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A new tool makes it possible to adapt treatment for patients with cardiogenic shock

2 hours 55 min ago
Cardiogenic shock is a possible complication of serious heart attack involving an associated mortality rate of approximately 50% of all cases. The combination of this new tool with existing methods renders precise and patient-specific decision-making possible.
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Excess weight and body fat cause cardiovascular disease

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 19:11
In the first Mendelian randomization study to look at this, researchers have found evidence that excess weight and body fat cause a range of heart and blood vessel diseases, rather than just being associated with it.
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New imaging modality targets cholesterol in arterial plaque

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:37
Researchers demonstrate a new imaging modality that successfully identifies the presence of cholesterol in the arterial plaque.
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Cardiac toxicity risk factors identified with relapsed multiple myeloma therapy

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:45
More than half of patients with relapsed multiple myeloma treated with carfilzomib experienced cardiac issues during treatment, according to a multi-institutional study. The study recommends that patients undergo a detailed cardiovascular history before being prescribed carfilzomib and then be monitored with natriuretic peptide testing, an indicator for heart failure.
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Even in young children: Higher weight = higher blood pressure

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 09:52
Overweight 4-year-olds have a doubled risk of high blood pressure by age six, raising the hazard of future heart attack and stroke.
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Vitamin D and estradiol help guard against heart disease, stroke, and diabetes

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:58
Vitamin D and estrogen have already shown well-documented results in improving bone health in women. A new study suggests that this same combination could help prevent metabolic syndrome, a constellation of conditions that increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in postmenopausal women.
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A sauna session is just as exhausting as moderate exercise, study finds

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:39
Your blood pressure does not drop during a sauna visit -- it rises, as well as your heart rate. This increase is even comparable to the effect of a short, moderate workout, according to a new study.
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Cause of hardening of the arteries -- and potential treatment -- identified

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 08:43
A team of scientists have identified the mechanism behind hardening of the arteries, and shown in animal studies that a generic medication normally used to treat acne could be an effective treatment for the condition.
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Physical activity in preschool years can affect future heart health

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 08:19
Physical activity in early childhood may have an impact on cardiovascular health later in life, according to new research, where scientists followed the activity levels of hundreds of preschoolers over a period of years. They found that physical activity in children as young as three years old benefits blood vessel health, cardiovascular fitness and is key to the prevention of early risk indicators that can lead to adult heart disease.
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Big picture genetic scoring approach reliably predicts heart disease

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 08:19
Polygenic risk scores -- genetic risk scores that take into account variations in a person's entire DNA -- are able to predict coronary artery disease in those who have not yet had heart attacks. Polygenic risk scores are not as accurate at predicting second heart attacks. With further research and refinement, polygenetic risk scores could help individualize and target lifestyle modifications and therapies aimed at preventing and managing heart disease.
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Millions of cardiovascular deaths attributed to not eating enough fruits and vegetables

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 10:06
Preliminary findings from a new study reveal that inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption may account for millions of deaths from heart disease and strokes each year. The study estimated that roughly 1 in 7 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough fruit and 1 in 12 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough vegetables.
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Global study links better education, wealth to improved heart health

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:37
Findings from a sweeping global study reveal a direct correlation between socioeconomic status and one's susceptibility to heart attacks and strokes.
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US soldiers have worse heart health than civilians

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 13:35
A smaller proportion of active Army personnel are in ideal cardiovascular health compared to civilians. Less than one-third of soldiers studied had ideal blood pressure compared to about half the civilian population.
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Unsalted tomato juice may help lower heart disease risk

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:03
Drinking unsalted tomato juice lowered blood pressure and LDL cholesterol in Japanese adults at risk of cardiovascular disease.
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'Cells eating cells' is a double-whammy for cell health

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:03
Mathematicians have developed a model tested by experiment that shows cell cannibalism is an important driver in the build-up of cholesterol and other harmful materials.
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Diabetics exposed to common household chemicals have lower heart disease rates, study finds

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:26
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deemed exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances -- a class of chemicals used in cookware, cleaning products and paint -- a public health concern. But new research explores how exposure to PFAS may be linked to lower heart disease rates in diabetic adults.
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Sleepless nights linked to high blood pressure

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 13:11
A bad night's sleep may result in a spike in blood pressure that night and the following day, according to new research led by the University of Arizona. The study, to be published in Psychosomatic Medicine, offers one possible explanation for why sleep problems have been shown to increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and even death from cardiovascular disease.
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Beta blockers can block the effects of stress and anger in patients prone to emotion-triggered atrial fibrillation

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 08:49
Individuals who are prone to emotion-triggered atrial fibrillation (AF) may benefit from taking beta blockers. A new study shows that beta blockers can block the effects of psychological stress and anger in individuals prone to AF.
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Red and white meats are equally bad for cholesterol

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 08:48
Contrary to popular belief, consuming red meat and white meat such as poultry, have equal effects on blood cholesterol levels, according to a new study.
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Breakthrough as heart patches set for human trials

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 20:31
Researchers have shown that heart 'patches' grown in the lab are safe to move on to trials in people with hearts damaged after a heart attack.
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