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August 4, 2015

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August 4, 2015

Social Factors Linked to Heart Disease for All

Aug. 4, 2015 — The social determinants of health are multi-dimensional and multi-level, yet we have few studies that examine the social determinants in large, diverse populations. More extensive research and new ... read more

July 30, 2015 — Scientists have discovered both a regression of coronary plaque and a lipid-lowering effect may be obtained through the coadministration of two drugs. The effect is stronger than previous therapies ... read more

Waitlist Times for Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients Cut by Hospital

July 26, 2015 — Long waitlist times often lead to a higher risk of death for children awaiting heart transplantation. However, a team has cut wait times by revising their waitlist protocols for donor heart size and ... read more

Hospitals Often Overestimate Their Ability to Deliver Fast Stroke Care

July 22, 2015 — When asked about administering the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator to stroke patients, hospital staff perceptions did not always line up with actual performance. Only 29 percent of ... read more

Drinking Beet Juice Regularly May Lengthen Your Workouts

July 22, 2015 — Regular consumption of beet juice had positive cardiovascular effects on subjects during exercise and led to increased endurance, a clinical study has found. The scientists report that healthy male ... read more

Menopause Associated With More Fat Around Heart, Raising Risk for Heart Disease

July 22, 2015 — Late- and post-menopausal women have significantly greater volumes of fat around their hearts -- a risk factor for heart disease -- than their pre-menopausal counterparts, a study has shown for the ... read more

July 22, 2015 — If you experience a major heart attack the damage could cost you around five billion heart cells. Future stem cell treatments will require this number and more to ensure those cells are replaced and ... read more

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise in Small Clinical Trial for Rare Lung Disease

July 20, 2015 — Promising results are coming out of the first clinical trial in the world of a genetically-enhanced stem cell therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension. This rare and deadly disease mainly affects ... read more

African-Americans Face Twice the Rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Compared to Caucasians

July 20, 2015 — Compared to Caucasians, African-Americans face twice the rate of sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study. The study came out of the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study, a comprehensive, ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Researchers have used models to identify a potential link between excess production of inflammatory proteins that cause rheumatoid arthritis and the development of heart valve disease. The research ... read more

July 17, 2015 — A novel system for growing cardiac tissue from undifferentiated stem cells on a culture plate has been developed by scientists. This heart on a chip is a miniature physiologic system that could be ... read more

Body Temperature May Trigger Sudden Cardiac Death

July 16, 2015 — When studying the proteins that underlie electrical signaling in the heart, and subjecting those proteins to conditions that are similar to the stress of exercise, researchers have found that in some ... read more

Air Pollution from Wildfires May Ignite Heart Hazards

July 16, 2015 — Air pollution from wildfires may increase risk of cardiac arrests, and other sudden acute heart problems, researchers have found. Researchers noted that while breathing wildfire smoke was linked to ... read more

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: Rare but Potentially Fatal Cardiovascular Disorder Can Strike Healthy Pregnant Women

July 15, 2015 — Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare disorder characterized by weakened pumping of the heart, or "left ventricular dysfunction," which results in otherwise healthy pregnant women ... read more

Why Does PTSD Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

July 15, 2015 — A new review article finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) leads to overactive nerve activity, dysfunctional immune response and activation of the hormone system that controls blood ... read more

New Guidelines for Statin Eligibility Improve Prediction of Cardiovascular Risk

July 14, 2015 — The new guidelines for determining whether patients should begin taking statins to prevent cardiovascular disease issued in 2013 by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart ... read more

Investigational Drug Prevents Life-Threatening Side Effects of Kidney Disease Treatment

July 14, 2015 — The investigational drug patiromer quickly reduced elevated blood-potassium levels -- a common life-threatening side effect of treatment for chronic diabetic kidney disease. In this year-long study ... read more

Stopping or Reducing Cocaine Use Associated With Lower Cardiovascular Risk Marker Levels

July 13, 2015 — For people who use cocaine, stopping or reducing cocaine use is associated with decreased levels of endothelin-1 (ET-1) -- a protein that plays a key role in the development of coronary artery ... read more

July 10, 2015 — A radioactive agent developed in the 1960s to detect bone cancer can be re-purposed to highlight the build-up of unstable calcium deposits in arteries, a process that can cause heart attack and ... read more

Electrocardiogram Screening May Help Predict Kidney Disease Patients' Risk of Dying from Heart Disease

July 9, 2015 — Certain electrocardiogram measures helped investigators identify a subgroup of individuals with chronic kidney disease who had substantially elevated risks of dying from heart disease, a new article ... read more

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