One in 10 men aged 50 ‘have the heart of a 60-year-old’

November 7, 2017

Source: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: “One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are,” BBC News reports. This is the finding of an analysis of 1.2 million people who used the NHS Heart Age Test.

The principle behind the test is that you can “age” your heart through unhealthy behaviour such as smoking and being obese.

Underlying conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which often have no noticeable symptoms, can also age the heart.

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Acknowledgement: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines

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High BMI and blood pressure create a heavy heart

November 7, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Being overweight or obese creates damaging changes to the structure of the heart, according to new research we’ve part-funded published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE today. The new research uses UK Biobank data to reveal – for the first time – the direct damage that carrying extra weight has on the heart’s weight and size, and implicates a range of other modifiable risk factors including high blood pressure.

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Fatty plaques build up at bends and branches of arteries

November 7, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell:  The fatty plaques responsible for heart attack and stroke are most likely to build up at the branches and bends of blood vessels, according to new research funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the journal ATVB.

Researchers based at the University of Sheffield have shown that the twists, turns and branches in our arteries create complex flow patterns that increase the risk of atherosclerosis – the build-up of fatty plaques in blood vessels, which causes most heart attacks and strokes – and the hardening of the blood vessels.

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Acknowledgement:   British Heart Foundation


Record numbers of hospital visits by women with heart disease and stroke

September 8, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: September 2017

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In a nutshell: Women visiting hospital with CVD has surged by almost 100,000 in just ten years, and continues to rise, according to new analysis.

Latest figures show that the number of hospital visits by women with CVD in England – which includes heart disease and stroke – reached 642,000 for 2015/16, an increase of 93,000 on the number ten years ago (549,000).

The number of hospital visits by women with CVD has grown by 50% in the 20 years since it hit 420,000 in 1995. And the number has more than doubled since the early 1980s when it was less than 250,000.

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Scientists to create computer models to study deadly heart condition

September 8, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Scientists at the University of Oxford are to develop computer models of the human heart to better understand a deadly inherited heart condition.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the main cause of sudden cardiac death in children and young adults. About 1 in 500 of the UK population has the condition, although most people who have it have few, if any, symptoms.

HCM affects both the muscle structure and electrical function of the heart, but how those factors combine to increase the risk of abnormal heart rhythms and sudden death is not known.

To better understand that relationship, Dr Alfonso Bueno-Orovio has been awarded £542,000 by us to take up a prestigious Intermediate Fellowship. He will collaborate with experts working in computer science, laboratories and clinics to construct computer models of the human heart in HCM. These can then be used to run simulations of how the disease causes dangerous heart rhythms.

This research could reveal more about the mechanisms behind HCM, and highlight new ways to diagnose and treat people who are at most risk of sudden cardiac death.

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Going to university may cut your risk of heart disease

September 8, 2017

Source: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: September 2017

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In a nutshell: A new gene study found people with genes associated with spending longer in education had around a 33% reduced risk of developing heart disease.

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Tenth of men aged 50 ‘have heart age 10 years older’

September 8, 2017

Source: BBC Health News

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Date of publication: September 2017

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In a nutshell: One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are, heightening their risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke, a study suggests.  The Public Health England analysis is based on responses from 1.2 million people to its Heart Age Test – 33,000 of whom were men aged 50.

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Acknowledgement:  BBC Health News