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Arsenic Exposure, Cigarette Smoking, Cardiovascular Disease, Epidemiology

Cigarette Smoking and Arsenic Exposure: A Deadly Combination

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Arsenic exposure and smoking each elevate the risk of disease. But when combined together, the danger of dying from cardiovascular disease is magnified, a new study finds.

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Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine, Heart Failure, high-fat diet

Damaged Hearts Pump Better When Fueled With Fats

Contrary to what we’ve been told, eliminating or severely limiting fats from the diet may not be beneficial to cardiac function in patients suffering from heart failure, a study at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine reports.

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A Little Belly Fat Can Double the Risk of Death in Coronary Artery Disease Patients

One of the largest studies of its kind has found that people with coronary artery disease who have even a modest beer belly or muffin top are at higher risk for death than people whose fat collects elsewhere. The effect was observed even in patients with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI).

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Hypertension, Religiosity, religious activity, High Blood Pressure

Religious Activity Does Not Lower Blood Pressure

Contrary to some earlier studies, a Loyola University Health System study has found that religious activity does not help protect against high blood pressure.

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Low Health Literacy Associated with Higher Rate of Death Among Heart Failure Patients

An examination of health literacy (such as understanding basic health information) among managed care patients with heart failure, a condition that requires self-management, found that nearly one in five have low health literacy, which was associated with a higher all-cause risk of death, according to a study in the April 27 issue of JAMA.

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Increase in Evidence-Based Treatments Followed by Decreased Risk of Death in Heart Attack Patients

In an analysis of data from a coronary care registry in Sweden, between 1996-2007 there was an increase in the prevalence of use of evidence-based invasive procedures and pharmacological therapies for treatment of a certain type of heart attack, and a decrease in the rate of death at 30 days and one year after a heart attack for these patients, according to a study in the April 27 issue of JAMA.

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Complementary And Alternative Medicine, Heart Failure, Tai Chi

Tai Chi May Improve Quality Of Life In Chronic Heart Failure Patients

Tai chi, the ancient Chinese meditative exercise, may improve quality of life, mood and exercise self-efficacy in chronic heart failure patients, according to research led by a team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine, Kent State University, Hypertension

New Study Identifies Possible Cause of Salt-Induced Hypertension

New research from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Kent State University shows that salt intake raises blood pressure because it makes it harder for the cardiovascular system to simultaneously juggle the regulation of blood pressure and body temperature.

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Research Sheds Light on Aortic Aneurysm Growth, Treatment in Marfan Syndrome

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The Johns Hopkins researchers who first showed that the commonly used blood pressure drug losartan may help prevent life-threatening aneurysms of the aorta in patients with Marfan syndrome have now discovered new clues about the precise mechanism behind the drug’s protective effects.

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Air Pollution, Disease, Inflammation

Polluted Air Leads to Disease by Promoting Widespread Inflammation

Chronic inhalation of polluted air appears to activate a protein that triggers the release of white blood cells, setting off events that lead to widespread inflammation, according to new research in an animal model.







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