A new study published in HeartRhythm reports that regular moderate alcohol consumption, drinking an average of 14 glasses of alcohol per week, is a modifiable risk factor for atrial fibrillation
High intake of dietary fibre and whole grains associated with reduced risk of non-communicable diseases
People who eat higher levels of dietary fibre and whole grains have lower rates of non-communicable diseases compared with people who eat lesser amounts, while links for low glycaemic load and low glycaemic index diets are less clear.
Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered that metformin, a drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes, might also be used to treat heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), a condition that is predicted to affect over 8% of people ages 65 or older by the year 2020. The study, which was published in the Journal of General Physiology, shows that metformin relaxes a key heart muscle protein called titin, allowing the heart to properly fill with blood before pumping it around the body.
Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health created a state-wide network of health care professionals in urban, suburban, and rural areas who work in small primary care practices and used existing electronic health records to determine that tens of thousands of people across North Carolina were at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease who had not been identified as high risk before. Primary care doctors across the state then used this analysis to proactively engage patients to reduce their risk.
Getting an annual flu shot can save heart failure patients’ lives, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.
Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, or statins, as a preventive measure can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. A study by the University of Zurich now shows that this measure is recommended too often, as current guidelines fail to take into account the risks of side effects.