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July 29, 2015

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July 29, 2015

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

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

Uric Acid May Lessen Women's Disability After Stroke

July 9, 2015 — Forty-two percent of women treated with uric acid had less disability three months after a stroke compared with women given a placebo, report researchers who say that women benefit from uric acid ... read more

Link Between Inherited DNA Sequences, Heart Disease Found

July 9, 2015 — The first study of its kind reveals the role of homozygosity and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). CAD is a terminal clinical manifestation of cardiovascular disease. Nearly one in six men and one in ... read more

Potential Link Between Fat in Blood, Blood Vessel Recovery in Ischemia

July 9, 2015 — The buildup of fat in the blood not only raises one's risk for heart attack or stroke, but also impairs the growth of new blood vessels. How excess fat in the blood blocks vessel growth was ... read more

Cause of Heart Damage in Sepsis Patients Identified

July 9, 2015 — Sepsis is the most common cause of death in hospitalized critically ill people and affects up to 18 million people world-wide annually. A common cause of heart damage in patients with sepsis has now ... read more

Secondhand Smoke Increases Stroke Risk by 30 Percent for Nonsmokers

July 9, 2015 — Nearly 800,000 people in the US suffer a stroke each year. Stroke is responsible for one out of every 19 deaths in the US and it is a leading cause of disability. A new study has found that ... read more

Hospital Readmissions for Sepsis Are Highly Common, Extremely Costly

July 8, 2015 — The Affordable Care Act created several national initiatives aimed at reducing hospital readmission rates for heart attacks, congestive heart failure and other common high-risk conditions. But there ... read more

Life Expectancy Substantially Lower With Combination of Diabetes, Stroke or Heart Attack

July 7, 2015 — In an analysis that included nearly 1.2 million participants and more than 135,000 deaths, mortality associated with a history of diabetes, stroke or heart attack was similar for each condition, and ... read more

Simple Heart Scan May Help Identify Patients at Risk for Premature Death

July 6, 2015 — Coronary artery calcification scans could help physicians identify patients at risk for premature death, a new study proposes. CAC is an x-ray test that looks for specks of calcium in the walls of ... read more

Two Biomarkers Linked to Severe Heart Disease Found

July 6, 2015 — A first-of-its-kind animal model to pinpoint two biomarkers that are elevated in the most severe form of coronary disease has been developed by ... read more

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