Air pollution in India linked with higher risk of heart disease, finds study

The study, performed in a periurban area in southern India, shows that people most exposed to fine particles have a higher CIMT index, which means they are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as stroke or heart attack. Previous studies indicate that inflammation and atherosclerosis are most likely responsible for the association between […]

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E-cigarettes change blood vessels after just one use, reveals study

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Radiology, concluded that vaping temporarily impacts blood vessel function in healthy people. Using MRI scans, it found, for example, changes in blood flow within the femoral artery in the leg after just one use. The researchers couldn’t determine which chemical might be responsible for the changes they observed. […]

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Researchers warn: Vaping impacts blood vessels, even without nicotine

Healthy young people show signs of impaired blood vessel function after just a few puffs of an electronic cigarette, even without nicotine, new research shows. “We essentially found that using e-cigarettes is not equivalent to inhaling water vapour; in fact, it can exert acute, detrimental effects on (blood vessels) even when the liquid does not […]

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Young women who smoke face highest risk of major heart attack, cautions study

Despite the increased risk, smokers can reduce their risk to that of a never smoker in as little as a month after quitting. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women and men worldwide, and acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is among the most life-threatening forms of heart disease. STEMI […]

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Allergies linked to higher junk food consumption, suggests new study

AGEs are proteins or fats found in foods that react with sugars to become glycated. They are therefore abundant in processed foods that are packed with sugar and fat like bacon, cake, pizza and burgers. Microwaved foods, as well as barbecued or roasted meat, are also high in AGEs. A new study from researchers at […]

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Air pollution may impact foetal cardiovascular system, says study

#WorldEnvironmentDay: New study links air pollution with development of atherosclerosis

New research suggests that chronic exposure to ambient ozone may raise the risk of atherosclerosis and harm arterial health. Atherosclerosis is the result of fatty deposits – such as cholesterol, fat, or cellular waste – accumulating inside a person’s arteries. Over time, the build-up of plaque inside the blood vessels’ walls thickens the arteries, which […]

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Red and white meats are equally bad for cholesterol, finds study

The study, led by scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), the research arm of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, surprised the researchers with the discovery that consuming high levels of red meat or white poultry resulted in higher blood cholesterol levels than consuming a comparable amount of plant proteins. Moreover, this effect was […]

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Without heart disease, daily aspirin use may be too risky: Cautions study

For the current study, researchers examined data from 13 clinical trials testing the effects of aspirin against a placebo or no treatment in more than 134,000 adults. The risk of intracranial haemorrhage, or brain bleeds, was rare: taking aspirin was associated with two additional cases of this type of internal bleeding for every 1,000 people, […]

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Childhood oral infections associated with high risk of atherosclerosis in adulthood

The association between childhood oral infections and adulthood carotid atherosclerosis was observed in The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, an on-going prospective cohort. “The observation is novel, since there are no earlier follow-up studies on childhood oral infections and the risk of cardiovascular diseases,” says docent Pirkko Pussinen from the University of Helsinki. More […]

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Consuming foods rich in potassium can help prevent heart disease

Consuming foods rich in potassium can help prevent heart disease

Researchers have found that mice with low dietary potassium are more likely to experience vascular calcification, which is characteristic of atherosclerosis. This is major risk factor for heart disease. Increasing dietary potassium, however, was found to reduce vascular calcification in the rodents, suggesting that a diet rich in potassium could help to prevent heart disease. […]

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