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July 1, 2015

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July 1, 2015

Recommendations for Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion

June 29, 2015 — Experts have released a new overview on the implantation of left atrial appendage occlusion devices. The implantation of left atrial appendage occlusion devices may lower the risk of stroke in ... read more

Consensus Paper on Patient Preferences for Arrhythmias Management Published

June 24, 2015 — A unique consensus paper on patient preferences for arrhythmias management has been published. Cardiac arrhythmias can have a big impact on quality of life. Patients with ventricular arrhythmias, for ... read more

First ESC Recommendations for Arrhythmias, Chronic Kidney Disease Published

June 24, 2015 — Significant interactions occur between the heart and kidney, and even mild kidney disease is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Sudden cardiac death is the most common cause ... read more

Uninterrupted NOAC Therapy During AF Ablation Appears Safe

June 24, 2015 — Uninterrupted treatment with novel oral anticoagulants during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is safe, suggests new research. Continuation of NOAC therapy was not associated with ... read more

Road Traffic Noise Linked to Deaths, Increased Strokes

June 23, 2015 — Living in an area with noisy road traffic may reduce life expectancy. Research has found a link between long-term exposure to road traffic noise and deaths, as well as a greater risk of stroke, ... read more

Nanoparticle 'Wrapper' Delivers Chemical That Stops Fatty Buildup in Rodent Arteries

June 23, 2015 — In what may be a major leap forward in the quest for new treatments of the most common form of cardiovascular disease, scientists report they have found a way to halt and reverse the progression of ... read more

June 23, 2015 — Scientists working to find treatments for a rare and severe form of diabetes known as Wolfram syndrome have identified a gatekeeper in cells that prevents harmful molecules from spilling and ... read more

June 23, 2015 — Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a congenital defect in which the left side of the heart does not develop properly, impairing normal circulation. A series of surgeries can help restore heart ... read more

Uninterrupted Vitamin K Antagonists Recommended During Ablation, Device Implantation

June 23, 2015 — Experts have recommended uninterrupted anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists during ablation and device implantation. Dramatic changes in the field during the last five years demanded a ... read more

Fewer Than One in 10 Older Heart Patients Get Life-Saving Defibrillators

June 23, 2015 — Heart attack patients age 65 and older who have reduced heart function might still benefit from implanted defibrillators, according to a study. But fewer than 1 in 10 eligible patients actually get a ... read more

Rapid Skin Improvement Seen After Treating Systemic Sclerosis Patients With Fresolimumab

June 22, 2015 — A major treatment breakthrough for total body scarring of the skin that occurs in patients with systemic sclerosis, also known as scleroderma, may soon be available for the estimated 300,000 ... read more

Cardio-Oncology Services May Improve Patient Care If More Widely Available

June 22, 2015 — The impact of cancer treatments on cardiovascular health is an important consideration when treating cancer patients, but many hospital training programs have no formal training or services in ... read more

Elevated Blood Pressure in Young Adults Associated With Middle-Age Heart Issues

June 22, 2015 — Young adults who had blood pressure that was elevated but still within normal range for long periods of time were more likely to show signs of cardiac dysfunction in middle age, according to a ... read more

Blue Light Sets the Beat in Biological Pacemaker

June 22, 2015 — Using optogenetics, researchers have established a new approach for pacing the heart and synchronizing its mechanical activity without a conventional electrical pacemaker. This finding could help ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Regenerative medicine researchers have identified a cell that replenishes adult heart muscle by using a new cell lineage-tracing technique they devised. Adult heart muscle is comprised of cells ... read more

Cardiac Device Wearers Should Keep Distance from Smartphones

June 22, 2015 — Patients should hold phone to opposite ear and not store phone in pocket over device. A second study advises limiting exposure to high voltage power ... read more

Patients Test Drive Pacemaker Before Choosing Permanent Implant

June 22, 2015 — Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel ... read more

State Stroke Legislation Increases U.S. Primary Stroke Centers

June 18, 2015 — Primary stroke centers have increased dramatically in the last decade and state legislation to enable them is a major factor in potentially improving access to standard stroke care in the United ... read more

Molecular Cause of Heart Condition Identified

June 18, 2015 — Researchers have teased apart the molecular basis for differences in behavior between healthy cells and those from patients with a cardiac condition and identified a drug treatment that partially ... read more

Lower Resting Heart Rate Variability Linked With Sexual Difficulties in Women

June 17, 2015 — Chances are good that women with a low heart rate variability also suffer from sexual dysfunction. Heart rate variability refers to differences in the length of time between consecutive heartbeats. ... read more

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