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Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says

July 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regularly checking the pulse of a stroke survivor may help prevent another stroke, researchers report.
“Screening pulse is the method of choice for checking for irregular heartbeat for people over age 65 who have never had a stroke. Our study shows it may be a safe, effective, noninvasive and [...]


Why Too Much Salt Could Be Extra Harmful For Diabetics

July 23, 2014

A diet loaded with salt is associated with double the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with type 2 diabetes.


No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults

July 21, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Despite recent advances in preventing heart attacks among U.S. seniors, those gains don’t seem to have occurred among middle-aged adults — especially women, a new study reports.
Heart attack hospitalization rates among young and middle-aged adults have remained stable during the previous decade, even as seniors [...]


Irregular Heart Rhythm Ups Stroke Risk Soon After Heart Surgery

July 21, 2014

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who are older than 65 who’ve had a stroke or heart valve surgery, or who have known blood vessel disease, have an increased risk of stroke after heart surgery, a new study finds.
Researchers looked at nearly 109,000 heart surgery patients in the Canadian province of Ontario and [...]


Niacin Doesn’t Reduce Heart Problems, May Create Some, Research Finds

July 16, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Niacin, a commonly used cholesterol treatment, doesn’t reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with hardened arteries. What’s more, the drug appears to have dangerous side effects, including a potential increased risk of death, according to new research.
A large-scale clinical trial found [...]


Is Obesity an Advantage After Heart Procedures?

July 16, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While a host of cardiovascular ailments are associated with excess pounds, new research supports a puzzling “obesity paradox.” It found that overweight heart patients experience fewer heart attacks and higher survival rates after cardiac procedures than their slimmer peers.
Scientists reviewing 36 prior studies found that [...]


Potassium Supplements May Help Some Heart Failure Patients

July 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Potassium supplements might boost the survival of heart failure patients who are already taking diuretic drugs, a new study suggests.
Nearly 5.8 million Americans have heart failure. As doctors explain it, excess fluid can accumulate in the body when the heart isn’t working properly, as happens in people with [...]


Surgery Soon After Stroke Can Be Risky: Study

July 15, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who’ve had a stroke face a significantly higher risk of serious complications if they have an elective surgery during the nine months following their stroke, according to a new Danish study.
And, the sooner it is after the stroke, the greater the risk.
The odds of [...]


Stroke Rates Declining Among Seniors, Study Shows

July 15, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors in America are suffering fewer strokes, regardless of their race or sex, a new long-term study reveals.
“We found that stroke incidence [among those 65 and older] has been declining for the last 20 years,” said senior study author Dr. Josef Coresh, a professor of [...]


Even Moderate Drinking Might Raise Odds for Irregular Heartbeat

July 14, 2014

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who indulge in even a drink or two a day of wine or liquor may raise their odds for a potentially dangerous form of irregular heartbeat, a new study suggests.
The study did not find a similar trend among moderate beer drinkers — they seemed to have no [...]



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