Heart Health

Heart Health

Cardiovascular News Briefs: The 12 Percent; Health Effects of Being a Night Owl; Amateur Runners & Heart Strain

· · Heart Health

Are You Part of the 12 Percent?
After examining close to 9,000 people, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health estimated that only 12 percent of Americans have optimal levels of blood glucose, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, blood pressure, and waist circumference.  … Read More

The AFib-Dementia Link

· · Heart Health

It’s vitally important to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib) to reduce the risk of stroke, heart failure, and death, but we now know that this common cardiac condition doesn’t affect only the heart. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study found that AFib is also associated with a heightened risk of  … Read More

“Yo-Yo” Dieting May Be Bad for Your Heart

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Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 18, 2018) indicate that just over 40 percent of seniors had tried to lose weight in the previous 12 months. This likely reflects the fact that about the same percentage of older Americans are obese:  … Read More

Cold Weather Can Affect Your Heart Health

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You likely spend much of the winter season worrying about seasonal flu, but recent research underlines the fact that your heart health also is vulnerable when the mercury falls. The study suggests that cool, windy, and dark winter days may raise the risk of heart attack.

For the study (JAMA Cardiology,  … Read More

News Briefs: At-Home Blood Pressure Readings; Atopic Dermatitis; Diagnosing Eye Problems Online

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The Relevance of At-Home Blood Pressure Readings
Cardiologists say at-home screenings can better predict hypertension than a single measurement taken by your doctor during an office visit. Treating hypertenion based only on numbers taken in a doctor’s office could lead to incorrect prescribing. In-office blood pressure readings can be higher due  … Read More

Are You Taking a Statin “Just in Case?”

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More and more seniors without a history of cardiovascular disease are taking statins to prevent heart attack and stroke. But recent research (BMJ, Sept. 5, 2018), suggests that statins do not reduce cardiovascular disease or death in healthy seniors age 75 and older. According to the data, any protective effect  … Read More

Newsbriefs: Stroke after Heart Attack; Healthy Lifestyle & High Genetic Risk for Stroke; Oral Health & Blood Pressure; Tal Jil Quan & Fall Risk

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Stroke After Heart Attack
The weeks following a heart attack are associated with an increased risk of stroke, but it has been unclear how long the increased risk lasts. Preliminary research presented at the American Neurological Association annual meeting in October 2018 included 1,750,000 people, age 66 and older, who suffered  … Read More

Less is More in CVD Screening

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Can adding electrocardiography (ECG) to standard screening help health-care providers better protect healthy patients from developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)? Probably not, says the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). In fact, it may actually put patients at risk.

Current Screening Standards. Standard risk assessment for cardiovascular disease often begins with a tool such as  … Read More



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