Gut microbiome plays an important role in atherosclerosis

Researchers have shown a novel relationship between the intestinal microbiome and atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke. This was measured as the burden of plaque in the carotid arteries.

Source: Gut microbiome plays an important role in atherosclerosis — ScienceDaily

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Exercise could make the heart younger: Mice make over four times as many new heart muscle cells when they exercise

After a heart attack, patients must create new heart muscle cells to heal. A new study shows that mice make more new heart muscle cells when they exercise compared to when they do not. This was true for both healthy mice and those that had experienced a heart attack. Findings demonstrate that one reason exercise is beneficial to health is that it increases the heart’s capacity to regenerate.

Source: Exercise could make the heart younger: Mice make over four times as many new heart muscle cells when they exercise, study finds — ScienceDaily

Nutrition researchers agree sugar-sweetened beverages increase risk of cardiometabolic disease

While calories from any food have the potential to increase the risk of obesity and other cardiometabolic diseases, nutrition researchers agree that sugar-sweetened beverages play a unique role in chronic health problems.

Source: Some calories more harmful than others: Nutrition researchers agree sugar-sweetened beverages increase risk of cardiometabolic disease — ScienceDaily

Six years of exercise — or lack of it — may be enough to change heart failure risk

By analyzing reported physical activity levels over time in more than 11,000 American adults, researchers conclude that increasing physical activity to recommended levels over as few as six years in middle age is associated with a significantly decreased risk of heart failure, a condition that affects an estimated 5 million to 6 million Americans.

Source: Six years of exercise — or lack of it — may be enough to change heart failure risk — ScienceDaily

New link between gut microbiome and artery hardening discovered

The level of diversity of the ‘good bacteria’ in our digestive systems has been found to be linked to a feature of cardiovascular disease — hardening of the arteries — in new research.

Source: New link between gut microbiome and artery hardening discovered — ScienceDaily

Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice: No extra risk for people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes

Eating up to 12 eggs a week does not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, new research finds — despite conflicting dietary advice continuing around the world.

Source: Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice: No extra risk for people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes — ScienceDaily

‘Obesity paradox’ debunked: Obese people really don’t live longer than normal weight people with heart disease

A new study debunks the ‘obesity paradox,’ a counterintuitive finding that showed people who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease live longer if they are overweight or obese compared with people who are normal weight at the time of diagnosis. Obese people live shorter lives and have a greater proportion of life with cardiovascular disease, the study reports.

Source: ‘Obesity paradox’ debunked: Obese people really don’t live longer than normal weight people with heart disease, they’re just diagnosed at a younger age — ScienceDaily