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Pacemaker, Cardiovascular Disease, Arrythmia, Recycling

Recycling Your Pacemaker? U-M Cardiovascular Center Lays Groundwork for Donation to Needy Nations

Recycling your pacemaker? In U-M surveys, reported Thursday at the Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions, patients and funeral directors say they'd be willing to donate pacemakers to patients who needed them. The U-M Cardiovascular Center is laying the groundwork to distribute used pacemakers to heart disease patients across the globe.

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Coronary Artery Disease In Women, Chest Pain In Women

Study Suggests Women with Difficult to Diagnose Chest Pain Symptoms are at Elevated Risk for Future Cardiovascular Events

A new study, published in the May 11 Archives of Internal Medicine, shows that women with chest pain but without coronary artery disease are at an elevated risk for cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke.

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Women, Blood Pressure Diet, Heart Failure

Women on Blood Pressure Diet Have Reduced Risk for Heart Failure

A diet designed to prevent and treat high blood pressure also may be associated with a lower risk of heart failure among women, according to a report in the May 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Older Adults, Inaccurate, Stroke History

Older Adults Often Inaccurately Report Their Own Stroke History

The responses of older adults who are asked whether they had a stroke frequently do not agree with diagnoses obtained by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the July print issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Dash Diet, Heart Failure, Blood Pressure, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Diet Prescribed to Lower Blood Pressure Also Reduces Women's Risk of Heart Failure

The DASH diet was initially developed to help patients lower their blood pressure, but a large study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) demonstrates that women who followed the diet also significantly reduced their risk of developing heart failure.

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Blood, Pressure, Hypertension, Genomics, Genetics, Diastolic, Atp2 B1

New Genes Implicated in High Blood Pressure

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, along with an international team of collaborators, have identified common genetic changes associated with blood pressure and hypertension. The study, reporting online next week in Nature Genetics, breaks new ground in understanding blood pressure regulation and may lead to advances in hypertension therapy.

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High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Children, Ambulatory Monitoring, Cardiovascular Disease

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Children Identifies Risk Factors for Future Cardiovascular Disease

First study to assess the correlation between left ventricular hypertrophy and staging of ambulatory blood pressure in children and adolescents was unveiled today at the American Society of Hypertension's Twenty Fourth Annual Scientific Meeting (ASH 2009). Data showed that ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitoring and staging can more accurately predict a child's risk for left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), a precursor to cardiovascular disease (CVD), than current diagnostic methods using casual blood pressure measurements.

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High Blood Pressure, Bogalusa Heart Study, Hypertension, Children, Disparities

Longest Ongoing Study of Hypertension in Youth Confirms Impact of Environmental Factors on Hypertension

Data from the Bogalusa Heart Study presented at the American Society of Hypertension's Twenty Fourth Annual Scientific Meeting (ASH 2009) provide more clarity about the development of hypertension in children and gender disparities. These data suggest that the relationship between low birth weight and hypertension becomes stronger as individuals become older, particularly in white males as opposed to females or blacks. In addition, a separate analysis revealed that variations in blood pressure (BP) measurements in children are related to the development of hypertension in adulthood, especially in blacks.

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Blood Pressure, Community Practices, Hypertension, Dyspidemia, Diabetes, Racial Disparities

Effectiveness of Hypertension Treatment and Intervention at the Community"“Level is Poorly-Controlled

Two studies presented today at the American Society of Hypertension's Twenty Fourth Annual Scientific Meeting (ASH 2009) underscore the importance of addressing racial disparities in treatment provided by community-based practices (CBP) and suggest more intensive practical studies are needed. Data shows that despite receiving treatment, African-Americans more likely to have several uncontrolled cardiovascular risk factors.

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Hypertension, Mobile Health Screenings, Boston's Inner City Neighborhoods, At Risk Populations

Study Confirms Benefits of Mobile Health Screening Program to Help Diagnose At-Risk Populations

Results presented today at the American Society of Hypertension's Twenty Fourth Annual Scientific Meeting (ASH 2009) reveal that hypertension is still disproportionally prevalent in African-American women living in Boston's inner city neighborhoods, despite recent improvements in diagnostic and treatment options. Study authors conclude that a mobile health screening method is effective in identifying and educating undiagnosed or poorly controlled hypertension populations with limited access to preventative healthcare and call for an increase in community-based interventions to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.







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