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Depression has big impact on stroke, TIA survivors / American Heart Association

Depression is common among stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) survivors. Rates of depression were similar for stroke and TIA. The condition often goes unrecognized and under-treated.
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Diabetes Mellitus a Prognosis in CHF

DM associated with increased risk of death in congestive heart failure (CHF) patients....

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Salt in soluble drugs increases risk of heart attacks and strokes

Salt in soluble drugs increases risk of heart attacks and strokes | Cardiovascular Disease News | Scoop.it
The salt found in common effervescent and soluble drugs may be exposing consumers to an increased risk of heart problems, according to a study published in the BMJ today.
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Anxiety linked to higher long-term risk of stroke | American Heart Association

Study Highlights: First study to link anxiety to a greater risk of stroke.
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Scapegoats, saints, and saturated fats: old mistakes in new directions. 
A recent commentary piece in the British Medical Journal suggests that saturated fat is not really so bad after all. Is the author right? Is it time to absolve saturated fat? Not at all says Dr David Katz pointing out that it was never time to demonize it in the first place. ‘We vilified saturated fat, and were almost certainly silly to do so. Now, some seem on a mission to canonize it – and that is at least as silly. Diets can be lower, or higher, in saturated fat content and be crummy either way. There is no evidence of long-term health benefit from the wilful addition to the diet of saturated fat.’ In this edited extract of his Huffington Post piece (reprinted with permission) David Katz lays out his case that we are ill-served to think of saturated fat as either scapegoat, or martyred saint.

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Worried about taking statins? Here's what you need to know

Worried about taking statins? Here's what you need to know | Cardiovascular Disease News | Scoop.it
After last week’s controversial Catalyst program on the ABC, some people may be wondering whether they should stop taking statins to lower their cholesterol.
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Eating more fruit may lower your risk of lethal aneurysm | American Heart Association

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People who ate more than two servings of fruit daily had a 25 percent lower risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm than those who ate the least fruit.While no association was found for vegetables, researchers stress that vegetables also remain important for health.

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How grapes reduce heart failure - News

How grapes reduce heart failure - News | Cardiovascular Disease News | Scoop.it
A new study appearing in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry demonstrates that grapes are able to reduce heart failure associated with chronic high blood pressure (hypertension) by increasing the activity of several genes responsible for antio...
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Anti-cholesterol drugs may do more harm than good for older people

The side effects of Australia’s most commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs may outweigh the benefits in older people, a new clinical review has found.More than 40% of Australians over 65 take…...
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Severe Sleep Apnea Associated with Higher Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

Sleep apnea severity is an independent and significant predictor of sudden cardiac death (SCD), according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. - See more at: http://www.jwatch.org/fw107603/2013/06/12/severe-sleep-apnea-associated-with-higher-risk-sudden#sthash.DQ0cAxQ7.dpuf

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Second heart attacks on the rise - Breakfast - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Reports suggest that the number of Australians suffering second heart attacks will rise sharply in coming years.
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Should Hypertension Treatment Intensify with Age? - Cardiology

Should Hypertension Treatment Intensify with Age? - Cardiology | Cardiovascular Disease News | Scoop.it
Hypertension leads to reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF), which is associated with cognitive decline. However, aggressive blood pressure (BP) reduction in the elderly may produce cerebral hypoperfusion, resulting in falls and possibly stroke.
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New IOM report an incomplete review of sodium’s impact, says American Heart Association | American Heart Association

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The American Heart Association says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) -- Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence -- is incomplete in its assessment of sodium’s impact on health because it does not focus its examinations on scientific evidence that links excess consumption and high blood pressure. The report found that though reducing sodium intakes from current levels is important, and that there is a positive relationship between higher levels of sodium intake and risk of heart disease, there is not enough evidence to conclude that sodium reduction below 2,300 mg daily leads to less heart disease, stroke and a reduced risk of death.

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The Final Word on Coffee Consumption and Heart Health

Effects on hypertension, insulin sensitivity, serum lipids, CHD, CHF, arrhythmias, stroke and mortality....

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Three major smoking cessation therapies pose no serious heart risks | American Heart Association

Study Highlights: Three major types of smoking cessation therapies pose no serious heart risks. Nicotine replacement therapies temporarily increased the likelihood of a rapid or abnormal heartbeat, most often when people smoked while using them.
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Patients stopping drugs because of ABC's Catalyst programs: Heart Foundation

Patients stopping drugs because of ABC's Catalyst programs: Heart Foundation | Cardiovascular Disease News | Scoop.it
The Heart Foundation says an alarming number of people have stopped taking medication after watching Catalyst.
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Cholesterol-lowering statins explained - Health & Wellbeing

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Statins are medicines that lower the amount of cholesterol in your blood to help reduce your risk of having a heart attack and stroke. While there are other cholesterol lowering medications available, statins are the most widely used.

Around 3 million Australians take statins, and this costs our health system more than $1 billion a year. At least four in every ten Australians over the age of 65 take them.

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Viewing Catalyst's cholesterol programs through the sceptometer

Viewing Catalyst's cholesterol programs through the sceptometer | Cardiovascular Disease News | Scoop.it
On the past two Thursdays, the ABC’s Catalyst program set off a chain reaction of protest from sections of the medical community, aghast that the non-medical media would question the accepted wisdom that…...
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Getting people with stroke symptoms to hospital as fast as possible - Health Report - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Getting people with stroke symptoms to hospital as fast as possible - Health Report - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Cardiovascular Disease News | Scoop.it
It is vital for a good outcome to get fast treatment for people who suffered a stroke.
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Flu jab may halve heart attack risk: study

Receiving the flu vaccine may almost halve the chance of a heart attack for middle-aged people with narrow arteries, a new study by Australian researchers has found.Heart disease kills and disables more…...
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High-Dose NSAIDs Pose Increased Cardiovascular Risk

High-dose diclofenac and coxibs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), carry similarly elevated cardiovascular risks, a Lancet meta-analysis finds. - See more at: http://www.jwatch.org/fw107556/2013/05/30/high-dose-nsaids-pose-increased-cardiovascular-risk#sthash.Q4ZUOh0x.dpuf

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Small Changes Make a Big Difference in Stroke Risk

An overall measure of cardiovascular health serves as a good predictor of stroke risk, and small behavioral changes can have significant effects, a study in Stroke finds. - See more at: http://www.jwatch.org/fw107591/2013/06/07/small-changes-make-big-difference-stroke-risk#sthash.ZrwGYpyg.dpuf

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Statins and kidney injury | NPS MedicineWise

A recent study suggested the risk of acute kidney injury (acute renal failure) is higher in patients taking high-potency statins than in those taking low-potency statins. Find out which drugs are involved and what this means for your patients.
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Weight loss fails to prevent CVD in diabetes

AN INTENSIVE diet and exercise regimen followed by patients with type 2 diabetes has failed to prevent more cardiovascular events than conventional care, US research shows.
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Tweeting our way to heart health - News

Tweeting our way to heart health - News | Cardiovascular Disease News | Scoop.it
Twitter, can be a powerful tool to help prevent heart disease and improve health practices, according to a group of researchers affiliated with the University of Sydney.
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