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Kidney Function, Stoke

Kidney Function in Stroke Patients Associated with Short-Term Outcomes

A routine blood test that measures kidney function can be a valuable predictor of short-term outcomes for stroke patients, according to a study led by a neurologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Arrhythmia, Cardiac Ablation, cardiac mapping

UNC Medical Center Is First in the Mid Atlantic to Treat Patients with Next Generation Cardiac Mapping System

UNC Medical Center is the first in the Mid Atlantic U.S. to treat patients with the EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system, a next-generation platform designed to provide automation, flexibility and accuracy for diagnostic mapping used in ablation procedures to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias). UNC Medical Center was among the first sites in the United States to utilize this technology, which recently received FDA clearance.

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Only FDA-Approved Device to Repair "Hole in the Heart" Condition Now Available at Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Fort Worth

Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Fort Worth on Tuesday, November 15, became the first program in Texas to implant the only FDA-approved device designed to prevent blood clots from entering the brain by sealing a hole in the heart. The device is designed to help reduce the risk of recurrent cryptogenic strokes in patients diagnosed with a patent foramen ovale (PFO) – a small opening between the upper chambers of the heart.

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OSA, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Osa), CPAP, Continuous positive airway pressure, Mandibular Advancement Device, OSA and cardiovascular disease

Oral Devices Reduce Sleep Apnea but May Not Affect Heart Disease Risk Factors

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In patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), oral appliances that treat the condition by moving the lower jaw forward appear to improve sleep but not reduce key risk factors for developing heart and other cardiovascular disease, according to new research published online, ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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WATCHCMAN, Atrial Fibrillation, a-fib, Stroke, left atrial appendage, warfarin, Blood Thinners, blood thinning medication, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Manish Shah, John Wang, Stroke-reducing device

Major Milestone: MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Performs 100th Watchman Procedure

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MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute has implanted to date more of the stroke-reducing WATCHMAN™ devices than any other institution in the Mid-Atlantic region. It has performed a total of 100 procedures to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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Chulan Kwon, heart muscle, Stem Cells, Rat, rrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, Arvc

Mature Heart Muscle Cells Created in the Laboratory From Stem Cells

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Generating mature and viable heart muscle cells from human or other animal stem cells has proven difficult for biologists.

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Weight Bias, fat shamming, Obesity, The Obesity Society, Heart Disease, Diabetes

New Research Shows Internalizing Weight Bias Can Be Detrimental to Health

People who internalize weight bias, such as fat-shaming and discrimination, are more likely to have risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, according to a new study published in Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society (TOS). The stares and the sideways glances, the hurled insults and the unsolicited advice that people struggling with obesity endure daily add up to a pernicious culture of weight bias that many people internalize, which can be making them less healthy.

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Biomedical Engineering, Myocardial Infarction, Heart Attack, Cell Therapy, Stem Cell, human induced pluripotent stem cells

Tissue Engineering Advance Reduces Heart Failure in Model of Heart Attack

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Cardiac muscle patches in this proof-of-concept research may represent an important step toward the clinical use of 3-D-printing technology, as researchers have grown heart tissue by seeding a mix of human cells onto a 1-micron-resolution scaffold made with a 3-D printer.

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Arrythmia, Heart Disease, Research, Cardiovascular Research, G, Heart Failure, Ohio

$9.1 Million Awarded to Ohio State Scientists to Study New Causes of Heart Failure

More than $9 million in federal grants will help fund researchers in the Ohio State University Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute (DHLRI) and their collaborators across the university campus to investigate new causes and treatments for cardiovascular disease.

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SNOW, Shoveling, snow shoveling, Heart Health, Winter Safety, heart attack signs, Heart Attack Symptoms, shoveling tips

Shoveling Snow: Winter Chore or Health Hazard?

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Believe it or not, winter has officially begun! And, although there has been a lack of significant snowfall and cold temperatures in our area, we should still be prepared for the possibility of more seasonable weather.

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body cooling, Cardiac Arrest, pediatric critical care, In Hospital Cardiac Arrest, temperature control, fever control

Body Cooling vs. Active Fever Prevention: Similar Outcomes for Children After in-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Emergency body cooling does not improve survival or functional outcomes in children who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest any more than normal temperature control.

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Heart Failure, Stroke, Heart Attack, Cardiovascular, Survival Rates

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Best in United States for Heart Attack, Stroke and Heart Failure Survival

In a feat unmatched by any other United States hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital is ranked first for survival of patients suffering heart failure and second for survival of patients with heart attack and stroke, the three most common and dire cardiovascular health threats.

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Eric A. Rose, MD , Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award , The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, STS 53rd Annual Meeting

Eric A. Rose Receives Bakken Scientific Achievement Award

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World-renowned surgeon, scientist, and inventor Eric A. Rose, MD, was awarded the 2017 Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the organization’s 53rd Annual Meeting.

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Scripps Florida Team Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Develop Drugs for Heart Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been awarded approximately $1.8 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health to develop a series of drug candidates for a number of diseases, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and several neurodegenerative disorders.

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Cancer, Statin, Cancer Treatment, p53 gene

KU Researchers Find Statins May Hold Keys to Future Cancer Treatment

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Researchers at The University of Kansas Cancer Center have found that high doses of drugs commonly used to fight high cholesterol can destroy a rogue protein produced by a damaged gene that is associated with nearly half of all human cancers

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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Public Reporting, Congenital Heart Surgery Database , Congenital heart surgery, STS National Database, pediatric and congenital heart surgery , Congenital Heart Disease

Parents of Children Born with Heart Defects Crave Disease Stats, Surgeon Info

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Survival statistics, surgeon-specific experience, and complication rates are the types of information most wanted by parents of children with congenital heart disease, according to a survey released at the 53rd Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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Heart Surgery, Aortic Stenosis, Vinod H. Thourani, MD, SAVR, TAVR, PARTNER-IIA, Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valves , medium surgical risk , Elderly Patients, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 53rd Annual Meeting

Heart Surgery Is Excellent Option for Elderly Patients with Aortic Stenosis

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Elderly patients with aortic stenosis (AS) and medium surgical risk experienced better than expected results after undergoing traditional surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR), according to research presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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Critical Care, Nursing, Cardiac, ECG interpretation , ECG Monitoring, dysrhythmia, ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, Electrocardiogram, ICU, Hospital, patient outcomes

Take Heart: AACN Updates Resources for Getting Accurate Cardiac Monitoring Results

Cardiac monitoring remains a key element in caring for hospitalized patients who are critically ill, and it takes high levels of knowledge and skill to ensure accurate results from ECGs. As part of its ongoing efforts to standardize clinical practice and improve patient outcomes, AACN has updated its practice alerts related to dysrhythmia and ST-segment monitoring.

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David M. Shahian , STS 53rd Annual Meeting , The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2017 Distinguished Service Award, Society of Thoracic Surgeons

David M. Shahian Honored for Groundbreaking Contributions to Cardiothoracic Surgery Quality Improvement

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Renowned quality improvement expert and public reporting advocate David M. Shahian, MD is the recipient of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2017 Distinguished Service Award, presented at the Society’s 53rd Annual Meeting.

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Richard L. Prager, MD, University Of Michigan, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, President, STS 53rd Annual Meeting

Richard L. Prager Elected President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

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Cardiothoracic surgeon Richard L. Prager, MD, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, was elected President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the organization’s 53rd Annual Meeting in Houston.







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