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“Air pollution is linked to increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat and blood clots in the lung,” BBC News reports.
A low-cost, all-in-one pill that combines medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure in an attempt to cut heart attacks and strokes has gone on trial.
“Blood pressure pills taken by up to one million Britons have been linked to cancer,” warned the Daily Express.
A new blood test may have the potential to detect a tumour before it arrives, according to a recent article in the Eureka scientific supplement from The Times.
“Even ‘social’ cocaine users are doing catastrophic damage to their hearts,” the Mail Online reports after an Australian study found that casual cocaine use was associated with heart damage.
“ME: one third of patients ‘wrongly diagnosed’,” says The Daily Telegraph, which has reported on a new study of a condition called postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS).
Researchers say that ‘statins cut the risk of heart attacks by 30% even in healthy people’ and lower the chance of dying from any cause by 12%, the Daily Mail reported. It said that the drugs are currently only given to people who are at significant risk of heart attack or stroke. The latest review of the research has renewed the ongoing debate over whether everyone over 50 should be prescribed statins.Brought to you by NHS Choices
“People are being urged to find out their “true” heart age in order to cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes,” BBC News reports. Doctors have put together a new risk calculator called JBS3 that can tell you the real “age” of your heart.
The news is based on a study by US scientists who have built a genetic model that can predict exceptional longevity, defined as survival well beyond the average human lifespan, with 77% accuracy.
“A drug commonly used to treat gout can also relieve angina,” BBC News reported.