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After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack

Posted 2 days 19 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 5 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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'Yo-Yo Dieting' Hard on Older Women's Hearts: Study

Posted 17 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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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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Heart Attack Before 50 Ups Early Death Risk

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – The risk of early death after a heart attack has lessened over the past 30 years among those younger than 50. But it's still nearly twice as high as the general public, Danish researchers report. This higher risk is driven mainly by conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, which are more common among people who've had a heart attack, said lead researcher Dr. Morten Schmidt. "Patients with a heart attack in young age should be advised that an excess risk of fatal events persists, warranting compliance to their prescribed medicine and efforts to reduce modifiable lifestyle-related risk factors, particularly smoking," said Schmidt, a researcher at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. Schmidt's team looked at long-term survival of nearly 22,000 Danes who'd had a heart attack before age 50. The patients were followed for roughly 11 years, and ... Read more

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Study Bolsters Role of Angioplasty, Stents in Heart-Attack Survival

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – Patients who suffer a heart attack live longer now than they did before, and invasive procedures such as angioplasty, stents and bypass get a lot of the credit, a new study suggests. While medicines and healthy lifestyle remain important, "it was the increased and more widespread use of this invasive coronary strategy that explain the changes/improvements in survival after heart attack" between 2003 and 2013, said study author Dr. Chris P. Gale. He is associate professor and consultant cardiologist at the University of Leeds in England. Gale's team noted there's been a steady decline in the rate at which people die in the months after a heart attack. But what's driving that good news? To find out, Gale worked with Leeds co-author Dr. Marlous Hall and others to track information from a 2003-2013 database on nearly 400,000 heart attack patients living in England ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea Mask Treatment Fails to Curb Heart Risks

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – The nighttime breathing difficulties of obstructive sleep apnea have long been linked to an increase in cardiovascular risks. However, a new study throws confusion into that link. While treatment with CPAP did lower sleep apnea symptoms, it did nothing to lower users' long-term odds for heart attack, stroke or heart-related death. CPAP stands for "continuous positive airway pressure," with users wearing a special mask during the night to help them breathe easier. Unfortunately, "our study does not support the use of CPAP treatment solely for the prevention of future cardiovascular events in patents who have established [heart] disease," said study author Dr. Doug McEvoy. He's a clinician at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. In the study, McEvoy's team selected more than 2,700 people with moderate-to severe ... Read more

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Stress May Take Greatest Toll on Younger Women's Hearts: Study

Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Stress may be especially hard on the hearts of younger women who have heart disease, new research suggests. Researchers gave nearly 700 men and women with heart disease a mentally stressful public speaking assignment. Then they measured blood flow to the heart. Women aged 50 or younger were nearly four times more likely than men of the same age or older women to have reduced blood flow to the heart, said study leader Dr. Viola Vaccarino. She is chair of epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta. Reduced blood flow – known medically as myocardial ischemia – can lead to a heart attack, she noted. "Younger women appear to be more vulnerable [than men and older women] to the effects of stress on their heart," Vaccarino said. Experts have long known that younger women have worse outcomes than men of the same age after a heart ... Read more

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Do Angioplasty Patients Really Need Beta-Blocker Drugs?

Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – Doctors might be overprescribing beta-blocker medications to heart patients who aren't seriously ill, a new study contends. Beta blockers such as Inderal (propranolol) and Lopressor (metoprolol) reduce blood pressure and control abnormal heart rhythms. They're lifesaving when given to patients who've had a heart attack or have heart failure, said study co-author Dr. Valay Parikh. He is a cardiology fellow with North Shore LIJ-Staten Island University Hospital, in Staten Island, N.Y. But these drugs do not appear to help patients who haven't had a heart attack or have heart failure, even if they did need angioplasty – surgery to clear a blocked artery that caused chest pain, Parikh and his colleagues report. "Beta blocker therapy should be individualized, and these medications should not be given blindly to everyone," Parikh concluded. "They should be properly ... Read more

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Too Many Public Defibrillators Out of Reach When Needed

Posted 15 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 – Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) placed in public spaces can save the lives of people in cardiac arrest. However, a new Canadian study finds too many of the devices are in buildings that aren't always open, so bystanders can't get them when needed. The study, "serves as a vivid reminder that 24/7/365 access to AEDs is as important as their widespread placement," said one specialist who reviewed the findings, Dr. Howard Levite. He directs cardiology at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. More AEDs in public spaces, along with timely access, is imperative, he said, because "the potential to improve survival in cardiac arrest is an opportunity that cannot be ignored." Cardiac arrest differs from a heart attack, and occurs when the heart abruptly stops beating. According to the American College of Cardiology (ACC), over 400,000 cases of ... Read more

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