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Heart Health Knowledge Among Americans

Fewer than half of Americans knew back or jaw pain and nausea/vomiting can be heart attack indicators. Highlights Only Half Of Americans Say They Know CPR The results reveal Americans also confuse heart attack & stroke symptoms A online survey conducted conducted by the Cleveland Clinic among a national probability dual-sample consisting of 1,007 adults, 470 men and 537 women 18 years of age and older found the folowing:  –Slightly more than half of Americans (fifty four percent) say they know…

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Heart Disease Risk in Women

 Many women say their physicians never talk to them about coronary risk and sometimes don’t even recognize the symptoms, mistaking them instead for signs of panic disorder, stress, and even hypochondria.  Highlights  Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women In a survey conducted by the American Heart Association, about half of the women interviewed knew that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, yet only 13% said it was their greatest personal health risk. Top heart attack…

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What are my odds of dying from heart disease?

  Heart Disease in the United States About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.   Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually. Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack. Center for Disease Control and…

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Nudging People Towards Cardiac Rehab

Changing the referral process for cardiac rehabilitation to opt-out rather than opt-in caused referral rates to jump from 12 percent to 75 percent in nine months at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Hospital ‘nudges’ providers to increase cardiac rehab referral by 63% Highlights “We started bringing cardiac rehab into our conversations with patients and adding it to discharge documentation and conversations following discharge as well. Now this is part of our daily workflow.” The project was part of…

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Height and Heart Disease Risk

  Lower than Average Height Increases Risk of Heart Disease   Highlights For every 2.5 inches below average height, risk of heart disease increased about 14 percent; this was more pronounced in men than women.  200,000 people in the United Kingdom were studied. For every 2.5 inches below average height, risk of heart disease increased about 14 percent; this was more pronounced in men than women.   The risk of getting heart disease due to your height is much less than…

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How Does High Altitude Affect People with Heart Problems?

Highlights High Altitude Exposure Among People With Cardiovascular Conditions   Physiological acclimatization to altitude can impose an increased workload on the cardiovascular system. At high altitudes, considered those higher than 2500 m (~8200 ft) above sea level, physiologic responses may start to represent challenges for the human body. High altitude is associated with progressive reduction in barometric pressure, air temperature, and humidity. A reduction in barometric pressure results in “hypobaric hypoxia.” High altitude is associated with increases in systemic blood…

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