Heart and Lung

Researchers find Blood Clots can be caused by Dental Plaque Bacteria

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(Best Syndication News) - Previous research has shown an association with oral health and heart health. A recent study now suggests that oral bacteria could enter into the bloodstream posing a risk for blood clots that could lead to endocarditis and blood vessel blockage.

The research came from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) along with the University of Bristol. Dr. Helen Petersen will be presenting the findings at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Dublin this coming week.

Blood Pressure differences in Left and Right Arm Associated with an Increased Death Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - A research study found that for every one-mmHG difference in blood pressure measurement in the left and right arms, there is an increased risk for death by 9 percent in the next ten years. The study was relatively small, but the researchers suggest that any person with hypertension should have both arms measured for a better assessment and management of their condition.

Researchers from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry investigated 230 patients between 1999 and 2002. All of the patients had hypertension. The same researchers conducted a similar study and found an increased risk for death in five years time. This prompted them to investigate if there was an increased 10-year risk for death.

CPAP Treatment for Sleep Apnea might deflect Heart Failure

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(Best Syndication News) - UK researchers found that six months of using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea (OSA) patients could improve their heart function. The use of the CPAP equipment to treat sleep apnea may help to protect against heart failure. The study was published in Circulation: Heart Failure, a journal from the American Heart Association.

The UK researchers found that moderate to severe OSA patients had changes to their heart’s shape and function. The researchers equated the changes to being similar to the results of chronic hypertension. Other changes noticed with the OSA patients were thickening of the heart wall and a reduction in the ability for the heart to pump.

Mothers who give Birth to Small Babies have Higher Risk for Heart Disease

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(Best Syndication News) - Mothers who had given birth to small for gestational age infants, had almost twice as high chance of developing ischemic heart disease. This was according to a recent study published in the March 14, journal PLoS ONE.

Radek Bukowski led the research from the University of Texas Medical Branch. The study involved looking at 6,608 records of mothers in the US. Out of these, 399 had delivered small babies for the gestational age, and 453 mothers developed ischemic heart disease (IHD). The data suggested that the mothers with the smaller sized babies were at an almost twice as high risk for developing heart disease.

Cocoa Epicatechin Flavonoid beneficial for Type 2 Diabetes and Advanced Heart Failure

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found improvements in mitochondrial structure with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes patients who consumed epicatechin-enriched cocoa for three months.

The initial research was with a small clinical trial, but now it is being tested in a larger clinical trial that has a placebo-control. The next study will test to see if epicatechin enriched cocoa will help heart failure and type 2 diabetes patients improve their ability to exercise.

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