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Controlling Cardiac Scarring Could Help Heart Tissue Regenerate

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The potential promise of targeting non-muscle cells in the heart responsible for cardiac scarring could lead to new treatments for heart disease, Virginia Tech researchers say in a review paper.

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Diabetes and Kidney Disease May Increase African Americans’ Cardiovascular-Related Risks

Highlight • Diabetes and kidney disease, separately and together, were linked with increased risks of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular mortality in African Americans living in Mississippi.

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Loyola Patients Win Four Medals at 2016 Transplant Games

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A Loyola Medicine liver transplant patient won three medals and a heart transplant won one medal during the 2016 Transplant Games.

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Getting to the Heart of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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By better understanding daily activity levels and heart rate patterns of those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), scientists hope to discover more about this complex illness condition.

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UTSW University Hospital CEO Dr. John Warner named President-Elect of the American Heart Association

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Dr. John J. Warner, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of UT Southwestern Medical Center University Hospitals, will become President-Elect of the American Heart Association on July 1 for 2016-2017, then serve as President of the AHA for the 2017-2018 year.

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Penn Medicine’s Raymond R. Townsend, MD, Director of the Hypertension Program, Receives Physician of the Year Award From the American Heart Association

Raymond R. Townsend, MD, director of the Hypertension Program and a professor of Medicine in Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the 2016 Physician of the Year Award of the American Heart Association (AHA).

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Diabetes Raises Risk of Heart Attack Death by 50 Percent

Having diabetes increases the risk of dying from the effects of a heart attack by around 50 per cent, according to a widespread study.

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New Heart Failure Therapy Could Prevent Substantial Number of Deaths, Study Finds

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A UCLA-led study estimates that almost 28,500 deaths could be prevented each year in the U.S. through use of a new FDA-approved class of cardiovascular medication that helps reduce mortality in patients diagnosed with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction, the percentage of blood pumped from the heart with each contraction.

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GW Researchers Receive $1.6 Million to Improve Cardiac Function During Heart Failure

Researchers at the George Washington University received $1.6 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to find ways to restore parasympathetic activity to the heart through oxytocin neuron activation. This heart-brain connection could improve cardiac function during heart failure.

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Protein-Based Risk Score May Help Predict CV Events Among Patients with Heart Disease

In a study appearing in the June 21 issue of JAMA, Peter Ganz, M.D., of the University of California-San Francisco, and colleagues conducted a study to develop and validate a score to predict risk of cardiovascular outcomes among patients with coronary heart disease using analysis of circulating proteins.

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UNC Scientist Receives Global Science Award for Innovative Heart Disease Research

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A University of North Carolina School of Medicine scientist has been awarded an inaugural global award from Science and Science Translational Medicine and Boyalife for her research in healing damaged heart muscle.

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New 'Aspirin-Guide' App for Clinicians Helps Personalize Decisions About Aspirin Use

Low dose aspirin is recommended by clinicians as a preventive measure for patients who have already had a heart attack or stroke, but the risk of taking low-dose aspirin to prevent or delay a first heart attack or stroke is less clear, as the benefit for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) must be balanced with the increased risk of gastrointestinal or other bleeding. To help clinicians and patients make informed decisions about aspirin use, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a new, free, mobile app, "Aspirin-Guide" that calculates both the CVD risk score and the bleeding risk score for the individual patient, and helps clinicians decide which patients are appropriate candidates for the use of low-dose aspirin (75 to 81 mg daily).

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Loyola Hosting Workshop on Giant Proteins Linked to Heart Disease

Loyola University Chicago is hosting a June 22 workshop on three giant proteins that play critical roles in heart disease. The conference is titled, "Titin and its binding partners, myosin binding protein-C and obscurin in health and disease."

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UT Southwestern Study Finds New Enzyme with Structure That Could Explain How Heart Can Beat Optimally

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The heart is the only muscle that contracts and relaxes continuously over a lifetime to pump oxygen-rich blood to the body’s organs. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center now have identified a previously unrecognized enzyme that could optimize contraction and lead to new strategies to treat heart failure.

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Aspirin Versus Blood Thinners in Atrial Fibrillation Patients with Stroke Risk

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine report that more than 1 in 3 atrial fibrillation (AF) patients at intermediate to high risk for stroke are treated with aspirin alone, despite previous data showing this therapy to be inferior to blood thinners.

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VentureMed Group Announces FDA Approval of FLEX Scoring Catheter®

VentureMed Group, Ltd., a medical device company based in northwest Ohio, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the commercial distribution of a new surgical device for treating peripheral artery disease (PAD). It’s called the FLEX Scoring Catheter® and was developed by ProMedica Vascular Surgeon John Pigott, MD, as an alternative to balloon-based scoring with a one-size-fits-all platform technology.

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Pinnaclehealth Announces New Investigational Treatment Option for Aortic Stenosis Patients with a Larger Valve Size

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PinnacleHealth enrolled the first patient nationally in a new clinical trial investigating a larger size of the Medtronic CoreValve® Evolut® R System—the Evolut R 34mm System.