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Male Triathletes May Be Harming Their Hearts

Posted 1 day 10 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Men who compete in triathlons could be putting their hearts at risk, a new study contends. The finding results from an examination of 55 male triathletes who averaged 44 years old, and 30 female triathletes, with an average age of 43. All participated in triathlons, which involve sequential endurance competitions of swimming, cycling and running. The researchers found that 18 percent of the men had evidence of scarring of the heart, known as myocardial fibrosis. None of the women had signs of the condition. Myocardial fibrosis usually affects the pumping chambers and can progress to heart failure. "The clinical relevance of these scars is currently unclear [but] they might be a foundation for future heart failure and arrhythmia [irregular heartbeat]," the study's lead author, Dr. Jitka Starekova, said in a news release from the Radiological Society of North ... Read more

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Pricey ER Tests for Chest Pain Often Unnecessary

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – ER doctors frequently use pricey but unnecessary tests to determine whether people with chest pain are having a heart attack, a new study reveals. Results show that patients don't do any better when CT scans or treadmill stress tests are tacked onto the standard battery of diagnostic tests for chest pain patients. "You don't need all this imaging just to rule out the diagnosis of a heart attack," said senior researcher Dr. David Brown, a professor with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "They provide no additional value." Around 10 million Americans land in the emergency room each year with chest pain that could indicate a heart attack, the researchers said. Doctors typically evaluate heart attack using blood tests, an EKG, a medical history and a physical examination, Brown said. The blood test looks for troponin, a protein released by ... Read more

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Is Low-Dose Aspirin Right for You After Surgery?

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Each year, millions of American heart patients go "under the knife" for various kinds of surgery. Often they're told to take a low-dose aspirin, to help lower their odds for a post-op blood clot. But does that practice reduce the risk of additional heart problems? A new study says yes. Giving low-dose aspirin after surgeries unrelated to heart problems – things like knee replacements, cancer surgeries or a myriad of other operations – reduces the risk of heart attack and death in people who've previously had artery-opening angioplasty. The new study was led by Dr. P.J. Devereaux, of McMaster University in London, Ontario, Canada. The team pointed out that the safety of post-op aspirin was cast into doubt following the results of an earlier clinical trial of more than 10,000 people who received low-dose aspirin after a non-cardiac surgery. That trial found ... Read more

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Motor On, Heart Patients: Electric Cars Don't Harm Cardiac Implants

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MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Heart patients who've bought an all-electric Tesla need not worry that their car might interfere with their implanted defibrillator. That's the finding from a new study of 34 seniors who had the devices, which help guard against dangerous irregular heartbeats. The study "demonstrates the safety of the Tesla electric vehicle in patients with cardiac defibrillators and is the first step in establishing that these vehicles are safe for patients with cardiac devices," said Dr. Apoor Patel, a cardiologist who reviewed the findings. Patel directs cardiac electrophysiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He believes the study will "need to be replicated [in] other vehicles," but also noted that "the Tesla generated the most electrical activity during charging." The new study was led by Drs. Thein Tun Aung and Abdul Wase, of Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, ... Read more

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Uninsured Heart Patients Often Face Daunting Bills

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MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – A life-threatening heart emergency can spell financial doom for people who don't have health insurance, a pair of new studies shows. Around 4 out of 5 uninsured patients hospitalized for a heart attack, stroke or heart bypass surgery faced financial ruin before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, the researchers reported. "Medical expenses are the No. 1 cause of bankruptcy in the United States," said Dr. Rohan Khera, lead researcher of one study and a cardiology fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "The uninsured are particularly vulnerable." Both studies relied on the National Inpatient Sample, the largest publicly available inpatient health care database in the United States. One study focused on the financial toll of heart attacks and strokes, while the other examined the impact of heart bypass operations. ... Read more

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Does Sex Really Trigger Cardiac Arrest?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 – It's a common Hollywood trope – an older guy is having enthusiastic sex with a gal half his age when he suddenly flops over dead. But in real life, sexual activity very rarely causes cardiac arrest, a new study reassuringly reports. Sex was linked to only 34 out of more than 4,500 cardiac arrests that occurred in the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area between 2002 and 2015. That's a rate of just 0.7 percent, the researchers noted. Of those cases, 18 occurred during sex and 15 immediately after sex. Time couldn't be determined for the last case. "I'm a little surprised at the really tiny number," said study senior researcher Dr. Sumeet Chugh, medical director of the Heart Rhythm Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "But mostly I feel it's reassuring data." The news is most welcome for patients with heart problems who aren't sure if sex could be ... Read more

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Many Women Miss Out on Lifesaving CPR

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SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 – America's hang-ups over sexuality and gender could cost women their lives when their heart suddenly stops, a new study suggests. Simply put, women suffering from cardiac arrest in a public setting are less likely to get lifesaving CPR from a passerby than men are, researchers reported. "When it comes to life and death, we need to reassure the public that we're not worrying about what seems socially inappropriate or taboo," said senior study author Dr. Benjamin Abella. He is director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Resuscitation Science. "The situation requires action, and it requires people to not hesitate. A life is on the line," Abella added. But the study showed people do hesitate, especially when the victim is a woman. About 45 percent of men who suffered cardiac arrest in a public setting received CPR from a bystander, compared with only 39 ... Read more

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Music, Video Help Sixth-Graders Master Hands-Only CPR

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SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 – CPR can be performed by sixth graders, a new study suggests. Some states require hands-only CPR training for high school graduation, but teaching younger children has not been a focus of training efforts, the researchers explained. "We were wondering why they need to wait until 12th grade when sixth graders have learned the circulation system and seem mature enough and are interested in learning hands-only CPR," said study author Dr. Mimi Biswas. She's a cardiologist at the University of California's Riverside School of Medicine and Riverside Community Hospital. For the study, her team divided 160 sixth graders into three groups. All of the students were instructed in hands-only CPR. One group (the control) watched a video that demonstrated how to perform 100 to 120 chest compressions a minute on adult CPR dummies. Another group watched the video and listened ... Read more

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Could a Common Blood Thinner Lower Cancer Risk?

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – A pill widely taken to prevent heart attack and stroke may also guard against cancer, new research suggests. Warfarin is an inexpensive blood thinner. It's typically prescribed for patients whose leg arteries are prone to clots and for patients with the abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. Now, Norwegian investigators say it may also protect against any type of cancer and from prostate, lung and breast cancer, in particular. Lower colon cancer risk was also reported, but only in people taking warfarin for A-fib, according to the study. The findings don't prove that warfarin reduces the risk of cancer, cautioned lead researcher James Lorens. "This is an observational study using data on more than 1.25 million people 50 and older from Norwegian national registries, and cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship," said Lorens, a professor of biomedicine ... Read more

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How Your Thyroid Could Be Working Against Your Heart

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – The tiny thyroid gland could have a big impact on heart health, new research suggests. Middle-aged and older adults with an elevated thyroid hormone may be at higher risk of heart disease and death, researchers found. In the new Dutch study, high and even high-normal levels of a hormone called free thyroxine (FT4) doubled the odds of having calcification of the coronary arteries. This can be a sign of atherosclerosis, commonly called hardening of the arteries. Higher FT4 levels were also linked to an 87 percent greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke and twice the risk of dying from one. "High FT4 is indicative of an overactive thyroid," explained lead researcher Dr. Arjola Bano, of Erasmus University in Rotterdam. FT4 is produced in the thyroid gland at the front of the neck. It helps control the body's rate of energy use, she said. Atherosclerosis ... Read more

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Belly Fat Widens Odds of Emergency Surgery Troubles

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Excess belly fat dramatically increases the risk of complications and death after emergency surgery, a new study finds. The research included more than 600 patients who had emergency surgery and underwent CT scans of the abdomen and pelvis before surgery. These scans were used to calculate waist-to-hip ratios, a measure of belly fat. A healthy ratio should not exceed .90 in men and .85 in women, according to the World Health Organization. Nearly 70 percent of the patients in the study had an unhealthy waist-to-hip ratio equal to or higher than 1. "Our main goal is to identify those at risk for developing complications so we can intervene appropriately and improve the health care delivered," said study lead author Dr. Faisal Jehan, a research fellow in the department of surgery at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Overall, the complication rate was 33 percent ... Read more

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Avoiding Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – The longer you refrain from drinking, the lower your risk of a common heart rhythm disorder. That's the message of a new long-range study examining alcohol use and atrial fibrillation, or Afib. This is when electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart are chaotic and cause an irregular heartbeat, which increases the risk of blood clots that can cause stroke or heart attacks. One in four adults older than 40 is at risk for Afib, and nearly 6 million people in the United States could have the condition by 2050. But the researchers from the University of California, San Francisco found that every decade of non-drinking decreased the risk of Afib by 20 percent, regardless of the type of alcohol. The study included heart-risk data generated over 25 years on more than 15,000 American adults. Past drinkers were at increased risk for Afib, the researchers ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy May Be OK for Women With Migraines

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Women who suffer from migraines may be able to safely use hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms, a new study suggests. The study of 85,000 U.S. women found no evidence that hormone therapy carried a particular risk of heart attack or stroke among those with a history of migraine headaches. That possibility has been a concern, mainly based on studies of younger women with migraines. Those studies linked hormonal birth control pills to a small risk of stroke, particularly among women whose migraines feature "aura" symptoms – most often, visual disturbances such as seeing zigzag lines or bright flashes. Less has been known about any risks of hormone replacement therapy, said Dr. Jelena Pavlovic, the lead researcher on the new study. "It appears safe for women with migraines to use hormone therapy, in terms of their cardiovascular risk," said Pavlovic, an ... Read more

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Tai Chi: A Gentler Way to Exercise for Ailing Hearts

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – People with heart disease who shy away from traditional cardiac rehabilitation may benefit from tai chi. A small study found that the slow, gentle movements of this traditional Chinese practice may help increase physical activity among those who are reluctant to exercise. More than 60 percent of heart attack survivors opt out of cardiac rehabilitation, often because of the perception that the exercise involved will be unpleasant or painful, according to the study authors. "We thought that tai chi might be a good option for these people because you can start very slowly and simply and, as their confidence increases, the pace and movements can be modified to increase intensity," said study author Dr. Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher. She is an assistant professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. "Tai chi exercise can reach ... Read more

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Surviving Heart Attack Often Means Leaving Job Behind

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Recovering from a heart attack can be a long, painful process, and now a new study finds that almost one-quarter of those patients who returned to work ultimately left their jobs over the following year. The findings suggest that "even though patients return to work after a heart attack, they may still require individual adjustments at their workplaces in order to stay employed," said study author Dr. Laerke Smedegaard Petersen. She is a graduate student at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. An estimated 676,000 people in the United States survive heart attacks each year, according to the American Heart Association. Many survivors are of working age: The average age of heart attack is 65 for men and 72 for women, the association says. The new study examined the medical and work records of over 22,000 patients in Denmark who were employed before ... Read more

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