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Sleep : The Right Prescription for Your Health

WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night is essential for your good health, according to sleep experts.

Too little sleep not only makes you tired and cranky all day, it also has other unwanted side effects, including decreased creativity and accuracy, increased stress, tremors, aches and memory lapses or loss.

It also puts y...

Just 30 Minutes of Light Exercise a Week May Keep Deadly Stroke at Bay

WEDNESDAY, June 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just a little exercise may help protect you against a type of deadly bleeding stroke, a new study suggests.

As many as half of people who suffer a subarachnoid hemorrhage die within three months.

While smoking and high blood pressure have been shown to increase the risk of this deadly stroke, there has been little evidence on whe...

TV Watching May Be Most Unhealthy Type of Sitting: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Next time you're ready to hit the sofa for an evening of TV, think twice -- it just might kill you.

Though too much sitting has long been linked to health risks, a new study suggests all sitting isn't the same -- and sitting in front of the TV after dinner for long hours at a stretch is especially unhealthy.

In fact, those who di...

More Education Could Mean Less Heart Disease

TUESDAY, June 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers a compelling case for staying in school: American adults who spent more time in the classroom as kids have a lower risk of heart disease.

"As a society, we should be thinking about investing in social policies to improve overall health and reduce health care costs," said study author Dr. Rita Hamad. She's an assistant pro...

Heart Disease Is Lasting Threat to Breast Cancer Survivors

FRIDAY, June 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women who survive breast cancer may have a higher risk for developing heart disease, a new study says.

Heart problems can appear more than five years after radiation treatment for breast cancer, and the added risk persists for as much as 30 years, according to Brazilian researchers.

Heart disease is the leading cause of...

Overweight Kids Are at Risk for High Blood Pressure

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight preschoolers have twice the odds of developing high blood pressure by age 6, putting them at risk of heart attack and stroke later in life.

And those odds begin building as early as age 4, a new study reports.

"The myth that excess weight in children has no consequences hampers the prevention and control of this health pro...

How Your Marital Status Affects Your Odds of Dying From Heart Disease

FRIDAY, June 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your gender and marital status hold telling clues about your risk of dying of heart disease, a large British study suggests.

It found that widowed and divorced men have significantly higher odds of death due to heart disease than women of the same marital status. But single men are more likely to survive heart failure than single women.

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Heavy Teen Boys May Face Higher Heart Disease Risk as Adults

MONDAY, May 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just a few extra pounds during adolescence may translate into higher odds for heart disease in adulthood, a new study of young men suggests.

It included about 1.7 million Swedish men who began military service at ages 18 or 19 between 1969 and 2005. They were followed for up to 46 years.

During the follow-up, nearly 4,500 were diagnos...

The Surprising Lead Cause of Death for Pregnant Women

MONDAY, May 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A major medical group has issued new guidance on detecting and treating the leading cause of death in pregnant women and new mothers in the United States.

Heart disease accounts for 26.5% of pregnancy-related deaths, and rates are highest among black women and those with low incomes. On Friday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gyne...

For Obese People, Commuting by Car Can Be a Killer: Study

SUNDAY, April 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Being obese and commuting by car can be a deadly mix, a new study warns.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 163,000 adults, aged 37 to 73, in the United Kingdom. The participants were followed for an average of five years.

Compared to people of normal weight who walked or cycled to work (active commut...

Timing of Meals Can Influence Heart Attack Recovery

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When you eat during the day could influence your chances of surviving a heart attack, a new study finds.

Specifically, skipping breakfast and eating dinner late in the evening were associated with poorer recovery and increased risk of death, scientists report.

"Our research shows that the two eating behaviors are independently lin...

New Evidence That Veggies Beat Steak for Heart Health

WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your heart will thank you if you replace red meat with healthy plant proteins.

Doing so will lower your odds for heart disease, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from 36 trials involving more than 1,800 people to learn how different diets affected heart disease risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, t...

Move More, Live Longer

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a couch potato, get moving. Your life could depend on it.

Researchers say replacing 30 minutes a day of sitting with physical activity could cut your risk of premature death by nearly half.

They examined 14 years of data on inactivity and activity with more than 92,500 people in an American Cancer Society study.

Heart Disease a Growing Threat to U.S. Veterans

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. veterans are at increased risk for heart disease, a looming public health problem, researchers say.

They analyzed data from more than 153,000 people who took part in the National Health Interview Survey, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Vets between the ages of...

Heart Attacks Striking More Young Adults

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Although Americans are suffering fewer heart attacks, the rate is dramatically increasing among those under 40.

In fact, 20 percent of people who have a heart attack are 40 or younger, a rate that has risen 2 percent a year for 10 years, new research reports.

Some of these people are now in their 20s and early 30s, said senior stud...

NFL Players' Enlarged Hearts May Harm Health for Decades

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Athlete's heart" -- an enlarged heart created by intense physical training -- is a common and often brushed-off condition within elite and professional sports.

But a new study of National Football League players is raising concern about the long-term consequences of athlete's heart when it comes to retirees who have long left the field.

Study Urges Seniors to Get Moving to Live Longer

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Can you tell how long you'll live? For seniors, how fit you are may offer a clearer forecast of life span than traditional markers such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking, a new study suggests.

It included more than 6,500 people, age 70 and older, who had an exercise stress test between 1991 and 2009. The test me...

Statins Help the Heart, No Matter What Your Age

FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statins are already known to help cut heart risks for seniors and the middle-aged. Now, research confirms the meds can also help people aged 75 and older.

"Statin therapy has been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease in a wide range of people, but there has been uncertainty about its efficacy and safety among older peop...

Dirty Air Tied to Raised Risk of Strokes, Shorter Lives

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live and work in counties with dirty air have a shorter life expectancy and are more likely to die from a stroke, a new study suggests.

For the study, researchers analyzed health and air pollution data gathered from nearly 1,600 counties across the United States between 2005 and 2010. The study focused on adults aged 35 and ol...

Flu May Up the Odds of Stroke, Neck Artery Tears

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Flu can make you deathly ill, but it could also trigger a stroke or a rupture in your neck arteries, two new studies suggest.

The findings prompted an urgent reminder from the researchers: Getting a flu shot will not only protect you against infection but may also reduce your risk for these serious complications.

Researchers in th...

Cholesterol Levels Spike After Christmas

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- After indulging in big, rich, holiday meals, cholesterol levels go through the roof, Danish researchers report.

After Christmas, cholesterol levels jumped 20 percent from summer levels among the 25,000 people studied.

Your risk of having high cholesterol becomes six times higher after the Christmas break, the scientists said.

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After a Spouse's Death, Sleep Woes Up Health Risks

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The death of a spouse can understandably bring sleepless nights. Now, research suggests those sleep troubles raise the odds of immune system dysfunction -- which in turn can trigger chronic inflammation.

For the surviving spouse, that could mean an increased risk for heart disease and cancer, though the study did not prove a cause-and-effect l...

Daylight Saving Time Tied to Rise in A-Fib Hospitalizations

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When Americans set clocks an hour ahead in the spring for Daylight Saving Time, hospitalizations rise for people with a common type of irregular heartbeat, a new study finds.

Atrial fibrillation affects at least 3 million Americans and possibly twice that many. Its main danger is an increased risk for stroke or heart failure, the study authors...

Opioid Use May Sometimes Trigger A-Fib

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid users may be putting themselves at increased risk for atrial fibrillation ("A-fib"), an abnormal heart rhythm that can lead to a stroke, a new study suggests.

The preliminary finding stems from an analysis of medical records of more than 850,000 military veterans. It found that opioid use increases the likelihood of A-fib by 34 percent.<...

Will a Defibrillator 'Vest' Protect Recent Heart Attack Patients?

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Wearable defibrillators do not lower the chances of dying from sudden cardiac arrest among high-risk patients who've just had a heart attack, a new investigation concludes.

Worn externally as a vest, these defibrillators are a noninvasive alternative to surgically implanted defibrillators. Both are designed to deliver a corrective electric...

Even at Low Levels, Toxic Metals Put Heart at Serious Risk: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to toxic metals such as arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and heart disease, researchers report.

Their analysis of 37 studies that included nearly 350,000 people linked arsenic exposure to a 23 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease and a 30 percent increased risk of c...

Smoking, Drinking a Double Whammy for Teens' Arteries: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who drink or smoke already have stiffening arteries, and the risk is highest for those who are both heavy smokers and heavy drinkers, a new study reports.

Arterial stiffening is a sign of blood vessel damage that increases the chances for heart attack and stroke later in life. The good news is that teens can reverse this damage if the...

Daily Vaping Tied to Doubling of Heart Attack Risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who puff electronic cigarettes every day have twice the risk of heart attack, and the odds increase almost fivefold for those who use them along with traditional cigarettes, a new study suggests.

"Using both products at the same time is worse than using either one separately," said senior study author Stanton Glantz. He's director of th...

Amputation May Not Be Best Option for Severe Circulation Problems

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Trying to restore blood flow may be better than amputation for patients with a serious leg circulation problem called critical limb ischemia, a new study contends.

Critical limb ischemia is the most severe form of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and can lead to ulcers, gangrene and amputation, the researchers said.

"Many patients ...

For Seniors, Getting Physical Protects the Heart

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're in your early 60s, becoming more active may reduce your risk of heart disease, researchers report.

That's especially true for women, they added.

"The 60 to 64 age range represents an important transition between work and retirement, when lifestyle behaviors tend to change. It may, therefore, be an opportunity to promote i...

Weight Loss May Reverse Course of Atrial Fibrillation

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss might help reverse progression of a common heart arrhythmia in obese adults, a new study shows.

Researchers found that when obese adults with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) shed at least 10 percent of their starting weight, most saw the course of their condition reverse. More than half became a-fib-free during the study period.

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Thyroid Cancer Survivors at Risk for Heart Disease

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Men and women who survive thyroid cancer have a sharply increased risk for heart disease, a new study finds.

And researchers say males and overweight survivors are particularly at risk.

"Our study found that male thyroid cancer survivors have an almost 50 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than women, while thy...

Severe Eczema May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sufferers of severe eczema may be at greater risk for heart attack, stroke and irregular heartbeat, British researchers report.

Although the added risk is small, it's important from a public health perspective because eczema affects up to 10 percent of adults, the researchers said.

Eczema is a term for several types of skin swelling...

Scans Can Tell How Long Ago a Stroke Occurred

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new MRI scanning technique can help doctors better nail down when a person has suffered a stroke and whether clot-busting drugs will help preserve their brain.

This technique could save the brains of some people who suffer "wake-up" strokes, where symptoms become apparent after they wake from a night's sleep, said lead researcher Dr. Gotz T...

Smoking Puts Blacks at Higher Risk for Heart Failure

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may significantly increase black Americans' risk of heart failure, a new study warns.

The study included 4,129 black participants who were followed for a median of eight years. Half were followed for a shorter time, half for a longer period. Their average age: 54.

When the study began, none had heart failure or hardening of ...

Diet, Exercise Can Ease Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise and healthy eating can counter the harmful side effects of hormone therapy for prostate cancer, a new study suggests.

Androgen-deprivation therapy suppresses testosterone and other male hormones that drive prostate cancer growth.

But suppressing those hormones leads to loss of muscle mass and strength as well as increased b...

Heart Penalty? Hockey Fans' Cardiac Risk Rises When Home Team Wins

THURSDAY, March, 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hey guys, you might want to watch out when the home team wins.

The thrill of victory may trigger a heart attack among younger male hockey fans, a new study suggests.

Researchers in Canada studied heart attacks the day after a Montreal Canadiens' win. Using data from the Montreal Heart Institute, they found that male fans under a...

Most With Very High Cholesterol Missing Out on Right Meds

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 40 percent of American adults with extremely high cholesterol levels get the medications they should, a new study finds.

Researchers examined federal government data to assess rates of awareness, screening and the use of cholesterol-lowering statins among adults aged 20 and older with extremely high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol.<...

Women May Dismiss Subtle Warning Signs of Heart Disease

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Warning signs of heart disease in women, such as fatigue, body aches and upset stomach, may be shrugged off as symptoms of stress or a hectic lifestyle.

But heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women, so it's important to listen to your body, according to experts at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

H...

Defibrillator-in-a-Vest May Help Heart Attack Survivors

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A wearable heart defibrillator reduces the overall risk of early death for heart attack survivors, but not the risk of sudden cardiac death, a new study finds.

The defibrillator -- housed in a lightweight vest worn directly against the skin -- continuously monitors the wearer's heart. It sounds an alarm and/or verbally announces the need for...

Big Outdoor Temperature Swings Tied to Heart Attack Risk

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many people know that extreme cold can raise your chances of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests that wild swings in temperature may do the same.

The greater the temperature change during the course of a single day, the more people show up at the hospital in need of emergency surgery for a heart attack, the researchers discovered...

For Women, Blocked Arteries Not the Only Trigger for Heart Attacks

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women don't need to have blocked arteries to experience a heart attack, a new study points out.

Blocked arteries are a main cause of heart attack in men, according to researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

They found, though, that about 8 percent of women who have chest pain but no blocked arteries actually have...

Your Blood Type May Determine How Smog Affects Your Heart

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with certain blood types are at increased risk for a heart attack from high levels of air pollution, a new study finds.

Specifically, people with coronary artery disease who have A, B or AB blood types are more likely than those with the O blood type to have a heart attack when exposed to high levels of small particulate PM2.5 air poll...

Air Purifiers May Help the Smog-Stressed Heart

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of air pollution can harm heart health, but air purifiers may protect against the threat, according to a small study from China.

The study included 55 healthy college students who used real or fake air purifiers in their dormitory rooms. Researchers measured the students' indoor and outdoor exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2....

Obesity Slows Recovery for Heart Surgery Patients: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese heart surgery patients spend more time in intensive care and take longer to recover than those who aren't obese, a new Canadian study finds.

Researchers examined data from nearly 5,400 patients who had heart surgery at the New Brunswick Heart Center between January 2006 and December 2013. Of those, 36 percent were obese.

Afte...

Fatal First-Time Heart Attacks More Common in Blacks: Study

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black adults are more likely than whites to die of a first heart attack, a new analysis suggests.

Two out of three major heart studies reviewed, involving more than 28,000 people, found black men between the ages of 45 and 64 were twice as likely to die of a first heart attack as white men. Older blacks were also more likely than whites to die...