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Push-up capacity linked with lower incidence of cardiovascular disease events among men

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 09:45
Active, middle-aged men able to complete more than 40 push-ups had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes -- including diagnoses of coronary artery disease and major events such as heart failure -- during 10 years of follow-up compared with those who were able to do less than 10 push-ups during the baseline exam.
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Lipoproteins behave 'almost like a tiny Velcro ball'

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:04
Setbacks in drug trials aiming to raise HDL have led researchers to reassess the particle's effects on heart health. A study combining proteomics and mouse genetics may help researchers understand researchers understand the proteins in the particle, how they get there and how they determine HDL function.
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Most triggers for irregular heartbeat can be easily modified

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:04
A personal survey of patients with atrial fibrillatio, one of the most important causes of irregular heartbeats, has found that the majority of triggers for the condition are easily modifiable lifestyle choices, including alcohol, caffeine, exercise and lack of sleep.
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Diet drinks may be associated with strokes among post-menopausal women

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:55
In a large observational study, women who reported drinking more than one diet soda or other artificially sweetened drink a day had a higher risk of strokes caused by a blood clot. The association between diet drinks and stroke risk was stronger in obese women and in African-American women.
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What's age got to do with it?

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 08:47
It's often said: it's not how old you are, it's how old you feel. New research shows that physiological age is a better predictor of survival than chronological age.
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Novel software offers possible reduction in arrhythmic heart disease

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 08:46
Potentially lethal heart conditions may become easier to spot and may lead to improvements in prevention and treatment thanks to innovative new software that measures electrical activity in the organ.
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Should we screen people for irregular heartbeat?

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 19:25
Should we screen people for irregular heartbeat (known as atrial fibrillation, or AF for short) in an effort to prevent strokes?
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Only 'modest' improvement in heart failure survival rates since 2000

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 19:24
Survival after a diagnosis of heart failure in the United Kingdom has shown only modest improvement in the 21st century and lags behind other serious conditions, such as cancer, finds a large study.
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PTSD alone didn't increase heart disease risk in veterans with PTSD

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:16
Coexisting medical conditions, psychiatric disorders, heavy smoking and illicit drug use may explain the increased risk for heart disease among veterans with PTSD.
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How Viagra puts a brake on a master growth regulator to treat heart disease

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:47
When normal cells grow, divide or do any job in the body, they do so in response to a whole slew of internal sensors that measure nutrients and energy supply, and environmental cues that inform what happens outside the cell.
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New research insights hold promise for kids with DMD

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:54
Prednisone, the current standard of care used to treat kids with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), reduces chronic inflammation but has harsh side effects. Eplerenone, a heart failure drug, is used in older patients to treat cardiomyopathy, a leading cause of mortality for people with DMD. A new medicine under development appears to combine the beneficial effects of these drugs for the heart and muscle while also showing improved safety in experimental models.
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Potent marijuana edibles can pose a major unrecognized risk to patients with cardiovascular disease

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 08:32
With widespread legalization and increasing use, more care, education a research needed about how each marijuana formulation may affect and sometimes compromise the cardiovascular system of our aging population, according to a new article and editorial.
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MRI cardiac stress test shows promise at identifying fatal heart disease

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:21
Results from a large, multi-center study suggest that cardiac magnetic resonance, or CMR, has potential as a non-invasive, non-toxic alternative to stress echocardiograms, catheterizations and stress nuclear exams in identifying the severity of coronary artery disease.
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New drug brings unexpected hope in targeting cancer cells

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:22
An unexpected finding in preclinical platelet studies could provide a novel approach to targeting and destroying difficult-to-treat cancer cells, providing new therapeutic options for a range of cancers.
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Study examines aspirin use to prevent colorectal cancer

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 14:21
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that aspirin reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 40 percent as well as recurrence of advanced polyps, which are a major risk factor. To explore whether high risk patients are adhering to USPSTF guidelines, researchers analyzed data from structured interviews with 84 patients and found that less than half (42.9 percent) reported taking aspirin. These findings pose major challenges that require multifactorial approaches by physicians and patients.
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NSAID impairs immune response in heart failure, worsens heart and kidney damage

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 11:56
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are widely known as pain-killers and can relieve pain and inflammation. Researchers found that treatment with the NSAID carprofen alone triggered subtle low-grade inflammation in the heart and kidneys. The combination of carprofen pretreatment and heart attack magnified this impact by dysregulating the acute inflammatory response, amplifying inflammation and intensifying the cardiorenal syndrome.
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Excessive weight gain in early childhood affects teenage heart health

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:11
Excessive weight gain in children under two years can lead to cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in teenage years including increased cholesterol, being overweight and having fat around the middle, finds new research.
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Depression increases risk of early death in older adults

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 09:14
A research team designed a study to investigate the role depression symptoms play in an increased risk of death over time. The team also examined the role heart disease and stroke play in the link between depression symptoms and increased risk of death.
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Absentmindedness points to earlier warning signs of silent strokes among people at risk

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 09:14
Adults who notice that they frequently lose their train of thought or often become sidetracked may in fact be displaying earlier symptoms of cerebral small vessel disease, otherwise known as a 'silent stroke,' suggests a recent study.
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In vitro grafts increase blood flow in infarcted rat hearts

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:26
Advances in stem cell research offer hope for treatments that could help patients regrow heart muscle tissue after heart attacks, a key to patients achieving more complete recoveries. Scientists today report success in creating functional blood vessels in vitro for hearts of rats that had sustained a heart attack.
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