Processed meats and ready meals ‘still too high in salt’

December 21, 2018

Source: BBC Health news

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Date of publication: December 2018

Publication type: News

In a nutshell: There is still too much salt in processed meats such as sausages and bacon and ready meals, a Public Health England report suggests.

The groups of foods were among those that met none of the average salt targets set by PHE in 2014.

But some other foods, including breakfast cereals, baked beans and pizzas, did meet the voluntary targets.

The meat industry insisted it was “playing its part” in reducing salt in its products.

Too much salt can raise your blood pressure, which puts you at increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Smoking and alcohol affect teenagers’ artery health

December 21, 2018

Source: NHS Health news

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Date of publication: 2018

Publication type: News

In a nutshell: “Teenagers who drink [alcohol] and smoke even moderate amounts can suffer stiffening arteries by the age of 17, a new study has found”.

Stiffening of the arteries doesn’t usually cause any noticeable symptoms, but is a possible indicator of future vascular problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

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High blood pressure smoking and diabetes increase heart attack risk more in women than in men

December 21, 2018

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Date of publication: November 2018

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: A study published in the BMJ reveals some risk factors have a greater impact on heart attack risk in women than they do in men.

Overall, men are at greater risk of heart attack than women, but several studies have suggested that certain risk factors have more of an impact on the risk in women than in men. To look more closely at this association, researchers at Oxford University looked at data on almost half a million people enrolled in the UK Biobank – a database of biological information from British adults. The 471,998 people had no history of cardiovascular disease, were aged 40 to 69 years and 56% of them were women.

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Acknowledgement:   British Heart Foundation


New research at the University of Manchester identifies two genes linked to a serious congenital heart condition

December 21, 2018

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: November 2018

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Scientists at the University of Manchester have published a paper showing for the first time, the possible genetic causes of a serious congenital heart condition, Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF).

People born with ToF have four specific structural abnormalities in the heart, which mean they often have to undergo open heart surgery early in life. Many patients will have several surgeries and procedures throughout their lifetime. ToF is a very complex congenital heart condition, and in the majority of cases the cause is unknown.

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More than half of female heart patients missing out on life saving aftercare

December 21, 2018

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: December 2018

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In a nutshell: An analysis of figures in our annual National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR) report has revealed that in England only 43% of women eligible for cardiac rehab take it up, compared to 53% of men.

Perhaps even more troubling is the direction in which these figures are moving, with the gap widening. In the last NACR report, published this January, 44% of eligible women took part in cardiac rehab, compared to 52% of eligible men.

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Higher statins dose and proper adherence would prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes

December 21, 2018

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: December 2018

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Researchers, from Imperial College London and the University of Leicester, estimate that 12,000 cardiovascular events including heart attacks and strokes would be averted with higher dose prescriptions and greater adherence to stain treatment.

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Acknowledgement:   British Heart Foundation