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Bed time is the best time to take blood pressure medication. Largest study finds greater reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease and death from bedtime rather than morning medication

People with high blood pressure who take all their anti-hypertensive medication in one go at bedtime have better controlled blood pressure and a significantly lower risk of death or illness caused by heart or blood vessel problems, compared to those … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Paclitaxel-coated devices are safe for unblocking arteries in lower limbs: results from largest group of patients in the ‘real world’

Devices coated with a drug called paclitaxel that are used for widening blocked arteries in legs and feet are safe and not linked to an increase in deaths, according to a study of nearly 65,000 patients, published in the European … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Cardiovascular disease patients benefit more from exercise than healthy people

A study of nearly half a million people has found for the first time that those with heart or blood vessel problems benefit more from having a physically active lifestyle than do healthy people without cardiovascular disease (CVD). Increased physical … Continue reading

Published Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at 8:10 am
Posted in Cardiology

Increased risk of cardiovascular disease for healthy 75-year-olds who stop taking statins

Statins are known to reduce the risk of further problems in patients of any age who have already suffered heart problems or stroke. However, until now it has not been clear how effective their use is in preventing such events … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Pear-shaped is better for postmenopausal women, even if they are normal weight

Postmenopausal women who are “apple” shaped rather than “pear” shaped are at greater risk of heart and blood vessel problems, even if they have a normal, healthy body mass index (BMI) according to new research. In fact, the study, which … Continue reading

Published Monday, July 1st, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Atrial fibrillation linked to increased risk of dementia, even in stroke-free patients

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is linked to an increased risk of dementia, even in people who have not suffered a stroke, according to the largest study to investigate the association in an elderly population. In addition, the study, which is published … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Excess weight and body fat cause cardiovascular disease

Excess weight and body fat cause a range of heart and blood vessel diseases, according to the first study to investigate this using a method called Mendelian randomisation. In particular, the study published in the European Heart Journal [1], shows … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Women are less likely to be resuscitated and survive a cardiac arrest than men

Women who have a cardiac arrest outside the hospital setting are less likely to receive resuscitation from bystanders and more likely to die than men, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. The researchers, led by … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Antibiotic use linked to greater risk of heart attack and stroke in women

Women who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, according to research carried out in nearly 36,500 women. The study, published in the European Heart Journal [1], found that women … Continue reading

Published Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Air pollution causes 800,000 extra deaths a year in Europe and 8.8 million worldwide

Air pollution could be causing double the number of excess deaths a year in Europe than has been estimated previously, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal [1]. Using a new method of modelling the effects of … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 10:00 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology, Respiratory
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