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 […]

Here’s how diabetics can lower their risk of health problems

The results aren’t a guarantee that following doctor’s orders — bringing blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels to normal ranges, not smoking and keeping kidneys healthy — will protect people with type 2 diabetes from heart attacks, stroke or early death. But they are an encouraging sign that controlling the disease can improve health

Here’s how diabetics can lower their risk of health problemsA growing number of studies suggest that getting a handle on a few key risk factors can bring type 2 diabetes under control. Lowering blood sugar, for instance, reduces the risk of additional health problems, such as heart disease and stroke related to the disease. But most of these studies have focused on studying one […]

Exposure to low air pollution levels linked to enlarged hearts, reveals study

Regular exposure to even low levels of air pollution may cause changes to the heart similar to those in the early stages of heart failure, say researchers. Such premature deaths can be linked to a number of causes including respiratory problems, stroke, and coronary artery disease

Exposure to low air pollution levels linked to enlarged hearts, reveals studyA study led by Queen Mary University of London has shown that people exposed to levels of air pollution that are well within UK guidelines have structural changes in the heart that are similar to the remodeling seen in the early stages of heart failure. As reported in the journal Circulation, Professor Steffen Petersen and […]

Even one drink a day can lower your life expectancy

Even light drinkers who enjoy a single beer or glass of wine every night may still be more likely to die prematurely than people who drink less, according to a recent study

Even one drink a day can lower your life expectancyCompared to people who drink less than 100 grams of pure alcohol a week – roughly the equivalent of five to six glasses of wine or beer – those who consume 100 grams to 200 grams of alcohol weekly have an estimated life expectancy at age 40 that’s about six months shorter, the study found. […]

Loneliness tied to heart damage, premature death finds new study

Loneliness can also be bad for the heart in not just a figurative psychological sense, but physically as well. A study presented Saturday at the European Society of Cardiology's annual nursing conference finds that people who feel lonely are at a higher risk of premature death from heart disease

Loneliness tied to heart damage, premature death finds new studyLoneliness may double a person’s risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, new research has found. According to a study presented in Dublin on Saturday, feeling lonely is a strong predictor of premature death. The team of Danish researchers found that loneliness was linked to a doubled mortality risk in women and nearly double in men. […]

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, […]
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