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Your Heart Is Likely ‘Older’ Than You Are

September 1, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Three out of four American adults have a heart that’s “older” than their years, raising their risk for heart attack or stroke, federal health officials said Tuesday.
Your “heart age” is based on a risk profile that includes blood pressure, smoking history, diabetes and body mass […]

Blood Pressure May Be Key to Brain Hemorrhage Recurrence

September 1, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who survive a brain hemorrhage, also known as a bleeding stroke, may be at higher risk for another one if they don’t control their blood pressure, a new study warns.
“Survivors are at high risk for recurrence and [the findings] support the hypothesis that aggressive blood pressure control […]

Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy, Youth Tied to Irregular Heartbeat Years Later

September 1, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People seem more likely to have atrial fibrillation as adults if they were exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke during childhood or while in the womb, new research suggests.
Atrial fibrillation is a common type of irregular heart rate in which the heart beats too fast, too […]

Could Lots of Coffee Up Heart Risks for Young Adults With High Blood Pressure?

August 31, 2015

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Bad news for young coffee lovers: Gulping down lots of your favorite pick-me-up might raise your risk of heart attack if you’ve already got high blood pressure, a new study suggests.
Italian investigators looked at 12 years of heart health data for a group of about 1,200 adults […]

Cold Weather May Up Risk of Stroke, Severe Heart Attack for Some

August 31, 2015

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The onset of cold weather is clearly a bummer for beach lovers, but two new studies suggest that it may actually pose health risks for some.
One investigation, out of Taiwan, has identified a link between cold weather and a heightened risk of stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation, […]

Wireless Pacemaker Shows Promise in Early Trial

August 31, 2015

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) –A tiny, wireless heart pacemaker showed promise in early tests and could offer an alternative to conventional, wired pacemakers, researchers report.
Experts say, however, there are still some safety concerns with the new device.
The wireless pacemaker is attached to the heart using a catheter inserted through a leg. Traditional pacemakers […]

Knee, Hip Replacement Surgeries Linked to Heart Risks

August 31, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who have total hip or knee replacement surgery face a greater risk for a heart attack during the first month following the procedure, a new study finds.
The chances of a heart attack were more than eight times greater in the first 30 days after […]

FDA Approves Second Drug in New Class of Cholesterol-Lowering Medications

August 27, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a second drug that’s part of a potent new class of medications that sharply cut levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Repatha (evolocumab), an injectable drug, works by blocking a protein that interferes with the liver’s ability to […]

Most Don’t Need ‘Bridging’ When They Stop Warfarin Temporarily

August 26, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heart patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin usually have to stop the medication before having surgery. Now, a new study shows they can safely do that without taking another anti-clotting drug — and they may even be better off.
The study, reported in the Aug. 27 […]

Childhood Cancer Survivors Who’ve Had One Stroke at Risk of Second

August 26, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Childhood cancer survivors who’ve had one stroke are at high risk for having another, a new study says.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 14,300 people in the United States and Canada who were diagnosed with childhood cancers between 1970 and 1986 and took part in a long follow-up […]


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