Now, a common asthma drug promises to help delay rare heart complications

Now, a common asthma drug promises to help delay rare heart complications

A common asthma drug has the potential to help delay development of a rare heart complication that lacks effective drug treatment, according to researchers. Aortic aneurysm — the dilation of the aorta — is a serious condition that occurs when the wall of the aorta, the body’s largest artery, weakens and swells. The condition is largely symptom-free and is normally therefore not discovered until late in its development when it threatens to rupture and cause life-threatening haemorrhaging. The findings showed that the asthma drug montelukast blocks leukotrienes — inflammatory signal…

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Apple Watch Users Can Now Enrol in Stanford Irregular Heart Rate Study

Apple Watch Users Can Now Enrol in Stanford Irregular Heart Rate Study

Apple’s trying out something entirely new starting Thursday: a medical study. Apple Watch users are now able to enroll in a new study Apple is conducting with Stanford University School of Medicine, which uses the device’s heart-rate monitor to check for an irregular heart rate. While others have used Apple’s software and devices in medical studies, this is the first time that it’s actually sponsored one itself. The move underscores Apple’s focus on using its products for health care. “Working alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health…

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Delhi air pollution: Your blood type may indicate risk of heart attack from pollution

Delhi air pollution: Your blood type may indicate risk of heart attack from pollution

People who have A, B, or AB blood types are at an elevated risk of having a heart attack during periods of significant air pollution, compared to those with the O blood type, a study warned today. The ABO gene — which is present in people who have A, B, and AB blood types — is the only gene that is been validated in large international studies to predict heart attacks among people with coronary disease, researchers said. Previous research also suggested that blood type are the best indicator of your…

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For a healthy heart and long life, munch on a variety of nuts everyday

For a healthy heart and long life, munch on a variety of nuts everyday

If you’re looking for superfoods to remain healthy, this is it. Include nuts in your diet plan. Eating five weekly servings of walnuts, peanuts or other kinds of tree nuts was linked to a 14% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and a 20% lower risk of fatal complications due to hardened arteries, said the report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Walnuts appeared to be the healthiest option, according to the findings, based on more than 210,000 people who answered regular surveys as part of a nurses’ study that spanned…

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Did you know a heart attack can affect men and women differently? Here’s how

Did you know a heart attack can affect men and women differently? Here’s how

Previous studies on heart attacks suggests that causes, symptoms, treatments, and outcomes can all differ between men and women. Adding to that, researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) Germany analysed patient data collected from two studies with a total of 4,100 participants. They found that within one year of having a heart attack, the women in the sample were 1.5 times more likely to die than men with similar case histories. The team are now urging doctors to provide intensive support to female heart attack patients, especially in the first 365…

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Boost your heart health by increasing your intake of these potassium-rich foods

Boost your heart health by increasing your intake of these potassium-rich foods

What you eat plays a huge role in your overall health and well being. Potassium is an important mineral that some people tend to lack. It is essential for the transmission of nerve impulses, as well as muscle contraction (particularly the heart) and good kidney function, and plays a role in fighting high blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Potassium is naturally present in pulses, such as white beans, chickpeas and lentils, vegetables (chard, spinach, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms), fruit (avocado, banana, apricots, citrus fruit, blackcurrants), and dried…

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Dark chocolate enriched with olive oil is good for your heart, study suggests

Dark chocolate enriched with olive oil is good for your heart, study suggests

Chocolate is so often demonised as being bad for your teeth and waistline but the fact is that, in moderation, it can have some pretty surprising health benefits– especially when it comes to your heart. A new Italian study has found that a daily serving of dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil boosted participants’ cardiovascular health and lowered the risk of potentially fatal problems later in life. Couple this with previous studies suggesting that the sweet treat can also reduce stress and even prevent diabetes, and chocolate is well on its way…

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Do you have high blood pressure? You may be at risk of heart valve disorder

Do you have high blood pressure? You may be at risk of heart valve disorder

You may have to exercise and take a proper diet daily as high blood pressure from early lifemay increase the risk of developing the most common heart valve disorder, particularly among older people, warns a recent study. Researchers from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford followed 5.5 million adults in the UK over 10 years. It found that higher blood pressure in early life was associated with a significantly greater future risk of mitral regurgitation, a condition which makes the heart less efficient at pumping blood…

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Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

It is a known fact that drinking too many soft drinks and eating a lot of sweets is unhealthy, but it may put even otherwise healthy people at increased risk of heart disease, warns new research. The study, published in the journal Clinical Science, showed that healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their livers after they consumed a high sugar diet. “Our findings provide new evidence that consuming high amounts of sugar can alter your fat metabolism in ways that could increase…

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Your pace of walking may predict heart disease, mortality risk

Your pace of walking may predict heart disease, mortality risk

Are you a middle-aged person with a slow walking pace? If yes, you might be at a higher risk of developing heart disease compared to those who walk steady or at a brisk pace, researchers have found. The study revealed that middle-aged people, both men and women, who reported that they are slow walkers were around twice as likely to have a heart-related death compared to brisk walkers. “This suggests that habitual walking pace is an independent predictor of heart-related death,” said Professor Tom Yates, reader at the University of…

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