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    A rare gene variant that typically appears in Amish communities may hold the key to preventing heart disease, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The study found that those that have this particular gene, known as B4GALT1, appear to have lower levels of heart-damaging cholesterol, as well as a blood-clotting protein called fibrinogen.  Less than one in 10,000 people have this gene, yet amazingly 12 percent of the Pennsylvania Amish community in Lancaster County carry the gene variant.   Past studies on the gene revealed that certain mutations can change one's cholesterol levels, too much of which can cause clogged arteries and cardiovascular diseases, which remains the leading cause of death worldwide.  Researchers involved in the study claim this is the first time scientists have isolated a gene that lowers two different yet equally important heart disease risk factors.   Amazingly, 12 percent of the Pennsylvania Amish community in Lancaster County, pictured, carry the gene variant Those that have this particular gene, known as B4GALT1, pictured, appear to have lower levels of heart-damaging cholesterol, as well as a blood-clotting...
    Lady Gaga has shed light on her friend and collaborator Tony Bennett's 'heartbreaking' Alzheimer’s battle. Speaking to Zoe Ball on her Radio 1 show on Tuesday morning, The House Of Gucci star, 35, reflected on the pain of watching his battle and spoke of how they recorded their duets album after her was diagnosed with the condition.  It was revealed in February that Tony, 95, has the progressive neurologic disorder and had been secretly living with the disease since 2016, yet the news did not stop the release of his new music and performances with Gaga.  Her love: Lady Gaga has shed light on her friend and collaborator Tony Bennett's 'heartbreaking' Alzheimer’s battle While blazing the promo trail for Ridley Scott's House Of Gucci, Gaga appeared on the radio show on Tuesday where Zoe played her duet I’ve Got You Under My Skin.  Radio legend Zoe then asked the star: 'How is Tony? You said you always wanted to work with him and he’s a magic man isn’t he?’ RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Lady...
    YOUR morning cuppa could be helping to save your life. Experts have claimed that drinking tea and coffee may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 25 per cent. 11We look at what in your kitchen cupboard could help to stave off illnessCredit: Alamy While the risk of stroke was also lower in people who had two or three cups a day. Chinese scientists said both drinks are rich in caffeine and plant chemicals flavonoids, which boost blood flow to the brain, reduce inflammation and attack rogue proteins. The survey results are based on a study of 365,682 Brits aged 50 to 74 who were monitored for 15 years. We look at what else in your kitchen cupboard could help to stave off illnesses. TOMATO KETCHUP KETCHUP may be banned by Premier League football managers, but tomatoes contain lycopene, an anti-oxidant that helps prevent cell damage and may lower risk of heart disease. It also appears to reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol – with a Finnish study claiming volunteers cholesterol fell in a few weeks of eating extra ketchup. Most read in The...
    The witty child behind the 'Where we about to eat at?' viral video has died of complications from his autoimmune disease at age six. The sad news was confirmed by Antwain Fowler's mother, Chyna, on his Instagram profile on Sunday. 'The pain in my heart is like no other. Why God,' the image read, while the caption stated 'Never in a million years. My heart is out my chest.' Antwain, who went viral after his mother posted a hilarious clip of him saying 'Where we about to eat at?' while he was sitting in his car seat, was diagnosed with a disease called autoimmune enteropathy in July, 2015 after turning one.  Antwain Fowler, the witty child behind the 'Where we about to eat at?' viral video, has died of complications from his autoimmune disease at age six 'The pain in my heart is like no other. Why God,' the image shared by Antwain's mother, Chyna, read, while the caption stated 'Never in a million years My heart is out my chest!!!!' The sad news was confirmed by Antwain Fowler's mother...
    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women —  and they should be aware of signs and symptoms that might not be top of mind. “Heart disease in women, and particularly heart attacks in women, look very different to the way they do in men. They are not your typical Hollywood heart attacks,” said Celina Gorre, CEO of WomenHeart. Signs of heart attack in women can include nausea, severe fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and a fluttering heart. “These are things that you’ve not recognized in yourself before, you know, symptoms that just feel really out of whack. That’s important to pay attention to and to talk to a health care provider about,” she said. Only about half of American women know heart disease is their No. 1 health risk. Celine Gorre, CEO of WomenHeart “Decreasing levels of awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women is probably the number one risk factor to women overall,” she said. Risk factors can include having diabetes, being overweight or obese, having an unhealthy diet, not being...
    Sugar is bad news for health — on this most would agree. But when it comes to fat, there has been real and sometimes acrimonious debate. For decades we have been warned that eating too much dairy such as milk, butter and cheese could raise our risk of serious conditions such as heart disease and strokes — only for more recent studies to suggest they might actually protect us from these by lowering our risk of developing high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. So where does the truth lie — and why can’t the scientists agree? The key reason dairy products are considered bad for us is their high saturated fat content. Although our bodies need fats for energy, growth and to absorb fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D and E, eating too much saturated fat, in particular, can raise levels of so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol in our blood.  This can clog arteries, which in turn leads to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. For decades we have been warned that eating too much dairy...
    Going to bed during the ‘golden hour’ between 10pm and 11pm slashes the risk of developing heart disease, according to a major study. Scientists found there is a link between bedtimes and heart attacks and stroke, particularly in women, with those who stay up late more at risk. The study by the University of Exeter said going to bed after midnight may damage the heart as people are less likely to see morning light, disrupting the natural body clock. It looked at data from more than 88,000 British adults between the age of 43 and 74. Participants wore wrist trackers for a week which monitored what time they fell asleep and woke up, and also answered questions about their lifestyles. This was compared with their medical records over five years detailing cases of heart disease, heart attacks, stroke and heart failure. The research found the lowest rate of heart problems was in those who went to sleep between 10pm and 10.59pm each night. Researchers at the University of Exeter looked at data from more than 88,000 British adults between the age...
    Drinking a wine or beer every day could be the key to preventing heart disease in the elderly, a study has revealed. Monash University researchers observed the effects of alcohol consumption in 18,000 people aged 70 and above in the US and Australia. They discovered that drinking between five and 10 beverages a week led to a much smaller chance of dying from heart problems. School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine associate professor Robyn Woods said the research was insightful. Drinking a wine or beer every day could be the key to preventing heart disease in the elderly, a study has revealed Monash University researchers observed the effects of alcohol consumption in 18,000 people aged 70 and above in the US and Australia 'It's that range of five to 10 standard drinks a week where we saw real benefit for reducing the mortality risk, but also on cardiovascular disease,' Prof Woods told The Daily Telegraph.  'We are very confident to say that moderate alcohol intake does not appear to do harm in older people regarding cardiovascular disease and also...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philly Heart Walk is back this weekend taking aim at the leading cause of death in the United States and raising awareness about heart disease. CBS3’s Stephanie Stahl has a special message from a survivor who will be participating in the event. Be your own health advocate, it’s especially important for minority women who can face gender and racial bias – which can lead to being misdiagnosed. READ MORE: Local Marine Veteran Gifted New Car For Outstanding Service To CountryThat’s what happened to one woman who will be part of the Philly Heart Walk on Saturday. Dawn Roberts is a marathon runner, the picture of health until she noticed something unusual. “My chest started hurting, it wasn’t normal. I’m like ‘what’s going on?'” Roberts said. She went back to the doctor who’d given her a clean bill of health and was told nothing was wrong. “Nothing is wrong with you, get out of here. Go see a neurologist,” Roberts said. Research has shown women with undiagnosed heart disease are more likely than men to be dismissed...
    A GLASS of red wine at the end of the day can really help you unwind. But it can actually do more than destress - it can help prevent diseases later in life. 1A glass of red wine is beneficial for your health, but in moderation, research has foundCredit: Getty - Contributor While it is always best to drink in moderation and seek help if you start to rely on alcohol, a glass every now and then can help your health. Numerous studies have shown various benefits from supping on wine. And recent research went further to explain why the booze could fight off type 2 diabetes, heart disease, blood clots, cancer and dementia. Dr Rudolph Schutte of Anglia Ruskin University found it's all to do with the grapes. Or more specifically, micronutrients in the grapes, that are passed into the wine. They are called polyphenols, and they give red wine a touch of the superfood sparkle. Alcohol actually has nothing to do with it, and while you will still get the benefit of the nutrients if you drink the...
    The American Heart Association (AHA) on Tuesday outlined 10 key features of a heart-healthy eating pattern.  The organization's new scientific statement, titled "2021 Dietary Guidance to Improve Cardiovascular Health" and published in the journal Circulation, emphasizes the importance of overall dietary pattern, rather than individual foods or nutrients, as well as underscores the critical role of nutrition. HEART HEALTH KEY TO TYPE 2 DIABETES PREVENTION: RESEARCHERS The features listed, the AHA said, can be adapted to accommodate certain factors including cultural traditions, food likes and dislikes and whether most meals are consumed at home or "on-the-go." According to the group, the statement reflects that a poor diet is strongly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The importance of a total dietary pattern – rather than "good" or "bad" foods or nutrients – is emphasized, as well as the role of nutrition education.  The AHA emphasizes the importance of a total dietary pattern (iStock) Eating healthy early in life and maintaining healthy habits are also underscored.  "We can all benefit from a heart-healthy dietary pattern regardless...
    VETERAN sports reporter Bob Neumeier has died at the age of 70. His wife Michele revealed the sportscaster passed away on Saturday, October 23 after suffering from heart disease. 1Sports commentator Bob Neumeier has died at the age of 70Credit: NBC Who is Bob Neumeier's wife Michele Neumeier? Bob Neumeier lived with wife Michele Ucci in Boston, Massachusetts. Michele has a keen interest in horse racing, and in 2014 served as a volunteer at BINA farm center in Norfolk. Other details about Michele have always been protected from the public. She was by Bob's side when he suffered a stroke in 2014 and underwent brain surgery. How long were Bob Neumeier and Michele Neumeier married for? It is unclear when NBC horse racing expert Bob married Michele. Following his death, Michele hailed the commentator a "wonderful husband" and said the way he covered sport was “unique”. She said the 70-year-old suffered from congestive heart failure and heart disease. Bob had received hospice care for the past eight weeks. How many children do Bob Neumeier and Michele Neumeier have?...
    VETERAN sportscaster Bob Neumeier has died at the age of 70 after suffering from heart disease, his family said. His wife Michele Ucci said the horse racing expert passed away on Saturday. 1Legendary journalist Bob Neumeier has died at the age of 70Credit: NBC Ucci said the 70-year-old suffered from congestive heart failure and heart disease. Neumeier had received hospice care for the past eight weeks. She told the Boston Globe: “He was a fiercely private person. He did not want anyone to know these last eight weeks except a few people, family, and a couple of friends. "He just said, ‘When I go, you know what? Everyone can know.’ This is that time. I took care of him for eight weeks, and Saturday was very hard, but he’s at peace now.” Neumeier was a horse racing expert for NBC and part of the network’s Triple Crown coverage. Dozens of tributes have been paid to the sports broadcaster. Most read in The US SunMEGA STORM Live updates with BRUTAL cyclone bomb to hit Seattle bringing 8 feet of...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Actress Tawny Kitaen’s cause of death was revealed to be dilated cardiomyopathy, or heart disease, on Thursday. Five months after she passed away on May 7, 2021, the Orange County Coroner’s Office confirmed that her passing was natural and also partially attributed to mild coronary atherosclerosis, or coronary artery disease. She was reported to have a variety of antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication and painkillers in her system including hydrocodone, alprazolam, mirtazapine, pregbalin and acetaminophen. READ MORE: 'Expect Laughter, Family Fun And Basketball': Actor Cedric Joe On Space Jam: A New Legacy, In Theaters July 16Kitaen was very well known for her stunning natural beauty, made appearances in 1980’s rock band album covers and music videos, including Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” “Still of the Night,” and “Is This Love,” as well as Ratt’s “Back for More.” Kitaen’s repeat appearances in Whitesnake’s videos eventually turned into marriage with lead singer David Coverdale, and her appearance in Ratt’s music video came at a time that she was dating the band’s guitarist, Robbin Crosby. She is also known for her affair...
    Superstar Tawny Kitaen’s cause of death has been reportedly been revealed to be due to heart issues and opioids. She was 59. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department in California reportedly said an autopsy of the “Bachelor Party” star showed she died of dilated cardiomyopathy, a common form of heart disease,” TMZ reported in a piece published Wednesday. (RELATED: 28-Year-Old ‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Dies Suddenly. Read The Details) The report noted that factors in the actress’ death included mild coronary atherosclerosis and antidepressants, nerve pain medication, sedatives and opioids. (RELATED: ‘The Office’ Star Mark York Dead At 55) Tawny Kitaen died from heart disease and opioids https://t.co/eURY54h6Qe pic.twitter.com/RONlpxfkRp — New York Post (@nypost) October 21, 2021 Kitaen died on May 7 at her home in Newport Beach, California, USA Today reported. Her daughters Wynter and Raine Finley, whom she shared with ex-husband, retired Major League Baseball pitcher Chuck Finley, confirmed her death at the time. Finley and her were married from 1997-2002, Page Six noted.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Tawny Kitaen  (@tawnykitaenofficial) ...
    Tawny Kitaen’s cause of death has been revealed. The “Bachelor Party” star died from dilated cardiomyopathy, TMZ reported, citing the Orange County Coroner’s Office. Other contributing factors included clogged arteries, antidepressants, sedatives, nerve pain medication and opioids. see also Tawny Kitaen, ‘80s actress and music video vixen, dead at 59 Tawny Kitaen, the actress best known for her role in... Kitaen died on May 7 at age 59 in Newport Beach, Calif. Her close family and friends recently gathered for an intimate celebration to honor her life after she was cremated. In addition to “Bachelor Party,” Kitaen also starred in the 1984 French cult classic “The Perils of Gwendoline” and 2014’s “After Midnight.” Kitaen started her career out on the game show “To Tell the Truth” in 1976 and eventually migrated to movies where she achieved moderate success. The vixen was also featured in a few classic music videos, notably Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again.” She married lead singer David Coverdale 1989, but the marriage lasted only two years. Kitaen then wed baseball star Chuck Finley in...
    Tawny Kitaen's death at 59 was the result of dilated cardiomyopathy, a common heart disease, according to medical examiners. The Orange County Coroner's Office said that other factors in Kitaen's May 7 death at her Newport Beach, California home were linked to antidepressants, opioids, clogged arteries, sedatives, Tylenol and nerve pain medication, TMZ reported. The outlet in May reported that police told Kitaen's family that the items recovered at the scene indicated there were no signs she tried to take her life, or that drugs or alcohol factored into her passing. The latest: Tawny Kitaen's death at 59 was the result of dilated cardiomyopathy, a common heart disease, according to medical examiners. She was snapped in 2018 in St Charles, Missouri Kitaen was cremated; in late May, Kitaen's family and friends had a celebration of life for her at the Newport Beach home of her ex-husband, former MLB pitcher Chuck Finley, according to the outlet.  Kitaen, who was past wed to Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale, made memorable appearances in the band's videos including Here I Go Again, Is This Love and The...
    Eighties heartthrob Tawny Kitaen died from heart issues, according to her autopsy. The Orange County Coroner's Office told TMZ.com Tawny's official cause of death is dilated cardiomyopathy ... which is the most common type of heart disease. Other contributing factors, per the report, include clogged arteries, antidepressants, sedatives, Tylenol, nerve pain medication and opioids. Tawny was 59 when she died on May 7. The actress and Whitesnake video star has passed away in Newport Beach, California. She acted as Tom Hanks’s girlfriend in the 1984 comedy Bachelor Party, and appeared in the Here I Go Again video. She also appeared in Whitesnake's Is This Love? We pay for your stories!Do you have a story for The US Sun team? Email us at exclusive@the-sun.com or call 212 416 4552. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS
    Phthalates are found in many household products, including cosmetics and food packaging. Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The group of chemicals called phthalates, also known as plasticizers, may contribute to the early deaths of 91,000 to 107,000 older adults in the US each year, according to a new study. Adults between 55 and 64 with the highest concentrations of phthalates in their urine were more likely to die of any cause, especially heart disease, than adults with lesser exposure, according to the study published on Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Pollution. The study also estimated that this loss of life could cost the US between $40 billion and $47 billion each year. “Until now, we have understood that the chemicals connect to heart disease, and heart disease in turn is a leading cause of death, but we had not yet tied the chemicals themselves to death,” the study’s...
    New guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) are once again taking an axe to the often-heard health axiom: “An aspirin a day keeps the doctor away.”  Weighing the balance of benefits and harms, the USPSTF recommends that for most people, low-dose aspirin (generally recognized as 81 mg, a “baby aspirin”) should not be used for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) or colorectal cancer.  From a cardiovascular standpoint, this recommendation could get a lot of people in serious medical trouble if they don’t understand what “primary prevention” means. If a patient has no clinical evidence of cardiovascular disease but is taking an aspirin to avoid having a heart attack or stroke in the future, that would be termed primary prevention. If the patient has already had either a stroke or a heart attack (or was found to have asymptomatic cardiovascular disease on testing), that same aspirin would be considered “secondary prevention”: the disease has arrived, and now we want to keep it in check and prevent the complications.  If you have established cerebrovascular...
    YOU can cut your risk of death from deadly heart disease with ingredients found in common kitchen cupboards, a study has found. Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) - a omega 3 fatty acid - is known to be good for the heart. 1Keep the heart healthy with dietCredit: Getty And now a review by Tehran University of Medical Sciences has found that those who have a higher intake could avoid an early grave. Published in the British Medical Journal, it found their risk of dying from any cause dropped by around 10 per cent if they had a high intake of ALA when compared to those who did not. But the most impressive drop in mortality was from heart disease and problems with blood vessels, of eight and 11 per cent, respectively.  A higher ALA intake was associated with a slightly higher risk of death from cancer, but the researchers said further studies are now needed to confirm this. Researchers said their findings showed that the more ALA people had, the more they could reduce their risk of early death. It...
    Eating lots of nuts, seeds and plant oils may cut your risk of being sent to an early grave, scientists say. Iranian researchers reviewed dozens of studies that delved into diets and mortality rates, spanning up to three decades. They specifically looked at the effects of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) — an omega-3 found in plants such as soy beans and flaxseeds.  Results showed people with a high intake of the nutrient — around 1.6g a day — were 10 per cent less likely to die from any cause, compared to those who consumed the lowest amounts — around 0.7g.  Deaths from heart disease were also lower among people who ate a diet rich in nuts and other ALA-abundant foods. For every 1g increase in ALA per day – around one tablespoon of canola oil – the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease fell by five per cent, the study claimed. However, the review also showed consuming high amounts of ALA was linked to an increased risk of dying from cancer.  The study, published in the British Medical Journal, states further trials are needed...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending a major change in the use of aspirin. The panel now says millions of Americans taking aspirin should not take it to prevent heart disease and stroke. But as CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported Wednesday, it depends on your age and other risk factors. FLASHBACK: Study: Aspirin’s Role In Treating Heart Attacks, Strokes May Be Harmful To Some Patients Aspirin is a long-known blood thinner that studies have shown could be important in preventing heart disease and stroke, but as with most things in medicine the details make a huge difference. Blood thinners like aspirin are valuable in prevention because most heart disease and stroke are caused by blood clots. But aspirin can also cause serious, even life-threatening internal bleeding, especially brain bleeds known as hemorrhagic strokes, and that risk goes up with age. That’s why the USPST now proposes that people over the age of 60 should not take the medication for primary prevention. In other words, if you don’t already have a history of heart disease....
    Federal health officials are changing course in their previously well-held recommendation that American adults take aspirin to prevent heart attacks or strokes. For decades, taking a low-dose aspirin has been recommended to improve heart health, but on Tuesday, Oct. 12, an expert panel from the US Preventive Services Task Force updated its guidance. The previous guidance recommended daily low-dose aspirin for people over 50 who were at higher risk for heart attacks or strokes in the next decade and who weren’t at higher risk for bleeding. Instead, the updated guidelines recommend that adults in their 40s and 50s only take aspirin as a preventive measure if their doctors determine they are at higher risk for heart disease, contrary to previous guidance, which didn’t address anyone younger than 50. People 60 and older are now advised not to start taking aspirin to prevent first heart attacks or strokes. The new recommendations do not apply to people who have already had heart attack or strokes, who are still advised to take aspirin regularly as a preventive measure. It comes based on mounting...
    (CNN) — The US Preventive Services Task Force is considering making several changes to its guidance on taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke. On Tuesday, the task force posted a draft statement recommending that adults ages 40 to 59 who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease — but do not have a history of the disease — decide with their clinician whether to start taking aspirin, based on their individual circumstances. READ MORE: Hopkinton High School Is First To Get State Approval To Drop Mask MandateThis is the first time the task force has recommended that adults in their 40s talk to their doctors about whether to take aspirin for heart health. The draft also says that adults 60 and older should not start taking aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke because new evidence shows that potential harms cancel out the benefits, according to the task force. “The latest evidence is clear: starting a daily aspirin regimen in people who are 60 or older to prevent a first heart attack or stroke is...
    (CNN)The US Preventive Services Task Force is considering making several changes to its guidance on taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke.On Tuesday, the task force posted a draft statement recommending that adults ages 40 to 59 who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease -- but do not have a history of the disease -- decide with their clinician whether to start taking aspirin, based on their individual circumstances. This is the first time the task force has recommended that adults in their 40s talk to their doctors about whether to take aspirin for heart health. Healthy people shouldnt take daily aspirin to prevent heart disease, review findsThe draft also says that adults 60 and older should not start taking aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke because new evidence shows that potential harms cancel out the benefits, according to the task force."The latest evidence is clear: starting a daily aspirin regimen in people who are 60 or older to prevent a first heart attack or stroke is not recommended," Task Force member Dr....
    Heart damage and blood clots a year after survivors shake off COVID-19 have shown that the effects of the virus extends well beyond the initial infection, a new study says. According to the study, even people who never showed enough symptoms to be hospitalized with the virus are in danger of developing heart failure or potentially deadly blood clothes a year later. Researchers at the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System in Missouri reported that COVID-19 survivors who weren’t hospitalized had a 39 percent increased risk of developing heart failure in the first year compared to someone who never had the virus. They also had a 119 percent increased risk of developing a potentially fatal blood clot and a 24 percent increased risk of having a stroke. For those who were hospitalized with COVID-19, the numbers increased even further, with a 482 percent chance of cardiac arrest, 270 percent chance for heart failure and an 855 percent chance of blood clots. The study states that one in seven patients who were admitted to an ICU with COVID-19 were...
    TAKING HRT during the menopause does not increase your risk of heart disease, experts have claimed. Hormone therapy is one of the most effective and common treatments for menopause - but many women have previously avoided taking it due to health risks associated with the drug. 1Hormone replacement therapy is used by women to help with the menopauseCredit: Getty - Contributor But now experts in South Korea have revealed that there is no increased risk of heart disease or type 2 diabetes relative to the medication. The drugs are used to relieve common menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and night sweats. They come in different forms such as pills, gels and even patches. Menopause is a natural part of ageing, which usually happens when a woman is between the age of 45 and 55. In the UK, the average age for a woman to go through menopause is 51. It occurs when oestrogen levels in the body start to decline. It's estimated that around one in five women are going through menopuase in the UK which is...
    Menopausal women taking HRT are not at greater risk of developing heart disease, scientists say. Hormone replacement therapy helps to relieve symptoms of the menopause, such as hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings. Experts have debated the pro and cons of HRT for years, with some studies having warned that it may lead to heart disease. But now a study has dismissed the fears, ruling that women taking the drugs are not more likely to develop the killer condition. South Korean researchers say the benefits of HRT — usually given in tablets, gels and patches — typically outweigh the risks.  HRT tablets (pictured) work by replacing sex hormones that decline during the menopause and improve menopausal symptoms that 80 per cent of women suffer from RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Menopausal women taking HRT to relieve their hot flushes and... DR HEATHER CURRIE: Scrapping prescription charges for... MPs could back ban on prescription charges for... Menopausal women may suffer more hot flushes if they lead... Share this article Share...
    Following a 'popeye diet' of plenty of green vegetables slashes the risk of heart disease by a quarter, research has found Following a 'popeye diet' of plenty of green vegetables slashes the risk of heart disease by a quarter, research has found. A study found if people increased their intake of iron-rich foods it could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart disease cases in the UK. Experts found iron deficiency, affecting around two thirds of middle-aged people, is linked to about to ten per cent of all heart disease cases. They urged adults to up their intake of foods rich in iron such as red meat, spinach, mushrooms, tofu and lentils to slash the likelihood of heart attacks. Foods rich in vitamin C such as broccoli, peppers and fruits also help the body absorb iron - a mineral which is vital in making red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. A team at the University of Hamburg followed more than 12,000 men and women, with an average age of 59. They monitored their iron levels and compared these...
    A heart attack occurs in the U.S. every 40 seconds. A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, happens when a part of the heart muscle does not get enough blood. LOW-CARB DIET BENEFITS HEART HEALTH FOR OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE, RESEARCHERS SAY The more time that passes without treatment, the greater the damage to the heart muscle, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While coronary artery disease is the main cause of heart attack, a severe spasm or sudden contraction of a coronary artery can also stop blood flow to the heart muscle. Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain or discomfort, feeling weak, feeling faint or light-headed, pain in one or both arms or shoulders, shortness of breath and pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back. Women are more likely to experience symptoms of nausea, vomiting or unexplained tiredness. A heart attack happens in the U.S. every 40 seconds (iStock) Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports....
    More On: celebrity illnesses Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus is cancer-free Tarek El Moussa diagnosed with celiac disease Wendy Williams reportedly taken to hospital for mental health check Donny Osmond was temporarily paralyzed after 2019 surgery complications Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell is taking a break from performing due to ongoing health issues. Harwell’s rep confirmed to TMZ Tuesday that the “All Star” crooner, 54, is on hiatus to deal with cardiomyopathy and heart failure, which forced him to miss a few performances. Harwell was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy — a disease in which the heart muscle becomes enlarged, making it difficult to pump blood — in 2015. He manages his condition with medication, but after issues began to arise, he realized he needed to make changes, his rep shared. Fans began to speculate that Harwell had been fired from the band after a substitute singer appeared in his place, but the stand-in is just a temporary replacement while Harwell recovers. “ok a couple things 1) @smashmouth did you really fire your singer and B) can i be your new singer,” rock...
    A simple eye test could detect a person's risk of heart disease, a study suggests.   Researchers found scans of patients' retinas picked up on signs of poor blood flow to their eye, and this could be used as a sign of cardiovascular problems. Heart disease can often lead to inadequate circulation and may cause cells in the retina, the part of the eye that converts light into electrical signals for the brain, to die, and leave a permanent mark. Lead author of the study Dr Mathieu Bakhoum, a retinal surgeon from the University of California San Diego Health, hopes retinal ischemia could help to spot patients at risk of heart disease. Medics at the university's health clinic now consider referring patients straight to a cardiologist if ischemia is identified during a scan.  The non-invasive scan takes just seconds and is a recommended part of routine tests by an optician to diagnose a wide range of conditions, such as glaucoma or macular hole. Heart disease is not routinely screened for on the NHS and Britons normally aren't checked or diagnosed until they...
    BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — It was the first event of its kind, aimed at helping children with congenital heart disease. On Sunday, the Never Miss A Beat foundation put together a 5k in hopes of raising money for research programs at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Organization president Steve Cereby told CBS3 the fight against this disease is a difficult one. READ MORE: Philadelphia Eagles Fall To Kansas City Chiefs 42-30“They don’t really know, what creates it, how it forms they just know it’s the leading cause of birth defect in kids,” he said, adding, “Our goal is to advance the treatment the diagnosis of the disease and the prevention of it.” It is a battle he knows very well; Cereby had his first operation for the disease at 3-years-old, his second just five years later. Now at 26, he is trying to help current patients in a ways he needed when he was a warrior. READ MORE: Double Shooting Leaves Man Dead, Woman Injured In Kensington: Police“They are able to participate in these type of events that they...
    My wife passed away four-and-a-half years ago and I am getting married again. I’m 70 and my fiancee is 56.  I have a pacemaker and I take the blood pressure tablet bisoprolol every day. Is it safe for me to try Viagra? Viagra can be extremely useful for helping people with a host of different conditions to maintain their intimate relationships. But those with heart conditions need to be careful. Having said that, not everyone suffering with heart problems needs to worry. Drug regulator NICE does not allow Viagra to be prescribed to those who have recently had a heart attack or stroke, or those with serious angina. This includes patients who have heart-related chest pain even when they are not exercising or exerting themselves. 'Although doctors are cautious before offering Viagra to those with heart disease, it doesn’t mean they can’t' Doctors also can’t prescribe it if a patient’s blood pressure is below 90 for the top number.  Most people do not have such low blood pressure, but if you are taking a beta blocker, which includes bisoprolol, or...
    Conservative commentator and author Mark Levin announced Wednesday he is recovering after receiving a stent in his heart. The 64-year-old host said he hasn't been feeling well, and his condition took a turn for the worse over the weekend while attending a festival in Virginia with his family. MORE THAN 1,500 CORONAVIRUS-POSITIVE MIGRANTS RELEASED IN ONE WEEK INTO TEXAS BORDER TOWN “I dropped them off at a spot and I parked. When I walked from the car about 100, 120 feet … I had tremendous pressure on my chest and I couldn’t breathe very well,” Levin explained on The Mark Levin Show. Levin said the pain got worse through the night, prompting him to go to a local hospital and seek treatment. Levin said he received a stent, which is usually a metal or plastic tubular insert put inside and artery to assist with blood flow. Levin previously had bypass surgery and stenting procedures done, according to WMAL CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER “Unfortunately, it (the heart disease)...
    (CNN)People with a higher consumption of dairy fat have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those with low intakes, according to new research studying some of the world's biggest consumers of dairy products. An international team of scientists studied the dairy fat consumption of 4,150 60-year-olds in Sweden -- a country with one of the world's highest levels of dairy production and consumption -- by measuring blood levels of a particular fatty acid that is mostly found in dairy foods. Experts then followed the cohort for an average of 16 years to observe how many had heart attacks, strokes and other serious circulatory events, and how many of them died. Youve got milk. Whether its good for you depends on your age, health and sex, studies sayAfter statistically adjusting for other known cardiovascular disease risk factors including age, income, lifestyle, dietary habits and other diseases, researchers found that those with high levels of the fatty acid -- indicative of a high intake of dairy fats -- had the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as no increased risk...
    MEN are notoriously bad at talking about they feel - both mentally and physically. In fact, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, blokes are up to 25 per cent less likely to visit a GP than women. 1 Grab your dad, granddad, brother, boyfriend, or mate and ask them a bit about themselvesCredit: Getty - Contributor Many men shy away from open and frank chats, when it comes to their health - be it down to fear or embarrassment. Here, we ask the experts, the important questions that all men should throw into conversation with their nearest and dearest... starting the conversation might just save a life. 1. How are you feeling? One man in five dies before he's 65. It's not just middle-aged blokes either, it's young ones too. And it's not just due to physical disease. Suicide is a top killer for young men in Britain today. MORE ON MEN'S HEALTHRevealedDOCTOR'S ORDERS Lumps to peeing in the night... 10 early warning signs of cancer in menDEATH DEFYING Major prostate cancer breakthrough could see patients cured...
    DRINKING wine protects the heart from disease, a study has shown. Both red and white can have a positive effect on arteries thanks to the nutrients in grapes, not the alcohol. 2Red and white wine can protect you from heart disease, a study has shownCredit: Alamy Experts say the key ingredients are the polyphenols — also found in vegetables and grains. Dr Rudolph Schutte, of Anglia Ruskin University, arrived at the conclusion after comparing rates of illness in 446,000 people whose details are stored in the UK Bio-bank database. He said: “There is an undeniable protective relationship between coronary heart disease and consumption of both red and white wine. "However, this is not seen with the other cardiovascular diseases. "This relationship is also seen for alcohol-free wine, so it suggests the benefits are thanks to the polyphenols in the wine rather than the alcohol.” Dr Schutte told the British Science Festival that the NHS’s 14 units a week booze guideline was not safe as any amount of alcohol can damage the heart. Most read in HealthCRUEL TWIST In...
    It has long been said that a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. But experts now say alcohol-free versions may give you all the health benefits of the real thing.  Researchers Anglia Ruskin University analysed data from nearly 450,000 people aged 40 to 69 to look at impacts of moderate alcohol consumption on their health.  They found a 40 per cent reduced risk of coronary heart disease among people who drank eight to 11 glasses of red or white wine a week compared to non-drinkers and binge drinkers. The same reduced risk was found among those who regularly drank non-alcoholic versions.  The finding suggests the benefits are due to the grapes in the wine, rather than the relaxing effect of alcohol, the researchers said.  The link between drinking wine and reduce cases of coronary heart disease is likely due to the antioxidants found in grapes, rather than the alcohol in wine, researchers have found RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Will taxpayers get ANYTHING back for the NHS's extra £10bn?... Welsh hospital...
    A simple thumb check could prevent thousands of strokes every year. The test, which involves measuring electrical activity from the heart as it passes through the thumb, picks up signs of atrial fibrillation (AF), a leading cause of strokes that affects 1.4 million Britons. AF occurs when the heart's electrical signals go haywire. It affects older adults, although athletes can develop it too.  A simple thumb check could prevent thousands of strokes every year. The test, which involves measuring electrical activity from the heart as it passes through the thumb, picks up signs of atrial fibrillation, a leading cause of strokes that affects 1.4 million Britons. (Posed by model) The heart rate becomes erratic and clots can form and travel to the tiny blood vessels in the brain, triggering a stroke. The NHS does not screen for AF, although it can be treated with drugs. A new study of 28,000 people in their 70s by Sweden's Karolinska Institute found that regular screening with a thumb check cut brain clots by about two per cent – equivalent to 2,000 strokes...
    The cavalier King Charles spaniel is the dog breed that carries the most disease-causing genetic mutations, a new study reveals. The small but adorable breed has been negatively affected by years of inbreeding – putting it at higher risk for heart disease, the study warns. Specifically, it has genetic variants linked to myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD), a common and deadly heart condition.  The past 300 years of dog breeding have created an incredible diversity of breeds with various sizes, shapes and abilities, the authors say.  But unfortunately, this has also caused many breeds to become more inbred and more likely to inherit genetic diseases.   Both King Charles I and his son, Charles II were devotees of the breed. The especially large number of potentially harmful genes in the genomes of cavalier King Charles spaniels, compared to other dogs, likely resulted from its breeding history Erik Axelsson of Uppsala University in Sweden and colleagues published the new findings today in the journal PLOS Genetics. 'We find that individuals belonging to the breed affected by the most intense breeding –...
    Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof, who's won a host of celebrity followers with his hardcore health and endurance tips, claims taking one cold shower a day could help the body fend off heart disease and even depression.  Speaking to Radio One doctor Dr Chatterjee in his podcast, Feel Better, Live More, the health guru, dubbed the Iceman for his love of sub-zero pursuits, said that cold water immersion was like 'nature's vaccination'.  He told listeners: 'The cold without a doubt is very effectively, very strongly able to tackle the biggest health problem in the world, which is cardiovascular-related disease. Scroll down for video  Dutchman Wim Hof, 62, told Radio 1's Dr Chatterjee that a freezing cold shower every day acts like a 'lateral jolt' to the brain and could stave off depression He told the GP that on his podcast Feel Better, Live More that a daily cold shower was 'like a natural vaccination, where you make your body the way it's meant to be' He continued: 'We have this organ, called our skin, and we never expose...
    Adding half-a-cup of walnuts to your daily diet can lower your cholesterol levels by around 8.5 per cent and reduce the risk of heart disease, a study has found. Researchers from the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona recruited 628 adults and put half of them on a diet which included daily walnut consumption. After two years, the team found the walnut eaters also had modest reductions in their so-called low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. High levels of LDL — sometimes dubbed the 'bad cholesterol' — is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Study participants who ate walnuts daily saw a reduction in both the total number of LDL particles in their blood and, in particular, the number of small LDL particles. According to the American Heart Association, walnuts are high in omega 3 fatty acids — the heart-healthy fat famously found in oily fish. Adding half-a-cup of walnuts (pictured) to your daily diet can lower your cholesterol levels by around 8.5 per cent and reduce the risk of heart disease, a study has foundWHAT IS HIGH CHOLESTEROL?Cholesterol is a...
    Some of the most iconic items on the McDonald’s menu can contain more than 2,000 mg of sodium. Which completely exceeds the parameters considered healthy per day. Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS / . / . When thinking of fast food, it is highly unlikely that the concept of “healthy” comes to mind. The truth is that despite warnings about the devastating effects of a high consumption of fast food, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 1 in 3 American adults eat fast food more than any given day of the week. The reality is that many people turn to these foods because of how accessible and available they are, in fact for many McDonald’s (or a similar establishment) it is the closest place to their home where they can go to eat something hot. However, basing the diet on these types of foods is associated with serious long-term health consequences, among which have attracted the most attention is a increased risk of hypertension and heart disease The reason? The excessive...
    (CNN)Drinking up to three cups of coffee a day may protect your heart, a new study finds. Among people with no diagnosis of heart disease, regular coffee consumption of 0.5 to 3 cups of coffee a day was associated with a decreased risk of death from heart disease, stroke and early death from any cause when compared to non-coffee drinkers.The study, presented Friday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, examined the coffee drinking behavior of over 468,000 people who participate in the UK Biobank Study, which houses in-depth genetic and health information on more than a half a million Brits. Adds to prior researchIt's another home run for coffee consumption. Studies have found drinking moderate amounts of coffee can protect adults from type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, Alzheimer's, computer back pain and more. Read MoreWhen it comes to heart disease, a large analysis of data from three major studies published in April found that drinking one or more cups of plain, caffeinated coffee a day was associated with a long-term reduced risk...
    DRINKING up to three cups of coffee a day slashes the risk of stroke or heart disease, a study suggests. Those who regularly enjoy it in moderation were found to be 12 per cent less likely to die young. 1Drinking three cups of coffee a day could slash your risk of stroke or heart diseaseCredit: Alamy And MRI scans showed they had healthier sized and better functioning hearts, as coffee even appeared to slow down the effects of ageing. Other health benefits are said to include protection from diabetes, liver disease and dementia, as well as giving a boost to the fat-burning metabolism. Researcher Dr Judit Simon said: “Our results suggest regular coffee consumption is safe and 0.5 to three cups of coffee per day was associated with lower risks of stroke, death from heart disease, and death from any cause.” Dr Simon and her team looked at 11 years’ worth of medical records from people in the UK Biobank database study, starting at an average age of 56. They found average coffee drinkers had a 21 per cent lower...
    EVER seen blood when you spit toothpaste, or tried to cover bad breath with gum? They are two common occurrences that happen to almost everyone at some point in their lives, often brushed under the carpet as nothing serious. 1Bad breath? May be worth seeing the dentistCredit: Alamy But believe it or not, they could be an early warning of a killer disease. Bad breath could be the result of dieting, medications, smoking, food and drink. However it could also be a sign of gum disease, of which bleeding gums is the most frequent symptom. Gum disease - experienced by 90 per cent of British adults to some degree - can lead to a worse condition called periodontitis, in which the ligaments and bones become diseased.  Periodontitis itself is not a killer disease - but has a number of complications and is linked to higher rates of heart problems, confirmed in a new study presented at ESC Congress 2021.  Swedish researchers looked at the dental records of 1,587 people with an average age of 62. Some 985 were classified as...
    Heart health is one of the most determining aspects of health. Taking into account the increase in cases of hypertension and various cardiovascular diseases, every day more people are interested in making adjustments to their diet. The truth is that the deterioration of heart health has been related to various factors closely associated with lifestyle and particularly with regard to diet, a direct relationship between the consumption of foods rich in saturated fat and sodium. Recently a study led by the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, which had the support of more than 100,000 people, has found a potential link between the consumption of saturated fat from meat and the development of heart disease. According to statements by study author Dr Rebecca Kelly, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, UK: “The association between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease risk in non-observational studies has been clear before; our findings are important because they provide a possible explanation: the ratio may vary depending on the food source. We found that saturated fat in meat may be associated...