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Increased Heart Disease Risk Tied to Food Allergy
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Increased Heart Disease Risk Tied to Food Allergy

An overlooked factor in heart disease, sensitivity to common food allergens like dairy and peanuts may elevate the risk of cardiovascular death, even in individuals without apparent allergies, a new study has said. According to the study published in the journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, this increased risk may be comparable to -- or even exceed -- the risks posed by smoking, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Antibody Response to Common Foods Researchers looked at thousands of adults over time and found that people who produced antibodies in response to dairy and other foods were at elevated risk of cardiovascular-related death. The strongest link was for cow's milk, but other allergens such as peanuts and shrimp were also significant. "What we looked a...
Coronary Calcium Scores Highly Effective in Identifying Heart Disease Without Known Risk Factors
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Coronary Calcium Scores Highly Effective in Identifying Heart Disease Without Known Risk Factors

Findings from the study were presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2023 in Philadelphia on Nov 11, 2023. In the study, Intermountain researchers identified 429 heart attack patients who also had coronary artery calcium scans. Of those, 369 had standard modifiable risk factors (SMuRF), like a diagnosis or treatment of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and or smoking; and 60 did not (SMuRF-less). Advertisement Researchers examined these patients' calcium artery scan scores, and then also major adverse cardiovascular events, like another heart attack, stroke, or death, at 60-days and long term. Researchers found that SMuRF-less patients had high rates of, and higher percentile of, co...
Surprising Link Between Common Food Allergens, IgE Antibodies, and Heart Disease
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Surprising Link Between Common Food Allergens, IgE Antibodies, and Heart Disease

According to the researchers, this is the first time that IgE antibodies to common meals have been associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular mortality. The findings do not establish convincingly that food antibodies cause the higher risk, but they do expand on earlier research linking allergic inflammation and heart disease. "People who had an antibody called IgE to foods that they regularly eat seemed to be at increased risk for dying from heart disease," said Keet, who is the corresponding author of the paper. "We were surprised by these findings because it is very common to have IgE in foods (about 15% of American adults have IgE to common food allergens), and most people don't have any symptoms when they eat the food. As allergists, our thinking has been that it is not impo...