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Latest Research : Cardiology
  Last Updated: Nov 2, 2013 - 11:52:55 AM

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New NIH-funded resource focuses on use of genomic variants in medical care
Three grants totaling more than $25 million over four years will help three research groups to develop authoritative information on the millions of genomic variants relevant to human disease and the hundreds that are expected to be useful for clinical practice. The awards are from the National Institutes of Health.
Sep 25, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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World Heart Day 2013
Sophia Antipolis, 29 September 2013: Obese children have blood vessel damage and insulin resistance that are precursors to atherosclerosis and diabetes, reveals research by Dr Norman Mangner presented at ESC Congress 2013. The findings highlight the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle early in life to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) which is the theme of World Heart Day 2013, held today.
Sep 24, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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The higher the better?
High-intensity exercise is shown to be protective against coronary heart disease (CHD) and is well known as a popular and time-saving approach to getting fit. But what about people who already have heart disease? Previously, these patients were told to exercise, but only at a moderate intensity to protect their hearts. More recently, however, researchers have found that high-intensity exercise is very beneficial for these patients. But how intense should these sessions actually be?
Sep 20, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Common blood pressure drug reduces aortic enlargement in Marfan syndrome
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - A common drug that is used to treat high blood pressure in the general population has been found to significantly reduce a dangerous and frequently fatal cardiac problem in patients with Marfan syndrome.
Sep 2, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Cardiovascular risk factors highest in winter and lowest in summer
Dr Marques-Vidal said: Deaths from cardiovascular disease are higher in winter and lower in summer. We decided to conduct a large scale study to see whether cardiovascular risk factors have a seasonal pattern which could explain the seasonality in deaths.
Sep 1, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Quitting smoking drops heart attack risk to levels of never smokers
Dr Min said: Smoking is an established risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Studies have identified that quitting smoking can reduce heart attacks and death but have not examined the relationship of this salutary effect on the presence and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD). Our study aimed to find out what impact stopping smoking had on the risk of cardiovascular events, death and the severity of CAD.
Sep 1, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Study finds mechanical chest compressions are equally as effective as manual CPR
The study was designed to show a better 4-hour survival in the group treated with mechanical chest compressions, and this was not achieved, said lead investigator Sten Rubertsson, MD, PhD, professor and specialist consultant at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital.
Sep 1, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Impact of AF on stroke risk eliminated with multiple risk factors
Dr Benn Christiansen said: We know that atrial fibrillation increases the risk of ischemic stroke. And in patients with atrial fibrillation or previous ischemic stroke, the risk of stroke increases with the number of risk factors. But until now, little attention has been paid to the association between stroke risk and risk factors in patients without prior stroke or atrial fibrillation. We wanted to explore that association and to quantify if stroke risk was of comparable size in patients with numerous risk factors.
Aug 31, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Mass screening identifies untreated AF in 5% of 75-76 year olds
Stroke is the second cause of death worldwide. Atrial fibrillation is the most common clinically relevant cardiac arrhythmia in Europe, affecting approximately 1.5-2% of the general population.1 Prevalence is estimated to double in the next 50 years as the population ages.
Aug 31, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Diabetic stroke risk after AMI drops in 10 year period
The findings were presented at the ESC Congress today by Ms Stina Jakobsson from Sweden. They reveal that reperfusion therapy and secondary prevention drugs produced the decline and brought stroke risk after AMI closer to that of non-diabetics.
Aug 31, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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CHADS2 risk score assigns over one-third of stroke patients to low or intermediate stroke risk
In contrast, a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0 identifies a subgroup of patients with very low stroke risk unlikely to benefit from anticoagulation treatment.
Aug 31, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Smokers who survive to 70 still lose 4 years of life
Dr Emberson said: Despite recent declines in the numbers of people smoking and tar yields of cigarettes, smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in Europe.
Aug 31, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Mount Sinai launches first-ever genetic testing program in the primary care setting
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with the Institute for Family Health to launch the first-ever genetic testing program in the primary care setting to identify genetic risk for kidney disease in patients with hypertension.
Jul 31, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Drugs used to treat heart failure and high blood pressure may help decrease obesity
SAN FRANCISCO-- A type of drug normally used to treat heart failure and high blood pressure helped prevent weight gain and other complications related to a high-fat diet in an animal study. The results were presented today at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Jun 15, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Impaired heart function among obese children may help predict later disease
SAN FRANCISCO-- Impaired heart function among obese children and adolescents may be an indicator of future heart disease, a new clinical trial finds. The results were presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Jun 15, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Mayo Clinic first in US to test stem cells in pediatric congenital heart disease patients
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic has announced the first U.S. stem cell clinical trial for pediatric congenital heart disease. The trial aims to determine how stem cells from autologous umbilical cord blood can help children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a rare defect in which the left side of the heart is critically underdeveloped.
Jun 11, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Genetic research clarifies link between hypertension and vitamin D deficiency
Paris, France: Low levels of vitamin D can trigger hypertension, according to the world's largest study to examine the causal association between the two. Although observational studies have already shown this link, a large-scale genetic study was necessary before the cause and effect could be proven, the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) will hear today (Tuesday).
Jun 10, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Stable bedtime helps sleep apnea sufferers adhere to treatment
A consistent bedtime routine is likely key to helping people with obstructive sleep apnea adhere to their prescribed treatment, according to Penn State researchers.
Jun 5, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Research teams find genetic variant that could improve warfarin dosing in African-Americans
In the first genome-wide association study to focus on warfarin dose requirement in African-Americans, a multi-institutional team of researchers has identified a common genetic variation that can help physicians estimate the correct dose of the widely used blood-thinning drug warfarin.
Jun 4, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Levosimendan improves event free survival by 50 percent in end-stage heart failure
Lisbon, 27 May 2013: Ambulatory levosimendan improves event free survival by 50% compared to placebo, according to results from the LevoRep Study presented today during the late breaking trial session1 of the Heart Failure Congress 2013. In a second study, the third generation mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA) BAY 94-8862 showed improved potassium and kidney tolerance in heart failure patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
May 27, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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First drug to improve heart failure mortality in over a decade
Lisbon, 25 May 2013: Coenzyme Q10 decreases all cause mortality by half, according to the results of a multicentre randomised double blind trial presented today at Heart Failure 2013 congress. It is the first drug to improve heart failure mortality in over a decade and should be added to standard treatment, according to lead author Professor Svend Aage Mortensen (Copenhagen, Denmark).
May 24, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Diagnostic coronary angiography: Functional flow reserve changes decisions in 25 percent of cases
23 May 2013, Paris, France: Routinely measuring fractional flow reserve (FFR) using pressure wire assessment during coronary angiography for diagnosis of chest pain leads to significant changes in the management of one in four patients, according to results from a study reported at EuroPCR 2013.
May 24, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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American College of Physicians unveils tools to improve acute coronary syndrome care
April 12, 2013 -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) today unveiled two evidence-based interventions and two videos to improve the health outcomes of patients in the first year following an initial acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event such as heart attack and unstable angina (chest pain or discomfort but no part of the heart muscle dies), the most common indications of ACS.
Apr 16, 2013 - 4:00:00 PM

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Molecular hub links obesity, heart disease to high blood pressure
Obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure (hypertension) are all related, but understanding the molecular pathways that underlie cause and effect is complicated.
Apr 11, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Stem cells enable personalised treatment for bleeding disorder
Scientists have shed light on a common bleeding disorder by growing and analysing stem cells from patients' blood to discover the cause of the disease in individual patients.
Apr 5, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Integrating cardiovascular imaging modalities revolutionises care offered patients
Sophia Antipolis, 4 April 2013. How the different advanced cardio vascular imaging technologies fit together in managing cardiac patients, will be one of the main themes explored at the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (ICNC 11).
Apr 4, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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ACMG releases report on incidental findings in clinical exome and genome sequencing
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) released the widely-anticipated ACMG Recommendations for Reporting of Incidental Findings in Clinical Exome and Genome Sequencing report at its 2013 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting today in Phoenix. The ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of medical and health professionals in genetics in the world.
Mar 21, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Nurses can play key role in reducing deaths from world's most common diseases
Nurses and midwives can play a critical role in lessening people's risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes, according to a groundbreaking new report issued by the World Health Organization and co-authored by a UCLA nursing professor.
Mar 19, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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UH Case Medical Center awarded highest certification as Comprehensive Stroke Center
University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center has become the first hospital in Northeast Ohio and 19th in the nation to achieve The Joint Commission's standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, joining an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Comprehensive stroke centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in all aspects of stroke care and prevention.
Mar 13, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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ECG screening for competitive athletes would not prevent sudden death
The risk of cardiovascular sudden death was very small and only about 30% of the incidence were due to diseases that could be reliably detected by pre-participation screening, even with 12-lead ECGs, according to research in a U.S. high school athlete population presented March 10 at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions.
Mar 10, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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Money talks when it comes to losing weight, Mayo Clinic study finds
SAN FRANCISCO -- Weight loss study participants who received financial incentives were more likely to stick with a weight loss program and lost more weight than study participants who received no incentives, according to Mayo Clinic research that will be presented Saturday, March 9 at the American College of Cardiology's 62nd Annual Scientific Session.
Mar 7, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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Creeping epidemic of obesity hits Asia Pacific region
Sophia Antipolis, 21 February 2013: Over eating, sedentary lifestyles, cultural attitudes, and lack of prevention programmes are to blame for the rising epidemic of obesity in the Asia Pacific region. Overweight and obesity has quadrupled in China and societies still label people of healthy weight as poor.
Feb 20, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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CVD time bomb set to explode in Gulf region in 10-15 years
Sophia Antipolis, 13 February 2013: With one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, the Gulf region is facing an epidemic of cardiovascular disease. At least 50% of the population is below the age of 25 and the high prevalence of risk factors signals a massive wave of cardiovascular disease in 10-15 years. Cardiovascular centres are already bursting at the seams and prevention services are nonexistent.
Feb 12, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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UTSA engineering dean C. Mauli Agrawal receives award from Society for Biomaterials
C. Mauli Agrawal, David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair for the Dean of Engineering and Peter Flawn Professor in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has been selected as the sole recipient of the Society for Biomaterials (SFB) 2013 Award for Service. The award honors Agrawal's significant service to the SFB in establishing, developing, maintaining and promoting its objectives and goals and the field of biomaterials.
Feb 12, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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Treatment with clot-busting drug yields better results after stroke than supportive therapy alone
In an update to previous research, Johns Hopkins neurologists say minimally invasive delivery of the drug tPA directly into potentially lethal blood clots in the brain helped more patients function independently a year after suffering an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), a deadly and debilitating form of stroke. Rates of functional recovery with the active tPA treatment far surpassed those achieved with standard supportive therapy that essentially gives clots a chance to shrink on their own.
Feb 7, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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Almost 8 percent of US stroke survivors may have suicidal thoughts
Nearly one in 12 American stroke survivors may have contemplated suicide or wished themselves dead, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2013.
Feb 7, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

Latest Research : Cardiology
Genetic disparity marks male, female hearts
Washington, Jan 28 - Even though healthy men and women have similarly structured hearts, the US researchers have discovered genetic differences in diseased hearts.
Jan 28, 2013 - 12:52:02 PM

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Implementation of smoke-free legislation reduces the number of acute myocardial infarctions by 11 percent
Researchers participating in the REGICOR Study (Girona Heart Registry), with the participation of IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) from Barcelona, the Josep Trueta Hospital, the Blanes Hospital and IDIAP Jordi Gol from Girona (Primary Healthcare Research Institute) have carried out a study to assess the impact of the partial smoke-free legislation passed in 2006 on the incidence of acute myocardial infarction in the province of Girona and observed it has dropped 11%. This decrease has been noticed especially among women, population aged between 65 and 74, and among non-smokers.
Jan 23, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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Virtual heart sheds new light on heart defect
A virtual heart, developed at The University of Manchester, is revealing new information about one of the world's most common heart conditions.
Jan 15, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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The world's premier cardiovascular congress goes to Amsterdam
Sophia Antipolis, 15 January 2013: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is preparing for the arrival of more than 30,000 participants for this year's ESC Congress. As the world's premier meeting on the science, management and prevention of cardiovascular disease, it draws professionals with an interest in cardiology from more than 150 countries. Around 650 journalists will join cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, nurses, primary care physicians, scientists, technicians, medical students, healthcare industry leaders and regulators at the congress venue, Amsterdam RAI, during 31 August to 4 September. In order to put prevention messages into practice, a dedicated cycling track is being created to enable cardiologists, journalists and other attendees to cycle from the heart of Amsterdam to the congress centre each day. 5,000 bicycles will be made available by the city.
Jan 15, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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Moderate coffee consumption may reduce risk of diabetes by up to 25 percent
Drinking three to four cups of coffee per day may help to prevent type 2 diabetes according to research highlighted in a session report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organisation devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health.
Dec 4, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

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Insights into the genetic causes of coronary artery disease and heart attacks
In the largest genetic study of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) to date, researchers from the CARDIoGRAMplusC4D Consortium report the identification of 15 genetic regions newly associated with the disease, bringing to 46 the number of regions associated with CAD risk.
Dec 2, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

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Surprising findings from NHLBI Exome Sequencing Project reported
A multi-institutional team of researchers has sequenced the DNA of 6,700 exomes, the portion of the genome that contains protein-coding genes, as part of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-funded Exome Sequencing Project, one of the largest medical sequencing studies ever undertaken.
Nov 6, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

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Nova Scotia research team proves peer pressure can be used for good
Using peer mentors to enhance school-day physical activity in elementary aged students has been given an A+ from Nova Scotia researchers.
Oct 29, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Influenza vaccine may reduce risk of heart disease and death
Getting a flu shot may not only protect you from getting sick, it might also prevent heart disease.
Oct 28, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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NY-Presbyterian Hospital announces participation in trial for hard-to-treat hypertension
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (October 25, 2012) -- Patients with hypertension whose blood pressure cannot be brought down to safe levels despite taking three or more medications may have some relief coming their way. An innovative, first-of-its-kind clinical trial for a device representing a dramatic shift in treatment approaches for the toughest-to-treat patients is currently being conducted at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Oct 25, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Researchers ID potential patient population who may benefit from novel anti-platelet treatment
Prasugrel, a novel anti-platelet therapy, is used to prevent recurrent cardiovascular events in patients who have had a prior heart attack, suffer severe chest pain and have been treated with coronary artery procedures (revascularization).
Oct 24, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Gene linked to inflammation in the aorta may contribute to abdominal aortic aneurysm
A gene known to be involved in cancer and cardiovascular development may be the cause of inflammation in the most common form of aortic aneurysm and may be a key to treatment, according to research from Nationwide Children's Hospital. The study, appearing online in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology on October 18, 2012, is the first to show that Notch 1 signaling is activated in abdominal aortic aneurysmal tissue in mice and humans.
Oct 24, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Saving time, saving lives
Istanbul, 22 October 2012: Experts in emergency cardiac care from around the world met in Istanbul to discuss ways to improve outcomes in patients with acute cardiac disease. This was the first annual meeting of the newly launched Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) (1). The congress concludes today.
Oct 22, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Implantable devices are not a luxury
Implantable devices can save lives and decrease mortality, they are not a luxury said Professor Angelo Auricchio, President of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the ESC at the ICD for Life Summit (1) which concluded in Belgrade, Serbia, today. In the face of the impressive rise in cardiovascular related mortality in Central and Eastern Europe, we need to implement a structured approach, starting with primary prevention, but at the same time using all the treatments and devices available to modern medicine in secondary prevention. Existing treatment gaps between East and West should disappear!
Oct 20, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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