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Stroke, heart disease also strike women

August 30, 2012

Women and men are different in many ways, but heart disease and stroke are still the leading cause of death for women over age 35 – the same as men. How are we different? • We’re generally smaller than men. • Our blood vessels also are smaller, so plaque buildup affects us earlier. • Estrogen protects against...
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Ultrasounds Spot Heart Disease Early in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

August 13, 2012

VIDEO ALERT: A video interview with Sherine Gabriel, M.D., is available for journalists to download on the Mayo Clinic News Network. Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minn. — Special echocardiograms show promise for early detection of a potentially deadly complication in rheumatoid arthritis: heart disease, Mayo Clinic research shows. The findings were being presented at The...
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Cup of tea lowers heart disease risk

August 12, 2012

A new study has found that drinking black tea appears to reduce several risk factors for heart disease, potentially lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke. In the study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, drinking three cups of tea for 12 weeks (with no milk or sugar) led to highly significant reduction...
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Heart disease patients who live alone die sooner

August 12, 2012

Although the reasons for the gap are still murky, lead researcher Dr. Deepak Bhatt said access to regular medicine might be involved. “Patients living alone may have more difficulty getting their medications refilled and taking them regularly,” Bhatt told Reuters Health. “They also don’t have anyone at home to call the doctor’s office or...
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Heart Disease Patients Benefit From Online Treatment

August 12, 2012

A new study reveals that patients with vascular disease have an elevated risk of experiencing a further event or death. Evidence shows that the risk can be effectively reduced by nurse practitioners that treat any vascular risk factors. However, this is costly and time-consuming and goals are often not achieved. Unlike previous studies, which...
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A new Prediction Model for Heart Disease Risk with Chest Pain

August 11, 2012

A study featured in BMJ (British Medical Journal) reveals that it is possible to identify patients with a high risk of coronary artery disease, who may require further diagnostic work, by using a new risk prediction tool, which is more accurate than existing models, and which can easily be integrated into electronic patient records...
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Heart disease link to low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet

August 11, 2012
Heart disease link to low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet

Women on Atkins-style diets are putting themselves at risk of heart disease and strokes, experts say. Those who regularly eat a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those who do not participate in such diets, research published on bmj.com suggests. More than 43,000 Swedish women were assessed over 15...
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Grapes may help reduce heart ailments

August 11, 2012

STORRS, Conn., Aug. 10 (UPI) — Eating grapes may help people with metabolic syndrome — conditions that raise the risk of heart disease, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Maria Luz Fernandez and Jacqueline Barona, a doctoral student in Fernandez’ lab at the Department of Nutritional Sciences of the University of Connecticut, recruited men ages 30-70...
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Early menopause tied to higher heart disease risk

August 11, 2012

Women who go through menopause before age 46 are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as women who hit menopause later, according to a new study. “These are women who should keep in mind that they are at increased risk,” said Dr. Melissa Wellons, the lead author of the study...
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Breakfast egg ‘can raise heart disease risk’

August 11, 2012

Millions have been converted to the approach, which work because protein keeps hunger at bay for longer. But lead author Professor Pagona Lagiou, from University of Athens Medical School, yesterday (Tuesday) warned against sticking to such diets long-term. She said: “We found that the lower the intake of carbohydrates and the higher the intake...
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Check individual risks and needs before using statins and daily Aspirin for heart diseases prevention

August 10, 2012

What you should know Heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are major causes of disability and death in the Mid-South. These diseases can lead to heart attacks, chronic high blood pressure and strokes. Poor circulation in legs and feet and breathlessness from congestive heart disease are also common. The risks of heart and...
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Why men are vulnerable to heart diseases?

August 10, 2012

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men (and women) in the USA, so it’s no wonder that cardiologist Gordon Tomaselli dispenses direct, no-nonsense advice: “Get up and move more, don’t smoke, make sure you control your blood pressure and cholesterol, and don’t ignore symptoms of heart disease, particularly if you have a...
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Heart Health: Know Your Calcium Score

August 10, 2012

BACKGROUND: Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. CHD is also called coronary artery disease. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. Coronary heart disease is caused by the buildup...
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How to keepy your heart healthy?

August 10, 2012

The heart is an extraordinary muscular pump that automatically pumps blood around the body through thousands of miles of blood vessels. In health, the heart does this awesome job with effortless ease. Over your lifetime, your heart will beat 3.5 billion times, and will pump over 500 million gallons of blood. We are indeed...
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Hospitals Recognized for Heart Disease and Stroke Care in US

August 10, 2012

DALLAS, July 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Finding the right hospital for treating heart disease and stroke just got easier, thanks to a new online tool from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The interactive map lets you search by city or zip code for hospitals recognized by the organization’s quality achievement awards program....
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Clinical Data Finds Strong Association between HDL Particles and Coronary Heart Disease

August 10, 2012

LipoScience, Inc., an in vitro diagnostic company advancing patient care by developing high value proprietary clinical diagnostic tests using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology, today announced publication of the findings of a clinical study in the current issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicating that high density lipoprotein (HDL) particle...
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What is the role of chronic inflammation in America’s deadliest diseases?

August 10, 2012
What is the role of chronic inflammation in America’s deadliest diseases?

What do heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke and cancer have in common? Scientists have linked each of these to a condition known as chronic inflammation, and they are studying how high-fat foods and excess body weight may increase the risk for fatal disorders. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and outside irritants....
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Cardiovascular-Disease Prevention in a Pill?

August 10, 2012

One pill to prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol?  Yes, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. Researchers at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London tested a polypill consisting of three blood pressure medications – amlodipine, losartan and hydrochlorothiazide – and simvastatin, a cholesterol-busting drug.  They found that during...
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Drugs to lower cholesterol help low cardiovascular risk patients

August 8, 2012
Drugs to lower cholesterol help low cardiovascular risk patients

Researchers have questioned whether Australian guidelines should be changed to allow more people access to cholesterol-lowering drugs. Source: The Courier-Mail HALF of all heart attacks occur in patients with a low cardiovascular risk, and a study has shown the risk of these events is reduced when patients take drugs to lower cholesterol. Researchers from...
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New Guidelines Say No to Screening EKGs for Low-Risk Patients

August 6, 2012

MONDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) — A top U.S. advisory panel has recommended against preventive electrocardiography (EKG) screening for people at low risk of heart disease. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also determined there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against screening people without symptoms who are at moderate or high...
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