Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may cut their risk of heart problems, a study suggests, but experts are still cautious about long-term safety risks.
Published in the journal BMJ, the study also found HRT is not associated with an increased risk of cancer or stroke - but past studies have shown a link.
The Department of Health advises women to only use it on a short-term basis.The researchers traced 1,000 women over 10 years - half of them were on HRT. Read More
Stroke Sufferers are Getting Younger Due to Poor Diet: Researchers
Younger people are increasingly suffering strokes because of their unhealthy lifestyle, research has found.
The average of someone suffering a stroke has fallen from 71 years in 1993/4 to 69 years in 2005 and study published in the journal Neurology found.It was also found that 13 per cent of strokes occurred in people aged under 55 in 1993/4 which increased to 19 per cent in 2005. Read More
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NHS Heart Surgeons Could Be Trained in India to Gain Enough Experience
NHS heart surgeons will soon have to be trained in India because European Union rules on working hours are stopping young doctors getting the operating theatre experience they need, according to one of India's leading cardiac specialists.
Seven NHS registrars will go to India in the next few months to work up to 18 hours a day, performing four heart operations per shift, to get the experience they need to become consultants in Britain, according to Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya cardiac hospital in Bangalore.
"It's only a matter of time before those in Europe and the United States have to send their surgeons to India for training," he said. "In India the number of procedures by every centre is very large, so in a very short period a surgeon gets exposed to a very large number of surgeries.Read More
Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Center has recently begun using coronary stents in heart operations which melt automatically to expand the arteries.
"A 63-year-old patient came to the emergency section with a heart clot. He was the first patient to have such an operation," said Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Kurdi, head of the cardiology center at SAMC.
Dr. Kurdi pointed out that these coronary stents start melting after six months and completely disappear after the patient's recovery. The new coronary stents are made of magnesium, a substance naturally found in the human body, which lessens chemical reactions between the patient's body and the stent as happens with traditional metal stents.Read More
The Ministry of Health announced yesterday that it will establish six new specialized centers to deal with tumors and cardiac diseases in the Kingdom within its new budget for this year.
Mohammed Khosheim, deputy health minister for planning and development, said yesterday that it would build three specialized centers for the treatment of tumors in Al-Ahsa, Hail and Jazan regions. He added that with the new addition, the ministry would have 12 such centers throughout the Kingdom.
The deputy minister added that his ministry also has plans to build three more specialized centers in Jazan, Hail and Taif for heart disease, bringing the total number of centers to 20 in all parts of the Kingdom.Read More
It's never too late to start reaping the benefits of a heart-healthy diet.Read More