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Schizophrenia drugs increase risk of cardiac arrest
Patients with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic drugs are more likely to have a cardiac arrest than non-schizophrenic patients, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-11-07)

Waiting for essential diagnostic tests
Increasing attention has focused on waiting lists for diagnostic procedures. A new study in CMAJ has found that only 37% of patients awaiting cardiac catheterization at a regional centre in Ontario underwent their procedure within the requested timeframe. (2002-11-25)

Hypertension provokes cardiac insufficiency
The Journal of the American College of Cardiology has just published, in its electronic edition, an article by researchers from the CIMA of the University of Navarra and the Hospital Donostia of San Sebastián. The article describes a newly-discovered mechanism through which the hearts of persons with hypertension can suffer structural damages, which can impede functioning and provoke cardiac insufficiency in these patients. (2006-07-10)

Sex and race disparities in cardiovascular health could be reduced
Substantial sex and racial gaps exist for cardiac rehabilitation referral at hospital discharge, especially among females, African-Americans, Hispanic and Asian patients leading to less favorable outcomes and/or survival rates. (2018-04-10)

Pacemakers and defibrillators for the survival of patients suffering from heart insufficiency
Studies recently carried out at the University Hospital of the University of Navarra show that cardiac resynchronisation therapy using pacemakers and defibrillators improves the survival and quality of life of patients suffering from heart insufficiency and disorders of the blood-flow system. (2005-06-06)

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)

Towards the prevention of cardiac failure in the chronic phase
The onset of cardiac failure after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a serious problem throughout the world. Researchers at Osaka University clarified that the cell adhesion inhibition of periostin damages myocardinal cells, inducing compromised cardiac myocyte contractile force and myocytes death, leading to the onset of cardiac failure after AMI through the administration of periostin neutralizing antibodies they had developed on their own. (2016-01-24)

Implantable heart defibrillators
New research by Ratika Parkash and colleagues show only a minority of eligible patients in selected communities in Ontario received an implant over a five-year period beginning in 1997. (2004-10-25)

A 'broader' look at cardiac CTA images often finds diseases/disorders beyond the heart
Performing cardiac CTA after coronary artery bypass surgery can reveal unsuspected and potentially significant findings beyond the heart, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, located in Baltimore, Md. (2007-08-13)

Emergency hospital team halves cardiac arrest deaths
Early intervention by a medical emergency team can reduce deaths from unexpected cardiac arrest in hospital by half, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-02-14)

Researchers identify a molecule that increases the risk of cardiac insufficiency
A team of scientists from the Center for Applied Medical Research of the University of Navarra has identified a key enzyme in the development of cardiac insufficiency. This enzyme is involved in the accumulation of fibrous tissues in the hearts of patients with chronic cardiac diseases and deterioration of heart functions. (2009-04-24)

Heart Attack Rehabilitation Needs To Be More Comprehensive
Adherence to guidelines suggesting that cardiac patients should receive tailor-made rehabilitation programmes is poor, say Professor Robert Lewin et al from the Institute of Rehabilitation at the University of Hull and those responsible for commissioning this service should ensure that it is adequately resourced to allow the appropriate care to be administered. (1998-04-30)

Refractory cardiac arrest patients brought to hospital with ongoing CPR can recover
Refractory cardiac arrest patients brought to hospital with ongoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can survive with good brain function, according to research in nearly 4,000 patients presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Helle Søholm, a cardiologist at Copenhagen University Hospital Righospitalet in Denmark. (2015-08-29)

Pre-surgery beta blockers, risk of death examined in noncardiac surgery
The controversial practice of administering pre-surgery beta-blockers to patients having noncardiac surgery was associated with an increased risk of death in patients with no cardiac risk factors but it was beneficial for patients with three to four risk factors, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. (2015-05-27)

Key takeaways from three landmark heart studies
New findings about sudden cardiac arrest, one of medicine's biggest mysteries, were revealed at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. (2018-11-12)

Gene associated with sudden cardiac death identified by ICD monitoring
A gene associated with sudden cardiac death in the general population has been identified using implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) monitoring in research presented for the first time at ESC Congress today. The research included patients from the DISCOVERY trial and Oregon-SUDS and discovered that a polymorphism in the GNAS gene predicted ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. (2015-08-31)

Common heart condition linked to sudden death
A University of Adelaide-led team of researchers has found a link between sudden cardiac death (when the heart suddenly stops beating) and a common heart condition known as mitral valve prolapse that affects around 12 in every 1000 people worldwide. (2018-09-25)

Hospital work shifts influence survival from cardiac arrest
The odds of surviving cardiac arrest in the hospital are lower during the night shift, according to one of the largest studies of its kind, reported today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003. (2003-11-11)

Cognitive problems are common after cardiac arrest
Half of all patients who survive a cardiac arrest experience problems with cognitive functions such as memory and attention. This has been shown by a major international study led from Lund University. Surprisingly, however, a control group comprising heart attack patients had largely the same level of problems. This suggests that it is not only the cardiac arrest and the consequent lack of oxygen to the brain that is the cause of the patients' difficulties. (2015-04-17)

Asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cardiac patients randomized to an implanted cardiac resynchronization device with defibrillator have a 34 percent lower risk of heart failure or death than those receiving a standard implanted cardioverter defibrillator, according to results from the MADIT-CRT study. (2009-09-01)

Fish oil may protect dialysis patients from sudden cardiac death
A study published in Kidney International has found that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood of patients just starting hemodialysis were very strongly associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death over the first year of their treatment. (2013-02-06)

Risks of having a cardiac death or heart attack after non-cardiac surgery
In an extensive review (and the first of a two-part series in CMAJ) P.J. Devereaux and colleagues review what is know about the frequency of these risks and their causes. (2005-09-12)

Sharp decrease in deaths from sudden cardiac arrest
Only a few decades ago, sudden cardiac arrest was a death sentence. Today, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest is saved roughly once every six hours in Sweden, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reviewing all cases of sudden cardiac arrest over a 30-year period. (2011-11-22)

Henry Ford Study Finds That Denial May Kill Cardiac Patients
DETROIT -- We've all heard that anger can kill. Yet for cardiac patients, perhaps denial of anger is even more deadly. Denial of anger emerged as a stronger predictor for death and other cardiac incidents, such as new heart attacks or additional cardiac procedures, than traditional cardiac risk factors, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study conducted by Mark Ketterer, Ph.D. (1997-03-19)

Cardiac arrest is common in critically ill patients with COVID-19
Cardiac arrest is common in critically ill patients with covid-19 and is associated with poor survival, particularly among patients aged 80 or older, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2020-09-30)

Sex poses little risk of triggering sudden cardiac arrest
Worried whether your heart health is strong enough for sex? A new study may lay your fears to rest: The risk that sex would trigger a sudden cardiac arrest is exceedingly small. (2017-11-13)

Patients with common heart failure more likely to have lethal heart rhythms
New Smidt Heart Institute Research shows that patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) are more likely to have lethal heart rhythms. (2018-11-12)

Mayo Clinic researchers confirm value of therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest
Mayo Clinic researchers confirmed that patients who receive therapeutic hypothermia after resuscitation from cardiac arrest have favorable chances of surviving the event and recovering good functional status. In therapeutic hypothermia, a patient's body temperature is cooled to 33 degrees Celsius following resuscitation from cardiac arrest, in order to slow the brain's metabolism and protect the brain against the damage initiated by the lack of blood flow and oxygenation. This study was published in the December 2010 issue of Annals of Neurology. (2011-02-18)

Inadequate follow-up for many cardiac arrest patients
A major international study shows that if cardiac arrest patients are treated like heart attack patients only, this will potentially have negative consequences on their rehabilitation and return to working life. These patients often lack follow-up of the injuries they may have suffered to the brain in connection with their cardiac arrest, the researchers found. (2018-02-05)

Factors linked with increased risk of cardiac arrest for adolescents with certain heart condition
Researchers have identified several factors that are linked with an increased risk for cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death among adolescents with long-QT syndrome, an abnormality of the electrical conducting system of the heart, characterized by a specific finding on the ECG, according to a study in the Sept. 13 issue of JAMA. (2006-09-12)

Scott & White Healthcare's cardiac rehabilitation program receives certification
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple has received accreditation from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. (2010-11-23)

Fear of movement a common problem among patients with coronary artery disease
A doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has found that one out of five patients with coronary artery disease experience such a great fear of movement (kinesiophobia) that their health may suffer as a result. (2012-11-23)

Depression increases risk of cardiac events after coronary artery bypass surgery
A study in this week's issue of THE LANCET highlights how depression is an important independent risk factor for cardiac events after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The study showed that depressed patients are more than twice as likely as non-depressed patients to die or be readmitted for cardiac causes in the 12 months after discharge from hospital. (2001-11-22)

Vitamin C may decrease the risk of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery
Vitamin C decreased the incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation by 44 percent in cardiac surgery patients in nine randomized trials that were conducted outside of the USA according to a meta-analysis published in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. (2017-02-01)

Carbonated drinks linked with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest of cardiac origin
Carbonated beverages are associated with out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of cardiac origin, according to results from the All-Japan Utstein Registry presented for the first time today at ESC Congress. The study in nearly 800,000 patients suggests that limiting consumption of carbonated beverages may be beneficial for health. (2015-09-01)

Weekday mornings are no longer peak times for sudden cardiac arrest
Heart experts have long believed that weekday mornings -- and especially Mondays -- were the danger zones for unexpected deaths from sudden cardiac arrests. But a new Cedars-Sinai study shows those peak times have disappeared and now, sudden cardiac arrests are more likely to happen on any day at any time. (2018-10-02)

Women have problems sticking to cardiac rehab programs
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of disability globally. Participation in cardiac rehabilitation programs is associated with significantly lower death, but evidence suggests that women are significantly less likely to stick to a cardiac rehabilitation program than men, according to investigators writing in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. (2016-04-27)

Study links sex hormone levels in the blood to risk of sudden cardiac arrest
Measuring the levels of sex hormones in patients' blood may identify patients likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, a heart rhythm disorder that is fatal in 95 percent of patients. (2014-09-02)

New PET-CT scan improves detection in rare cardiac condition
Using a new imaging technique that can diagnose cardiac sarcoidosis much more accurately than traditional tests, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that the disease affects other organs in 40 percent of patients with cardiac sarcoidosis. (2017-07-20)

Scoring system improves screening for "dual" heart disease
Aortic stenosis is one of the most common heart valve defects. As well as conventional valve replacement involving open-heart surgery, a less invasive procedure has now been available for some time in the form of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). (2020-11-24)

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