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Obesity Fuels Silent Heart Damage

Using an ultrasensitive blood test to detect the presence of a protein that heralds heart muscle injury, researchers from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have found that obese people without overt heart disease experience silent cardiac damage that fuels their risk for heart failure down the road.

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Delivery of Stem Cells into Heart Muscle After Heart Attack May Enhance Cardiac Repair and Reverse Injury

Delivering stem cell factor directly into damaged heart muscle after a heart attack may help repair and regenerate injured tissue.

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Experts from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Highlight Advances in Pediatric Heart Disease at AHA Scientific Sessions

Researchers from CHOP presented findings on pediatric heart disease: 3-D prototype printing of heart anatomy, the use of AEDs in infants, long-term cardiac risk in Fontan survivors, and whether cardiac cath volumes correlate with better outcomes.

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Common Blood Pressure Medication Does Not Increase Risk of Breast Cancer, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute Study Finds

Women who take a common type of medication to control their blood pressure are not at increased risk of developing breast cancer due to the drug, according to new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah.

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Common Blood Pressure Medication Does Not Increase Risk of Breast Cancer, New Study Finds

Women who take a common type of medication to control their blood pressure are not at increased risk of developing breast cancer due to the drug, according to new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah.

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High-Quality Hospitals Deliver Lowest-Cost Care for Congenital Heart Surgery Patients

University of Michigan research presented at American Heart Association meeting

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Paradox Lost: Speedier Heart Attack Treatment Does Save More Lives After All, Study Suggests

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A national effort to shave minutes off emergency heart attack treatment time has increased the chance that each patient will survive. But yet the survival rate for all patients put together hasn’t budged. It seems like a paradox. But the paradox vanishes with more detailed analysis of exactly who has been getting this treatment.

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Investigational Drug May Offer Another Option to Treat Marfan Syndrome

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The investigational drug Losartan, which worked better in an animal model, was equally effective to a high dose of the beta blocker, atenolol in treating Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disease.

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New Data Suggest Little Benefit of Adding Heart Valve Repair to Bypass Surgery in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease

The addition of mitral valve (MV) repair (a valve of the heart) to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), a type of open-heart surgery, did not result in significant benefit to the patient and was associated with increased risk of neurological events. Therefore, the routine addition of MV repair to CABG in patients with moderate IMR did not demonstrate a clinically meaningful advantage.

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New Treatment for Marfan Syndrome Shows Promise

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An investigational treatment for Marfan syndrome is as effective as the standard therapy at slowing enlargement of the aorta, the large artery of the heart that delivers blood to the body, new research shows. The findings indicate a second treatment option for Marfan patients, who are at high risk of sudden death from tears in the aorta.

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