Posted 2:00 PM 3/22/2013 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- If physicians think their own fitness is important, chances are they'll advise exercise for their patients too, a new study finds.
The research found that physically fit doctors were more likely to push for physical activity in patients than inactive (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 3/21/2013 by By Kathleen Doheny
THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Those convenient, prepackaged meals and snacks for toddlers may contain worrisome levels of salt, U.S. researchers report.
More than three quarters of 90 toddler meals evaluated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were high in (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 3/19/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety and depression coupled with heart disease triples the risk of death compared to cardiac trouble alone, researchers have found.
Among heart patients, anxiety can double the risk of dying from any cause, the study authors noted, and depression (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 3/18/2013 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- Does a common test of blood pressure in the ankle help gauge heart disease risk for adults without any symptoms? A new government-appointed panel says there's just not enough evidence to say yes or no on the issue at this time.
In a statement issued (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 3/15/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
FRIDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans who take vitamin D supplements may significantly lower their blood pressure, a new study suggests.
"Compared with other races, blacks in the United States are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency and more likely to have high blood (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 3/14/2013 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- Large day-to-day blood pressure changes in blacks with kidney disease are associated with an increased risk of premature death, a new study suggests.
The findings emphasize the importance of routine blood pressure checks in kidney disease patients and (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 3/13/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Flu vaccines protect people by activating white blood cells that, in turn, boost the development of antibodies to the flu, a new study suggests.
The finding may lead to more effective vaccines -- especially for people whose immune system isn't robust (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 3/12/2013 by By E.J. Mundell
TUESDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test conducted annually in your primary care doctor's office might be a first step in preventing heart failure, a new study suggests.
The next steps include getting a diagnostic echocardiogram and then receiving coordinated care between (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 3/11/2013 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, March 11 (HealthDay News) -- Non-emergency coronary angioplasty is as safe and effective at hospitals with no on-site heart surgery services as it is at hospitals that have such services, according to a new study.
Coronary angioplasty is a procedure to (More)
Posted 8:00 PM 3/10/2013 by By E.J. Mundell
SUNDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Unwrapping the mysteries of the leading killer of modern-day humans, researchers have found evidence of heart disease in ancient mummies from around the globe.
The study also questions assumptions about what causes the illness, since it seems to have (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 3/9/2013 by Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, March 9 (HealthDay News) -- Combining the vitamin niacin with a cholesterol-lowering statin drug appears to offer patients no benefit and may also increase side effects, a new study indicates.
It's a disappointing result from the largest-ever study of niacin for heart patients (More)
Posted 5:00 AM 3/8/2013 by Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- A cardiac stress test is designed to measure how well your heart is able to perform when it is under physical stress. It also is used to help diagnose heart problems.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute lists these reasons why you may need a stress test:(More)...
Posted 10:00 AM 3/7/2013 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- The more you're exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, the more likely you are to develop early signs of heart disease, a new study indicates.
The findings suggest that exposure to secondhand smoke may be more dangerous than previously thought, according (More)