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Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack

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Photo: Man using his asthma inhaler [17/11/2014] Recent asthma symptoms or asthma that requires daily medication may significantly raise the risk of heart attack, according to two research papers presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014.Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack - Read more

A medical lab for the home

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Photo: Microchip at a fingertip [13/11/2014] Fraunhofer FIT demonstrates a mobile wireless system that monitors the health of elderly people in their own homes, using miniature sensors. Besides non-invasive sensors this platform integrates technology to take a blood sample and to determine specific markers in the patient's blood.A medical lab for the home - Read more

Telemedicine: "There are distinct criteria for the assessment that are accomplishable and well-known"

[13/11/2014] Telemedicine is seen as a solution for several problems in the health care system: it is meant to alleviate the physician shortage, save costs for chronically ill patients and improve treatment success rates. Yet is that always the case? The benefit of telemedicine needs to be assessed in studies just like with other procedures in medicine.Telemedicine: "There are distinct criteria for the assessment that are accomplishable and well-known" - Read more

Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent

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Graphic: Monitor with ECG and the word [11/11/2014] Widespread adoption could increase patient safety nationally: The sound of monitor alarms in hospitals can save patients' lives, but the frequency with which the monitors go off can also lead to "alarm fatigue," in which caregivers become desensitized to the ubiquitous beeping.Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent - Read more

High-speed 'label-free' imaging could reveal dangerous plaques

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Photo: Image taken with the new technology [07/11/2014] Researchers are close to commercializing a new type of medical imaging technology that could diagnose cardiovascular disease by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser.High-speed 'label-free' imaging could reveal dangerous plaques - Read more

Newly donated blood reduces complications from heart surgery

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Photo: blood transfusion [27/10/2014] Heart surgery patients who received newly donated blood have significantly fewer post-operative complications than those who received blood that had been donated more than two weeks before their surgery, a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress has shown.Newly donated blood reduces complications from heart surgery - Read more

Women with high blood pressure get different treatment to men

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Photo: Physician checks a woman's bloodpressure [17/10/2014] Women who are treated for high blood pressure are not given the same medication as men, nor do they hit the treatment targets as often, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg.Women with high blood pressure get different treatment to men - Read more

Impact of mental stress on heart varies between men, women

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Photo: A couple arguing [16/10/2014] Men and women have different cardiovascular and psychological reactions to mental stress, according to a study of men and women who were already being treated for heart disease.Impact of mental stress on heart varies between men, women - Read more

Stenting safe and effective for long-term stroke prevention

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Graphic: Depicting the location of a stent in the vessels [14/10/2014] Using stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, reports an international trial led by University College London (UCL) funded by the Medical Research Council and Stroke Association.Stenting safe and effective for long-term stroke prevention - Read more

'Skin-like' device monitors cardiovascular and skin health

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Photo: (Example image) hand with plaster [30/09/2014] A new wearable medical device can quickly alert a person if they are having cardiovascular trouble or if it's simply time to put on some skin moisturizer, reports a Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study.'Skin-like' device monitors cardiovascular and skin health - Read more

Researchers identify a new target for treating heart failure

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Picture: Heart Rate [10/09/2014] As a heart fails, losing its ability to squeeze blood through the circulatory system, the body releases a neurohormone that interferes with the heart's best chance to improve contractility, a team of Temple University School of Medicine researchers show in a study.Researchers identify a new target for treating heart failure - Read more

Batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on automatic wristwatch

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Photo: Cardiac pacemaker in an X-ray image [03/09/2014] A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. The prototype device does not require battery replacement.Batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on automatic wristwatch - Read more

ICD home monitoring: cost compares, reimbursement lags

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Photo: Physician talking to an elderly patient [01/09/2014] Roughly a decade since the start of telemonitoring capabilities in implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), the first financial assessment of the impact of home monitored follow-up estimates the cost to physicians, hospitals and insurance providers is the same as traditional in-office monitoring, according to a new study.ICD home monitoring: cost compares, reimbursement lags - Read more

A novel pathway for prevention of heart attack and stroke

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Graphic: Different words like stroke and heart [22/08/2014] A recent study could pave the way for preventing brain and cardiac ischemia induced by atherosclerosis. Finnish researchers have found that the low-expression variant of fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4), which is particularly common among Finns, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. The finding revealed a new way to customise a potentially preventive drug for atherosclerosis.A novel pathway for prevention of heart attack and stroke - Read more

Absorbable magnesium scaffold: “The patches need to follow the movement of the cardiac muscle“

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[08/08/2014] A magnesium implant will soon be available to help patients, who exhibit damage in the high-pressure area of the heart. The implant protects a tissue matrix where new cells that replace the affected tissue are meant to grow. The implant itself is supposed to completely dissolve after several months. MEDICA.de spoke with D. Eng. Thomas Hassel about this exciting project. Absorbable magnesium scaffold: “The patches need to follow the movement of the cardiac muscle“ - Read more

Earlier intervention for common form of heart attack linked to improved survival

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Photo: Man holding his breast [08/08/2014] Changes in the treatment of the most common form of heart attack over the past decade have been associated with higher survival rates for men and women regardless of age, race and ethnicity, according to a University of California (UCLA) led analysis. But the study also suggests that there is room for improvement in how current treatment guidelines are applied among specific patient groups.Earlier intervention for common form of heart attack linked to improved survival - Read more

Monitoring pulse after stroke may prevent second stroke

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Photo: Person measuring another one's pulse [25/07/2014] New research suggests that regularly monitoring your pulse after a stroke or the pulse of a loved one who has experienced a stroke may be a simple and effective first step in detecting irregular heartbeat, a major cause of having a second stroke.Monitoring pulse after stroke may prevent second stroke - Read more

Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging

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Photo: Older couple cycling [25/07/2014] Medicine focuses almost entirely on fighting chronic diseases in a piecemeal fashion as symptoms develop. Instead, more efforts should be directed to promoting interventions that have the potential to prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespans.Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging - Read more

Gene variant: heart disease risk factor for women

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Graphic: Woman holding her heart [24/07/2014] Historically, it was thought that heart disease was a men's-only disease, however, data has shown that post-menopausal women are just as likely as men to get heart disease and are less likely to be adequately diagnosed and treated. New research from Western University brings to light a genetic basis for heart disease in women and helps to identify which women are more prone to heart disease.Gene variant: heart disease risk factor for women - Read more

Lifetime cancer risk from heart imaging low for most children

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Photo: Physician holding an infant and looking at X-rays [13/06/2014] Children with heart disease are exposed to low levels of radiation during X-rays, which do not significantly raise their lifetime cancer risk. However, children who undergo repeated complex imaging tests that deliver higher doses of radiation may have a slightly increased lifetime risk of cancer, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.Lifetime cancer risk from heart imaging low for most children - Read more

Football: "We want to globally determine deaths for the first time"

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[02/06/2014] Sudden deaths of football players make headlines time after time: competitive athletes who are the idols of many people die just when they are on the playing field and in the limelight. Congenital heart defects often cause their death. Sports physicians and FIFA now plan to ascertain data that can help improve preventive examinations in competitive football.Football: "We want to globally determine deaths for the first time" - Read more

Vascular health in athletes

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[02/06/2014] “Sports are good for your health”, as the saying goes. Regular exercise promotes the health of our blood vessels and prevents vascular diseases. However, many years of competitive sports can also have negative effects on vascular health and increase the risk of myocardial infarction. Prof. Martin Halle of the Technical University Munich explains at MEDICA.de what athletes need to pay attention to.Vascular health in athletes - Read more

Combined approach to map atherosclerotic arteries

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Photo: Micro tomography of arteries [28/05/2014] A new method allows calcified and constricted blood vessels to be visualized with micrometer precision, and can be used to design containers for targeted drug delivery.Combined approach to map atherosclerotic arteries - Read more

Heart Disease: Aspirin or No Aspirin?

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Photo: Aspirin pills [15/05/2014] A study involving the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation shows that a simple test to measure plaque in the arteries of the heart may help doctors better determine who will and will not benefit from use of aspirin therapy to prevent heart disease.Heart Disease: Aspirin or No Aspirin? - Read more

Nutrition: Iron Consumption Can Increase Risk for Heart Disease

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Photo: Red Meat [28/04/2014] A new study from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington has bolstered the link between red meat consumption and heart disease by finding a strong association between heme iron, found only in meat, and potentially deadly coronary heart disease.Nutrition: Iron Consumption Can Increase Risk for Heart Disease - Read more

Genes: Key Heart-failure Culprit Discovered

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Photo: Heart muscle [14/03/2014] A team of cardiovascular researchers from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), the Cardiovascular Research Center at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of California, San Diego have identified a small but powerful new player in the onset and progression of heart failure.Genes: Key Heart-failure Culprit Discovered - Read more

Waiting for a Donor Heart: Motion Prolongs Survival

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Photo: Patient and doctors [07/03/2014] For many people with advanced cardiac insufficiency, a heart transplant may be their only hope. But waiting for a donor heart to come along is a race against time. Patients who remain active and stay in good shape psychologically can significantly increase their chances of surviving this period.Waiting for a Donor Heart: Motion Prolongs Survival - Read more

Cardiovascular Diseases: MRI Helps Predict Likelihood of Heart Attacks

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Photo: Transverse Gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted MR [04/03/2014] Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.Cardiovascular Diseases: MRI Helps Predict Likelihood of Heart Attacks - Read more

Implant: Metal in the Heart is Non-hazardous to Health

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Photo: An occluder [19/02/2014] Materials Scientists at the University of Jena examined implants made of nickel-titanium alloy in a long-term study.Implant: Metal in the Heart is Non-hazardous to Health - Read more

High Cholesterol: Deciding about Options to Statins Together

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Photo: Doctor and patient [17/02/2014] Clinicians and patients should use shared decision-making to select individualized treatments based on the new guidelines to prevent cardiovascular disease, according to a Mayo Clinic physician.High Cholesterol: Deciding about Options to Statins Together - Read more

Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition

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Photo: Graphic of blood [14/02/2014] A new imaging technique for measuring blood flow in the heart and vessels can diagnose a common congenital heart abnormality, bicuspid aortic valve, and may lead to better prediction of complications. Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition - Read more

Emergency: Ambulance Checklists and Feedback Improve Care

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Photo: Emergency room [06/02/2014] The introduction of checklists and better feedback for ambulance crews as part of a national quality improvement project has significantly improved the standard of care for heart attack and stroke patients across England.Emergency: Ambulance Checklists and Feedback Improve Care - Read more

Particulate Air Pollution: Cause of Increased Heart Attack Risk

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Photo: Exhaust fumes [24/01/2014] Long-term exposure to particulate matter is associated with an increased risk for heart attack. Moreover, this association can already be observed in levels of particulate exposure below the current specified European limit values.Particulate Air Pollution: Cause of Increased Heart Attack Risk - Read more

Heart: Study Shows Predictive Value of Calcium Scan

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Photo: Atherosclerosis [10/01/2014] Coronary artery calcium testing trumps cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and other risk factors in predicting heart attacks and deaths.Heart: Study Shows Predictive Value of Calcium Scan - Read more

Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels"

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[08/01/2014] Heart diseases can be triggered by special viruses that affect the cardiac muscle. Preventive drugs could definitely be developed – if the virus does not mutate. Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels" - Read more

HIV: A Cause of Structural Heart Disease

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Photo: Heart [12/12/2013] HIV causes structural heart disease according to research presented at EuroEcho-Imaging 2013 by Dr Nieves Montoro from Madrid, Spain. The findings support the introduction of cardiovascular screening in all HIV patients, particularly those with a positive blood viral load.HIV: A Cause of Structural Heart Disease - Read more

International Study: Heart Disease Similar in Men and Women

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Photo: Heart Monitor [03/12/2013] An analysis of data from an international multicenter study of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) reveals that men and women with mild coronary artery disease and similar cardiovascular risk profiles share similar prognoses. International Study: Heart Disease Similar in Men and Women - Read more

Cardiac Arrests: Study Questions Hypothermia Treatment

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Photo: Thermometer [29/11/2013] Therapeutic hypothermia – cooling the body and brain down to 33°C – is the method used worldwide to treat cardiac arrest, even though a lower body temperature may raise the risk of side-effects. However, keeping the temperature steady at 36°C is just as effective, a study led by Lund University researchers has found.Cardiac Arrests: Study Questions Hypothermia Treatment - Read more

Pacemaker Cells: The Heart’s Metronome

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Photo: Conductor's baton [14/11/2013] A specific cell population is responsible for ensuring that our heartbeat remains regular. Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have now elucidated the mode of action of one of the crucial components of the heart’s intrinsic pacemaker.Pacemaker Cells: The Heart’s Metronome - Read more

Flu Shot: Halve Risk Of Heart Attack or Stroke

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Photo: Vaccine [23/10/2013] The flu vaccine may not only ward off serious complications from influenza, it may also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by more than 50 per cent among those who have had a heart attack, according to new research led by Dr. Jacob Udell, a cardiologist at Women's College Hospital and clinician-scientist at the University of Toronto. Flu Shot: Halve Risk Of Heart Attack or Stroke - Read more

Air Pollution: Death and Disability Down 35 Percent in the US

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Photo: Air pollution [24/09/2013] A new study by Arden Pope from Brigham Young University concludes that improvements in U.S. air quality since 1990 have sparked a 35 percent reduction in deaths and disability specifically attributable to air pollution.Air Pollution: Death and Disability Down 35 Percent in the US - Read more

Diabetes: MRI May Predict Heart Attack And Stroke Risk

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Photo: MRI [11/09/2013] Whole-body MRI may serve as a valuable noninvasive tool for assessing the risk of heart attack and stroke in diabetic patients. Diabetes: MRI May Predict Heart Attack And Stroke Risk - Read more

Heart: Finger's Pulse to Measure Stiffness in the Aorta

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Photo: Aortas [06/09/2013] A University of Iowa physiologist has a new technique to measure the stiffness of the aorta, a common risk factor for heart disease. And it can be as simple as measuring the pulse in your finger.Heart: Finger's Pulse to Measure Stiffness in the Aorta - Read more

Children: 'Virtual Heart' Guides Defibrillator Placement

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Photo: Heart monitor [23/08/2013] John Hopkins researchers combined MRI images with sophisticated computer analysis to take the guesswork out of a difficult, lifesaving surgery: the placement of a defibrillator for children born with heart defects.Children: 'Virtual Heart' Guides Defibrillator Placement - Read more

Heart Attacks: Drug Dosing for Older Patients Should Differ

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Photo: Pills [20/08/2013] Older heart patients present unique challenges for determining the optimal dosages of medications. A new study from researchers at Duke Medicine offers some clarity about the use of drugs that are used to treat patients with heart attacks.Heart Attacks: Drug Dosing for Older Patients Should Differ - Read more

Tachycardia: Genetic Cause Discovered

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Photo: Heart rate [01/08/2013] Ventricular fibrillation, loss of consciousness and death in seemingly healthy people: These are the characteristics of the so-called Brugada syndrome. In the search for the causes of this disease, an international team of scientists has now discovered a surprising fact.Tachycardia: Genetic Cause Discovered - Read more

Coronary Artery Disease: Continuously Neglected in Women

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Photo: Male and female [30/07/2013] Despite coronary artery disease (CAD) killing at least as many women as men each year, women are still today less likely to receive preventive recommendations than men at a similar risk level.Coronary Artery Disease: Continuously Neglected in Women - Read more

Emergency Room: Telling Stroke from Bell’s Palsy

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Photo: Doctor [29/07/2013] Emergency physicians correctly identify nearly 100 percent of patients with Bell's palsy, the symptoms of which are nearly identical to potentially life-threatening diseases such as stroke and brain tumors.Emergency Room: Telling Stroke from Bell’s Palsy - Read more

Report: Deciding about Vascular Laboratory Tests

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Photo: Doctor [26/07/2013] A new report provides detailed criteria to help clinicians optimize the appropriate use of certain noninvasive vascular tests when caring for patients with known or suspected disorders of the venous (veins) system. Report: Deciding about Vascular Laboratory Tests - Read more

Heart Failure: New Treatment Makes Heart "Softer"

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Photo: Heart and lung [24/07/2013] The cardiologist Diana Bonderman from the Department of Internal Medicine II at the Medical University of Vienna has demonstrated the effectiveness of a substance that and makes the heart "softer".Heart Failure: New Treatment Makes Heart "Softer" - Read more

Well-Being: Positive Outlook Reduces Cardiac Events

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Photo: Happy couple [11/07/2013] People with cheerful temperaments are significantly less likely to suffer a coronary event such as a heart attack or sudden cardiac death, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.Well-Being: Positive Outlook Reduces Cardiac Events - Read more

DNA Helps: Speed Detection of Coronary Artery Disease

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Photo: Heart [02/07/2013] DNA fragments in your blood may someday help doctors quickly learn if chest pain means you have narrowed heart arteries, according to a new study.DNA Helps: Speed Detection of Coronary Artery Disease - Read more

Cardiac Arrest: Cooling Treatment Rarely Used in Hospital

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Photo: Cold heart [26/06/2013] The brain-preserving cooling treatment known as therapeutic hypothermia is rarely being used in patients who suffer cardiac arrest while in the hospital, despite its proven potential to improve survival and neurological function.Cardiac Arrest: Cooling Treatment Rarely Used in Hospital - Read more

Cola and Honey: Exploring Food Riddles in Rhythm Disturbances

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Photo: Rhododendron and a bee [25/06/2013] Drinking excessive amounts of cola and eating honey made from the pollen of Rhododendrons can cause unusual syncope (fainting) and symptoms of arrhythmia, report two case studies.Cola and Honey: Exploring Food Riddles in Rhythm Disturbances - Read more

Imaging: Tracking Molecules

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[20/06/2013] Classic means of imaging like X-rays or ultrasound show the structure of organs and make tissue damages visible to physicians. Molecular imaging proceeds further: It also reveals the functions of organs.Imaging: Tracking Molecules - Read more

Heart Diseases: Gender Differences Among Patients

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Photo: Man und woman sleep [18/06/2013] Many women get too little sleep, despite considerable evidence showing the importance of sleep to overall health. Now a new study of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has discovered another reason why inadequate sleep may be harmful, especially to women and their hearts.Heart Diseases: Gender Differences Among Patients - Read more

Cardiology: New Consumer Healthcare App

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Photo: Smartphone [12/06/2013] A scientist working at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a user-friendly smart phone application that allows consumers to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) in the comfort of their own homes.Cardiology: New Consumer Healthcare App - Read more

A View into the Heart: “A highly precise system with low radiation exposure”

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[03/06/2013] Heart interventions require high precision. This is why physicians examine the vital organ before and during surgery with the help of imaging procedures. The more precise the view into the heart, the more effective the intervention results are. However, for patients these interventions oftentimes mean exposure to high levels of radiation.A View into the Heart: “A highly precise system with low radiation exposure” - Read more

Catheter: Efficacy and Safety in Asian Patients Confirmed

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Photo: Asian man and woman [27/05/2013] Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is effective and safe in Asian patients, according to early experience based on first results from a multicentre Asian registry.Catheter: Efficacy and Safety in Asian Patients Confirmed - Read more

Cardiology: 3-D Technology to Treat Atrial Fibrillation

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Photo: Heart rhythm [13/05/2013] Researchers at the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center have developed a new 3-D technology that for the first time allows cardiologists the ability to see the precise source of atrial fibrillation in the heart.Cardiology: 3-D Technology to Treat Atrial Fibrillation - Read more

Heart: AEDs Not Always in the Best Position

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Photo: AED [08/05/2013] A new study has found that publicly registered AEDs in Toronto are not in the best positions to help victims of cardiac arrest.Heart: AEDs Not Always in the Best Position - Read more

Heart Disease: Risk Factors May Decrease Brain Function

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Photo: Heart [06/05/2013] Brain function in adults as young as 35 may decline as their heart disease risk factors increase, according to new research.Heart Disease: Risk Factors May Decrease Brain Function - Read more

New Material: Creating Stronger, More Elastic Hearts

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Photo: Patterned Hearts [30/04/2013] A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is the first to report creating artificial heart tissue that closely mimics the functions of natural heart tissue through the use of human-based materials.New Material: Creating Stronger, More Elastic Hearts - Read more

Heart Attacks: Improving Response Time

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Photo: Heart Attack [30/04/2013] Recent study finds that door-to-balloon times can be lowered using process improvement strategies.Heart Attacks: Improving Response Time - Read more

Environment: Air Pollution Linked to Hardening of the Arteries

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Photo: Air pollution [26/04/2013] Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to heart attacks and strokes by speeding up atherosclerosis, or "hardening of the arteries," according to a University of Michigan public health researcher and colleagues from across the United States.Environment: Air Pollution Linked to Hardening of the Arteries - Read more

Light: Moving Cells Holds Medical Promise

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Photo: Immune cell [09/04/2013] Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown they can coax cells to move toward a beam of light. The feat is a first step toward manipulating cells to control insulin secretion or heart rate using light.Light: Moving Cells Holds Medical Promise - Read more

Nutrition: Link Between Heart Disease and Red Meat

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Photo: Red meat [08/04/2013] A compound abundant in red meat and added as a supplement to popular energy drinks has been found to promote atherosclerosis – or the hardening or clogging of the arteries – according to Cleveland Clinic research.Nutrition: Link Between Heart Disease and Red Meat - Read more

Medical Devices: Proposal for New Regulation

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Photo: European flags [14/03/2013] In a position paper, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) welcomes the European Commission’s (EC’s) proposals for a new regulation to govern the evaluation and approval of medical devices as an important step towards improving patient safety.Medical Devices: Proposal for New Regulation - Read more

Acute Aortic Dissection: Mortality Near 1 Percent per Hour

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Photo: Heart [13/03/2013] The belief among medical professionals in the 1950s that the mortality rate for type A acute aortic dissection during the initial 24 hours was one to two percent per hour appears to hold true in the contemporary era of treatment, based on a review of the large-scale IRAD registry of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions.Acute Aortic Dissection: Mortality Near 1 Percent per Hour - Read more

Electric Cars: No Effect on Implanted Cardiac Devices

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Photo: Plug of an electric car [13/03/2013] A Mayo Clinic study has concluded that patients with implanted cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can safely drive or ride in an electric car without risk of electromagnetic interference (EMI).Electric Cars: No Effect on Implanted Cardiac Devices - Read more

Cardiologists: Simple Steps Lower Risk of Heart Disease

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Photo: Walking in the office [31/01/2013] February is American Heart Month, a perfect time to remind people that small steps can reduce their risk of heart disease, the main death cause of men and women. Mayo Clinic cardiologists offer several simple tips to reduce the risk.Cardiologists: Simple Steps Lower Risk of Heart Disease - Read more

Kidney Failure: Irregular Heart Beat Elevates Risk

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Photo: Kidney [21/01/2013] Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research have found that the risk of kidney failure is greater for people with chronic kidney disease who also have atrial fibrillation, one of the most common forms of irregular heart rhythm in adults.Kidney Failure: Irregular Heart Beat Elevates Risk - Read more

Muscles: Cholesterol Medicine Affects Energy Production

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Photo: Medicine [04/01/2013] Up to 75 per cent of patients who take statins to treat elevated cholesterol levels may suffer from muscle pain. Scientists at the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen have now identified a possible mechanism underlying this unfortunate side effect.Muscles: Cholesterol Medicine Affects Energy Production - Read more

Genes: Heart Cells Become 'Biological Pacemakers'

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Photo: Heart cells [17/12/2012] Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute researchers have reprogrammed ordinary heart cells to become exact replicas of highly specialized pacemaker cells by injecting a single gene (Tbx18) – a major step forward in the search for a biological therapy to correct erratic heartbeats.Genes: Heart Cells Become 'Biological Pacemakers' - Read more

Heart Attack: Hope for Regeneration Through Progenitor Cells

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Photo: Mouse heart cells [21/11/2012] A research team of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB has discovered cell surface markers that enable the identification and isolation of living functional cardiovascular progenitor cells (CPCs).Heart Attack: Hope for Regeneration Through Progenitor Cells - Read more

Smoking Bans: Fewer Hospitalizations and Deaths

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Photo: Smoking publicly [09/11/2012] Laws that end smoking at work and other public places result in significantly fewer hospitalizations for heart attacks, strokes, asthma and other respiratory conditions, a new analysis from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) has found.Smoking Bans: Fewer Hospitalizations and Deaths - Read more

Migraine Research: "Migraine is a complex disorder"

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[08/11/2012] A global collaboration of scientists with participation by a team of researchers from the Headache and Pain Center Kiel (“Schmerzklinik Kiel”) has decoded four new gene locations whose changes significantly increase the risk of migraines. Recently in the world’s largest migraine study, the genes of more than 5,000 migraine patients were being examined and compared to 7,000 control persons. Migraine Research: "Migraine is a complex disorder" - Read more

Heart Disease: Cardiac Bypass Surgery Superior

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Photo: Model of human heart [06/11/2012] Adults with diabetes and multi-vessel coronary heart disease who underwent cardiac bypass surgery had better overall heart-related outcomes than those who underwent an artery-opening procedure to improve blood flow to the heart muscle, according to the results from an international study.Heart Disease: Cardiac Bypass Surgery Superior - Read more

Japan: Family Members Less Likely to Give CPR

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Photo: Heart [05/11/2012] Family members did not give CPR for cardiac arrests as often as passers-by or friends in a Japanese study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.Japan: Family Members Less Likely to Give CPR - Read more

Crowdsourcing: Locating Defibrillators via Smartphone

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Photo: Automated External Defibrillator [05/11/2012] Participants in a "crowdsourcing" challenge in Philadelphia used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places, according to research.Crowdsourcing: Locating Defibrillators via Smartphone - Read more

Cardiology: Softening Arteries, Protecting The Heart

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Photo: Collagen in cells [02/11/2012] Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Wistar Institute, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have discovered that the protein apolipoprotein E (apoE) plays a major role in maintaining arterial softness by suppressing production of the extracellular matrix, a network of connective tissue in the body.Cardiology: Softening Arteries, Protecting The Heart - Read more

Lung Disease: Antibody Could Reverse Fatal Condition

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[16/10/2012] Scientists from the University of Sheffield have found an antibody treatment that not only stops pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) from getting worse, but also reverses the condition in mice and rats. Their research is paving the way for new treatments.Lung Disease: Antibody Could Reverse Fatal Condition - Read more

Health Economics: State Deregulation of Open-heart Surgery

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[08/10/2012] The Certificate of Need, a form of state government regulation for open-heart surgery, has been designed to keep mortality rates and health care costs down. A new study suggests that neither is the case, but that deregulation is beneficial to patients.Health Economics: State Deregulation of Open-heart Surgery - Read more

RNA Molecules: Scientists Prevent Heart Failure in Mice

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[28/09/2012] Cardiac stress, for example a heart attack or high blood pressure, frequently leads to pathological heart growth and subsequently to heart failure. Two tiny RNA molecules play a key role in this detrimental development in mice, as researchers have now discovered.RNA Molecules: Scientists Prevent Heart Failure in Mice - Read more

World Heart Day: Heart Health Starts Earlier than You Think

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[25/09/2012] On World Heart Day, 29th September, the World Heart Federation is calling for people – specifically mothers who are gatekeepers to the home – to take action now to protect their own heart health, as well as that of their children and families to safeguard future generations.World Heart Day: Heart Health Starts Earlier than You Think - Read more

Stem Cells: Mending Kids' Broken Hearts

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[12/09/2012] Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who are exploring novel ways to treat serious heart problems in children, have conducted the first direct comparison of the regenerative abilities of neonatal and adult-derived human cardiac stem cells.Stem Cells: Mending Kids' Broken Hearts - Read more

Arrhythmia Treatment: Gaps Between Eastern and Western Europe

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[31/08/2012] The EHRA White Book by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) reports on the current status of arrhythmia treatments in the 54 member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) countries and has been published every year since 2008.Arrhythmia Treatment: Gaps Between Eastern and Western Europe - Read more

Neurology: Risk of Stroke from Cardiac Catheterizations

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[08/08/2012] When a patient undergoes a cardiac catheterization procedure such as a balloon angioplasty, there's a slight risk of a stroke or other neurological complications. While the risk is extremely small, neurologists nevertheless may expect to see catheterization-induced complications because so many procedures are performed, according to researchers of Loyola University.Neurology: Risk of Stroke from Cardiac Catheterizations - Read more

Project Artificial Heart: ”An absolutely reliable function has to be guaranteed over a long period of time“

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[08/08/2012] It is the dream of those who are on the waiting list for a donor heart: an artificial heart that can be immediately implanted as needed and thus saves lives. ReinHeart is the name of the artificial heart system that is currently being developed at the Institute for Applied Medical Technology at RWTH Aachen University (AME). Project Artificial Heart: ”An absolutely reliable function has to be guaranteed over a long period of time“ - Read more

Diagnosis: Men with Prostate Cancer Die Rather from Other Causes

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[27/07/2012] Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are less likely to die from the disease than from largely preventable conditions such as heart disease, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).Diagnosis: Men with Prostate Cancer Die Rather from Other Causes - Read more

CVD: Half of Deaths Could Be Avoided with Regulation

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[25/07/2012] Population level prevention produces greater impacts on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) than individualised approaches, according to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).CVD: Half of Deaths Could Be Avoided with Regulation - Read more

Kawasaki Disease: Increased Risk of Adult Heart Disease

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[19/07/2012] Cedars-Sinai researchers have linked Kawasaki Disease, a serious childhood illness that causes inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body, with early-onset and accelerated atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart disease in adults.Kawasaki Disease: Increased Risk of Adult Heart Disease - Read more

Beating Heart: Trafficking of Immune Cells

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[16/07/2012] Now, working in mice, surgeons and scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have captured the first images of a beating heart at a resolution so detailed they can track individual immune cells swarming into the heart muscle, causing inflammation.Beating Heart: Trafficking of Immune Cells - Read more

Cardiovascular Disease: Low Steroid Levels Linked to Increased Risk

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[26/06/2012] Low levels of a naturally occurring steroid are associated with an increased risk of heart and blood-vessel disease in elderly men, a new study finds.Cardiovascular Disease: Low Steroid Levels Linked to Increased Risk - Read more

Antioxidant: Protection Against Cardiovascular Disease

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[19/06/2012] University of Minnesota Medical School researchers discovered an enzyme that, when found at high levels and alongside low levels of HDL (good cholesterol), can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.Antioxidant: Protection Against Cardiovascular Disease - Read more

Health Risk: Air Pollution Linked to Chronic Disease

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[08/06/2012] Air pollution, a serious danger to the environment, is also a major health risk, associated with respiratory infections, lung cancer and heart disease. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher has concluded that not only does air pollution impact cardiac events such as heart attack and stroke, but it also causes repeated episodes over the long term.Health Risk: Air Pollution Linked to Chronic Disease - Read more

Diabetes Patients: Cause of Fatty Deposits in the Hearts Settled

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[17/04/2012] The impaired substrate metabolism of diabetes patients is often expressed in an increase in fatty deposits in the cells of the heart muscle. Until now, the exact cause of this was unknown. Now, researchers at the Medical University Vienna have shown that high blood sugar in combination with high levels of insulin – not an influx of fats – results in such deposits within a few hours.Diabetes Patients: Cause of Fatty Deposits in the Hearts Settled - Read more

Heart: Fibre Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease

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[17/04/2012] Foods high in fibre provide good protection against cardiovascular disease, and the effect is particularly marked in women. This is shown in a new study from Lund University in Sweden. Heart: Fibre Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease - Read more

Heart Failure: Patients with Diabetes Benefit from Higher Glucose Levels

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[11/04/2012] Lowering glucose levels for people with diabetes is normally critical to improving health outcomes. But for diabetes patients with heart failure, that might not always be the case, say University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers. A new study found that for advanced heart failure patients with diabetes, having higher blood glucose levels may actually help improve survival rates.Heart Failure: Patients with Diabetes Benefit from Higher Glucose Levels - Read more

Cancer Diagnosis: Risk of Suicide Immediately Following

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[10/04/2012] People who are diagnosed with cancer have a markedly increased risk of suicide and cardiovascular death during the period immediately after being given the diagnosis. This has been shown in a new study from Karolinska Institutet.Cancer Diagnosis: Risk of Suicide Immediately Following - Read more

Heart Patients: Traumatic Stress Linked with Inflammation

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[03/04/2012] Greater lifetime exposure to the stress of traumatic events was linked to higher levels of inflammation in a study of almost 1,000 patients with cardiovascular disease led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Centre (SFVAMC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).Heart Patients: Traumatic Stress Linked with Inflammation - Read more

Hypertension: Pain Relievers Could be Spiking Your Blood Pressure

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[22/03/2012] According to Professor Ehud Grossman of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sheba Medical Centre, many common over-the-counter and prescription medications are underlying causes of hypertension, which is a major risk factor for stroke, heart attack, and aneurisms. Hypertension: Pain Relievers Could be Spiking Your Blood Pressure - Read more

Depression: Increasing of Death Risk in Coronary Stent Patients

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[16/03/2012] After seven years of follow up, depressed patients were 1.5 times more likely to have died than non-depressed patients. The findings were independent of age, gender, clinical characteristics, anxiety and the distressed (Type D) personality.Depression: Increasing of Death Risk in Coronary Stent Patients - Read more

T Lymphocytes: Tonsils Make T-Cells

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[07/03/2012] A new study provides evidence that a critical type of immune cell can develop in human tonsils. The cells, called T lymphocytes, or T cells, have been thought to develop only in the thymus, an organ of the immune system that sits on the heart.T Lymphocytes: Tonsils Make T-Cells - Read more

Heart Failure and Diabetes: Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function

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[05/03/2012] A small clinical trial led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after three months of treatment with epicatechin-enriched cocoa.Heart Failure and Diabetes: Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function - Read more

Heart Attack: Injectable Gel Could Repair Tissue

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[24/02/2012] University of California, San Diego researchers have developed a new injectable hydrogel that could be an effective and safe treatment for tissue damage caused by heart attacks.Heart Attack: Injectable Gel Could Repair Tissue - Read more

Heart Attack and Early Death: Cellular Aging Increases Risk

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[17/02/2012] Researchers have long speculated that the shortening of telomeres increases the risk of heart attack and early death. Now a large-scale population study in Denmark involving nearly 20,000 people shows that there is in fact a direct link, and has also given physicians a future way to test the actual cellular health of a person.Heart Attack and Early Death: Cellular Aging Increases Risk - Read more

Diabetic Patients: Pancreatic Hormone Linked with Severe Heart Disease in Obese

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[17/02/2012] Severe heart damage in people who are obese and diabetic is linked with a pancreatic hormone called amylin, University of California Davis researchers have found. In the failing hearts of patients who were obese and diabetic, the scientists discovered strings of proteins, small fibres and plaques made of amylin, the hormone that produces the feeling of being full after eating.Diabetic Patients: Pancreatic Hormone Linked with Severe Heart Disease in Obese - Read more

Psychology: Taking Depression to Heart

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[16/02/2012] Mental state can play a crucial role in physical health — medical professionals have long known about the connection between anxiety and the immune system, for example. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University have found that mental health can also interfere with the heart.Psychology: Taking Depression to Heart - Read more

Cardiovascular Disease: Obesity Surgery Cuts Heart Attacks

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[07/02/2012] Obese patients, who undergo bariatric surgery run a 30 per cent lower risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, reveal researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who believe that the priorities for bariatric surgery need to be revised.Cardiovascular Disease: Obesity Surgery Cuts Heart Attacks - Read more

Adolescents: High Fructose Consumption May Put at Cardiovascular Risk

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[26/01/2012] Evidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk is present in the blood of adolescents who consume a lot of fructose, a scenario that worsens in the face of excess belly fat, researchers of Georgia Health Sciences University report.Adolescents: High Fructose Consumption May Put at Cardiovascular Risk - Read more

Hypersensitivity: Why Do Smells Make Some People Sick

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[20/01/2012] Do you get a headache from the perfume of the lady next to you at the table? Do cleaning solutions at work make your nose itch? If you have symptoms prompted by everyday smells, it does not necessarily mean you are allergic but rather that you suffer from chemical intolerance. According to a scientist at Umea University this hypersensitivity can be the result of an inability to get used to smells.Hypersensitivity: Why Do Smells Make Some People Sick - Read more

Women: Educating About Heart Attacks Could Save Lives

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[16/01/2012] Heart attacks in women go largely unrecognised 30 to 55 per cent of the time and those who miss the warning signs and fail or delay getting help, run the risk of death or grave disability. But researchers at Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University have developed an educational program they believe will shorten the time to treatment and ultimately, save lives.Women: Educating About Heart Attacks Could Save Lives - Read more

High-Risk Patients: Stenting for Stroke Prevention Becoming Safer

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[12/01/2012] Placing a stent in a key artery in the neck is safer than ever in patients ineligible for the standard surgical treatment of carotid artery disease, according to a new study of University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.High-Risk Patients: Stenting for Stroke Prevention Becoming Safer - Read more

Smokers: Statins May Increase Risk of Interstitial Lung Abnormalities

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[06/01/2012] Use of statins may influence susceptibility to or the progression of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in smokers, according to a new study of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.Smokers: Statins May Increase Risk of Interstitial Lung Abnormalities - Read more

Cholesterol: Benefits of Statin Therapy May Extend Beyond Lowering Lipids

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[05/01/2012] A study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has identified a molecular pathway that leads to this abnormal blood clotting and turned it off using a popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins.Cholesterol: Benefits of Statin Therapy May Extend Beyond Lowering Lipids - Read more

Improvement: Benefits of Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy in Heart Failure

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[19/12/2011] Large-scale clinical trials have highlighted the beneficial effect of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) in the improvement of symptoms and reduction of mortality, and CRT is now recommended in the major European and American guidelines for the treatment and prevention of heart failure. Improvement: Benefits of Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy in Heart Failure - Read more

Statins: Cholesterol-Lowering Medication Accelerates Depletion of Plaque in Arteries

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[15/12/2011] In a new study, NYU Langone Medical Centre researchers have discovered how cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins promote the breakdown of plaque in the arteries. The findings support a large clinical study that recently showed patients taking high-doses of the cholesterol-lowering medications not only reduced their cholesterol levels but also reduced the amount of plaque in their arteries.Statins: Cholesterol-Lowering Medication Accelerates Depletion of Plaque in Arteries - Read more

Heart Attacks: Stopping Dangerous Cell Regrowth Reduces Risk

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[08/12/2011] Like Yin and Yang, the two proteins have opposite effects in the walls of blood vessels. AIF-1 stimulates undesirable formation of new cells after a vascular injury, and IRT-1 has the opposite effect. It is the latter, IRT-1, that researcher of Lund University in Sweden and Temple University in the USA want to use to stop a dangerous development in the artery.Heart Attacks: Stopping Dangerous Cell Regrowth Reduces Risk - Read more

Implants: Cobblestones Fool Innate Immunity

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[30/11/2011] Coating the surface of an implant such as a new hip or pacemaker with nanosized metallic particles reduces the risk of rejection, and researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, can now explain why: they fool the innate immune system.Implants: Cobblestones Fool Innate Immunity - Read more

Resuscitation: Sharp Decrease in Deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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[25/11/2011] Only a few decades ago, sudden cardiac arrest was a death sentence. Today, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest is saved roughly once every six hours in Sweden, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reviewing all cases of sudden cardiac arrest over a 30-year period.Resuscitation: Sharp Decrease in Deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Read more

Blood Vessels: Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks

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[24/11/2011] A substance in medicines for cancer and epilepsy could also prevent heart attacks, according to researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who have been using it to stimulate the body’s own defence system against blood clots.Blood Vessels: Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks - Read more

Bypass Surgery: Cangrelor Provides Effective Maintenance of Platelet Inhibition

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[16/11/2011] Data from the BRIDGE clinical trial demonstrate that intravenous use of the drug cangrelor was effective at maintaining platelet inhibition in patients on thienopyridines who required bypass surgery. Trial results were presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium.Bypass Surgery: Cangrelor Provides Effective Maintenance of Platelet Inhibition - Read more

Cardiology: New Pathway Critical to Heart Arrhythmia

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[28/10/2011] University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have uncovered a previously unknown molecular pathway that is critical to understanding cardiac arrhythmia and other heart muscle problems. Understanding the basic science of heart and muscle function could open the door to new treatments.Cardiology: New Pathway Critical to Heart Arrhythmia - Read more

Arteries: Young, Apparently Healthy - and at Risk of Heart Disease

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[26/10/2011] Atherosclerosis – or build-up of fat in the walls of arteries − is thought of as a disorder of older people but it affects a large number of young men and women, according to a new Heart and Stroke Foundation study.Arteries: Young, Apparently Healthy - and at Risk of Heart Disease - Read more

Restless Legs Syndrome: Raising High Blood Pressure Risk?

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[12/10/2011] If you're a middle-aged woman with Restless Legs Syndrome, you may have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure.Restless Legs Syndrome: Raising High Blood Pressure Risk? - Read more

Heart Defects: Heart Test Saves Lives of Newborns

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[11/10/2011] The United States Secretary of Health recently supported a recommendation that all babies born in the US are to be screened for critical heart defects, before leaving hospital. Behind this decision is a study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden which shows that a simple test can save the lives of newborns with these heart defects.Heart Defects: Heart Test Saves Lives of Newborns - Read more

Stroke: Innovative Technology Improves Care and Reduces Costs

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[06/10/2011] The use of long-distance video and data hook-ups to link remote community hospitals with stroke neurologists in large centres provides the same level of care as having everyone in the same room, according to a new study of Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.Stroke: Innovative Technology Improves Care and Reduces Costs - Read more

E-Health: Telemedicine is slowly being accepted

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[04/10/2011] Whether it’s video-based Parkinson’s therapy or monitoring of diabetes patients – by now there are many telemedicine applications in Germany. Some of them are still in the test stage, while others have made the leap into practice. But how do physicians and patients rate the use of telematics applications in health care models?E-Health: Telemedicine is slowly being accepted - Read more

Lung: Risk of Comorbidities for COPD Patients

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[26/09/2011] A new study has shown that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or people with reduced lung function are at a serious risk of developing cardiovascular disease.Lung: Risk of Comorbidities for COPD Patients - Read more

Doctors: Intensive Care Medicine; a Multidisciplinary Approach!

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[19/09/2011] Intensive Care is the care of seriously ill patients from all medical fields. Coupled with this are very special challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration, at the same time with rapid development of diagnostic and therapeutic options.Doctors: Intensive Care Medicine; a Multidisciplinary Approach! - Read more

Heart Transplant: Researchers Develop New Way to Predict Survival

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[07/09/2011] Johns Hopkins researchers say they have developed a formula to predict which heart transplant patients are at greatest risk of death in the year following their surgeries, information that could help medical teams figure out who would benefit most from the small number of available organs.Heart Transplant: Researchers Develop New Way to Predict Survival - Read more

It's Official: Chocolate Linked to Heart Health

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[30/08/2011] High levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a one-third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease, finds a study published on bmj.com. It's Official: Chocolate Linked to Heart Health - Read more

Heart-Valve Infection: Imaging Probe Allows Noninvasive Detection

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[23/08/2011] An imaging probe developed by Massachusetts General Hospital MGH investigators may make it possible to diagnose accurately a dangerous infection of the heart valves. The presence of Staphylococcus aureus-associated endocarditis in a mouse model was revealed by PET imaging with a radiolabeled version of a protein involved in a process that usually conceals infecting bacteria from the immune system.Heart-Valve Infection: Imaging Probe Allows Noninvasive Detection - Read more

Newborns: Newest Screen Will Indicate Heart Problems

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[22/08/2011] Now a group of physicians and scientists of Duke University Medical Center has developed strategies for national screening for critical CHD, using a simple, noninvasive test called pulse oximetry that measures oxygen in blood. Low oxygen levels would trigger further investigation.Newborns: Newest Screen Will Indicate Heart Problems - Read more

Too High: Fructose Increases Risk Factors for Heart Disease

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[29/07/2011] A recent study found that adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for two weeks as 25 percent of their daily calorie requirement had increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which have been shown to be indicators of increased risk for heart disease.Too High: Fructose Increases Risk Factors for Heart Disease - Read more

Study: Adult Stem Cells May Help Angina Patients

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[11/07/2011] New research found that injections of adult patients' own CD34+ stem cells reduced reports of angina episodes. It improved exercise tolerance time in patients with chronic, severe refractory angina - a severe chest discomfort that did not respond to other therapeutic options.Study: Adult Stem Cells May Help Angina Patients - Read more

German Center for Heart Failure: "Research has to be interdisciplinary"

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[08/07/2011] The number of heart failure disease has increased for years. Drugs and a change in lifestyle can help the affected person, but a cure is still not in sight. That’s why it is all the more important to research the origins of heart disease as well as develop suitable strategies for prevention. These are some of the objectives the German Center for Heart Failure has committed itself to. German Center for Heart Failure: "Research has to be interdisciplinary" - Read more

Endocarditis: How Cavity-causing Microbes Invade Heart

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[28/06/2011] Scientists have discovered the tool that bacteria normally found in our mouths use to invade heart tissue, causing a dangerous and sometimes lethal infection of the heart known as endocarditis. Endocarditis: How Cavity-causing Microbes Invade Heart - Read more

Children: Surgical Removal of the Tonsils Increased Relative Risk of Early Heart Attack

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[03/06/2011] The surgical removal of the appendix and tonsils before the age of 20 was associated with an increased risk of premature heart attack in a large population study performed in Sweden. Tonsillectomy increased the risk by 44 percent (hazard ratio 1.44) and appendectomy by 33 percent (HR 1.33). Children: Surgical Removal of the Tonsils Increased Relative Risk of Early Heart Attack - Read more

Broken Heart Syndrome: "We do not know what happens locally at the heart"

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[22/05/2011] When the heart literally breaks and a relationship is ending, it’s usually a painful experience for the people involved. Similar experiences, though they are less attributed to lovesickness, but rather to a traumatic shock, the death of a beloved person or extreme stress are the ingredients for a life-threatening cocktail. Broken Heart Syndrome: "We do not know what happens locally at the heart" - Read more

Heart Attack: Researchers Create Nanopatch for the Heart

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[19/05/2011] Engineers at Brown University have created a nanopatch for the heart that tests show restores areas that have been damaged, such as from a heart attack.Heart Attack: Researchers Create Nanopatch for the Heart - Read more

Heart Cell Signals: Discovery of Faint “Quark” Workings

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[13/05/2011] Three years of microscopic experiments on heart cells has led to a discovery by a team of University of Maryland researchers and collaborators of the workings of faint calcium signals in the heart cells, a discovery that may translate into new therapies for heart disease. Heart Cell Signals: Discovery of Faint “Quark” Workings - Read more

Climate Change: Analysis Predicts Increased Fatalities from Heat Waves

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[05/05/2011] Global climate change is anticipated to bring more extreme weather phenomena such as heat waves that could impact human health in the coming decades. Climate Change: Analysis Predicts Increased Fatalities from Heat Waves - Read more

Early Signs: Heart disease in preadolescent children with type 1 diabetes

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[01/04/2011] Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in patients with diabetes. Patients with type 1diabetes have a 200 percent to 400 percent greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease than those without diabetes. Early Signs: Heart disease in preadolescent children with type 1 diabetes - Read more

Orphans of Medical Science: When a reliable diagnosis becomes rare

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[01/04/2011] There are childhood diseases which are not actually defined as this. Rare diseases just don’t belong in the list of classic infectious diseases. Nevertheless, in over 50 percent of cases they still occur in infancy and during childhood. In most cases it is difficult to put the disease symptoms of these types of illnesses in children into a clear medical category. Orphans of Medical Science: When a reliable diagnosis becomes rare - Read more

High Altitude: Lower Risk of Dying From Heart Disease

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[28/03/2011] Reseachers have found that people living at higher altitudes have a lower chance of dying from ischemic heart disease and tend to live longer than others.High Altitude: Lower Risk of Dying From Heart Disease - Read more

Cardiac Pacing: Helping Epilepsy Patients With Ictal Asystole

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[24/03/2011] Researchers have found that cardiac pacing may help epilepsy patients with seizure-related falls due to ictal asystole, an unusual condition in which the heart stops beating during an epileptic seizure. Cardiac Pacing: Helping Epilepsy Patients With Ictal Asystole - Read more

Reducing Risks: Outcomes Improved by Longer Delays Between Heart Attacks and Elective Surgeries

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[24/03/2011] Before undergoing elective surgery, patients should consider waiting longer after a heart attack than is currently recommended.Reducing Risks: Outcomes Improved by Longer Delays Between Heart Attacks and Elective Surgeries - Read more

High-Fiber Diet: Helping to Avoid Heart Disease?

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[23/03/2011] A new study shows a high-fiber diet could be a critical heart-healthy lifestyle change young and middle-aged adults can make. High-Fiber Diet: Helping to Avoid Heart Disease? - Read more

Magnesium Deficiency: Not Always A Nutritional Problem

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[17/03/2011] Researchers and scientists have succeeded in identifying a genetic cause of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium Deficiency: Not Always A Nutritional Problem - Read more

Genomics of Autism: Gene Variants Linked to Brain Development

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[02/03/2011] New research on the genomics of autism confirms that the genetic roots of the disorder are highly complicated, but that common biological themes underlie this complexity. Genomics of Autism: Gene Variants Linked to Brain Development - Read more

Blood Test at Discharge: Reduced Hospital Readmission for Heart Failure Patients

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[01/03/2011] An inexpensive, routine blood test could hold the key to why some patients with congestive heart failure do well after being discharged from the hospital and why others risk relapse, costly readmission or death within a year, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.Blood Test at Discharge: Reduced Hospital Readmission for Heart Failure Patients - Read more

Cell Binding: Hope to Those with Skin and Heart Problems

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[21/01/2011] A University of Manchester scientist has revealed the mechanism that binds skin cells tightly together, which he believes will lead to new treatments for painful and debilitating skin diseases and also lethal heart defects.Cell Binding: Hope to Those with Skin and Heart Problems - Read more

Research: Kidney Gene Implicated in Increased Heart Failure Risk

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[18/01/2011] Scientists have identified the first DNA sequence variant common in the population that is not only associated with an increased risk of heart failure, but appears to play a role in causing it.Research: Kidney Gene Implicated in Increased Heart Failure Risk - Read more

Rare Genetic Disease: Skin Provides Australia’s First Adult Stem Cells

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[14/01/2011] Scientists have developed Australia’s first adult induced pluripotent stem cell lines using skin biopsies from patients with the rare genetic disease Friedreich Ataxia (FA).Rare Genetic Disease: Skin Provides Australia’s First Adult Stem Cells - Read more

Biological System: Brittle Bones And Heart Disease

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[02/12/2010] Norwegian studies indicate that people with osteoporosis have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and vice versa. Biological System: Brittle Bones And Heart Disease - Read more

Study: Poor Sleep Quality Increases Inflammation

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[17/11/2010] People who sleep poorly or do not get enough sleep have higher levels of inflammation, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, researchers have found.Study: Poor Sleep Quality Increases Inflammation - Read more

Medical Device: Synchronizing a Failing Heart

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[17/11/2010] New hope and proven help for heart failure patients: International study proves medical device therapy to boosts a fading heart beat. Medical Device: Synchronizing a Failing Heart - Read more

Dialysis: Heightened Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

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[15/11/2010] Approximately 500,000 Americans require dialysis to treat kidney disease; of that population, nearly half of the deaths that occur are caused by cardiovascular disease. Dialysis patients are at elevated risk for sudden cardiac death, but physicians are unclear why these deaths occur. Dialysis: Heightened Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death - Read more

Cardiology Patients: The Use of Gene Defect Discovery

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[02/11/2010] Cardiovascular disease patients who have a genetic defect that makes them less responsive to blood thinners may be helped with an increased dosage, according to results of a pilot study led by a cardiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Cardiology Patients: The Use of Gene Defect Discovery - Read more

Missing a beat: When the heart skipped

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[01/11/2010] It is the Number One disease and rapidly growing in Western industrial nations: coronary heart disease and with it heart attacks. The impulse generator of the human organism, the heart as our “muscle pump“, accomplishes a lot: it is only as big as a fist, beats about three billion times in a life time and daily pumps approximately 8,000 liters of blood through the body. Missing a beat: When the heart skipped - Read more

Study Suggests: Sensitivity to Bodily Symptoms of Anxiety May Make a Difference in Treatment

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[27/10/2010] Levels of anxiety sensitivity may be important in choosing medical treatment for patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation (AF), Montreal Heart Institute researchers announce. Study Suggests: Sensitivity to Bodily Symptoms of Anxiety May Make a Difference in Treatment - Read more

Falling in Love: The Science Behind It

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[26/10/2010] A new meta-analysis study reveals falling in love can elicit not only the same euphoric feeling as using cocaine, but also affects intellectual areas of the brain. Falling in Love: The Science Behind It - Read more

Subsequent Heart Attacks: Low Beta Blocker Dose Can Put Heart Patients at Risk

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[19/10/2010] Beta blockers have been proven to increase patients' survival prospects following a heart attack by decreasing the cardiac workload and oxygen demand on the heart. In a new study a Northwestern Medicine cardiologist found the majority of patients are frequently not receiving a large enough dose of these drugs, which can put their recovery into peril.Subsequent Heart Attacks: Low Beta Blocker Dose Can Put Heart Patients at Risk - Read more

Hygiene: 'Jailbreak' Bacteria Can Trigger Heart Disease

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[06/09/2010] Plaque-causing bacteria can jailbreak from the mouth into the bloodstream and increase your risk of heart attack says a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham.Hygiene: 'Jailbreak' Bacteria Can Trigger Heart Disease - Read more

Hair Proof: Link Between Chronic Stress and Heart Attack

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[03/09/2010] Researchers at the University of Western Ontario have provided the first direct evidence using a biological marker, to show chronic stress plays an important role in heart attacks.Hair Proof: Link Between Chronic Stress and Heart Attack - Read more

Best for Heart Health: Resistance and Endurance Training

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[31/08/2010] A study of triathletes reveals that the heart adapts to triathlon training by working more efficiently. Best for Heart Health: Resistance and Endurance Training - Read more

Implants: New Technology May Prolong the Life of Devices

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[26/08/2010] Researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that using specific drugs can protect nerve cells in mice from the lethal effects of Parkinson’s disease. Implants: New Technology May Prolong the Life of Devices - Read more

Adult Stem Cells: Repairing Hearts

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[17/08/2010] Mayo Clinic investigators have demonstrated that rationally "guided" human adult stem cells can effectively heal, repair and regenerate damaged heart tissue. Adult Stem Cells: Repairing Hearts - Read more

Study: Spinal MuscularAatrophy May Also Affect the Heart

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[13/08/2010] Along with skeletal muscles, it may be important to monitor heart function in patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). These are the findings from a study conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital. This is the first study to report cardiac dysfunction in mouse models of SMA.Study: Spinal MuscularAatrophy May Also Affect the Heart - Read more

Molecular Imaging: Identification of High-risk Patients

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[12/08/2010] Study shows that a new imaging method can aid in planning implantable cardiac defibrillator placemen.Molecular Imaging: Identification of High-risk Patients - Read more

Flushing: Preventing Heart Problems While Keeping a Cool Head

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[29/07/2010] Cholesterol influences our health. Conventional treatment attempts to reduce the level of "bad" cholestero. The opposite approach, increasing the concentration of "good" cholesterol using nicotinic acid, has proven unpopular among patients. Flushing: Preventing Heart Problems While Keeping a Cool Head - Read more

Heart Bypass: Surgery Does Not Reduce Neurocognitive Function In Children

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[26/07/2010] Children who undergo cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) during surgery for less complicated congenital heart defects do not appear to suffer any impairments in neurocognitive abilities. Heart Bypass: Surgery Does Not Reduce Neurocognitive Function In Children - Read more

Painkillers: Not Linked With Heart Disease

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[08/07/2010] Commonly used painkillers like ibuprofen do not increase the risk of heart attack in the elderly population, according to a new study.Painkillers: Not Linked With Heart Disease - Read more

Cardiovascular Disease: Dramatic Increase in China by 2030

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[07/05/2010] Annual heart disease and stroke rates in China will rise by up to 73 percent by 2030, given an aging population and other increased risk factors, according to research.Cardiovascular Disease: Dramatic Increase in China by 2030 - Read more

Heart: Cortisol Levels Influence Death Rate

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[30/04/2010] High blood cortisol levels significantly increases death rate in patients with acute coronary syndrome, researchers have found.Heart: Cortisol Levels Influence Death Rate - Read more

Cardiac Event: Only 37 Percent Keep Exercising for Heart

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[31/03/2010] Researchers found that one year after 248 individuals completed a cardiac rehabilitation program following a heart attack, bypass surgery or angioplasty, only 37 percent exercised three times a week to keep their hearts healthy.Cardiac Event: Only 37 Percent Keep Exercising for Heart - Read more

Device: Hugging the Heart Electronically

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[29/03/2010] Stretchable electronics device holds promise for treating irregular heart rhythms.Device: Hugging the Heart Electronically - Read more

Heart: Obese Toddlers Show Warning Signs

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[12/03/2010] A new study found that obese children as young as three years old have elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation that in adults is considered an early warning sign for possible future heart disease.Heart: Obese Toddlers Show Warning Signs - Read more

Nano Technique: Insight into Failing Heart Cells

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[26/02/2010] Researchers have been able to see how heart failure affects the surface of an individual heart muscle cell in minute detail, using a new nanoscale scanning technique.Nano Technique: Insight into Failing Heart Cells - Read more

Heart: Enzyme Critical for Function

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[25/02/2010] Scientists are reporting data to show that the enzyme calcineurin is critical in controlling normal development and function of heart cells, and that loss of the protein leads to heart problems and death in genetically modified mice.Heart: Enzyme Critical for Function - Read more

Lungs: Pulmonary Disease Limits Heart Function

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[22/01/2010] A common lung condition, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) diminishes the heart's ability to pump effectively even when the disease has no or mild symptoms, according to new research.Lungs: Pulmonary Disease Limits Heart Function - Read more

X-Ray: New Heart Procedure Eliminates Exposure

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[18/01/2010] Researchers have developed an x-ray free technique to treat a common heart disorder called atrial fibrillation – this might eliminate radiation exposure to patients and their medical providers.X-Ray: New Heart Procedure Eliminates Exposure - Read more

Heart Attack: Activating Enzyme Instead of Blocking Protein

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[14/01/2010] Researchers have determined how a "chemical chaperone" does its job in the body, which could lead to a new class of drugs to help reduce the muscle damage caused by heart attacks.Heart Attack: Activating Enzyme Instead of Blocking Protein - Read more

Blood Pressure Monitors: Are Patients Losing Sleep?

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[18/12/2009] A widely used test for measuring nighttime blood pressure may interfere with patients' sleep, thus affecting the results of the test, reports a new study.Blood Pressure Monitors: Are Patients Losing Sleep? - Read more

Special Organ Donation Tasks: „They Are not less Important for Saving Human Lives“

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[08/10/2009] 80 per cent of all Germans would donate organs after their death, but only 17 per cent possess an organ donation pass with the consequence that kidney, heart and liver for transplants are scarce goods. Special Organ Donation Tasks: „They Are not less Important for Saving Human Lives“ - Read more

Organ Care System: „A Cost-Benefit Analysis Has Not Been Prepared Yet”

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[22/09/2009] If one needs a goldfish for its aquarium, one needs a plastic bag full of water for transport. This is similar to the medical procedure involved when heart, kidney or liver from organ donors need to get to the intensive care patient. However, there is one serious problem limiting transport: the time. Organ Care System: „A Cost-Benefit Analysis Has Not Been Prepared Yet” - Read more

Heart Disease: Depression More Influential Than Genes Or Environment

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[05/03/2009] A history of major depression increases the risk of heart disease over and above any genetic risks common to depression and heart disease, according to researchers. Heart Disease: Depression More Influential Than Genes Or Environment - Read more

A Matter near to the Heart - Cardiology at MEDICA

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[21/11/2008] The heart is one of the centre pieces at MEDICA 2008. It is one of the most important human organs and many companies exhibit innovations related to the beating muscle. Telemedicine and surgery are just two keywords for this area.A Matter near to the Heart - Cardiology at MEDICA - Read more

The world's smallest heart-lung machine saves lives

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[21/11/2008] Each year in Germany between 400 and 550 people fall victim to fires. In most cases the actual cause of death is not the blaze itself but smoke inhalation. Now a mobile heart-lung machine helps to save lives in situations like these. The world's smallest heart-lung machine saves lives - Read more

Heart: MRI to Predict Treatment Success

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[08/10/2008] Researchers have developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based method for detecting and quantifying injury to the wall of the heart’s left atrium in patients who have undergone a procedure to treat atrial fibrillation. Heart: MRI to Predict Treatment Success - Read more

Heart Attack: Ultrasound Used to Predict Risk

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[19/08/2008] Repeat exams using widely available and inexpensive ultrasound imaging could help identify patients at high risk for a heart attack or other adverse cardiovascular events, according to a new study.Heart Attack: Ultrasound Used to Predict Risk - Read more

Heart Attack: Obese Patients More Likely To Survive

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[02/07/2007] Amongst patients who had received initial treatment for a specific type of heart attack, those that were obese were less likely to die during the following three years than normal weight patients.Heart Attack: Obese Patients More Likely To Survive - Read more

Transplantation: Hepatitis C Associated With Decreased Survival

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[20/10/2006] Heart transplant patients who receive a donor heart from a person with hepatitis C have a lower rate of survival, according to a study. Transplantation: Hepatitis C Associated With Decreased Survival - Read more

 
 

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