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  • Quitting smokeless tobacco after heart attack may extend life expectancy

    June 23, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Quitting smokeless tobacco after a heart attack extends life expectancy similar to quitting smoking. Study participants who stopped using the Swedish form of snuff after a heart attack reduced their risk of dying by nearly 50 percent.

  • Depression linked to higher heart disease death risk in younger women

    June 18, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Women 55 and younger are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, die or require artery-opening procedures if they’re depressed. Women in this age group are also more likely than men and older women to suffer from depression — possibly a "hidden" risk factor that helps explain why more women die after a heart attack.

  • Processed red meat linked to higher risk of heart failure, death in men

    June 12, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Men who regularly eat moderate amounts of processed red meat such as cold cuts (ham/salami) and sausage may have an increased risk of heart failure incidence and a greater risk of death from heart failure. Researchers recommend avoiding processed red meat and limiting the amount of unprocessed red meat to one to two servings a week or less.

  • Poor cardiovascular health linked to memory, learning deficits

    June 11, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: People with poor cardiovascular health have a substantially higher incidence of cognitive impairment. Better cardiovascular health was more common in men and among people with higher education and higher income. The incidence of mental impairment was found more commonly in those with a lower income, who lived in the “stroke belt” or had cardiovascular disease.

  • Lifetime cancer risk from heart imaging tests is low for most children; more complex tests may raise risk

    June 09, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Standard X-rays don’t significantly raise cancer risks among young children. However, children undergoing more complex procedures with higher radiation doses like cardiac catheterizations and computed tomography (CT) scans have higher cancer risks over their lifetime. Parents should discuss options with healthcare providers before kids undergo imaging that exposes them to radiation.

  • Taking prescribed anti-clotting drug may help save stent patients’ lives

    May 28, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Thirty percent of patients who had just received a stent failed to fill their prescription for an anti-clotting drug within three days of hospital discharge. The risk of heart attack and death is highest for stent patients within the first 30 days for those who delay taking their medication.

  • Home-based walking program eases clogged leg arteries

    May 21, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: A home-based exercise program helped people with clogged leg arteries walk farther and faster. Supervised exercise for PAD (peripheral artery disease) is not usually covered by insurance and is inaccessible for many people with this painful condition. Physicians should recommend walking even if their patients don’t have access to a supervised exercise program.

  • Chest pain reports down among older Americans and whites, but not blacks

    May 20, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: The percentage of people reporting chest pain dropped in the last two decades among Americans 65 and older and whites 40 and older, but not among blacks.

  • Online game helps doctors improve patients’ blood pressure faster

    May 20, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Patients whose doctors and nurses received high blood pressure education in a competitive online game reached their blood pressure goals sooner. The game of emailed questions used “spaced education,” which sends new information in regular intervals and reinforces the lessons over time.

  • Hospital visits for irregular heart rhythms rising

    May 19, 2014 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Hospital visits for the irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation are escalating, increasing the burden on our healthcare system. An 11-year study shows that hospitalizations for the condition jumped by 23 percent and costs rose by 24 percent. The rise in atrial fibrillation’s accompanying risk factors might account in part for the rise in hospitalizations.

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