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First of its kind study reveals far-reaching benefits of recovery for families of dependent drinkers

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:05:00 +0100

This study is important in illustrating not only the impact of dependency on many areas of family life but also the restorative effects of recovery for the user, their families and communities. The research shows the importance of policies that promote recovery for substance users, and clearly indicates the benefits of including the family in the journey of recovery and reintegration.” Vivienne Evans, Chief Executive of Adfam, said: “This report is an invaluable addition to a growing body of knowledge about the impact of substance misuse on families. It supports and adds weight to Adfam’s 30-year mission to provide help and support for these families, who are such a key element of recovery, and yet need to have a journey of recovery for themselves.” Dr Richard Piper, Chief Exec...

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High blood pressure and heart disease: Five supplements to improve cardiovascular health

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:00:00 +0100

HIGH blood pressure, heart disease and lung disease could be prevented with the help of supplements. Adding these five into your diet could improve your cardiovascular health. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



CDC Wants $400 Million to Build a New Lab for the World ’s Deadliest Germs

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:46:08 +0100

(NEW YORK) — Thirteen years after building a state-of-the-art lab for the world’s most dangerous germs, the nation’s top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new one. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the current lab building in Atlanta is quickly wearing down, and cannot be upgraded without shutting down the facility for years. The lab investigates deadly and exotic germs like Ebola, smallpox and dangerous new forms of flu.The agency disclosed its plans for a new lab on Friday. The CDC lab is one of only eight U.S. labs with the security and safety features necessary to work with the highest-threat germs, said James Le Duc, director of one of them, the University of Texas’s Galveston National Laboratory....



Detecting Heart Disease in the Blink of an Eye

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 05:44:05 +0100

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One THIRD of millennials only brush their teeth once a day

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:08:40 +0100

Many Americans are neglectful of their oral hygiene, raising their risks not only of disease of the mouth, but heart disease and dementia. Millennials have worse habits and are more afraid of dentists. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



10 Devices that Could Pose Problems for Patients with ICDs

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:30:45 +0100

Modern ICDs have built-in protection from intereference by most current technologies. But do you know which ones could be problematic for your patients? (Source: ConsultantLive)

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CPR survival rates are lower than most people think

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:29:59 +0100

(Reuters Health) - The majority of people believe cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is successful more often than it tends to be in reality, according to a small U.S. study. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Soccer Is Basically Medicine, Some Researchers Argue Soccer Is Basically Medicine, Some Researchers Argue

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:55:20 +0100

Compared to inactive people, recreational soccer players have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and resting heart rates as well as less fat mass, a research review suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



IDx Closer to Nod for Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnostic

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:55:27 +0100

Privately held IDx is developing an artificial intelligence-based system that could help with the diagnosis diabetic retinopathy – a disease that leads to blindness if undetected. The company met its endpoints in a pivotal trial of the IDx-DR system. The trial involved 900 diabetes patients at 10 sites. The study was designed to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of the technology in detecting moderate to severe diabetic retinopathy, including macular edema. The results of the pivotal trial met the study hypotheses that were developed in consultation with FDA and demonstrated the IDx-DR system exceeded these performance goals. Network with your colleagues in medtech at ADM Cleveland, March 7–8, 2018.   The IDx-DR solution involves a small robotic camera that takes images of the eye. An...



Women's Heart Attacks Can Have Hidden Causes

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:55:33 +0100

Women who complain of chest pain often are told they haven't had a heart attack if their arteries aren't blocked, the researchers said. (Source: WebMD Health)



Feb 23, 2018 This Week in Cardiology Feb 23, 2018 This Week in Cardiology

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:49:45 +0100

Atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery, radial vs ulnar cath access, aspirin for heart failure, VTE prophylaxis and low-fat vs high-carb diets are discussed in this week's podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Less-invasive heart valve replacement tied to better quality of life

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:19:29 +0100

(Reuters Health) - People who get minimally-invasive surgery to replace damaged heart valves have an easier time completing daily tasks and a better quality of life after the procedure, a research review suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)



iPhone app may help reduce hospital readmissions

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:28:22 +0100

A smartphone app developed at John Hopkins is effective at reducing hospital readmissions of heart attack patients, according the Baltimore healthcare system. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



AP Cardiology: The End of PCI?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- In this podcast, cardiologists discuss the recent ORBITA trial (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Toxic Stroke Necrosis; Multivessel CAD in Diabetes; Sudden Hearing Loss

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Cardiovascular Daily wraps up the top cardiology news of the week (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)



Early Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis Bad for Your Heart

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:32:12 +0100

One thing that's clear is that type 2 diabetes is on the rise, especially among younger people across the developed world. (Source: WebMD Health)

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Antibiotic linked to higher death rates heart disease

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:32:11 +0100

The FDA has issued a warning that the broad-spectrum antibiotic clarithromycin may raise the risk of death for heart disease patients and is advising sufferers to steer clear of the drug. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



#DidYouKnow Find out more about FDA approved devices that keep the heart beating http://go.usa.gov/xne3G   #HeartMonthpic.twitter.com/AaVz9DxOMa

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:08:15 +0100

#DidYouKnow Find out more about FDA approved devices that keep the heart beating http://go.usa.gov/xne3G  #HeartMonth pic.twitter.com/AaVz9DxOMa (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)



Low Systolic BP Linked to Poor Outcomes in HFpEF Low Systolic BP Linked to Poor Outcomes in HFpEF

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:20:06 +0100

The optimal systolic blood pressure target for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction is'far from clear,'and aggressive SBP control in older patients with this condition may need to be avoided.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Tied to Obesity Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Tied to Obesity

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:09:48 +0100

A new study finds obesity bests even exertion during sports as a risk factor for sudden cardiac death in patients under 34 years of age.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



EndoBreak: Oral Semaglutide Success; Methyldopa for T1D

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the endocrinology world (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

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Poorer Kids May Fare Worse After Heart Surgery

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:15:13 +0100

The disparities between affluent and poor children persisted even though all were treated at the same major hospitals, the researchers said. (Source: WebMD Health)



Most SCAD Should Be Treated Conservatively

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Spontaneous coronary artery dissection typically heals without stents, AHA says (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)



Vascular Graft Solutions: External Stenting of Vein Grafts is Associated With High Early Patency Rates

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:53:07 +0100

Interim report from the post-marketing randomized VEST III trial TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 23, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Vascular Grafts Solutions announced today the interim results from the VEST III study, a post-marketing trial ... Devices, Cardiology Vascular Grafts Solutions, Venous External SupporT (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)



FDA Warns Heart Patients About Antibiotic Clarithromycin

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:02:59 +0100

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 -- The antibiotic clarithromycin (brand name: Biaxin) may increase the long-term risk of heart problems and death in patients with heart disease, according to U.S. health officials. As a result, the federal Food and Drug... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Type-2 diabetes early diagnosis linked to increased cardiovascular risk

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100

A study inDiabetologia reports that early diagnosis of type-2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of death from heart attack and stroke. Daily Mail (Source: Society for Endocrinology)

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For Women, Blocked Arteries Not the Only Trigger for Heart Attacks

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:02:57 +0100

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 -- Women don't need to have blocked arteries to experience a heart attack, a new study points out. Blocked arteries are a main cause of heart attack in men, according to researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



The Sooner Type 2 Diabetes Arrives, the Worse for Your Heart

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:02:46 +0100

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 -- A type 2 diabetes diagnosis that comes early in life carries a deadly load of health risks, new research shows. It was associated with a 60 percent higher relative risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. Not only that,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Poorer Kids May Fare Worse After Heart Surgery

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:02:08 +0100

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 -- Children who've had surgery to repair defective hearts are more likely to die or require longer hospitalizations if they live in poorer neighborhoods, a new study suggests. The disparities between affluent and poor children... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



The Sooner Type 2 Diabetes Arrives, the Worse for Your Heart

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: The Sooner Type 2 Diabetes Arrives, the Worse for Your HeartCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/23/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/23/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General)

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For Women, Blocked Arteries Not the Only Trigger for Heart Attacks

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: For Women, Blocked Arteries Not the Only Trigger for Heart AttacksCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/23/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/23/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)



Too Much TV Could Boost Your Odds for a Blood Clot

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Too Much TV Could Boost Your Odds for a Blood ClotCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/23/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)



CCTA usage rate rises sharply, but still eclipsed by MPI

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

The use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to evaluate chest pain in the emergency...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CCTA predicts heart events in stable chest pain patients CCTA readings differ between core labs and local sites Use rates of diagnostic imaging on the rise Radiologists now use CCTA more than cardiologists do CCTA can cut complications and hospital stays (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)



Nigeria:Abia, MTN Move Against Infant, Maternal Mortality

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:59:02 +0100

[Guardian] The Abia government and MTN Foundation have struck a partnership to tackle the menace of infant and maternal mortality in the state.Announcing the partnership recently during the MTNF Yellow Heart Health Forum in Umuahia, the telecommunications giant reiterated its commitment to the crusade by increasing the level of awareness and perception in the country that align with global efforts to meet the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)



NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or Cardiology - Oxford, UK

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:16:19 +0100

Job Reference: 918-RX2446Employer:NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)Department:  Clinical DirectorateLocation:   OxfordSalary: £30,605 to £48,123 paApplications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiology or Anaesthetics. This post is funded by NHSBT, and will be based in the Oxford Blood Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. It is a fixed term post for 2 years or 3 years part time.This post will see you work alongside teams carrying out a programme of clinical research to assess alternatives and adjuncts to transfusion to prevent and treat bleeding in people who are at risk of serious or life-threatening bleeding.This work will build on the work of an established research group, who plan to perform four complex (network meta-analysis) systematic reviews on use...

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NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or Orthopaedics - Oxford, UK

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:08:43 +0100

NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or OrthopaedicsJob Reference:918-RX2435Employer:NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)Department:   Clinical DirectorateLocation:    OxfordSalary: £30,605 to £48,123 paApplications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Fellow in Orthopaedics or Anaesthetics. This post is funded by NHSBT, and will be based in the Oxford Blood Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. It is a fixed term post for 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time.This post will see you work alongside teams carrying out a programme of clinical research to assess alternatives and adjuncts to transfusion to prevent and treat bleeding in people who are at risk of serious or life-threatening bleeding.This work will build on the work of an established research group, who...



Impact of misunderstanding genetic tests for heart conditions

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Sydney) Patients who undergo genetic testing for inherited heart disease need to be better informed to know how to interpret the results and understand the impact the results will have on their life, a University of Sydney study has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



E-cigarette users at risk of brain and heart damage

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:45:02 +0100

E-cigarettes vapor contains metals - including lead - from the heating coils that vaporize e-liquid, putting users at risk of cancer and brain damage, a new study from Johns Hopkins warns. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

All women face the threat of heart disease. Find out how symptoms, risk factors and prevention can be unique for women. (Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)



Recurrent Syncope in a 32-year-old Woman: Anxiety?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:48:24 +0100

She is in the ED for a fourth episode in 3 months. Before fainting she has palpitations and feels a sense of doom. Your ECG read? (Source: ConsultantLive)

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FDA Alert: Clarithromycin Risky in Patients With Heart Disease FDA Alert: Clarithromycin Risky in Patients With Heart Disease

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:36:43 +0100

The agency adds a new warning about the increased risk for death in patients with heart disease prescribed the antibiotic clarithromycin and recommends considering an alternative when possible.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Soccer is basically medicine, some researchers argue

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:03:36 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Compared to inactive people, recreational soccer players have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and resting heart rates as well as less fat mass, a research review suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Fewer HF Readmissions After Cardiology vs Hospitalist Care Fewer HF Readmissions After Cardiology vs Hospitalist Care

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:14:11 +0100

Readmissions at 30 days were up for discharged patients with heart failure cared for on the general medicine service. A possible fix: more opportunities for hospitalists to learn strategies for optimal heart failure care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Weekend Recipe: Grass-Fed Beef Bourguignon With Cauliflower Mash

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:00:13 +0100

This recipe is rich with goodness and flavor — and is comfort food at its best. The ingredients are simple: Quality grass-fed beef is married together with vegetables and a few glasses of full-bodied red wine. I’ve used carrot puree to thicken the Bourguignon sauce towards the end of cooking, which is a lovely way of thickening sauces without using refined white flours. Don’t overcook your cauliflower. Make sure to chop the ingredients finely before cooking and keep an eye on the cooking time. Blend it when hot, which will result in a creamy, white mash that tastes wonderful. This recipe is from my cookbook Purely Delicious. WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT The lean grass-fed beef is a good source of essential amino acids, vitamin B12 and minerals including iron, zinc and sel...



Cath Lab Recap: Breakable Baby Stent; First-Pass Thrombectomy

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Interventional cardiology news to note (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)

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FDA Warns Heart Patients Away from Clarithromycin

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Antibiotic appears to raise mortality risk in users with heart disease (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)



FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA review finds additional data supports the potential for increased long-term risks with antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) in patients with heart disease

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:31:00 +0100

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising caution before prescribing the antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) to patients with heart disease because of a potential increased risk of heart problems or death that can occur years later. Our recommendation is based on our review of the results of a 10-year follow-up study1 of patients with coronary heart disease from a large clinical trial2 that first observed this safety issue. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)



Progeria Often Comes with Silent LV Dysfunction

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:35:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Ultra-rare genetic aging syndrome offers clues to'epidemic'condition (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)



Experts recommend more conservative care for SCAD heart attacks

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:18:23 +0100

If a younger woman suffers a certain type of heart attack, the Mayo Clinic now recommends letting the body heal on its own. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



NaviGate touts implantation for Gate transcath tricuspid valve replacement

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:04:30 +0100

NaviGate Cardiac Structures Inc. said today that earlier this month, its catheter-guided Gate valved-stent bioprosthesis became the first orthotopic valve replacement in Canada to treat severe tricuspid regurgitation. The implantation was done at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, lead by interventional cardiologists Dr. Josep Rodes-Cabau and Dr. Francois Dagenais. The 79-year-old male patient who received the implant had severe symptomatic tricuspid regurgitation and was not eligible for standard cardiac surgery, according to NaviGate. “The NaviGate bioprosthesis is the only transcatheter device in development that has been used to completely replace the native tricuspid valve and restore its function in the human,” Dr. Rodes-Cabau said in prepared remarks. After the patient...

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Regardless of CV Risks, Cancer History Impacts Mortality

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Fibrinogen, von Willebrand factor are potential markers of mortality in cancer survivors (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



Cardiorespiratory Fitness, White Matter Integrity Tied to Cognition

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

VO2max positively linked to DTI metrics of fractional anisotropy in about half MW fiber tracts (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



Endologix CEO McDermott to step down; shares slide -10% on Q4 results | Personnel Moves for Feb. 22, 2018

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:44:36 +0100

Endologix (NSDQ:ELGX) CEO John McDermott is planning to step down once an appropriate replacement is found, the company said yesterday as it announced fourth-quarter results that handily topped earnings expectations but missed on the top line. “Despite the business challenges over the past couple of years, I am confident that Endologix has a bright future. Our vision is clear, the value proposition is compelling, and our pipeline of new products positions us for significant long-term growth. I remain deeply committed to our employees, physicians, and patients and will do whatever I can to support an effective leadership transition,” McDermott said in prepared remarks. “On behalf of the board of directors and the entire Endologix team, I would like to thank John for his r...



Heartbroken mother of boy born with half a heart

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:06:12 +0100

Ashley Rayner was speaking on Sky News this morning from Newcastle-upon-Tyne about the plight of her six-month-old son, Benjamin, who suffers hypoplastic left heart syndrome. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Medical News Today: What to know about gas pain in the chest

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:00:00 +0100

In this article we look at what causes uncomfortable gas in the chest, how to tell it apart from a heart attack, and how to relieve symptoms. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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More Years Spent Obese May Increase Heart Risk

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:30:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Higher troponin levels in young adults with persistent weight issues (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)



B. Braun ’ s Aesculap closes $17m Dextera Surgical bankruptcy buyout

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:13:08 +0100

Surgical instrument maker Dextera Surgical and B. Braun subsidiary Aesculap said yesterday that they closed the $17.3 million deal to buy Dextera out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Redwood City, Calif.- based Dextera, formerly known as Cardica, agreed to the buyout in December 2017. The consummation Feb. 20 saw Dextera receive $13.6 million; another $2 million went into two-year escrow, $900,000 went to repay a loan from Aesculap and the balance was used to pay off contracts and leases and to settle closing expenses, according to a regulatory filing. Aesculap said it plans to oversee operations in Redwood City, keeping Dextera’s products on the market as it looks to expand its footprint in the cardio-thoracic surgery market. The post B. Braun’s Aesculap closes $17m Dextera S...



Sudan:Minister of Defence Recieves Canadian Medical Team

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:39:48 +0100

[SNA] Khartoum, 21- 2- 2018 (SUNA) - The Minister of Defence Lt.Gen, Awad Mohamed Ahmed, received, Wednesday, at his office, the Candian medical team, currently visiting the coountry, carry out open heart surgeries to children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Data Perspectives, Diabetes Prevention and Cardiovascular Wellness for African Americans

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:19:36 +0100

February 27, 2018 1:00-2:00pm ET; Baltimore, MD or via webcast. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart SurgeryCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

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Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFibCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)



Efficacy of a Repositionable, Retrievable Aortic Valve Efficacy of a Repositionable, Retrievable Aortic Valve

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:04:49 +0100

This study aimed to confirm the safety and efficacy of the Lotus Valve, a novel repositionable and fully retrievable bioprosthetic aortic valve.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Therapy for muscular dystrophy-caused heart failure also improves muscle function in mice

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) Injections of cardiac progenitor cells help reverse the fatal heart disease caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy and also lead to improved limb strength and movement ability, a new study shows. The study, published today in Stem Cell Reports, showed that when researchers injected cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs) into the hearts of laboratory mice with muscular dystrophy, heart function improved along with a marked increase in exercise capacity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



UBC engineers advance the capability of wearable tech

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) Creating the perfect wearable device to monitor muscle movement, heart rate and other tiny bio-signals without breaking the bank has inspired scientists to look for a simpler and more affordable tool. Now, a team of researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus have developed a practical way to monitor and interpret human motion, in what may be the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to wearable technology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Beetroot juice supplements may help certain heart failure patients

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Indiana University) Beetroot juice supplements may help enhance exercise capacity in patients with heart failure, according to a new proof-of-concept study. Exercise capacity is a key factor linked to these patients' quality of life and even survival. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Do pain medications carry different heart risks?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Wiley) Prior studies have suggested that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be linked with higher cardiovascular risks, but few have assessed potential different cardiovascular risk between NSAID classes or across individual NSAIDs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Women who suffer with SCAD may fare better with conservative care

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Mayo Clinic) Patients who suffer from a type of heart attack that affects mainly younger women, called spontaneous coronary artery dissection or SCAD, may benefit most from conservative treatment, letting the body heal on its own. This is according to a new scientific statement by a Mayo Clinic led team, published by the American Heart Association in its journal, Circulation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



St. Michael’s cardiologist performs successful world first, using Canadian invented device in novel way

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:41:07 +0100

(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)



Odds of ARDS Up After Cardiac Surgery During Flu Season

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Cardiac surgery during flu season is independent risk factor for acute respiratory distress syndrome (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



Being obese for a decade can double heart disease risk  

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:16:25 +0100

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found being obese for a decade could damage the double the risk for heart damage. The findings are published in the journal Clinical Chemistry. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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FAKE SCIENCE: New JAMA study falsely claims no benefit for heart disease sufferers taking omega 3s – but there are major flaws in their "research"

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:58:59 +0100

(Natural News) When a natural cure starts to gain a lot of attention for its efficacy in treating a particular ailment, those who profit from the conventional medical treatments do their best to downplay its abilities and protect their income stream. A recent meta-analysis in JAMA Cardiology casting doubt on omega-3 supplementation’s cardiovascular benefits is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Physio-Control initiates select recall of Lifepak 20e defibs, monitors

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:07:07 +0100

Physio-Control is recalling select Lifepak 20e defibrillators and monitors over issues with power failures, according to a recall notice posted this month. The voluntary recall affects Lifepak 20e units built between September 2016 and June 2017, the company said. Physio-Control said it received reports from customers of power-related failures with the devices during initial deployment and during use within the first year of distribution. Failures included unexpected powering on and off, device lock-ups or failures to power on and off. The company said that the reported issues have “the potential to result in a failure to deliver therapy to the patient and serious injury or death,” according to a letter it sent to customers with the devices. Failures were deemed to be the resul...



Severe sleep-disordered breathing linked to cardiovascular problems

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:04:13 +0100

The development of heart failure is linked to severe sleep-disordered breathing but treatment may minimize the risk, according to research conducted in Japan. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Cardiva Medical adds $11m for vascular closure devices

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:14:12 +0100

Cardiva Medical said yesterday that it added another $11 million to a funding round it closed last year at $30 million to continue the commercialization of its Vascade vascular closure device. Existing debt and equity investors participated, including PTV Healthcare Capital, Canepa Healthcare and affiliates of Luther King Capital Mgmt., the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said. In March 2017 Cardiva said it had put a bow around the $30 million round for Vascade, which won 510(k) clearance from the FDA in February 2013. Yesterday the company said the latest infusion will also go toward its Ambulate investigational device exemption study of its closure system for mid-bore veins of 6-12 French inner diameter access sheaths in cardiac ablation and other procedures. “This additional i...



Mental Stress - Induced Myocardial Ischemia Risk Up for Women

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Peripheral vasoconstriction, microvascular dysfunction may affect MSIMI risk in women only (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)

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Google Retina Scan May Reveal Heart Attack Risk

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:39:48 +0100

For the study, the researchers used models that were based on data from 284,335 patients and validated using two separate data sets of 12,026 and 999 patients. (Source: WebMD Health)



Here ’s Why Doctors Often Miss Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:26:43 +0100

Almost 30% of women who had a heart attack in a new study sought medical care for related symptoms before they ever went to the hospital — but more than half of their doctors didn’t think their ailments were heart-related. The reason why so many women are falling through the cracks may have to do with the variety of heart-attack symptoms that women experience, according to the paper published in the journal Circulation. Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health interviewed almost 3,000 heart attack patients younger than 55 — two-thirds of them female — about their symptoms, when they sought medical care and hospitalization, if they immediately suspected a heart attack and more. The results highlight a few key differences in symptoms between the sexes. While...



UCLA scientists use color-coded tags to discover how heart cells develop

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:16:00 +0100

UCLA researchers used fluorescent colored proteins to trace how cardiomyocytes — cells in heart muscle that enable it to pump blood — are produced in mouse embryos. The findings could eventually lead to methods for regenerating heart tissue in human adults.The research was published in the journal Nature Communications.“Our ultimate goal is to be able to regenerate cardiomyocytes after an injury like a heart attack,” said Dr. Reza Ardehali, an associate professor of medicine in UCLA’s division of cardiology and a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA. “But we’re first trying to learn from the embryonic heart.”Cardiomyocytes make up most of the heart. During a heart attack, parts of the heart tissue are cut off fr...



Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:02:17 +0100

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 -- The flu virus -- even if it doesn't cause symptoms -- can lead to serious complications after heart surgery, a new study by Dutch researchers suggests. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a potentially deadly... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Medical News Today: Gout drug could help treat heart failure

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0100

A drug used for the treatment of gout has been found to improve heart functioning in a small number of people with heart failure, researchers reveal. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Paragonix Tech wins CE Mark for heart transport devices

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:42:41 +0100

Paragonix Technologies said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its SherpaPak and SherpaPerfusion cardiac transport systems. The SherpaPak system consists of a single-use, disposable device designed for the hypothermic static preservation and transportation of the donor hearts, while the SherpaPerfusion system is a single-use, disposable device designed for hypothermic oxygenated perfusion preservation and transport of donor hearts. “Having followed the extensive research and product development activities at Paragonix Technologies over the past few years, I am impressed by the intuitive designs of both SherpaPak and SherpaPerfusion Cardiac Transport Systems. They directly address all relevant issues of improving donor heart preservation at hypothermia. We look fo...



Bangladeshi Staff at the Heart of Response to Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:39:31 +0100

Voice from the FieldBangladeshi Staff at the Heart of Response to Rohingya Refugee CrisisFebruary 21, 2018More than 2,000 Bangladeshi and international staff members —from doctors, nurses, and mental health counselors to logisticians, translators, and social workers—are working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to respond tothe Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. MSF operations here have rapidly scaled up since late August 2017. (Source: MSF News)



Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:56:43 +0100

The increasing popularity of devices using software and wireless communications has created a rising risk that hackers might reprogram devices to make them work improperly, cardiologists say. (Source: CBC | Health)



A Tribute to Dr. Ray Lipicky: The Man Who Transformed Cardiology

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:30:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Milton Packer, Robert Califf, Norman Stockbridge and Robert Fenichel pay tribute (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

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Heart Defibrillators in CKD: More Harm Than Good? Heart Defibrillators in CKD: More Harm Than Good?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:18:00 +0100

Dr Bansal comments on her study on heart defibrillators in patients with kidney disease and the greater risk for hospitalization for heart failure.Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Heart attack symptoms women and doctors miss

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:40:56 +0100

Younger women suffering a heart attack are more likely than men to exhibit symptoms other than acute chest pain, and their doctors are more likely to attribute those symptoms to something else, potentially delaying critical treatment.   Researchers found that when women sought treatment for non-chest pain acute myocardial infarction (AMI) symptoms, more than half of doctors did not recognize the symptoms as heart-related, CNN reports.  As a result, a younger woman hospitalized with a heart attack… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



Mitralign raises $10m

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:40:27 +0100

Mitralign, which is looking to commercialize its namesake mitral valve treatment and pursue regulatory nods for its Trialign tricuspid valve device, said it raised nearly $10 million. The $9.8 million funding, of a hoped-for $30.2 million, came from 19 unnamed investors beginning last September, the Tewksbury, Mass.-based company said in a regulatory filing. Mitralign raised a $40 million Series E round in May 2016. The Mitralign and Trialign devices are designed to use wire and catheters to implant polyester anchors within the annulus of the mitral and tricuspid valves. The anchors are then cinched together to reduce valve circumference, creating a functional valve. The Mitralign valve won CE Mark approval in the European Union in February 2016; clinical programs are under way in Europ...



Retinal images can be used to predict cardiovascular risk

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100

A study inNature Biomedical Engineering reports that using pictures of the retina can be useful to predict cardiovascular risk factors.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)

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Hot baths, saunas can relieve pain, may help heart

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:15:24 +0100

Don Benedict played handball competitively for 30 years in the Pacific Northwest. To stay in shape, he ran 5 miles every other day. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Could Hackers Target Heart Devices?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Could Hackers Target Heart Devices?Category: Health NewsCreated: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)



'Beetroot pill' could help save patients from kidney failure after heart X-ray

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Queen Mary University of London) Beetroot may reduce the risk of kidney failure in patients having a heart X-ray, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Touchstone Center provides insight into glucagon's role in diabetic heart disease

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(UT Southwestern Medical Center) A UT Southwestern study reveals the hormone glucagon's importance to the development of insulin resistance and cardiac dysfunction during Type 2 diabetes, presenting opportunities to develop new therapies for diabetic diseases of the heart muscle. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



GW researcher awarded more than $1.5 million to study PTSD and cardiovascular disease

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(George Washington University) Paul Marvar, PhD, at GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, received a large grant from the NIH to study a possible link between post-traumatic stress disorder and cardiovascular disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Wine polyphenols could fend off bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(American Chemical Society) Sipping wine is good for your colon and heart, possibly because of the beverage's abundant and structurally diverse polyphenols. Now researchers report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that wine polyphenols might also be good for your oral health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



Could Hackers Target Heart Devices?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:15:13 +0100

But hacking a cardiac device isn't just the stuff of fiction. It's a potential possibility -- though remote at this time -- that must be guarded against to protect patients, a new review suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)



Medtronic is Making the Most of Value-Based Care

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:33:34 +0100

Medical device companies of all sizes have embraced value-based healthcare in recent years, and one of the industry's top companies is now beginning to see its value-based care programs pay off. "I know I have spoken a lot about value-based healthcare, but I'm particularly pleased to see this translate into real numbers, which have real differentiating value for Medtronic," CEO Omar Ishrak said during Medtronic's third-quarter earnings call Tuesday, according to Seeking Alpha transcripts. Learn more about the future of innovation in the value-based care system at the BIOMEDevice Boston conference, April 18-19, 2018. Use promo code "MDDI" for 20% off registration. Ishrak said the company's Tyrx absorbable antibacterial envelope is just one example of innovation being linked directly to an ...



Epidural Stimulation for Paralysis Also Helps Heart

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:30:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Case report shows resolution of orthostatic hypotension, symptoms (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)



Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:15:25 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Heart devices that use software or wireless communications may be vulnerable to hacker attacks that could cause life-threatening malfunctions, U.S. cardiologists say. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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USPSTF:'Yes' To Behavioral Obesity Therapy

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:35:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Group's lack of support for drug therapies draws criticism (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)



UPDATE: Robotics delay pushes Medtronic down despite fiscal Q3 beats

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:30:13 +0100

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) shares took a hit today after the world’s largest medical device maker said its robot-assisted surgery platform has fallen behind schedule, despite fiscal third-quarter results that topped the consensus forecast on Wall Street. Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic had predicted first-in-human cases during the fiscal year ending in April, with a full launch following in fiscal 2019. But during a conference call with investors today discussing the Q3 numbers, chairman & CEO Omar Ishrak said the timetable has gotten longer. “We are enthusiastic about the development of our surgical robotics platform, which we expect will strengthen our strategy of advancing minimally invasive procedures and we continue to make progress towards its launch. While we had intended f...