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August 28, 2015

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August 28, 2015

Quitting Smoking After Heart Attack Gives Quick Boost to Mental Health, Quality of Life

Aug. 25, 2015 — A new study shows that quitting smoking after a heart attack has immediate benefits, including less chest pain, better quality of daily life and improved mental health. Many of these improvements ... read more

Primary Prevention Use of Statins Increases Among the Oldest Old

Aug. 24, 2015 — The use of statins for primary prevention in patients without vascular disease older than 79 increased between 1999 and 2012, although there is little randomized evidence to guide the use of these ... read more

Extracorporeal Life Support Is 'Bridge-to-Life' for Patients With Sudden Onset Cardiogenic Shock

Aug. 20, 2015 — The ideal management strategy for primary cardiogenic shock is a matter of debate. After some early discouraging experiences, the use of extracorporeal life support for patients with cardiogenic ... read more

Aug. 21, 2015 — Researchers have developed a sensor for the living body that can detect the bio-magnetic field with high sensitivity and high ... read more

Working Long Hours Linked to Higher Risk of Stroke

Aug. 19, 2015 — Working 55 hours or more per week is linked to a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and a more modest (13 percent) increased risk of developing coronary heart disease compared with working a standard ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Updating national screening policies could help detect more aortic aneurysms in older men and prevent deaths from this potentially life-threatening condition. Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Patients with hypertension treated with acupuncture experienced drops in their blood pressure that lasted up to a month and a half, researchers have found. This work is the first to scientifically ... read more

New Aortic Heart Valve Does Not Require Open Surgery

Aug. 18, 2015 — A new aortic heart valve does not require open heart surgery. The CoreValve®Evolut™ R System is deployed with a catheter, which is inserted into an artery and guided to the heart. The artificial ... read more

Just One in 10 Are Referred for Cardiac Rehab After Treatment for Heart Failure

Aug. 18, 2015 — Very few heart failure patients are referred to a cardiac rehabilitation program after being hospitalized, despite strong evidence that such exercise programs improve quality of life and reduce the ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — A blood clot can potentially trigger heart attacks, strokes and other medical emergencies. Treatment requires finding its exact location, but current techniques can only look at one part of the body ... read more

Mobile Technology May Help People Improve Health Behaviors

Aug. 13, 2015 — Smart phone apps and wearable sensors are promising for improving cardiovascular health behaviors, preliminary data suggest. Self-monitoring is a key facet of changing behavior to prevent and manage ... read more

Surgeons Refine Procedure for Life-Threatening Congenital Heart Defect

Aug. 13, 2015 — For children born with life-threating hypoplastic left heart syndrome, reconstructive surgeries can restore blood circulation. While the most common corrective approach is the three-stage Norwood ... read more

COPD Patients With Psychological Conditions Have Higher Rate of Early Hospital Readmission

Aug. 13, 2015 — People with a psychological condition such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, or alcohol/drug abuse are more likely to be readmitted early into a hospital for complications of chronic obstructive ... read more

Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Anger Compound Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Aug. 13, 2015 — Depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety, and anger and lack of social support in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were linked to atherosclerosis—a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries ... read more

Predicting Risk for Deadly Cardiac Events

Aug. 12, 2015 — A marker commonly used to determine if a patient is having a heart attack can also be used to identify stable patients at high risk for deadly cardiac events, according to a new ... read more

Fetal ECG During Labor Offers No Advantage Over Conventional Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring

Aug. 12, 2015 — Fetal electrocardiogram ST segment analysis, or STAN, which is largely used in Europe to measure fetal heart activity, does not improve outcomes during labor and delivery or decrease cesarean ... read more

Making the 9-1-1 Call for Stroke Differs by Race, Sex

Aug. 12, 2015 — During a stroke, slightly more than half of patients use emergency medical services to get to the hospital, with white women the most likely, and Hispanic men the least likely to use EMS transport. ... read more

Moderate Physical Activity Associated With Lower Risk of Heart Failure in Men

Aug. 12, 2015 — Men who participated in moderate amounts of physical activity, particularly walking and bicycling, were associated with a lower risk of future heart failure compared to those with lower and higher ... read more

Why Statins Should Be Viewed as a Double-Edged Sword

Aug. 12, 2015 — Statins have significant cardiovascular benefits, but also serious side effects. A new study finds that statin use impairs stem cell function, which helps in slowing atherosclerosis but hinders other ... read more

Higher Risk of Death from Heart Attack, Stroke for People With Spinal Arthritis

Aug. 12, 2015 — People with a type of spinal arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke than the general population, a new study ... read more

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