New study shows that anger outbursts acutely raise risk of heart attack and stroke

Getting really angry might be more dangerous than you think. A new study found people who experienced severe anger outbursts were more at risk for cardiovascular events in the two hours following the outbursts compared to those who remained calm. “The relative risk was similar for people who had known pre-existing heart disease and thoseContinue reading “New study shows that anger outbursts acutely raise risk of heart attack and stroke”

University of Iowa researchers uncover mechanism of infective endocarditis

University of Iowa researchers have discovered what causes the lethal effects of staphylococcal infective endocarditis – a serious bacterial infection of heart valves that kills approximately 20,000 Americans each year. According to the UI study, the culprits are superantigens — toxins produced in large quantities by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — which disrupt the immune system,Continue reading “University of Iowa researchers uncover mechanism of infective endocarditis”