Heart and Lung

TIA ‘Mini’ stroke could lead to Serious Disability

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that a transient ischemic attack (TIA) could develop into a serious disability in the first 90 days of the event. TIA or “mini” strokes are often considered too mild to treat. The study was published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Coutts, M.D., lead author of the study at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, said that TIA and minor stroke patients are at a significant risk for becoming disabled and that patients should be imaged earlier and more aggressive treatments with thromboloysis should be used if a blockage is seen.

Fitness in Midlife extends Lifespan and reduces chance of Chronic Illness

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that people who are physically fit during the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s have a better chance at a longer lifespan and at the same time they could improve their chance that they will remain in good health in their last years of life. Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center and The Cooper Institute published their findings in the online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Regular aerobic exercise has previously demonstrated a reduced death risk. In this study, the researchers wanted to find out if being physically fit in midlife would change the rate of chronic disease in the last years of life.

Heart Disease and Stroke - Eating Egg Yolks almost as bad as Smoking Cigarettes

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that a person who ate egg yolks on a regular basis had an increased risk for developing atherosclerosis. They also had a two-thirds increased risk for plaque buildup in their arteries as a person who smoked cigarettes. The study results were published in the online edition of the journal Atherosclerosis.

Coronary artery disease, called atherosclerosis, occurs when plaque accumulates in the arteries. It is believed that the plaque is accelerated by excess cholesterol in the blood. The plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries and pieces could break off, which could lead to a heart attack or a stroke.

Sleep Apnea rate in 20-Year-old Women was seen 50 percent of the time

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from Sweden found that women have a high rate of obstructive sleep apnea. They found 50 percent of the 20-year-old participants had obstructive sleep apnea. The women who were obese or had hypertension had a higher rate of sleep apnea. The results were published online today in the European Respiratory Journal.

The condition occurs when a person sleeps and their airway becomes blocked preventing regular breathing. The severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be determined by the number of pauses.

OSA is usually associated with men, but this new research sheds light on OSA in women. This study suggests that it should be identified as a problem for females too.

Getting Active in their Leisure-time helped Middle-Age Adults have Lower Levels of Inflammatory Markers

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that middle-aged adults who kept active on a regular basis during their leisure-time had better protection for the heart than those who remained inactive. The research was published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

The researchers investigated over 4,200 study participants with an average age of 49 to determine if leisure-time physical activities provided benefits to keeping a heart healthy. The leisure-time activities included brisk walking, vigorous gardening, cycling, sports, housework, and home maintenance.

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