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Gene Tests Could Spot 1 Million Americans at Risk of High Cholesterol

A combination of genetic testing and health screenings could identify more than 1 million U.S. adults with an inherited risk for a cholesterol disorder that increases their risk for premature heart attack and death, according to a new study.

About 1 in 250 Americans may have at least one gene for

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  • Obesity May Be Affecting Heart Health in Kids as Young as 6

    As early as age 6, children who carry extra weight could be headed down a path toward future diabetes or heart disease, a new study suggests.

    The study, of nearly 1,000 Danish children, found that kids who were overweight often had elevations in blood sugar and insulin by the time ...

    Another Long-Term Health Issue Tied to Abuse in Childhood: Cholesterol

    The toll of child abuse is wide-ranging and long-lasting. Researchers warn that childhood abuse is tied to high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes in adulthood, raising odds for heart disease and stroke.

    In contrast, those who grew up in nurturing homes are less likely to have heart disease risk factors.

    "Our findings demonstrate how the negative and positive experiences we have in chi...

    Heart Risk Factors Can Be Recipe for Dementia

    The faster you pile up heart disease risk factors, the greater your odds of developing dementia, a new study suggests.

    Previous research has linked heart health threats such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity with mental decline and dementia.

    Amassing those risk factors at a faster pace boosts your risk for

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  • Avocados Do a Heart Good, Study Finds

    Avocado toast has become the favored breakfast of the healthy and fit, and now new research suggests their choice may protect their hearts.

    People who ate half an avocado twice a week had a 16% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 21% lower risk of heart disease, compared with people w...

    Drink Up!  Daily Coffee Tied to Longer, Healthier Life

    In yet another finding that highlights the health perks coffee can brew, new studies show that having two to three cups a day not only wakes you up, it's also good for your heart and may help you live longer.

    In this largest ever analysis of nearly 383,000 men and women who were part of the UK Biobank, researchers discovered that, over 10 years, drinking two to three cups of coffee a day ...

    Statins Tied to Lower Risk of Parkinson's-Like Symptoms

    Millions of people taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol may get an unanticipated benefit: They may be less likely to develop movement and balance problems like those seen in Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

    The study looked at the relationship between statin use and

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  • People Are Now Living More Years in Good Health: Study

    Older adults may not only be living longer, but better as well, according to a new U.K. study.

    Researchers found that since the 1990s, British adults age 65 and up have been enjoying more years living independently, free of disability.

    That's despite the fact that many chroni...

    Triglycerides a Stroke Danger, Even With Statin Treatment

    Stroke survivors may be watching their "bad" cholesterol, but a new study suggests another type of blood fat could put them at risk of a repeat stroke within the next year.

    Researchers found that stroke survivors with high triglycerides suffered repeat strokes at about twice the rate of survivor...

    Mammograms Can Also Highlight Heart Risks: Study

    Your annual screening mammogram may do more than spot breast cancer early — it may give you a heads up on your heart disease risk, too.

    Digital breast X-rays can also detect a build-up of calcium in the arteries of your breasts, an early sign of heart disease. These whit...

    Are Health Care Apps in Your Future?

    Are you managing a chronic health problem, be it obesity or diabetes or heart disease or asthma?

    There's likely an app for that.

    Health apps are becoming more and more sophisticated, offering smartphone users help in dealing with chronic ailments, said Dr. David Bates, chief of internal med...

    Too Many Americans Are Getting 'Low-Value' Medical Tests, Procedures

    When your cardiologist orders a test, do you stop to ask why you need it? You probably don't — but perhaps you should, according to a new report from the American Heart Association (AHA).

    Too many Americans receive heart tests and treatments that do little good, and more needs to be done about it, the AHA says.

    The issue of "low-value" medical care is a longstanding one — with ...

    Study Finds No Heart Benefit From Veggies. Nutritionists Disagree.

    Eating vegetables may not help protect you against heart disease, according to a new study that's triggered strong reactions from critics.

    The analysis of the diets of nearly 400,000 British adults found that raw vegetables could benefit the heart, but not cooked vegetables. However, the resea...

    Did Your Gene Screen Turn Up Dangerous DNA? Study Finds Real Risk Is Low

    Most gene variants that have been labeled "pathogenic" may make only a small difference in a person's risk of actually developing disease, a new study suggests.

    Scouring genetic data on more than 72,000 individuals,

    Worries May Raise Men's Heart Risks, Even When Young

    Worrying can take a toll on your psyche, but new research suggests that when middle-aged men fret too much, they face a higher risk for developing diabetes, heart disease or stroke down the road.

    And this increase in risk is on par with the health risks linked to heavy drinking, the findings showed.

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    Unhealthy Heart May Be Bigger Threat to Women's Brains Than Men's

    What's good for the heart is good for the brain, and a new study suggests that connection might be especially critical for women.

    The study, of more than 1,800 adults in their 50s and 60s, found that those with heart disease, or risk factors for it, generally showed a greater decline in their memory and thinking skills over time.

    That was not a surprise, since past studies have reve...

    COVID Helps Drive Nearly Two-Year Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death for Americans and has shortened life expectancy by nearly two years, a drop not seen since World War II, a new government report shows.

    Life expectancy dropped from 78.8 in 2010 to 77 in 2020 as the age-adjusted death rate increased 17%, going from 715 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019 to 835 d...

    With Certain Oils Gone, Margarine May Now Be Healthier Than Butter

    Margarine has gotten a bad rap for years, but a U.S. ban on partially hydrogenated oils may have made it a healthier choice than butter, a new study suggests.

    Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned such oils in 2018, margarine...

    Many Home Health Care Workers in Poor Health Themselves

    They take care of others, but many U.S. home health care workers say they're not in good shape themselves, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed self-reported data collected from nearly 3,000 home health care workers in 38 states between 2014 and 2018 and found that more than a quarter rated their general health as fair or poor, 1 in 5 reported poor mental health, and 14% reported poor ...

    Advances in Care, Impact of COVID Highlights of Latest Cardiologists' Meeting

    The COVID-19 pandemic, heart-healthy eating, and better ways to treat and prevent heart disease were among the hot topics that emerged during the American Heart Association's annual meeting this week.

    "I was at the sessions yesterday, I was actually in clinic this morning, and there were things I learned at the sessions that are affecting how I care for my patients," Dr. Manesh Patel, cha...

    Why Are Young Black Americans Becoming Less Heart-Healthy?

    Young, Black Americans are experiencing significant spikes in obesity, type 2 diabetes and smoking, all risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

    Between 2007 and 2017 -- before the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns it has created -- hospitalized Black Americans aged 18 to 44 had sharp increases in these risks. They were also having higher rates of health complications and poor hospital ...

    Think a Little Alcohol Might Be Healthy? Think Again

    Wine lovers, beer drinkers and those who enjoy a martini now and then have long been told that moderate drinking beats total abstinence.

    Unfortunately, new German research is throwing some cold water on that advice, finding that premature death among non-drinkers is likely the result of unrelated health problems that have little to do with the decision to forgo Chardonnay or Tanqueray.

    Lengthening Menstrual Cycles Near Menopause Could Predict Heart Health

    The length of a woman's menstrual cycle as she nears menopause could reflect her future risk of heart disease, researchers report.

    Some women's menstrual cycles become longer as they approach menopause, while others' cycles remain stable. This new study found that the women whose cycle increased in length two years before menopause had better measures of vascular health than those who had...

    Obese? Lose Lots of Weight, Watch Your Heart Risks Drop

    It's no secret that excess weight is bad for the heart. But a new study suggests that obese people who lose a substantial amount of weight may reverse the related cardiovascular risks.

    Researchers found the odds for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol were similar in formerly obese Americans who were now at a healthy weight and people who had always had a healthy weight.

    Di...

    What Blood Sugar Levels Best Protect Against Heart Trouble in Those With Diabetes?

    For people with diabetes who have a stroke, there may be an ideal blood sugar target to prevent another one or a heart attack, a South Korean study finds.

    To determine average blood sugar levels over the past two to three months, the study team used the hemoglobin A1C test.

    "We know that having diabetes may be associated with an increased risk of having a first stroke," said study a...

    Dairy Foods May Be Good for You After All

    You remember the ad. It asked if you've "got milk?" and said that "milk does a body good."

    So, does it? New research suggests it might.

    In the study, people who consumed more dairy fat actually had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who drank or ate less dairy, CNN reported.

    "Increasing evidence suggests that the health impact of dairy foods ma...

    4 Out of 10 Adults With No Known Heart Disease Have Fatty Hearts: Study

    Many middle-aged adults with apparently healthy hearts have a "silent" buildup of fatty deposits in their arteries, a large, new study shows.

    Researchers found that of more than 25,000 50- to 64-year-olds, about 42% had signs of atherosclerosis -- a buildup of "plaques" in the arteries that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

    That was despite the fact that none had any history of ...

    Change in the Kitchen Could Help Men in the Bedroom

    The Mediterranean diet can bring many benefits for the human body, including a healthier heart and a sharper brain.

    But there's another benefit that might be of particular interest to men.

    Following a Mediterranean diet can lower a man's future risk of erectile dysfunction, according to research presented online on Friday at the European Society of Cardiology's annual meeting.

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    Getting Healthy After Heart Attack Could Add Over 7 Years to Life

    Heart attack survivors could gain more than seven healthy years of life if they take the right medications and improve their lifestyle, new research estimates.

    Unfortunately, studies have found, heart attack survivors rarely get optimal control over their risk factors.

    The new research echoes that evidence: Of more than 3,200 patients, only 2% had their blood pressure, cholesterol a...

    Eating Meat Raises Risk of Heart Disease: Study

    Eating beef, lamb, pork and processed meats spells trouble for your heart, and the more you eat, the worse it gets, new research warns.

    The meta-analysis -- an overview of data from a large number of studies -- included more than 1.4 million people who were followed for 30 years. It found that for each 1.75 ounces of beef, lamb and pork consumed, the risk of heart disease rose 9%, CNN...

    Statin's Health Benefits Far Outweigh  Any Potential Harms: Study

    The heart benefits of cholesterol-lowering statins in people without heart disease far exceed the risks of any side effects, a new review finds.

    Statins are widely prescribed to people with heart disease, and recent guidelines recommend greater preventive use of the drugs even before heart issues are diagnosed. But it hasn't been clear whether the benefits outweigh the risks in people wit...

    Fat Around Your Heart Could Be Especially Deadly

    Too much fat around your heart could increase your risk of heart failure, especially if you're a woman, researchers warn.

    They looked at nearly 7,000 45- to 84-year-olds across the United States who had no evidence of heart disease on initial CT scans. Over more than 17 years of followup, nearly 400 developed heart failure.

    High amounts of fat around the heart -- pericardial fat -- ...

    Road to Healthy Middle-Aged Brain May Begin in Childhood

    Could having heart disease risk factors in childhood sow the seeds of thinking declines in middle-age?

    It looks like it might, new research claims.

    "I think it was not so big of a surprise for us, but maybe for the scientific community who have been focusing mainly on the midlife risk factors and old-age cognition," said study co-author Suvi Rovio. She is senior researcher of cardio...

    Breathing Other People's Smoke Can Raise Your Odds for Heart Failure

    Exposure to secondhand smoke may up your odds for heart failure, a new study warns.

    Researchers analyzed nationwide survey data from more than 11,000 nonsmokers (average age: 48) who were followed from 1988 to 1994. Nearly 1 in 5 had lab test evidence of exposure to secondhand smoke.

    Nonsmokers with recent exposure were 35% more likely to develop heart failure than those with none, ...

    Could High-Dose Fish Oil Raise Odds for A-Fib in Heart Patients?

    Many people take fish oil to protect their heart, but a new study suggests that prescription versions may raise the risk of a common heart rhythm disorder.

    At issue are prescription-strength omega-3 fatty acids, which are naturally found in fish oil. The medications are often prescribed to people with very high triglycerides, a type of blood fat linked to increased risk of he...

    Hormone Treatments May Raise Blood Pressure in Transgender People

    Monitoring blood pressure is important for transgender people, according to new research, which found changes in systolic blood pressure after the start of gender-affirming hormone therapy.

    Transgender men and transgender women have a higher burden of heart attack, stroke and related conditions, the study noted.

    Gender-affirming hormone therapy isn't new. Doctors have prescribed the...

    Diet High in Processed Meats Could Shorten Your Life

    That piece of sausage you're about to enjoy? You may want to put it down for something healthier.

    New research found an association between eating even small amounts of processed meats, 150 grams (a little over 5 ounces) per week, and a higher risk of major heart disease and death.

    But not all meat is bad: The study, which includes data from 21 countries, also found that eating up t...

    Healthy Living in Middle Age Really Pays Off in Senior Years

    Live well, live longer.

    New research offers more evidence that the mantra rings true: People who got regular exercise and ate a healthy diet in middle age had a reduced risk of serious health problems as seniors.

    "Health care professionals could use these findings to further promote and emphasize to their patients the benefits of a healthy diet and a regular exercise schedule t...

    Too Much Restaurant Fare Could Shorten Your Life

    Whether it's takeout or dining in, lives filled with lots of restaurant fare could turn out to be shorter, new research shows.

    The study found that dining out frequently -- two or more meals prepared away from home each day -- is tied to an increased risk of death from any cause.

    One nutritionist who wasn't involved in the study said the findings come as little surprise.

    "Many...

    Beta Blockers Won't Cause Depression, But Might Impair Sleep: Study

    Millions of people take a beta blocker regularly, and a new study brings good news: The medications will not raise the risk of depression.

    Beta blockers are used to treat conditions such as heart failure, chest pains, high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm. But it's long been suspected that the drugs may be linked with depression, anxiety, drowsiness, insomnia, hallucinations and n...

    Global Study Supports Eating Fish for Heart Health

    For people with heart disease, eating fish twice a week may be a lifesaver.

    New worldwide research shows that two 6-ounce servings a week of oily fish, like salmon, might help prevent cardiovascular disease in high-risk people, such as those who have heart disease or who have experienced a stroke.

    "Eating at least two servings of fish each week appears to lower your risk of future c...

    Study Debunks Notion That Statin Meds Trigger Muscle Aches

    People taking statin drugs often complain of muscle aches, but a new study finds the medications are unlikely to be the culprit.

    The results come from a trial involving patients who had quit taking their statins, or were considering quitting, due to muscle pain.

    The researchers found that those aches were just as likely to flare when the patients were given a placebo (inactive pills...

    Mom's Heart Health While Pregnant Could Influence Her Child's Health for Years

    In a finding that suggests heart health starts in the womb, a new study shows that the state of a woman's heart during pregnancy may predict her kids' health by the time they reach adolescence.

    Researchers found that when mothers' weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels were less healthy during pregnancy, their children were at heightened risk for those same issues.

    The reason...

    More Young U.S. Women Are Dying From Heart Disease

    The toll of America's obesity epidemic is showing up in younger women, as a new study shows that deaths from heart disease in this unlikely group have increased in the past decade.

    The likely culprits along with obesity? Type 2 diabetes, along with diseases of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia and preterm delivery, researchers said.

    "Cardiovascular disease mortality is going up in you...

    Why Adding on a Few Pounds as You Age Might Be Good for You

    Putting on a few extra pounds in your 50s may add years to your life -- if you start off at a normal weight and your weight gain doesn't tip into obesity, a new study suggests.

    But two outside experts cautioned that the findings are not a license to pack on the pounds, as study participants who started off obese and continued to gain weight over the years were actually least lik...

    Diabetes While Pregnant Ups Odds for Heart Disease Later

    Developing diabetes during pregnancy may increase a woman's risk for heart disease later in life, according to a new study.

    It included about 1,100 women without type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Those who developed diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) were twice as likely by mid-life (average age: 48) to have calcium in their arteries, a strong predictor of heart disease.

    This...

    Male Breast Cancer Patients Face Higher Heart Risks

    Heart disease risk factors are common among men with breast cancer, a new, small study finds.

    Researchers analyzed the medical records of 24 male breast cancer patients, aged 38 to 79. Half had a family history of breast cancer.

    Nearly 8 in 10 of the patients had invasive ductal carcinoma, which is the most common type of breast cancer and occurs when cancer starts in the breast duc...

    Diabetes Boosts Odds for Heart Trouble 10-fold in Younger Women

    THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - With rising obesity rates, more young women American women are developing type 2 diabetes, putting them at hugely increased risk for heart disease, new research shows.

    In fact, the study found that women under 55 with type 2 diabetes had a tenfold greater risk of having heart disease over the next two decades compared to their non-diabetic peer...

    Calorie-Burning 'Brown Fat' Could Help Keep You Healthy, Even if You're Obese

    A special calorie-burning type of body fat appears to help protect against an array of chronic ailments, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

    Brown fat generates heat by drawing glucose from the bloodstream, as opposed to energy-storing white fat, explained senior researcher Dr. Paul Cohen. He's an assistant professor and senior attending...

    Certain Antibiotics Linked With Upped Risk for Deadly Aortic Aneurysms

    A widely used class of antibiotics has been linked to an increased risk of a potentially fatal blood vessel condition -- even in younger, healthy people.

    In a study of millions of antibiotic prescriptions made in the United States, researchers found that one class was associated with a small increase in the risk of aortic aneurysm.

    The drugs -- called fluoroquinolones -- have been a...