Younger patients face highest risks
Findings suggest climate change may increase heart attack risk
People who were more optimistic had fewer heart-related hospital visits, procedures
For people with heart failure, getting a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine in a given year was associated with a 50 percent drop in the risk of death during flu season and a 20 percent drop in the risk of death during the rest of the year, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session.
Women with normal blood pressure during pregnancy and who breastfed their babies for at least six months following birth had better markers of cardiovascular health years later compared to women who never breastfed, based on research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session. The same benefits were not observed in women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Real-time display of heart rhythm may help avoid procedures, save costs
A newly-designed wristband and corresponding app that works with a smartwatch can accurately display the heart’s electrical activity and notify people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) if their heart is beating normally or not, according to data being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session. In one-third of cases, the rhythm picked up by the wearable device was unclassified; however, when coupled with physician’s review, it could reliably differentiate between AFib and normal heart rhythm.