Cardiovascular disease update

Cardiovascular disease update: Cardiovascular risk factors, heart attack, kidney failure

Heart disease is the cause of death in nearly one in every four Americans. It is the leading cause of death in both men and women and claims over half a million lives in the U.S. every year. These facts alone are reason enough for wanting to spread more knowledge about this deadly condition, which is why we have compiled a list of our best articles on the topic. You will find information on cardiovascular disease and risk factors, as well as how recurring heart attack and kidney failure patients are related to the condition.

Cardiovascular risk factors at an early age linked to poorer cognitive performance later in life: Study

Having poor health during adulthood, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, has always been known to lead to cognitive deficiencies later in life. However, new research suggests that having these cardiovascular risk factors in childhood and adolescence is associated with worse midlife cognition, regardless of adulthood exposure. Continue reading…

Red meat does not affect short-term cardiovascular disease risk factorsRed meat does not affect short-term cardiovascular disease risk factors: Study

A recent study conducted by Purdue University is reporting that consuming red meat does not affect short-term cardiovascular disease risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The study reviewed and analyzed 24 research articles meeting specific criteria that included the amount of red meat consumed by participants, cardiovascular disease risk factors, and the design of the studies. Continue reading…

Recurring heart attack risk associated with cardiovascular diseaseRecurring heart attack risk associated with cardiovascular disease can be reduced with new test

A new test can help reduce the risk of recurring heart attacks associated with cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of heart attack in the U.S. Antiplatelet therapy, which stops the formation of artery-blocking blood clots, is used as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of recurring heart attacks.

Researchers developed a new type of antiplatelet therapy known as vorapaxar which helps improve effectiveness of standard treatment. Unfortunately, although the drug reduces the risk of a recurring heart attack, it comes along with serious side effects in 4.2 percent of patients. Continue reading…

Kidney failure patients’ risk of early mortality increases with cardiovascular causesKidney failure patients’ risk of early mortality increases with cardiovascular causes

Kidney failure patients face a higher risk of dying early due to cardiovascular causes. The study found that dialysis patients may have altered blood clotting, which increases their risk of bleeding and stroke.

The researchers analyzed the blood of 171 chronic hemodialysis patients and found that they had denser clot structures, compared to patients without kidney disease. Furthermore, patients with compact clots were at a higher risk of death from cardiovascular causes, along with a higher risk of mortality from other causes, too. Lastly, in dialysis patients, the protein that is actively participating in the clotting process – fibrinogen – exhibits certain modifications that are different from patients without kidney disease. Continue reading…

Short-term exposure to western diets can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular diseaseShort-term exposure to western diets can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Living in a great country like the United States comes with many comforts. Nowhere is this more beneficial than in our access to food. We can go to the grocery store, a nice restaurant, or even just order a pizza over the phone. But unfortunately, this means that many Americans indulge too much, often consuming what has been dubbed the western diet.

While society has been seeing a trend toward healthy food and lifestyles, a new study suggests that even short-term exposure to the average American diet increases the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Continue reading…


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