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  • Go Ahead and Have Fun: Sex Doesn't Cause Heart Attacks, Study Finds

    09/21/2015 7:12:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    NBC ^ | 9/21/15 | NBC News
    Patients with heart disease can worry about one less thing: German researchers find sex doesn't seem to trigger heart attacks, strokes or other unpleasant events. The American Heart Association advises that sex after a heart attack is OK. But patients don't always get that message, says Dr. Dietrich Rothenbacher, who led a small study at Ulm University in Germany. "Based on our data, it seems very unlikely that sexual activity is a relevant trigger of heart attack," Rothenbacher said in a statement.
  • Statins: Still Overhyped After All These Years

    06/17/2015 9:00:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/17/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    In a rather self-serving review article entitled “A historical perspective on the discovery of statins,” Japanese biochemist Akira Endo hits all the conventional and PC notes in his 10-page (including references) trip down memory lane. From the get-go, in the abstract itself he tells us that… “Cholesterol is essential for the functioning of all human organs, but it is nevertheless the cause of coronary heart disease. Building on that knowledge, scientists and the pharmaceutical industry have successfully developed a remarkably effective class of drugs–the statins–that lower cholesterol levels in blood and reduce the frequency of heart attacks.” We would expect...
  • Ahead of power plant push, Obama ties climate change to health hazards

    05/31/2014 4:42:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 31, 2014 | by Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama kicked off a campaign to promote new restrictions on U.S. power plant emissions on Saturday by tying the fight against climate change with efforts to promote better health for children and the elderly. In his weekly radio address, Obama said the United States had to do more to reduce carbon emissions so that children suffering from asthma and other related ailments did not face further problems as a result of polluted air. Obama said the new guidelines would reduce smog and soot that threaten vulnerable populations such as the young and the aged and he said up...
  • Alzheimer's disease drugs linked to reduced risk of heart attacks

    06/04/2013 6:15:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Medical Express ^ | June 4th, 2013 | NA
    Drugs that are used for treating Alzheimer's disease in its early stages are linked to a reduced risk of heart attacks and death, according to a large study of over 7,000 people with Alzheimer's disease in Sweden.The research, which is published online today (Wednesday) in the European Heart Journal [1], looked at cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs), such as donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine, which are used for treating mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease [2]. Side-effects of ChEIs include a beneficial effect on the vagus nerve, which controls the rate at which the heart beats, and some experimental studies have suggested that ChEIs...
  • Five-Hour Energy Linked to Heart Attacks, 'Spontaneous Abortion'

    11/15/2012 9:23:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/14/12 | Adam Clark Estes | The Atlantic Wire
    You know those little vials of who-knows-what that TV bills as a healthier alternative to energy drinks. Turns out they might make you die. Or to be more specific, the flavored energy shot "has been mentioned in some 90 filings with the F.D.A., including more than 30 that involved serious or life-threatening injuries like heart attacks, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion," according to a New York Times investigation. ... Don't worry, 5-Hour Energy fans, Monster Energy drink is a culprit, too. Following a review of FDA records, The Times found that 5-Hour Energy was implicated in at...
  • Common heart treatment fails to help - Beta blockers may offer little against heart attack, stroke

    10/05/2012 10:59:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | October 2nd, 2012 | Nathan Seppa
    Beta blockers may offer little against heart attack, stroke Commonly prescribed drugs called beta blockers fail to protect against heart attacks and strokes even while helping to control heart rate and blood pressure, researchers report in the Oct. 3 Journal of the American Medical Association. Beta blockers also didn’t lessen the odds of a heart-related death, in heart attack patients or others at risk, over a median follow-up of 44 months. The American Heart Association had previously discouraged the long-term use of beta blockers as a post–heart attack treatment beyond three years. The new findings further dim the prospects for...
  • N.C. Heart Attack Rates Down Since Passage of Smoke-Free Law

    11/16/2011 12:39:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    RALEIGH – Emergency room visits by North Carolinians experiencing heart attacks have declined by 21 percent since the January 2010 start of the state’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law. State Health Director Dr. Jeffrey Engel reported the results to the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force this morning. “We pushed for passage of this law because we knew it would save lives,” said Governor Bev Perdue, who signed the law into effect. “Our goal was to protect workers and patrons from breathing secondhand smoke and we are seeing positive results.” The N.C. Division of Public Health report cites...
  • Heart attack numbers rise when market drops: study

    03/20/2010 2:33:37 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 174+ views
    Ninemsn ^ | March 15, 2010
    Doctors have found a relation between stock market fluctuations and heart attack frequency, a preliminary study by North Carolina's Duke University Medical Center overnight. "In analyzing our local patient population... during the recent period of increased volatility in the stock market, we found that when stock market values decreased, heart attacks seemed to increase, and then decreased when stock trends improved," said the study's lead investigator Mona Fiuzat. The results of the research were presented at the American College of Cardiology's 59th annual scientific conference held this weekend in Atlanta. "While more and larger studies are needed to examine the...
  • Blood Tests Detect Heart Attacks Quicker, Better

    08/26/2009 4:42:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies · 761+ views
    APReport ^ | August 25, 2009
    Blood tests detect heart attacks quicker, better More sensitive tests are 94 to 96 percent accurate, new studies show LOS ANGELES - A new generation of blood tests can quickly and reliably show if a person is having a heart attack soon after chest pains start — a time when current tests are not definitive, two studies found. The newer, sensitive tests give a much better way to tell who needs help fast. Each year, 15 million people in the United States and Europe go to emergency rooms with symptoms of a heart attack, but most are not truly suffering...
  • Optimists 'less likely to suffer heart attacks or die'

    08/11/2009 1:19:23 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 19 replies · 1,071+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 10, 2009 | Kate Devlin
    <p>Being an optimist really is good for your health and can significantly cut the chances of suffering a heart attack or even dying, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh suggests.</p>
  • Drinking 'two mugs of tea a day can prevent heart attacks'

    05/22/2009 2:10:20 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 14 replies · 1,012+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 21, 2009
    Drinking two mugs of tea a day can prevent heart attacks and may even boost brain power, a study has claimed. A study by dietician Dr Carrie Ruxton has revealed that drinking three to four cups of tea a day - the equivilent of two mugs - significantly cuts heart attack risks, maintains hydration and improves alertness and mood. Tea also appeared to have anti-cancer properties. Flavonoids, compounds found in plants, are thought to be linked to a decreased risk of heart attack. There is also evidence that high intake of flavonoids could aid weight control or support brain function....
  • Mayo Clinic Finds Sleep Apnea May Be Risk Factor For Sudden Cardiac Death In Study Of 11,000

    12/27/2008 3:07:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,397+ views
    24/7 Press Release ^ | December 27, 2008 | Dr. Ira L Shapira
    Mayo Clinic cardiologist Apoor Gami, M.D., the lead researcher on the study, presented his findings at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2008 in New Orleans. "Nighttime low oxygen saturation in the blood is an important complication of obstructive sleep apnea," according to Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., the study's principal investigator. "Our data showed that an average nighttime oxygen saturation of the blood of 93 percent and lowest nighttime saturation of 78 percent strongly predicted SCD, independent of other well-established risk factors, such as high cholesterol. These findings implicate OSA, a relatively common condition, as a novel risk factor for...
  • A Visceral Fear: Heart Attacks That Strike Out of the Blue

    06/17/2008 6:50:43 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 65 replies · 295+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 17 June 2008 | Melinda Beck
    Everybody knows somebody who has had a sudden, fatal heart attack, and it's many people's secret fear. More than 300,000 Americans die of heart disease without making it to the hospital each year; Deaths from cardiovascular disease in general have dropped dramatically in recent years, but it is still the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. -- That's in part because, for all the advances doctors have made in understanding risk factors, lowering cholesterol with statins and propping open narrowed arteries with stents, most heart attacks are caused when tiny bits of plaque break loose and...
  • New wi-fi devices warn doctors of heart attacks

    05/06/2008 6:37:40 PM PDT · by Aristotelian · 6 replies · 88+ views
    London Times ^ | May 7, 2008 | Adam Sherwin
    The Bluetooth wireless technology that allows people to use a hands-free earpiece while making a mobile telephone call could soon alert the emergency services when someone has a heart attack, Ofcom predicts. The communications regulator said that sensors could be implanted into people at risk of heart attack or diabetic collapse that would allow doctors to monitor them remotely. If the “in-body network” recorded that the person had suddenly collapsed, it would send an alert, via a nearby base station at their home, to a surgery or hospital. However, Ofcom also gave warning in its report, Tomorrow’s Wireless World, that...
  • Diet reduces heart attacks, strokes

    04/14/2008 2:25:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 67+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Apr. 14, 2008 | LINDSEY TANNER
    AP Medical Writer A large study offers the strongest evidence yet that a diet the government recommends for lowering blood pressure can save people from heart attack and stroke. Researchers followed more than 88,000 healthy women for almost 25 years. They examined their food choices and looked at how many had heart attacks and strokes. Those who fared best had eating habits similar to those recommended by the government to stop high blood pressure. The plan, called the DASH diet, favors fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and plant-based protein over meat. Women with those eating habits were 24 percent...
  • National Center For Regenerative Medicine Researchers Find Methods For Treating Heart Attacks

    05/10/2007 6:48:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 129+ views
    Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in both men and women, with over 450,000 deaths in the United States each year. Improving the treatments available to patients who have survived a heart attack is therefore imperative. Researchers from the National Center for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) have identified two innovative and distinctly different methods to help treat patients recovering from a heart attack.  The first study showed that cell-based gene therapy to regenerate damaged cardiac muscle tissue and improve mechanical cardiac function was feasible using skeletal muscle stem cells modified to express a stem cell honing signal. The second...
  • Low-Salt Diet Prevents Heart Attacks And Strokes

    04/20/2007 4:05:22 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 452+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-20-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Low-salt diet prevents heart attacks and strokes 11:33 20 April 2007 news service Roxanne Khamsi Eating less salt can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 25% and cut the risk of death from all causes by a fifth, according to a new study. The 15-year study of 2400 people demonstrates for the first time that cutting back on salt can reduce the risk of diseases such as stroke and heart attack, in addition to lowering blood pressure. Volunteers in the study who were assigned to a low-salt regime had a 20% lower risk of death from all causes...
  • For All the Marbles

    02/28/2007 12:26:43 AM PST · by 60Gunner · 41 replies · 1,160+ views
    Sometime around 2AM a couple of weeks ago, a woman came into the ER complaining of nausea and epigastric pain that went up into her left chest and shoulder. She was old enough to be in the prime age group for heart attacks, and she was having a couple of the symptoms that make us a little nervous. That was reason enough for us to suspect that she was having a heart attack. Remember the ER chest pain creed, kids? Come on, say it with me... "Every human being who comes through the door is having a heart attack...
  • Strong US economy generates more heart attacks?

    04/07/2006 9:02:47 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 18 replies · 518+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 7, 2006
    If a high-fat cholesterol-laden snack doesn't trigger a heart attack, then a healthy economy just might. The risk of a fatal heart attack rises when the U.S. economy strengthens and increases further if macroeconomic conditions remain robust over the next several years, according to a study published last month. The death rate rises in the year the economy expands and grows further if the lower rate of joblessness is maintained, Christopher Ruhm wrote in his study. A 1 percentage point drop in unemployment is estimated to raise mortality by 1.3 percent or 2,515 additional deaths per year from heart attacks,...
  • Children of Overweight Moms More Likely to Be Obese

    01/26/2005 5:00:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies · 631+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2005 | From News Services
    FINDINGS Children of overweight mothers are 15 times as likely to be obese by age 6 as children of lean mothers, researchers said yesterday. The children start piling on pounds at age 3, a team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania found. "We found dramatic increases in body fat between ages 3 and 6," said Robert I. Berkowitz, who led the study. "We should be doing prevention and treatment programs at a much earlier age." --snip-- Blood Thinner Promising For Heart-Attack Survival A large new study found that a blood-thinning drug available in Europe and Asia...