Credit: CC0 Public Domain Loneliness is bad for the heart and a strong predictor of premature death, according to a study presented today at EuroHeartCare 2018, the European Society of Cardiology’s annual nursing congress. The study found that feeling lonely was a stronger predictor of poor outcomes than living alone, in both men and women. […]Continue Reading ...
Uma Srivatsa led a study showing that treating AFib with ablation improves outcomes for patients. Credit: UC Regents, courtesy UC Davis Health Using catheter-based ablation instead of medications alone reduces the risks of death and stroke in patients with the common form of heart arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib, new research from UC […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute New research into human heart development has shed light on the way heart muscle cells contract. A correctly beating heart is vital to a baby’s growth during pregnancy, helping guard against heart defects at birth, which are the most common birth defects. Using human pluripotent stem cells, a Murdoch Children’s […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary resuscitation increases the possibility of surviving sudden cardiac arrest. But it’s not just trained professionals who can jump in to perform CPR. There are simple, life-saving steps any bystander can take. “We think it should be a basic life skill,” such as knowing to call 911 when there’s a fire, […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—African-Americans are less likely than whites to be treated with statins or to receive a statin at guideline-recommended intensity, according to a study published online June 13 in JAMA Cardiology. Michael G. Nanna, M.D., from the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and colleagues examined differences in statin use between white and African-American patients […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology, and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, contributed an editorial to the Journal of the American Medical Association placing in perspective some of the conclusions in new recommendations from the U.S. […]Continue Reading ...
Human heart. Credit: copyright American Heart Association Erectile dysfunction (ED) indicates greater cardiovascular risk, regardless of other risk factors, such as cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure, according new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. In the study, which followed more than 1,900 men, ages 60 to 78, over 4 years, those […]Continue Reading ...
Limited healthy literacy is a major barrier blocking many people from achieving good cardiovascular health or benefiting from effective treatment for heart attacks, heart failure, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases, according to a scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Health literacy encompasses not only the ability to read, but skills such […]Continue Reading ...
The transmission electron microscopic image on the left is a collapsed perinexus in the heart of a person without atrial fibrillation. The image on the right is an expanded perinexus in the heart of a person with atrial fibrillation. The more the perinexus separates heart cells, the more difficult it can be for the cells […]Continue Reading ...
Picture of the corresponding author of this work, Dr. Na Li. Credit: Baylor College of Medicine Interfering with inflammatory signals produced by heart muscle cells might someday provide novel therapeutic strategies for atrial fibrillation, according to an international team of researchers who have published their findings in the journal Circulation. “Atrial fibrillation is the most […]Continue Reading ...
The most commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, suggests a new study led by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. Credit: St. Michael’s Hospital The most commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, suggests a new study led […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: American Heart Association A daily dose of aspirin could help pregnant women in the first stage of high blood pressure avoid a condition that puts both mother and baby in danger, according to a new study. New guidelines lowering the threshold for what defines high blood pressure pose a quandary for doctors who treat […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Queen Mary University of London An operation that targets the nerves connected to the kidney has been found to significantly reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension, according to the results of a clinical trial led in the UK by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust, and supported by the […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain The most common heart medications may get an assist from nitric oxide circulating in the body, according to a new study out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Researchers showed that nitric oxide may help commonly used heart drugs maximize their benefits while improving heart function. In turn, the […]Continue Reading ...
Computer-designed customized regenerative heart valve. Credit: Image adapted from figure in publication Cardiovascular tissue engineering aims to treat heart disease with prostheses that grow and regenerate. Now, researchers from the University of Zurich, the Technical University Eindhoven and the Charité Berlin have successfully implanted regenerative heart valves, designed with the aid of computer simulations, into […]Continue Reading ...
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