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C-reactive protein - more than a heart disease marker
C-reactive protein, a risk of heart disease, also participates in the atherosclerosis that narrows heart arteries. (2004-01-26)
First link found in humans between common gene and artery-clogging disease
Scientists have found the first strong link in humans between a common gene and risk for the disease that leads to most heart attacks and strokes, according to results of a study by researchers at the University of Southern California and at UCLA. (2003-12-31)
Arteries clog earlier in people with lupus, says new study
People with the autoimmune disease lupus may develop carotid atherosclerosis (the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries) at an accelerated rate and independently of many risk factors normally associated with cardiovascular disease, according to a new study supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. (2003-12-18)
It's never too late to start exercising and losing weight , Joslin study shows
There's good news on the research front for those who want to shed some pounds and get in shape this holiday season. (2003-12-04)
Moderate alcohol use may be associated with brain shrinkage
Consuming low to moderate amounts of alcohol may be linked to decreased brain size in middle-aged adults, according to a new study published in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2003-12-04)
Duke cardiologists offer new view of link between aging, atherosclerosis
The exceptions have always fascinated Duke University Medical Center cardiologist Pascal Goldschmidt, M.D. (2003-12-01)
Gene may protect against heart disease rather than be harmful as previously thought
A genetic pathway whose activity was suspected to advance heart disease by increasing inflammation in the blood vessels and arteries feeding the heart may actually protect against it at least in laboratory mice, reports a team of Rockefeller University scientists. (2003-11-26)
High heart risk for lupus patients linked to death of cells lining blood vessels
Mass suicide by protective cells lining blood vessels may be to blame for the increased risk of heart and vascular disease in patients with the autoimmune disease known as lupus, new research suggests. (2003-11-11)
High saturated fat, starch avoidance weight loss diet offers good preliminary results
In the quest for an effective weight loss diet that also is nutritionally complete, researchers in the November issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings report preliminary weight loss results of a regimen that is similar to the Atkins diet that are encouraging, but merit further, broader study. (2003-11-11)
Scripps scientists link ozone to atherosclerosis
A team of investigators led by The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) President Richard A. (2003-11-06)
Cellular fat sensor slows heart disease
A cellular sensor of dietary fats slows the development of lesions that lead to heart disease, a Salk Institute study has found. (2003-10-16)
Enigmatic role for NF-kappaB in the hardening of arteries
A report in the October 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation resulting from a collaboration led by Menno P.J. de Winther and researchers at Vrije University, Maastricht University, Technical University of Munich, and Harvard Medical School, reveals that inhibition of the transcription factor NF-kappaB increases atherosclerosis - a chronic inflammatory disease that causes the progressive narrowing and hardening of arteries over time. (2003-10-15)
No link between fat and stroke risk, Northwestern researcher finds
Unlike its scientifically established relationship to heart disease, dietary fat does not seem to be associated with risk for stroke, according to an article in the Octobert 4 issue of the British Medical Journal. (2003-10-02)
CRESTOR (TM) improves apolipoprotein and lipid ratios - markers of cardiovascular disease risk
New data presented at the XIIIth International Symposium on Atherosclerosis (ISA) show AstraZeneca's highly effective statin CRESTOR (rosuvastatin) achieves more favourable effects on apolipoprotein and lipid ratios than the same and some higher doses of other widely available statins.1,2 Data also show greater improvements in apolipoprotein and lipid ratios for patients switched to CRESTOR 10mg from the most commonly prescribed doses of these other statins. (2003-10-01)
Novel technology to monitor 'hidden depths' of silent killer
Details of two new studies announced by AstraZeneca at the XIIIth International Symposium on Atherosclerosis (ISA) could provide the clearest picture yet of the effects of statins on atherosclerosis, the main cause of coronary artery disease. (2003-10-01)
Vascular disease and aging
New results demonstrate a progressive age-related increase in thoracic aorta gene expression for adhesion molecules that participate in inflammatory-mediated pathologies, and altered expression for selected groups of molecules involved in vascular remodeling. (2003-09-30)
High blood pressure, fatty deposits are 'bit players' in bulging arteries
Contrary to long-accepted conventional wisdom and to current theories, high blood pressure and other risk factors for plaque buildup are not major factors in the dangerous ballooning of blood vessels near the heart, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology this week. (2003-09-16)
New study aims to prevent heart disease in pediatric lupus patients
Researchers from Duke University Medical Center will study the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent heart disease in pediatric patients with lupus erythematosus. (2003-09-05)
Cholesterol drug increases pain-free walking distance
A cholesterol-lowering drug has the added benefit of improving walking ability in people with peripheral artery disease which causes frequent leg pain, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2003-09-01)
Coronary artery calcium can be a warning sign of fatal cardiac event
The amount of calcium accumulated in the coronary arteries can help predict whether an individual with no symptoms of heart disease will suffer a fatal event within five years, according to a large, multi-center study appearing in the September issue of the journal Radiology. (2003-08-26)
Obesity, depression team up to increase heart-endangering inflammation
Obesity and depression may work together to provoke the chronic low-level inflammation associated with atherosclerosis and increased risk of heart disease, according to a new report in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity. (2003-08-19)
Infections linked to mental decline in elderly
Infection by several common viruses can significantly increase the risk of dementia in the elderly with cardiovascular disease, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2003-08-14)
HRT fails to stall atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women with pre-existing coronary artery lesions
A daily dose of estrogen, whether given alone or with progestin, failed to keep arteries with pre-existing lesions from narrowing further, according to results of a randomized, controlled trial in postmenopausal women led by investigators at the University of Southern California. (2003-08-06)
Tooth loss may be early warning sign of cardiovascular disease
Tooth loss caused by gum disease may be a marker of cardiovascular disease before symptoms appear, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2003-07-31)
Job stress may be missing link between workplace exercise and heart risk
Several researchers have suggested that employees whose jobs require a lot of physical activity face a greater risk for heart disease, but investigators from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and colleagues may have found the reason behind it: job stress. (2003-07-29)
Early heart disease in parents linked to thicker artery walls in offspring
If your parents had coronary heart disease before age 60, the walls of your neck arteries are more likely to be thicker, putting you at higher risk of heart disease, too, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2003-07-22)
Cardiologists advance search for routine vaccine to prevent heart attacks and strokes
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis. Measles, mumps, rubella. Atherosclerosis? Cedars-Sinai cardiologists and their colleagues in Sweden are leading a quest for a vaccine that one day could become part of routine childhood immunization programs. (2003-07-15)
Age-related stem cell loss prevents artery repair and leads to atherosclerosis
Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have discovered that a major problem with aging is an unexpected failure of the bone marrow to produce progenitor cells that are needed to repair and rejuvenate arteries exposed to such environmental risks as smoking or caloric abuse. (2003-07-14)
Further evidence that vitamin supplements do not protect against cardiovascular disease
A meta-analysis of randomised trials in this week's issue of The Lancet provides further evidence that antioxidant vitamins are not effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. (2003-06-12)
Japanese kids gaining body fat, heart risks like Western counterparts
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta showed that an increase in body fat is linked to a rise in cholesterol levels - which is occurring in both U.S. and Japanese children. (2003-06-08)
Childhood cancer survivors may experience heart problems sooner
Childhood cancer survivors may develop earlier and more extensive cardiovascular disease than doctors originally thought, according to two major clinical studies. (2003-06-01)
Beneficial effect of exercise on cholesterol levels persists after exercise cessation
Duke University Medical Center researchers have found that the positive effects of exercise in reducing levels of potentially harmful cholesterol in the blood can persist weeks after exercise cessation, suggesting a long-term bodily adaptation to exercise. (2003-05-28)
Study finds link between inflammatory protein and heart disease among cocaine users
This study found that many chronic cocaine users have elevated levels of serum CRP, a protein associated with inflammation, and a possible marker for future cardiovascular events. (2003-05-23)
Vaccination halts progression of atherosclerosis in animal studies, UCSD researchers report
UCSD researchers have shown in mice that a vaccine for pneumonia also triggers elements of the immune system to reduce atherosclerosis, the build-up of fatty deposits and chronic inflammation in blood vessels, which leads to heart attacks and stroke. (2003-05-12)
Trio of trouble: Infection, autoimmunity & inflammation gang up on heart
Chronic infections, autoimmune conditions and inflammation work together to increase the risk of heart disease, according to the first study to examine a possible relationship between the three conditions and the development of heart attacks. (2003-05-12)
Molecule helps prevent inflammation and heart disease in fat-fed mice
A molecule thought to contribute to the development of heart disease appears instead to help suppress it, according to research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2003-05-12)
Common gene variant increases risk of atherosclerosis
A common version of a gene has been identified as a potent risk factor for early-onset atherosclerosis, report the Johns Hopkins scientists who first linked it to shorter life expectancy in humans. (2003-05-01)
Researchers find protein mechanism for potential atherosclerosis development
Inactivating a protein that helps regulate the proliferation of vascular cells increases the chance of developing atherosclerosis, a major cause of heart disease, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have discovered. (2003-04-10)
A cholesterol-controlling drug could strike a blow against insulin resistance
Type-2 diabetes is now an epidemic. Simvastatin could be key for prevention against this deadly disease. (2003-04-09)
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