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Cardiovascular Disease

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.

Prevalence of COPD Greater Than Thought

08.30.07

THURSDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) -- There are more people around the world suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than previously thought, an international team of researchers reports.

Worse yet, those numbers are bound to increase as the world's population continues to age, claims the study in the Sept. 1 issue of The Lancet.

Heart Disease: It could be caused by the office photocopier

30 August 2007

The office could be as bad for our health as the factory, farm or, indeed, coalmine. 

Researchers have discovered that some laser printers release tiny particles of toner into the air that people breathe deep into their lungs, causing a potential health hazard.

They found that 17 of the 62 printers – all well-known brands including Canon, HP Color Laserjet, Ricoh and Toshiba - were “high particle emitters”.  One of the copiers tested had emissions of toner that were as bad as cigarette smoke.

Diabetic care often misses a fatal risk: heart disease

By Gina Kolata

New York Times

Article Launched: 08/20/2007

Dave Smith found out he had type 2 diabetes by accident, after a urine test.

That was about nine years ago, and from then on Smith, like so many with diabetes, became fixated on his blood sugar. His doctor warned him to control it or the consequences could be dire - he could end up blind or lose a leg. His kidneys could fail.

Cluster Headache Treatment Poses Cardiac Dangers

08.13.07

MONDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- People who use a blood pressure drug called verapamil to treat cluster headaches may be putting their hearts at risk.

That's the finding from a British study that found heart rhythm abnormalities showing up in about one in five patients who took the drug in this unapproved, "off-label" way.

Free screenings target high blood pressure

August 13, 2007

The American Heart Association is offering free blood pressure screenings and risk assessments Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Indianapolis City Market to celebrate Indianapolis Beat Your Risk of High Blood Pressure Day.

High blood pressure is a primary or contributing cause of death for about a quarter of a million Americans, according to the American Heart Association, and nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure.