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Late-onset asthma linked to increased heart disease, stroke risk

•People diagnosed with asthma as adults may have an increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke. •Cardiovascular risk factors should be closely ...

Are Women in High-Risk Ethnic and Racial Groups Aware of Increased Heart Disease Risk?

New Rochelle, NY — A study of ethnic/racial minority and non-urban women showed significant gaps in knowledge about their increased overall risk ...

Genes responsible for risk of heart attack, stroke and related cardiometabolic diseases identified

Thousands of genes and their interactions across tissues mediating cardiometabolic diseases have been identified. The research, published in Science, is a result of a joint collaboration between the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Tartu University Hospital in Estonia, Karolinska Institutet and SciLifeLab in Sweden, and AstraZeneca. ... Full story

CVD-targeted screening for the “silent killer” AAA shows promise

Targeted screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) based on patients’ cardiovascular health shows promise for improving detection and treatment of this potentially deadly condition, new University of Otago research suggests. ... Full story

Lower mortality with polyunsaturated fat

In a study from Uppsala University, published in the American journal JAMA Cardiology, the fatty acid linoleic acid (Omega 6) in subcutaneous adipose tissue was linked to lower mortality among older men followed over a 15-year period ... Full story

Cost of New Cholesterol Drugs Unsustainable, Says Study

Wide Use of PCSK9 Inhibitors Would Increase US Drug Spending by Nearly 40 Percent ... Full story

Discovery Could Help Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease

Research Team Establishes Biomarkers for the Inherited Blood Disorder ... Full story

Study challenges view that sickle cell trait increases mortality risk

Surprising findings from a study of health records of thousands of African-American soldiers show that a common genetic condition poses far less risk than previously thought. ... Full story

Anti-Gravity Treadmill Tested for Impact on Cardiac Imaging in Patients

Marilyn Cotter recently needed a stress test following a bout of chest tightness. Unable to withstand exercise because of foot problems, Cotter, a 68-year-old grandmother ... Full story

A minute of secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels

•Rats’ blood vessels took at least three times longer to recover function after only a minute of breathing secondhand marijuana smoke, compared to recovery after a minute of breathing secondhand tobacco smoke. •Arteries of rats and humans are similar in how they respond to secondhand tobacco smoke, so the response of rat arteries to secondhand marijuana smoke is likely to reflect how human arteries might respond. •With many states legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, and possible corporate expansion within the cannabis industry, this type of research is important to help understand the health consequences of exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke, researchers said. ... Full story

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