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Heart Disease

Painkiller Risk: High Blood Pressure

By Daniel J. DeNoon

WebMD Medical News

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Feb. 26, 2007 – The most widely used medicines in the world -- over-the-counter pain drugs -- raise a person's risk of high blood pressure.

It's true for men as well as for women, suggest new findings from Gary C. Curhan, MD, ScD, and colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

The drugs in question include:


Migraines Linked to Heart Risk in Men

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Men who suffer from migraine headaches appear to be at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, mostly due to a higher risk of having a heart attack, researchers report.

But the advice to men with or without migraines is the same, experts say: Pay attention to heart risk factors such as elevated blood pressure and cholesterol.


Heart Diseases: UK Has the Highest Heart Disease Rates of the World

One of the highest rates of death due to heart disease in the world affects the United Kingdom (UK). According to statistics, one British adult dies from the disease every three minutes; meanwhile stroke ranks third as the country's biggest killer, causing the death of 70,000 men and women each year.

Experts explain that heart attacks happen when blood flow is closed, often because a blood clot occurs, while strokes when a blood tube in your brain suddenly are caused by blocked or burst of blood vessels. 


Heart Diseases: Heart attack, the most common heart disease II

A heart attack, which is the most common consequence of a heart disease, can be recognized not only by three symptoms in the previous article mentioned, but also be recognized by other warning signs, such as unusual chest, stomach or abdominal pain, nausea or dizziness, cold sweat or paleness, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, weakness or fatigue, palpitations, and unexplained anxiety. 

It is very important to be calm when a relative, friend or person has a heart attack, since you will have to know what to do if something like this happens.


Family History of Heart Disease Tied to Birth Weight

Fri Sep 19,  2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women with a family history of early heart disease are more likely than women lacking this history to deliver a low birth weight baby, according to a report published in the medical journal Heart.

"This is the first study, to our knowledge, that demonstrates an association between family history of...heart disease and an increased risk of pregnancy complications," lead author Dr. Jill P.


Natural Hormone Could Reverse Heart Damage

Tue Aug 12, 2003

Source: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

By altering the signaling pathway of the natural hormone leptin, Johns Hopkins researchers say, doctors may one day be able to minimize or even reverse a dangerous enlarged heart condition linked to obesity. Their report is published in the August 12, 2003, issue of the journal Circulation.