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Article ID: 692599

First Global Study to Examine Therapy for Patients with Single-Ventricle Cardiac Defect Begins

University Health Network (UHN)

Select adult patients born with a single functioning ventricle (pumping chamber of the heart), and who have undergone a surgical operation called the ‘Fontan procedure’ during childhood, are now being enrolled in a global first clinical trial, led by a multi-disciplinary team of heart and lung physicians, to examine the effects of a portable, non-invasive medical device never before tested on patients with this cardiac condition.

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High School Basketball Star Jake Hansel Finds Silver Lining in Heart Disease

Gonzaga University

As a sophomore and the star point guard of the Camas (Washington) High School Papermakers, it seemed Jake Hansel had a world of opportunities to play college ball. But all that changed for Hansel, now a Gonzaga University freshman studying mechanical engineering.

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Article ID: 692603

Scientists Discover a Role for 'Junk' DNA

University of Michigan

Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have determined how satellite DNA, considered to be "junk DNA," plays a crucial role in holding the genome together.

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Article ID: 692510

Research Suggests Alternative Treatment for Beta Blocker Intolerant Heart Attack Patients

New York Institute of Technology

Beta blockers have become a prescription drug staple for recovering heart attack patients. However, these blood pressure-reducing medications cannot be tolerated by many patients who are at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease, including those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, the elderly, and diabetics. As seen in the March 26 issue of Thyroid, researchers at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) now pose a new treatment for patients with beta blocker intolerance: thyroid hormone therapy.

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Article ID: 692473

Study: Medicaid Expansion Has No Negative Effect on Cardiovascular Procedural Outcomes

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

More people are receiving coronary revascularization under Michigan's Medicaid expansion (the Healthy Michigan Plan). A new analysis finds that the expansion hasn’t caused significant problems for patients.

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9-Apr-2018 3:55 PM EDT
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New Leadless Pacemakers are Less Invasive and Cause Fewer Complications

Loyola University Health System

New leadless pacemakers are less invasive and cause fewer complications than standard pacemakers. A leadless pacemaker does not have wires or create a bulge under the skin. The size of a large vitamin pill, the device is deployed with a catheter and is secured to heart muscle inside the lower right pumping chamber.

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Article ID: 692441

Common Genetic Variant Linked to AFib Risk in Latinos

University of Illinois at Chicago

UIC researchers have confirmed for the first time the association of a chromosomal genetic variant with increased risk of AFib in Latinos. Latino patients were found to be at a 2.3-fold increased risk for developing AFib if they carried this common genetic variant, which is labeled rs10033464 SNP at chromosome 4q25.

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Article ID: 692388

New Cardiac Imaging Technique Shortens Testing Time and Improves Patient Comfort, Potentially Increasing Diagnostic Accuracy for Heart Disease

Cedars-Sinai

EMBARGOED - A team of Cedars-Sinai investigators has developed a new technique for conducting cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests that improves patient comfort, shortens testing time and has the potential to increase diagnostic accuracy and reliability.

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Stroke, Heart Disease, Cancer Are Major Drivers of Poverty

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Most aid provided to low- and middle-income countries is focused on controlling communicable diseases, like malaria, HIV, and other infectious diseases. However, according to new comprehensive analysis published April 4 in The Lancet, the focus should really be on controlling non-communicable diseases, like cancer, stroke, and heart disease – which are actually keeping the poorest communities poor, and negatively impacting economic development in these countries.

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    4-Apr-2018 1:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 692112

Adult-like Human Heart Muscle Grown from Patient-specific Stem Cells

Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Researchers have developed a radically new approach to growing in the lab adult-like human heart muscle from human induced pluripotent stem cells in only four weeks. They compressed the development timeframe into a faster, more complete transition to cardiac maturity than any other team has done so far. They formed cardiac tissues from early-stage iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes, soon after the initiation of spontaneous contractions, by subjecting the cells encapsulated in hydrogel to increasingly intense physical conditioning.

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