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Toddler Avoids Transplant, Mended Heart Is Second Chance at Life

Just two years old at the time, Zoey Jones was told she would need a heart and lung transplant for her failing organs, a complication due to the single ventricle heart defect she was born with. She was referred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where they began to prepare for a transplant, when a second look in the catheterization laboratory (cath lab) led doctors to believe her heart and lungs were strong enough to avoid transplant altogether.

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A Child’s Cardiac Arrest Should Prompt Check-Ups for the Rest of the Family

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With fewer than 3,500 episodes a year, cardiac arrest in children is decidedly rare, but it could be a dramatic signal that the victim’s family members may be at a heightened risk for sudden cardiac death. This is why, in the aftermath of such a traumatic event, clinical evaluation of the child’s parents and siblings could lead to lifesaving diagnoses and therapies, averting further tragedy, say cardiologists at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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Study Details Molecular Mechanism That Regulates How the Heart Pumps Blood

In a finding that could lead to new drugs to treat heart failure, researchers have uncovered the molecular mechanism that regulates how the heart pumps blood. The finding is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The key molecular player in this mechanism is a giant protein called titin, according to a study led by senior author Pieter de Tombe, PhD of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. The study was published Feb. 8, 2016 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Scientists Elucidate Genetic Underpinnings of Congenital Heart Disease

Mutations in the gene TBX5 have been shown to cause both rare and more prevalent forms of congenital heart disease, yet the underlying mechanisms have remained unclear. A team led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has now found evidence pointing to a culprit.

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6 Surprising Signs of an Unhealthy Heart

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Muscles on-a-Chip Provide Insight Into Cardiac Stem Cell Therapies

Stem cell-derived heart muscle cells may fail to effectively replace damaged cardiac tissue because they don’t contract strongly enough, according to a study in The Journal of Cell Biology. The study, “Coupling Primary and Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes in an In Vitro Model of Cardiac Cell Therapy,” by Yvonne Aratyn-Schaus and Francesco Pasqualini and colleagues, may help explain why stem cell-based therapies have so far shown limited benefits for heart attack patients in clinical trials.

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Meridian Hospitals Receive American Heart Association’s 2015 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award

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Award demonstrates commitment to quality care for stroke patients.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

In celebration of February American Heart Month, Meridian CardioVascular Network is kicking off a series of fun and fabulous community events providing expert advice, heart healthy tips, and the latest information about prevention and treatments. The events will take place at Meridian Health locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties, and embrace American Heart Month’s signature red symbols.

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New Online Tool Allows Patients to Make Informed Cardiac Care Decisions

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MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center has partnered with the American College of Cardiology’s Find Your Heart a Home™ pilot program, to help patients make informed choices about where to receive their cardiac care. It is one of only two hospitals in the nation selected to participate in the program.

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Incarceration of a Parent During Childhood May Later Add to Men's Heart Attack Risk

Men who as children experienced a family member’s incarceration are approximately twice as likely to have a heart attack in later adulthood in comparison with men who were not exposed to such a childhood trauma, according to a study in the March Journal of Criminal Justice.

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Connective Tissue Disease Increases Risk for Cardiovascular Problems

African-American patients with connective tissue diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely as white patients to suffer from atherosclerotic blood vessels, which increase the risk of a heart attack, stroke or death.

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Scientists Win $1.2M to Study New Strategies for Treating Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Muscle Decline

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Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute Florida campus have been awarded nearly $1.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to create a series of drug candidates that advance treatments for such conditions as obesity, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and muscle atrophy.

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Is Your Child at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

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James Galas, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center, has an interest in providing public awareness programs to the community. “Studies suggest that in the majority of cases of sudden cardiac death, the athlete does not recognize symptoms until the actual cardiac arrest,” Dr. Galas says.

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Yoga for Heart Health

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Yoga practitioners have been touting yoga’s psychological and physical benefits for more than 5,000 years. Increasingly, yoga is being recommended for some patients with heart disease.

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February Is Heart Month - Jefferson Experts Recommend Steps You Can Take Today to Protect Your Heart Tomorrow.

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Do You Know Your Numbers?

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Many believe that heart health involves strenuous tasks and countless hours at the gym. But just 30 minutes of exercise five out of seven days a week can reduce heart attack risk by up to 50 percent.

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Top 5 Heart Health Tips for Women

Leading Female Cardiovascular Experts from Mount Sinai Heart Share Advice in Celebration of February’s American Heart Month and National Go Red Day Friday, February 5

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Higher Fitness Linked to Reduced Risk of Death After First Heart Attack

Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the Henry Ford Health System report evidence that higher levels of physical fitness may not only reduce risk of heart attacks and death from all causes, but also possibly improve the chances of survival after a first attack.

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Exercise May Help You Survive a First Heart Attack

People who are fit are more likely to survive their first heart attack, according to a study of nearly 70,000 patients of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The results of the study by Henry Ford and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will be published online February 1 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.