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Apollo astronauts at greater risk of heart disease than others

Tallahassee - A recently released study shows astronauts who left Earth's orbit are four or five times more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than astronauts who never left orbit or never flew.

Nanotechnology used to combat heart disease

Nanomedicine represents one of the most promising areas of medical technology. In a new application, researchers have used nanoparticles to address the effects of atherosclerosis.

Study finds Statins work, prevent heart disease by 25 percent

A study on drug treatment and heart disease out of McMaster University has been released and the results are encouraging, especially on statins. The cholesterol-lowering drug was shown to be of great benefit in preventing cardiovascular disease.

Treating heart disease through the gut

Scientists have shown that focusing on microorganisms within the human gut could be the answer to prevent a type of heart disease associated with diet.

Can statins lower risk of artery atherosclerosis strokes?

Hiroshima - The results of a new Japanese study suggest statins could reduce the occurrence of strokes that occur due to larger artery atherosclerosis.

Half of U.S. citizens not taking cholesterol-lowering medications

Washington - Many people in the U.S. who are eligible to take medications that lower cholesterol do not do so, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Obese children showing signs of heart disease

The growing problem of childhood obesity has been well documented and several health initiatives are in place. These may need to be advanced following a review of symptoms of heart disease in children.

Treating cardiac arrhythmia with nanoparticles

Researchers have come up with a new nanoparticle that has the potential to become a targeted therapy for cardiac arrhythmia, a major cause of heart disease.

Study suggests higher mortality rates among depressed patients

Seville - Scientists in Europe have presented a study linking together depression and the likelihood that an individual will suffer heart failure.

Study reveals young women ignore heart attack symptoms

Heart disease is the second most common killer of women aged 30 to 55 – cancer is foremost. And for ages 65 and up, it's the most common cause of death in women.

Simon Fraser University lab engineers beating heart cells

Burnaby - A Simon Fraser University Research team has managed to engineer beating heart cells, also known as cardiomyocytes, that will be able to save people's lives.

Processed foods lead to disease: Healthy diet will combat risks

Diets filled with processed foods are now known to increase the risk of cancers and autoimmune diseases along with obesity. Researchers have discovered that taking processed foods out of the diet and eating healthier will help prevent disease.

Fruit and nuts can help beat heart disease

Oxford - Heart disease takes more lives than any other illness every year, despite the wide range of modern treatments for the condition. But the newly released results of a seven-year study show that eating fruit cuts the risk of this deadly killer by 40 percent.

Eating 150 grams of fruit per day can save your heart

A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is better for us than one full of processed foods, but did you know that the simple act of eating fruit can actually lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke?

Blood pressure drug olmesartan cleared of causing heart issues

Washington - The U.S. FDA has completed a safety review and has found no clear evidence of increased cardiovascular risks associated the blood pressure medication olmesartan in diabetic patients.

Mutation might reduce heart disease

New York - Genetic variants (mutations) that cripple a particular type of protein have been linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke.

Plans to extend statins use should be scrapped, say doctors

As many as 7 million people in the UK use statins regularly to reduce cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart attack or stroke. In February, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence called for their use to be extensively widened.

Mysterious heart disease gene found by Canadian science

Scientists have detected a mysterious gene that influences cardiovascular health. After five years, researchers now know how one genetic variant works and how it contributes to the development of heart.

Saturated fat may not be so bad

Cambridge - A recent analysis of data from studies looking at the link between saturated fats and increased risk for heart disease suggests that the “fat is bad for your heart” line of thinking may not be entirely accurate.

Inspiring memoir on the social impact of a heart attack

In an interesting new book, Thomas Larson provides an intimate and moving view of how heart disease affects a relationship. In the book he discusses the impact of his illness on his wife and how she has helped him on the path to recovery.

Wonder polymer could treat heart attacks

Medical research has shown that the injection of microscopic particles of a plastic-like material protects mice from cardiac tissue damage following a heart attack.

New guidelines out for treating hypertension

Blood pressure can be difficult to understand because it means more than just a set of numbers. We have been told for years that a measurement of 120/80 is the ideal that is considered normal. But now, there are new guidelines for clinicians to follow.

Link between 'good cholesterol' and breast cancer

Philadelphia - While high levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL) — "good cholesterol" — offers some protection against heart disease, there could be a link between this type of cholesterol and breast cancer.

Lack of sleep boosts heart risks even for the health conscious

New research shows lack of sleep, even in the presence of an otherwise healthy lifestyle, can increase our chances of having a heart attack.

James Gandolfini's death raises important health questions

"You snooze you lose" is an adage with which we are all familiar. But scientists and medical researchers are proving with frightening examples tonight that it’s the people that don't snooze who are at greatest risk of losing something - their health.

New fronts in heart disease: Innovation in computed tomography Special

Innovations in computed tomography are driving forward progress in heart disease detection and treatment, and Murat Gungor, VP of computed tomography and radiation oncology at Siemens, shared his perspectives on these advances.

Study: L-carnitine in red meat, not fats, causes heart disease

Scientists say they have found that fats and cholesterol are not the main reason why red meat increases susceptibility to heart disease. According to scientists, a substance in red meat called L-carnitine is linked to the risk of heart disease.

New heart repair methods with catheters present opportunities

New heart repair usages with cardiac catheterization are being deployed - threading tubes into the heart from a variety of entry points - with new opportunities, although some concerns remain on the risks associated with the procedure.

New fronts in heart disease: perspectives from a heart surgeon Special

While largely under-reported in the popular press, there have been a number of innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, and Joan Tryzelaar, MD, FACS, FACCP shared his perspectives on these advances in a recent interview with me.

Depression and heart disease linked, calls for 'psychocardiology'

With science pointing to links between heart disease and mental disorders like depression, calls have emerged for a new sub-specialty on 'psychocardiology.'
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Table showing the new recommended hypertension reading levels
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