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Does heart disease begin in childhood?

Are the first signs that someone is at risk of developing cardiovascular disease detectable in toddlers and preschoolers? There’s evidence that low vitamin D levels in adults are linked to cardiovascular disease, as well as other health issues such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. But that link hadn’t been studied in children. Researchers in Toronto [...]

Why don’t men live as long as women?

A new USC-led study reveals that vulnerability to heart disease is the biggest culprit behind a surge in higher death rates for men vs. women during the 20th century Across the entire world, women can expect to live longer than men. But why does this occur, and was this always the case? According to a [...]

Hypertension, high cholesterol, other heart disease risk factors increasing In Asia

Research efforts, data collection vital to improved treatment The prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors like hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes have been decreasing in the United States and Europe, however they appear to be on the rise in Asia, particularly Japan, according to a guest editor page published July 6 in the Journal of the [...]

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 [...]

Menopausal women have lower risk of dying from heart attack than men

While menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, menopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than men; however, this difference was less pronounced among blacks, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. In the first study to compare men and women and how menopause [...]