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Cardiovascular Disease

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.

Pollution-cholesterol link to heart disease seen

By Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer

July 26, 2007

Strengthening the link between air pollution and cardiovascular disease, new research suggests that people with high cholesterol are especially vulnerable to heart disease when they are exposed to diesel exhaust and other ultra-fine particles that are common pollutants in urban air.

Microscopic particles in diesel exhaust combine with cholesterol to activate genes that trigger hardening of the arteries, according to a study by UCLA scientists to be published today.

Traffic Pollution May Raise Heart Risks by Hardening Arteries

Risks by Hardening Arteries ", Bloomberg, July 17, 2007,

The closer people live to roads with heavy traffic and high air pollution, the greater their risk of developing hardened arteries, which may lead to heart disease and stroke, according to a study.

Unfair Treatment Can Harm the Heart

05.15.07

TUESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- A nagging sense of being unfairly treated at work or at home can raise a person's risk of heart attack, British researchers report.
Researchers at University College London analyzed responses from a few thousand senior civil servants working for the British government in London. On a scale of 1 to 6 (1 equals "strongly disagree" and 6 equals "strongly agree"), the workers were asked to rate their response to the statement: "I often have the feeling that I am being treated unfairly."

Study sees good news in heart treatment

By Thomas H. Maugh II

Tribune Newspapers; Los Angeles Times
Published May 2, 2007

Increased use of angioplasty and the introduction of new drugs over the last six years have nearly halved the number of hospitalized heart attack victims who die or suffer severe heart failure, an international team of researchers reports Wednesday.

"There have been a lot of lives saved, a lot of complications averted," said Dr. Joel Gore of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the study's leaders.