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Air pollution and physical exercise: when to do more or less

Physical activity is important in preventing heart and blood vessel disease in young people so long as they don’t undertake very strenuous activity on days when air pollution levels are high, according to a nationwide study of nearly 1.5 million … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Stressed brain linked to broken heart

Heightened activity in the brain, caused by stressful events, is linked to the risk of developing a rare and sometimes fatal heart condition, according to research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. The study found the greater the activity … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Neuroscience

Study suggests wearing a face mask during intense exercise is safe for healthy people

Wearing a protective face mask has only a modest effect on the ability of healthy people to do vigorous exercise, according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal. Researchers carried out detailed testing on breathing, heart activity and … Continue reading

Published Monday, March 8th, 2021 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Damage to the heart found in more than half of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital

Around 50% of patients who have been hospitalised with severe COVID-19 and who show raised levels of a protein called troponin have damage to their hearts. The injury was detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans at least a month … Continue reading

Published Thursday, February 18th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases

People infected with COVID-19 have a higher risk of dying after a cardiac arrest. Women are nine times more likely to die

COVID-19 patients who suffer a cardiac arrest either in or out of hospital are far more likely to die than patients who are not infected with the coronavirus. In particular, women have the highest risk of dying: they are nine … Continue reading

Published Friday, February 5th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases

Metformin may affect risk of breast cancer in women with type 2 diabetes

A study of 44,541 women has found that there appears to be no association between type 2 diabetes and developing breast cancer overall. This may be because most women in the study with type 2 diabetes were taking metformin, a … Continue reading

Published Friday, January 29th, 2021 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology

Rich European countries have higher atrial fibrillation death rates than least wealthy. Women who develop the condition are more likely to die than men

The wealthiest countries in Europe have higher death rates from atrial fibrillation than the least wealthy and these death rates are increasing more rapidly than incidence rates, according to the first analysis of its kind published in the European Heart … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

One small alcoholic drink a day is linked to an increased risk of atrial fibrillation

A study of nearly 108,000 people has found that people who regularly drink a modest amount of alcohol are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation, a condition where the heart beats in an abnormal rhythm. The study, published in the … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Socioeconomic background linked to survival after having a cardiac arrest in hospital

Hospital in-patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to receive prompt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after their hearts stop beating and less likely to survive than patients from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. These are the findings of a new study in … Continue reading

Published Monday, December 21st, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Health of fathers-to-be is linked to risk of pregnancy loss

More than a quarter of pregnancies might be ectopic or end in miscarriage or stillbirth if the father-to-be is unhealthy and has three or more medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. In a … Continue reading

Published Friday, December 18th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Fertility