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Blood pressure treatment could cut risk of strokes and heart attacks

...t preventing various cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes. In November 2004, the trial w...ts associated with statin use in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes....

Emory Study finds HIV is not an independent risk factor for severe heart disease

...ed that HIVinfection poses a serious threat to the heart -- specifically, that HIV positivity leads to an i...e HIV positive and 21 percent were admitted with a heart attack. But only 1.4 percent of the heart attack group was HIVpositive." Cardiac catheterization rev...

Student identifies electrical changes preceding heart failure

...ew research showing that electrical changes in the heart leading to heart failure can occur long before a patient exhibits any clinical symptoms. The initial changes can then...

Pet scanning better for heart disease diagnosis, management

... diagnostic test for assessing a patient's risk of heart attack, say lead researchers Michael Merhige, M.D.... were valid. Results showed that both the rate of heart attack and cardiac death were significantly lower after one year in patients managed by PET. The nu...

Even mild depression increases long-term mortality in heart failure

... long-term risk of death for patients with chronic heart failure. Additionally, and just as importantly, th...dings should help convince physicians who care for heart failure patients to pay close attention to their patients' psycho-social status, since these patient...

Gender gap for lung cancer rates narrowing

... having more frequent comorbid conditions, such as heart disease or severe emphysema. Aside from the stage of disease, being a man was the factor that most negatively impacted survival among patients. "Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality for women in the United States," said Paul ...

Laughter helps blood vessels function better

...icipated in the study. Half of them had suffered a heart attack or had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery; the other half did not have heart disease. People with heart disease responded with less humor to everyday life situations than those ...

Implanted devices detect high-risk heart failure patients

... to optimize the cardiac function of patients with heart failure have provided new insights into which pati...new view of subtle changes in a key measurement of heart health -- heart rate variability. Patients with little variability -- whose hearts are unable to app...

Tobacco industry pays scientists to challenge secondhand smoke's link to infant death risk

...garettes causes disease, including lung cancer and heart disease, in non-smoking adults, as well as causes conditions in children such as asthma, respiratory infections, cough, wheeze, otitis media (middle ear infection) and sudden infant death syndrome. In addition, public health officials have concluded ...

Statement on the findings of the Women's Health Study

...al to study the use of low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke in women. The 10-year randomize... that low-dose aspirin reduces the risk of a first heart attack in men, there have been few such studies in women. The study was supported by the National I...

Beta-blockers may help broader group of patients with heart problems

...e heart, can benefit patients with certain serious heart problems such as diastolic heart failure, according to cardiologists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern Cal...

Serum sodium level is a major predictor of a poor prognosis for heart failure patients

...o pinpoints a major marker of a poor prognosis for heart failure, hyponatremia, or a lower than normal conc... found in almost a quarter of patients with severe heart failure, doubled death rates within 60 days of hospital discharge. Serum sodium levels are easily m...

Study finds drug eluting stents as effective as vascular brachytherapy in preventing restenosis

...wever, SES was accompanied by a lower incidence of heart attacks both while the patients were still in the hospital and six months after discharge. The SES patients also had a lower rate of in-hospital total higher major adverse cardiovascular events." Conventional VB treatment, which is a logistically de...

Study says rare allergic reactions to drug-eluting stents may raise risk for heart attack

... open after angioplasty clears them of potentially heart attack causing plaque. In the past, stented arteri...er risk of cardiovascular complications, including heart attacks. "Reports of stent thrombosis first raised suspicion of possible hypersensitivity allergi...

New data on Orqis Medical's Cancion CRS to be reported at ACC

...M cardiac recovery system for treating congestive heart failure will be presented at the Annual Scientific...s that patients with acutely decompensated chronic heart failure may benefit from the first-of-its-kind Cancion therapy. Based on Orqis Medical's proprietary...

St. John's wort amplifies effect of blood thinner Plavix

...g properties. The drug is commonly used to prevent heart attacks and strokes by keeping the platelets in the blood from sticking together. But it is known to be ineffective in some people, and cardiologists often struggle to find another way to thin the blood of so-called clopidogrel low-responders and non...

Studies underscore genetic involvement in nicotine addiction & aggressive hostility

...ing and memory, sleep, control of muscle movement, heart rate, blood pressure and more. Because nicotine is chemically very similar to acetylcholine, it binds to the same receptors, including those with the protein made from Chrna4. Thus the nervous system responds to nicotine as if it were acetylcholine...

Three anti-platelet drugs used in combination are safe

...cations in the primary and secondary prevention of heart attacks. But is it safe to use these medications together -- or in combination do they increase the risk of bleeding? And will patients comply with taking three pills? In a poster session presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 54th...

Depression predicts heart rhythm abnormalities in heart attack patients

...mbers in patients who have been hospitalized for a heart attack. This finding is important, the researchers said, because this heart beat irregularity, known as ventricular tachycardia, can be a precursor of sudden cardiac death . In...

Mood elevating hormone may trigger depression and heart problems

...African-Americans have a higher rate of congestive heart failure, according to the first author, Alexander ...enetic variant had elevated norepinephrine levels, heart rate and blood pressure, suggesting impaired receptor function. The effects were more pronounced aft...

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