2 top research advances in fighting heart disease and stroke for 2010.


Recently, the American Heart Association & the American Stroke Association unveiled their list of the top 10 major advances in heart disease and stroke research for 2010.  Compiling the list since 1996, AHA president Ralph Sacco said, “We have come far in the past decade, reducing heart disease deaths by more than 27 percent and stroke deaths by more than 44 percent.”  Here, we highlight two advances that came from both lists of research advancements.  The first one deals with diabetes & heart disease, while the second is about reduction in stroke risk associated in women…

  • Knowing the proper way to reduce heart disease for people with diabetes

– According to the ACCORD Study Groups’ research studies, the following findings will be helpful for targeting specific treatments that would be best to reduce cardiovascular disease ( CVD ) risk in people with diabetes…

  1. The first study found that aggressive blood pressure control does not reduce CVD risk in people with type 2 diabetes at high risk for CVD.
  2. The second finding suggested that a combination therapy with a statin plus a fibrate was no better at reducing risk than a statin alone in patients with type 2 diabetes at high risk for CVD.

  • Exercise, even in moderation, reduces stroke risk

– A large study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that leisure-time physical activity, even in modest degree, is associated with lower stroke risk in women.  They concluded that walking as an exercise lower risks of total, ischemic, and hemorrhagic stroke.

Sources: The ACCORD Study Group- New England Journal of Medicine, 3/14/2010.  Stroke, 4/16/10 from ahajournals.org

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