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'Stress Ball' in Your Brain May Be Key to Heart Risks

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – Doctors have long known that a stressed life does no favors for the heart, and new research may help unravel why that's so. A Harvard team says heightened activity in a key part of the brain may explain why stress boosts people's odds for heart disease and stroke. The finding "raises the possibility that reducing stress could produce benefits that extend beyond an improved sense of psychological well-being," said study lead author Dr. Ahmed Tawakol, who co-directs the cardiac imaging program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. One neurologist agreed that the research could have real value for patients. "This study provides information that can help us better understand the mechanisms in which the body and the brain affect each other," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein. He is president of the Brain & Behavior Foundation in New York City. "A better ... Read more

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Women Chasing Holiday Perfection May Miss Signs of Heart Trouble

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – Holiday pressure can stress anybody out, but some women get so anxious about making everything perfect that they miss the signs of serious heart problems. One of those threats is a so-called "silent heart attack." "Most of the time people who are experiencing a heart attack will have pain in the chest, shortness of breath, etc. Silent heart attack symptoms might be as simple as indigestion, flu-like symptoms, or feeling discomfort like a pulled muscle in the chest or back," said Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer, a cardiologist at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. It's important to have these symptoms checked as soon as possible to avoid scarring or damage to the heart, she said in a hospital news release. Another condition, known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, can strike women when they're under great stress and hit with a traumatic life event like the ... Read more

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Is Season the Reason Why Heart Deaths Spike at Christmas?

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 – It's not the chill of winter that causes a spike in heart-related deaths at Christmas and New Year's – it's the holiday season itself, Australian researchers contend. In New Zealand, where December and January are the height of summer, researchers found more than a 4 percent increase in heart-related deaths from Dec. 25 through Jan. 7. "The Christmas effect that has been seen in the northern hemisphere winter is able to be seen during the summer also," said lead researcher Josh Knight, a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. "This means that there is a risk associated with the holiday period independent of the seasonality," he said. Exactly why the holidays are linked with a boost in heart-related deaths is open to debate. "There are likely to be two separate populations who are combining to create the Christmas effect," Knight said. One is people ... Read more

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High Pain Tolerance Tied to 'Silent' Heart Attack Risk

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – People who are less sensitive to pain may be at increased risk of having a "silent" heart attack, a new study hints. Chest pain is one of the "classic" symptoms of a heart attack. But many people have so-called silent heart attacks, where they notice no obvious symptoms. "Almost everyone knows what a heart attack is. When we hear about it, we think of chest pain and [emergency] medical care," said Dr. Andrea Ohrn, the lead researcher on the new study. "But what's less known is, many people experience heart attacks without knowing it – without ever receiving a diagnosis," said Ohrn, a fellow at the University of Tromso in Norway. No one knows why that is. But the new findings suggest that pain tolerance might be a factor. Using a standard test of pain sensitivity, Ohrn's team found that people who had a silent heart attack in the past generally had a higher ... Read more

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HIV May Double Odds of Heart Attack

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – As people with HIV are living longer, new concerns are cropping up, such as a risk for heart attack up to two times greater than for people without the AIDS-causing virus, a new study reports. Those increased odds are seen even in people whose virus has been suppressed to undetectable levels in the blood with antiretroviral drugs, the researchers said. There are several reasons for this higher risk, said lead researcher Dr. Matthew Feinstein, a cardiology fellow at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "A key factor appears to be chronic HIV-associated inflammation that persists even when there is no detectable virus in the blood," he said. Feinstein explained that the heart disease and stroke risk is higher "because the virus maintains a reservoir in the body's tissues, driving a chronic inflammatory and immune response that can ... Read more

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Quick Shot of Epinephrine Boosts Cardiac Arrest Patients' Survival: Study

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Cardiac arrest patients who receive epinephrine (adrenaline) within five minutes of their heart stopping are more likely to survive than those who don't receive the drug within that time frame, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed outcomes among more than 100,000 patients who suffered cardiac arrest while staying at nearly 550 hospitals across the United States. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, while a heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked and heart tissue is damaged. In the study, survival rates were nearly 13 percent among patients who received epinephrine shots within five minutes of their heart stopping. Rates were only 11 percent among those who received the drug after five minutes had passed. "That is a 20 percent better survival rate for patients at hospitals where epinephrine is given quickly, ... Read more

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After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack

Posted 1 Dec 2016 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 30 Nov 2016 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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'Yo-Yo Dieting' Hard on Older Women's Hearts: Study

Posted 17 Nov 2016 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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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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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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1 in 4 Medicare Patients Uses Blood Pressure Meds Incorrectly

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – Nearly 5 million Medicare prescription drug enrollees aren't taking their blood pressure medication as directed, increasing their risk of heart attack and stroke, a new U.S. study found. An analysis of 18.5 million Medicare Part D enrollees in 2014 found that 26 percent either skipped doses of their blood pressure medication or stopped taking the drugs entirely, according to the study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "That's particularly troubling, because other research indicates that up to 25 percent of new prescriptions for blood pressure medicine are never even filled in the first place," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. "Of those prescribed those regimens, maybe a quarter don't even start them, and now we're finding that another quarter don't continue them." Heart disease and stroke kill 800,000 people every year in the United ... Read more

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Sex Suffers for Younger Adults After Heart Attack

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – After a heart attack, many younger adults experience sexual difficulties – and women more so than men, a new study reveals. Moreover, those who don't talk to their doctors about sex in the first few weeks after a heart attack are more likely to delay a return to sexual intimacy, the researchers added. "A substantial number of younger men and women will experience sex-related problems after their heart attacks. Yet, very few ever had a conversation about this with their doctor," said Kevin Weinfurt, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. "This underscores a need for providers to talk to their patients about the possible effects of heart attacks on their sex lives and what they can do about it," said Weinfurt, who wrote a commentary accompanying the study. The issue: How do heart attacks ... Read more

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