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Secondhand smoke during pregnacy and early childhood linked to atrial fibrillation in adult life

A first-of-its-kind study indicates that gestational and early life secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure may double one’s chance of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) as an adult. The study by UC San Francisco researchers was published in the online version of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). The study is being published in [...]

Significant differences in achieving risk factor targets between women and men

There is a striking and statistically significant difference in how women and men are treated following a heart attack. These gender differences are reflected in the rate of risk factor control, which was lower in women, and in the rate of hospital readmission for a further heart attack, which was higher in women than in [...]

Risk factors associated with overweight cluster already in children

Lifestyle-related cardiometabolic risk factors cluster already in children in the same way as in adults, according to research from the University of Eastern Finland. A cardiometabolic risk score was used to evaluate cardiometabolic risk in different age groups. The results show that risk factor levels even lower than those generally accepted as risk factor thresholds [...]

Hospitalization for pneumonia associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Hospitalization with pneumonia in older adults was associated with an increased short-term and long-term risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), suggesting that pneumonia may be an important risk factor for CVD, according to a study in JAMA. Cardiovascular disease is the principal cause of illness and death worldwide. Characterizing the risk factors for CVD is important [...]

Mutations in APOA5 gene found to increase blood triglycerides and heart attack risk

A team of investigators from the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital and other leading biomedical research institutions has pinpointed rare mutations in a gene called APOA5 that increase a person’s risk of having a heart attack early in life. These mutations disable the APOA5 gene and also raise the levels in the blood of triglyceride-rich [...]