Browsing Tag: heart disease

Bystander CPR Prevents Brain Damage in Cardiac Arrest


Bystander CPR… very important… next

Bystander CPR, Defibrillation May Reduce Long-Term Likelihood Of Brain Damage, Death In Cardiac Arrest Patients, Study Suggests

Gene Emery writing for Reuters reported that research suggests that “when a bystander gives CPR or applies an automatic defibrillator to someone who has collapsed from cardiac arrest, the benefits persist for at least a year.” The study “concluded that the two techniques lower the long-term risk of death from any cause, brain damage or nursing home admission by one third in people who are still alive 30 days after their cardiac arrest.” The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Comment: You should learn basic CPR. It might save the life of a loved one.

Heart Attacks and Strokes Lower Where Trans Fats Banned


Good news on the public health front

Rates Of Hospitalizations For Heart Attacks, Strokes Lower Where Trans Fats Are Banned

Nicholas Bakalar writing for the New York Times reported that research published in JAMA Cardiology suggests “laws that restrict adding trans fats to foods have had immediate beneficial effects on heart health.”

Comment: The more we get rid of the poisons around us, the better.

Gum Disease Associated with Increased Risk of Death


Better pay attention to your gums… next

Gum Disease May Be Associated With Earlier Death In Older Women, Study Suggests

Susan Scutti reporting for CNN stated that research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests “gum disease and tooth loss are connected to a higher risk of early death in women past the age of menopause.”

Roibert Preidt in Healthday added that investigators “tracked data on more than 57,000 women aged 55 and older.” The researchers found that “a history of gum disease was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of death from any cause.”

Comment: Periodontal disease is a killer.

Stress and Heart Problems Linked


Stress kills… next

Stress and Heart Problems Linked

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.

Sleep Deprivation Heart Stress


Not sleeping?  That’s not healthy!

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!

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