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Study links diabetes to increased risk for heart failure

Study links diabetes to increased risk for heart failure

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Jan. 2 (UPI) -- As if diabetes didn't present enough health complications on its own, researchers at the Mayo Clinic now believe those with the disease are at increased risk for heart failure. In findings published Thursday in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers identified diabetes as an independent risk factor for the development of heart failure. In the population study, the risk for heart failure was nearly twice as high in people with the disease compared with healthy controls. "Diabetes mellitus alone is an independent risk factor for the development of heart failure," study senior author Horng Chen, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said in a press release. "There is still much to learn and study in terms of this association and how to best dia...
Exposure to bug spray may raise heart disease death risk by 50 percent

Exposure to bug spray may raise heart disease death risk by 50 percent

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Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A new analysis has linked environmental exposure to a certain type of insecticides with increased risk for death from heart disease. In findings published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers report that higher levels of 3-phenoxybenzoic acid in those exposed to pyrethroid-based sprays and other products likely contributes to a roughly 50 percent increase in their risk for death from cardiovascular disease and/or cancer. Pyrethroids -- which are found in many residential pest control sprays and household and garden insecticides and pet sprays, as well as specialty shampoos, lice treatments and mosquito repellents -- have been used in the United States for more than 40 years. "Pesticide exposure at varying levels is ubiquitous to the general populatio...
Surgeons withdraw support for heart disease advice

Surgeons withdraw support for heart disease advice

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European clinical guidelines on how to treat a major form of heart disease are under review following a BBC Newsnight investigation.Europe's professional body for heart surgeons has withdrawn support for the guidelines, saying it was "a matter of serious concern" that some patients may have had the wrong advice.Guidelines recommended both stents and heart surgery for low-risk patients.But trial data leaked to Newsnight raises doubts about this conclusion.Thousands of people in the UK and hundreds of thousands worldwide will be treated for left main coronary artery disease each year. This is a narrowing of one of the main arteries in the heart. The guidelines on how to treat it were largely based on a three-year trial to compare whether heart surgery or st...
Geriatric conditions pose added danger for older heart patients in ICU

Geriatric conditions pose added danger for older heart patients in ICU

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Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Many older people undergoing treatment in hospital cardiac intensive care units have other health problems, take multiple medications for these conditions and may be frail or have cognitive impairment. The American Heart Association, in a scientific statement published Monday in the journal Circulation, is urging clinicians to "treat the whole patient" when providing care to these patients. The statement offers guidance on the management of common geriatric conditions such as frailty and cognitive impairment in patients undergoing treatment for a variety of heart conditions, including heart attack, heart failure and pulmonary embolism. It notes that many other health problems plaguing older people may inadvertently worsen while in the cardiac ICU. "Treating the whole pat...
Cancer survivors ‘have higher heart risk’

Cancer survivors ‘have higher heart risk’

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More than one in 10 cancer patients die from heart and blood vessel problems, rather than their initial illness, a study says.The European Heart Journal looked at three million US patients, with 28 different cancers, over 40 years.The researchers say the increase in the numbers surviving cancer means more attention should be focused on cardiovascular risk.UK experts say doctors should be more aware and monitor patients accordingly.Among the 3.23 million cancer patients studied, 38% died from cancer and 11% from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) - of which, three-quarters were from heart disease.Closer monitoringThe proportion of cancer survivors dying from CVD was highest in those with disease of the bladder, larynx, prostate, womb, bowel and breast.The risk ...