AHA calls for companies to embrace "Life's Simple 7" guidelines | Patients with intermittent claudication could benefit from supervised exercise | LDL variability has predictive value, study says
April 16, 2015
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AHA calls for companies to embrace "Life's Simple 7" guidelines
An American Heart Association advisory panel said employers who want healthier employees should implement the AHA's "Life's Simple 7" guidelines that promote cardiovascular health by focusing on smoking cessation, weight loss and healthy diet, physical activity, and controlling cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose. The report in the journal Circulation said wellness programs should include education, supportive work environments and health screenings, and be integrated with other company initiatives. Reuters (4/13)
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Patients with intermittent claudication could benefit from supervised exercise
Supervised exercise therapy could help improve walking distance in patients with intermittent claudication, according to a study published in the American Heart Journal. Lead author Dr. Sreekanth Vemulapalli recommends supervised exercise because it could also improve certain quality of life areas not covered in the study. Reuters (4/10)
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LDL variability has predictive value, study says
Changes in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels from one office visit to another may help predict cardiovascular events in patients who have coronary artery disease, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (4/14)
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Study links eating in restaurants with hypertension risks
A study in the American Journal of Hypertension linked eating restaurant meals with a higher risk of high blood pressure. The Singapore researchers said people who had pre-hypertension or hypertension were more likely to eat in restaurants more often, have higher BMI levels, be less physically active and smoke. Science World Report (4/12)
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Study: Blood thinners frequently prescribed to A-Fib patients who may not need them
A study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that about 25% of patients with atrial fibrillation at low risk of stroke receive prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs. Such treatment is not recommended for low-risk patients because blood thinners also carry a risk of excessive bleeding. Researchers, who looked at almost 11,000 atrial fibrillation patients below the age of 60, also found that men, older patients and overweight patients lacking risk factors for stroke were more likely to be prescribed blood thinners. HealthDay News (4/14)
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