Heart and Lung

Menopause Hormone Replacement Therapy reduced Heart Failure and Heart Attack Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that women who took hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for ten years had a reduced risk for heart failure and heart attack compared to women who did not take the therapy. The positive effects of taking HRT therapy appears to be a reduction in cardiovascular disease, but on the negative side, there is an increased risk for developing breast cancer. The new study suggests that the cardiovascular benefits are present without having an increased risk for cancer, deep vein thrombosis, or stroke.

The randomized trial-study was conducted in Denmark over a ten-year period. The researchers had followed-up after an additional six years to assess if HRT reduced heart disease risk if therapy started soon after menopause.

Elderly Women’s Brains function better with Daily Low Dose Aspirin Regimen

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(Best Syndication News) - Brain function declined less in elderly women who took a daily low-dose aspirin. These women, who were also at a high risk for heart disease, had less mental decline compared to women who did not take the daily aspirin. The study results were published in the online journal BMJ Open.

The researchers suggest that inflammation associated with heart disease may also influence the way the brain ages.

In the study, 681 women between 70 and 92 were investigated. Out of these women, 601 were at a high risk for having heart disease or a stroke. Their risk was at a 10 percent rate or higher, based on the Framingham scale.

Increased Heart Disease Risk associated with Vitamin D Deficiency

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen University Hospital found that being deficient in vitamin D was related to a distinctly increased risk for having a heart attack or a premature death. The study results were published in the journal, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

The researchers investigated the blood sample data of over 10,000 Danes from the Copenhagen City Heart Study. The blood samples measured patient vitamin D levels between 1981-1983. The participants that were part of the large study have been followed through present day. This allowed the researchers to compare their vitamin D levels against heart disease and death rates.

Eating high amounts of Antioxidants helped lower Heart Attack Risk for Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that women who ate a diet rich in antioxidants had a significantly reduced risk for having a heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction. Swedish researchers published their findings in the October issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Lead investigator, Alicja Wolk, DrMedSci, Division of Nutritional Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, explained that their study was the first to investigate how dietary antioxidants are related to myocardial infarction risk.

Reduced Calorie Cranberry Juice could help lower Blood Pressure

(Best Syndication News) - A study found that drinking low-calorie cranberry juice on a regular basis could reduce blood pressure numbers. The researchers presented their findings at the America Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions. Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. funded the study.

The study involved participants being assigned to drink either a low-calorie cranberry juice or a placebo drink on a daily basis for an eight-week period. The researchers measured the participants blood pressure at the start of the study, then in the middle, and finally at the end of eight weeks.

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