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Cardiovascular Disease

Erectile dysfunction predicts heart problems: study

Tue May 20, 2008

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Problems with maintaining an erection may foretell heart trouble ahead for men with type 2 diabetes, two new studies show.

A number of past studies have found a connection between erectile dysfunction (ED) and heart disease. But the new findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, confirm that ED often precedes and predicts heart trouble.

Noise in Artery Could Warn of Heart Risk

By Ed Edelson

HealthDay Reporter 
Friday, May 9, 2008 

THURSDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- That unusual, harsh sound a doctor can hear when passing a stethoscope over a main artery to the brain could indicate an increased risk of heart attack and death from heart disease and stroke, a new study finds.

Cells from Menstrual Blood May Fix Hearts

By Anna Boyd April 25th 2008

Japanese researchers from Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo and colleagues from the National Institute for Child Health and Development in Tokyo, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, and Kanazawa University showed that cells from menstrual blood may be helpful in repairing damaged heart tissue.

Study: Heart Disease Killing More Women Younger Than 45, Death Rate For Men Levels Off

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

For decades, heart disease death rates have been falling. But a new study shows a troubling turn — more women under 45 are dying of heart disease due to clogged arteries, and the death rate for men that age has leveled off.

Heart experts aren't sure what went wrong, but they think increasing rates of obesity and other risk factors are to blame.

Heart disease: It’s a woman-killer, too, but don’t tell doc

15 November 2007

Heart disease is the major killer among women – even though its deadly effects are on the wane among men.  Despite this, women with heart problems get short shrift from medicine and the emergency services.

They are less likely than male patients to receive ultrasound scans and heart drugs such as beta blockers.  They are also less likely to be given treatment that helps prevent the problem worsening when they leave the hospital.

Studies link pregnancy disorder to risk of heart disease

  • The Guardian
  • Friday November 2 2007

Women who suffer from pre-eclampsia during pregnancy are more likely to develop heart disease later in life, according to two studies published online by the British Medical Journal. They suggest that the conditions may share common causes or mechanisms.

Men Are Likelier to Receive Heart Devices, Studies Show

By JENNIFER CORBETT DOOREN

October 3, 2007; Page D8

WASHINGTON -- Men are much more likely than women to receive an implantable defibrillator to prevent sudden cardiac death, according to two studies led by Duke University researchers.

One of the studies, however, suggests that more than 60% of heart-failure patients who fit the criteria to receive the device don't receive it, regardless of gender or racial differences. The studies will be published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Lack of "good" cholesterol always poses heart risk

Wed Sep 26, 2007

By Gene Emery

BOSTON, Sept. 26 (Reuters) - The amount of "good cholesterol" in the blood remains an important marker for heart disease regardless of how much "bad cholesterol" is lowered, researchers said on Wednesday.

Among patients taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, the higher the HDL or good cholesterol, the less likely they were to have a heart attack or other "cardiovascular event," they found.

Vitamin D: the newest coronary risk factor?

by Dr. William Davis

Monday, October 1, 2007

Vitamin D: the newest coronary risk factor? 

It's probably one of the most exciting health phenomena I've stumbled across in the last 10 years: I am absolutely, 100% convinced that deficiency of vitamin D is an enormously powerful risk for heart disease. 

What causes coronary heart disease? You'veheard the list-yawn-before: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes.

Coffee Associated With High Blood Pressure

Coffee drinkers increase their likelihood of having to start drug treatment to control high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to a Finnish study.

Interestingly, although the research indicated that drinking coffee in and of itself increased the risk of hypertension, it found no relationship between how much coffee you drink and increased risk of hypertension, whether you drink one or eight cups or more per day.