Topic: Heart Failure
Dallas, TX – Sitting for long periods increases heart failure risk in men, even for those who exercise regularly, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure.
Preventing heart failure, researchers found, requires a two-part behavioral approach: high levels of physical activity plus low levels of sedentary time. The study is the first to examine the link between heart failure risk and sedentary time, said Deborah Rohm Young, Ph.D., lead researcher and a senior scientist at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, CA. «Read the rest of this article»
It’s even more important to get your flu shot if you have a Heart Condition
Nashville, TN – You know that miserable, no-good feeling that starts as a simple headache and escalates to a high fever, chills and an overall sense of yuck?
Each year in the United States an estimated 5-20 percent of the population can be infected with the flu, and more than 200,000 people may be hospitalized during the flu season. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association reports Smokers who quit cut heart disease risk faster than previous estimates
Dallas, TX – Cigarette smokers who are over 65 years of age may be able to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease-related deaths to the level of never-smokers when they quit faster than previously reported, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.
A study showed that older people who smoked less than 32 “pack years” – 3.2 packs (20 cigarettes per pack) a day for no more than 10 years or less than one pack a day for 30 years — and gave up smoking 15 or fewer years ago lowered their risks of developing heart failure or dying from heart failure, heart attacks and strokes to the same level as those who had never smoked.
American Heart Association says Electromagnets guide heart device implantation, reduce radiation exposure
Dallas, TX – Heart failure patients and others who need implanted cardiac devices to help their heart beat regularly may benefit from a new technology to guide their implantation procedure.
It uses electromagnets, which work like a GPS tracking system, instead of radiation-based imaging, researchers reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.
Reducing heart failure readmissions could save millions of dollars.
Dallas, TX – There are six procedural things hospital teams can do to help heart failure patients avoid another hospital stay in the 30 days after they’re discharged — and if all six are followed, patients are even more likely to avoid readmission, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
Each step alone had some impact, but researchers discovered that if all six recommendations are followed, readmissions could drop as much as 2 percent. The study’s lead author said that may seem like a small number, but the significance is enormous. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association says Institute of Medicine (IOM) report an incomplete review of Sodium’s Impact
Dallas, TX – The American Heart Association says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) — Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence — is incomplete in its assessment of sodium’s impact on health because it does not focus its examinations on scientific evidence that links excess consumption and high blood pressure.
The report found that though reducing sodium intakes from current levels is important, and that there is a positive relationship between higher levels of sodium intake and risk of heart disease, there is not enough evidence to conclude that sodium reduction below 2,300 mg daily leads to less heart disease, stroke and a reduced risk of death.
Strategies to prevent and treat heart failure are needed to curb the rise in the incidence of heart failure
Dallas, TX - By 2030, you — and every U.S. taxpayer — could be paying $244 a year to care for heart failure patients, according to an American Heart Association policy statement.
The statement, published online in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure, predicts the number of people with heart failure could climb 46 percent from 5 million in 2012 to 8 million in 2030. Direct and indirect costs to treat heart failure could more than double from $31 billion in 2012 to $70 billion in 2030.
Nashville, TN – Here’s your Valentine’s gift from the American Heart Association: according to a study done in Sweden, women who ate an average of one to two ounces per week of high-quality chocolate had a 32 percent lower risk of developing heart failure than those who ate none at all.
American Heart Association Meeting Report states Heart-related deaths increase in winter regardless of climate
Maintaining healthy behaviors, such as eating well and exercising, is important in winter, researchers said.
Los Angeles, CA – No matter what climate you live in, you’re more likely to die of heart-related issues in the winter, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012.
“This was surprising because climate was thought to be the primary determinant of seasonal variation in death rates,” said Bryan Schwartz, M.D., lead author of the study. «Read the rest of this article»
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