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WHO: Heart disease, stroke leading causes of death in 2019

WHO: Heart disease, stroke leading causes of death in 2019

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Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Noncommunicable diseases accounted for seven of the world's 10 leading causes of death in 2019, according to the World Health Organization, with heart disease continuing to top the list. Published Wednesday, the WHO's 2019 Global Health Estimates said noncommunicable diseases, such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease and cancers, made up seven of the 10 leading causes of death last year, accounting for 44% of all lives lost. Advertisement This represents an increase from 2000 when noncommunicable diseases only took up four of the 10 spots. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said these estimates highlight the need to intensify global focus on preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. "They highlight the urg...
‘Polypill’ reduces risk for heart attack, stroke by up to 40%, study finds

‘Polypill’ reduces risk for heart attack, stroke by up to 40%, study finds

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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A so-called "polypill" that combines three blood pressure medications and a cholesterol-lowering drug, when taken with aspirin, reduces risk for heart attack or stroke by up to 40%, according to a study published Friday by the New England Journal of Medicine. Taken alone, the combination drug -- which is not available in the United States -- lowers a person's risk for heart attack or stroke, as well as the need for angioplasty or other types of heart surgery, by 20%, the data showed. Advertisement When administered with aspirin -- with its proven ability to prevent heart attacks by stopping blood clots -- the combination works to decrease the risk for these cardiovascular events by twice as much as without it, the researchers said. "Studies of polypills, now including our...
Stroke consultant shortage ‘hurtling towards crisis’

Stroke consultant shortage ‘hurtling towards crisis’

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Almost half of hospitals have a shortage of specialist stroke consultants, new figures suggest. One charity fears "thousands of lives" will be put at risk unless action is taken, with others facing the threat of a lifelong disability.In 2016, Alison Brown had what is believed to have been at least one minor stroke.But non-specialist doctors at different hospitals repeatedly told her she did not have a serious health condition. One even described it as an ear infection."I kept telling my dad, 'If I don't wake up, I love you,' because I knew there was something wrong," she tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, having left hospital in a wheelchair.Ten months later, aged 34, she had a bilateral artery dissection - a common c...
Long naps and sleeping nine hours a night could raise stroke risk

Long naps and sleeping nine hours a night could raise stroke risk

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People who sleep more than nine hours a night, or have long daytime naps have an increased risk of stroke, according to new research.The Chinese study, published in the journal Neurology, examined the sleep habits of 31,750 healthy adults, with an average age of 61.7 years, over a six-year period. In that time there were 1,438 definite and 119 probable stroke cases.Those who said they had slept nine or more hours a night were 23% more likely to go on to have a stroke than people who slept seven to less than eight hours per night.Regular daytime nappers who slept for more than 90 minutes were 25% more likely to later have a stroke than people who napped for under half an hour. Advertisement People who w...
Vegans and vegetarians may have higher stroke risk

Vegans and vegetarians may have higher stroke risk

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People who eat vegan and vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease and a higher risk of stroke, a major study suggests.They had 10 fewer cases of heart disease and three more strokes per 1,000 people compared with the meat-eaters.The research, published in the British Medical Journal, looked at 48,000 people for up to 18 years.However, it cannot prove whether the effect is down to their diet or some other aspect of their lifestyle.Diet experts said, whatever people's dietary choice, eating a wide range of foods was best for their health.What does this study add?It analyses data from the EPIC-Oxford study, a major long-term research project looking at diet and health.Half of participants, recruited between 1993 and 2001, were meat-eaters, just ov...