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New genetic link found for some forms of SIDS

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 07:47
Some forms of sudden infant death syndrome stem from a genetic mutation that keeps infants from processing lipids in milk, a new study has discovered. The build-up of unprocessed fatty material disrupts heart functions. While no treatments are yet available, the finding could help in genetic screening. Drugs are also being tested to see if they can help.
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Maternal obesity speeds up aging in offspring

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 09:58
The effects of maternal obesity even pass across generations to offspring, accelerating the rate of aging of metabolic problems that occur in normal life.
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One in five cardiac rehab patients are depressed, anxious, or stressed

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 07:54
Patients with depression, anxiety or stress are more likely to drop out of cardiac rehabilitation, reports a new study.
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Underuse of lifesaving drugs after heart attacks

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 22:56
Many heart attack patients in China fail to receive beta-blockers which could prevent another event and save their life.
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Paclitaxel-coated devices are safe for unblocking arteries in lower limbs, study suggests

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 21:21
A study of nearly 65,000 people suggests that devices coated with a drug called paclitaxel that are used for widening blocked arteries in legs and feet are safe and not linked to an increase in deaths -- a finding that contradicts smaller studies that led to the FDA issuing a safety alert about the use of paclitaxel-coated stents and balloons for arterial revascularization in the lower limbs in January 2019.
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Drug can extend survival rates for heart failure patients

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 15:57
Blood pressure medication can prevent fluid retention and muscle wasting in heart failure.
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Dog ownership associated with longer life, especially among heart attack and stroke survivors

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 08:31
Dog ownership was associated with a 33% lower risk of early death for heart attack survivors living alone and 27% reduced risk of early death for stroke survivors living alone, compared to people who did not own a dog. Dog ownership was associated with a 24% reduced risk of all-cause mortality and a 31% lower risk of death by heart attack or stroke compared to non-owners.
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Treating pulmonary embolism: How safe and effective are new devices?

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 13:40
A new scientific statement identifies the risks and benefits of novel interventional devices compared to anticoagulation alone in the treatment of patients with pulmonary embolism. Authors conclude there is little data -- particularly, as it pertains to the treatment of patients with 'intermediate-risk PE' -- that suggests these interventional approaches are more safe and effective than the use of anticoagulation alone.
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Early menopause predictor of heart disease

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 10:56
Women who reach menopause before the age of 50 have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to researchers.
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Low birth weight linked to cardiovascular risk

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 15:52
In a recent study, researchers discovered that if children had a low birth weight, they were more likely to exhibit cardiovascular risk factors in fifth grade.
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Ibrutinib linked to high blood pressure and other heart problems, study suggests

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 14:15
Over half of people prescribed the targeted blood cancer-fighting drug ibrutinib developed new or worsened high blood pressure within six months of starting the medication. The analysis is also the first to tie ibrutinib-related hypertension to a heightened risk of heart problems, particularly atrial fibrillation. Moreover, the association of ibrutinib with cardiovascular complications remained regardless of the prescribed dose.
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Heart failure and the obesity paradox

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 11:39
While obesity significantly increases your chances of developing heart failure, for those with established heart failure it may confer a survival benefit compared with normal weight or underweight individuals.
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Fathers-to-be should avoid alcohol six months before conception

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 07:48
Aspiring parents should both avoid drinking alcohol prior to conception to protect against congenital heart defects.
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Tooth loss associated with higher risk of heart disease

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 07:48
Adults who have lost teeth due to nontraumatic reasons may have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
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Potential drug to treat heart attacks

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 07:48
Administered within hours of an attack, the potential drug would prevent scarring that can lead to heart failure. For the study, the researcher used a drug that targets a key component of the cellular clock mechanism. The medication disrupts expression of genes that trigger adverse immune responses after a heart attack. When mice were given the drug after a heart attack, they were found to have less inflammation and improved cardiac repair.
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Metabolic discovery may help in fight against heart disease, diabetes

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 16:04
Researchers have uncovered a key step in how the human body metabolizes sugar, which could lead to better treatment and prevention of heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
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Canadians told to stop taking aspirin to prevent first heart attack, stroke

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 12:17
If you've never had a heart attack or stroke, you likely should not be taking aspirin to prevent them, according to new research. Researchers reviewed three large, randomized, placebo-controlled studies published in 2018 that showed the risk of major internal bleeding associated with taking an aspirin a day is higher than any preventative benefits.
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Sleeping less than 6 hours and heart disease, stroke -- deadly combo

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 07:59
Middle-aged adults with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke could be at increased risk for cancer and early death when sleeping less than 6 hours per day.
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Omega-3 fish oil supplements linked with lower cardiovascular disease risk

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 16:19
People who received omega-3 fish oil supplements in randomized clinical trials had lower risks of heart attack and other cardiovascular disease (CVD) events compared with those who were given placebo.
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First-time pregnancy complications linked to increased risk of hypertension later in life

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 13:15
Women who experience complications such as preterm births and preeclampsia during their first pregnancy are nearly twice more likely than women without complications to develop high blood pressure later in life -- some as quickly as 3 years later, according to a new study of more than 4,000 women.
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