November 14, 2010

Eyes Have It

1 Calcium Deposits on Eyelids Indicate Heart Risk

Xanthelasmata, calcium deposits on eyelids, may be an important independent marker of heart attack risk, early death or artery disease, even in people without high cholesterol, say researchers in Denmark. About half of those with calcium deposits on their eyelids had normal cholesterol. People with the deposits had a 51 percent higher risk of heart attack, plus a 40 percent greater risk of ischemic heart disease. They also had a 17 percent higher risk of death after adjusting for other risk factors like blood cholesterol levels. "In societies where other cardiovascular disease risk factors can't be readily measured, presence of xanthelasmata may be a useful predictor of underlying atherosclerotic disease," commented the researchers at a meeting of the American Heart Association.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Eyelid Cancer

Tags: Heart Attack Risk, Xanthelasmata, Ischemic Heart Disease, Calcium Deposits on Eyelids, Early Death Risk, Calculating Heart Attack Risk, Cholesterol Normal Heart Risk, Eyelids Predict Heart Attack, Openhagen University Hospital

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Seven Hours Is Enough

2 Women Who Sleep Too Much Have Higher Stroke Risk

Women who sleep 10 hours or more may have a much greater risk of stroke than women who sleep seven hours per night, say Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The 20-year study followed nearly 70,000 women. Findings reveal that women sleeping 10 hours or more had a 63 percent increased risk of stroke, but that estimate dropped to a 55 percent increased risk after controlling for history of diabetes, body mass index (BMI) and hypertension. Results indicate a similar risk for ischemic stroke. Researchers found that women sleeping seven hours per night had the lowest risk for stroke. During the study that began in 1986, 2,303 strokes were recorded.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Body Mass Index, Harvard School of Public Health, Hypertension, Sleeping Benefits, Shorter Sleep Duration, Ischemic Stroke Risk, Ischemic Stroke and Sleeping, Diabetes and Stroke, Sleeping Risks

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Very Hard Jobs May Be Killers

3 Demanding Job Ups Women's Risk of Heart Attack

Women who have very demanding jobs are much more likely to suffer from a heart attack than women with more easygoing jobs, say Harvard Medical School researchers. The findings show that women who reported that they have to work "very hard" or "very fast" and don't have much control over their daily tasks have an 88 percent increased risk of heart attack when compared with women in less stressful roles. The women with demanding jobs were also 43 percent more likely to require heart surgery, reports CNN. Research findings were presented today at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Chicago.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Heart Attack Risk Factors, Women Heart Disease Risk, Job Stress, Dangers of Stressful Jobs, Harvard Medical School Researchers, American Heart Association Annual Meeting

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