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Cooking with coal, wood, or charcoal associated with cardiovascular death
Long-term use of coal, wood, or charcoal for cooking is associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, according to a study presented today at ESC Congress 2018.
Fish oils do not prevent heart attack or strokes in people with diabetes
Munich, Germany - 26 Aug 2018: Fish oil supplements do not prevent heart attacks or strokes in patients with diabetes, according to late breaking results from the ASCEND trial presented today in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress 20181 and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Oxygen therapy for patients suffering from a heart attack does not prevent heart failure
Oxygen therapy does not prevent the development of heart failure.
Weight loss drug does not increase cardiovascular events
A weight loss drug does not increase cardiovascular events, according to late breaking results from the CAMELLIA-TIMI 61 trial1 presented today in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress2 and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Jury still out on aspirin a day to prevent heart attack and stroke
Munich, Germany -- 26 Aug 2018: The jury is still out on whether people at moderate risk of a first heart attack or stroke should take daily aspirin to lower their risk, according to late breaking results from the ARRIVE study presented today in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress 2018 and with simultaneous publication in the Lancet.
Four out of 10 patients with atrial fibrillation have unknown brain damage
Four out of 10 patients with atrial fibrillation but no history of stroke or transient ischemic attack have previously unknown brain damage, according to the first results of the Swiss Atrial Fibrillation Cohort Study (Swiss-AF) presented today at ESC Congress 2018.
Apps a timely reminder for those on heart medication
New research from the University of Sydney shows mobile apps could potentially save lives by helping people with coronary heart disease keep on top of their medication.
Extended use of oral anticoagulant after hospital discharge reduces non-fatal blood clots
Munich, Germany -- Aug. 26, 2018: The use of an oral anticoagulant medicine in medically ill patients for 45 days following their discharge from the hospital reduces the rate of non-fatal symptomatic blood clots with no impact on fatal blood clots, according to late breaking results from the MARINER trial presented today in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress 2018 and published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Sleeping 5 hours or less a night associated with doubled risk of cardiovascular disease
Middle-aged men who sleep five hours or less per night have twice the risk of developing a major cardiovascular event during the following two decades than men who sleep seven to eight hours, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2018.
Deep forehead wrinkles may signal a higher risk for cardiovascular mortality
Are wrinkles just an inevitable consequence of aging, or could they signal something more sinister?
Impaired mental status is associated with doubled death risk after heart attack in elderly
Impaired mental status is associated with a doubled risk of death one year after a heart attack in elderly patients, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2018.
Bleeding in patients treated with anticoagulants should stimulate search for cancer
Bleeding in patients treated with anticoagulants should stimulate a search for cancer, according to late breaking results from the COMPASS trial1 presented today at ESC Congress 2018.
Ten-year outcomes of the Arterial Revascularisation Trial revealed today
The 10-year outcomes of the Arterial Revascularisation Trial (ART) are presented today in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress 2018.
Security millimetre wave body scanner safe for patients with pacemakers and defibrillators
Munich, Germany -- Aug. 26, 2018: Body scanners used for security checks are safe for patients with pacemakers and defibrillators, according to late breaking research presented today at ESC Congress 2018.
Cancer may lurk behind major internal bleeding in cardiovascular disease patients
Patients with cardiovascular disease who develop major internal bleeding are much more likely to be diagnosed with cancer, a large international clinical trial has found.
Red light at night: A potentially fatal attraction to migratory bats
Night time light pollution is rapidly increasing across the world.
Blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs continue to improve survival after a decade
Munich, Germany -- Aug. 26, 2018: Blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs continue to improve survival in patients with hypertension after more than a decade, according to late breaking results from the ASCOT Legacy study presented today at ESC Congress 2018 and published in The Lancet.
Patients with high blood pressure unlikely to reduce salt
Patients with high blood pressure are relying solely on medication to reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, rather than decreasing salt intake as instructed by their physicians, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2018, the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology.
Finding the sweet spot of a good night's sleep: Not too long and not too short
Researchers have found a sweet spot of six to eight hours sleep a night is most beneficial for heart health.
Cellular pumps protect the gut from toxins
If you've ever wondered why spicy chilies and strong medicines don't end up wiping out your gut's stem cell population, it's because the intestinal stromal cells that support and maintain them are intrinsically resistant to drugs, toxins and other compounds not naturally produced by the body.
Weight loss drug shows no increased risk in cardiovascular outcomes
For the first time, investigators report that a weight loss drug led to weight loss without increasing the incidence of heart attacks, strokes and death from heart disease in a population of people who are especially at risk for cardiovascular events.
Short and fragmented sleep linked to hardened arteries
Sleeping less than six hours or waking up several times in the night is associated with an increased risk of asymptomatic atherosclerosis, which silently hardens and narrows the arteries, according to results of the PESA study presented today at ESC Congress 2018.
The heart: Digital or analog?
Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have found evidence that may disrupt conventional understanding about how electrical activity travels in the heart -- a discovery that potentially can lead to new insight into medical problems such as heart arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death.
ARRIVE trial of daily aspirin does not show lower risk of first cardiovascular event
Findings from ARRIVE, a randomized, controlled clinical trial of the use of daily aspirin to prevent a first cardiovascular event among more than 12,500 participants considered to be at moderate cardiovascular risk, were presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting.

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