Study: Heart failure risk in older women increases with more sedentary time


Nov. 24 (UPI) — Older women have a greater risk of heart failure if they spend more time sitting than those who sit less — even if they have a regular fitness routine — a new study found.

Researchers analyzed records for nearly 80,100 postmenopausal women, who were 63 years of age on average, from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, for the study published Tuesday.

The initiative allowed women to self-report time spent sitting or lying down in waking hours and or moving.

Women who spent less than 6.5 hours a day sitting or lying down in waking hours, had 15% less risk of heart failure hospitalization than women reporting up to 9.5 sedentary hours, and 42% less risk than women reporting more than 9.5 hours sedentary hours, the data showed.

Analysts gathered data from an average of nine years of follow-up on the women, during which 1,402 women

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ECG Increases AF Detection, but Not Anticoagulation, After Stroke


Systematic ECG monitoring increased the in-hospital rate of atrial fibrillation (AF) detection among stroke survivors, in a new study.  

However, systematic ECG monitoring did not result in a higher rate of anticoagulation at 12 months, results showed, and did not affect cardiovascular outcomes at 12 months.



Dr Matthias Endres

“As our pragmatic approach in unselected stroke or transient ischemic attack [TIA] patients did not significantly increase anticoagulation rates at 12 months, we propose that additional ECG monitoring should focus on stroke patients at increased risk of atrial fibrillation,” Matthias Endres, MD, director of the Department of Neurology with Experimental Neurology at Charit√© Medical University in Berlin, Germany, told Medscape Medical News.

“Detection of atrial fibrillation and subsequent initiation of anticoagulation remain important goals in the care of stroke patients,” he said.

Endres presented his study at the European Stroke Organization-World Stroke Organization (ESO-WSO) Conference 2020.

Prospective Study

Evidence indicates

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After Summer Increases, California, Texas and Florida Brace for New Surge


Despite a temporary reprieve following record-setting surges over the summer, three of the most highly populated U.S. states are contending with swelling coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at levels not seen in months.

Texas, California and Florida are among the 47 states and Washington, D.C., where cases were rising at a faster pace over the past seven days than during the week prior, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. Last week, Texas hit one million total confirmed cases since the pandemic began. Just days later, California reached the same milestone. Florida has recorded more than 885,000, the third highest among U.S. states.

The spread of the coronavirus in these former hot spots is currently accelerating at a slower pace than in states like Wyoming, Utah, Michigan and Minnesota. But upticks in new cases and hospitalizations show increased spread at a record-breaking point in the pandemic

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