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New Surgical Tool for Mitral Valve Repair, Global Study Shows Stroke Largely Preventable, New Study Shows Differences in Blood Pressure Variation Across Ethnicity, and More in the Cardiovascular Health News Source

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UAB Hospital First in Alabama to Offer First-of-Its-Kind Dissolving Heart Stent

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UAB Medicine is the first in Alabama to advance cardiology services by offering a first-of-its-kind heart stent that gradually dissolves in the body.

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation Hosts 33rd Annual Sports Classic Golf Tournament

On July 11, Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Subs, chaired Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation’s 33rd annual Sports Classic Golf Tournament at the Deal Golf and Country Club and Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, NJ. The sold-out event hosted 260 golfers, and raised a record-breaking $340,000 in support of cardiovascular programs and other areas of greatest need at Jersey Shore, part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family. Bob Mullen, chief executive office of Structure Tone and J. Scott Ferguson, vice president of Carrickmore, served as co-chairs.

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Toronto Expert to Headline International Conference on Chromosome-Based Condition

Leading scientists from over 20 countries will present their latest findings on 22q, a syndrome caused by a small deletion on the 22nd chromosome, at the 10th Biennial International 22q11.2 Conference beginning today in Sirmione, Italy. Newborn screening, recent studies of non-invasive prenatal testing, best practice management and prevention methods across the lifespan of a patient with 22q, will be discussed during the two-day meeting.

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Dr. Eugene Braunwald to Deliver Opening Lecture at International Academy of Cardiology, Annual Scientific Sessions 2016, 21st World Congress on Heart Disease

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Asher Kimchi, M.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Academy of Cardiology, today announced the selection of Eugene Braunwald, M.D., Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and founding Chairman of the TIMI Study Group at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to deliver the tenth H.J.C. Swan Memorial Lecture at the Opening Ceremony of the International Academy of Cardiology, Annual Scientific Sessions 2016, 21st World Congress on Heart Disease, to be held in Boston, MA, USA, from Saturday, July 30 through Monday, August 1, 2016.

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New Surgical Tool for Mitral Valve Repair Demonstrates Success in First Human Clinical Study

Researchers investigating a novel device to repair the mitral valve report 100 percent procedural success in a first-in-humans, safety and performance study. The device, deployed while the heart is beating, avoids open-heart surgery, automates a key part of the valve repair process, simplifies the procedure and reduces operating room time.

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Global Study Shows Stroke Largely Preventable

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Ten risk factors that can be modified are responsible for nine of 10 strokes worldwide, but the ranking of those factors vary regionally, says a study of 26,000 people worldwide led by researchers of McMaster University, and published by The Lancet.

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PinnacleHealth Deploys Dissolvable Stent to First Patient in Pennsylvania After FDA Approval for Commercial Use

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PinnacleHealth team that participated in a three-year clinical trial designed to evaluate potential benefits of a first-of-its-kind drug eluting ABSORB Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS), today announced it deployed the device for the first time after FDA approval for commercial use.

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New Clinical Trial Investigates Minimally Invasive Treatment Option for Aortic Stenosis Patients With a Larger Valve Size

A clinical trial exploring a new minimally invasive treatment option for some patients with severe aortic stenosis recently launched at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital† . The investigational treatment option is for patients who might have been previously deemed unable to have transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) due to the large size of their diseased valves.

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Diabetic Patients Experience Superior Survival with Less Conventional CABG Surgery

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Diabetic patients who undergo heart bypass surgery are living longer and have much better long-term outcomes when cardiothoracic surgeons use arteries rather than veins for the bypasses.

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New Study Shows Differences in Blood Pressure Variation Across Ethnicity

Differences in circadian blood pressure variation due to a combination of genetic and cultural factors may contribute to ethnic differences in cardiovascular morbidity, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

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Stand-Up Comics More Likely to Die Prematurely Than Film Comedians and Dramatic Actors

The world's best stand-up comedians - household names including Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfield, Ricky Gervais and Eddie Murphy - are more likely to die than comedic and dramatic screen and stage actors, according to a landmark study published in the International Journal of Cardiology

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Penn Preclinical Study Outlines Cardiovascular Side Effects of Breast Cancer Drug

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A receptor protein that is the target of the breast cancer drug trastuzumab (Herceptin) is needed for proper heart blood-vessel development, providing a better understanding of the cardiovascular side effects of trastuzumab commonly used for cancer.

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James Langabeer chairs American Heart Association’s Guideline Advantage™ Committee

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James Langabeer II, Ph.D., a professor at the School of Biomedical Informatics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), has been asked to chair a national committee of the American Heart Association.

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University Hospitals Case Medical Center Cardiologists First to Implant Abbott ‘Absorb’ Stent in Midwest

University Hospitals Case Medical Center is among the first in the country – and the first in Ohio - to offer and deploy the Abbott Absorb stent, a completely bioresorbable stent. On July 8, University Hospitals (UH) implanted its first Absorb dissolving stent on a patient with coronary artery disease.

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UTHealth Structural Heart Program Team Launches Latest TAVR Trial

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The Structural Heart Program team at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is among the first in the country to investigate the safety and effectiveness of Edwards Lifesciences Sapien 3 transcatheter aortic heart valve in low surgical risk patients who suffer from severe aortic valve disease.

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Star Role for ‘Wars2’ Gene in Heart Disease Risk

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Study Identifies a Developmental Cause of Cardiac Hypertrophy

Investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have identified a developmental cause of adult-onset cardiac hypertrophy, a dangerous thickening of the heart muscle that can lead to heart failure and death. Reported online in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, the new findings could lead to targeted therapies for this condition.

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Role of Gender, Aging in Heart Failure Focus of Study

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Why do women have lower rates of heart failure than men for most of their lives? University of Guelph researchers have uncovered a possible clue – an actin binding protein called “CapZ” that also protects against heart attacks.Now they’ll be studying how its levels are affected by gender and aging, backed by a prestigious Catalyst Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Their research may lead to new therapeutic treatments for reducing heart problems and extending lives of both men and women.