• Excess levels of heavy metals in bloodstream confer higher cholesterol

    1 month ago - By Healio

    CHICAGO - Adults with high levels of lead and other heavy metals in their blood had greater odds of having high LDL or total cholesterol, researchers reported at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.
    “We decided to go ahead with the study because there is evidence that these heavy metals increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and we wanted to find out possible mechanism(s),” Olajide Buhari, MD, internal medicine resident at Jacobi Medical Center in New York, told Cardiology Today. “This finding seems to increase our awareness about the effect toxic
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  • Energy drinks worsen blood vessel function

    1 month ago - By Healio

    CHICAGO - Young, healthy adults experienced impaired endothelial function less than 2 hours after consuming one energy drink, according to data presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.
    At baseline, endothelium-dependent flow-mediated dilatation as measured by high-resolution ultrasound was 5.1% in 44 healthy medical students. At 90 minutes after consuming a 24-oz energy drink , flow-mediated dilatation decreased to 2.8% .
    Before the beginning of the study, participants underwent a BP and pulse
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  • New physical activity guidelines encourage movement ‘anytime, anywhere'

    1 month ago - By Healio

    CHICAGO - At the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, HHS released the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which provides new recommendations for children and adolescents aged 3 years through 17 years.
    “This edition tells us that it's easier to achieve the recommendations in the physical activity guidelines,” Brett P. Giroir, MD, assistant secretary for health for HHS, said during a press conference. “As opposed to everything being harder and harder, it is actually easier to achieve the recommendations in the physical
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  • Top cardiology stories: Highlights from American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

    1 month ago - By Healio

    This week, meeting news from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions were the most-read stories in cardiology. Coverage of the meeting highlighted methods to improve CVD prevention, CV care and issues affecting patients and providers. New cholesterol guidelines that emphasized novel medications and more personalized risk calculation were also presented at the meeting.
    Presentations featured several clinical trials. Findings from these trials demonstrated that icosapent ethyl reduces ischemic events in high-risk patients, dapagliflozin reduces heart failure hospitalization in
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