Your Heart Health e-News - August 2011

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August 05, 2011

In This Issue
More Neurology Residents Using Clot-Busting Drug for Stroke
Statins May Help Heart in Some Young Stroke Patients
Post-Heart Attack Exercise May Depend on Where You Live
Childhood Depression, Anxiety Tied to Pain in Adulthood
Even a Little Exercise Helps the Heart, Study Finds
Smoking, Diabetes, Obesity May Shrink Your Brain
Some Ethnic Groups More Vulnerable to Dangerous Fat
Blood Pressure Drop During Dialysis May Raise Clot Risk
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The column on the right has heart-related stories from the last several weeks which we feel are most important and most likely to be of interest to our patients.  Additional general information and recent news about our office can also be found to the right. The latest news items from the last week about heart health are found below under "Health News."


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Health News

More Neurology Residents Using Clot-Busting Drug for Stroke

Up to 94% say they are comfortable using the drug tPA, compared to 73% in 2000, study finds

THURSDAY, Aug. 4 A growing number of neurology residents in the United States feel comfortable using the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to treat stroke patients with acute ischemic stroke, a new study finds.

An ischemic stroke is caused by block... » Read the full article

Statins May Help Heart in Some Young Stroke Patients

Taking the meds after a brain blockage was linked to fewer heart problems in those under 50: study

TUESDAY, Aug. 2 Statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs that includes Liptior and Crestor, appear to help young people after they've had a certain kind of stroke with unknown cause, a new study has found.

Strokes are rare in young people, and it's even more u... » Read the full article

Post-Heart Attack Exercise May Depend on Where You Live

Poor areas often lack places for survivors to be active, study finds

TUESDAY, Aug. 2 Heart attack survivors who live in poor neighborhoods get less exercise than those in wealthier neighborhoods, a new study finds.

Regular exercise after a heart attack is known to improve the chances of survival, the Israel... » Read the full article

Childhood Depression, Anxiety Tied to Pain in Adulthood

Kids living with adversity, such as abuse, more likely to have chronic diseases later, study finds

MONDAY, Aug. 1 Children who experience abuse or other adversities and develop mental health disorders are at increased risk for chronic physical problems when they're adults, according to a new study.

Researchers examined data from people ... » Read the full article

Even a Little Exercise Helps the Heart, Study Finds

And the benefits are greater for women than for men, researchers say

MONDAY, Aug. 1 Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a walk after dinner. Play tag with your kids at the park.

New research shows that even small amounts of exercise -- about 150 minutes, or 2.5 hours, of moderate activity a week -- can reduce the risk of h... » Read the full article

Smoking, Diabetes, Obesity May Shrink Your Brain

Study adds to evidence that good living preserves mental abilities

MONDAY, Aug. 1 As if there weren't already enough good reasons to avoid smoking and keep your weight, blood sugar levels and blood pressure all under control, a new study suggests these risk factors in middle age may cause your brain to shrink, leading to mental declines up to... » Read the full article

Some Ethnic Groups More Vulnerable to Dangerous Fat

South Asians tend to store fat around organs, raising coronary artery disease risk, study finds

FRIDAY, July 29 Some ethnic groups are more likely than others to store dangerous fat around their internal organs as they gain weight, according to a new study.

This organ-hugging fat, which can lead to diabetes and coronary artery disease, is more common among peo... » Read the full article

Blood Pressure Drop During Dialysis May Raise Clot Risk

Low BP occurs in about 25% of these treatment sessions in kidney-failure patients, researchers say

FRIDAY, July 29 Low blood pressure while undergoing dialysis puts patients at increased risk for clots where their blood vessels are connected to the dialysis machine, a new study says.

Previous research had found that a sudden drop in blo... » Read the full article

FDA Approves Blood Thinner Brilinta for Heart Patients
  Another option alongside Plavix, but should not be taken with higher doses of aspirin in acute coronary sydromes
Acute Coronary Syndrome
  What is it?
Stopping Daily Aspirin Boosts Heart Attack Risk
  Discontinuation was tied to 60 percent rise in risk for nonfatal attacks
Statins Don't Seem to Raise Cancer Risk
  Large study finds cholesterol-lowering drugs don't increase chances of malignancies
Certain Painkillers May Raise Odds of Stroke, Heart Attack
  NSAIDs, which include ibuprofen, aspirin and other meds, might hike risks for heart patients
Painkillers May Raise Risk of Atrial Fibrillation
  NSAIDS, cox-2 inhibitors have also been associated with other cardiovascular problems
Learn more about atrial fibrillation
  What is it and how to treat it.
Losing Weight, Keeping It Off Can Be Two Different Worlds
  Researchers find distinct strategies work for each but not both. Those who use consistent exercise routine or eat plenty low-fat sources of protein more likely to report weight-loss maintenance
Does Your Personality Dictate Whether You'll Be Overweight?
  People who are impulsive, aggressive or risk-takers more likely to weigh more, study contends
Health Tip: Stay Away From Fad Diets
  For instance, quick weight-loss schemes
Heart Disease Is Major Killer Of Baby Boomers
  Baby boomers' worries might be misguided--top killer is heart disease, not cancer and Alzheimer's
Family History May Predict Heart Attack More Than Stroke
  But experts still say your parent's health provides important clues about your risks for both
How to Help Assess Your Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke
  Find out about the latest technology available at our office to look for hidden plaque.
Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Atherosclerosis
  Here are suggested lifestyle changes
What is atherosclerosis?
  Find out more about the process of plaque buildup in arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Ultrasound May Determine Heart Attack Risk in HIV Patients
  Risk 10 times higher in HIV patients with abnormal stress echoes compared with general population
Exercise Stress Echo
  Learn more about this test
Clogged Arteries Might Raise Risk of Dementia
  Same factors that put heart at risk can also affect brain, according to heart and stroke associations
Healthy Lifestyle May Ward Off Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
  Exercise, staying slim and eating right were associated with a 92 percent decrease in risk
Too Much Sitting May Double Women's Risk of Blood Clots
  Researchers report link between life-threatening pulmonary embolism and inactive lifestyle
'Broken Heart Syndrome' May Be More Common Among Postmenopausal Women
  Two-thirds of patients with the disorder reported experiencing a stressful trigger event, study shows
Married Men Seem to Seek Help for Heart Attacks Sooner
  Within 6 hours of first signs of chest pain, 75 percent got medical help, study says
Satisfaction With Life Seems Good for the Heart
  Happiness in four key areas -- job, family, sex and self -- may protect coronary health, study suggests
Health Tip: The Benefits of Meditation
  'Om' is where the heart is
Older Adults Have to Exercise More to Maintain Muscle Size
  But resistance training once a week kept up strength, researchers found
Rigorous Exercise May Boost Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery
  Bariatric patients can improve physical fitness with regular workouts, study finds
Study: Potassium Boosts Heart Health, Salt Harms It
  Combo of high sodium, low potassium called 'double whammy' for cardiovascular risk
Study Finds Most Urgent Angioplasties Warranted
  But only half of non-emergency artery-opening procedures were deemed appropriate
Sleep Apnea Linked to Blood Vessel Disorders in Study
  Treating breathing disorder may help avoid heart conditions, researchers say
Health Tip: Insufficient Sleep Can Be Dangerous
  Here's how it affects your heart and health
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