What’s in the news? Roundup of the latest heart health studies

Every 30 seconds, someone in the United States dies of a heart disease related event that could have potentially been treated with tissue regeneration or replacement. As the world’s leading killer, heart disease claims a devastating amount of lives each year globally, which is why it’s crucial to educate ourselves and do all that we can to prevent this horrific disease. Each day, scientists and researchers around the world try to uncover the latest information on heart disease, and we’re fascinated by all studies that emerge! That’s why we wanted to highlight a few that stood out to us. Take a look below!

Dog ownership linked to longer lives

For all the dog lovers out there, this one’s for you. Research has previously revealed that owning a dog could significantly reduce stress and increase one’s physical activity, but recent studies show how beneficial owning a dog could truly be – specifically for heart health. Studies in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes suggest a link between dog ownership and living longer lives, particularly for those affected by a major cardiovascular event. One study took a look at patient data and compared dog owners with non-owners, which revealed that dog owners had a 31% reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular-related issues and a 65% reduced risk dying following a heart attack.

Timing and blood pressure medication

For those with hypertension, new research suggests that the most effective time to take blood pressure medication could be right before bedtime. In fact, also according to this study just by taking this medication at night could potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular related issues, also resulting in better blood pressure control. Compared to the morning, taking this medication at night could also potentially reduce the risk stroke by 49%, heart attack by 44%, and heart failure by 42%. 

Role of gender: survival outcomes after heart transplantation

A recent study published in the Circulation: Heart Failure explored whether or not gender plays a role in surviving a heart transplant. After analyzing data from over 34,000 heart transplant recipients, researchers found no survival difference between women and men – however, this study suggests that women often receive “poorer-quality donor hearts.”  

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