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Study Reveals How Dietary Phosphate Can Increase Heart Disease Risk

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• High phosphate levels cause a stress signal inside the cells that line blood vessels, leading to the release of microparticles that promote the formation of blood clots.

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News Study Links Antidepressants with Improved Cardiovascular Outcomes

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A new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute has found that screening for and treating depression could help to reduce the risk of heart disease in patients with moderate to severe depression.

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Cell Powerhouse Sequencing Technology Provides Deeper Look at Inherited Disease Risk

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A new sequencing technique may provide a clearer picture of how genes in mitochondria, the “powerhouses” that turn sugar into energy in human cells.

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Guidelines Suggest Blood Thinners For More Women, Seniors With AFib

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Nearly all women and people over 65 in the U.S. with atrial fibrillation are advised to take blood thinners under new guidelines based on an analysis from the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

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Peanut Consumption Associated with Decreased Total Mortality and Mortality from Cardiovascular Diseases

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Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer Institute examined the association of nut consumption with mortality among low-income and racially diverse populations and found that intake of peanuts was associated with fewer deaths, especially from heart disease.

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Desmoplakin’s Tail Gets the Message

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Cells control the adhesion protein desmoplakin by modifying the tail end of the protein, and this process goes awry in some patients with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, according to a new study.

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Keeping Atherosclerosis In-Check with Novel Targeted Inflammation-Resolving Nanomedicines

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Nanometer-sized “drones” that deliver a special type of healing molecule to fat deposits in arteries could become a new way to prevent heart attacks caused by atherosclerosis.

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Most Clinical ‘Calculators’ Over-Estimate Heart Attack Risk

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Most “risk calculators” used by clinicians to gauge a patient’s chances of suffering a heart attack and guide treatment decisions appear to significantly overestimate the likelihood of a heart attack, according to results of a study by investigators at Johns Hopkins and other institutions.

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Low Childhood Vitamin D Linked to Adult Atherosclerosis

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Low levels of 25-OH vitamin D in childhood were associated with subclinical atherosclerosis over 25 years later in adulthood, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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The Medical Minute: Doctors and Patients Are Partners in Heart Health

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Medical management and surgical options for people with heart disease improve each year. But coronary disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.