Heart Health


Yoga-030514.jpg Those who practice yoga may be at a decreased risk of heart disease, according to a new study from researchers at Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam. For the study the researchers examined records from 37 trials including 2,768 adults across Europe. They found that those who practiced yoga regularly were on average 2.75kg lighter than those who did not.

img1-022414.jpg The FDA has issued approval on a new blood test that can help predict heart disease risk. The new test, called PLAC Test for Lp-PLA2, has been approved for use in both men and women who have no previous history of heart disease. The new test uses blood analysis to look for Lp-PLA2 (lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2), an enzyme that is indicative of pulmonary inflammation.

bpa-120914.jpg Drinking beverages from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could be linked with increased blood pressure, according to a new study from researchers at the Environmental Health Center at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea. For the study the researchers examined 60 men and women, aged 60 and up, by having them drink soy milk from BPA-lined cans.

Racewalking-110613.jpg People who exercise following weight loss surgery may enjoy health benefits such as a decreased risk of diabetes and improved heart health, according to a new study. For the new study, published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers divided 128 adults, mostly women, who had recently undergone roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery into two groups.

couple-112414.jpg People in unhappy marriages may be more likely to suffer from poor cardiovascular health, according to a new study from researchers at Michigan State University. For the study the researchers reviewed health data from 1,200 married couples who were surveyed as part of the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project.

Aspirin-072111.jpg Daily low doses of aspirin may not offer significant heart health benefits for the elderly, according to research conducted at the University of Shin-Oyama City Hospital in Tochigi, Japan. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surveyed data on over 14,000 Japanese people aged 60 to 85.

img3-111714.jpg Young women with heart disease may experience decreased blood flow to the heart during moments of stress, according to research conducted at Emory University. The study, presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, administered stress tests to 534 patients with stable coronary heart disease.

medication-111114.jpg Taking blood pressure meds may lower one's risk for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to research conducted at the Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital in Taiwan. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, surveyed data on the entire adult population of Taiwan. The team found 729 patients newly diagnosed with ALS.