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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cardiovascular Research: Air pollution increased deaths from heart disease ♦ Beta-blockers promote heart muscle cell survival following a heart attack

'Life's Simple 7' and diabetes care program reduce risk of heart failure One in four middle-aged adults who survive to age 85 will develop heart failure. Intervention programs to improve lifestyles are widely advocated, but do they actually work? Investigators in the US and Taiwan independently examined programs that may reduce cardiovascular risk and concluded that both programs will reduce lifetime risk of heart failure.
Beta-blockers promote heart muscle cell survival following a heart attack A commonly prescribed drug for heart disease may do more good than previously thought. Researchers have found that beta-blockers may prevent further cell death following a heart attack and that could lead to better longer term patient outcomes.
Popular hypertension drugs linked to worse heart health in blacks compared to whites Drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks and strokes, are associated with significantly worse cardiovascular outcomes in hypertensive African Americans compared to whites.
Link between air pollution, increased deaths and increased deaths from heart disease affirmed In what is believed to be the largest, most detailed study of its kind in the United States, scientists have confirmed that tiny chemical particles in the air we breathe are linked to an overall increase in risk of early death.
Blacks in all socioeconomic groups have poorer outcomes after heart attack Low socioeconomic blacks and whites have poorer outcomes after a heart attack. Blacks with high socioeconomic status had shorter life expectancy after a heart attack compared to whites

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