(Reuters Health) - Heart disease death rates vary substantially at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide, and a new study suggests that this holds true not just for hospitalized patients but also for outpatients. Previous research has long documented differences in death rates at hospitals across the U.S., not just at VA facilities, often focusing on deaths among hospitalized patients or within a month after discharge. The current study, however, offers fresh insight by looking at combined mortality rates for inpatient and outpatient care. Researchers studied 930,079 veterans with heart disease and 348,015 with congestive heart failure who received care at 138 VA health systems nationwide from 2010 to 2014. At the various locations, annual death rates for heart disease ranged from a low of 5.5 percent to a high of 9.4 percent, while mortality rates for congestive heart failure ranged from 11.1 percent to 18.9 percent, researchers calculated. “The quality of care for chronic … [Read more...] about VA health systems vary widely in heart disease death rates
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Story highlights Adults who ate an egg a day had a 26% lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke than those who avoided eggs Daily egg eaters also had an 18% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (CNN)Eating an egg a day may lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, a study of more than 400,000 adults in China suggests. Daily egg eaters had an 18% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, which manifests as heart attacks and strokes, compared with adults who avoided eggs, according to the research published Monday in the journal Heart. Commonly called heart disease, cardiovascular disease includes heart failure, arrhythmias and heart valve problems in addition to strokes and attacks. Raised blood pressure, carrying too much weight or obesity, and elevated blood sugar all contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease, which is triggered by unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking and harmful use of alcohol. 'Controversial' nutrition source In the past, … [Read more...] about Are eggs the new heart food?
By Nicoletta Lanese | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: April 11, 2018 at 1:38 pm | UPDATED: April 11, 2018 at 1:54 pm Wildfire smoke is bad for your lungs, but now scientists say it may be just as bad for your heart. As rising global temperatures spark more and more intense fires, a new study out of UC San Francisco suggests smoke may rise as an even bigger problem for cardiovascular health in California — especially among its senior citizens. “We think about smoking cigarettes as being related to heart disease in medical school,” said Zachary Wettstein, a graduating medical student at UC San Francisco and lead author of the study. “But it’s not a connection physicians typically make with air pollution in general.” The research published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association comes as Californians are coping with some of the deadliest and destructive wildfire seasons in state history — and it … [Read more...] about Wildfire smoke hurts heart, not just lungs, new study finds
About Liz Seegert Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in NextAvenue.com, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News, the Connecticut Health I-Team and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University and co-produces the HealthCetera podcast. View all posts by Liz Seegert → Image: Geoff Hutchison via Flickr One of the largest analyses of stroke factors ever conducted is providing scientists with new clues to identify stroke mechanisms and potential treatments. Researchers have identified 22 new genetic risk factors, tripling the number of gene regions known to affect stroke risk. By mining an enormous trove of data, a team of international researchers obtained critical new insights into the specific genes, molecular pathways, and cell and tissue types through which the new genetic risk factors cause a stroke. They found that the … [Read more...] about Researchers identify new genetic stroke risk factors
A new study brings some concerning news for the millions of us who experience migraine attacks; scientists found that migraine may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Based on these findings, the researchers — at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark as well as Stanford University in California — say that migraine should be considered as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Study co-author Henrik Toft Sørensen, from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University Hospital, and colleagues recently reported their results in The BMJ. As the Migraine Research Foundation point out, migraine is "not just a bad headache." Instead, it is a debilitating condition characterized by a recurring, severe pain on one or both sides of the head. Migraine may also be accompanied by other symptoms, including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and visual problems. When visual or other sensory problems … [Read more...] about Migraine a ‘risk factor’ for cardiovascular disease