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Intense workouts may be safe for heart patients: study

Intense workouts may be safe for heart patients: study | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moderate levels of exercise are often prescribed for people recovering from a heart attack or heart surgery, but a new study finds that pumping up workouts to high intensity levels might be a safe option too.
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Heart rate monitor in a mirror

Heart rate monitor in a mirror | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

My comment: More efforts to develop connected health for consumers. Will this be valuable? Probably not since a mobile health option that allows heart rate assessment at times throughout the day would be more valuable for assessment in health and disease.

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New high-tech mirrors are melding with digital components to act as health-monitoring devices that measure vital signs, in-shop equipment to try on clothes virtually and displays to keep track of news and information. 


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Diet High in Total Antioxidants Associated with Lower Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Women

Diet High in Total Antioxidants Associated with Lower Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Women | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Coronary heart disease is a major cause of death in women. A new study has found that a diet rich in antioxidants mainly from fruits and vegetables, can significantly reduce the risk of myocardial infarction. The study is published in the October issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

 

Source: http://news.bioscholar.com/2012/09/diet-high-total-antioxidants-risk-myocardial-infarction-women.html


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Did you survive Cardiac Arrest?

Did you survive Cardiac Arrest? | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

With advanced technology and medicine more people are surviving episodes of cardiac arrest. Each month, 10,000 people, including children, have a defibrillator implanted to restore normal heart rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac death. Patient experiences with surviving cardiac arrest can be quite different. There are some factors that should be addressed. 

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Are Drugs Better Than Carotid Stents?

Are Drugs Better Than Carotid Stents? | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

My comment: This is an important question for our patients and unfortunately we will porbably never get an answer because the study would be expensive and there is no likely source for funding an outcomes study that would be needed.  With all blocked arteries (heart, head or legs) the options for treatment are medications to control or slow the progression of the blockage OR stents OR surgery.  The benefits and safety hazards are improving for all three so making comparisons using older data is not useful,.  For now we know stents are about equivalent to surgery in blocked carotid arteries.  Is medicine equal or even better? 

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A debate is taking place among physicians over whether drug therapies to prevent stroke have surpassed stents or carotid artery surgery as the best treatment for many patients with artery blockage in the neck.


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Fish Oil: supplements vs. diet

Fish Oil: supplements vs. diet | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Of the 20 studies included, 2 studies looked at fish-oil "supplementation" through dietary counselling. That is, the intervention studied was educating subjects on how to increase their consumption of fish oils by diet alone, as opposed to capsule supplements. Both studies were not blinded and performed by the same research group. Pooling the studies together did not make sense to the researchers and so these two studies were left out..

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Future of treating heart attacks

Future of treating heart attacks | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

A TEAM of North-East scientists funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has begun working on a project that could lead to a revolution in the way doctors treat heart attacks.

Ultimately, the team is hoping it can develop a protein-based solution that could be injected into damaged hearts after someone has suffered a heart attack.

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Extreme Temperatures Cause Early Death from Cardiovascular Disease

Extreme Temperatures Cause Early Death from Cardiovascular Disease | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
According to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, experts reveal that extreme temperatures during heat waves and bitter cold spells can increase the risk of premature death by cardiovascular disease.
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Simple blood test could help 15,000 stroke sufferers and be available by the start of 2013

Simple blood test could help 15,000 stroke sufferers and be available by the start of 2013 | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Given in the aftermath of a stroke, the blood test will allow doctors to work out if patients are eligible for the only drug that can limit the damage to the brain.
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Meta-Analysis Links Stress At Work And Heart Disease

Meta-Analysis Links Stress At Work And Heart Disease | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
A new study published in the Lancet provides the best evidence yet that work-related stress and, in particular, job strain– “the combination of high job demands and low control at work&...
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Pain medications linked with increased heart problems

Pain medications linked with increased heart problems | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

People who have survived a heart attack seem to increase their risk of having another one, or of dying, by taking common painkillers called NSAIDs, a popular class of drugs that includes ibuprofen.

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Can You Be Fat and Fit — or Thin and Unhealthy?

Can You Be Fat and Fit — or Thin and Unhealthy? | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Every Body Walk! is an online educational site aimed at getting Americans up and moving, a walking hub, containing news and resources on walking, health information, walking maps and how to find walking groups.
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What Are My Chances of Getting Heart Disease Infographic

What Are My Chances of Getting Heart Disease Infographic | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
The American Heart Association helps you learn your chances of getting heart disease. How do you answer these three questions?
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Healthy eating tips for heart patients

Healthy eating tips for heart patients | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
After heart surgery most patients have a very poor appetite for the first three months. The first month the medical advice is to eat anything. This isn’t a problem as the body needs extra fue...
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Diagnose heart disease with a fingertip test [video] | ISRAEL21c

Diagnose heart disease with a fingertip test [video] | ISRAEL21c | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Israel's Itamar Medical has developed a breakthrough device to diagnose sleep apnea, and a test for early onset of arteriosclerosis and heart disease.

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Benefits of shorter bouts of exercise.

Benefits of shorter bouts of exercise. | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Physical activity guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per week with activity sustained for ≥10 minutes in order to achieve maximum health benefits. However little is known about the health benefits of exercising in shorter bouts. This paper investigates the potential benefits of exercising <10 minutes and ≥10 minutes, independent of intensity and amount, and the association between time engaged in physical activity and individual cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors.

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Reflections From a 25 years old heart bypass patient

Reflections From  a 25 years old heart bypass patient | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
THE STORY OF MY HEART DISEASE Written by: Rebekah Poindexter A year already?!?! You may be wondering what happened why I’m asking this. Well let me tell you about my heart disease story of my fears...
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14 reasons to be glad you’re a man when you’re having a heart attack

14 reasons to be glad you’re a man when you’re having a heart attack | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
How is it that, since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease - and in fact, the gender gap continues to widen?
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African Americans less likely to adopt diet for blood pressure control

African Americans less likely to adopt diet for blood pressure control | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Better adherence to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is associated with significant reductions in blood pressure. However, African-Americans may be less likely than whites to adopt the diet, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

The findings, which appear online September 19 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, suggest that altering traditional recipes to meet nutritional guidelines rather than eliminating certain foods altogether may result in better adherence among African-Americans.

Read more: Blood pressure diet works, but adherence drops among African-Americans - Dieting -Heart - http://www.health.am/ab/more/blood-pressure-diet-works/#ixzz272cZhsz3

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Familial Hypercholesterolemia - Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Familial Hypercholesterolemia - Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
What you need to know about FH This double-sided patient handout focuses on awareness, prevalence, causes, and risks of Familial Hypercholesterolemia...
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Stem cells heal heart attack scars, regrow healthy muscle

Stem cells heal heart attack scars, regrow healthy muscle | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
By Ryan Jaslow February 14, 2012 (CBS) A new study offers an effective way to mend a broken heart: Stem cells.
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Choices in the care of your heart

Choices in the care of your heart | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Heart disease is challenging and frightful. Sometimes decisions are made very quickly regarding managing the disease process. Heart disease is a chronic condition that rears its ugly head over and over for many. As a heart patient your best off having a good knowledge of the disease process and the choices of interventions.

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His and hers heart attacks

His and hers heart attacks | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Cardiologist suggests the term 'ischemic heart disease' be used for female patients with small artery problems.
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Opening the blocked vessels: Time Matters!

Opening the blocked vessels: Time Matters! | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Every second counts for patients receiving angioplasty, a lifesaving treatment for the most serious types of heart attack, in which a catheter with a small balloon at the tip is inserted and inflated to open a blocked artery.

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Study: Painkillers After a Heart Attack May Be Risky

Study: Painkillers After a Heart Attack May Be Risky | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
People who have survived a heart attack may want to reconsider taking painkillers known as NSAIDs...
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