Young women who have hypertension are at an increased risk of heart failure post delivery

Young women who have hypertension are at an increased risk of heart failure post delivery

Young women suffering from hypertension are at an increased risk of heart failure within the six weeks after delivery, also known as the postpartum period, according to a study. Heart failure is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and death, affecting relatively young reproductive-age women, especially among those with the presence of an additional disease or condition, such as hypertension. The study found that although less than 2% of all pregnancy-related hospitalisations occurred during the postpartum period, nearly 60% of pregnancy-related heart failure hospitalisations took place during the same time….

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Eating Meat May Cause Heart Failure in Older Women

Eating Meat May Cause Heart Failure in Older Women

Consuming high-protein diet, especially meat, may increase the risk for heart failure in women over the age of 50, a study has found. The findings showed that the rate of heart failure for women with higher total dietary protein intake was significantly higher compared to the women who ate less protein daily or got more of their protein from vegetables. While women who ate higher amounts of vegetable protein appeared to have less heart failure, the association was not significant when adjusted for body mass. “Higher calibrated total dietary protein…

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Heart Failure Not as Life-Threatening as Heart Attack: Experts

Heart Failure Not as Life-Threatening as Heart Attack: Experts

Heart failure may be a serious health hazard but not life-threatening like a heart attack, health experts say. “Heart failure refers to the heart’s inability to circulate blood through the body. Blood flow is slower than normal, which compromises the blood flow to the vital organs of the body like kidneys, liver and brain, leading to the malfunction of these organs,” Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Cardiology, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, told IANS. Heart failure is not similar to a heart attack and it is important for people to understand…

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High Resting Heart Rate Tied to African American Heart Failure Risk

High Resting Heart Rate Tied to African American Heart Failure Risk

For African Americans, a high resting heart rate may indicate greater risk of death or hospitalization with heart failure, a recent analysis finds. This had already been shown in studies that mostly involved white participants, but it wasn’t clear if the same was true in the black community, researchers write in JAMA Cardiology. “Resting” heart rate is measured when a person is sitting or lying down, calm and moving as little as possible. For a person who isn’t ill, a heart rate anywhere between 60 and 100 beats per minute…

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Not just cancer, smoking causes heart failure too

Not just cancer, smoking causes heart failure too

Thickens walls of key organ. Smoking is associated with thicker heart walls and blood-pumping difficulties that may eventually lead to heart failure, a US research suggests. The research, done in adults who didn’t have any obvious signs of cardiovascular disease, also found that the more people smoke, the greater the damage to the heart’s structure and function, said senior author Dr Scott Solomon of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. “We’ve known for years that smoking could lead to he art attacks, which may result in…

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​How smoking ups heart failure risk

​How smoking ups heart failure risk

Smoking is associated with thicker heart walls and reduction in the heart’s pumping ability — two factors linked to increased risk of heart failure, a new study warns. That smoking is bad for heart has been known for long but the new study, in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imagin, reveals a clear mechanism by which tobacco may increase the risk of heart failure. “These data suggest that smoking can independently lead to thickening of the heart and worsening of heart function, which may lead to a higher…

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Severe Obesity Alone Can Increase Heart Failure Risk

Severe Obesity Alone Can Increase Heart Failure Risk

Morbid obesity appears to stand alone as a risk for heart failure, but not for other major types of heart disease, new research has found. The study involving more than 13,000 people found that morbidly obese individuals were more than two times more likely to have heart failure than comparable people with a healthy body mass index, after accounting for high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The findings suggest that even if a patient has normal blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, they may still be at…

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Heart failure after first heart attack may increase cancer risk

Heart failure after first heart attack may increase cancer risk

While cancer is usually considered a separate cause of death from heart disease, studies have been conducted to determine an association between heart disease and an increased cancer risk. According to the study, the non-cardiac causes of heart failure death, such as cancer, are becoming increasingly recognised as researchers learn more about their association with the disease. In this study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the researchers looked at cancer risk in patients who developed heart failure after their first heart attack. For the study,…

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Common medications can make heart failure worse

Common medications can make heart failure worse

  Many prescribed medications, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal products can cause or worsen heart failure, so it’s important for patients to tell doctors about everything they’re taking. So says a new scientific statement from the American heart Association (AHA). Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for people 65 years of age and older, and the average heart failure patient takes an average of seven prescription medications per day. More than a third of heart failure patients also take herbal supplements, two thirds take vitamins, and seven out of…

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