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A New Way to Prevent Heart Disease

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Gut bacteria inhibitor may prevent diet-induced atherosclerosis.

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Seven Simple Steps to Better Heart Health

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While February is associated with red-ruffled hearts and chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day, it’s also “American Heart Month, and “There’s no better time to focus on heart disease and kick-start your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, eat better and start exercising,” says Dr. Ravi Dave, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Dr. Dave offers 7 simple steps to better heart-health.

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More Evidence Found on Potential Harmful Effects of E-Cigarettes

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Daniel J. Conklin of the University of Louisville will share new data showing that e-cigarettes have been shown to speed up atherosclerosis – the plaque-causing disease that leads to heart attack, stroke and peripheral arterial disease.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery Can Reduce Risk of Death Even for Advanced Ages

New research challenges assumption that people can be too old for surgery.

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Wisconsin Researchers Transform Common Cell to Master Heart Cell

By genetically reprogramming the most common type of cell in mammalian connective tissue, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have generated master heart cells — primitive progenitors that form the developing heart. If replicated in human cells, the feat could one day fuel drug discovery, powerful new models for heart disease and the raw material for treating diseased hearts.

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Daily Dose of Beetroot Juice Improved Endurance and Blood Pressure in Older Patients with Common Type of Heart Disease

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found that a daily dose of beetroot juice significantly improved exercise endurance and blood pressure in elderly patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF).

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Mayo Clinic Researchers on Aging Show Long-Term Benefits of “Senolytic” Drugs on Vascular Health in Mice

Building on previous studies, Mayo Clinic researchers have demonstrated significant health improvements in the vascular system of mice following repeated treatments to remove senescent cells. They say this is the first study to show that regular and continual clearance of senescent cells improves age-related vascular conditions – and that the method may be a viable approach to reduce cardiovascular disease and death. The findings appear online in Aging Cell.

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Remote Telemonitoring Does Not Reduce Hospital Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients

Combined health coaching and remote monitoring did not reduce all-cause 180-day hospital readmissions among heart failure patients, and did not have significant effects on 30-day hospital readmissions, 30-day mortality, or 180-day mortality. But patients reported significantly improved quality of life.

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The Medical Minute: Heart Disease May Cause Atypical Symptoms in Women

When having a heart attack, most people will experience some kind of chest pain or pressure that worsens. But it's the uncommon symptoms that confuse people and often lead to delayed treatment and increased injury -- especially in women.

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Scrubbing Bubbles Rescue Oxygen-Starved Hearts

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NIBIB-funded researchers used ultrasound-activated microbubbles to improve preservation of heart muscle and function in a pig heart attack model. The method is now in phase I human clinical trials. The promising treatment could be administered to heart attack patients arriving at the emergency room (or even while in the ambulance), and could preserve heart muscle before patients receive invasive interventions to open blocked arteries.

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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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Pioneering Discovery Leads to Potential Preventive Treatment for Sudden Cardiac Death

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A team of Harvard scientists and colleagues has used University of Vermont findings from 2000 to develop a possible treatment to prevent hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), an inherited disease that can cause the heart to thicken and stop pumping blood effectively, leading to heart failure

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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.