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Normal blood pressure increases life expectancy

According to a new research a normal blood pressure readings up to a late age (50 years) may add an average of five years to people’s lives. In this study, 3128 people are tracked as they celebrated their 50th birthday while enrolling in the Framingham Heart Study. This is a large, multi-generational study which examines [...]

Late menopause linked with longer life

A recent large study indicates that women who go through menopause later may have a somewhat longer life expectancy. The researchers took more than 12,000 Dutch women and followed them for 17 years. These women are then instructed to complete questionnaires on their medical and reproductive histories and smoking habits. The analysis of these women [...]

Arthritis patients are at increased risk of CAD (coronary artery disease)

According to a new study, rheumatoid arthritis patients are at higher risk for coronary artery disease as compared to people who do not have disease. The researchers believed that the inflammatory cells found in arthritis patients may play a role in the development of coronary artery disease. Arthritis is an inflammatory born/joint disorder which causes [...]

Obesity increases complication rates after joint surgery

A new study shows that any comorbidity (including obesity, hypertension and diabetes) increases the chances of complication rates for people undergoing joint replacement or repair surgery. Among the other comorbid factors, obesity specifically increases the likelihood of in-hospital post operative complications and patient transfer to a rehabilitation facility after shoulder, hip or knee surgery (arthoplasty). [...]

Painkillers increase heart attack risk

A new study reports indicate that high doses of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) and COX-2 inhibitors significantly increases the risk of heart attacks in arthritis patients. These results further confirm that the selection of pain killers should be based on their relative gastrointestinal and cardiovascular safety. In this study, the researchers observed the risk [...]

Treating the side effects of bypass surgery

From the inception of cardiac bypass surgery, up to 25% patients have been plagued with a dangerous heart rhythm disorder after their surgery. Some researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis believe that they have developed a treatment for treating this fatal side effect of bypass surgery. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is [...]

Enlarged heart more common in blacks

Although recent studies have suggested that blacks compared with whites have an increased prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy, it remains uncertain whether this is true despite adjustment for body composition (fat mass and fat free mass) and when assessed by cardiac MRI in the general population. The Dallas heart study is a population based study [...]

Blood test for screening of stroke risk

Recent advances in cardiovascular science indicate that inflammatory processes play an important role in the etiology of cardiovascular diseases. This fact has led to the discovery of novel inflammatory biomarkers, which may easily be used as additional screening tools for the identification of individuals at increased risk of coronary heat disease. In this way, this [...]

Even low dose of aspirin raises clotting risk

According to a new study report, even very low dosage of aspirin taken regularly can increase the bleeding risk. The study results are very important because due to its potential benefits aspirin is frequently used for preventing heart attacks. The findings also suggest that in terms of causing bleeding problems, moderate aspirin doses may be [...]

Excess stress can lead to unexplained cardiac arrest

A new study suggests that emotional stress may be a trigger of otherwise unexplained cases of cardiac arrest. The research team found that survivors of unexplained or "idiopathic" cardiac arrest were likely to have been through a highly stressful event the day before suffering the often-fatal heart condition. The study findings indicate that psychosocial stress [...]