Rhonda E. Monroe, the incoming Board Chair-elect for WomenHeart, says that the sense of sisterhood and friendship that she found in the organization are truly priceless. (WomenHeart) By Rhonda E. Monroe, Incoming Board Chair-elect, WomenHeart WomenHeart (the first and leading voice for the 48 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease) story begins in February of 1999, when three women, united by heart disease, formed an organization that was destined to become a lifeline for women across this nation. And at the same time, in February of 1999, a young mother in Charlotte, N.C. suffered a stroke while she was pregnant with her second child. Fortunately, she suffered no long-term deficits, but was horrified by her temporary left side paralysis. Five years later, this size six, 36-year-old woman would suffer the first of three heart attacks just five days after giving birth to her third child. It was May of 2004. She was misdiagnosed for an entire week despite an EKG … [Read more...] about Scarred and Battle Tested from Heart Disease, But Still Fighting
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Lauri Carr knows well the effects diabetes has on a person and their family. Her brother, 51, died of diabetes-related complications during flu season in December, she said. Her mother, who suffered from heart disease, died of a heart attack the next day. Carr realized the diabetes resource fair and rally held Wednesday afternoon in the state Capitol was the ideal time to share her concerns about people's health. "I need to support families that have these very same issues going on," Carr said. "It's overwhelmingly scary to see children who are morbidly obese." In an effort to raise awareness of the correlation between Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease joined with several health advocacy organizations to create the fair. People living with Type 2 diabetes are more than twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Their life expectancy is seven to eight years shorter than those without diabetes. The PFCD is an internationally … [Read more...] about Rally shows link between diabetes, heart disease
(CBS) Human papillomavirus has been tied to deadly cancers, including cervical and throat cancer. Now a study has linked HPV to a disease that takes even more American lives - heart disease. PICTURES: Heart disease hotspots: 14 states with highest rates It suggests that people who have HPV are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke. For the study - published in the Oct. 24 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology - researchers studied 2,500 women 20 to 59 years of age. Of these women, nearly half were found to be infected with HPV - with more than half of those women having a strain tied to cancer. Women with the cancer-causing strains had nearly 3 times more risk for having a heart attack or stroke. Women with non-cancerous HPV strains had double the risk. The risk persisted, even after risk factors including obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure and cholesterol, were accounted for. "Nearly 20 percent of individuals with cardiovascular … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo HPV tied to heart disease in women, but what about men?
Many adults take aspirin to protect against heart problems, and recent studies suggest the pill could even help stave off some cancers. A new study adds risk reductions in developing liver cancer or dying from liver disease to list of protective benefits that the medication can give, regardless of how often it's taken. The study, published in the Nov. 28 issue of the Journal of National Cancer Institute, looked at more than 300,000 men and women between 50 and 71 years old who were enrolled in an AARP diet and health study. Participants on average were tracked for 10 to 12 years, and reported their use of both aspirin and non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) throughout the study period. Aspirin may be big help against some colon cancer, major study showsSkin cancer risk reduced by taking aspirin, ibuprofen, study shows Aspirin therapy: Study raises safety issues NSAIDs are a class of pain-relievers that also include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Aspirin may reduce risks for liver cancer, dying from liver disease
Even as the rate of deaths caused by heart diseases fell by 20 percent from 1983 to 2011, cardiovascular ailments are still the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC data showed that one of every four deaths in the country was linked to heart disease, and that someone in the country suffers a heart attack every 42 seconds. However, if a new “fishy” development goes the way researchers hope it will, we could have the means to fight many heart diseases. Researchers from University of Pittsburgh extracted extracellular matrices (ECM refers to a collection of molecules outside cells that the cells produce; they provide structural and biochemical support to the surrounding cells) from zebrafish hearts and applied them to adult mice suffering from heart attacks. Researchers found that the mice's heart tissues regenerated and the heart returned to normal functionality. “The heart beats as if nothing has … [Read more...] about Mending Broken Hearts: Tissue Regeneration In Mammals Holds Promise For Heart Disease Cure