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Genetic Regulator for Coronary Artery Smooth Muscle Cells Identified
Through studying pigeons with genetic heart disease, researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine have discovered a clue about why some patients' heart vessels are prone to close back up after angioplasty.
Jul 31, 2006, 11:40
New Risk Factors Do Not Improve Assessment Of Coronary Heart Disease Risk
Screening for levels of C-reactive protein and other compounds recently found to be associated with coronary heart disease may not help physicians predict risk for the condition with any more accuracy than traditional major risk factors, according to a report in the July 10 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Jul 12, 2006, 05:30
Angioplasty: door-to-balloon time matters regardless of time to presentation
Slicing minutes off the time it takes hospitals to deliver emergency angioplasty (the "door-to-balloon" time) improves the survival of appropriate heart attack patients, even when patients have been feeling symptoms for a few hours, according to a new study in the June 6, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Jun 3, 2006, 09:15
ESC Updated Guidelines for Stable Angina Pectoris Management
The European Society of Cardiology released today new Guidelines for the Management of Stable Angina Pectoris. The updated Guidelines include information on new developments in cardiovascular care, advances that have been made in improving the prognosis of coronary artery disease including the use of statins and ACE inhibitors, as well as strategies to alleviate symptoms.
Jun 1, 2006, 13:21
Antioxidant Selenium Offers No Heart-Disease Protection
Selenium does not protect against cardiovascular disease, despite its documented antioxidant and chemopreventive properties, analysis of a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial covering 13 years has shown. The selenium-CVD association was a secondary endpoint in the Nutritional Prevention of Cancer Trial, which was designed primarily to determine if selenium supplementation could prevent the recurrence of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Apr 26, 2006, 15:08
Coffee not linked with coronary heart disease
Good news for caffeine addicts - coffee, in any quantity, does not raise the risk of coronary heart disease and could actually reduce the chances, says a study. Researchers led by Esther Lopez-Garcia of the School of Medicine at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain studied 44,005 men and 84,488 women and found that people who drink six or more cups of coffee a day could have less risk than those who consumed a cup or less a day.
Apr 25, 2006, 20:52
Adding abciximab to the antithrombotic regimen significantly reduces post-stent complications
Patients admitted to the hospital with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are often treated with a catheter-based procedure known as percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI. But doctors are unclear about the optimal antithrombotic therapy to prescribe after procedure to prevent clotting, and new research suggests a possible alternative, according to a study presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 55th Annual Scientific Session. ACC.06 is the premier cardiovascular medical meeting, bringing together more than 30,000 cardiologists to further breakthroughs in cardiovascular medicine.
Mar 19, 2006, 03:02
Stenting just the left main stem gives equivalent results
Cardiologists increasingly use non-invasive methods to treat patients with diseased arteries that previously required open-heart surgery. A late-breaking clinical trial presented today during the American College of Cardiology's inaugural Innovation in Intervention: the i2 Summit 2006. Innovation in Intervention: i2 Summit is an annual meeting for practicing cardiovascular interventionalists sponsored by the American College of Cardiology in partnership with the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.
Mar 19, 2006, 02:49
Serotonin may play role in hardening of the arteries
A less active brain serotonin system is associated with early hardening of the arteries, according to a study presented today by University of Pittsburgh researchers at the 64th Annual Scientific Conference of the American Psychosomatic Society in Denver. These findings, which are the first to establish a link between serotonin messages in the brain and atherosclerosis, could lead to an entirely new strategy for preventing heart disease and stroke, say the researchers.
Mar 4, 2006, 16:01
Severe Heart Disease, Poor Prognosis Linked To Erectile Dysfunction
In another study, researchers report that men with ED may have more severe cases of coronary heart disease and more risk factors for adverse outcomes than those without ED.
Jan 25, 2006, 00:14
Framingham score underestimates the risk of developing coronary heart disease in women
Traditional risk-factor scoring fails to identify approximately one-third of women likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD), the leading cause of death of women in the United States, according to a pair of reports from cardiologists at Johns Hopkins.
Dec 20, 2005, 00:24
Octagenarians have higher mortality risk after CABG
Patients aged 80 and older have a higher risk of death and disease than younger patients after undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery or valve surgery, and age alone influences these outcomes, according to a study in the November issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Nov 22, 2005, 15:53
Diabetic black men have less atherosclerosis
In a surprising outcome, investigators at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center found that diabetic black men have dramatically lower amounts of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, than diabetic white men.
This result was also observed in the face of increased thickness of carotid artery walls in black diabetic subjects. Increased wall thickness is widely accepted – including by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – as a marker for atherosclerosis and a predictor of coronary heart disease, so the result was surprising.
Nov 2, 2005, 13:32
Fair Treatment at Workplace Reduces Risk of Coronary Heart Disease
A sense of fair treatment in the workplace was associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease in a large long-term study of British office workers published in the October 24 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Oct 25, 2005, 05:18
EUROASPIRE II2 - One in five heart patients continue to smoke after first coronary event
An international survey published today (Thursday 6 October) in Europe's leading cardiology journal, European Heart Journal1, reveals that fewer than half of the heart patients in the study who smoked quit after suffering their first coronary event, with one out of five continuing to smoke despite advice to stop.
Oct 6, 2005, 22:59
Medication-Releasing Stent Reduces Risk Of Artery Re-Narrowing
Compared to bare metal stents, placement of stents that release the medication paclitaxel reduces the risk of the artery re-narrowing nine months following angioplasty for patients with complex coronary artery lesions, according to an article in the September 14 issue of JAMA.
Sep 16, 2005, 18:04
Clopidogrel Before Angioplasty Cuts in Half Risk of Death - PCI-CLARITY study
A new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) finds that early use of clopidogrel, an oral antiplatelet medication, started prior to rather than at the time of angioplasty, reduces the odds of death, heart attack or stroke following the angioplasty by more than 45 percent. Results of the PCI-CLARITY study were presented by Marc S. Sabatine, MD, MPH, an associate physician in the Cardiovascular Division at BWH and an instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden on September 3 – 7, 2005.
Sep 14, 2005, 02:17
Genetic risk of acute coronary event (GRACE) study presented today
An unusual British Heart Foundation (BHF) 'DNA database' from brothers and sisters across the UK has enabled researchers to pinpoint six genetic 'hotspots' that can double the risk of developing early heart disease.
Sep 5, 2005, 23:38
Coronary Heart Disease Is Under-Diagnosed And Under-Treated In Women
Coronary heart disease is under-diagnosed, under-treated, and under-researched in women, says a senior doctor in this week’s BMJ.
Sep 2, 2005, 18:40
C-reactive protein can be an early indicator of stiffened arteries
The Mayo Clinic collaborative study with researchers from the University of Michigan looked at 214 men and women with an average age of 59, who had no history of heart attack or stroke. Results suggest that low grade inflammation is associated with arterial stiffness (hardening). This inflammation may be a potential mechanism through which C-reactive protein is related to heart attack and stroke, and why testing for C-reactive protein in a blood test may be an effective early warning test for asymptomatic, or presymptomatic heart disease.
Aug 23, 2005, 20:49
Prognosticating chest pain now easier and more accurate
Every physician knows that labelling a chest pain as angina means starting a cocktail of medications. And not doing so could mean a myocardial ischemia.Exersice stress tests and angiographies can mean a delay to a definite diagnosis. Now, using real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography (RTMCE), a type of ultrasound, physicians are able to rapidly and accurately detect coronary artery disease - a risk factor that leads to heart attacks.
Jun 28, 2005, 01:00
A change of heart for MEF2A in coronary artery disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the major killers in Western societies. Recently, mutations in a gene called MEF2A on chromosome 15 were reported to be causative of premature CAD.
Apr 3, 2005, 13:11