In response to a study published in the BMJ that examined the risk factors for deaths from heart disease for patients with angina, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Associate Medical Director Dr Mike Knapton said: "This study of 1800 people living with angina in Scotland showed that those who were most likely to die from heart disease were male, older, obese or smokers. "This is the first time this has been demonstrated in a large number of patients living in the community, rather than in hospital settings, and confirms that smoking and being obese greatly up your risk of dying from heart disease. "This is good news for people living with angina, as it shows that it's never too late for them to change their lifestyles, or to stop smoking.
The appropriate placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) is critical to optimize their use in public places, according to two studies published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Sudden cardiac arrest is the sudden, abrupt loss of heart function. Without immediate bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), brain death and permanent death start to occur in just four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest can be reversed by immediate bystander CPR and treatment within a few minutes with an electric shock to allow the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. More than 92 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims don't survive to hospital discharge.
Edema, is swelling caused by fluid retention - excess fluid is trapped in the body's tissues. In the UK/Ireland/Australasia and some other countries the word is spelled oedema. Swelling caused by edema commonly occurs in the hands, arms, ankles, legs and feet. It is usually linked to the venous or lymphatic systems. Edema was formerly known as dropsy or hydropsy. Edema may be generalized or local. It can appear suddenly, but usually develops subtly - the patient may first gain weight, or wake up with puffy eyes. Many patients wait until symptoms are well advanced before seeking medical help. The rest of this article refers mainly to generalized edema, unless otherwise specified.
Bayer Consumer Care New Zealand will launch the OTC Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) omeprazole in New Zealand under the Losec® brand in September. This follows the Medicine Classification Committee's recommended approval for the Rx to OTC switch of omeprazole 10 mg, which became effective by Gazette notice on 19 March 2009. Bayer New Zealand received an OTC license for omeprazole from AstraZeneca for the marketing of OTC omeprazole. With Losec® , patients will have a new option for self-medication of heartburn and acid regurgitation with one daily dose, which is effective for up to 24 hours and allows for sustained symptom relief. Bayer Consumer Care New Zealand owns the exclusive OTC marketing rights for the New Zealand market for the Losec®
Angina puts men at greater risk of heart attack and death than women, says new research from the UK that suggests men with angina have twice the risk of having a heart attack and are three times more likely to die of heart disease or an illness linked to it than women with angina. The study was conducted by researchers in Scotland and Ireland led by Dr Brian Buckley of National University Ireland (NUI), Galway, and is published online on 6 August in BMJ. Angina is a common condition in the UK, affecting some 4.8 per cent of men and 3.4 per cent of women in England and 6.6 per cent of men and 5.6 per cent of women in Scotland. Angina is often the first sign of ischaemic heart disease.
A new study from the UK suggests that beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help you exercise for 16 per cent longer because the nitrate it contains reduces oxygen uptake which make exercise less tiring. The scientists believe the finding will be of interest not only to athletes but also to elderly people and those with metabolic, respiratory or cardiovascular diseases. The study was led by researchers from the University of Exeter and is published in the 6 August issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology. Professor Andy Jones of the University of Exeter's School of Sport and Health Sciences and colleagues found that drinking beetroot juice reduces oxygen uptake more than can be achieved by any other known means, including training.