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Inactivity, excess weight linked to hard-to-treat heart failures
Lack of exercise and excessive weight are strongly associated with a type of heart failure that has a particularly poor prognosis, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers determined in an analysis of data from three large studies. (2017-02-27)
Pacemaker function may be impacted by electric appliances; tools
Electric and magnetic fields generated from everyday household appliances, electrical tools and more, used in very close proximity to the body, can interfere with the ability of pacemakers to regulate patients' heartbeats. (2017-02-27)
Men with higher cognitive ability better at taking heart medication
After a heart attack, it is important for patients to take medication that lowers cholesterol levels. (2017-02-24)
Preventive measure during procedures using contrast material unnecessary
Contrary to what international guidelines have prescribed for many years, preventive hydration to protect renal function during procedures using contrast material appears to have no added value. (2017-02-23)
Patients registered in a heart failure registry lived longer
Heart failure patients registered in the Swedish Heart Failure Registry receive better medication and have a 35 percent lower risk of death than unregistered patients, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. (2017-02-23)
Exercise can significantly improve brain function after stroke
Structured physical activity training after a stroke effectively improves brain function. (2017-02-22)
'Good' cholesterol may have different chemical properties in Alzheimer's patients
They found that compared to healthy people, Alzheimer's patients had a 5.5 times increase of a dysfunctional HDL subfraction, as well as a decreased protein/lipid ratio. (2017-02-22)
Circadian light may relieve depressive symptoms in stroke rehab patients
Circadian lighting should be considered as part of rehabilitation unit environments, researchers said. (2017-02-22)
The monster within: Aged gut bacteria linked to poor outcomes after stroke
A deeper understanding of the role of gut bacteria in stroke recovery may help identify new treatments for stroke patients, researchers said. (2017-02-22)
Mexican-Americans may get less intensive stroke rehab than non-Hispanic whites
Among the 48 who received rehabilitation, 73 percent of non-Hispanic whites were discharged to inpatient rehabilitation, compared to 30 percent of Mexican-Americans. (2017-02-22)
Organ-on-a-chip mimics heart's biomechanical properties
Scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart's amazing biomechanical properties in order to study cardiac disease, determine the effects that different drugs have on the heart and screen for new drugs to treat heart ailments. (2017-02-22)
Aronowski receives prestigious international stroke science award in research
The 2017 Thomas Willis Award for significant translational contributions to clinical stroke research from the American Heart Association has been awarded to Jaroslaw Aronowski, Ph.D., professor, vice-chair and the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Neurology at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (2017-02-22)
Benefits of testosterone therapy in older men are mixed
Older men with low testosterone levels showed improved bone density and strength, as well as reduced anemia, after one year of testosterone therapy, according to a new study conducted at Yale and other sites. (2017-02-21)
Peptide reverses cardiac fibrosis in a preclinical model of congestive heart failure
Cardiac fibrosis, an abnormal thickening of the heart wall leading to congestive heart failure, was not only halted but also reversed by a caveolin-1 surrogate peptide (CSD) in a preclinical model, report researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in an article published online on Jan. (2017-02-21)
Researchers implicate suspect in heart disease linked to diabetes
Scientists have struggled to trace the specific biology behind diabetes-associated heart disease risk or find ways to intervene. (2017-02-21)
Kids with heart defects face learning challenges, inadequate school support
Children with congenital heart defects are less likely to meet minimum standards in third-grade reading and math end-of-year testing than peers. (2017-02-21)
Improvements in ACL surgery may help prevent knee osteoarthritis
Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee frequently leads to early-onset osteoarthritis, a painful condition that can occur even if the patient has undergone ACL reconstruction to prevent its onset. (2017-02-21)
3,000 steps in 30 minutes improves the prognosis for heart failure
Contrary to what was previously assumed, physical exercise does not lead to harmful ventricular enlargement. (2017-02-21)
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute awarded $3 million to develop biological pacemakers
With a new $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute investigators are moving closer to their goal of developing a biological pacemaker that can treat patients afflicted with slow heartbeats. (2017-02-21)
New treatment guidelines help expand circle of care for women living with heart failure
Today, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, encouraged widespread dissemination of recently-updated guidelines that include new treatment options for millions living with heart failure. (2017-02-16)
Chest pain: New tool helps doctors decide when tests are needed
Study published in JAMA Cardiology suggests stress testing may not always be necessary for those with non-urgent chest pain. (2017-02-15)
Researchers identify cells linked to the development of the heart's ventricular chambers
These findings could provide new insight and understanding of congenital heart defects. (2017-02-14)
Mediterranean diet with virgin olive oil may boost 'good' cholesterol
A Mediterranean diet, particularly when enriched with virgin olive oil, appears to improve the function of high-density lipoprotein, the so-called good cholesterol, in patients at high risk for heart disease. (2017-02-13)
Mayo Clinic, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia collaborate on congenital heart defect
Mayo Clinic's Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are collaborating to delay and prevent heart failure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease in which the left side of a child's heart is severely underdeveloped. (2017-02-13)
High-throughput, in vivo validation of candidate congenital heart disease genes
Specific genetic errors that trigger congenital heart disease in humans can be reproduced reliably in Drosophila melanogaster -- the common fruit fly -- an initial step toward personalized therapies for patients in the future. (2017-02-09)
Recreational amphetamine use may hasten biological aging of the heart
The use of recreational amphetamine, popularly known as 'speed,' 'ice,' and 'ecstasy,' may hasten the biological ageing of the heart, suggests research, published in the online journal Heart Asia. (2017-02-09)
Function of olfactory receptor in the human heart identified
Researchers have identified the function of olfactory receptors in the human heart muscle, such as are also present in the nose. (2017-02-08)
Office-based test developed to identify amyloidosis-related heart failure
Boston researchers have developed a new diagnostic test that may help doctors identify patients with a condition called cardiac amyloidosis. (2017-02-08)
Study provides new insight into different forms of heart failure
Using a novel noninvasive technique, a team of researchers led by a professor at the University of Texas Arlington's College of Nursing and Health Innovation has been able to measure oxygen consumption in the legs of heart failure patients, providing additional insight into this syndrome. (2017-02-08)
Heart attack treatment might be in your face
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have received $2.4 million in federal funding to pursue research on a novel cell therapy that would repair heart damage using modified cells taken from the patient's own facial muscle. (2017-02-07)
A pathway controlling inflammatory responses aids recovery after heart attack
A study published this week in the JCI has identified a signaling pathway in cardiac tissue that suppresses damaging inflammatory responses after a heart attack. (2017-02-06)
Penn study finds new clues to causes of heart failure
Of the more than 700,000 Americans who suffer a heart attack each year, about a quarter go on to develop heart failure. (2017-02-06)
Growing group of women take heart in pregnancy recommendations
A record number of Americans with congenital heart defects are living to adulthood, and a growing number of them are hoping to become pregnant. (2017-02-06)
Endurance training may have a protective effect on the heart
Findings published in Experimental Physiology suggest that exercise could be just as important for your heart heath as cholesterol and a healthy diet. (2017-02-06)
Cancer drug could promote regeneration of heart tissue
An anticancer agent in development promotes regeneration of damaged heart muscle -- an unexpected research finding that may help prevent congestive heart failure in the future. (2017-02-03)
Certain heart fat associated with higher risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women
For the first time, researchers have pinpointed a type of heart fat, linked it to a risk factor for heart disease and shown that menopausal status and estrogen levels are critical modifying factors of its associated risk in women. (2017-01-30)
Very low levels of bad cholesterol well-tolerated in heart disease patients
Heart disease patients taking PCSK9 inhibitors to achieve very low levels of cholesterol do not experience an increase in adverse events, including memory impairment or nervous system disorders, but may have an increased risk of cataracts, according to a study today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2017-01-30)
Fighting age-related fibrosis to keep organs young
Their research indicates that an already-FDA-approved drug used by cystic fibrosis patients could shield our organs from fibrosis during acute events, like lung infection or heart attack. (2017-01-30)
Heart failure survival rates show no improvement
Survival rates for people suffering from heart failure have not improved since 1998, according to a study led by University of Oxford researchers. (2017-01-30)
Preventing blood clots with a new metric for heart function
Scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Ohio State University have discovered a new method for predicting those most at risk for thrombus, or blood clots, in the heart. (2017-01-30)
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