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Cardiovascular Disease

Protein Is Poor Predictor of a Heart Attack -Study

Wed Mar 31, 2004

BOSTON (Reuters) - Testing patients for high levels of chemicals called C-reactive protein to determine whether they are at risk for heart disease provides little new information to doctors, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers found that checking for the traditional indicators of heart problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking remain more reliable.

The C-reactive protein is believed to reflect inflammation, which may play a role in the development of heart disease.

Caffeine Ups Blood Pressure in Hard-Core Users Too

Thu Apr 1, 2004

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even people who would never start the day without their coffee fix may not become tolerant to the blood pressure-raising effects of caffeine, new research suggests.

Although it's still unclear how important caffeine is in contributing to high blood pressure, the new findings suggest that people at risk of hypertension may want to reconsider that second cup of java, researchers say.

Researchers: Gene Linked to Heart Attack Risk

Sun Feb 8, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A team of researchers said it has found a simple genetic mutation that doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The team, at Iceland's DeCODE Genetics, said the gene is associated with the body's inflammatory response. The finding can help explain how inflammation can cause stroke and heart attack.

Masquelier's OPC Aids Heart & Immune System

From Well Being Journal Vol. 8, No. 5 ~ September/October 1999

by Roberta Louis

As we live longer, achieving greater life spans than past generations, we are faced with increasing challenges to our quality of life. Many of us wonder if we will enjoy healthy and productive senior years, or if we will fall prey to an array of degenerative diseases. With inadequate nutrition, stressful lifestyles, and an increasingly toxic environment all too often tipping the scales towards illness, we may question what we can do to shift the balance towards optimal health.

High-Profile Health Scares Highlight Heart Ailment


By Patricia Reaney

LONDON (Reuters) - Health scares suffered by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Manchester United football manager Alex Ferguson have highlighted a relatively common heart problem, a leading cardiologist said on Friday.

Ferguson, 61 was said to be feeling fine after being treated for an irregular heartbeat, less than two months after Blair suffered a similar complaint.

Heart Failure Patients Do Better Outside Hospitals

Fri Nov 28, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The results of a study conducted in Denmark suggest that there are poorer survival rates among heart failure patients who receive care in a hospital compared with those who receive care in a general practice setting.

This is "most likely" because patients treated in the hospital tend to be sicker, Dr. O.

Irregular Rhythm Ups Death Risk in Heart Patients

Fri Nov 28, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Irregular heart contractions involving the upper chambers of the heart (atrial fibrillation; AF) independently predicts one-year mortality in patients who undergo heart surgery following a recent heart attack, according to a report in The American Journal of Cardiology.

This is the first study to evaluate the impact of AF in heart attack patients who underwent heart surgery, the authors explain.


Traditional Formulas May Overestimate Heart Risk

Fri Nov 28, 2003

By Karla Gale

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The traditional risk factors used to estimate the likelihood of developing heart disease can exaggerate a person's risk, investigators report today. However, a simple calculation can restore the accuracy of these predictions.