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Cardiovascular Disease

Heart Failure Patients Do Better Outside Hospitals

Fri Nov 28, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The results of a study conducted in Denmark suggest that there are poorer survival rates among heart failure patients who receive care in a hospital compared with those who receive care in a general practice setting.

This is "most likely" because patients treated in the hospital tend to be sicker, Dr. O.

Irregular Rhythm Ups Death Risk in Heart Patients

Fri Nov 28, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Irregular heart contractions involving the upper chambers of the heart (atrial fibrillation; AF) independently predicts one-year mortality in patients who undergo heart surgery following a recent heart attack, according to a report in The American Journal of Cardiology.

This is the first study to evaluate the impact of AF in heart attack patients who underwent heart surgery, the authors explain.


Traditional Formulas May Overestimate Heart Risk

Fri Nov 28, 2003

By Karla Gale

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The traditional risk factors used to estimate the likelihood of developing heart disease can exaggerate a person's risk, investigators report today. However, a simple calculation can restore the accuracy of these predictions.

Temperature Therapy Helpful in Heart Failure

Fri November 7, 2003

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A home-based therapy that involves warm and cold water applied to the arms and legs may ease symptoms of heart failure in some people, a small study suggests.

German researchers found that a home regimen of foot and arm baths appeared to help a group of patients in the earlier stages of heart failure. The 15 men and women reported better quality of life and improved symptoms after six weeks of the treatment, called thermal hydrotherapy.

Can Dark Chocolate Halt Heart Trouble?

Tue Aug 26, 2003

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay is the new name for HealthScout News.)

TUESDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDayNews) -- Legend has it that chocolate, eaten in copious amounts after a break-up, can mend a broken heart.

But can that same delicacy actually prevent the breakage in the first place, at least physiologically speaking?

Pathways to Heart Health: A Rocket Tour

by Aftab Ahmed, PhD

That cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the "number one killer," is a fact that bears repetition. Estimates are that roughly 500,000 people suffer from heart attacks every year in the United States, one-half of whom are women. In fact, as many as 2,600 people succumb to heart disease every day.

No Mass Screening of Heart Disease Marker -Experts

Mon Jan 27, 2003

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite recent evidence suggesting that blood levels of a protein linked to inflammation can predict heart disease risk, a panel of experts announced Monday that testing for the compound, known as C-reactive protein (CRP), should not be offered on a widespread basis.

How much CRP in the blood is too much remains uncertain, according to the panelists. Nor is it clear how levels of the protein might vary among different age and ethnic groups and between men and women, they note.

Study Examines Night Blood Pressure

Wed Sep 11, 2002

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press Writer

Blood pressure that doesn't drop at night is an ominous indication that juvenile diabetes patients may develop kidney disease, a new study concluded.

The study looked at "type 1" diabetics, whose bodies make no insulin and who make up 5 percent to 10 percent of the nation's 17 million diabetics.

Your Most Crucial Hour Getting to the Heart of it

by William Campbell Douglass II, MD

The "golden period" for saving lives following a heart attack
is the first hour. You need to know the following warning
signs, so you can get help right away, either for yourself or
someone close to you.

 * Uncomfortable heaviness, pressure, pain, or squeezing in
   the center of the chest

 * Pain that goes to the shoulders, neck, or arms (usually
   the left arm but it can be to the right)