A study done by the researchers at the University of Pittsburgh shows a way to a physician in finding the risk of the development of heart diseases in women by their race and by identifying fat storage areas in their bodies. Excess fat accumulation around the heart is a risk factor for heart diseases. But only special heart scan can show the fat accumulation around the heart. Authors say their previous study coupled with current study helped them in devising a tool, which can evaluate heart disease risk and also provides a suggestion for lifestyle modifications (to reduce heart disease risk) in women patients.
The researchers studied more than 520 women residing in Chicago and Pittsburgh, aged around 51 years with varying states of menopause. They evaluated CT scans of the participants and blood pressure (BP). The study results show
Researchers say worse heart health outcomes with abdominal fat for black men and women and worse heart health outcomes with higher BMI for white men and women. Lead author of the study was Samar El Khoudary, PhD, associate professor, epidemiology, Pitts Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, United States. The study findings were published on August 2, 2017, in the journal Menopause. Title of the article was "Cardiovascular fat in women at midlife: effects of race, overall adiposity and central adiposity. The SWAN Cardiovascular Fat Study".
A study done by the researchers shows enhanced risk in adults with cardiovascular diseases and hospital admission even after recovery from pneumonia or sepsis infection. Their study shows incidents of inflammation even after five years of pneumonia or sepsis infection recovered patients. Diseases associated with the heart such as cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, heart diseases and stroke are associated with inflammation. Researchers studied 236,939 adult Swedish male individuals, born between 1952 and 1956 and came to this conclusion.
The following table shows risk of cardiovascular diseases after recovery from pneumonia or sepsis infection even after considering other risk factors such as obesity or overweight or higher body mass index (BMI), low physical activity or sedentary behavior or couch potato behavior, high blood pressure (BP) or hypertension and household crowding (means needing one or more bedrooms at home) in childhood.
Co-author of the study was Scott Montgomery, Adjunct Professor, Orebro University, Sweden. The study findings were published on August 1, 2017, in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Title of the article was "Severe infections and subsequent delayed cardiovascular disease."
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