Heart and Lung

Gum Disease not the cause of Heart Disease or Stroke

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(Best Syndication News) - The American Heart Association assembled a committee of cardiologists, dentists, and infectious disease specialists to investigate if gum disease causes heart disease or stroke. The committee concluded that gum disease does not cause atherosclerotic heart disease or stroke. Additionally, the treatment of gum disease has not been proven to prevent heart disease or stroke. The new statement by the committee was published in Circulation, which is an American Heart Association journal.

High Fiber Diet prevents Cardiovascular Disease most effectively in Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that women showed the biggest benefit for preventing heart disease when they ate a high fiber diet. The research came from the Lund University in Sweden and showed that women who ate a high fiber diet had almost a 25 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease compare to those who at a low fiber diet.

The Dietary Fiber and Saturated Fat Intake Associations with Cardiovascular Disease Differ by Sex in the Malmö Diet and Cancer Cohort: A Prospective Study is published in the PLOS One scientific journal.

2012 California County Health Report released by CDPH

County Population Dark Orange is over 900,000, medium orange is 300,000 to 900,000 and lightest yellow is under 300,000 people - credit CDPH.gov report

(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health has released their County Health Status Profiles 2012 report that assesses the health status of each county throughout the state. The current data analyzed was between 2008 – 2010 and was compared against the Healthy People 2010 National Objectives to determine if the state has met each goal.

The CDPH report saw improvements from the previous report that involved the years of 2005 through 2007. The new report saw around a 14 percent decline in the birthrates of adolescent mothers for the 2008 through 2010 data. There was a 29.4 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic crash death rates, which was the best improvement overall in the 2012 report. The rates of Gonorrhea infections declined by 25.6 percent. AIDS infections declined by 24.4 percent. Diabetes death rates also showed a decline by 11.1 percent. All cancers including lung, breast, and prostate declined since the 2005 – 2007 report. There also was a reduction in coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. However, death rates for Alzheimer’s disease and suicide rates increased.

Higher Glucose Levels for people with Diabetes had better outcomes with Heart Failure

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study from UCLA found that diabetes patients that had heart failure had better survival rates and need for heart transplants with higher A1C levels also known as glycosylated hemoglobin levels. The study is published online in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Typically, the goal is to lower blood glucose levels for diabetes patients. The new research from UCLA suggests that heart failure patients might not benefit from this management of the disease.

The UCLA researchers tracked A1C levels in advanced heart failure patients that had diabetes and that did not have diabetes. The A1C levels or glycosylated hemoglobin are assessed by a blood test. The higher the A1C levels the higher the blood glucose levels are on average.

Rest reverses Cell changes caused by Heart Failure

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the Imperial College of London found that resting the heart reversed structural changes in the heart muscle cells in heart failure. The study was conducted with rats. The results will be published in today’s European Journal of Heart Failure. The research gives incentive to find new treatments for reversing heart failure.

Heart failure is the condition when the heart muscle is not strong enough to pump blood efficiently. Heart failure affects a large population of people. For instance, in Britain there is around 750,000 people that are diagnosed with heart failure.

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