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March 23, 2009 | Karen Kaplan
Anxiety, depression and stress over work and the economy are all unhealthful in their own right; they're also hard on the ticker. Some of the evidence: Depression, anxiety, chronic life stress and blood pressure all raise the risk of cardiovascular disease. Job pressure and excessive work hours were linked to smoking in men in a study of 1,101 Australian workers. A 33% to 40% increase in systolic blood pressure was reported among white-collar Canadian workers with high levels of cumulative work stress.
January 24, 1999 | Associated Press
Although nuclear warheads and heart disease might seem to have little in common, they came together in the coining of the phrase "vulnerable plaque." "I started using the phrase 'vulnerable plaque' in the early '90s," says Dr. James Muller of the University of Kentucky, and he first mentioned it in print in an editorial in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
August 23, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The best path to a clogged heart may sometimes be through the wrist. About a million artery-clearing angioplasties are performed in the United States each year, and the usual route is a tube to the heart threaded through an artery in the groin. Now a major study shows that going through the wrist instead can significantly lower the risk of bleeding -- without the discomfort of lying flat for hours while the incision site seals. Just 1 in 100 angioplasties is done via the wrist, and the approach isn't for everyone.
May 3, 1998 | Reuters
People who think they have healthy levels of cholesterol may still be risking heart disease, scientists said Saturday. They said even "normal" levels of blood fats known as triglycerides were high enough to make heart disease likely. So-called normal levels of triglyceride are anywhere between 100 and 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood, a standard measurement of blood.
May 23, 2011 | By Valerie Ulene, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Nobody's perfect. We all have bad habits we just can't seem to shake. Cigarettes have a hold on some people; others can't say no to alcohol, sweets or a life on the couch in front of the television. As much as we may want to make more healthful choices, change is difficult. Even the awareness that our behaviors can harm us often isn't enough to make us mend our ways. Amazingly, people who have already suffered heart trouble, diabetes or other lifestyle-related illnesses —people who intimately know the consequences of their behaviors — often have an especially hard time turning things around.
July 8, 1988 | FLOYD WHALEY, Times Staff Writer
A study by a UC Irvine cardiologist suggests that cocaine users may be at increased risk of heart attacks because the drug directly weakens the heart muscle and causes it to skip beats. In animal experiments conducted with large doses of cocaine, the drug caused heartbeats to weaken and the heart's process of contraction and relaxation to slow, said Dr. Charles Morcos, director of cardiovascular research at UC Irvine.
June 4, 2007 | From Times wire reports
CT scans may be able to replace more invasive techniques to check whether heart devices called stents have become overgrown and need clearing, Dutch researchers reported last week. Stents are tiny wire-mesh tubes inserted into clogged arteries. In some cases, especially with older metal stents, the devices can themselves become clogged with scar tissue. Dr.
March 24, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange
A stress test can help detect heart disease before a heart attack occurs, but not everyone can do the required exercise or tolerate the alternative, a drug that increases blood flow to the heart. Now, German scientists have shown that an experimental type of MRI can spot trouble without the stress. The MRI, called BOLD (blood oxygenation level-dependent), shows the amount of oxygen-depleted blood in the heart muscle.
March 23, 2010
Cardiac rehab and seniors The American Assn. of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation reports that: • There are an estimated 2,500 cardiac rehabilitation programs across the country. • About 1,000 programs have received professional certification. • Programs typically provide an individualized exercise plan and education and counseling about diet, risk reduction and disease management. • Medicare will pay for 36 sessions for eligible seniors. It does not pay for cardiac rehabilitation for patients who have congestive heart failure.
August 23, 2004 | From Reuters
Stress tests aimed at detecting blocked arteries in patients might miss more than half the cases of early heart disease, U.S. researchers reported last week. Scientists found that 56% of patients who breezed through their stress tests in fact had significant hardening of the arteries and needed treatment.
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