Cardio Round-up: Plant Pigment Reduces Hypertension, Burnout Syndrome Increases Risk for AFib, and More

This week’s edition features two feel-good stories for healthy lifestyles, a study linking burnout syndrome to increased risk for atrial fibrillation, and more.

Quercetin Linked With Reductions in Hypertension

If you like apples, red onions, red wine, teas, and other foods, the results of a new analysis in Nutrition Review will be great news. Researchers analyzed 17 studies and reported that quercertin, a common plant pigment, is associated with significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. “Researchers here found that the favorable effects of quercetin on blood pressure support the use of quercetin in patients with hypertension,” researchers said.

Common Plant Pigment in Red Onions Associated With Significant Reductions in Blood Pressure

Researchers Isolate Turbulence That Increases Clotting Risk in Mechanical Heart Valves

A team of Bern engineers has released an analysis that may force a look at the design of some mechanical heart valve leaflets. The team, using a combination of sophisticated mathematical modeling and analysis of fluid mechanics, determined that there were regions around the valve, that by virtue of the patterns of fluid turbulence created by the leaflet motion, were at a higher risk for clotting. The group suggests in the study a fix. “The results of this study are a first step toward a detailed understanding of the hydrodynamic instability mechanisms which lead to turbulent flow past biomechanical heart valves,” the researchers wrote.

Researchers Tease Out Turbulence-Causing Mechanism To Reduce Blood Clot Formation Around Mechanical Heart Valves

Burned Out? Get Your Rest, Because Your AFib Risk May Be Elevated

If you suffer from persistent overwhelming tiredness, a lack of energy, and irascibility, your overall condition may heighten the risk for trial fibrillation, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. An analysis of more than 11,000 individuals concluded that participants scoring in the highest (most exhausted) quartile of respondents had a higher risk for atrial fibrillation.“Vital exhaustion is associated with increased inflammation and heightened activation of the body’s physiologic stress response,” he said in the press release.

ARIC Subanalysis: Burnout Syndrome Associated with Elevated Risk for Atrial Fibrillation

Healthy Lifestyle: The Gift That Keeps Giving For A Lifetime

A new analysis in BMJ suggests that health lifestyles pursued in middle age continue to lower risk for certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and also to extend disease-free life expectancy.“Our findings suggest that promotion of a healthy lifestyle would help to reduce the healthcare burdens through lowering the risk of developing multiple chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, and extending disease-free life expectancy,” the authors said. Give it a read.

Healthy Lifestyles Yield Downstream Benefits for Life Expectancy, Cancer-free, and Cardiovascular Disease-free Life Later in Life