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Sleeping a few hours can lead to dementia

We spend most of our life sleeping and sleep is an important phase of our day, because it allows us to recover physical and mental energies. Different studies have tried to identify what the ideal duration of sleep is and a few years ago the National Sleep Foundation issued some specific recommendations for different age […]

If the mother has high cholesterol during pregnancy, the children risk more serious heart attacks

A small study has suggested that high maternal cholesterol in pregnancy is associated with more serious heart attacks in young adult offspring. The research was recently published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. “Cholesterol is not routinely measured during pregnancy in most countries so there are few studies on its association with the health […]

Salt substitutes are effective and safe: when potassium replaces sodium

  Several studies have shown that excessive sodium consumption can cause an increase in blood pressure and expose to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. For this reason, for many years products that replace salt have been proposed, providing flavor to foods, but containing low percentages of sodium. Most of these products mainly contain potassium […]

Drugs and surgery to reduce weight: a new Scientific Statement from American Heart Association

Weight-loss medications and surgical procedures show promise for reducing the long-term effects of high blood pressure (also called hypertension) in people who are overweight or have obesity, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in the journal Hypertension. Treatments for hypertension Previous scientific statements from the American Heart Association have addressed the […]

The new 2021 European society of cardiology guidelines on heart failure

The 2021 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure were presented during the annual scientific session and published in European Heart Journal. This was the first ESC Guideline to include patients as full members of the task force.   Poor prognosis and markedly reduced quality […]

Asian men and women living in Japan who ate peanuts, on average 4-5 peanuts/day, had a lower risk of having an ischemic stroke

Asian men and women living in Japan who ate peanuts, on average 4-5 peanuts/day, had a lower risk of having an ischemic stroke or a cardiovascular disease event compared to those who did not eat peanuts, according to new research published today in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association. While previous studies have […]

COVID-19: epidemiological data on post-vaccination myocarditis and pericarditis

  The cardiovascular system can be affected by complications of COVID-19. There are many observations of endocarditis in people affected by this viral infection, but rare cases of endocarditis have also been reported in recent months, following vaccinations against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with mRNA vaccines. To shed light on the real impact of these events, […]

COVID-19 vaccination and cerebral venous thrombosis: a very rare occurrence

Although extremely rare, adverse effects related to vaccination against COVID-19 are feared and have a strong emotional impact. One of those that have emerged in recent months, since the vaccination campaign began, is cerebral venous thrombosis, which can however occur in different haemocoagulative contexts. Some cases of severe venous thrombosis with thrombocytopenia have been reported […]