Heart Health e-News: December 2012

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December 07, 2012

In This Issue
Healthy Diet May Prevent Additional Heart Trouble
Health Tip: Get Heart Healthy
High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Tied to Later Heart Trouble
Health Tip: Do You Have a Heart Murmur?
No Need to Fast Before Cholesterol Blood Test: Study
Walk Your Way to a Longer Life, Study Says
Women, Young Adults Misinterpret Chest Pain: Study
Could Cholesterol Treatment Fight Repeat Heart Attack?
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Health News

Healthy Diet May Prevent Additional Heart Trouble

Study found patients who ate more vegetables, fruits and fish lowered their chances of heart attack, heart failure, stroke

MONDAY, Dec. 3 People suffering from heart disease who eat a heart-healthy diet may reduce their odds of having a heart attack or stroke, a new Canadian study suggests.

Those benefits came on top of those seen from taking heart medications, such a... » Read the full article

Health Tip: Get Heart Healthy

It probably won't be a quick fix

If you want to improve your heart health, it may require a long-term commitment to changing your lifestyle.

The American Heart Association offers these heart-healthy suggestions:

Replace your bad habits with healthier habits.» Read the full article

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Tied to Later Heart Trouble

Effect is strongest in women who have only one child, study finds

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 Single-child mothers who develop preeclampsia during their pregnancy are more likely to die from heart disease later in life than mothers with multiple children who developed the blood pressure condition during t... » Read the full article

Health Tip: Do You Have a Heart Murmur?

Signs can include shortness of breath

A heart murmur is an extra or unusual sound made by the heart as it beats.

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says some cases have no obvious warning signs. In other cases, symptoms may include:

Feeling short of br... » Read the full article

No Need to Fast Before Cholesterol Blood Test: Study

Results are similar whether patients eat beforehand or not, experts say

MONDAY, Nov. 12 Current practice calls for patients to fast at least eight hours before having their cholesterol levels checked, but Canadian researchers report that may be unnecessary.

"For routine screening, fasting for cholesterol is largely un... » Read the full article

Walk Your Way to a Longer Life, Study Says

Physical activity after age 40 can increase life expectancy by up to 7 years, researchers find

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 It seems your grandmother was right after all -- if you want to live a longer and healthier life, be sure to exercise.

A new study by researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute found that staying physically active after age ... » Read the full article

Women, Young Adults Misinterpret Chest Pain: Study

Females also less likely to be told they might have heart disease

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 Women with chest pain are more likely than men to wait more than a day to seek care, a new study finds.

And, not surprisingly, young adults are less likely than older adults to think that their chest pain may be related to heart pr... » Read the full article

Could Cholesterol Treatment Fight Repeat Heart Attack?

Intravenous therapy aims to clear arteries of buildup

MONDAY, Nov. 5 A biopharmaceutical company is developing a treatment that aims to prevent repeat heart attacks by using a component of "good" cholesterol to clear arteries of dangerous cholesterol buildup.

"We hope what we have is a new mechanis... » Read the full article

Statins Plus Exercise Best at Improving Cholesterol
  Moderate exercise reduced death risk even without drugs, but not as much
New Drug May Help Those Who Can't Take Statins
  Study found it lowered LDL cholesterol as well as high doses of statins
More New Drugs a Bad Fit With Grapefruit, Study Finds
  Number of potentially risky meds has more than doubled in four years
Pregnancy Hormone Shows Promise as Heart Failure Drug
  Study suggests synthetic version of human relaxin 2 could cut overall death risk
Overactive Thyroid May Raise Risk for Common Irregular Heartbeat
  Even early stage thyroid trouble could help spur atrial fibrillation, study suggests
Heart Failure Drugs Put to the Test
  These medications may help but should be used with care, one expert says
Don't Turn to Holiday Food as a Way to Deal With Stress
  Instead of eating, cope with problems by taking a walk, calling a friend or reading a book
Health Tip: Eat Healthier During the Holidays
  Don't skip any meals
U.S. Adults Face Substantial Heart Disease Risk: Study
  Not even people with favorable heart history are free of danger
Losing Weight May Lower Cardiac Risks
  Study finds both low-carb and low-fat diets help overweight people reduce inflammation
Study: Treating Sleep Disorder May Thwart Heart Disease
  Sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes pose similar risks, researchers say
Losing Weight May Improve Sleep Quality
  Shedding pounds through diet alone or diet and exercise aided shuteye, researchers say
Flu Season Arrives Early and It Could Be Severe: CDC
  Experts say get vaccinated now
Health Tip: Stay Active After a Heart Attack
  But discuss with your doctor first
Supplements of Red Wine Antioxidant Don't Help Obese Men
  Study should put claims of health benefits to rest
Multivitamins Won't Help Men Ward Off Heart Disease
  Major trial with more than 11 years of follow-up shows no benefit for heart attack, stroke
Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetic Heart Patients
  5-year rates of death, heart attack higher for patients who underwent stenting, research shows
Daily Aspirin May Help Those at Risk for Recurrent Blood Clots
  Data suggests a real benefit in warding off heart attack, strokes
Gene-Tweaked Tomatoes, Probiotics Aim to Lower Your Cholesterol
  Mouse and human trials show nonpharmaceuticals have beneficial effect
Insomnia May Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
  Early study adds to evidence supporting sleep's importance in preventing disease
Health Tip: Exercise Isn't Always Expensive
  Here are less costly options
Health Tip: Eat Enough Legumes
  They're healthy and low in fat
Stem Cells From Donor May Help Heal Heart
  Study found little difference in outcomes whether patient's own cells were used or not
Two Years On, Stem Cells Still Healing Damaged Hearts
  Latest data from small study suggests therapy could fight heart failure, but larger trials are needed
High Blood Pressure Often Missed in Young Adults: Study
  And many older adults with the condition are also falling through the cracks
Winter Brings Rise in Heart-Related Deaths, Study Finds
  Regardless of climate, U.S. areas had same seasonal mortality pattern
Cocaine Raises Heart Risks for Fit, Young Adults: Study
  Researchers say even well-educated users don't seem to realize the dangers of the drug
Could an Aging Face Reflect an Unhealthy Heart?
  Eyelid fat deposits, thinning hair seemed to predict cardiovascular woes, study found
Popular Diabetes Meds Put to the Test
  Metformin poses fewer heart risks than sulfonylureas, study says
Miscarriages Tied to Elevated Risk for Heart Conditions
  Study found hardening of the arteries more common in women with more miscarriages
Too Much Sitting Linked to Fat Buildup Around the Heart
  And exercise didn't seem to lessen the effect, new study shows
Common Antidepressants Tied to Higher Bleeding Risk in Warfarin Users: Study
  SSRIs include Prozac, Paxil, but experts say findings aren't reason for patients to drop medications
More Gene Variants Linked to Heart Trouble
  Finding brings to 47 the number of mutations that might raise risk of cardiovascular disease
Hip Surgery Increases Stroke Risk in Older Patients: Study
  Patients, doctors urged to keep this in mind when considering joint replacement and post-op care
Device Offers Hope for Battery-Free Pacemakers
  'Energy harvester' would be powered by heart's beating, but more research needed
Meditation Might Cut Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke in Blacks
  Small study looked at Transcendental Meditation
Early Menstruation Tied to Factors That Raise Heart Disease Risk
  Having a first period at a young age linked to more body fat, which can harm heart, blood vessels
Regular Exercise May Help Seniors Stave Off Heart Failure
  Study found reduced levels of certain indicators for heart injury with moderate physical activity
HeartWare Device Approved for Heart Transplant Hopefuls
  Helps weakened heart pump blood
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