Research published in 2015 may make some heart-conscious patients happy. Still, people don’t know as much about cardiac health as they should — maybe the concept of “heart age” can help.
Chugging coffee? No problem, at least where atrial fibrillation is concerned. A study of approximately 250,000 participants revealed no connection between coffee drinking and AFib.
Sitting may be linked to increased coronary artery calcification burden — a 14 percent increase per hour spent on one’s duff each day, according to researchers. However, fidgeting may make a difference — a longitudinal study found participants who said they wiggled a lot in their chairs seemed to escape the health risks of sitting.
Doctor, is sex still safe? Yes, according to a longitudinal study of 536 heart disease patients. Only 0.7 percent had sex in the hour before a heart attack, though most were sexually active.
A Time Line of Cardiac Risk Awareness
While patient knowledge about heart attack and promptness in seeking help is increasing, dangerous gaps persist.