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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cardiovascular Research:African-Americans with depression more likely to have strokes, heart attack ♦ Link between air pollution, heart disease confirmed

African-Americans with depression more likely to have strokes, heart attack Major depressive symptoms -- perceived stress, neuroticism, life dissatisfaction -- are associated with nearly twice the increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease among African-Americans. African-Americans with depressive symptoms suffered more chronic conditions, exercised less, and had lower levels of education and income.
Social and practical barriers keep HF patients from benefits of exercise therapy Lack of social support and barriers to exercise (such as lack of transportation) reduce the amount of time heart-failure patients exercise. Assessing and eliminating barriers to exercise may reduce hospitalizations and heart disease deaths in people with heart failure.
Link between air pollution, heart disease confirmed A link between higher levels of a specific kind of air pollution in major urban areas and an increase in cardiovascular-related hospitalizations such as for heart attacks in people 65 and older has been uncovered by scientists.
Speaking multiple languages linked to better cognitive functions after stroke Bilingual patients were twice as likely as those who spoke one language to have normal cognitive function after a stroke. Bilingual patients performed better than single language patients on attention, information retrieval and organization.

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