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After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack

Posted 1 day 22 hours 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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Smoking Raises Heart Attack Risk 8-Fold in People Under 50

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – All smokers face a higher risk of heart attack, but the threat is particularly high among those under 50, a new study finds. Compared to former smokers and nonsmokers in their age group, heart attack risk was nearly 8.5 times higher for smokers younger than 50, British researchers found. One expert in smoking and health who reviewed the report said the findings underline the importance of keeping youth and cigarettes apart. "Through comprehensive tobacco-control programs that include environmental smoking bans, high taxes on cigarettes, and anti-tobacco media campaigns, we can decrease the rates of smoking/tobacco use, heart disease and many other health conditions," said Patricia Folan. She directs the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. The study found that smokers at older ages faced higher heart risks, as well. Compared to ... Read more

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Amputations Due to Poor Blood Flow More Likely in Certain Groups

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Poor and black patients with narrowing of the blood vessels have a higher risk of amputation than other patients, a new study finds. Peripheral artery disease (PAD), as this blood-vessel narrowing is called, develops when fat, cholesterol and other substances accumulate in blood vessels away from the heart and restrict blood flow. It typically occurs in the legs. Besides increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke, untreated peripheral artery disease can lead to tissue death ("gangrene") that results in amputation, the study authors explained. For this study, researchers analyzed data from more than 208,000 U.S. veterans with the disease. The investigators found that black patients had a 43 percent higher risk of amputation than white patients in the same socioeconomic group. And poor patients had a 37 percent increased risk of amputation, regardless of ... Read more

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Heart Attacks Up in New Orleans Post-Katrina

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – A major New Orleans hospital has seen a sharp spike in the rate of heart attacks in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, a new study reports. Heart attack admissions to Tulane Medical Center were three times higher during the 10 years after the hurricane struck in August 2005 than in the two years before that, according to researchers. "Although the general emphasis after an event such as Katrina is on rebuilding, we should not neglect the health of those affected by a disaster," said lead author Dr. Anand Irimpen. He's a professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine and chief of cardiology at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans. The study included 150 records from heart attack patients seen at Tulane Medical Center in the two years leading up to Katrina, and more than 2,300 records from heart ... Read more

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CDC Reveals Top 5 Causes of Death

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – Heart disease tops the list of what's most likely to kill you or someone you love, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data naming the five leading causes of death among Americans under age 80 for 2014. After heart disease, cancer was the most likely cause of death. Rounding out the list were stroke; chronic lower respiratory diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema; and accidents, the report said. Nearly two-thirds of deaths in the United States were caused by these five diseases or conditions. And many of these deaths were preventable. Thirty percent of heart disease deaths, 15 percent of cancer deaths, 28 percent of stroke deaths, 36 percent of chronic lower respiratory disease deaths, and 43 percent of accident deaths were preventable, the CDC researchers said. The good news in ... Read more

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'Yo-Yo Dieting' Hard on Older Women's Hearts: Study

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – Millions of Americans have a lifelong struggle with their waistlines – dieting, losing weight, but then gaining it back again. It's a pattern known as "yo-yo dieting," and a new study suggests it does no favors for older women's hearts. "Women with a normal [weight] who experience yo-yo dieting throughout their adult life are at increased risk of sudden cardiac death and coronary heart disease death," said study leader Dr. Somwail Rasla. The risk of sudden cardiac death was nearly 3.5 times higher, and the risk for death linked to coronary heart disease was 66 percent higher, according to Rasla. He's an internal medicine resident at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket. Experts have long known that being overweight at midlife is linked with a higher risk of death from heart disease. It can also boost the chances for sudden cardiac death, a condition ... Read more

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Having Rheumatoid Arthritis May Increase Heart Risk

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – People with rheumatoid arthritis may have an increased risk for a heart attack, stroke and other heart disease-related problems, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from 353 rheumatoid arthritis patients in the Netherlands who were followed for up to 15 years. The rate of heart disease-related events in these patients was more than twice that of the general population, the findings showed. The rate among rheumatoid arthritis patients was similar to that of people with type 2 diabetes. The risk among rheumatoid arthritis patients remained as much as 70 percent higher than the general population even after the researchers adjusted for known heart disease risk factors, according to the report authors. But, the study didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The research was only designed to show that rheumatoid arthritis was associated with heart ... Read more

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Too Few U.S. Adults Have CPR Training

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – Fewer than one in five American adults has current training in CPR, and that rate is even lower among older adults, a new study finds. Immediate CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a person's chances of survival. In cardiac arrest, a person's heart suddenly stops beating. A telephone survey of more than 9,000 adults 18 and older found that only 18 percent were currently trained in CPR delivery. About 65 percent said they had received CPR training at some time. The likelihood of ever having had CPR training was 43 percent higher among those with higher levels of education and 7 percent higher among those with higher household incomes. Adults 50 and older were half as likely to be CPR-trained as younger adults. "Cardiac arrest occurs among people in their 50s and 60s, and most cardiac arrests occur in the home, yet ... Read more

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Statins May Boost Survival Odds After Cardiac Arrest

Posted 13 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 12, 2016 – The odds of surviving cardiac arrest seem higher for patients who've been taking cholesterol-lowering statins, a new study shows. Researchers in Taiwan studied the medical records of nearly 138,000 cardiac arrest patients. Those already using statins such as Lipitor (atorvastatin) or Crestor (rosuvastatin) were about 19 percent more likely to survive to hospital admission and 47 percent more likely to be discharged. Also, they were 50 percent more likely to be alive a year later, the study found. "When considering statin use for patients with high cholesterol, the benefit of surviving sudden cardiac arrest should also be considered, as statin use before cardiac arrest might improve outcomes of those patients," said study author Dr. Ping-Hsun Yu. Yu is a researcher from the National Taiwan University Hospital and College of Medicine in New Taipei City. The ... Read more

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Poorer Heart Attack Victims, Especially Women, Fare Worse: Study

Posted 28 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Younger heart attack survivors who struggle to afford health care and medications have worse outcomes than those who don't, a new study finds. "Our study emphasizes that patients need us to think about their social needs, not just their clinical symptoms," said study senior author Dr. Erica Spatz. Spatz is an assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. "We have not completed our job if we discharge patients from the hospital and recommend they use medications or services like cardiac rehab that they cannot afford," she added in a Yale news release. In the study, the researchers surveyed more than 3,400 heart attack survivors aged 18 to 55 in the United States and Spain, one month and 12 months after their hospitalization. Nearly one-third of the patients said they struggled to afford health care services and one-fifth had ... Read more

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Review Says Calcium Supplements Won't Harm the Heart

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – Calcium supplements, taken within recommended levels, can be considered safe for the heart, according to new guidelines. Over the past decade, a number of studies have raised questions about whether calcium supplements might contribute to heart disease or stroke. Just this month, a study of U.S. adults found that supplement users were more likely than nonusers to have plaque buildup in their heart arteries. (Calcium is a component of artery-clogging "plaques.") But a new research review, commissioned by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), has come to a different conclusion. On balance, the review found, the evidence doesn't support a connection between calcium supplements and heart disease or stroke. As long as people don't go overboard, calcium supplements should be considered "safe from a cardiovascular standpoint," say the guidelines from the NOF and ... Read more

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Anger, Heavy Exertion: Fast Track to a Heart Attack?

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – Intense anger or heavy physical exertion may be triggers for a first heart attack in some people, new research suggests. In the study of more than 12,000 people, both intense activity and intense emotions each seemed to double the odds of suffering a heart attack in the next hour. That risk rose about threefold when people were upset and exerted themselves at the same time. The study is far from the first to suggest – and it does not prove – that bouts of anger or physical exertion can trigger a heart attack. But, it's larger than past studies, and more diverse – covering first-time heart attack patients in 52 countries, said Barry Jacobs, a spokesman for the American Heart Association who was not involved in the research. "This confirms that blowing your top is not good – for other people, or for you," Jacobs said. Do the findings mean that everyone who ... Read more

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Your Post-Heart Attack Survival May Depend on Choice of Hospital

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – Older heart attack victims who receive immediate high-quality care from their hospital often wind up with a long-term survival advantage, a new study reports. Medicare recipients can gain as much as a year of additional life if they are treated at a hospital that has a better track record of keeping all heart attack patients alive for the first 30 days after their emergency, the researchers found. "It really does make a difference where you go for care," said study author Dr. Emily Bucholz, a resident physician at Boston Children's Hospital. "It's not just about surviving that acute period. The benefits you accrue by being treated at a hospital that does really well will persist over your entire remaining life span." In the study, researchers reviewed nearly 120,000 Medicare-covered heart attack patients treated at 1,824 hospitals across the United States ... Read more

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Cooling Therapy Might Not Help All Cardiac Arrest Patients

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 – While cooling patients whose hearts stop suddenly outside the hospital may help improve outcomes, it doesn't seem to show the same benefit when cardiac arrest happens in a hospital setting, a new study suggests. Cooling slows the body's activity levels while cells aren't getting oxygen, in hopes of preserving organs and limiting brain damage. But the approach did not improve survival or preserve more mental function when it was performed in the hospital, the researchers reported. "We were surprised that cooling was harmful," said lead researcher Dr. Paul Chan, a professor of medicine at the Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo. However, Chan added, "Patients in the hospital are a lot sicker, which may be a reason cooling doesn't work." Cooling is standard care for patients who have a cardiac arrest, whether in or out of the hospital, Chan ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Less Safe for Men With Prior Heart Attack

Posted 30 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 – Men diagnosed with prostate cancer often receive hormone-depleting therapy to help fight the tumor. But a new study suggests that the treatment may pose a risk to men who've previously suffered a heart attack. "Patient age, cardiac risk, and disease recurrence risk should be considered when selecting candidates for hormone therapy in this patient population," lead researcher Dr. Nataniel Lester-Coll of Yale University said in a Yale news release. He's a resident doctor at the Yale School of Medicine's department of therapeutic radiology in New Haven, Conn. Because prostate tumors typically grow in the presence of hormones such as testosterone, doctors often recommend therapies that temporarily deplete hormone levels. But might that approach affect heart health? To find out, the Yale team analyzed data from patients with intermediate- and high-risk prostate ... Read more

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