Study Shows How Stress And Heart Problems May Be Linked
Kate Kelland reporting for Reuters stated that research published in The Lancet suggests individuals “with heightened activity in the amygdala, an area of the brain linked to stress, may be at greater risk of heart disease and stroke.”
Jacqueline Howard writing for CNN reported that the study included nearly 300 “adults who underwent PET and CT scans…between 2005 and 2008.” These “scans recorded brain activity, bone marrow activity, spleen activity and inflammation in the heart arteries.” The investigators then “tracked the health of each patient for two to five years, during which 22 of the patients had a cardiovascular disease event.”
Comment: Stress reduction is essential to preventing cardiac events.
Too little sleep takes a toll on your heart, according to a new study presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Chicago.
Alexandra Sifferlin reports, about twenty healthy radiologists had their hearts imaged before and after a 24-hour shift where they got an average of three hours of sleep. The also had their blood pressure and heart rate measured, and they provided blood and urine samples. Comparing the two images showed increases in heart strain, which can be a precursor for heart problems. The doctors also showed increases in blood pressure, heart rate and thyroid hormones, which are released in response to stress.
Comment: Make sure you get your sleep… you life might depend on it!
Being married may improve your odds of surviving a heart attack
Linda Carroll reported on Today, being married may improve the likelihood of surviving a heart attack, a new study finds. And patients who are married are more likely to have a shorter stay at the hospital after a heart attack, according to the study presented at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Conference in Manchester, U.K.
Out of almost a million British men and women, about 25,000 had a heart attack, said study co-author Nicholas Gollop, a doctoral research fellow in cardiology at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Based on the findings, if patients were divided by marital status, the married ones were 14 percent more likely to be alive than singles by the end of the study. Singles didn’t suffer the worst of it, however. Divorced patients were 6 percent more likely to die during the seven to eight years of follow-up, compared to never marrieds.
Comment: If my wife hears about this, I’ll never hear the end of it.
Good news for RA patients… next
Heart disease-related deaths among US rheumatoid arthritis patients declined
Evan Douglas writing in wwntradio reported heart disease-related deaths among US rheumatoid arthritis patients declined.
Rheumatoid arthritis patients are twice as likely as the average person to develop heart disease, but a new study shows that efforts to prevent heart problems and diagnose and treat heart disease early may be paying off. Despite the heightened danger, deaths from cardiovascular disease among people with rheumatoid arthritis are declining, the research found. The study by the Mayo clinic was presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting.
Dr. Elena Myasoedova, lead author of the study, believes that further research should be done to confirm why cardiac deaths among patients with rheumatoid arthritis have dropped, but factors such as improved treatment for rheumatoid and cardiovascular diseases, early screening for heart problems and more attention to the heart health of patients have indeed influenced the drop.
Comment: this is really good news since it means our therapies are working not only on the joints but on the rest of the organ systems as well.
Another form of arthritis increases risk of heart disease…
Painful hands could mean a hurting heart
Nancy Walsh writing in MedPage Today reported symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) of the hands was associated with an elevated risk for coronary heart disease events, analysis of data from the Framingham Heart Study showed. In a multivariate analysis that adjusted for multiple factors including age, sex, body mass index, lipids, medication use, and smoking, the hazard ratio for coronary heart disease among individuals with symptomatic hand OA was increased more than two times expected, according to Ida K. Haugen, MD, PhD, of Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo, Norway, and colleagues.
Comment: As if we didn’t have enough to worry about already…