Our featured research news in 2008 looked at new treatment approaches, prevention strategies, drug research, and changes in medical care. The studies also reflected the changes in medical industry to decrease unnecessary costs without cutting care. Here is a quick recap on heart health research featured from 2008.
Heart Health News
Heart disease remains the number one killer of men and women. The research highlighted in the research news focused on decreasing the risk factors like
high blood pressure
and finding and refining lifestyle changes that can make a difference.
New information was released about drug combinations:
study published in May
reviewed the potential of combining well-known high blood pressure medications, ACE-inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers. The combination was no better than the single drug in preventing further illness or death. The study also suggested the combination may have some additional kidney risks.
More studies have supported that changing our habits can lead to better heart health.
Long periods of sitting at our desks, more than 2-3 hours at a time,
may increase the risk
of blood clots.
may increase blood pressure
for women over aged 45. Rates of blood pressure increased as the amount of consumed red meat increased.
can help men reduce
their cholesterol levels according to a study that had men walk for 12 weeks, aiming to use 300 calories on each walk.
A clash of technology was also discovered. The popular MP3 and iPod player headphones may cause
interference with heart devices
like implanted defibrillators or pacemakers when less than 1.2 inches (3 cm) away.
How Does This Affect You?
Many factors of heart disease can be prevented or managed through a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and keeping a healthy weight. If you have a risk factor like high blood pressure or high cholesterol, work closely with your doctor to manage the condition and decrease your risk of further heart problems.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a