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  • Men develop irregular heartbeat earlier than women; extra weight a factor

    October 16, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: The onset of an irregular heartbeat jumps sharply in men after age 50 and in women after 60. The risk of developing the irregular rhythm known as atrial fibrillation rises with increasing age and weight. Having atrial fibrillation more than tripled the risk of dying during average 13-year study.

  • Tai Chi holds promise as cardiac rehab exercise

    October 11, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi – which can increase in pace – hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation. The study is the first to suggest that Tai Chi may improve exercise behaviors in this high-risk group.

  • One in four people leave work a year after a heart attack, Danish study finds

    October 04, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: One in four people in Denmark who suffer a heart attack leave their jobs within a year of returning to work. Heart attack survivors with diabetes, heart failure, depression and lower educational and income levels were the most likely to not be working a year after their heart attack.

  • Scientists think public opinion important before human gene editing

    October 03, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: The public should be consulted before gene editing is used to treat human embryos, a survey of 300 cardiovascular researchers finds. Majority of respondents support gene editing to treat diseases but not for human enhancement.

  • Adverse events spike after blood pressure meds go generic in Canada

    October 03, 2017 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: One month after generic versions of three widely-used blood pressure drugs became available in Canada, hospital visits for adverse events spiked in generic drug users. The findings suggest that generic versions of the drugs may not be exactly equivalent to their brand-name counterparts, but more research is necessary, researchers said.

  • Meditation might be useful addition to heart-healthy lifestyle and medical treatment

    September 28, 2017 Categories: Scientific Statements/Guidelines, Heart News

    Statement Highlights: Traditional medical therapy for high cholesterol, blood pressure and other risk factors remains the mainstay of preventing heart disease, but meditation may be helpful to some people who want to reduce the risk of heart disease as long as they understand its benefits have not been clearly established. The statement, the first ever issued by the American Heart Association specifically on meditation, was not intended to make recommendations about whether or not meditation can lower heart disease risk, but to review what is currently known from the current scientific evidence.

  • Early “full-term” babies may have poorer respiratory fitness through adolescence and young adulthood

    September 27, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Though considered full-term, babies born at 37-38 gestational weeks may be more likely than those born later to have poor cardiorespiratory fitness into young adulthood. These findings suggest scheduled caesarean sections or induced labor at lower gestational ages are concerning.

  • Umbilical cord stem cells show promise as heart failure treatment

    September 26, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Intravenous stem cell infusion derived from umbilical cords appears to boost heart muscle function in patients with heart failure, according to a small study. In this first-of-its-kind study, patients had “significant” improvement in their hearts’ ability to pump blood and experienced no adverse side effects related to the therapy. The results suggest IV-infused umbilical cord-derived stem cells are a promising avenue to treat heart failure.

  • Quitting daily aspirin therapy may increase second heart attack, stroke risk

    September 25, 2017 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Stopping long-term, low-dose aspirin therapy may increase your risk of suffering a cardiovascular event. Risk increases shortly after stopping and does not appear to diminish over time.

  • One e-cigarette may lead to adrenaline changes in nonsmokers’ hearts

    September 20, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Healthy nonsmokers experienced increased adrenaline levels in their heart after one electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) with nicotine. The same healthy nonsmokers did not experience increased adrenaline levels in the heart after using one nicotine-free e-cigarette or a sham e-cigarette. Acute e-cigarette use in nonsmokers did not appear to cause oxidative stress on the heart, but more studies are needed to confirm that finding.

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