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Cardiovascular Disease

How Many of These Deadly Fairy Tales Do You (and Your Doctor) Still Believe?

CAUTION: Ignorance may be
very hazardous to your health

Why has the number of heart attacks increased by 27 percent over the past 20 years? What's going on here?

Don't we know more about how to prevent heart attacks than ever?

Haven't we been swallowing our statins, lowering our cholesterol, and eating fat-free foods?

Could we be mistaken about some things?

Beta-Blocker Drugs Cause 400 Percent Increase in Heart Attacks

Friday, April 03, 2009 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Surgical patients who are given blood pressure drugs known as beta-blockers around the time of surgery are four times more likely to suffer heart attacks and death than patients who are not given such drugs, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Health Care System and published in the journal Archives of Surgery.

Study IDs Gene Variants Tied to Sudden Cardiac Death

Posted March 23, 2009

MONDAY, March 23 (HealthDay News) -- Fourteen common genetic variants associated with a risk factor for sudden cardiac death have been identified by researchers who analyzed genetic data from more than 13,000 people.

Doubt cast on worth of heart disease gene testing

By Will Dunham Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009;

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A study tracking a large group of women for a decade casts doubt on the value of testing for a certain genetic trait linked to heart disease to predict one's chances of illness, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Even a Little Overweight, Inactivity Hurts the Heart

By Ed Edelson

HealthDay Reporter
Monday, December 22, 2008

MONDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Even a few extra pounds and just a little inactivity increased the risk of heart failure in a major study of American doctors.

"What this study shows is that even overweight men who are not obese have an increase in heart failure risk," said Dr. Satish Kenchaiah, lead author of a report on the finding in the Dec. 23 issue of Circulation.

Obese Kids Have Middle-Aged Arteries

By Charlene Laino

WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Nov. 11, 2008 (New Orleans) -- At a time when obesity among children has reached epidemic levels, researchers report that the neck arteries of obese children and teens may have as much plaque buildup as 40-somethings.

Cardiovascular Health Is Nutrition, Not Statin Drugs!

by Sir Eliezer Ben-Joseph

Almost all adults are concerned about the condition of their heart and cardiovascular system. Some live in constant fear wondering whether any ache, cramp or pain in their chest is a sign of a heart attack. There isn’t an adult living in North America that hasn’t lost a loved one or a family member to heart disease. The fact is, heart attacks kill, and they kill by the millions every year!

Tracking Top Number in Blood Pressure May Be Enough

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- For patients over 50, doctors tracking hypertension may only need to monitor systolic blood pressure, ignoring diastolic blood pressure, British experts suggest.

Systolic blood pressure -- the top number in a reading -- is the pressure exerted at the beginning of the heart's pumping cycle, while diastolic pressure records the lowest pressure during the heart's resting cycle. Both pressures are routinely measured when taking blood pressure.