Your Heart Health e-News - September 2011

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September 02, 2011

In This Issue
Babies Born With Heart Disease Often Harmed by Gut Bacteria
Heart Disease May Pose Problems in Orthopedic Surgery Patients
Greater Exercise Intensity May Add Years to Life
Strokes Rising Among Teens, Young Adults: CDC
Potatoes May Be Good for the Heart After All, Study Says
Longer CPR Backfires for Certain Heart Patients: Study
Smoking Harder on Women's Arteries Than Men's, Scans Show
Being Heavier May Mean Fewer Hot Flashes for Women Over 60
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We hope you find this complimentary monthly educational service for our patients and their families helpful. Please click on the header above or here to enter our website and learn more about our practice. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.  

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."

More New Blood Thinners likely to be available soon for patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Pradaxa (dabigatran) was approved last fall as an alternative to Coumadin (warfarin) and a new study found Xarelto (rivaroxaban) might be a reasonable option. Most notably an experimental drug, Eliquis (apixaban), appears better than the old standby warfarin in preventing strokes with less bleeding risk in people with the abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation.  It might turn out to be the best overall option--if its price is not prohibitive for patients.

Carotid IMT Atherosclerosis Screening


Early detection can lead to early intervention. 
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Health News

Babies Born With Heart Disease Often Harmed by Gut Bacteria

Toxins that get into blood can affect organ function in these vulnerable children, study finds

THURSDAY, Sept. 1 Elevated blood levels of harmful toxins from gut bacteria occur in about one in five infants and toddlers with congenital heart disease, and the risk is even higher after they have heart surgery, a new study has found.

These endotoxins -- bacterial ... » Read the full article

Heart Disease May Pose Problems in Orthopedic Surgery Patients

Risk of clotting or bleeding complications higher among this group, study says

THURSDAY, Sept. 1 Patients with coronary artery disease are at increased risk for clotting and bleeding complications following orthopedic surgery, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from 3,082 patients who had orthopedic surgery of the hip, knee and spine,... » Read the full article

Greater Exercise Intensity May Add Years to Life

How hard you work out seems to trump how long you work out for boosting longevity, study says

THURSDAY, Sept. 1 The intensity of exercise, not the duration, is what's important in terms of improving your chances of living a longer life, a new study suggests.

Researchers who looked at cyclists in Denmark found that men with high lev... » Read the full article

Strokes Rising Among Teens, Young Adults: CDC

Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other risk factors may be to blame, researchers say

THURSDAY, Sept. 1 Strokes are on the rise among teens and young people, a new government report shows.

The number of people aged 15 to 44 hospitalized for stroke jumped by more than third between 1995 and 2008, say researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Contr... » Read the full article

Potatoes May Be Good for the Heart After All, Study Says

But not if they're fried or doused in high-fat sour cream, butter and cheese

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31 French fries and potato chips may have given potatoes a bad rap, but new research finds the lowly tuber -- when cooked correctly -- may actually be good for the heart.

A small, pilot study suggests that a couple of servi... » Read the full article

Longer CPR Backfires for Certain Heart Patients: Study

Paramedics should administer rescue procedure for just one minute before assessing heart rhythm, expert says

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31 More is not necessarily better when paramedics give cardiac arrest patients CPR before administering shocks to the heart, a new study finds.

On the contrary, providing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for a longer period of time could actuall... » Read the full article

Smoking Harder on Women's Arteries Than Men's, Scans Show

Twice as much impact on thickened neck artery walls seen in female smokers as males, study finds

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31 Smoking causes more arterial damage in women than in men, a new study finds.

Researchers used ultrasound to assess the carotid arteries (neck arteries that carry blood to the brain) in 1,893 women and 1,694 men in Finlan... » Read the full article

Being Heavier May Mean Fewer Hot Flashes for Women Over 60

But that's no reason to put on unhealthy extra pounds, experts say

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31 Older, heavier women tend to have fewer hot flashes than younger, leaner menopausal women, a small, new study suggests.

The study included 52 women who experienced hot flashes and were not taking medication for those symptoms.

The women'... » Read the full article

New Blood Thinner Outperforms Warfarin for Irregular Heartbeat
  People with atrial fibrillation fared a bit better when taking experimental drug apixaban. Study found fewer strokes and less bleeding.
Study Pits New Blood Thinner Against Warfarin For Irregular Heartbeat
  Both drugs appeared equally effective, but newer rivaroxaban may be be easier for some to use
Learn more about atrial fibrillation
  What is it and how to treat it.
Diet Rich In Nuts, Soy Help Reduce Bad Cholesterol
  Eating more plant-based fat and protein lowered LDL more than eating a diet low in saturated fat
Could Lots of Chocolate Lower Your Heart Risk?
  Study seems to suggest so, but how much and what type of the sweet treat isn't clear
Test for Calcium Buildup May Spot Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
  Scan may help predict which patients deemed at moderate risk would benefit from statins: study
Calcified Plaque in Arteries May Be Tied to Stroke, Dementia Risk
  Study finds biggest threat to carotid arteries, which are closest to the brain
Ultrasound of Neck Arteries May Help Gauge Stroke Risk
  But for those with no symptoms, surgery to unclog the arteries may be hazardous, experts say
Inflammation From Rheumatoid Arthritis Tied to Heart Disease
  But treating both inflammation, factors contributing to heart disease can lower risk, study shows
Injectable Psoriasis Drugs May Not Hike Heart Risks
  Autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis with chronic systemic inflammation may increase cardiovascular risk
Common Heart Dysfunction Can Help Bring on Heart Failure
  Risk of 'diastolic dysfunction' (measured by echocardiography) rises with advancing age, study found
What is echocardiography?
  Learn more about how an echo helps assess your heart.
Women With Heart Failure Treated as Well as Men: Study
  But they tend to have longer hospital stays
What is heart failure?
  Learn more about congestive heart failure (CHF)
The Fattier Your Heart, the Greater Your Heart Disease Risk
  Study links buildup of this hidden fat to heart threat, even in people without symptoms
Health Tip: Exercise to Help Your Heart and Lungs
  Aerobic exercises include walking, swimming, running, biking and hiking
A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way to Cut Disease, Death Risk
  Even 15 minutes a day seems to increase life expectancy, researchers say
Jogging Beats Weight Lifting for Losing Belly Fat: Study
  Compared with resistance training, aerobic exercise burns 67% more calories, research shows
Health Tip: Create a Well-Rounded Exercise Regimen
  Here's what it should include
Health Tip: Seniors, Prepare for Exercise
  Suggestions for getting started
Too Much TV May Take Years Off Your Life
  The reason, experts say, might be that people eat more, move less when in front of the tube
Marriage May Do a Heart Good for Bypass Surgery
  Study finds post-op survival rises for those in committed relationships
Antidepressant Tied to Dangerous Heart Rhythm: FDA
  Patients should not use doses of the popular drug Celexa exceeding 40 milligrams
Health Tip: Risk Factors for Fainting
  A temporary loss of consciousness
Breast Cancer Drug Raises Risk of Heart Problems in Older Women: Study
  Herceptin especially likely to raise the odds in patients with a history of heart disease or diabetes
Smoking Linked to Raised Risk of Irregular Heartbeat, Study Finds
  Current smokers have double the risk of this serious health problem over those who never smoked
Pumping Iron Helps Smokers Quit Without Weight Gain: Study
  Those who lifted weights regularly were twice as likely to kick the habit, researchers found
Health Tip: Smoking Strains the Heart
  Here's how
Women May Face Greater Heart Risk From Smoking Than Men
  Biological differences may explain 25% higher risk compared to male smokers.
How Old Are Your Arteries?
  Find out about the latest technology available at our office to look for hidden plaque which helps assess your risk of heart attack or stroke
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