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PTI MPA Ghulam Abbas dies of heart attack

MULTAN: An MPA-elect belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), elected from PP-222 (Multan), Ghulam Abbas Khaki, died of cardiac arrest late night Tuesday. Khaki had suffered heart attack four days ago and he was shifted to a private hospital in Islamabad. He remained unconscious till his death in the hospital. PTI MPA elect Ghulam Abbas Khaaki passed away last night after having faced a major heart attack! His services & struggle for Naya Pakistan can never be forgotten. May Allah give him the highest ranks in…

Commutes on foot or bicycle tied to lowered risk of heart attack or stroke

LONDON: Commuters who abandon their cars in favor of walking or biking to work are less likely to develop heart disease or to die from it than people who drive to the office, a recent study suggests. Researchers in the UK examined data on 187,281 regular commuters and 171,498 adults who didn’t routinely travel to work. About two-thirds of the commuters relied exclusively on a car to get to work. After an average follow-up period of seven years, commuters who walked, rode a bike or took public transit at least part of…

Heart attack risk high with one cigarette a day: study

PARIS: Just one cigarette a day carries nearly half the risk for heart attack and stroke as smoking a full pack of 20, according to a large-scale study published Thursday. "If someone smokes one cigarette instead of 20 per day, intuitively we’d think that the risk drops to 1/20, or five percent," said lead author Allan Hackshaw, a professor at University College London, whose paper analysed 141 previous studies. "This seems to be the case for lung cancer, but is not true for heart attacks and stroke, where one…

Flu increases the risk of heart attack: study

MIAMI: People who get the flu may face a six-fold higher risk of heart attack in the week following infection, said a study Wednesday that bolsters the need for widespread vaccinations against the flu. The risk of heart attack -- or myocardial infarction -- is particularly acute in older adults, said the report in the New England of Medicine. "Our findings are important because an association between influenza and acute myocardial infarction reinforces the importance of vaccination," said lead author Jeff Kwong, a…

Slightly elevated blood sugar not tied to higher risk of heart attack

NEW YORK: For people who already have cardiovascular problems, having high blood sugar below the cutoff for diabetes diagnosis doesn’t raise the risk of potentially fatal heart “events,” a recent study suggests. Diabetes has long been linked to an increased risk of coronary artery disease as well as higher odds of heart attacks, cardiac arrest and what’s known as unstable angina, when plaque in the arteries ruptures and blocks the blood supply to the heart. Research has been mixed, however, on whether slightly elevated…

Can spicy foods curb salt cravings or lower blood pressure? Study says ‘yes’

BEIJING: People who like spicy foods may eat less salt and have lower blood pressure, potentially reducing their risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study from China suggests. When people didn’t care for spicy food, they consumed an average of 13.4 grams a day of salt, according to the study published in the journal Hypertension. But when people craved spicy dishes, their average salt intake was just 10.3 grams a day. Systolic blood pressure – the “top” number showing how much pressure blood exerts against artery…

Does diabetes make a heart attack feel different?

LONDON: People with diabetes may not always feel classic symptoms like acute chest pain when they have a heart attack, according to a small study that offers a potential explanation for why these episodes are more deadly for diabetics. Researchers examined data from detailed interviews with 39 adults in the UK who had been diagnosed with diabetes and had also experienced a heart attack. Most of the participants reported feeling some chest pain, but they often said it didn’t feel like they expected or that they didn’t…

Stopping aspirin therapy may raise heart attack, stroke risk

STOCKHOLM: Stopping low-dose aspirin therapy without good reason raises the likelihood of heart attack or stroke by nearly 40 percent, a large Swedish study suggests. Doctors commonly prescribe daily low-dose aspirin after a heart attack to reduce the risk of having a second cardiovascular event. But about one in six patients stop taking their aspirin within three years, the study authors note in Circulation. “(Low-dose aspirin) makes the platelets in the blood less likely to form blood clots, and this is especially…

WATCH: 12 monkeys die from heart attacks at same time after seeing ‘roaring tiger’

UTTAR PRADESH: At least a dozen monkeys were ‘scared to death’ after they suffered simultaneous heart attacks when they got a fright – from a roaring tiger, according to a report in the Mirror UK. Locals discovered the monkeys in a forest clearing and were initially baffled by the apparent mass death. Suspecting the mammals had been poisoned, postmortems were carried out which revealed they all had heart attacks at the same time. Vets in the Kotwali Mohammadi area of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh…

Regular exercise may improve odds of surviving a heart attack

NEW YORK: Just a few hours a week of moderate exercise may not prevent all heart attacks, but it could make the difference in who survives one, Danish researchers say. Over several decades, the study found that regular moderate exercisers were half as likely to die when they had a heart attack, compared to people who were sedentary. Despite this benefit, exercise did not seem to protect heart attack survivors from dying or experiencing heart failure later on, the researchers write in the European Journal of Preventive…