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U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins After Heart Attack

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Women who survive a heart attack are less likely than men to receive cholesterol-lowering statin drugs that can reduce the risk of another heart attack or stroke, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data on more than 88,000 U.S. adults who filled a statin prescription after a heart attack in 2014-2015. Of those, 56 percent of men and 47 percent of women picked up a ...

Cutting Co-Pays Helps Heart Patients Take Their Meds

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – People who've had a heart attack are more likely to be prescribed and take recommended blood-thinning drugs if they get vouchers to waive their co-payments, a new study shows. The finding comes from a study of 11,000 people treated for heart attack at 300 U.S. hospitals. All of the patients had health insurance: 64 percent had private insurance, 42 percent were ...

Defibrillator-in-a-Vest May Help Heart Attack Survivors

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – A wearable heart defibrillator reduces the overall risk of early death for heart attack survivors, but not the risk of sudden cardiac death, a new study finds. The defibrillator – housed in a lightweight vest worn directly against the skin – continuously monitors the wearer's heart. It sounds an alarm and/or verbally announces the need for medical care if needed. If a ...

Heart Attack Survival Better When Specialists Are Out of Town

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Believe it or not, new research suggests that people hospitalized for a heart attack are more likely to survive when certain heart specialists are out of town. The study of more than 34,000 U.S. heart attack patients found survival rates were higher when interventional cardiologists were attending their annual conference. Those cardiologists are specialists in using ...

Big Outdoor Temperature Swings Tied to Heart Attack Risk

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – Many people know that extreme cold can raise your chances of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests that wild swings in temperature may do the same. The greater the temperature change during the course of a single day, the more people show up at the hospital in need of emergency surgery for a heart attack, the researchers discovered. The risk of heart attack ...

Timing of Cardiac Arrest May Affect Survival

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Survival rates are rising for people who have cardiac arrest while in the hospital, a new study finds. But if cardiac arrest happens at night or on a weekend, you're more likely to die than if it happens on a weekday. The odds of surviving an "off-hours" cardiac arrest are nearly 4 percent lower than for people who have cardiac arrest in the daytime during the week, the ...

Getting Back in Shape in 2018? Great, But Do It Safely

Posted 2 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – Getting into shape or losing a few pounds is a worthy New Year's resolution, but one that comes with a warning: Take it slow. Jumping whole-hog into an exercise regime is a good way to get yourself hurt if you haven't worked out for a while, experts say. "People get into trouble when they want to do too much too soon," said Dr. Gerardo Miranda-Comas, an assistant ...

New 'Patch' May Repair Damaged Hearts

Posted 29 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – A patch that might one day help repair heart attack damage has been developed by researchers. The patch, which consists of fully functioning artificial human heart muscle, is large enough to cover damage typically caused by a heart attack, according to biomedical engineers at Duke University. The Duke team described the development, which was tested in rodents, as a ...

Pricey ER Tests for Chest Pain Often Unnecessary

Posted 15 Nov 2017 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 ...

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

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Does Sex Really Trigger Cardiac Arrest?

Posted 12 Nov 2017 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 ...

Many Women Miss Out on Lifesaving CPR

Posted 12 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Stopping Aspirin Tied to Quick Rise in Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – People who stop following their doctor's advice to take a daily aspirin may see their risk of heart attack and stroke quickly rise, a new study suggests. Low-dose aspirin is a standard therapy for people at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. But many eventually stop taking it, or at least consider quitting, said Dr. Johan Sundstrom, the lead researcher on the ...

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