Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

January 15, 2018

Source: BBC Health News

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  The study, published in the journal Circulation, analysed the hearts of 53 adults aged 45-64 who were healthy but had no history of exercising regularly.

Research has shown that sedentary behaviours – such as sitting or reclining for long periods of time – increase the risk of heart disease.

The study’s participants were divided into two groups, with one following an aerobic exercise routine that progressed in intensity over the two years and another doing yoga, balance training and weight training three times a week, also for two years.

The aerobic exercise group showed an 18% improvement in their maximum oxygen intake during exercise and a more than 25% improvement in “plasticity” in the left ventricular muscle of the heart – both markers of a healthier heart.

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New service to prevent heart attacks across Yorkshire

December 22, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: December 2017

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In a nutshell: A ground breaking partnership between NHS England and the British Heart Foundation could prevent hundreds of heart attacks across Yorkshire each year by identifying people with genetically high cholesterol.

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Tips for a healthy heart

December 22, 2017

Source: UK Health Forum

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Date of publication: November 2017

Publication type: Toolkit

In a nutshell: The College of Contemporary Health have produced this toolkit to highlight how to maintain a heart healthy.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Statins cut heart deaths in men by 28%, study finds

November 7, 2017

Source: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: September 2017

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In a nutshell: “Statins cut the risk of dying from heart disease by 28% among men, according to the longest study of its kind,” The Guardian reports.

Statins help reduce the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol”, in the blood. This in turn helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Current UK guidelines recommend that people with a 1 in 10 chance of developing CVD at some point in the next 10 years should be offered statins.

The results of this new analysis led the researchers to conclude that more people with high cholesterol should be offered statins.

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Scan could help prevent deadly heart failure in cancer patients

November 7, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: High-tech scanning techniques could reveal whether chemotherapy is damaging a person’s heart before any symptoms appear, according to research we’ve funded presented at the Global Cardio-oncology Summit in London.

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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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Statins cut heart deaths in men by 28%, study finds

September 8, 2017

Source: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: August 2017

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In a nutshell: Current UK guidelines recommend that people with a 1 in 10 chance of developing CVD at some point in the next 10 years should be offered statins. The researchers say men who took statins during the trial period were about 25% less likely to get heart disease or have a major event like a heart attack or stroke during the trial, and in the 20 years afterwards.  The results of this new analysis led the researchers to conclude that more people with high cholesterol should be offered statins.

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Acknowledgement: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines