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Fifty-year-olds with slightly raised blood pressure are at an increased risk of getting dementia in later life, a new study has suggested. Study participants had a greater risk even if they did not have other heart-related problems, the research published in the European Heart Journal said. The association between blood…
The more children a woman has, the greater her risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, research has shown. Researchers at the University of Cambridge found having five or more children is associated with a 40% increased risk of a serious heart attack in the next 30 years, compared…
Statins are "safe and effective", one of the nation's top doctors has said, after new research shed light on why people are concerned about taking the drugs. Professor Helen Stokes Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said that patient concerns over statins are "understandable", but that research shows…
New research has shown that older people with very low risk of heart disease also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented. The largest study of its kind, led by the University of Exeter, found that even small reductions in heart disease risk factors helped…
Thousands more patients at risk of deadly inherited heart conditions are to be screened each year following the roll-out of a £1.5 million genetic testing service by the family of the late Sir David Frost and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The Miles Frost Fund was created in memory of…
Half of heart attack survivors are missing out on a potentially life-saving service, a charity has found. New research from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found the average uptake of cardiac rehabilitation was 51%, or 68,500 people, in 2015/16. This means that just under half of patients are missing out…
Two distinguished surgeons have written to ministers urging them not to close congenital heart disease services at a leading London hospital. The Royal Brompton Hospital said the proposed closure of the unit - and world-leading adult congenital heart disease research centre - would "not be in the best interest of…
Strokes are costing the UK £26 billion annually and this could triple within 20 years if action is not taken, charity figures suggest. A new report by the Stroke Association found that strokes are taking a financial toll three times higher than the previous estimate in 2009. Researchers believe the…
Blood-thinning drugs may protect against dementia as well as stroke in people suffering from irregular heartbeat, new research suggests. A study found that patients being treated for atrial fibrillation (AF) were less likely to develop dementia if they were taking anticoagulants. Their risk was reduced by up to 48% compared…
An "exciting" new study has revealed a drug that could help reduce the risk of heart attacks and cut cancer deaths. More than 10,000 patients took part in a trial using the anti-inflammatory Canakinumab, the results of which were presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting in Barcelona, Spain.…
Almost all men over 60 and women over 75 are eligible for statins, according to a new analysis. After examining guidance on which patients should be offered stain therapy, researchers calculated 11.8 million English adults are eligible for the cholesterol-lowing drugs. This works out to be more than a third…
Stroke survivors who seem fully recovered are at a heightened risk of dying or experiencing a heart attack for at least five years after the event, research has shown. A study of 26,366 patients found the long-term risks associated with having a stroke or mini-stroke, even one without complications, are…
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