People who skip breakfast are at risk of dying from heart attack

Skipping breakfast and eating a late dinner could wreak havoc on your health, research suggests.

Scientists found people who frequently missed their morning meal and regularly ate dinner less than two hours before going to bed were far less likely to survive if they suffered a heart attack.

Experts believe shifting the bulk of food consumption to earlier in the day gives the body a better chance to burn off calories and results in a healthier hormone balance.

The theory – which backs up the old adage, ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’ – also holds that people who eat well in the morning are less likely to snack during the day.

Researchers from São Paolo State University in Brazil tracked 113 people who suffered heart attacks.

The team found 57 per cent of the participants skipped breakfast at least three times a week, 51 per cent had late dinners three times a week, and 41 per cent both missed breakfast and ate their evening meal late.

The researchers also discovered that those who regularly missed their morning meal and ate within two hours of going to bed were four to five times more likely to die within a month of their heart attack, or suffered a repeat attack.

The academics, who published their findings in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, said changing the way people ate would be an easy way to improve their health.

Study leader Dr Marcos Minicucci said: ‘Nutrition is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to improve prognosis.’

He recommended a minimum two-hour interval between dinner and bedtime.

‘It is said that the best way to live is to breakfast like a king,’ he added.

‘A good breakfast is usually composed of dairy products [such as] fat-free or low fat milk, yogurt and cheese, a carbohydrate – whole wheat bread, bagels, cereals – and whole fruits. It should have 15 to 35 per cent of our total daily calorie intake.’

The researchers said people who miss breakfast and have a late dinner are also more likely to have other unhealthy habits – such as smoking and low levels of physical activity.

Dr Minicucci said: ‘Our research shows that the two eating behaviours are independently linked with poorer outcomes after a heart attack, but having a cluster of bad habits will only make things worse.

‘People who work late may be particularly susceptible to having a late supper and then not being hungry in the morning.

‘We also think that the inflammatory response, oxidative stress, and endothelial function could be involved in the association between unhealthy eating behaviours and cardiovascular outcomes.’

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PHOTO: DK Kwenye Beat hospitalized after suffering a heart attack

Ringtone broke the news that DK Kwenye Beat was rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack.

He was asking Kenyans to pray for DK, saying he doesn’t want to lose someone in the industry.

This was after an audio leaked of DK and his friend mocking the lass who exposed him and HopeKid for s3xual harassment and later infecting her with herpes.

The singer trended for the better part on Saturday after being exposed on social media. DK’s girlfriend, Shanice also went ahead to delete her Instagram account, seeing as the trolls became too much.

Size 8 was also trolled for showing support for DK and HopeKid, while telling Kenyans not to judge the two for their misdeeds, also insisting we may not know the full story.

Hours later, she released a press statement withdrawing her support and even deleted the videos from her social media pages.

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Here is a picture of DK Kwenye Beat lying on a hospital bed:

Women Are Three Times More Likely To Die Of A Heart Attack Than Men – Study

Women are up to three times more likely to die after having a heart attack than men because they are not getting the same treatments, a study has found.

If women in the UK received the same medical care as men in the year following a heart attack, many more would live, researchers said. Treatments that women miss out on include bypass surgery and stents, wire-mesh tubes that are placed in arteries to help keep them open. Common drug treatments – such as statins and aspirin – are also less likely to be prescribed for women. The heart attack survival gender gap may be because both women patients and medical staff are more likely to see the disease as a ‘male issue’.

Some 69,000 women have a heart attack in the UK every year, compared to 119,000 men, but women struck by the disease are more likely to die as a result. Diagnosing women is harder because women are less likely to report the symptom of chest pain than males. Instead, they are more likely to complain about less specific symptoms – such as breathlessness or neck pain. Sometimes these symptoms get confused with indigestion, muscle pain or anxiety, or even an allergic reaction. But it is less clear why women are not receiving similar treatment to men after being diagnosed. Researchers led by Dr Chris Gale of Leeds University and colleagues from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute analysed the outcomes of 180,368 patients who suffered a heart attack between the start of 2003 and the end of 2013.

Looking at the gender of those who had heart attacks, as well as the age at which they were hospitalised, scientists calculated the ‘excess mortality’ – the measure of how much a patient’s life has been cut short – for both, and found the figure was three times higher for women. Though women are more likely to suffer from illnesses such as diabetes, scientists said this alone did not account for the disparity, and found females were missing out on recommended standard treatments for the disease.

Women who suffered a heart attack because their coronary artery was blocked by a blood clot were 34 per cent less likely than men to receive treatments such as stents. They were 24 per cent less likely to be prescribed statins, which help to prevent a second heart attack, and 16 per cent less likely to be given aspirin, which helps to prevent blood clots. Damningly, when they received all of the treatments recommended for patients who have suffered a heart attack, the excess mortality gap between the sexes fell dramatically.

The researchers, whose work was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, said that while the analysis uses Swedish data, treatment guidelines for patients who have suffered from a heart attack are comparable across Europe. Professor Chris Gale, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the University of Leeds, who co-authored the study, said: ‘We need to work harder to shift the perception that heart attacks only affect a certain type of person.

‘Typically, when we think of a heart attack patient, we see a middle-aged man who is overweight, has diabetes and smokes. ?This is not always the case; heart attacks affect the wider spectrum of the population. ‘The findings from this study suggest that there are clear and simple ways to improve the outcomes of women who have a heart attack – we must ensure equal provision of evidence-based treatments for women.’ He added that while women were ‘more challenging’ to diagnose, it was not clear why they were being given different treatment to men.

Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘Heart attacks are often seen as a male health issue, but more women die from coronary heart disease than breast cancer in the UK. ‘The findings from this research are concerning – women are dying because they are not receiving proven treatments to save lives after a heart attack?…?By simply ensuring more women receive the recommended treatments, we’ll be able to help more families avoid the heartbreak of losing a loved one to heart disease.’


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A broken heart can kill you, it causes as much damage as having a heart attack

Severe emotional stress can cause as much damage to the heart as a heart attack, British researchers claim.

At least 3,000 adults in the UK a year suffer from ‘broken heart syndrome’ – or takotsubo – but the true number may be even higher.

It is commonly triggered by a bereavement and occurs when the stress of the event causes the heart muscle to become stunned and weakened.

But until now doctors had presumed the damage was temporary and would eventually heal with time.

But researchers at the University of Aberdeen have discovered that the condition permanently weakens the heart, similar to a heart attack.

In the longest-running study so far, they followed 37 patients with takotsubo for an average of two years.

They carried out regular ultrasound and MRI scans of their heart and found the damage was present long after the event which first triggered the condition.

Many of the patients became tired very easily and were unable to do exercise even though doctors had assumed they’d recover.

The researchers said patients should be offered the same drugs as those whose hearts have been damaged by a heart attack.

Dr Dana Dawson, lead researcher from the University of Aberdeen, who led the research, said: ‘It is becoming increasingly recognised that takotsubo is more common than we originally thought.

‘This is the longest follow up study looking at the long term effects of takotsubo, and it clearly shows permanent ill-effects on the hearts of those who suffer from it.

‘These patients are unable to perform physical exercise as well and fatigue more easily.

‘Our research shows that takotsubo needs to be treated with same urgency as any other heart problem, and that patients may need ongoing treatment for these long term effects.’

Women are more commonly affected by the condition than men and there are likely to be many more cases than the figures suggest.

Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘Takotsubo is a devastating disease that can suddenly strike down otherwise healthy people.

‘We once thought the effects of this life-threatening disease were temporary, but now we can see they can continue to affect people for the rest of their lives.

‘There is no long-term treatment for people with takotsubo because we mistakenly thought patients would make a full recovery.

‘This new research shows there are long-term effects on heart health, and suggests we should be treating patients in a similar way to those who are at risk of heart failure.’

The condition occurs when extreme stress causes the heart to become stunned, resulting in one of its main chambers – the left ventricle – changing shape.

It was first identified in Japan the 1990s and the term takotsubo means octopus pot, which describes the deformed shape of the heart.

Scientists are still trying to understand exactly how it occurs and why some people are affected and not others.

Last year a major project by Swiss researchers found the condition was commonly triggered by happy events as well as sorrow.


Rest In Peace: Karen Hospital Doctors Rule Out Heart Attack In Nkaissery’s Shocking Death

Karen Hospital has ruled out any possibilities of a heart attack as the cause of CS Nkaissery’s death.

A senior manager at the hospital told the Star on Saturday that doctors who received the late have every reason to believe it was not a heart attack.

The manager who sought anonymity said by the time the Joseph Nkaisserry arrived at the hospital he was already dead.

He further dismissed claims that the late had driven himself to the hospital for check up terming the claims as mere rumors.

“The doctors received the late at around 1am and he was already dead. Since our profession does not allow doctors to assume, they run all the emergency procedures amid efforts to resuscitate him but unfortunately he was already past that,” the manager said.


The source further said in doctors assessment Nkaissery had no signs of sickness.

Asked if it was poisoning, the manager said, “Doctors will not look foolish to say it was poisoning or heart attack only for postmortem to say otherwise”.

In their quest to establish what might have transpired, the manager said even his wife confirmed that the late CS had no signs of sickness.

“The doctors tried to interrogate her wife but she said the late arrived in the house at around 10 pm. Had a little conversation and planned that they would leave the house at around 9 am the following day for usual activities before they retired to bed at 11 pm,” he said.

The source said, Nkaisserry 67, was brought at the hospital in company of his wife, security and two friends whom the wife said had spent the entire day together.


Dectives have so far commenced investigations into the sudden death.

The officers have cordoned off the CS’s Nairobi home in Hardy, Karen estate and Bomas of Kenya.

The two places are being swept clean seeking to collect any evidence that may be linked to his death.

Nkaissery served in the military for 29 years where he ascended to the rank of Major General before he joined politics in 2002.

In November 2014, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Nkaissery as Interior CS to replace Joseph Lenku who was sacked for failing to secure the country following two massacres by the al Shabaab.






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Could HONEY Prevent HEART ATTACKS? Find Out How Natural Sugar Found In The Popular Sweetener Can Reduce Artery Plaque

A natural sugar found in honey could prevent heart attacks, new research suggests.

The sugar, known as trehalose, activates a protein that causes immune cells to remove fatty plaque from arteries, the study found.

Trehalose was found to reduce the size of plaque in mice by around 30 percent.


Plaque builds up inside the arteries in a condition known as atherosclerosis. This causes the arteries to harden and become less elastic, putting people at risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even heart attacks.

Trehalose is also found in mushrooms, lobsters and prawns.

  • How the study was carried out  

Researchers from Washington University injected mice at risk of atherosclerosis with trehalose or a different type of sugar.

Some mice were also given trehalose orally.

  • Key findings  

Results, published in Nature Communications, revealed that mice given trehalose had plaques measuring 0.25mm across, compared with 0.35mm in the animals not injected with the sugar.

This is an approximate 30 percent decrease in plaque.

Plaque size was not reduced in mice given trehalose orally or those injected with a different type of sugar.


Trehalose is thought to activate a protein called TFEB that causes immune cells, known as macrophages, to remove plaque.

Lead author Dr Babak Razani said: ‘In atherosclerosis, macrophages try to fix damage to the artery by cleaning up the area, but they get overwhelmed by the inflammatory nature of the plaques.

‘Their housekeeping process gets gummed up.

‘Trehalose is not just enhancing the housekeeping machinery that’s already there. It’s triggering the cell to make new machinery.’

More evidence that fried food raises heart attack risk

People who eat lots of fried food and sugary drinks have a 56 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to those who eat healthier, according to US researchers.

The findings in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, were based on a six-year study of more than 17,000 people in the United States.

Researchers found that people who regularly ate what was described as a Southern style diet — fried foods, eggs, processed meats like bacon and ham, and sugary drinks — faced the highest risk of a heart attack or heart-related death during the next six years.

“Regardless of your gender, race, or where you live, if you frequently eat a Southern-style diet you should be aware of your risk of heart disease and try to make some gradual changes to your diet,” said lead researcher James Shikany, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Preventive Medicine.

“Try cutting down the number of times you eat fried foods or processed meats from every day to three days a week as a start, and try substituting baked or grilled chicken or vegetable-based foods.”

The study included both white and African-American men and women aged 45 or older, who did not have heart disease when they began the study.

Participants enrolled from 2003 to 2007. They were first screened by telephone, then given an in-home physical exam, then they answered a food frequency questionnaire.

“Every six months, the participants were interviewed via telephone about their general health status and hospitalizations for nearly six years,” said the study.

Participants fell into five different eating groups, including the Southern style eaters; those who favored convenience foods like pasta, Mexican food, Chinese food, mixed dishes and pizza; the “plant-based” pattern which was mostly vegetables and fruits; the “sweets” pattern; and the “alcohol/salads” group which tended toward by beer, wine, liquor, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and salad dressings.

The Southern-style eaters were the only ones faced with a higher risk of heart disease.

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Requiem mass for Kajwang to be held at Uhuru Park

A requiem mass for the late Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang will be held today at Uhuru Park grounds. The mass will later be followed by a public viewing of the body.

The service will be preceded by another for close friends and family members at the SDA church between 8am and 10am.

Kajwang’s body will be flown to Waondo Thursday ahead of his send-off on Friday.

Heart attack, fractured ribs leading causes of Kajwang’s death in inconclusive report

Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang’ died of complications related to a heart attack and internal injuries, a medical report has revealed.

The post mortem, conducted at the Lee funeral home by government pathologist Johansen Oduor, showed that Kajwang’s blood vessels supplying oxygen to the heart narrowed (coronary artery disease) and six of his ribs were fractured.

The fractures resulted from an accident he was involved in on Friday in Homa Bay county.

The procedure, conducted before family pathologist Emily Rugena, also revealed that Kajwang’ had chest bruises, massive stomach erosion and external injuries.

Siaya senator James Orengo, presenting the findings at a press briefing at the ODM Secretariat on Friday, said the report was inconclusive and that more tests need to be carried out.

Orengo is acting lawyer of Kajwang’s family and is the chairman of the natural funeral committee formed to help with funeral arrangements.


Drama as woman claiming to be Kajwang’s wife ejected from Lee Funeral Home

A woman claiming to the wife of the late Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang’ has been ejected from the Lee Funeral Home by the family members.

The woman only identified as Faith, stormed the facility saying that she too has a right to view the body of the late senator who died of what is suspected to be a heart attack on Tuesday evening at Mater Hospital.

At the same time ODM youths who have been camped at the funeral home since early morning wanted to storm into the morgue saying that the results which were to be released at 10am Friday morning were being delayed with.

Family members of the late senator have however managed to calm down the rowdy youth and called for patience as the procedure is concluded.


President Uhuru mourns Senator Otieno Kajwang

President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed his condolences following the passing of Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang who suffered a heart attack, Tuesday night.

Uhuru described Kajwang as an eloquent debater, a patriot and nationalist. Here is the full message from the president. “It is with utter shock and deep sorrow that I have learnt of the sudden death of Senator Gerald Otieno Kajwang.

Senator Kajwang’s death is not only a big blow to his family but also to the people of Homa Bay County and the whole country which he served with commitment and dedication first as a Member of Parliament, a Minister and a senator.

I will always remember Senator Kajwang as an eloquent debater, a patriot and a nationalist.

Indeed, it is hard to comprehend how the cruel hand of death has so suddenly snatched Senator Kajwang from our midst. He was an energetic, jovial and an extremely pleasant person to deal with.

The death of Senator Kajwang reminds us of how fickle human life can be. It is, therefore, difficult for anyone of us to find the right words with which to express ourselves at such a sad time.

In this difficult time of mourning, I convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Senator Kajwang’s family, relatives, friends and the people of Homa Bay who he served diligently. I pray the Almighty God gives you all the strength and courage to bear the tragic loss.

May the Almighty God rest his soul in everlasting peace.”

Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector

Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.

The company is working on technology that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient’s bloodstream via a swallowed pill, with a wrist-worn sensor.

The idea is to identify slight changes in the person’s biochemistry that could act as an early warning system.

The work is still at an early stage.


Tradegy As Father Of 16 Dies Of Heart Attack

A British super dad who worked ’round the clock’ to support his 16 children has died of a heart attack at the age of 56.

Terry Harvey, from Cardiff, always wanted a lot of children because he was from a big family himself – but he never dreamed he would have so many.

superdad dies of heart attack

After meeting his wife Marie in 1979, the pair went on to have 12 girls and four boys, as well as 33 grandchildren. There were five more on the way when Harvey died. Mrs Harvey, to whom he was married for 35 years, said she was ‘heartbroken’ at her husband’s sudden death.

A family spokesman said: ‘Terry was a brilliant dad – he worked long hours but always helped to look after the children getting up in the middle of the night to help when they were young. ‘He was always proud of supporting his large family despite many people advising him that he might be better off claiming benefits.’

‘He used to say: “I didn’t have my kids for the Government to support them – that’s my job”.’

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