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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cardiovascular Research: Cardiovascular benefits to testosterone replacement, ♦ Slowing down muscle loss in heart failure patients ♦ Hypertensive patients benefit from acupuncture treatments

Cardiovascular benefits to testosterone replacement, study of 83,000 veterans finds Men whose low testosterone was restored to normal through gels, patches, or injections had a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from any cause, versus similar men who were not treated, a Veterans Affairs database study of more than 83,000 patients found.
Slowing down muscle loss in heart failure patients Whenever cardiac insufficiency or serious heart defects worsen, such deterioration is often associated with a loss of muscular mass and muscular strength. Scientists have now succeeded in identifying the mechanism that underlies this disease, also known as cardiac cachexia. On the basis of these latest findings it may now be possible to influence the processes that strengthen and accelerate protein degradation in the body with the help of certain medications
Updated screening policies could detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms Updating national screening policies could help detect more aortic aneurysms in older men and prevent deaths from this potentially life-threatening condition. Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm in male smokers at age 65 and then all men at age 75 could save more lives with less resources than the current United Kingdom, United States and Europe screening programs.
Hypertensive patients benefit from acupuncture treatments Patients with hypertension treated with acupuncture experienced drops in their blood pressure that lasted up to a month and a half. This work is the first to scientifically confirm that this ancient Chinese practice is beneficial in treating mild to moderate hypertension, and it indicates that regular use could help people control their blood pressure and lessen their risk of stroke and heart disease.

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