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Heart disease risks rise with social isolation and loneliness: By the numbers

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Heart disease risks for postmenopausal women increase by up to 27% for those who experience both social isolation and loneliness, according to a study published in the American Medical Association’s JAMA Network Open.

February is American Heart Month: What to know

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on At the end of last month, President Biden proclaimed February American Heart Month, inviting all Americans to participate in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 4. Friday honors those the country has lost to heart disease and aims to raise awareness of the actions people can take to prevent it. In a Jan. 31 proclamation, the president wrote that he had asked Congress to launch the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) initiative, investing billions of dollars in preventing, detecting and treating cancer, cardiovascular conditions and other diseases. "My administration is also working across federal agencies to develop new programs to alleviate heart health disparities, including those that threaten maternal health," he noted.

'They thought he was too young for heart disease'

BBC News

A mother whose son died from heart disease has urged parents to know the signs and trust their instincts if they think their child is seriously ill. Jordan Simon was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at the age of 16 after several trips to hospital, was given a heart transplant and managed to live his dream of being a holiday park entertainer before his death in November, aged 25. His mum Sarah Tustin, from March in Cambridgeshire, said she did not blame doctors for missed opportunities to diagnose him sooner but that he would have died "within hours" if she had not been persistent. She said: "Because he was young, the doctors couldn't possibly think he had heart disease. If there's parents out there that have got teenagers that are having the same symptoms, breathless, lethargic, do not accept the first diagnosis from the hospital or doctors."

New AI Tool Detects Often Overlooked Heart Diseases


"These two heart conditions are challenging for even expert cardiologists to accurately identify, and so patients often go on for years to decades before receiving a correct diagnosis," said David Ouyang, MD, a cardiologist in the Smidt Heart Institute and senior author of the study. "Our AI algorithm can pinpoint disease patterns that can't be seen by the naked eye, and then use these patterns to predict the right diagnosis." The two-step, novel algorithm was used on over 34,000 cardiac ultrasound videos from Cedars-Sinai and Stanford Healthcare's echocardiography laboratories. When applied to these clinical images, the algorithm identified specific features - related to the thickness of heart walls and the size of heart chambers - to efficiently flag certain patients as suspicious for having the potentially unrecognized cardiac diseases. "The algorithm identified high-risk patients with more accuracy than the well-trained eye of a clinical expert," said Ouyang.

Rising BMI and diabetes have stalled the decline of heart disease

New Scientist

Efforts to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes are being stalled by weight gain and increasing diabetes prevalence, analysis of Scottish health data suggests. Between 1990 and 2014, the rate of heart attacks and strokes plummeted, driven by decreases in blood pressure, cholesterol levels and smoking rates, the research found. But progress in further reducing cardiovascular disease has been hampered by increasing body mass index (BMI) and diabetes prevalence over the same period. Heart disease and strokes are the two leading causes of death globally. The number of heart attacks in Scotland fell from 1069 per 100,000 people in 1990 to 276 per 100,000 people in 2014.