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30/06/2010 00:00:00
Yoga has the same potential as exercise to reduce the risk factors of cardiovascular disease

Following a systematic review of 37 randomised controlled trials, investigators from the Netherlands and USA have found that yoga may provide the same benefits in risk factor reduction as such traditional physical activities as biking or brisk walking.

Heart disease patients advised to avoid being outside in rush hour traffic

Experts recommend reducing air pollution exposure and decreasing use of fossil fuels: Obese people and those with diabetes may be at higher risk of the cardiovascular effects of pollution, while air pollutants may exacerbate and instigate the development of risk factors such as high blood pressure and impaired insulin sensitivity. Read the paper.

3D printed heart could reduce heart surgeries in children

Being able to practice on a model heart allows doctors to optimise the interventional procedure pre-operatively. 3D models can also be used to discuss the intervention with the medical team, patients and, in the case of congenital heart defects, with parents. It helps everyone affected to better understand what the procedure will involve

Austrian researchers show encapsulation of cancer drugs reduces heart damage

Echocardiography detects early deterioration of heart function allowing prevention medication to be given: Anthracyclines are a cornerstone of oncology treatment but the more cycles needed to fight cancer, the more cardiotoxic side effects the patient will have. Austrian study shows that the cardiotoxicity can be reduced with liposomal encapsulation. Cardiac monitoring of all patients receiving anthracyclines is essential to detect early deterioration of the heart and give preventive treatment

India national salt reduction campaign targets blood pressure, heart disease, stroke

Hypertension is the most important and poorly controlled risk factor for heart disease, according to presentations at the Annual Conference of the Cardiological Society of India (CSI).

It is estimated that hypertension in India will rise from 140 million people in 2008 to nearly 215 million by 2030 with increased risk of premature heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease. A national salt reduction programme in India is set to target reductions in blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

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