Heart Health e-News: June 2012

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July 06, 2012

In This Issue
'Atkins'-Type Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Problems: Study
Certain Diets May Help Body Burn More Calories: Study
Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Heart Risk 7 Years Later: Study
Long-Term Salty Diets Tied Again to High Blood Pressure
Birth Control That Uses Combined Hormones Raises Heart Risk: Study
Fish Oil Won't Save Diabetics' Hearts, Research Suggests
Health Tip: Help Prevent Heart Disease
More Proof That Healthy Habits Fight Disease
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Health News

'Atkins'-Type Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Problems: Study

Diets rich in plant-based foods a better choice in the long run for women, experts say

TUESDAY, June 26 Women who regularly eat a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet may be raising their risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 28 percent, a new study suggests.

Although the absolute increase in risk is small -- four or... » Read the full article

Certain Diets May Help Body Burn More Calories: Study

Low-carb and low-glycemic plans work best, but low-carb regimen has drawbacks

TUESDAY, June 26 Dieters have long been told that to lose weight, you simply need to cut calories. But new research suggests that some combinations of foods may burn more calories than others.

When researchers compared a low-fat diet, a very low-carbohydrate diet an... » Read the full article

Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Heart Risk 7 Years Later: Study

Patients maintained lower weight, improvement in cholesterol levels

WEDNESDAY, June 20 Seven years after they underwent weight-loss surgery, patients as a whole fared better on several measurements of their risk of cardiac problems, a new study finds, and many returned to normal levels.

The findings don't prove that weight-loss surge... » Read the full article

Long-Term Salty Diets Tied Again to High Blood Pressure

But eating sodium-rich foods over the short term doesn't have the same effect, study suggests

MONDAY, June 18 Indulging in a bag of chips or munching a handful of nuts now and then isn't likely to hurt you in the short run, but regularly chowing down on salty foods over several years may damage your blood vessels and lead to high blood pressure, a new study finds.

... » Read the full article

Birth Control That Uses Combined Hormones Raises Heart Risk: Study

Overall odds of heart attack and stroke, however, are still low

WEDNESDAY, June 13 Sweeping new research comparing various forms of hormonal contraception -- including birth control pills, vaginal rings and skin patches -- suggests that the risk for heart attacks and strokes is twice as high among users of combined estrogen-progestin versi... » Read the full article

Fish Oil Won't Save Diabetics' Hearts, Research Suggests

Experts say statins, not omega-3 supplements, lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health

MONDAY, June 11 People with type 2 diabetes who take omega-3 fatty acid supplements are neither helping nor harming their heart, a new study finds.

Omega-3 fatty acids -- the type found in fish oil -- are hugely popular because research has linked them to a reductio... » Read the full article

Health Tip: Help Prevent Heart Disease

Control blood pressure and cholesterol

You can't control all risk factors for heart disease, but living a healthy lifestyle and taking medication prescribed by your doctor can help prevent many of its dangerous risk factors.

The Womenshealth.gov website suggests these steps to help reduce your risk of hea... » Read the full article

More Proof That Healthy Habits Fight Disease

New studies look at ways to stop smoking and fight cancer, heart disease and obesity

WEDNESDAY, June 6 Five new studies offer more evidence that healthy habits and preventive care can protect against disease.

The studies looked at how eating fish reduces the risk of colon and rectal cancer; how regular teeth cleaning improves cardiovascular health; ... » Read the full article

Travel and Other Adventures Can Boost Happiness
  As long as you do it for the right reasons and not to impress others, study says
Daily 'Dose' of Dark Chocolate Might Shield the Heart
  Another study supports the antioxidant goodness of dark, but not milk, chocolate
Coffee Might Actually Help Your Heart
  But moderation is key for folks with heart failure
Dr Urman Quoted in LA Times About Heart Health Effects of Coffee.
Health Tip: Warm Up Before You Exercise
  And burn calories more efficiently
Maintain Heart Health During Summer
  Use Caution When Exercising in Hot Weather: Hydration, gradually adapting your body to high temperature and proper clothing important
As Heat Builds, Take Steps to Protect Yourself
  Experts offer advice on how to steer clear of dehydration -- or worse
Health Tip: Make Exercise a Social Activity
  Take a walk with friends
Loneliness, Living Alone Might Shorten Life
  Studies suggest it can raise a person's risk of dying from heart disease or any cause
Healthy Diet, Exercise Extend Life for Women in Their 70s
  Participants who were tops in both categories had 8 times the odds of survival
Exercise Might Keep Menopausal Hot Flashes at Bay
  Fewer benefits seen in women who were overweight, less fit or had more intense symptoms
Health Tip: Exercise Can Help Manage Menopause
  And help prevent heart problems or osteoporosis
Hot Flashes Don't Signal Poor Heart Health for Most Women: Study
  The exception may be when hot flashes continue for years or start many years after menopause
Heart Rhythm Disorder May Raise Older Women's Stroke Risk
  Added risk from atrial fibrillation was higher than that of men with the same condition, study finds
Health Tip: Have Heart Palpitations?
  Get them checked by a doctor
Limited Use of Antibiotics OK for Heart Patients Having Dental Work
  No increase seen in the heart condition infective endocarditis in those with heart murmurs or valve problems
Early Surgery May Benefit Some With Heart Infection
  But doctors say findings only apply to a certain few with endocarditis
Pictures of Fatty, Sugary Foods May Spur Cravings
  Stimulating brain's reward areas might cause overeating, researchers say
FDA Approves First Weight-Loss Pill in More Than a Decade
  Belviq designed to make people feel full sooner and is targeted for adults with health problems such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes
Bigger Waist Tied to Increased Risk of Diabetes
  Waist circumference was a stronger risk factor in women than men
Liposuction Might Have 'Boomerang' Effect
  But exercise kept post-surgical increase in fat around organs at bay
Some Diabetics May Be Resistant to Beneficial Effects of Daily Aspirin
  About half of patients with type 2 diabetes did not benefit from the pill's effects, study found
Dramatic Rise in Kids Hospitalized With High Blood Pressure: Study
  Childhood obesity may be a culprit in nearly doubled hypertension rates in the past decade
Kidney Disease May Be as Harmful to Heart as Heart Attack: Study
  Findings suggest chronic kidney disease could help ID people at risk for heart disease
Quick-Reversal Method May Be at Hand for New Blood Thinner
  Drugs like apixaban have advantages, but bleeding risk requires rapid antidote
PTSD Symptoms Common After Heart Attack: Study
  Nightmares, elevated heart rate among signs that may increase risk of recurrent attack
Competitive Sports May Boost Heart Function After Breast Cancer
  Researchers report that long-term, high-level exercise made a difference
Too Little Sleep Tied to Stroke Risk
  Getting fewer than 6 hours a night may affect cardiovascular system
Obesity, Depression Blamed for Daytime Sleepiness 'Epidemic'
  Preliminary studies add another health consequence of being overweight
Sleep Apnea Treatment Might Boost Men's Sex Lives
  Mask-and-hose device increases energy, erections
Fruits, Veggies May Help Smokers Quit
  Those who ate more produce smoked less, waited longer to light up each day
9 in 10 Blacks With High Blood Pressure Have Early Heart Disease
  Images showed many had the beginnings of heart disease even though they had no symptoms
Treating Prediabetes Might Prevent Full-Blown Disease
  Either by lifestyle changes or meds, returning blood sugar to normal has lasting effects
Low-Fiber Diet May Raise Teens' Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes
  And most teens don't consume enough 'roughage'
Some Genes Seem to Raise Risk of Obesity: Study
  But experts note environment also plays significant role in weight
Health Tip: Don't Overeat When Dining Out
  Order smaller portions
Health Tip: Avoid Fighting With the Kids Over Food
  Eat healthy yourself, setting a good example
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