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More than 8,200 women in England and Wales could have survived their heart attacks had they simply been given the same quality of treatment as men, new research has found.Researchers at the University of Leeds said the actual number of lives lost to unequal care is likely to be much…
People with a genetic predisposition to strokes may be able to ward off the condition with a healthy lifestyle, a new study suggests.Adopting a healthy diet, not smoking, not being obese and taking regular exercise can reduce a person's risk of the life-threatening medical condition, regardless of whether they have…
Half of women will develop dementia, Parkinson's disease or have a stroke in their lifetime, new research suggests. About a third of men aged 45 and one in two women of the same age are likely to go on to be diagnosed with one of the conditions, according to a…
Statins are not effective at reducing heart disease and stroke among certain groups of elderly people, a new study suggests. The findings "do not support the widespread use of statins in old and very old populations", the authors wrote. But the cholesterol-lowering drugs, which are widely prescribed across the globe,…
Health officials have urged adults to check their risk of having a heart attack or stroke using a free online tool. The Heart Age Test, developed by experts, asks people over the age of 30 to answer a series of questions about their lifestyle and physical health. If the tool…
Heart attacks and strokes are set to soar over the coming years as the diabetes epidemic sweeping the nation takes its toll, a charity has warned. The growing number of people with diabetes could trigger a 29% rise in the number of heart attacks and strokes linked to the condition…
Bystanders who witness someone going into cardiac arrest could soon become lifesavers thanks to a new project which aims to map all of Britain's public defibrillators. Information about the availability of the devices - which give a high energy electric shock to the heart - is patchy and not all…
Fears have been raised over a new GP app missing symptoms of deadly illnesses by a former GP turned senior Tory MP. New Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons one in four patients are now registered for online services to access a GP, including the popular Babylon app. But…
Low levels of psychological distress can increase the risk of developing some chronic diseases including arthritis, and types of heart and lung disease, according to new research. The study, led by Catharine Gale, a professor of cognitive epidemiology at the Medical Research Council's Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at Southampton General Hospital,…
A retired paramedic has told an inquest he did "make mistakes" in the way that he treated a mother who suffered a cardiac arrest following family court proceedings. Gary Long was the first medical professional to treat Hayley Gascoigne, who suddenly collapsed in the upper concourse of Hull Combined Court…
A man has thanked paramedics and doctors after surviving 15 cardiac arrests in just three hours. Ian Clark collapsed at home in Elrick, Aberdeenshire, on August 15 last year in front of his wife and youngest son. The 52-year-old father of three was given CPR by his eldest son Connon…
Marriage may help to protect people against developing heart disease or having a stroke, according to research. Single, divorced, and widowed people are at a heightened risk of developing the health problems, a study involving universities in the UK, the US and Australia has found. Experts believe the additional social…
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