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Most Diagnostic Tests Miss Heart Attacks

  63% of the myocardial infarctions identified by cardiosvacular medical imaging were missed in routine medical care,  Highlights Most Heart Attacks Are Missed in Routine Medical Care Unrecognised heart attacks  refer to sub-clinical events that are missed in routine medical care but are picked up by electrocardiogram (ECG) or by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging, which is more accurate.  63% (156 out of 247) of the myocardial infarctions identified by CMR were missed in routine medical care,” said Dr Acharya.…

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Statins and Weight Gain

Individuals prescribed statin therapy for high cholesterol levels have increased their caloric intake by nearly 10% and their intake of fat by 14% over a recent 10-year period, while no changes in eating habits have been observed among statin nonusers.  Highlights Individuals prescribed a statin had a larger increase in body-mass index (BMI) than those who weren’t taking the lipid-lowering medication. Statin users were consuming an extra 192 kcal per day in 2009–2010 than they were in 1999–2000, and this…

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Atrial Fibrillation, Strokes and Blood Thinners

  On average, people with AFib are 5 times more likely to suffer a stroke than those with a normal heartbeat CardioSmart      American College of Cardiology Understanding Risks of Stroke and Blood Thinners If you have atrial fibrillation (AFib), your heart beats irregularly. As a result, your heart has a harder time pumping blood out and to the body. When this happens, blood can pool in the heart and form clots. If a blood clot travels through the…

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