts, although it could be something about the treatment itself, Robinson said. In the study, ... 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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Body Cooling Little Help to Kids When Heart Stops: Study

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Body cooling offers no advantage over normal temperature control in treating infants and children whose hearts suddenly stop beating, a new study suggests. The study included 329 children, aged 2 days to 18 years, who suffered cardiac arrest in a hospital. Some had their body temperature maintained within normal range, while others had their body temperature lowered below the normal range to try to reduce brain damage. Current guidelines recommend the use of either approach. Both treatments helped control fever and led to similar survival rates and brain function outcomes one year later. "Some hospitals and physicians have routinely used body cooling for all patients who experience cardiac arrest because they believed it might lead to better outcomes," said study author Dr. Frank Moler, a pediatric critical care physician at the University of Michigan's C.S. ... Read more

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