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Holiday stereotypes are around for a reason—people look forward to a time of year dedicated to gift exchanges, hot cocoa and family vacations. But for the American Heart Association (AHA), the holidays have an additional label: peak heart attack season.

Women who test positive for HIV are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease but are less likely to be prescribed statins to control that risk, according to a study published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs this week.

An injectable gel could change the ability of contractile heart muscle cells to regenerate after myocardial infarction (MI), according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

Any level of physical activity significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in individuals age 65 and older, according to an 18-year study of 24,502 middle-aged and elderly adults.

Cardiac disease myocarditis has historically affected more men than women, and that holds true for pediatric populations, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

 

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AHA: Holidays are peak season for heart attack

Holiday stereotypes are around for a reason—people look forward to a time of year dedicated to gift exchanges, hot cocoa and family vacations. But for the American Heart Association (AHA), the holidays have an additional label: peak heart attack season.

HIV-positive women less likely to use statins, even though they qualify

Women who test positive for HIV are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease but are less likely to be prescribed statins to control that risk, according to a study published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs this week.

Injectable gel successfully regenerates heart muscle after myocardial infarction

An injectable gel could change the ability of contractile heart muscle cells to regenerate after myocardial infarction (MI), according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

Light physical activity enough to reduce CVD risk in elderly people

Any level of physical activity significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in individuals age 65 and older, according to an 18-year study of 24,502 middle-aged and elderly adults.

Myocarditis more prevalent in young boys than girls

Cardiac disease myocarditis has historically affected more men than women, and that holds true for pediatric populations, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

New tool predicts risk of MI, cardiac arrest in older surgery patients

A tool designed to predict the risk of MI and cardiac arrest (MICA) after noncardiac surgery in older patients works significantly better than two widely used models that aren’t age-specific, according to a study published Nov. 16 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Research suggests pooches are heart-healthy pets

Owning a dog could be linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in single-person households and lower all-cause mortality in the general population, a 12-year study of Swedish canine owners suggests.

Researchers ID protein that may protect against coronary artery disease

Elderly people with higher levels of the protein CXCL5 in their blood tend to have clearer arteries, researchers reported in the American Journal of Pathology.

Most young MI sufferers aren’t recommended for statin treatment

Only 1 in 8 people who suffer a heart attack at age 50 or younger are on preventative statin therapy prior to their event, a new study reported. And what is even more concerning, according to researchers, is most of the untreated individuals weren’t eligible for statins based on guidelines.

A, B, AB blood types at increased risk for heart attack in high pollution

Cardiac patients whose blood type is A, B or AB are at increased risk for myocardial infarction (MI) in highly polluted environments, according to research out of two Utah medical centers.

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