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TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fasting before a cholesterol blood test is just a nuisance for most people, but for those with diabetes, it can be dangerous.

New research shows that up to 22 percent of people with diabetes who fasted for lab tests had a low blood sugar episode (hypoglycemia) while waiting for the test. The researchers also found that only about one-third o...

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people with heart failure may live longer than those who are thinner -- especially if they are "metabolically healthy," a new study suggests.

The study, of more than 3,500 heart failure patients, is the latest to look into the so-called "obesity paradox." The term refers to a puzzling pattern that researchers have noted for years: Obese...

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Only about one in eight American adults has what is known as good metabolic health, a new study finds.

This is an "alarmingly low" rate, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Good metabolic health means having ideal measures of five factors without taking medications: blood sugar; triglycerides...

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who live a healthy lifestyle during the transition to menopause may help keep their blood vessels healthy as they age, a new study suggests.

Compared with women who had the least healthy lifestyle, those who led the healthiest lifestyle had less thickening and buildup of fatty plaque in their arteries, researchers found.

"Midl...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A test that measures wavelengths of light coming off skin cells might detect type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even your risk of dying, new research shows.

It's possible that -- someday -- a quick "autofluorescence" light test to the skin might be used by consumers in "supermarkets, pharmacies or drugstores as a first estimate of [health] ...

SATURDAY, Nov. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A lifelong approach to lowering cholesterol, starting in some kids as young as 2, is the United States' best bet to lower everyone's risk of heart attack and stroke, according to updated guidelines released Saturday by the American Heart Association (AHA).

"Personalized" cholesterol-fighting tactics recommended by...

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Researchers have proposed a unique study in humans to reduce the early onset of atherosclerosis, the buildup of the artery-clogging plaque that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

The report, published Oct. 4 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, reviews a host of previous research and proposes a new clinica...

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar levels fluctuate, you may have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than people with more steady readings, new research suggests.

According to the study, during nearly six years of follow-up, men and women whose readings changed the most were 127 percent more likel...

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans aren't taking simple steps that could ward off a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke, a new government report shows.

Heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related conditions caused 2.2 million hospitalizations in 2016, new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

Many of t...

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There is no evidence to support the widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to prevent heart disease and stroke in old and very old people, Spanish researchers say.

For the new study, the investigators analyzed data from nearly 47,000 people aged 75 and older with no history of heart disease.

Statins were not associated...

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...

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A furrowed brow could be a red flag for your heart health, a new French study suggests.

People who have more deep forehead wrinkles than is typical for their age might have a higher risk of dying from heart disease, researchers found.

Those with the deepest wrinkles on their brow had nearly 10 times the death risk from heart problems...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could a habit of consistent "moderate" drinking -- a little more than two drinks a day for men, and slightly less for women -- actually help your heart?

That's the suggestion from a new study of more than 35,000 British and French adults whose health and drinking habits were tracked for a decade. The investigators found that consistent, mo...

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Healthy people with a low risk of cardiovascular disease may still need to keep a close eye on their cholesterol, according to new research.

A study, published recently in the journal Circulation, found that otherwise healthy people with high LDL cholesterol levels are at higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease tha...

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Annabelle Jimenez's knees ached constantly. Her back, too.

She knew why. Having long struggled to control the quality and quantity of her diet, her weight had ballooned to 380 pounds.

"I couldn't walk a block without feeling extremely tired and in pain," she said.

Jimenez grappled with polycystic ovary synd...

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's another study suggesting that the vitamin and mineral supplements bought by millions of Americans do nothing to stave off heart disease.

This time, the finding stems from an analysis of 18 studies conducted between 1970 and 2016. Each one looked at how vitamins and mineral supplements -- which are not reviewed by the U.S. Food and Dr...

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have high blood pressure or preeclampsia during pregnancy might be more prone to developing hypertension, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol afterwards, new research suggests.

The emergence of these heart disease risk factors soon after pregnancy may help explain why these women have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke late...

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who party hard in their 20s could wind up paying for it later with a higher risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

Young adults who binge drink are more likely to have heart risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and higher blood sugar levels, researchers found.

"They are engaging in a b...

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- The latest study on the coffee alternative suggests at least a cup a day may help your body cling to heart-helping "good cholesterol" as you age.

Previous research has suggested more tea may significantly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, the "bad" cholesterol that can build up...

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The color of a patient's skin appears to influence the medical care they receive for high cholesterol levels, a new study shows.

Blacks are less likely than whites to receive appropriate treatment with cholesterol-lowering statins, the researchers report.

The reasons behind this racial gap in care are a complex brew of economic st...

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans may be getting the wrong treatment to prevent a heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests.

Prescriptions for blood-thinning aspirin, cholesterol-lowering statins and blood pressure medications might be incorrect because a tool that estimates risk appears to be off by as much as 20 percent, S...

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obese women who have been healthy for decades may still be on the path to heart problems, a new study suggests.

"If you are obese, but free of disease like diabetes or hypertension, it does not mean you are free of the risk for cardiovascular disease," said lead researcher Matthias Schulze. "You are still at a higher risk of cardiovascular d...

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to preventing heart disease, vitamin and mineral supplements are probably a waste of money, a new research review concludes.

The findings, published May 28 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, largely confirm what's already known: Supplements may be popular, but in most cases, there is no evidence they pro...

MONDAY, May 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease remains a major killer of the homeless, a new review confirms.

A combination of access to care, predicting who's at risk, and challenges of managing care all contribute to the increased odds of dying from cardiovascular disease among this population, researchers reported.

"Clinicians need to make a concerted effort to ov...

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you're not obese, too much belly fat could harm your ticker, researchers report.

"People with a normal weight but a fat belly have more chance of heart problems than people without a fat belly, even if they are obese according to BMI [body mass index]," said study author Dr. Jose Medina-Inojosa. He's with the Mayo Clinic's division of...

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who survive a heart attack are less likely than men to receive cholesterol-lowering statin drugs that can reduce the risk of another heart attack or stroke, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 88,000 U.S. adults who filled a statin prescription after a heart attack in 2014-2015. Of those, 56 percent of men and 47 p...

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The overall rate of heart disease in the United States has declined 38 percent since 1990, a new report shows.

Not every state has benefited equally, however. Between 2010 and 2016, 12 states actually saw their heart disease rates begin to creep up again, the data showed.

And although the United States as a whole has made inroads...

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Staying physically fit can help ward off heart trouble, even if your genetics put you at higher risk for clogged arteries, a new, large study suggests.

The researchers looked at nearly 500,000 middle-aged and older adults and found those with higher fitness levels were less likely to develop heart disease over six years. And that was true even...

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Having a chronic heart condition is stressful enough, but new research suggests the cost of caring for the condition is also a huge financial burden for poorer families in the United States.

One in four low-income families carry a significant financial load from out-of-pocket expenses for chronic heart disease treatment. For one in 10 low-inco...

WEDNESDAY, April, 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eating lots of vegetables may help older women keep their blood vessels healthy, Australian researchers report.

The biggest benefit seems to come from cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli. Eating these strong-smelling veggies was linked to less thickening of the carotid arteries, located in...

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Older Americans dramatically reduced their risks for heart attack and stroke over a recent 20-year period, a new analysis finds.

The likely reason: greater use of drugs to control cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as a decline in smoking, according to researchers from the University of Southern California.

The benefits were see...

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who immigrate to the United States tend to suffer less heart disease and stroke than those who are born in America, a new study shows.

However, that's not necessarily because U.S. residents have rotten lifestyle habits that ruin their heart health, the researchers added.

Instead, "people who immigrate, they seem to be heal...

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.<...

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Loud noise at work doesn't just threaten your hearing, it might also boost your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, a new U.S. government report suggests.

"Reducing workplace noise levels is critical not just for hearing loss prevention -- it may also impact blood pressure and cholesterol," said Dr. John Howard, director of the U.S. Nati...

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...

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- America's heart health went from bad to worse between 1988 and 2014, a new report warns.

That means roughly 60 percent of whites, 75 percent of Mexican Americans and 85 percent of black Americans are going through life today with subpar heart health.

At first glance, the study seems to offer some good news: A long-standing gap in he...

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A low sperm count may do more than affect a man's ability to have children. It also may be linked to a number of health problems, new research suggests.

A study of nearly 5,200 Italian men found that those with low sperm counts were 1.2 times more likely to have more body fat, higher blood pressure, higher bad cholesterol and triglycerides, a...

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients have low vitamin D levels before and after open heart surgery, but those levels can be restored to normal with supplementation, a new study suggests.

It included 150 patients who had elective open heart surgery. They generally had low levels of vitamin D before their operation, and the stress of surgery caused those levels to fa...

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two eating plans -- a vegetarian diet that includes eggs and dairy, and the Mediterranean diet -- protect your heart equally, a new study shows.

The research included 107 healthy but overweight people, aged 18 to 75, who ate either a low-calorie vegetarian diet that included dairy and eggs, or a low-calorie Mediterranean diet, for three months...

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A type 2 diabetes diagnosis that comes early in life carries a deadly load of health risks, new research shows.

It was associated with a 60 percent higher relative risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. Not only that, it was linked to almost a 30 percent higher risk of death from any cause, though a lower risk of dying from cancer was se...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Worried that the drugs you're taking to lower cholesterol or blood pressure might make you more apt to develop erectile dysfunction?

That's not likely, a new Canadian study suggests.

The study involved about 2,000 men who were taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a blood pressure-lowering medication, or both. The statin the ...

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A special combination of cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering pills may be best at cutting the odds of stroke for people at high risk, new research shows.

Taking daily doses of two blood pressure medications and a cholesterol-lowering drug reduced first-time strokes by 44 percent among people at risk for heart disease, researchers found...

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Avoiding heart disease may be a nutty idea.

That's the conclusion of a new study of more than 210,000 U.S. adults tracked for 32 years. Researchers found that those who regularly ate peanuts, walnuts, cashews and other nuts had a lower risk of heart disease.

The findings "support recommendations of increasing the intake of a variety...

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of yoga and aerobic exercise may benefit people with heart disease, according to a new study.

"Combined Indian yoga and aerobic exercise reduce mental, physical and vascular stress and can lead to decreased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity," said study authors Sonal Tanwar and Dr. Naresh Sen, from Hridaya Ganesha Sunil Memo...

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Almost forty percent adults in the United States are now obese, continuing an ever-expanding epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher health care costs.

Almost four out of 10 adults and 18.5 percent of kids aged 2 to 19 now meet the clinical definition of obesity, according to a new report from the U.S. Center...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While progress is being made in reducing the number of stroke deaths, it seems that more people who experience these brain attacks have significant stroke risk factors, a new study reveals.

The rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, smoking and drug abuse have all been on the rise in stroke patients over recent year...

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As marriage ebbs and flows, so might the health of your heart, at least for men.

A new British study of married fathers found real -- if small -- effects on such cardiovascular risk factors as cholesterol levels, body weight and blood pressure that corresponded to improvement or deterioration in the men's marriages.

Those whose marri...

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Meditation may help reduce some risk factors for heart disease, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association.

The statement, released Thursday, also noted that a healthy lifestyle and medicines to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart threats are the most effective ways to prevent heart disease.

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Expensive new medicines offer hope to patients with uncontrolled "bad" cholesterol, but the high cost keeps many patients from getting them, a new study says.

The injectable drugs -- approved for use in the United States in 2015 -- are known as PCSK9 inhibitors. They include Praluent (alirocumab) and Repatha (evolocumab).

But, res...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Progress in preventing stroke deaths in the United States has stalled after 40 years of decline, and may even be reversing, government health officials say.

Stroke deaths increased significantly among Hispanics and in the South between 2013 and 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

"This rep...

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Editor's note: Mike Ashland loved running. But after he moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Oregon, and began working on a home renovation with his partner, he found himself more and more exhausted. Medical tests revealed that without his knowledge, he had suffered a massive heart attack that destroyed nearly half of his heart muscle. Within a month, Ashland went from being a marathon runner ...

Do I have to give up fat to protect my heart? No. But you probably do have to cut back on saturated fat, the kind that comes primarily from animal foods. The goal is to reduce your level of LDL or bad cholesterol, which can cause a sticky plaque to build up in your arteries, narrowing and hardening them so that your blood can't flow properly. The American Heart Association recommends that you aim...

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