Desvigne-Nickens In the News
Dr. Desvigne-Nickens, program director in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the NHLBI, told Medical News Today that it is important for people to understand that for both men and women, having more than one risk factor multiplies the risk of developing CVD. "Having one risk factor doubles your risk for disease; having two risks quadruples your risk for developing disease; having three risks increases risk by tenfold," she explains.
Once people know their risk factors, they can take action to control them and protect their heart, said Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, M.D., medical officer at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This includes quitting smoking, exercising, eating a healthy diet, managing stress and depression and maintaining an ideal weight. “You are never too young or too old to take charge of your health and minimize your risk for heart disease,” Desvigne-Nickens said. “You are worth it.”
After someone has a heart attack or stroke, doctors usually recommend changes in lifestyle - like losing weight, exercising or stopping smoking. A new study looked at people around the world to see if they followed their doctors' advice.
The NHLBI’s Dr. Patrice Desvigne-Nickens talks heart health during her interview with Voice of America and underscores that it’s important for adults to know their numbers. “Your weight, blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure, are important numbers; they can help you take action and reduce risks,” said Dr. Desvigne-Nickens.
Research teams from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Paris, France have discovered a gene defect linked to a cluster of systemic complications, including life-threatening thoracic aortic disease and intracranial aneurysms.
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Heart attack patients with a life-threatening complication called cardiogenic shock experience an improvement in survival at 6 months when treated with balloon angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery compared to patients who receive intensive medical care to stabilize their condition, according to a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
The results of the SHOCK (Should we Emergently Revascularize Occluded Coronaries for Cardiogenic Shock) trial are published in the August 26 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
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