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Pomegranates and Heart Health

Preliminary evidence suggests that drinking pomegranate juice every day may help lower systolic blood pressure. University of Maryland Medical Center Introduction Pomegranates have been used as medicine for thousands of years. More recently, they have been called a “superfood” that can protect against disease. In laboratory tests, pomegranate shows antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. But more research is needed to determine whether it can help prevent or treat illness in humans. In addition, there is some concern that pomegranate juice… … Keep Reading

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Beet Juice Can Increase Exercise Endurance in Heart Failure Patients

After analysis, researchers found that exercise endurance improved by 24% after one week of daily beetroot juice consumption. American College of Cardiology March 08, 2016 Nitrates in beet juice may help improve blood flow and exercise ability. A daily serving of beet juice may improve quality of life for heart failure patients, based on recent findings linking beetroot juice to blood pressure reductions and improved exercise endurance. Published in JACC: Heart Failure, this study tested the benefits of beet juice… … Keep Reading

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Lutein and the Reduction of Chronic Inflammation

Our study confirms that one particular carotenoid, lutein, can suppress long-term inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease. Medical News Today –July 7, 2017 A new study finds that lutein, a compound that gives egg yolk and some plants their color, can reduce chronic inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease. Researchers have recently found that lutein, a compound found in egg yolk, can reduce inflammation levels among patients with heart disease. In… … Keep Reading

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Canakinumab, an Anti-Inflammatory Medication, Reduces Risk of Second Heart Attack

For the first time, we’ve been able to definitively show that lowering inflammation independent of cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk   Harvard Gazette –August 27, 2017 –Haley Bridger Inflammation reduction cuts risk of heart attack, stroke   Trial study finds need for expensive interventions, such as bypass surgery, cut by more than 30 percent A significant reduction in risk of recurrent heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular death was found among people who received a targeted anti-inflammatory drug that lowered inflammation but… … Keep Reading

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Does Intermittent Fasting Reduce Heart Disease?

Regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to two days a week — can potentially improve your risk factors related to heart health. Mayo Clinic September 28, 2017 Is it true that occasionally following a fasting diet can reduce my risk of heart disease? Answers from Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.: Maybe. Researchers aren’t sure why, but it seems that regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to… … Keep Reading

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A Single Bout of Exercise is Cardioprotective

  Repeatedly exposing the heart to short, non-life-threatening episodes of ischemia — an inadequate supply of blood to the heart — makes the heart more resistant to a more serious, future ischemia episode.   Medical News Today –December 10, 2017 –Ana Sandiou How a single bout of exercise instantly protects the heart An acute episode of exercise can ‘train’ the heart and protect it against future damage. The results of the new research — led by Dick Thijssen, who is… … Keep Reading

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Devices that May Interfere with Pacemakers

  From the American Heart Assocation Anti-theft systems (also called electronic article surveillance or EAS): Interactions with EAS systems are unlikely to cause clinically significant symptoms in most patients. However, the American Heart Association recommends that you: Be aware that EAS systems may be hidden or camouflaged in entrances and exits in many businesses. Don’t stay near the EAS system longer than is necessary. Don’t lean on or stand close to an anti-theaft system. Metal detectors for security: Interactions with… … Keep Reading

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Traveling with a Pacemaker

The Advanced Imaging Technology full body scanner will not harm your pacemaker system or change the settings. from Boston Scientific Traveling with a Pacemaker It’s important to know that you can travel safely with a pacemaker device as long as you know how to prepare and talk to your doctor about any special precautions to take. Learn more about going through airport security, finding a doctor while traveling and other tips for having a successful trip with a pacemaker. Important… … Keep Reading

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Are MRI Scans Safe If You Have a Pacemaker or Implanted Device?

Most heart valves and coronary artery stents currently on the market and implanted in patients can go safely through an MRI scanner from Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials February 8, 2017 What to know about cardiac implants and imaging tests If you have an implanted device such as a pacemaker, heart valve, stent or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), you know it can set off the metal detector at the airport. Your device, which contains metal, is interacting with a detector that… … Keep Reading

HEART CONDITIONS

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Pomegranates and Heart Health

Preliminary evidence suggests that drinking pomegranate juice every day may help lower systolic blood pressure. University of Maryland Medical Center Introduction Pomegranates have been used as medicine for thousands of years. More recently, they have been called a “superfood” that can protect against disease. In laboratory tests, pomegranate shows antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. But more research is needed to determine whether it can help prevent or treat illness in humans. In addition, there is some concern that pomegranate juice… … Keep Reading

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Beet Juice Can Increase Exercise Endurance in Heart Failure Patients

After analysis, researchers found that exercise endurance improved by 24% after one week of daily beetroot juice consumption. American College of Cardiology March 08, 2016 Nitrates in beet juice may help improve blood flow and exercise ability. A daily serving of beet juice may improve quality of life for heart failure patients, based on recent findings linking beetroot juice to blood pressure reductions and improved exercise endurance. Published in JACC: Heart Failure, this study tested the benefits of beet juice… … Keep Reading

Lutein as an anti-inflammatory for heart disease

Lutein and the Reduction of Chronic Inflammation

Our study confirms that one particular carotenoid, lutein, can suppress long-term inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease. Medical News Today –July 7, 2017 A new study finds that lutein, a compound that gives egg yolk and some plants their color, can reduce chronic inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease. Researchers have recently found that lutein, a compound found in egg yolk, can reduce inflammation levels among patients with heart disease. In… … Keep Reading

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Canakinumab, an Anti-Inflammatory Medication, Reduces Risk of Second Heart Attack

For the first time, we’ve been able to definitively show that lowering inflammation independent of cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk   Harvard Gazette –August 27, 2017 –Haley Bridger Inflammation reduction cuts risk of heart attack, stroke   Trial study finds need for expensive interventions, such as bypass surgery, cut by more than 30 percent A significant reduction in risk of recurrent heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular death was found among people who received a targeted anti-inflammatory drug that lowered inflammation but… … Keep Reading

Can intermittent fasting reduce heart disease

Does Intermittent Fasting Reduce Heart Disease?

Regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to two days a week — can potentially improve your risk factors related to heart health. Mayo Clinic September 28, 2017 Is it true that occasionally following a fasting diet can reduce my risk of heart disease? Answers from Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.: Maybe. Researchers aren’t sure why, but it seems that regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to… … Keep Reading

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Devices that May Interfere with Pacemakers

  From the American Heart Assocation Anti-theft systems (also called electronic article surveillance or EAS): Interactions with EAS systems are unlikely to cause clinically significant symptoms in most patients. However, the American Heart Association recommends that you: Be aware that EAS systems may be hidden or camouflaged in entrances and exits in many businesses. Don’t stay near the EAS system longer than is necessary. Don’t lean on or stand close to an anti-theaft system. Metal detectors for security: Interactions with… … Keep Reading

MEDICATIONS

Comparing Blood-Thinners for Atrial Fibrillation

Apixaban [Eliquis] scores highest of all the NOACs, “on the balance of efficacy, safety and cost.” Pharmacy News December 5, 2017 Which NOAC scores highest for atrial fibrillation? New ranking may help guide decision-making Apixaban is the most efficient non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant (NOAC) for treating atrial fibrillation, according to the results of a meta-analysis including 95,000 patients from 23 randomised controlled trial. There’s already a large body of evidence that NOACs are at least as effective as warfarin and… … Keep Reading

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FDA: Atrial Fibrillation and New Oral Anticoagulant Drugs

From the US Food and Drug Administration October 2016 Ellis F. Unger, M.D. More than 3 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, a problem with the electrical system of the heart that causes an irregular heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation can produce palpitations, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, weakness, and chest pain, or may occur without symptoms. The main concern, however, is that atrial fibrillation can lead to the formation of blood clots in the heart, which can travel to the brain and… … Keep Reading

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Antidote for Pradaxa’s Blood Thinning Side Effects

Idarucizumab, given by injection, appears to stop the effect of dabigatran and allow the blood to clot. Harvard Health Letter –February, 2016 There’s encouraging news for people who take dabigatran (Pradaxa), a newer type of blood thinner that’s had a rare side effect of uncontrolled bleeding during surgery or accidents. In October 2015, the FDA approved an antidote called idarucizumab (Praxbind), which may be able to reverse dabigatran’s blood-thinning effects. Dabigatran was approved by the FDA in 2010 and welcomed… … Keep Reading

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Reversing the Effects of the New Anti-Clotting Drugs

Though catastrophic bleeding from the novel oral anticoagulants is extremely rare, the availability of antidotes reassures health care providers, patients, and their families. It changes the psychology of prescribing and tilts the balance more strongly toward the novel agents. Harvard Health Blog –December 9, 2018\6 –Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD The oral anticoagulant warfarin (Coumadin) became available for prescription in 1954. This anti-clotting drug commanded national attention when President Dwight Eisenhower received the drug as part of his treatment following a… … Keep Reading

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Issues in Heart Medication Adherence

Less than half of heart patients take their prescriptions as directed. American College of Cardiology Medication Adherence Remains Challenging for Heart Patients –January 2017– With less than half of heart patients taking their prescriptions as directed, increasing medication adherence is critical to improving public health, based on a recent review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Each year, heart disease accounts for roughly 125,000 preventable deaths—many of which result from patients failing to take life-saving medication. In… … Keep Reading

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Xarelto Approved for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (2011)

Source: www.stopafib.org Xarelto Approved by the FDA for Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention November 4, 2011 By Mellanie True Hills Summary: The FDA has approved a second alternative to warfarin, Xarelto (rivaroxaban), for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Xarelto (rivaroxaban) to reduce stroke risk in those who have non-valvular atrial fibrillation (afib that is not related to heart valve problems). Xarelto becomes the second oral alternative to warfarin and is considered a good… … Keep Reading

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Pomegranates and Heart Health

Preliminary evidence suggests that drinking pomegranate juice every day may help lower systolic blood pressure. University of Maryland Medical Center Introduction Pomegranates have been used as medicine for thousands of years. More recently, they have been called a “superfood” that can protect against disease. In laboratory tests, pomegranate shows antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. But more research is needed to determine whether it can help prevent or treat illness in humans. In addition, there is some concern that pomegranate juice… … Keep Reading

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Beet Juice Can Increase Exercise Endurance in Heart Failure Patients

After analysis, researchers found that exercise endurance improved by 24% after one week of daily beetroot juice consumption. American College of Cardiology March 08, 2016 Nitrates in beet juice may help improve blood flow and exercise ability. A daily serving of beet juice may improve quality of life for heart failure patients, based on recent findings linking beetroot juice to blood pressure reductions and improved exercise endurance. Published in JACC: Heart Failure, this study tested the benefits of beet juice… … Keep Reading

Lutein as an anti-inflammatory for heart disease

Lutein and the Reduction of Chronic Inflammation

Our study confirms that one particular carotenoid, lutein, can suppress long-term inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease. Medical News Today –July 7, 2017 A new study finds that lutein, a compound that gives egg yolk and some plants their color, can reduce chronic inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease. Researchers have recently found that lutein, a compound found in egg yolk, can reduce inflammation levels among patients with heart disease. In… … Keep Reading

Can intermittent fasting reduce heart disease

Does Intermittent Fasting Reduce Heart Disease?

Regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to two days a week — can potentially improve your risk factors related to heart health. Mayo Clinic September 28, 2017 Is it true that occasionally following a fasting diet can reduce my risk of heart disease? Answers from Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.: Maybe. Researchers aren’t sure why, but it seems that regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to… … Keep Reading

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Chocolate Intake and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Participants with higher levels of chocolate intake had a lower rate of clinically apparent incident AF or flutter. BMJ Journals — Volume 103, Issue 15 Chocolate intake and risk of clinically apparent atrial fibrillation: the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study Elizabeth Mostofsky, Martin Berg Johansen, Anne Tjønneland Harpreet S Chahal, Murray A Mittleman, Kim Overvad Abstract Objective To evaluate the association between chocolate intake and incident clinically apparent atrial fibrillation or flutter (AF). Methods The Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health… … Keep Reading

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Eating Chocolate is Associated with Reduced Heart Disease

It’s possible that people who like to eat chocolate do something else that offers heart protection, like eat a wide variety of healthful foods. Harvard Health Blog –June 16, 2015 –Howard LeWine, M.D. If you’re a chocoholic, the news out of England is tantalizing: middle-aged and older adults who eat up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day (that’s more than two standard Hershey bars) seem to have lower rates of heart disease than those who spurn chocolate. At least… … Keep Reading

Body and Mind

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Mindfulness and the Reduction of Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Significant reduction was observed in symptoms of anxiety and depression, perceived stress, blood pressure, and body mass index in patients of the mindfulness based stress reduction group after the completion of intervention assessment. Mindfulness-based stress reduction program in coronary heart disease: A randomized control trial International Journal of Yoga 2013 6(2): 111–117 Background Psychological risk factors such as anxiety and depression have been associated with coronary heart disease (CHD). Stress can have an impact on the risk factors for the… … Keep Reading

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Depression Increases Risk Factors After a Heart Attack

One study found that the risk of death in heart attack survivors with depression was three times that of those without depression. –From Harvard Heart Letter –November, 2016– Depression and heart disease: A two-way street All people have days when they feel sad, gloomy, or down in the dumps. But if those feelings last for weeks and you gradually stop feeling hopeful or happy about anything in your life, you may have depression. Like heart disease, depression is common, so… … Keep Reading

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Capitalizing on Placebo Effects to Improve Outcome in Cardiac Surgery

Six months after surgery, patients receiving the EXPECT intervention showed significantly larger improvements in health-related disability. .From BMC: On Medicine —Conclusion— Altogether, our finding indicates that optimizing patients’ pre-surgery expectations helps to improve long-term health after CABG. This has important implications: Beyond striving for advancing the treatment itself, we should focus on the context around the mere surgical procedure. By optimizing the context, patients can benefit more from the same surgery. Placebo mechanisms such as expectations can be utilized to… … Keep Reading

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Depression and Cardiovascular Disease: a Clinical Review

From the European Heart Journal –Abstract– Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and depression are common. Patients with CVD have more depression than the general population. Persons with depression are more likely to eventually develop CVD and also have a higher mortality rate than the general population. Patients with CVD, who are also depressed, have a worse outcome than those patients who are not depressed. There is a graded relationship: the more severe the depression, the higher the subsequent risk of mortality and… … Keep Reading

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Stress Is More Likely to Constrict Blood Vessels in Women

December 21, 2017 –Source: American Heart Association– Summary: In women with heart disease, constriction of peripheral vessels during mental stress affects the heart circulation more than men’s, potentially raising women’s risk of heart-related events and death. FULL STORY In women with heart disease, constriction of peripheral vessels during mental stress affects the heart circulation more than men’s, potentially raising women’s risk of heart-related events and death, according to new research in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, an American Heart Association… … Keep Reading

Link Between PTSD and Heart Disease

Study adds evidence on link between PTSD and heart failure March 31, 2015 In a study of more than 8,000 Veterans living in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, those with posttraumatic stress disorder had a nearly 50 percent greater risk of developing heart failure over about a seven-year follow-up period, compared with their non-PTSD peers. The findings appear in the April 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The study adds to a growing body of evidence linking… … Keep Reading

Lifestyle

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A Single Bout of Exercise is Cardioprotective

  Repeatedly exposing the heart to short, non-life-threatening episodes of ischemia — an inadequate supply of blood to the heart — makes the heart more resistant to a more serious, future ischemia episode.   Medical News Today –December 10, 2017 –Ana Sandiou How a single bout of exercise instantly protects the heart An acute episode of exercise can ‘train’ the heart and protect it against future damage. The results of the new research — led by Dick Thijssen, who is… … Keep Reading

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Green Tea May Lower Heart Disease Risk

A study of 40,530 Japanese adults found that participants who drank more than five cups of green tea a day had a 26% lower risk of death from heart attack or stroke [Note that correlation is not cause and effect; tea drinkers may have other characteristics that are cardioprotective] Harvard Heart Letter December, 2012 Lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease may be as easy as drinking green tea. Studies suggest this light, aromatic tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides,… … Keep Reading

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Frequent Spicy Food Consumption Linked with Longer Lfe

People who eat spicy foods nearly every day have a 14% chance of living longer than those who consume spicy foods less than once a week, according to a new study Harvard School of Public Health –August 4, 2015 – Regular spicy food eaters also are less likely to die from cancer and heart and respiratory diseases than those who eat spicy foods infrequently. “The findings are highly novel,” said Lu Qi, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at… … Keep Reading

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Mindfulness and the Reduction of Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Significant reduction was observed in symptoms of anxiety and depression, perceived stress, blood pressure, and body mass index in patients of the mindfulness based stress reduction group after the completion of intervention assessment. Mindfulness-based stress reduction program in coronary heart disease: A randomized control trial International Journal of Yoga 2013 6(2): 111–117 Background Psychological risk factors such as anxiety and depression have been associated with coronary heart disease (CHD). Stress can have an impact on the risk factors for the… … Keep Reading

How Sleep Apnea Affects the Heart

  Researchers estimate that untreated sleep apnea may raise the risk of dying from heart disease by up to five times.   Harvard Heart Letter Published: February, 2013   Poor-quality sleep and heart disease are connected  We’ve all heard stories about super snorers, whose snorts and snores rattle windows and awaken the neighbors. Many of these people suffer from sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway becomes blocked, or the muscles that control breathing stop moving. Either way, breathing stops…… … Keep Reading

The Benefits of Meditation

People who practice meditation are significantly less likely to have a heart attack or stroke or die within five years. Harvard Health Letter Published: August, 2013   Meditation offers significant heart benefits It helps reduce stress and anxiety, which can lower heart rate and blood pressure while reducing harmful hormones. There’s more to heart attack and stroke prevention than medications, exercise, and diet. The latest research confirms that people who practice meditation are significantly less likely to have a heart… … Keep Reading

Research

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Chocolate Intake and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Participants with higher levels of chocolate intake had a lower rate of clinically apparent incident AF or flutter. BMJ Journals — Volume 103, Issue 15 Chocolate intake and risk of clinically apparent atrial fibrillation: the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study Elizabeth Mostofsky, Martin Berg Johansen, Anne Tjønneland Harpreet S Chahal, Murray A Mittleman, Kim Overvad Abstract Objective To evaluate the association between chocolate intake and incident clinically apparent atrial fibrillation or flutter (AF). Methods The Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health… … Keep Reading

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Frequent Spicy Food Consumption Linked with Longer Lfe

People who eat spicy foods nearly every day have a 14% chance of living longer than those who consume spicy foods less than once a week, according to a new study Harvard School of Public Health –August 4, 2015 – Regular spicy food eaters also are less likely to die from cancer and heart and respiratory diseases than those who eat spicy foods infrequently. “The findings are highly novel,” said Lu Qi, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at… … Keep Reading

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Does Saturated Fat Clot Arteries?

Saturated Fat Does Not Clog the Arteries –Coronary Heart Disease Is a Chronic Inflammatory Condition, the Risk of Which Can Be Effectively Reduced From Healthy Lifestyle Interventions– –Abstract and Introduction– Coronary artery disease pathogenesis and treatment urgently requires a paradigm shift. Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong. A landmark systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies showed no association between saturated fat consumption and… … Keep Reading

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Cochrane Review: Statins are Effective Even Without Indications of Cardiovascular Disease

Conclusion Of 1000 people treated with a statin for five years, 18 would avoid a major CVD event which compares well with other treatments used for preventing cardiovascular disease. Taking statins did not increase the risk of serious adverse effects such as cancer. Statins are likely to be cost-effective in primary prevention. Reductions in all-cause mortality, major vascular events and revascularisations were found with no excess of adverse events among people without evidence of CVD treated with statins. Abstract Cardiovascular… … Keep Reading

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Blood Pressure Targets for Hypertension in Older Adults

Review question What is the optimal blood pressure (BP) target when treating older adults with high blood pressure? Background Elevated BP in older adults is common and higher pressures increase the risk of adverse health events such as stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and death. Lowering BP with drugs has been shown to reduce the risk of these serious health events but the optimal BP target when treating older adults is not known. Study characteristics We systematically retrieved all randomised… … Keep Reading

Coffee Consumption and Health

Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages worldwide. As such, even small individual health effects could be important on a population scale. There have been mixed conclusions as to whether coffee consumption is beneficial or harmful to health, and this varies between outcomes. Roasted coffee is a complex mixture of over 1000 bioactive compounds, some with potentially therapeutic antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifibrotic, or anticancer effects that provide biological plausibility for recent epidemiological associations. Key active compounds include caffeine, chlorogenic… … Keep Reading

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Can intermittent fasting reduce heart disease

Does Intermittent Fasting Reduce Heart Disease?

Regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to two days a week — can potentially improve your risk factors related to heart health. Mayo Clinic September 28, 2017 Is it true that occasionally following a fasting diet can reduce my risk of heart disease? Answers from Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.: Maybe. Researchers aren’t sure why, but it seems that regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to… … Keep Reading

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Returning to Life After Cardiac Arrest

Cardiologists need to be on the lookout for things that are not cardiological. American Heart Association News –January 11, 2018 Cardiac arrest survivors have trouble returning to work, social life Tom Parker was 32 when his heart suddenly stopped. At home in Washington, D.C., his wife quickly started CPR with guidance from a 911 dispatcher. An emergency medical technician arrived on the scene minutes later. Using a portable defibrillator, he shocked Parker’s heart to get it pumping again. Parker was… … Keep Reading

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Antidote for Pradaxa’s Blood Thinning Side Effects

Idarucizumab, given by injection, appears to stop the effect of dabigatran and allow the blood to clot. Harvard Health Letter –February, 2016 There’s encouraging news for people who take dabigatran (Pradaxa), a newer type of blood thinner that’s had a rare side effect of uncontrolled bleeding during surgery or accidents. In October 2015, the FDA approved an antidote called idarucizumab (Praxbind), which may be able to reverse dabigatran’s blood-thinning effects. Dabigatran was approved by the FDA in 2010 and welcomed… … Keep Reading

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Eating Chocolate is Associated with Reduced Heart Disease

It’s possible that people who like to eat chocolate do something else that offers heart protection, like eat a wide variety of healthful foods. Harvard Health Blog –June 16, 2015 –Howard LeWine, M.D. If you’re a chocoholic, the news out of England is tantalizing: middle-aged and older adults who eat up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day (that’s more than two standard Hershey bars) seem to have lower rates of heart disease than those who spurn chocolate. At least… … Keep Reading

How Sleep Apnea Affects the Heart

  Researchers estimate that untreated sleep apnea may raise the risk of dying from heart disease by up to five times.   Harvard Heart Letter Published: February, 2013   Poor-quality sleep and heart disease are connected  We’ve all heard stories about super snorers, whose snorts and snores rattle windows and awaken the neighbors. Many of these people suffer from sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway becomes blocked, or the muscles that control breathing stop moving. Either way, breathing stops…… … Keep Reading

The Benefits of Meditation

People who practice meditation are significantly less likely to have a heart attack or stroke or die within five years. Harvard Health Letter Published: August, 2013   Meditation offers significant heart benefits It helps reduce stress and anxiety, which can lower heart rate and blood pressure while reducing harmful hormones. There’s more to heart attack and stroke prevention than medications, exercise, and diet. The latest research confirms that people who practice meditation are significantly less likely to have a heart… … Keep Reading

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