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New Guidance for Heart Patients Too Embarrassed to Ask About Sex

New Guidance for Heart Patients Too Embarrassed to Ask About How and When To Have Sex With a Heart ConditionMany patients who have had a heart attack, heart transplant, stroke, received an implanted heart device, or have other heart conditions are afraid that sex might be bad for them.

They want to know about how to have safe sex (for the heart - not for STDs or contraception) - but are afraid to ask. People like to follow a recipe - to ensure things work out ok!

Recently, there have been a few studies on this topic (sex and heart attacks) - let's put a few of the main ones together to make sense of it all and to see if there's a recipe that works.

CHD gene puzzle found in breakthrough research

CHD gene puzzle found in breakthrough researchBreakthrough research has uncovered a piece of the Congenital Heart Defects(CHD) puzzle.

CHD is a major cause of childhood death and it is estimated that about one in 120 babies are born with a CHD.

Until now, little was known about the causes of CHD. Scientists have now identified a group of gene mutations that may account for about one tenth of the complex CHDs.

A large and collaborative group, which includes URMC, Yale University, Children's Hospital Boston, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Columbia University Medical Center and others, recruited over 6,000 congenital heart disease patients to participate in the research, called the Congenital Heart Disease Genetic Network Study or the CHD GENES study.

Preventing Heart Failure with Existing MS Drug?

MS approved drug may help prevent Heart Failure from Hypertrophic CardiomyopathyA drug already approved to treat Multiple Sclerosis may also hold promise for preventing heart failures. The MS drug may possibly be useful in treating cardiac hypertrophy, or thickening of the cardiac muscle—a disorder that often leads to heart failure, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine report. The findings are published in the 2013 July 16 issue of Circulation: Heart Failure.

46 is the Magic Number for Women

46 is the magic age for menopause in women wanting to avoid heart disease and strokeA recent study shows that women are twice as likely to endure Coronary Heart Disease or stroke if they enter menopause early - before 46.

Menopause is when the possibility of pregnancy ends for a woman, characterized by slowing hormonal cycles, halted menstruation and egg creation, as well as less estrogen and progesterone production. The onsets and rates of menopause are influenced by factors such as smoking, diet, exercise, and heredity.  For instance, Hispanic and African-American women experience an earlier onset of menopause than white women.

The leader of the study says:

"Cardiovascular disease processes and risks start very early in life, even though the heart attacks and strokes happen later in life. Unfortunately, young women are often not targeted for prevention, because cardiovascular disease is thought to be only attacking women in old age. What our study reaffirms is that managing risk factors when women are young will likely prevent or postpone heart attacks and strokes when they age."

Heart attacks cause spouses to suffer also

Partners also suffer when you have a heart attackA recent study shows that regardless of whether the heart attack was survived or not, the use of anti-depressants increased 17%. The European Heart Journal reports that the use of anxiety drugs also increased.

It is clear that family members, associates and friends are impacted when someone close to them has a heart attack (Myocardial Infarction MCI).

The support and network they have available to them is vital to their well-being also.

There are some simple steps that can be taken to help the situation when a spouse has a heart attack.

Take the "HEART Pledge" - 5 Things

Infographic Summary: 5 Things to Pledge for a Healthy HeartInformation and advice about heart health is abundant.
Until now, it hasn't been easy to remember or put into your routine.

This new easy acrostic (initials that spell a word) from HeartNewsLinks helps.
There are only 5 things to remember - and their initials spell "HEART".

Heart rate and pressure - know your numbers
Eat "heartwise" - nuts, fish, plants
Approach - optimism, activity, sleep
Reduce "bad stuff" - fat, salt, soda, sugar, stress, smoke, alcohol, junk & refined food
Tell others - get peer pressure & support

See the full infographic ...

Traffic Noise Increases Risk of Heart Attack

Traffic noise increases the risk of a heart attackA Danish study has shown that traffic noise increases the risk of a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

For every increase of 10 decibels in traffic noise, the risk of a heart attack increases 12%.

Read more about how this might affect you and add your comments.

Living alone increases the risk of Cardiovascular Disease by 26%

Living alone Increases the risk of cardiovascular diseaseA team at the Harvard Medical School in Boston decided to assess whether living alone was linked to a higher risk of mortality and cardiovascular (CV) disease.

They evaluated data obtained from 44,573 participants of a global registry and found that 19% lived alone.

The statistics showed that the risk of cardiovasdcular (CV) disease and of mortality is higher for people that live alone.

They concluded: "living alone was independently associated with an increased risk of mortality and CV death."

The statistics also show the differences between age groups.

Discover the full results and give your opinion.

Why are there 18% more heart attacks on birthdays?

There are more deaths on birthdays from heart disease, than on any other day.Many people avoid birthdays.

Aside from the vanity about increasing age, there is another good reason!

A study shows that birthdays are killers!

Why does your birthday increase the risk of dying by:

* 18.6% from a fatal heart attack (more for men than women)

* 21.5% from a fatal stroke (more for women than men)

Do "birthday blues" really exist and are they the cause?

A Swiss study of more than 2 million people over 40 years has shown that you are statistically more likely to die on your birthday. Find out more ...


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