Cardiology

2018/05/11MEDICAL UPDATE

Denmark: 1 in 4 people leave work a year after a heart attack

By Gary Finnegan One in four people leave their job within a year of returning to work after having a heart attack, according to a study from Denmark in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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2016/09/02MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Denmark: New gene for familial high cholesterol

by Gary Finnegan: New research from Denmark has identified the gene responsible for one quarter of all familial hypercholesterolemia which causes very high blood cholesterol. Familial hypercholesterolemia is the most common genetic disorder leading to premature death, found in 1 in 200 people.

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2016/08/08MEDICAL UPDATE

Women who smoke have increased risk of brain bleeds

by Bruce Sylvester: Researchers report that bleeding inside the lining of the brain, subarachnoid hemorrhage, happens at a significantly higher rate among smokers, especially female smokers, than among non-smokers. The findings appeared on July 21, 2016 in the journal Stroke.

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2016/07/13MEDICAL UPDATE

Study supports use of aspirin after transient ischemic attack (TIA)

by Bruce Sylvester: Following a transient ischemic attack (TIA), quick aspirin treatment can significantly reduce the risk of a major stroke in the next few days, researchers reported on May 18, 2016 in The Lancet.

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2016/07/12MEDICAL UPDATE

Migraine in women associated with increased risk cardiovascular disease

by Bruce Sylvester: Women who suffer migraines appear to have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes as well as a higher rate of mortality from cardiovascular disease, researchers reported on May 31, 2016 in The BMJ today.

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2016/06/24MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Sweden: Improved lifestyle led to decreased cholesterol and less cardiac death

by Gary Finnegan: Cholesterol levels – the most common risk factor for heart attacks – have decreased in northern Sweden over the last 20 years. Since medication only accounts for a third of the decrease, the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease is largely thanks to changes in lifestyle, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal.

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2016/06/22MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Denmark: Stroke rate in young adults spikes over two decades

by Gary Finnegan: Hospital admissions for first-time stroke increased in young adults in Denmark during the past two decades, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

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2016/06/21MEDICAL UPDATE

Gait speed is predictive of adverse cardiac intervention outcomes

by Bruce Sylvester: Gait speed is an independent predictor of adverse outcomes after cardiac surgery, researchers reported on May 11, 2016 in JAMA Cardiology.

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2016/05/25MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: China – Salt and sodium intake remains high in China

by Gary Finnegan: The Chinese population continues to have a high rate of salt intake, fuelling concerns about rising risks of high blood pressure and stroke. The main culprit, according to a new study, appears to be the growing popularity of processed foods.

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2016/05/02MEDICAL UPDATE

Loneliness and isolation increase risk of heart disease and stroke

by Bruce Sylvester: In high income countries, loneliness and social isolation appear to increase the risk of stroke or coronary artery disease by about 30 per cent, researchers reported on April 19, 2016 in the BMJ/British Medical Journal publication Heart.

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