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Health of more than half of US adults affected by obesity
Considering weight across the life course, the prevalence of obesity among adults in the US rises considerably, suggesting that the effects on population health may be even more pervasive than previously understood, according to a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher. (2017-09-06)
A bioactive molecule may protect against congestive heart failure after heart attacks
Researchers show that giving mice a form of the fatty acid-derived bioactive molecule called lipoxin improved heart function after a heart attack, as the lipoxin prompted early activation of the resolving phase of the immune response without altering the acute phase. (2017-09-06)
Statins reduce deaths from heart disease by 28 percent in men, says longest ever study
The study, by Imperial College London and University of Glasgow, focused on men with high levels of 'bad' cholesterol and no other risk factors or signs of heart disease. (2017-09-06)
New app replaces ultrasound with smartphone camera to measure heart health
Engineers have developed an app that can measure key benchmarks of heart health using just a smartphone's camera. (2017-09-05)
Can height increase risk for blood clots in veins?
Risk of blood clots in the veins was associated with height, with the lowest risk in participants who were five feet tall or shorter. (2017-09-05)
Staying in education linked to lower risk of heart disease
Staying in education is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2017-08-31)
Autoimmune diseases increase cardiovascular and mortality risk
Researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) and IDIAP Jordi Gol have just published an article showing that autoimmune diseases significantly increase cardiovascular risk as well as overall mortality. (2017-08-29)
Poor sleep is associated with ischemic heart disease and stroke
Poor sleep is associated with ischemic heart disease and stroke, according to research presented today at ESC Congress. (2017-08-29)
Study shows slow walking pace is good predictor of heart-related deaths
Study suggests that middle-aged people who report that they are slow walkers could be at higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population. (2017-08-29)
16-year study suggests air temperature is external trigger for heart attack
A 16-year study in more than 280,000 patients has suggested that air temperature is an external trigger for heart attack. (2017-08-28)
Married patients with heart disease have better survival rates
Marriage is a vital factor affecting the survival of patients who have had a heart attack, as well as the survival of patients with the most important risk factors, according to research presented today at ESC Congress. (2017-08-28)
Gene therapy using 'junk DNA' could lower risk for heart disease
Researchers successfully used a gene that suppresses cholesterol levels as part of a treatment to reduce plaque in mice with a disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia. (2017-08-28)
Closure of left atrial appendage during heart surgery protects the brain (LAACS)
Closure of the left atrial appendage during heart surgery protects the brain, according to late-breaking research presented today in a Hot Line LBCT Session at ESC Congress.1 The results suggest that closure should be routinely added to open heart surgery. (2017-08-28)
Oxygen therapy does not improve survival (DETO2X-AMI)
Oxygen therapy does not improve survival in patients with heart attack symptoms, according to late-breaking research presented today in a Hot Line LBCT Session at ESC Congress and published in the NEJM. (2017-08-28)
Sildenafil should be avoided in valve disease with residual pulmonary hypertension
Sildenafil should not be used to treat residual hypertension in patients with valvular heart disease, according to late-breaking results from the SIOVAC trial presented today in a Hot Line LBCT Session at ESC Congress. (2017-08-28)
Coronary artery bypass surgery effective in patients with type 1 diabetes
Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is the best method of treating artherosclerotic coronary arteries in diabetes patients with multivessel disease, even in the presence of type 1 diabetes, a new study from Karolinska Institutet reports, clearing up a question in the current recommendation. (2017-08-28)
Young adults, especially men, fall behind in high blood pressure treatment and control
Awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure is significantly lower in young adults compared to middle-aged and older adults. (2017-08-28)
High salt intake associated with doubled risk of heart failure
High salt intake is associated with a doubled risk of heart failure, according to a 12-year study in more than 4 000 people presented today at ESC Congress. (2017-08-27)
Risk factor driven upstream AF therapy improves sinus rhythm (RACE 3)
Risk factor driven upstream rhythm control is effective, feasible and safe in improving maintenance of sinus rhythm in patients with early short lasting atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure, according to late-breaking results from the RACE 3 trial presented today in a Hot Line - LBCT Session at ESC Congress.1 The novel therapy included meticulous treatment of risk factors and change of lifestyle and was superior to conventional guideline recommended rhythm control. (2017-08-27)
Rivaroxaban plus aspirin improves outcomes in stable cardiovascular disease (COMPASS)
Rivaroxaban plus aspirin improves survival and reduces stroke and heart attack in patients with stable coronary or peripheral artery disease, according to late-breaking results from the COMPASS trial presented today in a Hot Line - LBCT Session at ESC Congress1 and published in the NEJM. (2017-08-27)
Drug cuts cardiovascular disease and lung cancer risk by reducing inflammation (CANTOS)
The IL-1β inhibitor canakinumab lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and lung cancer risk by reducing inflammation, according to late-breaking results from the CANTOS trial presented today in a Hot Line -- LBT Session at ESC Congress1 and published in the NEJM. (2017-08-27)
ESC/EACTS Guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease published today
European Society of Cardiology (ESC) / European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) Guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease are published online today in European Heart Journal1 and on the ESC website. (2017-08-26)
ESC Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral arterial diseases published today
European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Peripheral Arterial Diseases, developed in collaboration with the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS), are published online today in European Heart Journal,1 European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and the ESC website. (2017-08-26)
Implanted cardiac monitors indicate incidence of undiagnosed AFib may be substantial in high-risk patients
With the use of implanted cardiac monitors researchers found a substantial incidence (nearly 30 percent) of previously undiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) after 18 months in patients at high risk of both AF and stroke, according to a study published by JAMA Cardiology. (2017-08-26)
Next-generation drug testing on chips
Researchers at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in Japan have designed a small 'body-on-a-chip' device that can test the side effects of drugs s on human cells. (2017-08-25)
Which TAVR patients are at risk for hospital readmission?
As more elderly patients undergo the minimally invasive heart valve procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVR), concerns have been raised as to what causes some to be readmitted for heart failure after the procedure. (2017-08-25)
Androgen deprivation therapy increases risk of heart failure in men with prostate cancer
Men with localized prostate cancer who received androgen deprivation therapy, a hormone treatment, were at significantly higher risk of heart failure than men who did not receive this therapy, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the British Journal of Cancer. (2017-08-24)
Brain activity may be predictor of stress-related cardiovascular risk
A pattern of brain activity that occurs during psychological stress may predict bodily reactions, such as surges in our blood pressure, that increase risk for cardiovascular disease. (2017-08-23)
Death rates from rheumatic heart disease falling since 1990
The risk of dying from rheumatic heart disease, a condition of damaged heart valves caused by bacterial infection that leads to rheumatic fever, has dropped around the world over the last 25 years, according to a new scientific study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. (2017-08-23)
Where do heart cells come from?
Researchers from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Cardiovascular Institute at Stanford University and other institutions were surprised to discover that the four genes in the Id family play a crucial role in heart development, telling undifferentiated stem cells to form heart tubes and eventually muscle. (2017-08-22)
Low-income patients more likely to take blood pressure medication when doctor involves them in conversation
Low-income patients with high blood pressure whose healthcare providers did not use collaborative communication styles or ask about social issues, such as employment and housing, were less likely to take their blood pressure medications as directed. (2017-08-22)
Heart Safe program boosts CPR and AED use in participating communities
Allina Health researchers say individuals in Heart Safe Communities who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) are four times more likely to receive chest compressions (CPR) and twice as likely to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) placed by bystanders and first responders before EMS personnel arrive, according to a Minnesota study published in the August issue of the journal, Resuscitation. (2017-08-21)
Hypertension during pregnancy may affect women's long-term cardiovascular health
Women who experience hypertension during pregnancy face an increased risk of heart disease and hypertension later in life, according to a new study. (2017-08-18)
Lasers used to detect risk of heart attack and stroke
Patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes may be spotted earlier thanks to a diagnosis tool that uses near-infrared light to identify high-risk arterial plaques, according to research carried out at WMG, University of Warwick, the Baker Institute and Monash University. (2017-08-18)
Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased heart failure risk in older adults
A recent study found an elevated risk of heart failure in more than half of older individuals, and this risk was significantly associated with vitamin D deficiency. (2017-08-18)
A better way to measure mortality trends?
A new study from Cleveland Clinic suggests long-term mortality trends may be better understood by focusing on life-years lost -- remaining life expectancy for a decedent -- instead of solely looking at cause of death. (2017-08-17)
Cholesterol crystals are sure sign a heart attack may loom
A new Michigan State University study on 240 emergency room patients shows just how much of a role a person's cholesterol plays, when in a crystallized state, during a heart attack. (2017-08-17)
For post-menopausal women, vaginal estrogens do not raise risk of cancer, other diseases
Women who have gone through menopause and who have been using a vaginal form of estrogen therapy do not have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer than women who have not been using any type of estrogen. (2017-08-16)
Understanding how fish grow their hearts could help humans, professor finds
A University of Guelph professor has identified a protein that enables fish to change the size of their hearts based on the temperature of the water. (2017-08-16)
Heart failure patients, clinicians have differing perceptions of risk level
Physicians identified a majority of patients with advanced heart failure as at high risk for transplant, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or death while few of those patients considered themselves to be at high risk, according to a study published today in JACC: Heart Failure. (2017-08-16)
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