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Lifestyle focused text messaging results in improvement in LDL cholesterol and other cardiovascular risk factors

A simple, low-cost automated program of semi-personalized mobile phone text messages supporting lifestyle change led to improvement in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels, blood pressure, body mass index, and smoking status in patients with coronary heart disease, according to a study in JAMA. Globally, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disease burden. [...]

Young adults living in polluted city show early signs of cardiovascular risk

Young adults living in a polluted city show early signs of cardiovascular risk, according to research presented at ESC Congress by Dr Krzysztof Bryniarski from Jagiellonian University, Collegium Medicum in Krakow, Poland. Residing in a polluted city was associated with higher levels of inflammatory markers in otherwise healthy adolescents and young adults, which indicate a [...]

Fat mice bred to have more muscle give insight, new targets for battling obesity’s cardiovascular risk

Even without losing fat, more muscle appears to go a long way in fighting off the bad cardiovascular effects of obesity. That emerging evidence has scientists looking hard for new targets to uncouple the unhealthy relationship between fat and cardiovascular disease. “If you look at the exercise literature, we understand very well that if you [...]

New study indicates ankle-brachial index associated with mild cognitive impairment

In a large population-based study of randomly selected participants in Germany, researchers found that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) occurred significantly more often in individuals diagnosed with a lower ankle brachial index (ABI), which is a marker of generalized atherosclerosis and thus cumulative exposure to cardiovascular risk factors during lifetime. Interestingly, this strong association was only [...]

Stopping or reducing cocaine use associated with lower cardiovascular risk marker levels

For people who use cocaine, stopping or reducing cocaine use is associated with decreased levels of endothelin-1 (ET-1)–a protein that plays a key role in the development of coronary artery disease, reports a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The journal is published by [...]