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  • Ravens fans give Ray Rice standing ovation during practice

    07/29/2014 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 44 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 29 July 2014 | http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/07/29/baltimore-ravens-fans-ray-rice-standing-ovation?xid=nl_siextra
    Baltimore Ravens fans gave running back Ray Rice a standing ovation as he jogged onto the field during training camp practice on Monday, according to the team's website. Rice acknowledged the cheering fans by pointing to the crowd. Rice was seen on video in February dragging his then-fiancée out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. He was charged with third-degree aggravated assault after Janay Palmer, whom he later married, was left unconscious following the incident. Rice agreed to enter into a diversion program to avoid a jail sentence. More: Lenient penalty for Ray Rice troubling proof of where NFL's priorities...
  • Gestational diabetes may raise risk for future heart disease

    03/16/2014 12:21:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Science Recorder ^ | March 14, 2014 | James Fluere
    History of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Future Risk of Atherosclerosis in Mid‐life: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study Gestational diabetes can be controlled with meal planning, activity and occasionally insulin or other types of medications. Science Recorder | James Fluere | Friday, March 14, 2014 According to a statement from the American Heart Association, gestational diabetes — a condition characterized by high blood sugar levels that is first recognized during pregnancy — may increase risk for heart disease in midlife. Fortunately, the condition can be controlled with meal planning, activity and occasionally insulin or other types of...
  • New Questions Raised About Italian Cardiologists Already Under Cloud Of Suspicion (Updated)

    10/09/2013 6:45:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/02/2013 | Larry Husten
    (Updated with a response from Dr. Maria Grazia Modena) New questions are being raised about the integrity and reliability of research published by a prominent Italian cardiologist and her colleagues. Last November, as previous reported here, Maria Grazia Modena, a former president of the Italian Society of Cardiology, and 8 other Italian cardiologists were arrested as part of a broad investigation into serious medical misconduct at Modena Hospital. To date the Italian authorities have not issued any indictments, but at least one aspect of the investigation appears to involve unauthorized research and failing to obtain informed consent from patients in...
  • New 'Health' Plan: Deliberately 'Slow' Elevators Make People Climb Stairs (Bloomberg)

    08/07/2013 1:09:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 7, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) As part of his ongoing campaign to transform New York City into what he calls Fit City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is promoting active design for low-income housing developments being built there, including plans to prompt residents to use the stairs and rooftop gardens for growing healthy foods. In 2010, the Bloomberg Administration and other public and private sector groups issued the Active Design Guidelines, which promotes car-free neighborhoods, encourages physical movement inside buildings and improves access to nutritious food.The Center for Action Design was launched next as a resource for architects and developers who sign on to the...
  • Rare mutation prompts race for cholesterol drug

    07/15/2013 12:16:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Times via Columbus Dispatch (OH) ^ | July 14, 2013 | Gina Kolata
    She was a 32-year-old aerobics instructor from a Dallas suburb healthy, college-educated, with two young children. Nothing out of the ordinary, except one thing. Her cholesterol was astoundingly low. Her low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, the form that promotes heart disease, was 14, a level unheard-of in healthy adults, whose normal level is over 100. The reason: a rare gene mutation she had inherited from both parents. Only one other person, a young, healthy Zimbabwean woman whose LDL cholesterol was 15, has ever been found with the same mutation. The discovery of the mutation and of the two women with...
  • Association of low vitamin D levels with risk of CHD events differs by race, ethnicity

    07/10/2013 12:44:16 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 9, 2013 | NA
    In a multiethnic group of adults, low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration was associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease events among white or Chinese participants but not among black or Hispanic participants, results that suggest that the risks and benefits of vitamin D supplementation should be evaluated carefully across race and ethnicity, according to a study in the July 10 issue of JAMA. "Low circulating concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) have been consistently associated with increased risk of clinical and subclinical coronary heart disease (CHD). Whether this relationship is causal and modifiable with vitamin D supplementation has not yet...
  • Alzheimer's disease drugs linked to reduced risk of heart attacks

    06/04/2013 6:15:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Medical Express ^ | June 4th, 2013 | NA
    Drugs that are used for treating Alzheimer's disease in its early stages are linked to a reduced risk of heart attacks and death, according to a large study of over 7,000 people with Alzheimer's disease in Sweden.The research, which is published online today (Wednesday) in the European Heart Journal [1], looked at cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs), such as donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine, which are used for treating mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease [2]. Side-effects of ChEIs include a beneficial effect on the vagus nerve, which controls the rate at which the heart beats, and some experimental studies have suggested that ChEIs...
  • The Scheme to Make America Fat - Can Americans become thinner?

    05/12/2013 2:37:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 121 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.10.13 | MARTA H. MOSSBURG
    In the 2008 Pixar movie WALL.E, humans so clogged up the earth with garbage they had to move to spaceships. Motorized chairs ferried the obese blobs portraying people of the future, who sipped liquids from massive cups and sat mesmerized by video screens. It was both funny and scary in its assessment of Americas throw-away, fast-food culture where convenience is everything and self-control and direction outsourced to technology. At the time of the movie it was part of an emerging chorus of voices decrying Americans growing girth. Five years later it is almost impossible to go a day without seeing...
  • Another Disappointing Study For Fish Oil Supplements

    05/08/2013 8:51:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/08/2013 | Larry Husten
    Another large study has failed to find any benefits for fish oil supplements. The Italian Risk and Prevention Study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, enrolled 12,513 people who had not had a myocardial infarction but had evidence of atherosclerosis or had multiple cardiovascular risk factors. The patients were randomized to either a fish oil supplement (1 gram daily of n-3 fatty acids) or placebo. After 5 years of followup, the primary endpoint the time to death from cardiovascular causes or admission to the hospital for cardiovascular causes had occurred in 11.7% of the fish oil group versus...
  • A New Reason Why Red Meat, and Some Energy Drinks, May Be Bad for Our Heart

    04/09/2013 2:35:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 59 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 7 April 2013 | Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
    Our guts are awash in bacteria, and now a new study fingers them as culprits in heart disease. A complicated dance between the microbes and a component of red meat could help explain how the food might cause atherosclerosis. The work also has implications for certain energy drinks and energy supplements, which contain the same nutrient that these bacteria like chasing after. Red meat is considered bad news when it comes to heart health, although studies aren't consistent about how much can hurt and whether it always does. Furthermore, it's not clear which components of meat are doing harm. Various...
  • New culprit for red meat health risks

    04/08/2013 1:49:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 8 April 2013 | Emma Stoye
    Gut bacteria may convert a nutrient found in red meat into a compound that can damage the heartThe link between red meat and poor heart health has traditionally been blamed on cholesterol, but new evidence suggests this isn't the whole story. US researchers found that carnitine, a nutrient found in red meat, is converted into a metabolite that promotes cardiovascular disease by gut bacteria. This may mean that the popular practice of taking carnitine supplements to build muscle is unwise.The cholesterol and saturated fat content of red meat is not sufficient to account for increased cardiac risk, says lead author...
  • Jailed 23 years, NY man is freed, has heart attack

    03/23/2013 3:23:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 23, 2013 | NA
    Associated Press NEW YORK A New York City man whose murder conviction was overturned after 23 years in prison has suffered a heart attack on his second day of freedom. David Ranta's lawyer tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/102uUVo ) the former inmate had a serious heart attack Friday night and is being treated at a New York hospital. Ranta walked out of jail Thursday after a judge threw out his conviction in the 1990 killing of a Brooklyn rabbi...
  • Cholesterol limits lose their lustre

    03/02/2013 10:24:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 69 replies
    Nature News ^ | 26 February 2013 | Heidi Ledford
    Revised guidelines for heart health are set to move away from target-based approach. Soon after Joseph Francis learned that his levels of bad LDL cholesterol sat at twice the norm, he discovered the shortcomings of cholesterol-lowering drugs and of the clinical advice guiding their use. Francis, the director of clinical analysis and reporting at the Veterans Health Administration (VA) in Washington DC, started taking Lipitor (atorvastatin), a cholesterol-lowering statin and the best-selling drug in pharmaceutical history. His LDL plummeted, but still hovered just above a target mandated by clinical guidelines. Adding other medications had no effect, and upping the...
  • Researchers Develop Injectable Gel to Repair Damaged Hearts

    02/25/2013 9:31:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Voice of America ^ | February 21, 2013 | Jessica Berman
    People who suffer heart attacks are at increased risk of having a second and potentially fatal occurrence because of the damage the heart attack does to cardiac muscle tissue. Now scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a new biomaterial - an injectable hydrogel  - that can repair the damage from heart attacks, and help promote the growth of new heart tissue.   Millions of people around the world suffer heart attacks every year and survive. These traumatic events occur when blood supply to the heart muscles is somehow blocked, robbing them of oxygen and causing them...
  • The Mediterranean Diet: The New Gold Standard?

    02/25/2013 4:33:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/25/2013 | Larry Husten
    Comment Now Follow Comments Earlier today I summarized the important new PREDIMED study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing the cardiovascular benefits of the Mediterranean diet. This study a rare and much welcome instance of a large randomized controlled study of a diet powered to reach conclusions about important cardiovascular endpoints has been widely praised and will undoubtedly have a major effect in the field of nutrition and will influence lots of people to adopt some form of a Mediterranean diet. The studys major potential weakness appears to be that the control group didnt get a fair...
  • Today's U.S. Soldiers Fitter Than Decades Ago: Report

    12/31/2012 8:58:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | December 26, 2012 | Steven Reinberg
    However, study found those serving in Afghanistan, Iraq still had beginnings of heart diseaseHealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan had been healthier than troops in previous wars, military researchers report.Although almost 9 percent of those autopsied had some degree of atherosclerosis (or "hardening") of their coronary arteries, which can lead to heart disease, this was far lower than seen in soldiers who died in Vietnam or Korea, researchers say.Similar studies had shown that 77 percent of soldiers in the Korean War and 45 percent in the Vietnam War had atherosclerosis,...
  • Gut bacteria may affect cardiovascular risk

    12/10/2012 7:22:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | December 4, 2012 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Antioxidant-producing microbes may keep atherosclerotic plaques in place Though atherosclerosis is an artery problem, microscopic denizens of the intestines may play a surprising role in how the disease plays out. A new study suggests that different mixes of intestinal microbes may determine whether people will have heart attacks or strokes brought on by break-away plaque from the arteries. Compared with healthy people, heart disease patients who have had strokes or other complications of atherosclerosis carry fewer microbes that make anti-inflammatory compounds. These patients also have more bacteria that produce inflammation-triggering molecules, researchers report online December 4 in Nature Communications. Inflammation...
  • Chelation-therapy heart trial draws fire

    11/14/2012 10:42:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 14 November 2012 | Ewen Callaway
    Critics not persuaded that metal-snaring treatment works. With millions of Americans regularly using complementary medicines, researchers usually applaud efforts to test and debunk folk treatments such as echinacea, a herbal supplement often deployed against the common cold. But what if a trial shows that an alternative therapy might work? That is the case for a study funded by the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The trial hints that a fringe therapy intended to sop up metal ions in the blood might reduce participants risk of...
  • Vitamin D Gene Changes May Drive Disease

    11/14/2012 10:15:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | November 13, 2012 | Cole Petrochko
    ReviewedbyRobert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner Action Points Certain variations in the vitamin D receptor gene may influence the clinical effects of low vitamin D levels in some chronic diseases.Note that patients in the cohort without the genetic polymorphism showed no association between low 25(OH)D levels and outcomes such as hip fracture, myocardial infarction, cancer, and death. Variations in the vitamin D receptor gene may influence the clinical effects of low vitamin D levels in some chronic diseases, researchers found.Among patients with low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin...
  • Stem cells from strangers can repair hearts

    11/08/2012 10:46:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    lubbockonline.com ^ | November 8, 2012 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks. In a study, stem cells donated by strangers proved as safe and effective as patients own cells for helping restore heart tissue. The work involved just 30 patients in Miami and Baltimore, but it proves the concept that anyones cells can be used to treat such cases. Doctors are excited because this suggests that stem cells could be banked for off-the-shelf use after heart attacks, just as blood is kept on hand now. The study used a specific...
  • Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetic Heart Patients: Study

    11/06/2012 2:11:14 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    HealthDay via NewsDay ^ | November 5, 2012 | E.J. Mundell
    For a subset of heart patients who are both diabetic and have more than one clogged artery, bypass surgery appears to outperform the use of artery-widening stents, a major new trial finds. The study adds more evidence that bypass is the preferred approach for this type of patient, according to experts discussing the findings Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Los Angeles. "This has the potential to change clinical practice," said Dr. Alice Jacobs, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and interventional cardiology at Boston Medical Center. In her commentary, she said the results of...
  • Common heart treatment fails to help - Beta blockers may offer little against heart attack, stroke

    10/05/2012 10:59:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | October 2nd, 2012 | Nathan Seppa
    Beta blockers may offer little against heart attack, stroke Commonly prescribed drugs called beta blockers fail to protect against heart attacks and strokes even while helping to control heart rate and blood pressure, researchers report in the Oct. 3 Journal of the American Medical Association. Beta blockers also didnt lessen the odds of a heart-related death, in heart attack patients or others at risk, over a median follow-up of 44 months. The American Heart Association had previously discouraged the long-term use of beta blockers as a postheart attack treatment beyond three years. The new findings further dim the prospects for...
  • Cancer overtakes heart disease among US Hispanics

    09/25/2012 2:32:40 AM PDT · by neverdem
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 17, 2012 | Associated Press
    Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the No. 1 killer among Hispanics in the U.S., and the rest of the country may be only a few years behind. The change is not exactly cause for alarm. Death rates for both cancer and heart disease have been dropping for Hispanics and everyone else. It's just that heart disease deaths have fallen faster, largely because of improved treatment and prevention, including the development of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Overall, cancer will probably replace heart disease as the nation's top cause of death in the next 10 years, said Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer...
  • Anti-inflammatories tied to cardiac risk

    09/11/2012 12:03:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | September 10th, 2012 | Nathan Seppa
    Heart attack survivors using certain painkillers are more likely to die or suffer another event People who have survived a heart attack seem to increase their risk of having another one, or of dying, by taking common painkillers called NSAIDs, a popular class of drugs that includes ibuprofen. The unsettling link between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and heart attack risk is not new. The American Heart Association released guidelines in 2007 discouraging the use of any NSAIDs among people with a history of cardiovascular disease. Researchers in Denmark now bolster that link with the largest study to date of NSAID use...
  • Study: Belly Fat Officially the Worst

    08/30/2012 12:37:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 69 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 28, 2012 | Lindsay Abrams
    Having a normal overall BMI and a beer belly ("abdominal obesity") was found to be more dangerous than having a BMI in the obese range.BrewBooks/FlickrPROBLEM: While the relationship between obesity and cardiovascular health is well understood, less is known about the risks associated with "central obesity," or excessive fat concentrated around the abdomen. A gut, if you will. Are those with fat primarily in this region at higher risk of death due to cardiovascular problems than those who are obese? METHODOLOGY: A representative sample of 12,785 American adults was culled from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, which...
  • Panel recommends against ECG tests for heart disease

    08/02/2012 5:38:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 31, 2012 | Genevra Pittman
    Testing electrical activity of the heart using an electrocardiogram is unlikely to help doctors figure out who is at risk of coronary heart disease, according to recommendations from a U.S. government-backed panel. The United States Preventive Services Task Force wrote on Monday that there's no good evidence the test, also known as an ECG, helps doctors predict heart risks any better than traditional considerations such as smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol levels in people with no symptoms. "It could potentially be helpful if we had evidence that doing a test like an ECG or an exercise ECG would better classify...
  • New York trans fat ban has cut consumption, study finds

    07/24/2012 7:16:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 16, 2012 | Mary MacVean
    Since the city banned trans fats in restaurant food in 2008, diners have consumed 2.4 fewer grams of trans fats per lunch, which should mean better health, researchers say. A New York regulation that took effect in 2008 prohibits all restaurants (Kathy Willens / Associated)New York City's pioneering ban on all but the smallest amounts of trans fats in restaurant food has led to a significant reduction in consumption, a change that should translate into better cardiovascular health in the nation's largest city, according to a new report. It also demonstrates that coffee shops, fast-food joints and other eateries can...
  • Scientists Spot How Cox-2 Painkillers Raise Heart Risks

    05/07/2012 4:08:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Drugs.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | NA
    New research has uncovered how some cox-2 painkillers increase the risk for both heart attacks and stroke. The once popular cox-2 drugs, Vioxx and Bextra, were pulled off the market in 2004 and 2005, respectively, after research showed that both raised the chances of cardiovascular trouble. Meanwhile, Celebrex, a painkiller in the same drug class that remains on the market, carries a "black box" warning alerting patients to potential heart risks. Now, a team of scientists from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia say that, although cox-2 inhibitors are very good at inhibiting the workings of the cox-2 enzyme --...
  • Really? Optimism Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease

    04/24/2012 5:41:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR
    Laughter may not exactly be the best medicine. But a cheerful outlook on life may be good for your heart. So concludes new research on the impact of happiness and optimism on cardiovascular health. Scientists have known about the reverse relationship between psychological health and heart health for some time; studies show that depression and anxiety can worsen outcomes for heart patients. But the findings on happiness and its medical impact over the years have not been as consistent. In a new analysis, researchers at Harvard sought a more definitive conclusion by reviewing the results of more than 200 studies...
  • Cheney File Traces Heart Care Milestones

    04/24/2012 3:35:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, M.D.
    WASHINGTON For a man who has long battled advanced heart disease, Dick Cheney has had a remarkable streak of being in the right place at the right time. Now 71, the former vice president has survived five heart attacks, the first of them at the age of 37. Even before he received a heart transplant a month ago today, Mr. Cheney had benefited from just about every procedure, technology and class of drug available to people with his condition atherosclerosis, in which fatty deposits block blood flow in the arteries. Indeed, Mr. Cheneys medical history could almost be...
  • No Extra Benefits Are Seen in Stents for Coronary Artery Disease (Stable Coronary Artery Disease)

    02/27/2012 6:48:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 27, 2012 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    The common practice of inserting a stent to repair a narrowed artery has no benefit over standard medical care in treating stable coronary artery disease, according to a new review of randomized controlled trials published on Monday. Stable coronary artery disease is the type of heart ailment that causes angina, or chest pain, after physical exercise or emotional stress but generally not at other times. The review did not include studies of the emergency use of stents for heart attacks. Stent implantation involves a procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention, or P.C.I., in which a surgeon inserts a mesh tube made...
  • Newt Gingrich asked for open marriage, former wife says

    01/19/2012 11:03:36 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 217 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 1/19/12 | Shira Schoenberg
    An ex-wife of Newt Gingrich told ABC Newss Nightline that the Republican presidential candidate wanted an open marriage. In a published clip of Brian Rosss interview with Marianne Gingrich, which will air tonight, Marianne Gingrich said her husband wanted her to accept the fact that he had a mistress. He was asking to have an open marriage and I refused, she said. Marianne Gingrich said Newt Gingrich admitted to his six-year affair with Callista, a congressional aide who is now married to the candidate. Newt Gingrich allegedly said Callista doesnt care what I do. Asked for her response, Marianne Gingrich...
  • ABC interviewed Gingrich ex-wife (She could "end his career")

    01/19/2012 6:52:01 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 297 replies
    AP ^ | 01/18/2012 | DAVID BAUDER
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) - An ABC News executive tells The Associated Press that the network has interviewed Newt Gingrich's second wife and is likely to air the segment Thursday on "Nightline."</p>
  • Newt Unloads On Lib. Media For Jumping At Ex-Wife Story But Not Covering Obama's "Failures"(Video)

    01/19/2012 10:42:01 AM PST · by Red Steel · 127 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Jan 19, 2012 11:41 AM EST | Greg Hengler
    Greg Hengler - "I wish Ann Curry had the same umpf, passion, and tenacity when interviewing liberals and Democrats. Geez." Below is my dictation of the interview of Ann Curry questioning Newt Gingrich after reading the propaganda NYT editorial. Curry - Are you intentionally playing the race card to win votes? Gingrich - You know modern liberals are just, I think frankly, are totally off the deep end. I went to the Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast Monday morning with the Republican Congressman who is an African-American Tim Scott. We talked about the corridor of shame, which president Obama campaigned...
  • Former Gingrich Wife Says He Asked for Open Marriage

    01/19/2012 7:51:31 AM PST · by maggief · 340 replies
    NYTimes ^ | January 19, 2012 | TRIP GABRIEL
    EXCERPT Paraphrasing Marianne Gingrichs account, Mr. Ross said, He came to her and said I want to stay married to you and still have an affair with Callista. Marianne said Mr. Gingrich asked her share him, Mr. Ross said. That was unacceptable to her and the marriage ended.
  • Prince Philip Has Heart Procedure At Papworth Hospital (90 Year Old Gets Cardiac Stent)

    12/23/2011 7:46:58 PM PST · by goldstategop · 67 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12./23/2011 | BBC News
    Prince Philip was treated for a blocked coronary artery and a successful "invasive procedure of coronary stenting" was performed. The duke, aged 90, had been taken from Sandringham to the cardiothoracic unit at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire. The Royal Family had been gathering at Sandringham, a traditional royal retreat in Norfolk, for Christmas. The palace said that following tests the duke was was found to have a blocked coronary artery which had caused his chest pains. This was treated successfully by the minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.
  • Fructose consumption increases risk factors for heart disease

    07/28/2011 6:23:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    The Endocrine Society ^ | July 28, 2011 | Unknown
    Study suggests US Dietary Guideline for upper limit of sugar consumption is too highA recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for two weeks as 25 percent of their daily calorie requirement had increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which have been shown to be indicators of increased risk for heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that people consume only five percent of calories as added sugar. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 suggest an upper limit of 25 percent...
  • Today's teens will die younger of heart disease

    11/16/2011 3:06:05 PM PST · by decimon · 22 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | November 16, 2011
    High blood sugar, obesity, poor diet, smoking, little exercise make adolescents unhealthiest in US historyCHICAGO --- A new study that takes a complete snapshot of adolescent cardiovascular health in the United States reveals a dismal picture of teens who are likely to die of heart disease at a younger age than adults do today, reports Northwestern Medicine research. "We are all born with ideal cardiovascular health, but right now we are looking at the loss of that health in youth," said Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., chair and associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a...
  • Troubles With Heart Are Linked to HPV

    10/24/2011 11:01:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 24, 2011 | DENISE GRADY
    THE HYPOTHESIS Human papillomavirus may increase the chances of heart disease by suppressing an important gene. THE INVESTIGATOR Dr. Kenichi Fujise, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and colleagues. A new study suggests that a common sexually transmitted virus already linked to cancer may also cause cardiovascular disease. Women infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV, are two to three times as likely as uninfected women to have had a heart attack or stroke, according to a report published on Monday in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology. HPV is known to cause cancer of the cervix,...
  • Short Term Use of Painkillers Could Be Dangerous to Heart Patients

    05/11/2011 12:06:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 10, 2011 | NA
    Even short-term use of some painkillers could be dangerous for people who've had a heart attack, according to research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers analyzed the duration of prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) treatment and cardiovascular risk in a nationwide Danish cohort of patients with prior heart attack. They found the use of NSAIDs was associated with a 45 percent increased risk of death or recurrent heart attack within as little as one week of treatment, and a 55 percent increased risk if treatment extended to three months. The study was limited by its observational...
  • Is Sugar Toxic?

    04/19/2011 3:11:57 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 43 replies
    NYTimes ^ | April 13, 2011 | GARY TAUBES
    ...When I set out to interview public health authorities and researchers for this article, they would often initiate the interview with some variation of the comment surely youve spoken to Robert Lustig, not because Lustig has done any of the key research on sugar himself, which he hasnt, but because hes willing to insist publicly and unambiguously, when most researchers are not, that sugar is a toxic substance that people abuse... ...What we have to keep in mind, says Walter Glinsmann, the F.D.A. administrator who was the primary author on the 1986 report and who now is an adviser to...
  • Researchers find link between common dietary fat, intestinal microbes and heart disease

    04/08/2011 1:19:41 PM PDT · by decimon · 48 replies
    Lerner Research Institute ^ | April 6, 2011 | Unknown
    How specific digestive tract microbes react to a dietary lipid increases risk of heart attack, stroke and deathA new pathway has been discovered that links a common dietary lipid and intestinal microflora with an increased risk of heart disease, according to a Cleveland Clinic study published in the latest issue of Nature. The study shows that people who eat a diet containing a common nutrient found in animal products (such as eggs, liver and other meats, cheese and other diary products, fish, shellfish) are not predisposed to cardiovascular disease solely on their genetic make-up, but rather, how the micro-organisms that...
  • Study finds routine periodic fasting is good for your health, and your heart

    04/03/2011 12:04:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies
    Intermountain Medical Center ^ | April 3, 2011 | Unknown
    Fasting found to reduce cardiac risk factors, such as triglycerides, weight, and blood sugar levelsMurray, UT (4/03/11) Fasting has long been associated with religious rituals, diets, and political protests. Now new evidence from cardiac researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute demonstrates that routine periodic fasting is also good for your health, and your heart. Today, research cardiologists at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute are reporting that fasting not only lowers one's risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes, but also causes significant changes in a person's blood cholesterol levels. Both diabetes and elevated cholesterol are known...
  • Longevinex exhibits L-shaped safety curve for first time in resveratrol biology

    12/29/2010 2:09:24 PM PST · by decimon · 15 replies · 4+ views
    Resveratrol Partners LLC, dba LONGEVINEX ^ | December 29, 2010 | Unknown
    While protecting animal hearts from a mortal eventLas Vegas, Nevada (Dec. 30, 2010) It was Paracelsus, the Renaissance physician (1493-1541 A.D.) who first said "the dose makes the poison." So, you can drink too much wine, or ingest too much resveratrol, but in an unprecedented study, heart researchers report they couldn't find a toxic dose for Longevinex, a resveratrol-based dietary supplement. Investigators previously reported that six or more glasses of red wine per day actually increase the risk, whereas 3-5 glasses per day optimally reduce risk for cardiac death. This is the well-known J-shaped risk curve (risk goes down,...
  • A Diet Manifesto: Drop the Apple and Walk Away

    01/02/2011 3:16:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 166 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 27, 2010 | ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.
    Another year ends, and still the war drags on. In the final salvo of 2010, the combatants are lobbing fruit. Not literally, of course, though they might like to: The long war of the weight-loss diets has aroused passions just about as overheated as those of any military conflict. How is a person best advised to lose extra weight and retreat from diabetes and heart disease? Count calories, cut fat and fill up on fruits and vegetables? Or turn instead to a high-protein, high-fat... --snip-- In the opposite corner we have Gary Taubes, the science journalist who has thrown in...
  • Pattern of drinking affects the relation of alcohol intake to coronary heart disease

    12/02/2010 8:47:15 AM PST · by decimon · 19 replies
    Boston University Medical Center ^ | December 2, 2010 | Unknown
    A fascinating study published in the BMJ shows that although the French drink more than the Northern Irish each week, as they drink daily, rather than more on less occasions, the French suffered from considerably less coronary heart disease than the Northern Irish. Ruidavets and colleagues compared groups of middle aged men in France and Northern Ireland, who have very different drinking cultures and rates of heart disease.The authors found that men who "binge" drink (drink =50 g of alcohol once a week) had nearly twice the risk of myocardial infarction or death from coronary disease compared with regular drinkers...
  • Merck Drug for Cutting Cholesterol Is Promising

    11/21/2010 2:58:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 17, 2010 | NATASHA SINGER
    Merck has a potential blockbuster in anacetrapib, an experimental cholesterol drug that increases HDL, or good cholesterol even as it lowers LDL, the bad cholesterol. The drug could potentially have sales of more than $1 billion a year, John Boris, an analyst at Citigroup, wrote in a note to investors on Wednesday. But dont hold your breath. Cardiologists, patients and investors will have to wait until at least 2015 to find out whether anacetrapib protects the heart by reducing heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems, Merck said. Anacetrapib works by inhibiting an enzyme called CETP, which is involved in transforming...
  • Recommended Blood Pressure Level Differs For Heart Patients With Diabetes

    07/11/2010 5:16:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 09 Jul 2010 | NA
    The best blood pressure range for patients with diabetes and heart disease appears to be slightly higher than what is recommended for healthy adults, according to a study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, the blood pressure range considered normal - less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic - may actually be risky for those with a combined diagnosis of diabetes and coronary artery disease, report University of Florida researchers from the International Verapamil SR-Trandolapril study, known as INVEST. Optimum systolic blood pressure levels should be between 130 and 140 for patients coping with...
  • Risks Seen in Cholesterol Drug Use in Healthy People

    04/01/2010 12:39:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 820+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 30, 2010 | DUFF WILSON
    With the governments blessing, a drug giant is about to expand the market for its blockbuster cholesterol medication Crestor to a new category of customers: as a preventive measure for millions of people who do not have cholesterol problems... --snip-- But critics said the claim of cutting heart disease risk in half repeated in news reports nationwide may have misled some doctors and consumers because the patients were so healthy that they had little risk to begin with. The rate of heart attacks, for example, was 0.37 percent, or 68 patients out of 8,901 who took a sugar...
  • UF researcher urges caution in reducing blood pressure in patients with diabetes, coronary disease

    03/14/2010 6:52:54 AM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies · 326+ views
    University of Florida ^ | Mar 14, 2010 | Unknown
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. For patients with diabetes and heart disease, less isn't always more at least when it comes to blood pressure. New data show an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or death for patients having blood pressure deemed too high or too low, according to Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., an associate professor of pharmacy and medicine at UF. She reported her findings today (Sunday, March 14) at the American College of Cardiology's 59th annual scientific session in Atlanta. She recommends raising the systolic bar above 120 for blood pressure in patients with diabetes and coronary artery disease,...