Misc. Stroke Related Heart News

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Bleeding Risk With Plavix-Aspirin Regimen May Be Serious

While warfarin is still riskier, doctors should weigh dangers before prescribing, researchers say

Tiniest Newborns With Down Syndrome Face Other Health Risks

Combination linked to higher rates of life-threatening heart, lung, digestive disorders, study finds

Health Tip: Hardening of the Arteries

Possible complications of atherosclerosis

E. Coli Could Have Long Term Effect on Heart

Blood pressure, kidneys affected in some patients 8 years later, study finds

Long-Term Statin Use Won't Up Cancer Risk: Study

New research on the cholesterol-lowering drugs supports recent findings

Old Defibrillators Safe for Re-use

Used, sterilized ICDs didn't cause infections, delivered lifesaving shocks when needed, study finds

Shorter Sleep in Men Ups Risk of Heart Disease: Study

Even an extra hour of sleep was associated with less thickening of the neck arteries, researchers found

Gaining Weight Raises Risk of Heart Disease

Study finds that for every 8.8 pound increase, the risk for narrowed heart arteries rises about 50 percent

Scientists Find Way to Boost 'Good' Cholesterol in Mice

By turning off a genetic sequence, researchers said they raised the animals' HDL levels

Warfarin Patients Often Unaware of Risks from Herbs, Supplement Use

Survey shows many don't know combining certain herbs with blood thinner can lead to bleeding, stroke

School Programs for Cardiac Arrest Saving Lives

Students, staff who use AEDs, CPR save up to 45 percent of victims, study finds

Universal Health Care May Lessen Income's Impact on Heart Disease

In Australia, rich and poor have roughly similar rates of cardiovascular woes, study finds

Pacemakers May Help Predict Strokes

By tracking irregular heartbeats, device can alert doctors to heightened clot risk, study finds

Vitamin D Shortage Not Tied to Stroke Deaths in Blacks: Study

But death risk doubled for D-deficient whites, researchers said

Setting National Hospital Standards Could Boost Cardiac Care

American Heart Association experts are proposing such a system

Higher Statin Doses Linked to Fewer Heart Attacks, Stroke

Strategy reduced risk but increased side effects, researchers found

Solar Blood-Pressure Device Shows Promise for Use in Poor Nations

Instrument could improve treatment of hypertension in low-income countries, researchers say

New Drug, Pradaxa, May Prevent Second Stroke in Certain Heart Patients

As effective as anticlotting drug warfarin among those with atrial fibrillation, study found

Rheumatoid Arthritis May Raise Risk of Blood Vessel Plaque

Certain medications seem to lessen or increase buildup, suggests study

Weekend Admissions Worse for Stroke Victims: Study

Survival more likely for weekday hospital arrivals, but reasons unknown

Adding Monounsaturated Fats to Diet May Boost Heart Health

Study found evidence of higher 'good' cholesterol levels and decreased 'bad' levels

Eating Whole Grains, Fewer Refined Grains, May Help Heart

Substituting brown rice for white is one way to reduce harmful type of body fat, study finds

Gene Mutations May Blunt Plavix's Effectiveness, Study Finds

Variants can jeopardize success of stent placement procedures, researchers say

Arteries of Obese Kids Aging Prematurely: Study

Aortic stiffness may signal the development of cardiovascular disease

Marathons Affect Heart, but Runners Bounce Back

Those less fit at higher risk, researcher says

Home Monitoring of Blood-Thinner Use Appears Effective

Home tests show promise for patients taking warfarin, study finds

Americans' Salt Intake Unchanged Over 50 Years

Intense efforts to limit sodium in U.S. diet aren't working, an expert says

Pradaxa Approved for Atrial Fibrillation

To prevent stroke in people with abnormal heart rhythm

Low Testosterone May Raise Risk of Early Death: Study

Even borderline levels of the hormone seem to put men at risk, researchers say

Aspirin, Statins May Reduce Problems After Heart Surgery

Aspirin may prevent heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure while statins cut risk of death, studies found

Invasive Dentistry May Raise Short-Term Heart, Stroke Risk

But it's still safer to treat gum disease than not, experts say

New CPR Guidelines Emphasize Compressions First

American Heart Association says press hard and fast, whether an expert or untrained

Gulf War Nerve Agent Tied to Late-Onset Heart Damage in Mice

Signs appeared 10 weeks after exposure to low-dose sarin, researchers found

Newer Therapies for Eye Disorder Not Tied to Heart Problems

Avastin and Lucentis appeared to be safe in macular degeneration study

End-of-life Care for Heart Failure Patients Changing: Study

More in U.S., Canada using hospice, out-patient care, with a potential for lower costs, researchers say

No Heart Benefit Seen From Folic Acid Supplements

Extra doses of the B vitamin don't lower risk of stroke, cancer or death, large-scale analysis finds

Fat Cells Grow Differently in Belly Vs. Bottom

In abdomen, cells expand in size, but in lower body, number of cells increases, scientists find

Workplace Noise Tied to Heart Disease Risk

Young men who smoke are among those at highest risk, study finds

Dental Care Linked to Heart Health in Older Women

Study adds to evidence suggesting that regular oral care may help protect heart, at least in women

Treat High Blood Pressure in Blacks Aggressively: Experts

International medical group recommends starting lifestyle changes, drug therapy earlier than usual

Heartbreak Puts Brakes on Heart

Social rejection causes the heart rate to slow down temporarily, researchers find

Brain Stimulation Can Affect Which Hand You Favor

Further study might help victims of stroke and other brain injuries, researchers say

No Blood Pressure Benefit Seen With Pine-Bark Extract

Study patients taking supplement had same results as those given a placebo, new research finds

U.S. Kids Filling Up on 'Empty Calories,' Study Finds

Excess fats and added sugars will lead to health woes later on, experts say

Kidney Disease Linked to Future Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

Two studies weigh value of using renal function as a way to screen for other problems

9% of U.S. Adults Suffer From Depression: CDC

It's most prevalent in the Southeast, perhaps due to high rates of ills like obesity and heart disease, researchers say

Gum Disease More Common in U.S. Than Previously Thought

Earlier reports may have underestimated by as much as 50%, experts say

Not All Chest Pain Treated Equally in U.S. Hospitals: Study

Blacks, Hispanics, uninsured seem less likely than whites to get immediate emergency room care

Chest Scans May Incidentally Help Spot Heart Disease Risk

Radiologists reviewing CTs obtained for non-cardiac issues can assess heart health using same image