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Top news of November: Effects of diet, coffee, sodium on heart health and more - Healio

December 02, 2021

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The Healio and Cardiology Today Editors have compiled the top news from November.

Readers were most interested in the latest research presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions; a new study on the association between aspirin and HF risk in patients with predisposing factors; barriers to CV health in women; and more.

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Simple food swaps may lower stroke risk

Higher intake of vegetable fat, polyunsaturated fat and vegetable oil could reduce risk for stroke among healthy adults, whereas high intake of nondairy animal fat, total red meat and processed red meat may drive stroke risk. Read more

Aspirin use associated with 26% increased HF risk in patients with predisposing factors

Among patients with predisposing factors for HF, aspirin use was associated with a 26% increased risk for HF development, researchers reported in ESC Heart Failure. Read more

Inaugural chest pain guideline offers ‘standard approach to evaluating patients’

Arielle Abovich, MD, MPH, Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, FASPC, and Roger S. Blumenthal, MD, penned an editorial on the new American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology chest pain guideline. Read more

Updated AHA dietary guidance encourages intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains

The American Heart Association published updated dietary guidance that outlines 10 recommendations for improving diet quality and cardiometabolic health in the U.S. Read more

No increase in atrial arrhythmias, more activity, less sleep with coffee consumption

Healthy adults experienced no increase in atrial arrythmias and less supraventricular tachycardia on days they consumed vs. abstained from caffeinated coffee as well as an increase in wearable-measured physical activity in the CRAVE study. Read more

Reducing sodium, increasing potassium intake may cut CV risk

Higher sodium intake, measured in multiple 24-hour urine samples, was associated with greater risk for CVD in a dose-response manner, researchers reported at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Read more

Fitbit Heart Study: Novel algorithm for wearable devices may identify undiagnosed AF

An algorithm used in Fitbit wearable devices showed the capability to identify asymptomatic atrial fibrillation, according to results of the Fitbit Heart Study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Read more

Stress level up, mood and physical activity down during COVID-19 lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic may have reduced overall mood and physical activity among study participants and increased their levels of self-reported stress, a speaker reported. Read more

Head-to-head trial of LAA closure devices yields mixed results: SWISS-APERO

In a head-to-head trial of the Amplatzer Amulet and Watchman FLX left atrial appendage closure devices, the primary endpoint of crossover to the other device or residual LAA patency at 45 days was similar, researchers reported at TCT 2021. Read more

Review: Many women face barriers to optimal CV health early in life

Socioeconomic barriers facing women, including poor access to contraception, postpartum follow-up and maternity leave, can impact their CV health over time, according to a new review. Read more

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