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June 26, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
Experts expect that 400,000 or more U.S. veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will suffer from PTSD at some point. A new study suggests that they'll have more to worry about than a debilitating psychiatric condition - they could also be at much greater risk for heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death. In research published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, scientists studying a group of male twins who served in the military during the Vietnam era - 1964 to 1975 - found that a diagnosis of PTSD more than doubled the likelihood that they would go on to develop heart disease.
September 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
Antibiotics failed to ward off heart trouble in the biggest study yet to test the theory that low-level infections play a major role in triggering heart attacks. The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., involved 7,722 heart attack patients from North America, Europe, Argentina and India. Taking antibiotics failed to reduce their risk of death or further heart trouble over two years, the researchers found.
October 13, 1986 | From United Press International
Hal Mason, the creator of the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Mr. Clean, and other animated characters, is dead at age 69. Mason, who died Friday of heart trouble, was a 50-year veteran of the entertainment industry, having worked as a producer, director, writer and animator. He worked with cartoon producer Walter Lantz on Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda and Oswald Rabbit. In 1982, Mason wrote the "Chipmunks Christmas" television special.
August 26, 1999
Either three hours of brisk walking per week or half that time spent working up a sweat at jogging, aerobic dance or other vigorous exercise reduced the risk of heart disease 35% to 40% in a study of 72,488 women, according to Massachusetts researchers. The study also suggests it's never too late to start: Women who were couch potatoes when the eight-year study began reduced their risk of heart trouble by about the same amount as those who were active from the start.
November 12, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
A 25-year study of coffee users found that people who drink five or more cups a day have almost three times the risk of heart problems as non-coffee drinkers, researchers say. In a study of 1,130 white male graduates of Johns Hopkins Medical School between 1948 and 1964, the risk of heart trouble was 2.8 times higher for heavy coffee drinkers, the researchers said. Even when other risk factors--smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and age--are considered, there is a 2.
Stock-car champion Dean Roper died when a blood clot in a coronary artery caused his heart to stop during a dirt-track race Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, officials said Monday. The death of Roper, 62, who had a history of heart trouble, came 10 months after his son, Tony, died in a NASCAR truck-series race in Texas. Dean Roper crashed his Ford Taurus into an inside retaining wall on the front straightaway during Lap 17 of the 100-lap ARCA event at the fairgrounds.
December 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Neurotic people are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, and being extroverted seems to protect people from dying from respiratory illness, U.K. researchers report based on a study they conducted. Neuroticism -- a proclivity toward worry and emotional ups and downs -- is related to anxiety and depression, which could help explain the relationship with heart trouble, say Beverly A. Shipley of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and colleagues in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
October 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
Philadelphia Eagle defensive end Jerome McDougle did not practice Friday because of an irregular heartbeat and was doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Trainer Rick Burkholder said McDougle complained after Thursday's practice of feeling lightheaded, shortness of breath and upper respiratory infection symptoms. The Eagles sent him to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.
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