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. […]

Heart health: exotic fish ‘teach’ people to regenerate heart cells

 How eating exotic fish can improve heart health. Heart failure is a condition in which damage or death of part of the heart muscle occurs. In this condition, people usually need a transplant. Researchers suggest that one of several species of small freshwater fish, the tetra fish, repairs its own heart. But can we apply this mechanism to recover human heart health?

Heart health: exotic fish ‘teach’ people to regenerate heart cellsPeople with heart failure experience heart cell loss that can damage the heart muscle to such an extent that they need a transplant. One species of exotic fish, the tetra fish, has the amazing ability to repair its own heart. Can we apply this mechanism to healing human hearts? The tetra fish is a type […]

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 […]