Heart Health e-News: April 2012

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April 06, 2012

In This Issue
Ob/Gyn Visit a Good Time to Screen for Heart Disease: Study
Showing Patients Images of Their Clogged Arteries a Powerful Wake-Up Call
Low-Dose Daily Aspirin Enough to Help Heart Attack Patients: Study
Fatty Meals Could Trigger Inflammation for Diabetics
Following Heart-Healthy Behaviors May Lengthen Your Life
Psoriasis Patients May Face Higher Heart Risk
Low-Carb, Low-Fat Diets May Each Help the Heart
Health Tip: Protect Yourself From Heart Disease
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The "Featured" column on the right has heart-related stories and health tips from the last several weeks which we feel are most important and most likely to be of interest to our patients.  March was a particularly busy month due to the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago.  The "Health News" section below highlights some of the most recent heart-related news.

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Health News

Ob/Gyn Visit a Good Time to Screen for Heart Disease: Study

Many women are not aware of their cardiovascular risk factors, research shows

MONDAY, March 26 Women should be screened for heart disease -- a leading cause of death among women in the United States -- during routine visits to obstetrics and gynecology clinics, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City... » Read the full article

Showing Patients Images of Their Clogged Arteries a Powerful Wake-Up Call

They were more likely to take statins, lose weight afterwards, studies find

SATURDAY, March 24 Showing patients with clogged arteries evidence of their condition makes them more likely to stick with treatments such as weight loss and cholesterol-lowering statins, two related studies found.

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of h... » Read the full article

Low-Dose Daily Aspirin Enough to Help Heart Attack Patients: Study

Using higher dosage didn't improve outcomes, but might increase bleeding risks, experts say

SATURDAY, March 24 Heart attack patients who take either a high or low dose of aspirin daily have the same level of protection against another heart attack or other cardiovascular events such as stroke, according to a new study.

Along with anti-clotting drugs, a dai... » Read the full article

Fatty Meals Could Trigger Inflammation for Diabetics

People with type 2 disease had more sign of heart risk factor, study says

WEDNESDAY, March 21 High-fat meals might boost inflammation in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study says.

Inflammation is associated with many diabetes-related complications, such as heart disease.

The study included 54 peopl... » Read the full article

Following Heart-Healthy Behaviors May Lengthen Your Life

Study found those who stuck by all seven guidelines lived longer than those who didn't

SATURDAY, March 17 People who follow seven recommended cardiovascular health behaviors are much less likely to die than those who follow few or none of the behaviors, according to a study that included nearly 45,000 U.S. adults.

However, the researchers also found th... » Read the full article

Psoriasis Patients May Face Higher Heart Risk

They should be screened for signs of cardiovascular disease, expert says

FRIDAY, March 16 People with the painful skin condition psoriasis may be at increased risk for health problems that affect the heart, an expert says.

Excessive inflammation is a major feature of psoriasis. Chronic inflammation is also a characteristic of insulin resi... » Read the full article

Low-Carb, Low-Fat Diets May Each Help the Heart

Loss of belly fat through either method benefits arteries, study says

WEDNESDAY, March 14 Using either a low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet to shed belly fat can improve blood vessel function, researchers say.

The study included 60 women and men who weighed 215 pounds on average and were assigned to either low-carb or low-fat diets that... » Read the full article

Health Tip: Protect Yourself From Heart Disease

Work on these risk factors

The most common type of heart disease occurs when fatty plaque deposits build up on the walls of vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the heart.

The womenshealth.gov website offers these suggestions to help lower your risk:

Keep cholesterol, trigly... » Read the full article

Moderate Drinking Might Help Men Live Longer After Heart Attack
  Study suggests protective effect of drink or 2 a day, but experts warn against too much boozing
Health Tip: Diabetics, Avoid Too Much Salt
  Suggestions to help you cut back
First Bedside Gene Test Shows Promise
  Study found it spotted which heart patients should not take blood thinner Plavix
Chocolate a Sweet Remedy for Many Ills?
  Preliminary research suggests cocoa might fight heart disease, cancer and even obesity
Lightheadedness Upon Standing Could Signal Heart Risk
  Those with 'orthostatic hypotension' more likely to develop heart failure, study suggests
Many Americans Ambivalent Over Laws Aimed at Healthy Living
  Poll finds most accept rules for safety, smoking, eating, but also worry about a 'nanny state'
Vitamin E Supplements Don't Affect Heart Failure Risk
  Large review showed they did not make any difference in healthy women
Blood Pressure Variance Between Arms Points to Heart Risk
  Study offers more evidence that measurements from both limbs should become routine
More Evidence Shows That Daily Aspirin Might Combat Cancer
  Latest findings don't mean people should start popping aspirin every morning, experts stress
New Blood Test May Predict Heart Attack
  In small study, high levels of misshapen cells from vessel walls spelled trouble
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Raise Risk of Heart Rhythm Disorder
  Atrial fibrillation is a common problem that increases the risk of stroke
Inflammation Might Play Role in Heart Disease
  Findings suggest certain drugs might prevent hardening of the arteries
Bacteria From Mouth Can Lead to Heart Inflammation
  It's important to keep the gums healthy and get regular dental care
CT Scans Can Spot Heart Trouble Fast
  Study shows chest-pain patients who are not having an attack could be discharged safely sooner
Does Chocolate Help You Stay Slim?
  Study links regular consumption with slightly leaner size, but more research needed
Bypass Surgery May Be Better Than Angioplasty for Seniors
  Study found those with multi-vessel heart disease showed reduced risk of dying four years later
Warfarin Helps Cut Stroke Risk, Researchers Report
  Old standby holds its own against higher priced, newer meds
Widespread CPR Training Could Boost Heart Attack Survival Rates
  In Danish study, bystander assistance made difference between life, death for many patients
Survey Shows People Have Little Time for Healthy Habits
  Heart association finds Americans struggle to eat right, exercise and brush their teeth regularly
Fruits, Veggies Can Be Beauty Tools, Study Says
  Skin color improves as consumption increases, researchers say
Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Ward Off Heart Failure
  Nighttime breathing disorder might alter heart's function, but CPAP mask therapy seems to help
Exercise May Trigger Orgasm in Some Women
  Survey results suggest phenomenon is not rare, but causes remain unclear
Foods' Aromas Might Help You Lose Weight
  Stronger smells led to smaller bites, research found
Health Tip: Managing Weight Gain
  Suggestions to help keep your weight in check
Electronic Diary Helped Obese Adults Stick to Weight-Loss Plan
  But the results didn't last after 2 years, study finds
Could Soy Help Lower Your Blood Pressure?
  Antioxidants in tofu, other foods might have beneficial effect, study suggests
Both Too Little and Too Much Sleep Bad for the Heart
  Research finds too little sleep may increase risk of stroke, heart attack; too much may cause coronary artery disease
Health Tip: The Right Diet Can Boost Athletic Performance
  Here's why you should eat well
Exercise Might Boost Kids' Academic Ability
  Pretest 'warm-ups' boosted test scores in study of Italian schoolchildren
Health Tip: Pack a Healthy, Easy Lunch
  Here are some suggestions
Fatty Foods Might Harm Men's Sperm, Research Suggests
  Small study finds lower sperm counts, concentrations for males on high-fat diets
Lack of Sleep May Give You the Munchies
  Sleep-deprived people eat more than 500 extra calories daily, study finds
Could Trans Fats Make You Cranky?
  The more of the unhealthy dietary fat people ate, the greater their irritability, aggression, study shows
As White Rice Intake Rises, So May Your Risk for Diabetes
  Study suggests a link, and healthier whole grain alternatives are out there, experts say
Anti-Smoking Efforts Saved 795,000 Lives Over 25 Years
  Public smoking bans, higher cigarette taxes, increased risk awareness all helped
Heart Failure Patients Urged to Discuss Care With Docs
  An open dialogue can inform decisions on treatment options
Women Fare Better With Heart Failure
  European analysis of study data found a higher risk of death in male heart failure patients
Light or Moderate Drinking Linked to Lower Stroke Risk in Women
  But benefit faded with heavier alcohol use, long-term study suggests
Married Heart Surgery Patients Live Longer
  Single patients' odds of dying are twice as high over five years, study says
Sugary Drinks Can Be Hard on Heart
  Men who drank one sweet beverage daily had higher risk of heart disease
Red Meat Can Be Unhealthy, Study Suggests
  Researchers contend diets laden with steaks, burgers boost death rates; beef industry disputes claim
Doctors Likely to Preach What They Practice
  Those with healthy behaviors more inclined to recommend patients make lifestyle changes: study
Giving Birth to Small Babies Linked to Heart Disease in Moms
  Risk of cardiovascular trouble was nearly doubled for these women
Half of Stroke Victims Don't Call 911, Research Shows
  Public needs more education about telling symptoms, experts sa
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