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Heart Health in Future Foretold in Teens

Heart Health in Future Foretold in Teens | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Many U.S. adolescents are already on their way to increased cardiovascular risk in adulthood, researchers found.

Roughly half of about 5,000 study participants ages 12 to 19 (54.7% of males and 50.5% of females) met "ideal" standards for fewer than five of the seven variables developed by the American Heart Association to define cardiovascular health, according to Christina Shay, PhD, of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and colleagues.

And 0% met all seven variables including not smoking and having low total cholesterol, the researchers reported online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.


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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, April 5, 2013 3:30 PM

Will this be the first generation that has worse health than the prior generation?  It is amazing that 0% of the surveyed teens met all the ideal seven variables:

Cardiovascular health among adolescents is defined using the ideal state of seven variables:

Smoking status (never smoked)Body mass index (BMI below the 85th percentile)Dietary intake (consumption of healthy levels of at least four of the following: vegetables, fish, whole grains, sodium, and added sugar in sugar-sweetened beverages)Physical activity (at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day)Blood pressure (below the 90th percentile)Blood glucose (less than 100 mg/dLTotal cholesterol (less than 170 mg/dL)

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Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Has Improved Substantially : Caring for the Ages

Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Has Improved Substantially : Caring for the Ages | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Caring for the Ages is the official newspaper of the American Medical Directors Association and provides long-term care professionals with timely and relevant news and commentary about clinical developments and about the impact of health care...
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Do You Know Your Heart's Ejection Fraction?

Do You Know Your Heart's Ejection Fraction? | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Today I ran into a young woman I assisted in Cardiac Rehabilitation after she had a heart incident. One of the first things she said to me with a smile on her face was that her ejection fraction ha...
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Grocery shopping after heart attack

Grocery shopping after heart attack | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Does this seem like a strange title? Well if you or a loved one has experienced a heart attack once back home the undertaking of grocery shopping can go from a one hour task to a two or three-hour ...
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Sodium: What gives Caregivers and Cardiac Rehab Staff Nightmares

Sodium: What gives Caregivers and Cardiac Rehab Staff Nightmares | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Working cardiac rehabilitation, one wants to take time off around Saint Patrick's day and Easter. Often patients come in with weight up 10 lbs in one to three days, short of breath, swollen, and ha...
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Designing for health tech? Remember the 7 deadly sins

Designing for health tech? Remember the 7 deadly sins | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Public health has long focused on awareness and attitude in promoting behavior change. But health behavior experts and others say that’s not enough — you need to trigger emotion.

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Murray McKercher's curator insight, March 10, 2013 8:12 AM

Emotion is an amazing neuroprocess...by understanding the link between emotions and the physical body one can speed most any healing processes. Negative emotion = negative consequences...+ve emotion = +ve consequences...

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Making Trails for Exercise

Making Trails for Exercise | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Exercise is all about making trails Recently I encountered a patient who I had worked with 18 years ago, he was back for his second heart procedure. He was very excited to see me to discuss how my ...
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Patches Heart Group offers support at a time of need - Health - Mansfield and Ashfield Chad

Patches Heart Group offers support at a time of need - Health - Mansfield and Ashfield Chad | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
THERE can be few things more devastating for a parent to hear than being told that their newborn baby has a serious heart problem.

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Medcompare - Cardiovascular News : Simplifying Heart Surgery With Stretchable Electronic Devices

Medcompare - Cardiovascular News : Simplifying Heart Surgery With Stretchable Electronic Devices. Medcompare - The Buyer's Guide for Medical Professionals
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Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Animas says artificial pancreas trials promising - Philadelphia Business Journal

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Animas says artificial pancreas trials promising - Philadelphia Business Journal | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Animas Corp. today announced positive results from the second phase of human clinical...

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Exercise is Medicine for your Diabetes

Exercise is Medicine for your Diabetes | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
If you have type 2 diabetes, regular physical activity is essential for controlling your blood glucose and managing your weight. Exercise also improves how well your body responds to insulin, which...
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Catheters Linked with High Risk of Infections, Heart Problems, and Death in Dialysis Patients

Catheters Linked with High Risk of Infections, Heart Problems, and Death in Dialysis Patients | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
• Dialysis patients using catheters to access the blood have the highest risks for death, infections, and cardiovascular events compared with patients using other types of vascular access.
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The Diabetes and Heart Relationship

The Diabetes and Heart Relationship | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
How does diabetes increase my risk for heart problems? Both type 1 and 2 diabetes accelerate the progression of artherosclerosis - hardening of the arteries.  Having type 1 diabetes increases the r...
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Pain in the Neck: A Rare Complication of Transradial Cardiac Catheterization.

Pain in the Neck: A Rare Complication of Transradial Cardiac Catheterization. | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Vascular and bleeding complications are a known risk of cardiac catheterization. In this case we report a neck hematoma after left sided transradial cardiac catheterization, which is a known but rarely reported complication of this procedure.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation should be alert for this

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How Laughter Impacts Your Heart Health

How Laughter Impacts Your Heart Health | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
When is the last time you had a good guttural laugh? You know the kind, where you feel like you are short of breath, your stomach and face muscles feel sore, the kind that puts a smile on your face...
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RenalCardiacDiabetesMealPlan's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:13 PM

We all need our friends and family to keep up our spirits.  A good time with all that care about you can go a long way to feeling better

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Grocery shopping after a heart attack

Grocery shopping after a heart attack | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Does this seem like a strange title? Well if you or a loved one has experienced a heart attack once back home the undertaking of grocery shopping can go from a one hour task to a two or three-hour ...
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Depression in kids linked to cardiac risks in teens

Depression in kids linked to cardiac risks in teens | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Teens who were depressed as children are far more likely than their peers to be obese, smoke cigarettes and lead sedentary lives, even if they no longer suffer from depression.
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Calf Pain

Calf Pain | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Calf Pain is something we don't ignore in Cardiac Rehabilitation  programs. It can be a symptom of a number of things life threatening, severe or a minor. So what are we looking for? Symptoms of bl...
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Failure to use aspirin before angioplasty increases death rate

Despite recommendations from leading medical groups, a surprising number of patients are not given aspirin before artery-clearing coronary angioplasty and stenting, and those patients have a significantly higher in-hospital death rate, according to...
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Technology changes that could change cardiovascular health care

Technology changes that could change cardiovascular health care | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Imagine in the future you have a heart problem for the rest of your life you will most likely need  periodic medical management of issues related to this problem. Monitoring of heart issues is incr...
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AliveCor - Heart Monitor(EKG Screening)

AliveCor - Heart Monitor(EKG Screening) | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Get ECGs instantly, anywhere, anytime with just the AliveCor Heart Monitor and your iPhone 4 / 4S.

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Heavy Moms Have Babies with Thick Aortas

Heavy Moms Have Babies with Thick Aortas | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Babies born to women who are overweight or obese show early signs of atherosclerosis in the first week of life, a small study showed.

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Using Mobile Health Apps to Diagnose Heart Problems

Using Mobile Health Apps to Diagnose Heart Problems | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

It’s a busy office day, and Mrs. J is seated calmly in my exam room. She has a history of an intermittent heart rhythm disturbance. She says she feels well, but that she also gets a little dizzy at times and feels her heart skip once in a while. The nurse who took the vitals typed “pulse irregular” on the electronic chart. The last few times Mrs. J was in the office, the vitals were similar, and an ECG was usually obtained, showing only a minor abnormality.

 

I’d like to know if anything has changed, but it takes a couple of minutes to order the ECG, have the patient disrobe, attach 16 leads of the machine, and then record the rhythm –and I’m already a little behind.

 

Instead, I pull out my smartphone and ask Mrs. J to hold it gently in her hands for 15 seconds. Voila! On its display (and immediately uploaded wirelessly to a secured server) is Mrs. J’s heart rhythm, showing no significant change.

I am a tech nut and, some would say, an Apple “fan boy” (Okay,  let’s get this straight, I am STILL using an iPhone 4, but for good reason. Keep reading to learn why!). I’m the one at the office who colleagues frequently come to for app advice. My latest app acquisition connects my personal interest to my professional work.

 

Typically, when talking all things Apple, I use the word “toy” frequently. This time, however, I can confidently say that my latest iPhone 4 case falls into the category of “tool.” And when I say tool, I mean an incredibly powerful device that is the first of many in the mobile realm that may significantly change health care.

 


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Rehabmyheart's comment, March 1, 2013 8:45 AM
Good for arrhythmia detection, but limited use for diagnostics such as left ventricular hypertrophy, ischemia, etc.
gary levin's comment, March 1, 2013 11:40 AM
Should only be used for screening
rickyle balea's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:31 AM

this illustrates that, there has been devlopment of apps that are actually able to perform medical diagnosis 

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Large Trial Shows Cardiovascular Benefits Of Mediterranean Diet

Large Trial Shows Cardiovascular Benefits Of Mediterranean Diet | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
A large new trial offers powerful evidence that the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Results of the PREDIMED (Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea) study were publishe...
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Ellen Diane's comment, March 1, 2013 7:37 AM
old news- why are they regurgitating this;)
Ellen Diane's curator insight, March 1, 2013 7:37 AM

old but important news

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Johns Hopkins Scientists Say Risk of Pancreatitis Doubles for Those Taking New Class of Diabetes Drugs

People who take the newest class of diabetes drugs to control blood sugar are twice as likely as those on other forms of sugar-control medication to be hospitalized with pancreatitis, Johns Hopkins researchers report.
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