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Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks

August 26, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered “intensive” counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week.
The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive [...]


Mental Decline a Risk Factor for Stroke, Study Suggests

August 25, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Declining mental skills appear to raise a person’s odds for a stroke, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from 18 studies — most conducted in Europe or North America — and found that people with memory and thinking problems were 39 percent more likely to suffer a [...]


Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women

August 20, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise may help older women avoid a condition that causes a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, a new study shows.
Physically active postmenopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared to women who were more sedentary, researchers report in the Aug. 20 [...]


Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids

August 20, 2014

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although it’s extremely rare, colds, flu and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief period of elevated risk for stroke in children, a new study suggests.
Just five out of 100,000 children a year have a stroke in the United States, said [...]


Antibiotic Might Raise Heart Risks for Some

August 20, 2014

Taking the widely used antibiotic clarithromycin may boost some patients’ odds of dying from heart-related causes, a new study suggests.


Severe Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds for Stubborn High Blood Pressure

August 15, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Severe sleep apnea may raise the risk of high blood pressure that’s resistant to drug treatment, a new study finds.
Researchers tracked outcomes for patients with moderate or severe sleep apnea, as well as heart disease or heart disease risk factors. All of the patients had been prescribed at [...]


Less Educated Smokers at Greatest Risk for Stroke, Study Finds

August 14, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Among smokers, those with the least education are at the greatest risk for stroke, Danish researchers report.
“The combined effect of low educational level and smoking on the risk of stroke is the most surprising finding of our paper,” said study author Helene Nordahl, an epidemiologist [...]


Children Prescribed Growth Hormone May Face Stroke Risk Later: Study

August 13, 2014

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children who are prescribed human growth hormone may be at greater risk of a stroke in early adulthood than their peers are, a new study suggests.
While the study raises important questions about the safety of human growth hormone treatments, the study’s French researchers encouraged [...]


More Exercise Isn’t Always Better For Heart Attack Survivors

August 13, 2014

Heart attack survivors are encouraged to exercise regularly to improve their cardiac health, but new research suggests there’s a point of diminishing returns.


Common Irregular Heartbeat May Pose Risks for Surgery Patients

August 12, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Surgery patients who have the irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation may be at heightened risk of stroke for months after their operation, a new study finds.
Atrial fibrillation affects more than 33 million people worldwide, and doctors have long known that people with the heart rhythm disorder have [...]



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