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  • Smoking may increase kidney disease risk in African-Americans

    May 25, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Cigarette smoking may be damaging to kidney function in African-Americans. The more cigarettes smoked daily, the higher the risk of kidney failure over time. Increased inflammation in current smokers points to a possible link.

  • Nearly half of all heart attacks may be ‘silent’

    May 16, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights Nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent — occurring without any symptoms. Like heart attacks with symptoms, silent heart attacks increase the risk of death. Because people do not realize they had a silent heart attack, they...

  • Around-the-clock monitoring may unmask hypertension in African-Americans

    May 16, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, a device which measures blood pressure around-the-clock may help identify African Americans who have “masked” or undetected high blood pressure. African Americans with any masked hypertension had twice the risk of developing clinic hypertension when compared to those who had both normal clinic and normal out-of-office blood pressure.

  • Stroke in younger Danish adults spiked over the past two decades

    May 11, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights Stroke and “warning stroke” in young adults may be on the rise in Denmark. Hospital admissions for first-time stroke and TIA increased in people 15 to 30 years of age from 1994 to 2012 in Denmark. Researchers say an increase in the number of people with diabetes and obesity may have contributed to this trend, which may make the results applicable to the United States.

  • U.S. stroke hospitalizations drop overall, but increase for young people and African-Americans

    May 11, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights Nationwide, hospitalizations for strokes fell almost 20 percent between 2000 and 2010. However, there is a sharp increase in hospitalizations among those age 25 to 44. Prevention efforts that address risk factors, such as high blood pressure, may be contributing to the findings for older Americans.

  • Heartburn drug damages blood vessel cells in lab finding

    May 10, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: A commonly used heartburn medication caused blood vessel cells to age faster in laboratory testing. These findings could help explain recent reports linking long-term use of heartburn medication to several serious illnesses, including heart disease, kidney disease and dementia. Clinical studies still are necessary to determine if the drugs damage blood vessel cells within the body.

  • Blood pressure over time may better predict stroke, death risk

    May 09, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: The pattern of systolic blood pressure from middle age onward may tell more than a single blood pressure reading about a person’s risk of stroke and death from other diseases linked to high blood pressure. Understanding these trajectory patterns may be important for prevention strategies. Blood pressure can change markedly with age and should be checked regularly, researchers advise.

  • PAD patients on statins may have lower amputation, death risk

    Study Highlights: People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) who take cholesterol-lowering statins may have a lower risk of amputation and death than PAD patients who don’t take statins. The risk of amputation and death among PAD patients on higher dose statins is lower for patients on low or moderate dose statins.

  • Restoring leg blood flow is better option than exercise for PAD patients

    Study Highlights: Procedures to restore blood flow to the affected legs of peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients stopped progression of the scarring associated with the disease. Muscle scarring increased in PAD patients who did not receive intervention or received supervised exercise. Procedures that restored blood flow to the legs and exercise therapy were associated with increased maximum distance that PAD patients were able to walk on a treadmill.

  • Weight loss surgery boosts good cholesterol in obese teen boys

    Study Highlights: Weight loss surgery boosted levels of HDL “good” cholesterol and improved measures of HDL function in severely obese teenage boys. The results indicate that weight loss surgery might not only be beneficial for weight loss but may...

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