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Watch Upper Number on Blood Pressure for Younger Adults: Study

January 27, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young and middle-aged adults with high systolic blood pressure — the top number in the blood pressure reading — may have an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.
“High blood pressure becomes increasingly common with age. However, it does occur in younger adults, […]


ER Patients With Chest Pain May Not Always Need Heart Tests: Study

January 26, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For patients seen in emergency rooms solely for chest pain, noninvasive screening tests may not always predict future heart trouble, a new study suggests.
Such tests include:

electrocardiograms, which measure the heart’s electrical activity,
echocardiograms, which measure how well blood is flowing in the heart using ultrasound,
and CT […]


Stroke Survivors Who Live Alone Face Higher Risk of Early Death: Study

January 23, 2015

FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Stroke survivors — especially men — who live alone are at increased risk for premature death, a new study suggests.
Researchers followed nearly 1,100 ischemic stroke survivors in Sweden for 12 years. An ischemic stroke occurs when the brain’s blood flow is blocked.
During the follow-up period, 36 percent of […]


Eczema Linked to Other Health Problems

January 23, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adults with eczema — a chronic, itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood — may also have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study.
This increased risk may be the result of bad lifestyle habits or the disease itself.
“Eczema […]


Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study

January 20, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older patients hospitalized with pneumonia appear to have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease for years afterward, a new study finds.
This elevated risk was highest in the first month after pneumonia — fourfold — but remained […]


Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Risk for Heart Failure?

January 19, 2015

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Having a drink each day might help lower a middle-aged person’s odds for heart failure, a new study reveals.
The investigation suggests that men in their 40s, 50s and 60s who drink as much as seven comparably sized glasses of wine, beer and/or spirits per week will see their […]


Weightlessness in Space May Lower Blood Pressure in Astronauts

January 16, 2015

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Spending a long time in space lowers blood pressure in astronauts, but it could also strain their hearts, a new study indicates.
The researchers, from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), looked at eight astronauts who were checked before, during and after three to six months of spaceflight.
The […]


Neck Artery Stents May Not Be Worthwhile in ‘Real World’ Setting

January 14, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Placing stents in the neck arteries, to prop them open and help prevent strokes, may be too risky for older, sicker patients, a new study suggests.
In fact, almost a third of Medicare patients who had stents placed in their neck (carotid) arteries died during an […]


How Intense Efforts Boosted Heart Health for One Maine Community

January 13, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — With heart health, sometimes it takes a village.
That may be the take-home message from a new study. It found that one Maine community’s long-term focus on screening for heart risk factors, as well as helping people quit smoking, saved both money and lives.
Over four […]


More Than 1 in 10 Use Daily Aspirin Inappropriately

January 12, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans are likely using daily low-dose aspirin inappropriately in the hopes of preventing a first-time heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that of nearly 69,000 U.S. adults prescribed aspirin long-term, about 12 percent probably should not have been.
That’s because their odds […]



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