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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 700,000 people die annually of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease involves the heart and vessels and is the number one killer in the U.S. accounting for nearly 30-percent of all deaths. Cardiovascular disease has a number of forms but the most common are myocardial infarction and angina pectoris which affect the heart itself. There are well known environmental risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease such as smoking, diet, inactivity and increased alcohol use. Heredity also plays a factor in cardiovascular disease since other risk factors like high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol tend to run in families. Cardiovascular disease can be reduced by controlling environmental factors and understanding the genetic factors that put people at greater risk for heart disease.
Novel controlled clinical trial finds Ayurvedic-based well-being program can alter blood-based metabolites

Novel controlled clinical trial finds Ayurvedic-based well-being program can alter blood-based metabolites

In a novel controlled clinical trial, participants in a six-day Ayurvedic-based well-being program that featured a vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga and massages experienced measurable decreases in a set of blood-based metabolites associated with inflammation, cardiovascular disease risk and cholesterol regulation. [More]
MIT biologists unravel lncRNA structure-to-function relationships

MIT biologists unravel lncRNA structure-to-function relationships

Several years ago, biologists discovered a new type of genetic material known as long noncoding RNA. This RNA does not code for proteins and is copied from sections of the genome once believed to be "junk DNA." [More]
Stem cells may be responsible for vascular calcification in patients with kidney disease

Stem cells may be responsible for vascular calcification in patients with kidney disease

Scientists have implicated a type of stem cell in the calcification of blood vessels that is common in patients with chronic kidney disease. [More]
New molecular mechanism may explain pain relieving drug’s diverse benefits

New molecular mechanism may explain pain relieving drug’s diverse benefits

Aspirin's ability to reduce the risk of both cardiovascular disease and colon cancer has been a welcome, yet puzzling, attribute of the pain reliever that has been a mainstay in medicine cabinets for more than 100 years. [More]
Heart specialists to examine benefit of ECG screening for student athletes

Heart specialists to examine benefit of ECG screening for student athletes

UT Southwestern Medical Center heart specialists will study whether electrocardiograms (ECGs) are useful in identifying Texas high school student athletes who are at risk of suffering sudden cardiac death. [More]
Researchers identify potential new way of treating hypertension

Researchers identify potential new way of treating hypertension

Researchers eyeing first new anti-hypertensive drug treatment strategy in more than 15 years. [More]
Oral contraceptive use may be reason for decline in mortality from ovarian cancer worldwide

Oral contraceptive use may be reason for decline in mortality from ovarian cancer worldwide

Deaths from ovarian cancer fell worldwide between 2002 and 2012 and are predicted to continue to decline in the USA, European Union and, though to a smaller degree, in Japan by 2020, according to new research published in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology today (Tuesday). [More]
Philips unveils new products for healthy lifestyle at IFA 2016

Philips unveils new products for healthy lifestyle at IFA 2016

At this year’s Internationale Funkausstellung in Berlin, Germany, Royal Philips today announced a range of new products that empower consumers to stay healthy, live well and enjoy life. [More]
Low levels of diastolic blood pressure linked to heart damage risk

Low levels of diastolic blood pressure linked to heart damage risk

By analyzing medical records gathered over three decades on more than 11,000 Americans participating in a federally funded study, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have more evidence that driving diastolic blood pressure too low is associated with damage to heart tissue. [More]
Devices monitoring sedentary behavior under-represented in wearable tech market, study shows

Devices monitoring sedentary behavior under-represented in wearable tech market, study shows

Sedentary behaviour monitoring is under-represented in the wearable tech market, a new study has found. [More]
Whitehead Institute scientists develop novel method for profiling mitochondrial metabolites

Whitehead Institute scientists develop novel method for profiling mitochondrial metabolites

Whitehead Institute scientists have developed a method to quickly isolate and systematically measure metabolite concentrations within the cellular organelles known as mitochondria, often referred to as the "powerhouses of the cell." [More]
New study finds link between PTSD and metabolic syndrome, cortical thickness

New study finds link between PTSD and metabolic syndrome, cortical thickness

Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of cardiometabolic conditions, may be a biological mechanism linking posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to structural brain abnormalities, according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry. [More]
SAGA funding initiative aims to advance understanding of potential sex differences in Alzheimer's

SAGA funding initiative aims to advance understanding of potential sex differences in Alzheimer's

The first-ever Alzheimer's Association Sex and Gender in Alzheimer's research grant awards will provide $2.2 million to nine projects to advance understanding of the disproportionate effect of Alzheimer's disease on women. [More]
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute offers bioresorbable stent for patients with clogged arteries

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute offers bioresorbable stent for patients with clogged arteries

A heart stent that slowly dissolves into the body is now available for patients with clogged arteries. [More]
CPAP treatment offers no cardiovascular benefit in OSA patients with heart disease risk

CPAP treatment offers no cardiovascular benefit in OSA patients with heart disease risk

More than 3 years of nightly treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine did not reduce cardiovascular risk more than usual care among patients with cardiovascular disease and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). [More]
Long-term exposure to combination of lower LDL-C and SBP can reduce cardiovascular risk

Long-term exposure to combination of lower LDL-C and SBP can reduce cardiovascular risk

Long-term exposure to the combination of even modestly lower LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) and systolic blood pressure (SBP) has the potential to "dramatically reduce" a person's lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease, according to new findings reported at ESC Congress 2016. [More]
PCSK9 inhibitor can reduce need for apheresis treatment in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia

PCSK9 inhibitor can reduce need for apheresis treatment in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia

Patients who have heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH), a condition that causes abnormally raised low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels and premature cardiovascular disease, can significantly reduce or even eliminate their need for expensive and time-consuming apheresis treatments with the PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab. [More]
Mediterranean Diet linked to mortality risk reduction in patients with cardiovascular disease

Mediterranean Diet linked to mortality risk reduction in patients with cardiovascular disease

The Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduced risk of death in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease, according to results from the observational Moli-sani study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. [More]
Risk of motor vehicle accidents increased by 50% in ICD patients

Risk of motor vehicle accidents increased by 50% in ICD patients

The risk of traffic accidents is increased by 50% in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) compared to age and gender matched controls, according to a Danish nationwide registry study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. [More]
Novel activity tracker calculates personalised information about exercise required to reduce CVD risk

Novel activity tracker calculates personalised information about exercise required to reduce CVD risk

A novel activity tracker has been developed that uses heart rate data to personalise the amount of exercise needed to reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The science behind the tracker is presented for the first time today at ESC Congress 2016. [More]
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