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Health Tip: Get to Know Your Pharmacist

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Your pharmacist may be the health professional that you see more than any other. It's important to get to know that person, since a pharmacist can support your health in many ways. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions some examples: Discussing your medication --Pharmacists know all about medication side effects, and the best ways to use medicines. Identifying generic alternatives – Pharmacists can suggest generic alternatives to more expensive prescription drugs. Discussing medicine safety --Your pharmacist can offer advice on which over-the-counter medicines are safe to use in combination with prescription meds. Managing health issues --For example, you may be able to check your blood pressure at the pharmacy and talk to the pharmacist about the risks of high blood pressure. He or she may direct you to medical care, if needed. Read more

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Taking Four or More Prescription Meds? Consider Scaling Back

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – More than half of Americans regularly take about four prescription medications, increasing the likelihood that mistakes could occur, according to Consumer Reports. People taking multiple prescription medications should visit their doctor for a "medication checkup." By showing their doctor or pharmacist a comprehensive list of every drug they are taking, including vitamins and other dietary supplements, patients can be warned about potentially harmful interactions. They can also find out if any of these medications are no longer necessary, which would save them money. Consumer Reports encourages patients to have this type of medication review at least once a year. "Much medication use is lifesaving, without a doubt. But some drugs can potentially do more harm than good," said Lisa Gill, deputy editor of Consumer Reports. "Our concern is that inappropriate ... Read more

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Can Sauna Sweats Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Posted 9 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Frequent sauna bathers might be boosting their heart health as they sweat, new research suggests. Studying more than 1,600 middle-aged men in Finland, researchers found that those who took sauna baths four to seven times a week cut their risk of high blood pressure by nearly half, compared to once-a-week sauna bathers. "Sauna bathing may decrease systemic blood pressure through different biological mechanisms," said study researcher Jari Laukkanen, a professor at the University of Eastern Finland, and colleagues. In the sauna, your body temperature rises, widening the blood vessels. Over time, this appears to improve the function of the inside layer of blood vessels, the researchers explained. Sauna baths also remove fluid from the body through sweating, and relax the body and mind, the researchers added. The research team used data from follow-up on the men over ... Read more

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The Health Risks of Long Work Weeks

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – A 40-hour work week may seem normal to some and like a vacation to others. But a study in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine shows that consistently surpassing this standard can be detrimental to your health. Researchers found that working 61 to 70 hours a week increased the risk of coronary heart disease by 42 percent, and working 71 to 80 hours increased it by 63 percent. That's an important finding because heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, with more than half a million deaths each year in the United States alone, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A separate study, published in The Lancet, found that people who work long hours have a higher risk of stroke than those working standard hours. All this overtime may not even lead to increased productivity because long hours can actually decrease your ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights Do No Favors for Your Heart

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – Poor sleep won't simply leave you bleary-eyed. It's also linked with stroke and reduced blood supply to the heart, a new study suggests. "Poor sleep" includes too short or too long sleep, difficulty falling asleep and difficulty maintaining sleep, said lead researcher Dr. Nobuo Sasaki. "Poor sleep is associated with cardiovascular diseases ... but the kind of sleep disturbances that are most risky is not well documented," said Sasaki, of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Casualty Council in Japan. The researchers set out to investigate sleep problems linked to heart attack and angina (coronary artery disease), and stroke. Coronary artery disease is caused by narrowed heart arteries. This means less blood and oxygen reach the heart, raising the risk for heart attack and chest pain known as angina, according to the American Heart Association. The observational study ... Read more

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After Heart Attack, Just 1 in 3 Go for Rehab: CDC

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – Only one in three heart attack survivors in the United States goes for outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, government health officials report. Despite guidelines that recommend rehab for reducing the risk of future heart attacks, it's greatly underused, according to statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, about 790,000 U.S. adults have heart attacks, of which 210,000 are repeat heart attacks, the CDC report said. Exercise counseling, healthy heart lifestyle advice and stress-reduction tips – which are part of cardiac rehab – help reduce those odds of recurrence. There's another advantage as well: extended medical supervision after discharge, the researchers said. The report was led by Dr. Jing Fang, of the CDC's division for heart disease and stroke prevention. Fang's team analyzed health survey data ... Read more

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More Support for Tight Blood Pressure Control

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – For people at increased risk of heart disease, intensive blood pressure control may be just as safe as standard treatment, a new study finds. Experts said the results bolster the case for more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure. Two years ago, a U.S. government-funded trial called SPRINT challenged the standard approach to treating high blood pressure. Intensive control meant using medication to get patients' systolic pressure – the top number – below 120 mm Hg. That was a big change from standard treatment, where the aim is to get below 140 mm Hg, or in some cases 150. Driving down blood pressure to lower levels had major benefits for people at increased risk of heart attack. That included people age 75 and older, and patients with existing heart disease or multiple risk factors for it such as smoking and high cholesterol. Overall, the aggressive ... Read more

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Doctor-Patient Dialogue May Boost Use of Blood Pressure Drugs

Posted 22 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 – Doctors can help boost use of high blood pressure medications by their poor patients simply by talking to them, a new study suggests. Many people fail to take their blood pressure-lowering drugs, putting them at higher risk of heart attack and stroke, the American Heart Association says. But by communicating more effectively and talking to patients about their specific challenges, physicians may improve medication use, researchers found. "Health care providers should talk to patients about the things that get in the way of taking their medication, such as relationship status, employment and housing," said Antoinette Schoenthaler, the study's lead author. "Unemployment, for example, affects whether patients can afford medication, which is a primary risk factor for non-adherence," said Schoenthaler, an associate professor of medicine at New York University School ... Read more

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Number of Kids Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure May Rise Under New Guidelines

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – More U.S. kids and teens are likely to be diagnosed and treated for high blood pressure because of new guidelines released Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics. About 3.5 percent of children and teens have abnormally high blood pressure ("hypertension"), which often goes unnoticed and untreated, the academy said. "If there is diagnosis of hypertension, there are many ways we can treat it," said Dr. David Kaelber, who helped develop the guidelines. "But because the symptoms are silent, the condition is often overlooked." When high blood pressure isn't addressed, it can lead to heart and kidney problems years later, the academy added. This is of special concern because incidence of childhood high blood pressure has risen in the United States since 1988, although recently it has plateaued, the guideline authors noted. Under the new, simplified tables, ... Read more

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Lower Blood Pressure Best for Seniors' Minds

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – For seniors and particularly blacks with high blood pressure, lowering it may help keep their minds sharp, a new study suggests. The association between high blood pressure and the risk for mental decline is well-documented. But the ideal systolic blood pressure for older adults has been less clear-cut, with recommended targets ranging from 150 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) to 120 mm Hg. Systolic blood pressure, the amount of pressure exerted by the heart as it pumps blood throughout the body, is the top or first number in a blood pressure reading. Recent evidence has suggested that while people in general benefit from a systolic blood pressure of 120 mm Hg or less, older adults might fare better with a higher systolic pressure. But this latest study found that lower systolic pressure was best for seniors. "Lower blood pressure levels are safe and probably ... Read more

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FDA May Limit 'Risk Info' in Direct-to-Consumer TV Drug Ads

Posted 19 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may shorten the list of caveats for drugs you see advertised on television. Prescription drug makers must now mention all benefits and risks in direct-to-consumer advertising, presenting viewers with a litany of potential harms, both major and minor. But a new approach being considered could trim those lists to feature only the most serious and potentially fatal side effects, the FDA said Friday. The "FDA's own research on broadcast TV drug advertisements suggests that a more targeted method for delivering risk information may lead to better retention of those risks," FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in an agency news release. To that end, "the agency is exploring the usefulness of limiting the risks in the major statement for most drug advertisements to those that are severe [life-threatening], serious or ... Read more

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Could Newborn Heart Stem Cells Jump-Start Old Hearts?

Posted 15 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 – Stem cells from young hearts might breathe new life into aging ones, research in rats suggests. In the study, a special type of stem cells was taken from the hearts of newborn rats and injected into the hearts of old rats, average age 22 months. Other rats from the same age group were given saline shots instead. Baseline heart function was measured in all the rats, using echocardiograms, treadmill stress tests and blood analysis. The group of older rats underwent an additional round of testing one month after receiving the stem cells from the hearts of the young rats. The old rats who were given stem cells showed better heart function, a 20 percent increase in exercise capacity and, oddly enough, an improved ability to regrow hair. "Our previous lab studies and human clinical trials have shown promise in treating heart failure using cardiac [heart] stem cell ... Read more

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Heart Risk Up if Hospitalized for Pneumonia or Sepsis

Posted 12 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – Adults who've been hospitalized with pneumonia or sepsis have a higher risk of heart disease, a new European study reports. Researchers examined data from nearly 237,000 Swedish men. They were followed from age 18 into middle age. The study found that those admitted to the hospital with pneumonia or sepsis (a bacterial infection of the blood) had a six times higher risk of heart disease in the following year. The rate dropped significantly during the second and third years, but was still more than double. And, by the fourth and fifth years, the risk remained almost two times higher in those who'd been hospitalized for sepsis or pneumonia compared to those who hadn't. The study was published recently in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. While most patients with sepsis or pneumonia recover from these conditions, many still have inflammation after the ... Read more

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By Age 12, Poor May Show Signs of Heart Risks Ahead

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Children from poor families are more likely than their richer peers to show signs of narrowing in the neck arteries – hinting they could face a heightened risk of heart disease as adults. That's the finding of a new study that followed children from nearly 1,500 Australian families. The study builds on evidence that heart disease risk can start to take shape at a young age. It also adds another layer: Social disparities in heart disease risk may begin early in life, too, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow. Fonarow, who was not involved in the study, is co-director of preventative cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. It's well-known that poor adults face a higher heart disease risk than their more-affluent counterparts, Fonarow said. But it hasn't been clear whether kids from poor families are more likely to show early warning signs of unhealthy ... Read more

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Americans Taking More Prescription Drugs Than Ever: Survey

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – A new survey finds 55 percent of Americans regularly take a prescription medicine – and they're taking more than ever. Those who use a prescription drug take four, on average, and many also take over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and other dietary supplements, the survey done by Consumer Reports shows. But many of those pills may be unnecessary and might do more harm than good, according to a special report in the September issue of Consumer Reports magazine. Among those who take prescription drugs, 53 percent get them from more than one health care provider, which increases the risk of adverse drug effects. More than a third say no provider has reviewed their medicines to see if all are necessary. Forty-nine percent of survey respondents who regularly take prescription medicine asked their prescribers whether they could stop taking a drug, and 71 percent were ... Read more

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