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Generic weight-loss drug may be safe and effective for long-term treatment
An inexpensive weight-loss drug approved 60 years ago for only short-term use also may be safe and effective for longer-term treatment, according to a study conducted by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Health and the Patient Outcomes Research to Advance Learning (PORTAL) network. (2019-03-22)
Open-source solution: Researchers 3D-print system for optical cardiography
Researchers from the George Washington University and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have developed a solution for multiparametric optical mapping of the heart's electrical activity. (2019-03-21)
Early discharge after lung surgery benefits patients without raising readmission risk
The finding indicates that early discharge is a safe practice for institutions with well-established enhanced recovery pathways. (2019-03-20)
New tool better at predicting death after cardiac admission than current indexes
A new tool designed for patients with heart disease is better at predicting death after hospital admission than current tools, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-03-18)
TAVR as good as surgery for patients at low surgical risk
A new trial comparing self-expanding transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to standard open-heart surgery for valve replacement -- this time in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are considered low surgical risk -- found no difference in the combined rate of disabling stroke or death from any cause at two years. (2019-03-18)
Partial oral antibiotic therapy safe and effective in infectious endocarditis
Patients with an infection of the inner lining on the left side of the heart (endocarditis) who were switched from intravenous to oral antibiotic therapy had better long-term survival and fewer complications than similar patients who remained on conventional intravenous antibiotic therapy, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-18)
Antibiotic envelope markedly cuts risk of cardiac device-related infection
Encasing cardiac devices such as pacemakers or defibrillators in an 'envelope' --a mesh sleeve embedded with antibiotics -- reduces the risk of major device-related infection by 40 percent within one year with no increase in complications, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-18)
Low-risk patients may benefit from less invasive transcatheter valve replacement
A new study by a team of cardiologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) led by senior and corresponding author Jeffrey Popma, MD, suggests that a minimally invasive procedure currently reserved for patients too frail to undergo surgery may in fact be a safe and effective alternative for healthier patients. (2019-03-18)
Angiography timing does not impact survival after cardiac arrest for NSTEMI patients
In patients resuscitated after cardiac arrest who do not show evidence of the type of heart attack known as ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), receiving immediate coronary angiography did not improve survival at 90 days compared to waiting a few days before undergoing the procedure, based on findings presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-18)
Ultrasound provides precise, minimally invasive way to measure heart function in children
Currently, a practical, precise, minimally invasive way to measure cardiac output or heart function in children undergoing surgery does not exist. (2019-03-18)
Team studies smarter automatic defibrillator
Automatic implantable cardiac defibrillators (AICDs) deliver shocks to the heart to correct arrythmias. (2019-03-18)
Commonly used heart drug associated with increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest
A drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure and angina (chest pain) is associated with an increased risk of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest, according to results from the European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network (ESCAPE-NET) presented today at EHRA 2019. (2019-03-17)
Novel electrocardiogram uses signals from ear and hand to check heart rhythm
A novel electrocardiogram (ECG) method which uses signals from the ear and hand to check heart rhythm is revealed today at EHRA 20191 a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress. (2019-03-17)
Absorbable antibiotic envelope can significantly cut cardiac device infections
A Cleveland Clinic-led research team has found that using an absorbable, antibiotic-eluting envelope when implanting cardiac devices like pacemakers and defibrillators can cut the rate of major infections by 40 percent. (2019-03-17)
Low-risk patients benefit from minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement
Results from a New England Journal of Medicine paper, released March 17 and co-authored by S. (2019-03-17)
TAVR outperforms surgery in younger, low risk patients with AS
Among patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis who were at low surgical risk, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using the SAPIEN 3 valve compared with conventional surgery significantly reduced the primary endpoint of death, stroke and re-hospitalizations by 46 percent at one year, according to data from the latest PARTNER trial presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-17)
Patients with irreparable rotator cuff tears may have another surgical option
The arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction (SCR) surgical technique offers patients with irreparable rotator cuff tears restored shoulder function and the opportunity to return to sports and physically-demanding work, according to research presented today at the AOSSM/AANA Specialty Day in Las Vegas, Nevada. (2019-03-16)
Calcium in arteries is shown to increase patients' imminent risk of a heart attack
New research findings presented at the American College Cardiology Scientific Sessions from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City shows that identifying the presence or absence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) in a patients' arteries can help determine their future risk. (2019-03-16)
Key to successful care of pregnant women in heart failure? Team-based care, study finds
Any time a pregnant woman presents in heart failure there are risks to both mother and baby. (2019-03-16)
Diabetics more likely to experience high blood sugar after joint surgery
People with diabetes who have joint replacement surgery are at sharply higher risk of experiencing elevated blood sugar after the procedure, and this could increase their chances of developing a complication, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). (2019-03-15)
Study suggests personality tests may improve care for prostate cancer patients
Scientists have found that men with high neuroticism -- between a quarter and a fifth of men in developed countries -- are significantly more likely to suffer from adverse events such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence, which may put their recovery from prostate cancer surgery at risk. (2019-03-15)
No increased risk of complications for joint replacement in ambulatory surgery setting
Researchers conducted a study to compare patient outcomes and costs for in-patient hip and knee replacement surgeries to those performed in an ambulatory surgery center. (2019-03-14)
Research shines light on preventing infection after miscarriage
New international guidelines on how to provide treatment for women having miscarriage surgery are needed after a large-scale international trial led by the University of Birmingham. (2019-03-13)
Blood test to diagnose heart attacks is flawed, warn researchers
The blood test used to diagnose a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) in patients admitted to hospital can be misleading, warn researchers in a study published by The BMJ today. (2019-03-13)
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest third leading cause of disease-related health loss
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was the third leading cause of 'health loss due to disease' in the United States behind ischemic heart disease and low back/neck pain in 2016. (2019-03-12)
Treatment guidelines for breast implant-associated lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)
Recent study formalizes the treatment strategy for this diagnosis, offering clear guidelines for plastic and oncologic surgeons. (2019-03-12)
Study finds IV and pill form of acetaminophen work equally well after hip replacement
Pain management after surgery is a vital part of patient care. (2019-03-12)
Spine evaluation is critical to reduce dislocations in revision total hip arthroplasty
A new assessment tool before revision hip replacement surgery has significantly reduced the rate of recurrent dislocations compared to a standard evaluation, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery. (2019-03-12)
New plastic surgery statistics reveal trends toward body enhancement
New data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows there were nearly a quarter million more cosmetic procedures performed in 2018 than the previous year. (2019-03-11)
New device could help minimize scarring in cosmetic surgery
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a new device that could help minimize scarring during surgery. (2019-03-11)
Researchers say education a major barrier to following heart healthy diet
With cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death in the United States, researchers said it is concerning that less than one-third of the study participants were familiar with heart healthy diets. (2019-03-11)
Potential way to improve cancer surgery outcomes by managing nontraditional risk factors
In a study of 142 patients preparing for cancer surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have evidence that psychological or social risk factors such as depression, limited resilience and lack of emergency resources along with standard medical risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes are linked with higher risks of surgical complications. (2019-03-08)
How common is persistent opioid use after plastic, reconstructive surgery?
This study examined how common persistent opioid use was after plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures of the nose, eye, breast, abdomen and soft tissue. (2019-03-07)
Less-invasive procedure helps surgeons pinpoint epilepsy surgical candidates
A minimally invasive procedure to determine whether patients with drug-resistant epilepsy are candidates for brain surgery is safer, more efficient, and leads to better outcomes than the traditional method, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (2019-03-07)
High-intensity interval training helps trim belly fat in cardiac rehab
A popular exercise routine that alternates intense bursts of activity with short recovery periods to rapidly enhance exercise performance is now finding its way into programs to strengthen the heart after a heart attack. (2019-03-06)
ECG rhythm and airway management make all the difference during a heart attack
Japan-based research examined a large-scale national registry of cardiac arrest cases to measure the effects of advanced airway management (AAM) on one-month outcomes after patients survived. (2019-03-06)
Anti-inflammatory drug is the key to boosting cardiac reprogramming
University of Tsukuba researchers and colleagues developed a high-throughput screening system to identify the NSAID diclofenac as a factor responsible for enhancing cardiac reprogramming in postnatal and adult fibroblasts. (2019-03-06)
States with strict gun laws see more homicides when they border states with lax ones
Gun-related homicide rates in states with strict gun laws increase when neighboring states have less restrictive laws as a result of gun trafficking across state lines, suggests a new study from Penn Medicine. (2019-03-06)
Mass. General-led study provides new insights into the role of aging in heart failure
A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators has found that activity of an important signaling pathway increases with aging and with heart failure and that inhibiting that pathway can improve cardiac function in mouse models. (2019-03-06)
Overcoming cardiovascular disease with a magnetically-steerable guidewire microrobot
DGIST Professor Hongsoo Choi's team developed an attachable guidewire that can move and steer towards a desired direction inside complicated blood vessels. (2019-03-05)
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