New blood test could predict second heart attack risk

New blood test could predict second heart attack risk

A blood test that quickly and easily detects whether a person is at the risk of a secondary heart attack is being developed by scientists. The researchers at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Australia have identified plasma lipid biomarkers (fats in the blood) that improve upon traditional risk factors in predicting heart disease and stroke. The blood test is proposed to be trialled in Australia over the next 2-3 years, said Peter Meikle, a professor Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. Eventually this test will help better assess a…

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Lenovo Cardio Plus HX03W Affordable Fitness Band With Heart Rate Sensor, Sleep Tracker Launched in India

Lenovo Cardio Plus HX03W Affordable Fitness Band With Heart Rate Sensor, Sleep Tracker Launched in India

HIGHLIGHTS The Lenovo fitness band is priced at Rs. 1,999 It will be available via Amazon India from September 9 It comes with detachable straps with band light adjustment feature Chinese technology company Lenovo on Friday launched the Cardio Plus HX03W smart band with multi-interface options and several health and fitness features in India. The new Lenovo fitness band is priced at Rs. 1,999 and will be available via Amazon India from September 9. It comes with detachable straps with band light adjustment feature, and is IP68 certified for water-resistance up to…

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Faster, Safer Lab Test Developed To Diagnose Heart Attacks

Faster, Safer Lab Test Developed To Diagnose Heart Attacks

Researchers have developed a simple laboratory score which is safer and faster at diagnosing patients who visit the emergency department with heart attack symptoms. The findings, published in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), suggest that the score can also identify patients at risk of subsequent heart issues after discharge. “We have developed a simple lab score that is superior to using cardiac troponin alone for the identification of patients at low and high risk for heart attack or death at emergency department presentation,” said co-author Peter Kavsak from the…

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E-cigarettes are as dangerous as smoking. It can double the risk of heart attack

E-cigarettes are as dangerous as smoking. It can double the risk of heart attack

A new study has found that smoking an e-cigarette on a regular basis could double the risk of a heart attack. According to a new analysis of a survey of nearly 70,000 people, led by researchers at UC San Francisco, the dual use of e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes appears to be more dangerous than using either product alone. The study also found that the risks compound, so that daily use of both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes raises the heart attack risk five-fold in comparison to the people who don’t use…

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Here’s how heart diseases affect men and women differently. Find out if you’re at risk

Here’s how heart diseases affect men and women differently. Find out if you’re at risk

Heart diseases have emerged as the leading cause for fatalities in men and women world over and also in India. The risk of heart diseases to both sexes is grave, but heart diseases affect men and women differently. Over one crore annual deaths are reported in India and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) cause 20.3% deaths in men and 16.9 percent deaths in women. Despite having a lower mortality rate than men, reports have often suggested that women are more at risk of CVD related deaths. Another Indian study reports that the incidence…

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Women More Likely To Die Of Heart Attack If Treating Doctor Is Male: Study

Women More Likely To Die Of Heart Attack If Treating Doctor Is Male: Study

Women suffering heart attacks in hospital emergency rooms in the United States are more likely to die if their doctor is a man than a woman, warned a study Monday. The study was based on more than 500,000 patients admitted to hospital emergency departments for acute myocardial infarction — a medical term for heart attack — in Florida between 1991 and 2010. Researchers at Harvard University found a “stark” difference in survival according to whether the patient’s and doctor’s gender matched. Health coach Luke Coutinho talks about how many young…

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Wish To Keep Your Brain Healthy? Take Care Of Your Heart First

Wish To Keep Your Brain Healthy? Take Care Of Your Heart First

It turns out maintaining low blood pressure does not just help prevent heart attacks — it can also keep your mind sharp. Research presented Wednesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago found that at-risk people whose blood pressure was kept lower than the recommended level had a significant reduction in mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the precursor to dementia. The research was part of the federally funded Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), a large-scale, long-term clinical study that also measured the effects of lower blood pressure on cardiovascular…

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Too Much Protein Isn’t Good For Your Heart, Says New Study

Too Much Protein Isn’t Good For Your Heart, Says New Study

A group of researchers wanted to look into the long-term effects of one of society’s most popular diets, so they watched the eating habits of over 2,400 Finnish men for more than 20 years. What they found was eating a high-protein diet isn’t entirely harmless as once thought. Foods rich in protein has been the center of controversy in recent years. Some think it’s a good idea to eat large amounts of protein — after all, it’s one of the building blocks of muscle development. Yet some studies say that too much…

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Pacemaker for heart, study suggests leadless variant better than transvenous one

Pacemaker for heart, study suggests leadless variant better than transvenous one

Good news for heart patients. If you want to keep your heart healthy, you should opt for leadless pacemakers over the conventional transvenous variants. While you can you avoid heart attack and stroke risk by following a disciplined exercise and diet routine to keep ensure a healthy heart, you need to be careful with the pacemaker variant you choose after a heart attack. According to a new study, heart patients who opt for leadless pacemakers are likely to have lesser short-term and mid-term complications than those with transvenous pacemakers. Approximately a million pacemakers are annually implanted…

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This wireless device can detect heart dysfunction in cancer survivors

This wireless device can detect heart dysfunction in cancer survivors

Scientists have designed a novel wireless device which may accurately detect heart dysfunction in children who have survived cancer. Childhood cancer survivors are advised to undergo screening for the detection of heart dysfunction because of known anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity. However, screening with echocardiography — the standard of care for monitoring heart function — can be highly variable and limited. Another alternative is cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging, which is expensive and is not widely accessible. In the study, the team tested Vivio — a prototype handheld instrument which collects pulse waves…

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