Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 09, 2013
Mortality for acute aortic dissection near 1 percent per hour during initial onset
The belief among medical professionals in the 1950s that the mortality rate for type A acute aortic dissection during the initial 24 hours was one to two percent per hour appears to hold true in the contemporary era of treatment, based on a review of the large-scale IRAD registry being presented Mar.

Beware: Newly recognized heart cardiomyopathy is not always benign
Even though a newly recognized cardiomyopathy, which mainly impacts women, is typically treatable, Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy can also be deadly when compounded by other co-morbidities, such as heart failure, according to a study being presented Mar.

Mayo Clinic study finds electric car does not interfere with implanted cardiac devices
A Mayo Clinic study has concluded that patients with implanted cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can safely drive or ride in an electric car without risk of electromagnetic interference.

Researchers develop new tool to eliminate 30-day hospital readmissions in heart failure patients
Researchers at the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City have developed an innovative tool designed to eliminate 30-day hospital readmissions for heart failure patients and improve the quality of medical care a patient receives in the hospital.

Shock teams and ECMO save lives in massive STEMI
The use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, accompanied by mechanical CPR, in patients with massive myocardial infarctions can lead to unexpected survival.

Niacin therapy shows no benefits, has some harmful effects
A highly anticipated study evaluating a combination of the vitamin niacin with the anti-flushing agent laropiprant finds the therapy provides no benefit to and may even be harmful for patients with vascular disease, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 62nd Annual Scientific Session.

Intermountain study finds length of DNA strands can predict life expectancy
Can the length of strands of DNA in patients with heart disease predict their life expectancy? is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to