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  • 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...

  • In-patient rehab recommended over nursing homes for stroke rehab

    May 04, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Statement Highlights: The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has issued its first guidelines on adult stroke rehabilitation calling for intensive, multidisciplinary treatment. Before leaving the hospital, patients and caregivers should receive a formal falls-prevention program to prevent accidents at home. Whenever possible, initial rehabilitation should take place in an inpatient rehabilitation facility rather than a nursing home.

  • Healthy diet may reduce high blood pressure risk in pregnancy-related diabetes

    April 18, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights A healthy diet may reduce the risk that women with pregnancy-related diabetes will develop high blood pressure later in life. Physicians and other healthcare providers should encourage these mothers to eat healthy and get plenty of...

  • Psoriasis severity linked to rising risk of abdominal aortic aneurysms

    April 14, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights Psoriasis sufferers may have an increased risk for abdominal aortic aneurysms. The more severe the psoriasis, the greater the risk of developing abdominal aortic aneurysms. Psoriasis should be considered an inflammatory state...

  • Better patient outcome linked to Get With The Guidelines-Stroke

    April 14, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Stroke patients at hospitals participating in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s nationwide quality-improvement program Get With The Guidelines-Stroke were more likely to be discharged home and less likely to to die after discharge than patients in non-participating hospitals. Compared to patients from non-participating hospitals, patients from hospitals that used Get With The Guidelines-Stroke were 10 percent more likely to be discharged home after hospital treatment and 7-8 percent less likely to die within 30 days and one year after discharge.

  • Healthcare workers’ radiation exposure tied to range of health problems

    April 12, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Healthcare workers in cardiac catheterization labs may have higher odds than workers elsewhere for health problems including cataracts, skin lesions, cancers and orthopedic illness. Estimated exposure to radiation was highest for interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists. Intensive training in radiation protection can reduce occupational doses dramatically.

  • Factors associated with good heart health may also protect kidneys

    April 06, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Middle-aged adults who scored well on the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 checklist were less likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those with low scores. Not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, blood pressure control and having healthy blood sugar levels were all associated with a lower risk of chronic kidney disease.

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