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Renewed Strategic Approach Needed, Says The British Heart Foundation

In response to the inquiry report into "Was the NHS Plan really a blueprint for the NHS - 10 years on?" released by the All Party Parliamentary Group Primary Care & Public Health today. Mubeen Bhutta Policy Manager at the British Heart Foundation said: "We welcome this report which echoes the vision for the next decade of the Cardio Vascular Coalition. "We know prevention measures are the most effective way to reduce illness and prevent premature death. With rising obesity rates and an increasigly ageing population we need a heart strategy that is ready for the challenges ahead. "There has been great progress over the past ten years, but without a renewed strategic approach we run the risk of that progress slipping away.

IQ Explains Some Of The Difference In Heart Disease Between People Of High And Low Socio-economic Status

A unique study looking at the difference in cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) and life expectancy between people of high and low socio-economic status has found that a person's IQ may have a role to play. Authors of the study published in Europe's leading cardiology journal, the European Heart Journal [1] today (Wednesday 15 July), analysed data from a group of 4, 289 former soldiers in the USA. They found that IQ explained more than 20% of the difference in mortality between people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds compared to those from more advantaged backgrounds. Importantly, this was in addition to the classical, known risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking and obesity.

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Injection Reverses Heart-Attack Damage

Injured heart tissue normally can't regrow, but researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have now laid the groundwork for regenerating heart tissue after a heart attack, in patients with heart failure, or in children with congenital heart defects. In the July 24 issue of Cell, they show that a growth factor called neuregulin1 (NRG1), which is involved in the initial development of the heart and nervous system, can spur heart-muscle growth and recovery of cardiac function when injected systemically into animals after a heart attack. After birth, heart-muscle cells (cardiomyocytes) normally withdraw from the cell cycle - meaning they stop dividing and proliferating.

IQ Affects Heart Disease Risk In Lower Socioeconomic Groups

IQ is part of the reason that people from poorer backgrounds have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Dr David Batty, a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow, and colleagues found that people on low incomes, in jobs with low prestige and with limited education had a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes than people of a higher socioeconomic status. Moreover, the study found that IQ accounted for 23 per cent of the difference between the death rates among people from poorer and more advantage socioeconomic backgrounds, once age and classic known risk factors for heart disease such as smoking and obesity were taken into account.

Study Estimates Radiation Dose, Cancer Risk From Coronary Artery Calcium Screening

A study based on computer modeling of radiation risk suggests that widespread screening for the buildup of calcium in the arteries using computed tomography scans would lead to an estimated 42 additional radiation-induced cancer cases per 100, 000 men and 62 cases per 100, 000 women, according to a report in the July 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Coronary artery calcification is associated with coronary artery disease. "Computed tomography (CT) has been proposed as a tool for routine screening for coronary artery calcification in asymptomatic individuals as part of a comprehensive risk assessment, " the authors write as background information in the article.

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Active Commuters On Track For Healthy Hearts

A new study published yesterday looked at 'active commuters' who biked or walked to work, and reported they had reduced cardiovascular risk factors. Commenting on the study (1), Ellen Mason, Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said: "It's clear from this study that walking or cycling to work can be a great boost for your heart health, as well as potentially saving cash and being good for the environment. "If you can't walk or bike to work, you still need to give your heart a workout. Whether you take a walk at lunch, or challenge your workmates to a game of footie after work, we all need to find a way to get our 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week.

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