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Caregiving, Chronic Illness, Health Support, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Lung Disease, Depression

In Chronic Disease Care, Family Helpers Are Key, But Feel Left Out

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People with diabetes, heart failure and other chronic diseases often live independent lives, without a traditional caregiver. But many have a family member or friend who plays a key supporting role in their health care.

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Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest, Troponin, Blood Test

New Blood Test for Diagnosing Heart Attacks: A ‘Big Deal,’ with Caveats

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A longtime blood test that measures the likelihood of a cardiac event has become more sensitive and more precise. Why doctors and patients should be cautiously optimistic.

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High Cholesterol, cholesterol management, Penn Medicine, perelman school of medicine , Health Insurance, Prescription Drug Benefit, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, PCSK9 Inhibitors, Cardiovascular Quality

Insurance Company Requirements Place Heavy Administrative Burden on Physicians Seeking to Prescribe New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

A rare glimpse into the prior authorization requirements implemented by public and private insurance providers across the country has found substantial administrative burden for a new class of medications for patients with high cholesterol that places them at high risk for heart attack or stroke. So-called proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors are self-injected medications approved for individuals with a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and those with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) who have high cholesterol despite receiving traditional statin medications and other treatments. Results of the study are published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Clinical Practice Guideline , Anticoagulants, Anticoagulation, Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, blood thinning medication, Cardiopulmonary Bypass, Heparin, Protamine

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Biomedical Engineering, iPSC, Heart Attack, Infarct, Tissue Transplantation, Cardiomyocytes

Heart-Muscle Patches Made with Human Cells Improve Heart Attack Recovery

Large, human cardiac-muscle patches created in the lab have been tested, for the first time, on large animals in a heart attack model. This clinically relevant approach showed that the patches significantly improved recovery from heart attack injury.

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‘Decorated’ Stem Cells Could Offer Targeted Heart Repair

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“Decorating” cardiac stem cells with platelet nanovesicles can increase the stem cells’ ability to find and remain at the site of heart attack injury and enhance their effectiveness in treatment.

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Graduate Students Land Elusive National Institute of Health Fellowships

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One of the NIH’s training awards, the highly selective Kirschstein fellowship is conferred to top U.S. graduate students in health science-related fields.

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Stem Cells, Heart, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease

New Stem Cell Method Sheds Light on a Telltale Sign of Heart Disease

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While refining ways to grow arterial endothelial cells in the lab, a regenerative biology team at the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison unexpectedly unearthed a powerful new model for studying a hallmark of vascular disease.

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Heart Failure, Neighborhoods, socioeconomic factors, Community, Cardio Vascualar Disease

Place of Residence Linked To Heart Failure Risk

According to new research in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, almost 5 percent of heart failure risk was connected to neighborhood factors.

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Stroke, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Cardiovascular, Endovascular, Neurosurgery, Neurovascular Surgery

UC San Diego Health Receives Certification for Second Comprehensive Stroke Center

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Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla recently received certification from the Joint Commission to be a Comprehensive Stroke Center. This certification is in addition to the existing accreditation at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest. This expansion makes UC San Diego Health the only health system in San Diego County to have two access points for comprehensive stroke care.







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