Middle-aged tooth loss linked to increased heart disease risk

People who lose two or more teeth during middle age may be more likely to develop heart disease, scientists have found. A study of nearly 61,000 adults aged between 45 and 69 showed those who lost two or more teeth had a higher chance of developing coronary heart disease than those who didn't lose any teeth

Middle-aged tooth loss linked to increased heart disease riskLosing two or more natural teeth in middle age may signal an increased risk for coronary heart disease, a U.S. study suggests. “In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in recent past could be at increased […]

Can traffic noise be a contributing factor behind heart disease?

Researchers suggest that the mechanism at play could be a stress response in the nervous system that is activated by exposure to noise. The stress response prompts a surge of hormones, which damages the blood vessels. The findings revealed that traffic or aircraft noise contributes to hypertension, diabetes, and other risk factors for heart disease

Can traffic noise be a contributing factor behind heart disease?The idea that heart disease may be caused by traffic noise may seem far-fetched. But growing evidence is linking environmental noise to the development of heart conditions including arterial hypertension, stroke, heart failure, and coronary artery disease. Although healthcare providers will focus on traditional risk factors when they diagnose, prevent, and treat heart disease, ever […]

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 […]

Elevated blood sugar levels tied to heart and kidney problems, says study

According to a study published in the Lancet Diabetes, people who have slightly elevated blood sugar that’s not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis may still have a higher risk of heart and kidney disease than individuals with normal blood sugar

Elevated blood sugar levels tied to heart and kidney problems, says studyDiabetes has long been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Plenty of previous research also ties diabetes to an increased risk of kidney disease. Research has been mixed; however, on whether slightly elevated blood sugar that is sometimes called ‘pre-diabetes’ might also increase the risk of heart and kidney issues. Even the name […]

Exercise can reverse heart disease risk in middle-aged adults

To reap the most benefit, the exercise regimen should begin by late middle age (before age 65), when the heart apparently retains some plasticity and ability to remodel itself

Exercise can reverse heart disease risk in middle-aged adultsThe new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of heart failure caused by […]

Just one high-fat meal can set the stage for heart disease

A single high-fat milkshake, with a fat and calorie content similar to some enticing restaurant fare, can quickly transform our healthy red blood cells into small, spiky cells that wreak havoc inside our blood vessels and help set the perfect stage for cardiovascular disease, scientists report

Just one high-fat meal can set the stage for heart diseaseJust four hours after consuming a milkshake made with whole milk, heavy whipping cream and ice cream, healthy young men also had blood vessels less able to relax and an immune response similar to one provoked by an infection, the team of researchers reported. While the dramatic, unhealthy shift was likely temporary in these healthy […]

Obesity key factor behind irregular heartbeat in men

The findings showed that men were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation - a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart, or atria, quiver instead of beat to move blood effectively - at 50 years of age, while women developed the condition at 60 or at older age

Obesity key factor behind irregular heartbeat in menA new study found that, on average, atrial fibrillation develops in men around 10 years earlier than it does in women. It was also found that while carrying excess weight raises the risk of this type of irregular heartbeat for both men and women, it has a stronger effect in men The results of the […]

Larger waist, hip size interlinked with heart attack risk in women

Research suggests that differences in the way women and men store fat may affect their risk of heart disease, with those with an ‘apple shape’ at greatest risk

Larger waist, hip size interlinked with heart attack risk in womenWomen with bigger waists relative to their hips are at more risk of heart attacks than men of a similar “apple shape”, research from the George Institute for Global Health says. The study showed waist-to-hip ratio to be a better heart attack predictor than general obesity – 18% stronger than body mass index in women […]

Childhood cancer survivors at a higher risk of developing heart disease

Researchers from Germany have investigated the long-term health of those who survived cancer during their childhood in comparison to the rest of the population. The study found the survivors, as adults, were at increased cardiovascular risk compared to the general population. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, used to treat cancer in children, are known to affect heart cells and blood vessels

Childhood cancer survivors at a higher risk of developing heart diseaseAdult survivors of childhood cancer have a greater risk of heart disease and develop risk factors like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol earlier in life compared to the general population, a German study suggests. Researchers studied 951 adults, ages 23 to 48, who had been diagnosed with cancer when they were less than 15 […]

Babies with heart defects can have an impact on mother’s health too

Women who give birth to infants with congenital heart defects may have an increased risk of cardiovascular hospitalisations later in life, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation

Babies with heart defects can have an impact on mother’s health tooThe study of more than one million women is the first to show congenital heart defects in newborns may be a marker for an increased risk of their mothers developing heart problems, including heart attack and heart failure, years after pregnancy. Researchers analysed data on women who delivered infants between 1989 and 2013 in Quebec, […]
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