Vidyya Medical News Service
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Volume 5 Issue 314 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Nov-2003
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One in eight schoolchildren have three or more risk factors of the metabolic syndrome
About one in eight schoolchildren have three or more risk factors of the metabolic syndrome, a precursor of cardiovascular disease, researchers reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003.  more

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Lack of structure and wide variations in quality of cardiovascular care common among American hospitals
A third of heart failure patients left hospitals without some of the tried-and-true therapies that could add years to their lives, according to one of the largest studies of its kind, reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003.  more

 


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Public access defibrillator use increasing
Use of portable defibrillators by non-emergency responders on victims of cardiac arrest doubled during a four-year period in Seattle and King County, Washington. Survival rates were similar to or better than those of people treated by emergency medical service workers, researchers reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003.  more

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Air pollution is a drag on the heart
Short-term rises in air pollution might trigger heart attacks especially among smokers. Researchers found that on days with high air pollution, current smokers had a greater risk of heart attack than non-smokers.  more

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Preventing heart disease in younger adults a money-saver for Medicare program
Preventing heart disease risk factors in younger adults could be a money-saving investment for the federal Medicare program, researchers reported in separate studies.  more

 
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