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Heart’s Own Immune Cells Can Help It Heal

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The heart holds its own pool of immune cells capable of helping it heal after injury, according to new research in mice at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Increased Risk of Co-Existing Autoimmune Disease in Myasthenia Gravis Patients

Myasthenia gravis is a disorder than can be associated with abnormal function outside of skeletal muscle. Two studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) demonstrate that there is a significant proportion of myasthenia patients with arrhythmias and co-morbid inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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Genetic Predisposition to Elevated LDL-C Associated With Narrowing of the Aortic Valve

In an analysis that included approximately 35,000 participants, genetic predisposition to elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) was associated with aortic valve calcium and narrowing of the aortic valve, findings that support a causal association between LDL-C and aortic valve disease, according to a study appearing in JAMA. The study is being released to coincide with its presentation at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

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Beetroot Beneficial for Athletes and Heart Failure Patients, Research Finds

Researchers find the nitrate in beetroot targets fast-twitch muscles, increasing the blood flow to muscles that receive less oxygen. This can increase high-intensity athletic performance and improve quality of life of heart failure patients.

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A New Window of Opportunity to Prevent Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Diseases Identified by Mount Sinai Researchers

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Future prevention and treatment strategies for vascular diseases may lie in the evaluation of early brain imaging tests long before heart attacks or strokes occur, according to a systematic review conducted by a team of cardiologists, neuroscientists, and psychiatrists from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published in the October issue of JACC Cardiovascular Imaging.

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Binge Drinking in Young Men Linked with Increased Risk of Hypertension

Binge drinking in early adulthood is associated with an increased likelihood of high blood pressure in males.

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New Study Finds Heart Attacks Do Not Have as Strong of a Genetic Link As Previously Suspected

Heart attacks are not as connected to family history and genetics as may have been previously believed, according to a new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.

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Discovery of Repair Process After Heart Attack Suggests Potential for New Treatment Strategy

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UCLA stem cell researcher Dr. Arjun Deb has discovered that some scar-forming cells in the heart, known as fibroblasts, have the ability to become endothelial cells (the cells that form blood vessels), and this study can point the way toward a new strategy for treating patients after a heart attack.

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New Role of Protein Helps "Glue" Heart Together

Study finds the role of Tbx5 is essential in regulating development of cells in the heart.

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Stress May Be Harder on Women’s Hearts Than Men’s

Researchers have known for decades that stress contributes to heart disease. But a new analysis by researchers at Duke Medicine shows mental stress may tax women’s hearts more than men’s. The research appears online Oct. 13, 2014, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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