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Mayo Clinic Releases Findings and Treatment Criteria for Use of Left-Ventricular Assist Devices on Heart Failure Patients

Mayo Clinic is announcing results of a study on the effectiveness of left-ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in treating patients with a form of cardiomyopathy called restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM).

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One in Four Patients with Defibrillators Experiences Boost in Heart Function Over Time

A Johns Hopkins-led study of outcomes among 1,200 people with implanted defibrillators — devices intended to prevent sudden cardiac death from abnormal heart rhythms — shows that within a few years of implantation, one in four experienced improvements in heart function substantial enough to put them over the clinical threshold that qualified them to get a defibrillator in the first place. A report on the study, published in the Aug. 4 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, reveals these patients had markedly lower risk of dying and were far less likely to suffer arrhythmia-terminating device shocks, suggesting their hearts had grown less prone to developing lethal rhythms.

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Biomarker Higher in Binge Drinkers

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A biomarker found in the blood of alcohol users is significantly higher in binge drinkers than in those who consume alcohol moderately, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The biomarker, called phosphatidylethanol (PEth), could be used to screen young adults for harmful or heavy drinking such as binge drinking.

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Mediterranean Lifestyle May Decrease Cardiovascular Disease by Lowering Blood Triglycerides

A new review article published in the American Journal of Physiology–Endocrinology and Metabolism explores the effects of the “ingredients” of Mediterranean lifestyle as a whole on post-meal blood triglyceride levels (PPL). Consistently elevated PPL is a cardiovascular disease risk factor. This article is published ahead of print.

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Poverty and Child Development, Race and Heart Health, Pot to Treat Pain, and More Top Stories 21 July 2015

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African-Americans Face Twice the Rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Compared to Caucasians

Compared to Caucasians, African-Americans face twice the rate of sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

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Half of Americans Over 40 Should Take Statins

...as a cost effective prevention of more serious cardiovascular-related health issues

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Electrocardiogram Screening May Help Predict Kidney Disease Patients’ Risk of Dying From Heart Disease

• Certain electrocardiogram measures helped investigators identify a subgroup of individuals with chronic kidney disease who had substantially elevated risks of dying from heart disease.

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The Medical Minute: The Causes and Symptoms of a Silent Heart Attack

It’s important to know about the causes of unrecognized, or silent, heart attacks and how to prevent them.

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Dementia Predictors, Autonomous Taxis, Extra Heartbeats, and More Top Stories 7 July 2015

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