Low-carb, keto diets may raise the risk of heart rhythm disorders, reveals study

Keto, Paleo, Atkins - there's no shortage of low-carb diets to try, but new research suggests that over time, living low-carb can raise your risk of a heart condition called atrial fibrillation

Low-carb, keto diets may raise the risk of heart rhythm disorders, reveals studyThe study is being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual conference next week. It is the first ever to look at how low-carb diets affect the heart, assessing 13,000 dieters But new research suggests that cutting back on carbohydrates can spell trouble for your heart. The findings show people getting a low proportion […]

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgery

According to a new study published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), patients who have severe obstructive sleep apnoea have a significantly higher risk of complications related to their heart in the first 30 days after major surgery

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgeryPeople having surgery may be more likely to experience cardiovascular problems afterward when they have a common night-time breathing disorder known as sleep apnoea, a study suggests. Compared to patients without apnoea, people with severe apnoea were more than twice as likely to die of heart complications or experience serious cardiac events like heart attacks […]

People under 40 with type 2 diabetes at risk of developing heart disease

People under age 40 who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to have or die from cardiovascular disease than those of similar age without diabetes and the excess risks were more pronounced in younger women, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation

People under 40 with type 2 diabetes at risk of developing heart diseaseResearchers also found the excess risk for death, regardless of cause, for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at age 80 or older significantly decreased and was the same as those of similar age without diabetes. “Our study shows the differences in excess diabetes risk are tied to the how old the person is when […]

Infants born with congenital heart defects more likely to develop heart problems in future  

An infant born with a relatively simple heart defect is far more likely to develop heart problems as an adult, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered

Infants born with congenital heart defects more likely to develop heart problems in future  People born with a minor heart defect are at greater risk of developing heart problems as they get older. The risk is so great that someone born with a heart defect who has a heart-healthy lifestyle is twice as likely to develop heart problems as someone born without a defect who has a heart-averse lifestyle. […]

Here’s how you can reduce your risk of developing irregular heartbeats

Problems with heart rhythm, known as arrhythmias, mean that your heart is prone to beating in an irregular manner, going too fast or too slow. While this can be harmless, certain arrhythmias are tied to heart problems

Here’s how you can reduce your risk of developing irregular heartbeatsAtrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. AF has been tied to an elevated risk of stroke and other potential heart complications since it can lead to clots which block blood flow. So, what can you do to manage risk factors? For starters, the American Heart Association recommends reducing high blood […]

Even moderate alcohol consumption is a risk factor for irregular heartbeat, warns study

A new study published in HeartRhythm reports that regular moderate alcohol consumption, drinking an average of 14 glasses of alcohol per week, is a modifiable risk factor for atrial fibrillation

Even moderate alcohol consumption is a risk factor for irregular heartbeat, warns studyDisturbing heart scans have revealed the damage regular drinking can inflict on the organ. Evidence already exists to show that consuming too much alcohol boosts your risk of developing an irregular heartbeat. And now scientists have found two glasses of wine a day is enough to damage the electrical signals which control the organ’s rhythm. […]

Exposure to pesticides and metals in day-to-day life tied to increased heart disease risk

The study found the strongest associations for metals and pesticides and coronary heart disease and atrial fibrillation, and further work should focus on which biological mechanisms play a role for metal-associated and pesticide-associated cardiovascular disease (CVDs). Many metals are strong inducers of oxidative stress which may result in CVD either directly or via increased inflammation

Exposure to pesticides and metals in day-to-day life tied to increased heart disease riskWorkplace exposure to metals and pesticides is linked to a heightened risk of heart disease in Hispanic and Latino workers, reveals research published online in the journal Heart. Language barriers and low levels of education, coupled with fears about job security and immigration status, may make this rapidly growing ethnic group especially vulnerable, say the […]

Smoking increases the risk of developing atrial fibrillation

Current smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop the most common heart rhythm disorder - atrial fibrillation, suggests an analysis of existing research. The more a person smokes, the greater the risk, but quitting smoking appears to lower it significantly, the authors report in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

Smoking increases the risk of developing atrial fibrillation“The prevalence of atrial fibrillation has been projected to increase over the next decades and it is an important risk factor for a number of other cardiovascular diseases and premature mortality,” said lead author Dagfinn Aune. “Tobacco smoking has been proposed as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, but previous studies have not been summarised […]

Irregular heartbeat risk interlinked with depressions, study suggests  

A study has shown that depression may be a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder that can cause clot formation and stroke. It revealed that among those who took antidepressants and had the highest scores on a clinical screening test for depression were found to be at more than 30 per cent increased risk for atrial fibrillation, compared with participants with low scores for depression and who did not take antidepressants

Irregular heartbeat risk interlinked with depressions, study suggests  This data was recently presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2018 scientific sessions on Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) occurs when the upper chambers of the heart spasm, which therefore prevents them from moving blood into the heart’s lower chambers. When blood collects […]

High-stress job could be putting your heart at risk, suggest study

The researchers define ‘high-strain jobs’ as those that are ‘psychologically demanding’ but give job-holders little control ‘over the work situation.’ Examples include bus driving, nursing, and working on assembly lines

High-stress job could be putting your heart at risk, suggest studyIndividuals with high-strain jobs are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, which is a common heartbeat disorder that can significantly raise the risk of stroke. Previous studies have linked work stress to coronary heart disease, but whether there is also a link to atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is less clear. According to first study author Eleanor […]