Excess Weight Linked to Blood Clot Risk in Kids

January 21, 2016

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Obese children and teens may have an increased risk for blood clots in their veins, called venous thromboembolism (VTE), a new study suggests.
“This is important because the incidence of pediatric VTE has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, and childhood obesity remains highly prevalent in the United […]

High-Rise Living May Lower Your Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

January 18, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The view from those upper floors may be breathtaking, but it might come with a risky cost: people living on higher floors appear less likely to survive cardiac arrest, a new study found.
In fact, above the third floor, your chances of surviving cardiac arrest get […]

Study: Tissue Heart Valves Seem Best for Middle-Aged Patients

January 13, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged heart valve replacement patients may have better outcomes if they receive valves made from animal tissue rather than metal, researchers report.
The investigators analyzed 13 studies that compared metal and tissue valves in patients aged 40 to 70 who had aortic valve replacement.
Heart valves are designed to allow […]

Implanted Defibrillators Help Women as Much as Men: Study

January 12, 2016

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Among people with heart failure, implanted defibrillators benefit women as much as men, a new study finds.
Previous research has shown that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) help heart failure patients live longer. And current guidelines recommend that doctors consider adding the devices to standard treatment for all heart failure […]

Safe to Use Blood Thinner Before Major Cancer Surgery, Study Finds

December 29, 2015

TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News)– Blood-thinning drugs can safely be given to certain patients before major cancer surgery, a new study suggests.
Operations increase risk for blood clots in the legs, which can dislodge and travel to the lungs, a potentially fatal complication called pulmonary embolism.
Blood thinners such as heparin are commonly given to patients […]

The Pill, Hormone Therapy Safe for Women Taking Blood Thinners: Study

December 22, 2015

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women on blood thinners can also take contraceptives that contain estrogen, or hormone replacement therapy, without raising their risk for blood clots or uterine bleeding, a new Italian study finds.
Currently, women diagnosed with blood clots may be advised to stop hormone therapy or use of the contraceptive […]

Horror Films Really Can Curdle Your Blood

December 16, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Scary movies really are blood-curdling, researchers report.
In medieval times, it was believed that extreme fear could “curdle” — or congeal — blood.
Modern-day researchers decided to scientifically test that theory.
They recruited 24 healthy young adults. Some were assigned to watch a horror movie and then an educational movie a […]

This Is How Much Vitamin D You Need Each Day for a Healthy Heart

November 13, 2015

Researchers say they’ve identified the minimum level of vitamin D needed for good heart health.

Bystander CPR Helps Some Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest

November 10, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More American children who suffer cardiac arrest at home or in public places are getting CPR from bystanders, a new study finds.
Kids who receive bystander CPR have better survival rates, the researchers said.
But, the study didn’t find an impact on infant survival rates.
“This lack of impact on infants […]

Heart Valve Patients Who Manage Their Own Blood Thinners May Do Better

November 10, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients with mechanical heart valves may benefit from managing their own blood thinners, a new study suggests.
“There are several reasons that patients who self-manage treatment have better outcomes than those who follow standard management,” said study leader Dr. Thomas Decker Christensen, from Aarhus University Hospital, in Denmark.
“Self-management patients […]


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