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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.

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.

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.

People who regularly eat nuts have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD) when compared to people who rarely or never eat nuts, according to a study published Nov. 13 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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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Sexual assault, natural disasters and other trauma linked to increased CVD risk in menopausal women

Traumatic experiences like sexual assault, car accidents and living through a natural disaster could increase risk of heart disease for menopausal women, according to research presented at this week’s North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Researchers quantify STEMI patients’ bleeding, ischemic risks over time

ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI) patients are at their greatest risk for ischemic and bleeding events shortly after PCI, with both risks dropping significantly over time. However, ischemic events are more common between 30 days and one year, supporting the extended use of intensified antiplatelet therapy, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Public education of CPR, defibrillation improves survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

Increasing educational public health initiatives across 16 North Carolina counties resulted in improved response to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and better rates of survival, a study published in JAMA Cardiology reports.

1 in 4 heart attack sufferers leave work within a year

According to a Danish study, 24 percent of people who return to work after a heart attack leave their job within a year.

Cardiologists, moms agree: Breakfast the most important meal of the day

When compared to people who consumed more than 20 percent of their daily energy at breakfast, habitual breakfast skippers were at a 1.55-fold increased risk of noncoronary atherosclerosis and a 2.57-fold increased risk of generalized atherosclerosis, independent of traditional and dietary cardiovascular risk factors.

Low vitamin K intake in teens linked to early signs of left ventricular hypertrophy

Kids who push aside leafy greens might be lacking vitamin K and could be at increased risk for heart problems later in life, according to new research from Augusta University.

Study shows race doesn't affect PCI outcomes—but does influence treatment decisions

A new JAMA: Cardiology study comparing the outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in black and white patients showed no difference in one-year mortality rates, but it did shed light on other racial gaps in the cardiovascular treatment process.

Stopping aspirin therapy associated with 37% increased risk of cardiovascular events

In patients with a previous history of stroke or heart attack, discontinuation was associated with a 46 percent increased risk—translating to one additional cardiovascular event per year per 36 patients who stopped taking aspirin.

Exercise can’t prevent cognitive decline in patients with coronary heart disease

Patients with stable coronary heart disease (CHD)—despite being considered “fit” and participating in phase III cardiac rehabilitation—demonstrated worse cognitive function when compared to healthy, age-matched individuals in a single-center study published in PLOS One.

Cardiac adrenaline boost from e-cigarettes tied to nicotine

Nicotine in electronic cigarettes boosts the cardiac adrenaline levels of users, which could put them at increased risk for heart disease, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.