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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. [...]

Smoking prevalence stays the same but proportion with no intention to quit rises

Smoking prevalence has stayed the same but the proportion with no intention of quitting has risen in the last seven years, according to results from the latest EUROASPIRE surveys presented for the first time at ESC Congress 2015 by Professor Kornelia Kotseva, chair of the EUROASPIRE Steering Committee and senior clinical research fellow at Imperial [...]

Mandatory targets to cut salt would reduce excess heart disease deaths in deprived areas of England

Mandatory targets to reduce salt in processed food would help tackle inequalities in coronary heart disease that lead to excess deaths in deprived areas of England, according to research by the University of Liverpool. Consuming high amounts of salt causes high blood pressure which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Current average UK salt intakes [...]

Link between panic attacks and heart disease discovered

People who suffer from panic disorder are almost half as likely to develop heart disease later in life than those who do not, according to new research. In research by the University of Adelaide in South Australia researchers reviewed 12 studies, involving more than 1 million people and approximately 58,000 coronary heart disease cases. The [...]

Interventions among healthy people save the most lives

Mortality from coronary heart disease declined in Sweden from 1986 to 2002. The improvement was due mainly to a reduction in risk factors among the healthy population (primary prevention) and, to a lesser extent, treatment of people who already had developed heart disease (secondary prevention). A study conducted at Sahlgrenska Academy explored the reasons for [...]