Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Accelerated Brain Atrophy with Atrial Fibrillation

  According to data presented at the 2015 European Society of Cardiology Congress, atrial fibrillation in the elderly general population were found to independently have accelerated loss of brain volume and cognitive function.
  The mechanism is unknown but may be multifactorial including altered autonomic regulation of cerebral blood flow, micro emboli to the brain and atrial fibrillation- induced  diminished cerebral blood flow.

Risk of Stroke Increases With IncreasedJob Stress

In a meta-analytic study out of China, people with high stress jobs had a 22% higher risk of stroke than those with low-stress jobs. Women with high-stress jobs had a 33% higher risk of stroke than women with low-stress jobs.Those with high-stress jobs were 58% more likely to have an ischemic stroke than those with low-stress jobs. People with passive (janitors,miners, other manual laborers) and active (doctors,teachers,engineers)did NOT have an increased risk of stroke.
  High stress jobs were found in the service industry (waitresses,nurses aides).
Neurology.2015 Oct 14

IBS, Migraine and Tension Headaches Linked ?

   Irritable bowel syndrome, (the most common GI disorder internationally with 45 million sufferers in the US alone) , tension headaches and migraine may share common genetic mutations.
  Researchers from Istanbul University in Turkey when looking at the serotonin transporter gene and serotonin receptor gene 2A found that IBS, migraine and tension headache groups had at least one gene that differed from healthy participants.