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July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

Improved Survival of HIV Patients Facilitates Heart Disease Research

July 27, 2015 — The improved survival rate of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa due to effective treatment programs is increasing the ability of researchers in Africa to study the impacts of cardiovascular disease ... 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

Ankle-Brachial Index Associated With Mild Cognitive Impairment

July 22, 2015 — Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) occurred significantly more often, in a recent study, in individuals diagnosed with a lower ankle brachial index (ABI), which is a marker of generalized ... 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

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

Memory, Thinking Ability Keep Getting Worse for Years After a Stroke, New Study Finds

July 7, 2015 — A stroke happens in an instant. And many who survive one report that their brain never works like it once did. But new research shows that these problems with memory and thinking ability keep getting ... 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

New Blood Pressure Guidelines May Lead to Under Treatment of Older Adults

July 6, 2015 — In 2014, the Joint National Committee released the eighth update to the blood pressure guidelines (JNC8P). These guidelines included a controversial decision to change the blood pressure goal that ... read more

July 6, 2015 — A new article reports on use of optical coherence tomography to obtain high-resolution images showing blood-flow dynamics in the brain before, during, and after stroke-like states. The information ... read more

Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Other Heart Disease Risk Factors Increasing In Asia

July 6, 2015 — The prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors like hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes have been decreasing in the United States and Europe, however they appear to be on the rise in Asia, ... read more

New Study Again Shows: More Strokes With Intracranial Stents

July 6, 2015 — A new study confirms that iff, after a stroke, patients also have stents inserted into blood vessels of the brain, new strokes occur considerably more ... read more

Rapid Response to Kids' Stroke Symptoms May Speed Diagnosis

July 2, 2015 — A rapid response plan for children at a hospital quickly identified stroke and other neurological problems. One in four children with stroke-like symptoms were diagnosed with stroke and 14 percent ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Doctors used a 3-D model of a patient’s heart to guide a tricky minimally-invasive valve replacement. The patient was not a candidate for traditional surgery due his heart's unique anatomy and ... read more

Enzyme Provides Built-in Protection Against Atherosclerosis

July 1, 2015 — A new study reveals enzyme CD39 is capable of clearing the atherosclerotic plaque that leads to so many heart attacks and ... read more

Clot-Removal Devices Now Recommended for Some Stroke Patients

June 29, 2015 — Updated stroke treatment recommendations include using a stent retrieval device to remove blood clots from large arteries in select patients. Clot-busting medication -- tPA -- continues to be the ... read more

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

Osteoporosis Linked With Heart Disease in Older People

June 29, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a link between coronary heart disease and osteoporosis, suggesting both conditions could have similar causes. In one of the first studies of its kind to use a special ... read more

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