Study suggests people who have had heart attacks and are overweight could live longer than healthy people

June 11, 2015

Source: The Independent

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Date of publication: June 2015

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In a nutshell: The findings from a study carried out by University of Oxford, indicate that the body fat of a person can be beneficial when having a heart attack or stroke. This due to the series of chemicals released from certain body fats in the event of a heart attack or stroke. The release of these chemicals is in response to warnings which are sent out by the heart and surrounding arteries.

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Acknowledgement: Health Forum UK

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Depression associated with 5-fold increased mortality risk in heart failure patients

June 11, 2015

Source: European Society of Cardiology

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Date of publication: May 2015

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In a nutshell:  Moderate to severe depression is associated with a 5-fold increased risk of all cause mortality in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2015. The results from OPERA-HF show that risk was independent of comorbidities and severity of heart failure. Patients who were not depressed had an 80% lower mortality risk.

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Acknowledgement: European Society of Cardiology


All forms of smoking are bad for the heart

June 11, 2015

Source: European Society of Cardiology

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Date of publication: May 2015

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In a nutshell:  Smoking of all types is still, without any competition, the strongest risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It beats everything. There has been a lot of research over the past 2-3 years which makes us very clear that all tobacco use, including the waterpipe, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, is simply not good for your health” said ESC prevention spokesperson Professor Joep Perk

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Acknowledgement: European Society of Cardiology


Cancer overtakes cardiovascular disease as UK’s No 1 killer – but only among men

June 11, 2015

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: June 2015

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In a nutshell:  Cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, as the UK’s No 1 killer – but only among men, reveals research published online in the journal Heart.  Cardiovascular disease is still the most common cause of death among women, and kills more young women than breast cancer, the figures show.

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One in five people will develop heart failure. Many cases of heart failure are preventable with healthy lifestyles

June 11, 2015

Source: European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

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Date of publication: May 2015

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In a nutshell:  One person in five is expected to develop heart failure in developed countries, a disease with no cure but which is largely preventable.  It feels as if every breath in and out is through a narrow straw.  The Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is calling for greater public awareness of heart failure symptoms

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Acknowledgement: European Society of Cardiology (ESC)


Palm ‘holds secrets of future health’

June 11, 2015

Source: The Lancet

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Date of publication: May 2015

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In a nutshell:  The chances of having a heart attack, stroke or dying young may be hidden in the palm of the hand, a study suggests.  A trial on nearly 140,000 people in 14 countries, published in the Lancet, suggests grip strength is better than blood pressure at predicting risk.

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Acknowledgement: BBC Health News


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