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Leisure Activities Lower Blood Pressure in Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Going for a walk outside, reading, listening to music—these and other enjoyable activities can reduce blood pressure for elderly caregivers of spouses with Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Women And Heart Disease, Heart Institute, Bairey Merz

Nearly Half of US Women Don’t Know Heart Disease Is Their No. 1 Killer

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Women and their physicians are largely uneducated when it comes to females and heart disease, putting women’s health and lives at greater risk, a new study out today shows. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, shows that 45 percent of U.S. women are not aware that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.

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Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Glucose Control

Researchers Call for Paradigm Shift in Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

Results from four recent randomized clinical trials suggest that using medications that offer glucose control while reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease could improve patient outcomes.

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Heart, canadian first, Heart Failure, heart implant device, Treatment, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, University Health Network

First-in-Canada Implant of Novel Sensor Device for Heart Failure Patients

In a Canadian first, a medical team has implanted a wireless device inside a heart failure patient, permitting clinicians to monitor the patient’s cardiovascular status – virtually and in real-time – and proactively adjust treatment to prevent costly, potentially unnecessary hospitalization.

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congenital heart , Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Heart Institute, Evan Zahn , pediatric heart disease, pediatric cardiology

Heart Expert Explains New Nonsurgical Treatment for Most Common Heart Defect in Premature Babies

In a new video posted today, Cedars-Sinai heart expert Evan Zahn, MD, explains a new treatment for babies born with patent ductus arteriosus, a “hole in the heart,” the most common structural heart defect in newborns. The video is available for streaming and downloading.

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Heart Health, Grant, Amercian Heart Association, Children, Cardiovascular, population study, Clinical Study, Epigenetic

New Research on Early Life Origins of Heart Health

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Heart health in children will be the focus of three closely synergistic research projects and an integrated multidisciplinary training program, that are newly funded by a $3.7 million four-year grant led by Bradley S. Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE, a pediatric cardiologist from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As one of only four centers selected to participate in the American Heart Association’s Strategically Focused Children’s Research Network, research by Marino and colleagues will provide evidence for innovative policies, programs and practices to preserve cardiovascular health in childhood and beyond.

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Heart Failure, Heart Failure Devices, heart failure treatments, Pulmonary Edema, Clinical Trial, Rehospitalization, Ohio State

Ohio State Studies If High-tech Vest Can Help Manage Heart Failure at Home

Doctors at The Ohio State University are testing a high-tech vest which measures fluid inside the lungs from outside a person’s clothing. It could be a new way to prevent repeated trips to the hospital for the nearly six million Americans living with heart failure.

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Malnutrition, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Risk Score, Heart Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Glenn Whitman, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital

New Screening Tool Helps ID Heart Surgery Patients at Risk for Malnutrition

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Patients who are at risk for malnutrition when undergoing heart surgery now can be more quickly and easily identified, leading to intervention and potentially better surgical outcomes, according to a study published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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Cardiology, Stress, Stress Hormones, Coronary Calcium, Coronary Heart Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Coronary Artery Disease In Women

Study Finds No Gender Difference in Stress as a Risk Factor for Coronary Heart Disease

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In a new study, UCLA researchers hypothesized that simple biomarkers — urinary stress hormones dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine, and cortisol — would be associated with more calcium buildup in the coronary arteries, which indicates the presence of coronary heart disease, and that this effect would be stronger in women than in men. However, the researchers found that this relationship was actually similar in women and men: Although women had higher average levels of urine stress hormones than men, the association between stress and having asymptomatic coronary heart disease as measured by coronary calcium was similar in both genders. In particular, urinary cortisol was a strong independent predictor of asymptomatic coronary heart disease.

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Men's Health Week: Get Moving for Heart and Brain Health

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