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Archive for the ‘Heart Disease’ Category

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the western world, and scientists led by Dr. Chi Le-Ha, of the University of Western Australia, found a significant link between passive smoking and reduced HDL levels in teen girls that may explain why. The researchers reported that exposure to secondhand smoke at home appears to lower the levels of the HDL (good) cholesterol in teen girls. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is a substance that reduces heart disease risk. The study was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study included more than 1,000 male […]

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Heart Disease Risk Factors Affect Brain Function

New research published recently in the American Heart Association journal Stroke shows that brain function in young adults may decline as their risk factors for heart disease increase. Lead author Hanneke Joosten, M.D., a nephrology fellow at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands states that while people think that risk factors such as smoking and obesity are bad for the heart, they are not aware that these are also bad for the brain. The study included around 3,800 participants aged 35- to 82-years who underwent mental function tests that measured their ability to reason, plan and initiate and […]

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L-carnitine, a trimethylamine found in high amounts in red meat and certain other foods, has been found to significantly improve cardiac health in patients who have suffered a heart attack. This nutrient is also widely available as an over-the-counter health supplement which is believed to improve energy, promote weight loss, and enhance athletic performance. Its potential benefit for patients with heart disease was first reported in the late 1970s. A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows that L-carnitine is linked with a significant reduction in mortality from all causes and a highly significant reduction in cardiac events following a […]

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Secondhand Smoke Poses Highest Heart Disease Risk

A new study provided additional evidence on the threat of secondhand smoke.  Researchers found that exposure to secondhand smoke was already an independent predictor of the prevalence of coronary artery plaque.  It was found that the risk of developing diseased arteries increases as the duration and degree of exposure increases. Harvey S. Hecht, MD and colleagues reported online in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging that the overall prevalence of coronary artery plaque in those exposed to passive smoke was higher compared to the general public. Those with the highest amount of exposure have a 90% chance of having coronary plaque compared with […]

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A new study shows that babies born to mothers who are obese or overweight already have thickened aorta, the main artery that comes from the heart.  Moreover, this thickening of the artery is independent of birth weight.  This arterial thickening is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke later in life.  The study was published online in the Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease of Childhood. Researchers studied twenty-three women who are 16 weeks pregnant.  The average age of women was 35 with BMI (body mass index) ranging from 17 to 42 kg/m2.  A BMI of […]

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