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Be extra vigilant about heart attack symptoms during cold weather

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 maggio 2018

Taipei, Taiwan Be extra vigilant about heart attack symptoms during cold weather. That’s the advice from the authors of a large Taiwanese study which found that heart attacks are more likely to strike when temperatures drop. The study is being presented at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC) Congress 2018.The congress, organised by the Taiwan Society of Cardiology, is being held 17 to 21 May in Taipei, Taiwan and includes visiting experts from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) who are discussing key messages from the ESC guidelines. Dr Po-Jui Wu, study author and cardiologist, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, explained: “We found that the number of heart attacks (acute myocardial infarctions) fluctuated with the seasons, with more attacks occurring in winter compared to summer. Heart attacks increased dramatically when the temperature dropped below 15 degrees Celsius.”“When the temperature drops, people at high risk of a heart attack should be put on alert for symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath,” said Dr Wu. “At-risk groups include people who had a previous heart attack, the elderly, or those with risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyles. Heart attacks can cause people to die suddenly so it is essential to urgently seek medical assistance when symptoms occur.”
Professor Ian Graham, ESC prevention spokesperson, said: “Cold weather is an important environmental trigger for heart attack. Given that the risk is predictable, health authorities should allocate more resources for treating heart attack victims during cold weather. And people at risk of a heart attack should be more vigilant during cold weather and dial emergency at the first sign of symptoms.”This study assessed the association between climate and heart attack occurrence. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, it is the largest study on this topic in Taiwan. The study used three databases covering the period 2008 to 2011. This is the first time these three large databases have been combined to investigate the impact and interaction of weather on heart attack occurrence.The study included 40,524 heart attack patients from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) and 919,203 adults without a history of heart attack from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database. Regional climate data was obtained from the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau.
The researchers looked at whether patients were more likely to have experienced certain climate factors before their heart attack than the participants who did not have a heart attack. They found that lower temperature, temperature fluctuations, and stronger wind separately increased the risk of having a heart attack the following day.
When the lowest temperature of the day was between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius, the relative incidence of acute myocardial infarction increased by 0.45% with each one degree of temperature drop. When the lowest temperature of the day was below 15 degrees Celsius, one degree of temperature drop was associated with a 1.6% of increase in the relative incidence of acute myocardial infarction in Taiwan.Dr Wu said: “Despite improved treatment for cardiovascular disease and almost 100% coverage of citizens by our national health insurance programme, the number of acute myocardial infarction patients is increasing and overall cardiovascular mortality is rising in Taiwan. We speculate that this is the result of societal ageing, extreme change of climate, and environmental pollution.” Dr Wu said health systems should send smartphone messages to high risk patients when adverse weather conditions are predicted, to warn them to be extra vigilant. Health systems should also be prepared to cope with more heart attack patients during cold weather.Professor Jiunn-Lee Lin, Chair of the APSC Congress 2018 and President, Taiwan Society of Cardiology, concluded: “This study from Taiwan adds important information on how to prevent acute myocardial infarction. During the congress we will hear the results of research from the Asia Pacific region and beyond covering all aspects of cardiovascular disease.” Professor Jeroen Bax, ESC President, said: “During the ESC programme in Taipei we will discuss more ways in which patients and health professionals can prevent heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases.”

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Gastroparesi, dolore addominale sintomo frequente

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 giugno 2010

Nei pazienti colpiti da gastroparesi (Gp) il dolore addominale (Da) rappresenta un sintomo frequente, comparabile per frequenza alla nausea e al vomito, più comunemente riconosciuti, e la sua presenza risulta in correlazione con la qualità di vita ma non con lo svuotamento gastrico. Dinu Cherian e collaboratori, della Temple university school of medicine di Philadelphia, sono giunti a questa conclusione dopo aver sottoposto un gruppo di pazienti con presunta Gp a una scintigrafia di svuotamento gastrico e a un esame endoscopico del tratto gastrointestinale prossimale e dopo aver terminato la compilazione di una serie di questionari per valutare i sintomi (Pagi-Sym, patient assessments of gastrointestinal symptoms), il Da (modello abbreviato di McGill) e la qualità di vita. Tra i 68 pazienti con svuotamento gastrico ritardato, dei quali 58 erano donne, il Da era presente nel 90% dei casi e la nausea nel 96%. Il sintomo algico ha mostrato una localizzazione epigastrica nel 43% dei casi e ombelicale nel 13%, si è presentato quotidianamente nel 43% dei pazienti ed era costante nel 38%, inoltre era spesso scatenato dal consumo di cibo (72%) e lamentato durante le ore notturne (74%) fino al punto da interferire con il sonno (66%). Per quanto riguarda la gravità dei sintomi, valutata attraverso il Pagi-Sym, sono stati presi in considerazione il senso di pienezza addominale (3,8 +/- 0,2), il gonfiore (3,6 +/- 0,2), la nausea (3,6 +/- 0,2), il discomfort (3,3 +/- 0,2) e il dolore (3,0 +/- 0,2) ai quadranti superiori dell’addome, e il vomito (2,2 +/- 0,2). La gravità del Da, infine, non è apparsa correlata con lo svuotamento gastrico, ma si è riscontrato un rapporto di grado moderato con la qualità di vita. (fonte doctor news)

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The economic crisis is a call for change

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 maggio 2009

Meeting of the Presidents of the EU Institutions with religious leaders on 11 May, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) addressed an open letter to the Presidents of the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission.
The churches are concerned that the measures that have been taken by the EU and its Member States so far may not solve the economic crisis, but may simply deal with its symptoms: “We are convinced that the current crisis is much more profound than the analysis of the EU institutions has suggested so far. The crisis calls into question a number of assumptions, which have underpinned the EU´s economic policies over the last decades, such as deregulation, the primacy of economic criteria in all areas of life as well as an overemphasis on profit and growth. The current crisis is to a large extent a crisis of trust towards the financial and political institutions and towards the system, which provoked it.”In their open letter, the churches stress the ethical dimension of the economic crisis: “Our societies are suffering from a lifestyle which is focusing on individual profit, consumption and greed rather than taking responsibility for the common good, the well-being and the future for all people and for the world we are living in.” The open letter is one of the results of a three day meeting in Brussels and Mechelen, in which church representatives from all over Europe addressed issues related to the present economic and financial crisis and the economic and social policies of the EU.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.
The Church and Society Commission of CEC links member churches and associated organisations of CEC with the European Union’s institutions, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, NATO and the UN (on European matters). Its task is to help the churches study church and society questions from a theological and social-ethical perspective, especially those with a European dimension, and to represent common positions of the member churches in their relations with political institutions working in Europe.

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President Obama Actions to Address the 2009 H1N1 Flu

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 maggio 2009

Washington – In this week’s address, President Barack Obama outlined the quick and aggressive steps the federal government is taking to confront the challenge of the H1N1 flu virus.  While the strain in the United States has not been as potent as the one in Mexico, it is impossible to say that this virus will not mutate into something more deadly.  The steps include urging people with symptoms to stay home from work or school, distributing antiviral treatments from the Strategic National Stockpile, requesting $1.5 billion from Congress to invest in additional antivirals, emergency equipment and the development of a vaccine, and launching MySpace, Facebook and Twitter pages to update the public as quickly and effectively as possible.

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