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Diabetes drug may reverse heart failure

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:50
Researchers have demonstrated that the recently developed antidiabetic drug empagliflozin can treat and reverse the progression of heart failure in non-diabetic animal models. Their study also shows that this drug can make the heart produce more energy and function more efficiently.
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After heart attack: Late dinner and no breakfast a killer combination

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 08:08
People who skip breakfast and eat dinner near bedtime have worse outcomes after a heart attack.
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Heart patch could limit muscle damage in heart attack aftermath

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:38
Guided by computer simulations, an international team of researchers has developed an adhesive patch that can provide support for damaged heart tissue, potentially reducing the stretching of heart muscle that's common after a heart attack.
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Scientists advance a way to track changes in a person's cardiovascular system

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:50
Every heart beat sends blood flowing throughout the human body. While an electrocardiogram uses a contact approach to measure the electrical activity of the heart, a ballistocardiogram is a non-contact way of measuring the mechanical effect of the blood flow through the cardiovascular system.
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Healthy hearts need two proteins working together

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:28
Two proteins that bind to stress hormones work together to maintain a healthy heart in mice, according to scientists. These proteins, stress hormone receptors known as the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR), act in concert to help support heart health. When the signaling between the two receptors is out of balance, the mice have heart disease.
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Half of patients on statins fail to reach 'healthy' cholesterol level after 2 years

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 20:02
Half of patients prescribed statins in primary care fail to reach 'healthy' cholesterol levels after two years of treatment with these drugs.
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Mid-life resting heart rate of 75 plus beats/minute linked to doubling in early death risk

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 20:02
A resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute in mid-life is linked to a doubling in the risk of an early death from all causes -- at least among men.
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Drug reduces risk of kidney failure in people with diabetes, study finds

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 14:39
A new landmark clinical trial shows that a drug lowers the risk of kidney failure by a third in people with Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
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Statins safe for preventing cardiovascular events in rheumatoid arthritis patients, study suggests

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:22
Results from a large clinical trial indicate that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are likely to experience the same level of cardiovascular benefits from statins as other individuals, without additional risks.
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Scientists print first 3D heart using patient's biological materials

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:22
In a major medical breakthrough, researchers have 'printed' the world's first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient's own cells and biological materials.
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One-two punch helps solve greatest unmet need in cardiology

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 17:25
Combining a high-fat diet with a drug that raises blood pressure gave researchers a 'two-hit' model, like a one-two punch to heart failure.
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New strategy to reduce cancer drug's cardiotoxic effects

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 14:51
Doxorubicin (Doxo) is a widely used chemotherapeutic drug for cancer, though it can have toxic effects on the heart. A recent animal study investigated whether the cardioregulatory protein chromogranin A (CgA) contributes to the regulation of the cardiotoxic and antitumor activities of Doxo.
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Chronic diseases restrict the mobility of older people -- often unconsciously

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:17
Chronic diseases are a key factor limiting the mobility of older people. Usually individuals are conscious of their condition in the case of an acute musculoskeletal disorder that causes pain or functional limitations. However, if the condition has progressed slowly, the gradual restriction of mobility often goes unnoticed.
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AI identifies risk of cholesterol-raising genetic disease

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 08:38
A new algorithm can determine whether a patient is likely to have a cholesterol-raising genetic disease that can cause early, and sometimes fatal, heart problems, reports a new study.
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Getting back to work after a heart attack

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 08:38
Heart attack patients with the desire to return to work can do it. That's the main message of a paper published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). 'Patients who believe they can still do their job and want to go back will make a success of it,' said lead author Dr. Rona Reibis, of the University of Potsdam, Germany.
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Stress-related disorders linked to heightened risk of cardiovascular disease

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 21:00
Stress-related disorders -- conditions triggered by a significant life event or trauma -- may be linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), finds a large study.
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Low cholesterol linked to higher risk of bleeding stroke in women

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 16:30
Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attacks and stroke, with an ideal value below 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). But can it be too low? A new study finds that women who have levels of LDL cholesterol 70 mg/dL or lower may be more than twice as likely to have a hemorrhagic stroke than women with LDL cholesterol levels from 100 to 130 mg/dL.
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Half-hearted: New insight into why the heart doesn't develop properly in some children

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 09:59
Investigators have found evidence that the gene Ccdc117 supports the rapid growth of precursor cells needed for proper development of right-sided heart structures. It does so by promoting transfer of iron-sulfur compounds to enzymes crucial for DNA replication and repair. Silencing Ccdc117 impedes cell growth, which may prevent heart structures from developing properly.
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Melatonin's heart protective effects not related to its antioxidant properties

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 13:59
Although melatonin does improve the outcomes of induced heart attacks in rats, those improvements are not the result of its antioxidant effect, new research finds.
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Novel 5-minute workout improves blood pressure, may boost brain function

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 16:16
Five minutes daily of Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training lowers blood pressure, improves vascular health, boosts fitness and sharpens memory, according to preliminary results.
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