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Top ten leading causes of death in the US

Top ten leading causes of death in the US

Heart disease and cancer were the top two causes of death for both females and males in 2015. The other leading causes varied in rank by sex. These 10 leading causes of death accounted for approximately three-quarters of all deaths.

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News WASHINGTON — For the first time, research shows that a pricey new medication called Repatha not only dramatically lowers LDL cholesterol, the “bad cholesterol,” it also reduces patients’ risk of dying or being hospitalized. Repatha, a man-made antibody also known as evolocumab, cut the combined risk of heart attack, […]

March 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dilated cardiomyopathy: the disease that killed George Michael – explained

Dilated cardiomyopathy: the disease that killed George Michael – explained

By Charles Redwood, Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Biochemistry University of Oxford, Oxford, England An Oxfordshire coroner recently announced that George Michael died of natural causes. The post-mortem examination revealed that the singer suffered from a number of health problems, including dilated cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of the heart muscle. Up to half of […]

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Popular charity heart screenings for teens may cause more problems than they solve

Popular charity heart screenings for teens may cause more problems than they solve

By Mary Chris Jaklevic Kaiser Health News Dozens of not-for-profit organizations have formed in the past decade to promote free or low-cost heart screenings for teens. These groups often claim such tests save lives by finding abnormalities that might pose a risk of sudden cardiac death. But the efforts are raising concerns. There’s no evidence […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Controlling cholesterol with statins – Tips from the FDA

Controlling cholesterol with statins – Tips from the FDA

From the US Food and Drug Administration You go to the gym faithfully, and try to watch your diet. But after your annual physical, you find out that your blood cholesterol is surprisingly high. Your doctor calls you back to discuss taking a medication known as a statin. Tips for Consumers Whether you’re taking a […]

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Heart Failure: If properly managed, this common condition isn’t a life changer

Heart Failure: If properly managed, this common condition isn’t a life changer

By Sara Weiss, MD Cardiologist and Heart Failure Specialist Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center According to the American Heart Association’s latest statistics, it affects 6.5 million Americans and is projected to increase 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with the malady. Unfortunately, though, this common condition was given […]

February 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

  Pay attention to symptoms, seek help immediately if condition warrants By Gordon L. Kritzer, MD, FACC Cardiologists, Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center Since large meals are often part of holiday celebrations, it is easy to over eat when celebrating Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. If, after eating a big […]

February 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
When study cast doubt on heart pill, the drug company turned to Tom Price

When study cast doubt on heart pill, the drug company turned to Tom Price

By Robert Faturechi ProPublica, Jan. 19, 2017 The $3 pill known as BiDil was already a difficult sell when a Georgia-based pharmaceutical company bought the marketing rights a few years ago. A treatment for African Americans suffering from heart failure, BiDil had never really caught on, forcing the drug company that developed it to take […]

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
No safe level of smoking: Even low-intensity smokers are at increased risk of earlier death

No safe level of smoking: Even low-intensity smokers are at increased risk of earlier death

From the National Institutes of Health People who consistently smoked an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetime had a 64 percent higher risk of earlier death than never smokers, and those who smoked between one and 10 cigarettes a day had an 87 percent higher risk of earlier death than […]

December 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
People in Africa are living longer but lifestyle diseases are rising

People in Africa are living longer but lifestyle diseases are rising

By Charles Wiysonge Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa Malaria, HIV, pneumonia, and diarrhoea are the leading killers on the African continent, according to a recently released study looking at the burden of diseases across the world. In 1980 the list looked different. Then the leading […]

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More