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March 24, 2012
Tavi study shows low mortality rate, improvement in function at 30 days
Patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation at experienced medical centers had significant improvement in valve function as well as low mortality and stroke rates at 30 days, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session.

Bone marrow stem cells improve heart function, study finds
A research network led by a Mayo Clinic physician found that stem cells derived from heart failure patients' own bone marrow and injected into their hearts improved the function of the left ventricle, the heart's pumping chamber.

Rapid rise in blood pressure before midlife may cause irreversible heart damage
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Small change makes big difference in compliance rates for follow-up stress test after chest pain
Stress tests are an important tool to help diagnose narrowed arteries in people who come to the emergency room (ER) with chest pain, but who are not confirmed as having a heart attack.

New class of platelet blockers proves effective in phase III trial
Adding vorapaxar, an investigational platelet blocker, to standard antiplatelet therapy significantly reduces the risk of recurrent cardiovascular events in patients with known atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session.

Seeing is believeing with clogged arteries
It seems a picture is worth more than a thousand words for people who see evidence of coronary artery disease, which is the most common type of heart disease in men and women.

Cell therapy using patient's own bone marrow may present option for heart disease
Cell therapy may present an option for patients with ischemic heart disease to use their own bone marrow cells to repair the damaged areas of their hearts, and may pave the way for future treatment options, according to the FOCUS trial, which will be presented as a late-breaking clinical trial March 24 at the 61st annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session.

Telemedicine improves medication management, patient care
Internet-based telemedicine systems appear to lead to more appropriate and effective pharmacotherapy, better blood pressure control and an overall reduction in cardiovascular risk compared to conventional, periodic office visits, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session.

Study examines treatment of heart failure with bone marrow cells
Use of a patient's bone marrow cells for treating chronic ischemic heart failure did not result in improvement on most measures of heart function, according to a study appearing in JAMA.

To get the full story you need to know the motifs
With hundreds of genomes already sequenced, scientists seek new tools to help in identifying the key players controlling the molecular machinery.

Complications in patients undergoing PCI tend to occur within first 30 days
In a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), types and timing of cardiovascular disease and heart attack (CVD/MI) complications were tracked in patients undergoing PCI after an acute coronary syndrome and taking medications to prevent these complications.

American Chemical Society Presidential Sessions focus on outreach, chemistry innovations
More than a dozen symposia and other events at the American Chemical Society 243rd National Meeting & Exposition are being sponsored or recommended by noted science communicator and ACS President Bassam Z.

Long-term outcomes of TAVI show non-cardiac co-morbidities main cause of mortality
Non-cardiac co-morbidities such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease and frailty are the main predictors of late mortality after transcatheter aortic valve implantation, suggesting that patients with these conditions merit closer evaluation and follow-up, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session.

Binghamton University scholar advocates for additional corporate oversight
In the wake of the Enron and other corporate scandals, new research from Binghamton University suggests that strengthening parts of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act would improve corporate performance and shareholder value.

Stem cell therapy possibly helpful in heart failure patients
A new study found that using a patient's own bone marrow cells may help repair damaged areas of the heart caused by heart failure, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session.

Simple heart failure checklist reduces readmission rates, improves care, could save billions
Use of a new, simple and inexpensive checklist appears to drastically lower the likelihood of heart failure patient readmission and improve quality of care when used before patients leave the hospital, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session.

Tears during coronary angioplasty: Where are they and how do they affect patient outcomes?
Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital discovered that blockages in the right coronary artery and those in bending areas of the coronary artery are the most common places for dissection, a tear in the artery that can occur during balloon angioplasty of the coronary arteries.
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