Crash diet can invite heart problems

A crash diet is a diet for losing weight by limiting calories in a very short period of time. Although, it helps in quick weight reduction, it is bad for health. As per experts, if not treated it can lead to heart problems in the long run

Crash diet can invite heart problemsUnsupervised internet and WhatsApp-based crash diets can harm heart function and reduce its ability to pump blood. It is important for those with heart disease to seek medical advice before adopting a very low-calorie diet. In people with existing heart disease such a diet might aggravate heart failure symptoms like shortness of breath or increase […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Vitamin D can protect against heart failure after a heart attack

Heart failure is a life-threatening condition affecting an estimated 23 million people worldwide. New research has shown how vitamin D may help protect heart tissue and prevent heart failure after a heart attack, potentially offering a low-cost addition to existing treatments for heart failure

Vitamin D can protect against heart failure after a heart attackThe team at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research found that vitamin D prevents excessive scarring and thickening of heart tissue following a heart attack, which may help reduce the risk of heart failure. Researchers used mouse models to investigate the impact of 1,25D, a form of vitamin D that interacts with hormones, on the […]

Gout medication could help in treating patients with heart failure

Researchers have shown that probenecid, a drug long used to treat gout, may be able to improve heart function in adult patients who experience heart failure. Heart failure is a condition that arises when the heart is unable to pump oxygen-rich blood well enough to support other organs

Gout medication could help in treating patients with heart failureIn a new study, the team found that probenecid, which is a drug commonly used to treat gout, improved heart function in a small number of individuals with heart failure. First study author Nathan Robbins, from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the Journal of […]

Vitamin D can reduce risk of early death risk by 30 per cent

A normal intake of vitamin D can reduce the risk of early death substantially in people with cardiovascular disease. The study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism concludes that people, who have suffered from cardiovascular disease, and have a normal intake of vitamin D, reduce their risk of morality as a consequence of the disease by 30 per cent

Vitamin D can reduce risk of early death risk by 30 per centCardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, including heart disease, heart attack, heart failure and stroke. Previous research suggests that vitamin D status may play an important role in cardiovascular health. A study reported by Medical News Today in 2016, for example, associated low vitamin D […]

Want to cut down on excess sodium? Try something spicy

 If you add some spices to your cooking, you can cook food that tastes good without using as much salt. Though habit and preference matter when it comes to spicy food, but even a small, gradual increase in spices in your food may have a health benefit

Want to cut down on excess sodium? Try something spicyConsuming too much salt is known to be bad for you. And according to a study recently covered by Medical News Today, too much sodium can significantly increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, and the mineral — which is usually derived from salt — can double the risk of heart failure. In fact, the […]

‘Winter can trigger heart ailments’

Winter is high time for heart attacks. Numerous studies have shown that hospitalisation and mortality rates for heart failure patients are higher during winters. My Medical Mantra tries to understand how and why

‘Winter can trigger heart ailments’Heart Failure is a chronic coronary artery disease (CAD) which despite its literal connotation doesn’t mean that the heart has failed and is about to stop working, rather it is a potentially life-threatening condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood as required by the body. An International Congestive Heart Failure (INTER-CHF) study […]