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Aspirin, Cardiovascular Disease, Nitric Oxide

New Mechanism Identified for Beneficial Effects of Aspirin in Cardiovascular Disease

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Dr. Charles H. Hennekens will present the first data in humans to show that all doses of aspirin used in clinical practice increase nitric oxide, and may decrease the development and progression of plaques leading to heart attacks and strokes.

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Estrogen, Vitamin, Vitamin D, American Heart Association, Heart, SHBG, sex hormone binding globulin, Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular Disease

Heart and Bone Damage from Low Vitamin D Tied to Declines in Sex Hormones

Researchers at Johns Hopkins are reporting what is believed to be the first conclusive evidence in men that the long-term ill effects of vitamin D deficiency are amplified by lower levels of the key sex hormone estrogen, but not testosterone.

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Heart, Sudden Cardiac Death, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Echocardiogram, echo, Electrocardiogram, EKG

Young Athletes Need Dual Screening Tests for Heart Defects, Study Suggests

To best detect early signs of life-threatening heart defects in young athletes, screening programs should include both popular diagnostic tests, not just one of them, according to new research from heart experts at Johns Hopkins.

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Heart, Heart Failure, Heart Failure Medication, Ace Inhibitors, Beta Blockers, Aldosterone, aldosterone antagonists

Heart Failure: Proven Treatments Not Always Used

Fewer than one-third of patients with heart failure are taking the three types of medications that are most effective in prolonging life and improving quality of life. The Mayo Clinic Health Letter provides an overview of treatments.

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Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Left Ventricle Hypertrophy, High Blood Pressure

Doctors' Tests Often Miss High Blood Pressure in Kids with Kidney Disease

Many children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who show normal blood pressure readings at the doctor’s office have high blood pressure when tested at home, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). The findings indicate that many CKD children are not appropriately treated for hypertension, which puts them at serious risk of developing heart disease.

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California Pacific Medical Center, Atrial Fibrillation, Carto 3 mapping system, C Npcs)

New Technology Increases Odds of a Cure for Patients with Arrhythmia

Physicians with California Pacific Medical Center are among the first in the nation to use a new advanced mapping technology to help treat patients suffering from debilitating and potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorders.

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High Blood Pressure, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hypertension, ASN

Revised: High Fructose Intake from Added Sugars: an Independent Association with Hypertension

A diet high in fructose increases the risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension), according to a paper being presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, California. The findings suggest that cutting back on processed foods and beverages that contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may help prevent hypertension.

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Hyptertension, Guidelines, hypertension management, European Society of Hypertension, European Society of Cardiology

Hypertension Guidelines Reappraised in Light of New Research

Task Force Reviews and Updates the Official European Guidelines on Hypertension Management

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Cardiology, Hypertension, Systolic Blood Pressure, Kidney Disease, Cardiovascular Disease

Case Western Reserve to Lead $14.7M NIH SPRINT Study in Ohio

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received a $14.7 million, nine-year contract from the National Institutes of Health to be one of five institutions to lead a trial to determine if lowering systolic blood pressure in hypertensive patients, without diabetes, to below the currently recommended level can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular and kidney disease and slow cognitive decline.

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TIA, Transient Ichemic Attack, Stroke, Mini Stroke, warning stroke, Carotid Endarterectomy

How to Prevent a Mini Stroke from Becoming a Major Problem

Each year, 200,000 Americans experience mini strokes called transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs. More than one-third will later have full strokes. But TIAs, like strokes, are treatable and preventable.







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