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Are You At Risk for Heart Disease? Heart Disease Heart disease, also called “cardiovascular disease,” is the leading cause of death in the United States. This broad term encompasses a wide range of cardiovascular problems: everything from coronary artery disease and arrhythmia (heart rhythm abnormalities) to atherosclerosis (hardening of the…

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For Cardiac Patients, Working Harder Is Smarter For seniors recovering from a heart attack, a surprising new finding: Quick bursts of activity actually may be better than slow and steady exercise. Normally, doctors frown on cardiac patients doing any sort of activity that spikes their heart rates. But researchers at…

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Abnormal liver tests are common in elderly people, new research shows. Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom studied 13,276 patients over the age of 75 for seven years, according to the August issue of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. They found that one in six had at least…

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Early-morning Cigarettes Raise Cancer Risk, Research Says Lighting up a cigarette first thing in the morning may increase the risk of lung, head and neck cancers, according to new research. Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine found that smokers who lit up within a half-hour of waking were at…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Raises Risk of Heart Disease Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new report in Arthritis Research & Therapy. Researchers from the Institution of Public Health and Clinical Medicine/Rheumatology, University Hospital in Sweden, followed more than 400 people with RA for five years…

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Heart Fat Predicts Hardened Arteries Better than Belly Fat Unseen fat deposits hidden around the heart may contribute more to the potentially deadly hardening of arteries than visible body fat, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. The National Institutes of Health researchers asked 183 people with an average age…

Experts Question the Effectiveness of Popular Prescription Meds

Are your loved one’s medications doing what they’re supposed to do? New research casts doubt on the effectiveness of two commonly-prescribed senior medications: beta blockers and anti-depressants. Beta-blockers may not be beneficial Often given to people with heart disease as well as those who have experienced cardiac events, such as…

Managing Multiple Health Problems

Many older adults have more than one health problem. In fact, more than half of all adults 65 and older have three or more ongoing health problems. Heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, or high blood pressure are some examples of these health problems Taking care of older adults with multiple health…

Chest Pain, Angina, Heart Disease and Your Heart’s Early Warning System

Chest pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor, and with good reason—it could signal a heart attack. However, 70% of doctor visits for chest pain result in a much milder diagnosis, such as indigestion or a pulled muscle, not heart disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with angina—and nearly10…

Overview of Heart Disease

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The term “heart disease” can be used to describe any disorder of the cardiovascular system (i.e., the heart and blood vessels) that affects the heart’s ability to function normally. Heart disease is also called cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease (CHD), and coronary artery disease. Heart disease is a major cause…