Top News: #HeartHealth

Here are the top read news for #HeartHealth:

2753Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart failure, BMJ finds:

The risk of admission for heart failure increased for seven traditional NSAIDs (diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, ketorolac, naproxen, nimesulide, and piroxicam) and two COX 2 inhibitors (etoricoxib and rofecoxib). The increased risk of hospital admission ranged from 16% for naproxen to 83% for ketorolac. Researchers also found the risk of heart failure doubled for diclofenac, etoricoxib, indomethacin, piroxicam, and rofecoxib used at very high doses, although they stressed this should be interpreted with caution: Read more


Old Grandfather With Family Taking Medicine Pill For HeartDid Mom or Dad Have This Heart Condition? You Might, Too:

Did you inherit Mom’s smile or Grandpa’s eyes? What about Dad’s mitral valve prolapse? For some people, this is a inheritable heart condition, meaning that it an be passed on from generation to generation. Some people may need surgery to fix the problem. We talked to cardiologist Patrick Collier, MD, to find out more about what you should do if mitral valve prolapse runs in your family or if your doctor says you have it: Read more


heartburnHeart Attack or Heartburn? Differences Between Types of Chest Pain:

Heartburn is a symptom, not itself a disease. It is the sensation, usually of burning pain, caused by acid reflux. Acid reflux is the contents of the stomach splashing back up into the food pipe. Heartburn is not related to the heart in any way. The confusion comes from the location of the pain, in the chest: Read more



160926142822_1_540x360Why belly fat is dangerous for the heart:

Increasing stomach fat – especially the “hidden fat” in your abdomen – is associated with newly identified and worsening heart disease risk factors, according to a study. These adverse changes in cardiovascular risk were evident over a relatively short period of time and persisted even after accounting for changes in body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference, two commonly used methods to estimate whether someone is a healthy weight or not: Read more


wine-pouring-into-glassModerate Alcohol Use Linked to Heart Chamber Damage, Atrial Fibrillation in New Study:

Research has shown that moderate drinking can reduce the risk of heart attack while increasing the risk of atrial fibrillation. Marcus’s team captured this conundrum in a study published earlier this year looking at hospital admissions in dry and wet counties of Texas. They found that patients in counties permitting alcohol sales were more likely to have atrial fibrillation but less likely to have heart attacks and congestive heart failure. Alcohol’s abilities to protect and harm the heart likely operate through different mechanisms and vary from person to person, said Marcus: Read more