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Aggressive Testing Provides No Benefit to Patients in ER with Chest Pain

Patients who go to the emergency room (ER) with chest pain often receive unnecessary tests to evaluate whether they are having a heart attack, a practice that provides no clinical benefit and adds hundreds of dollars in health-care costs, according to a new study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Cardiology, Heart Failure, LVAD, Frail Elderly, Frailty, Heart Surgery, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Geriatrics, Physical Therapy

Could Surgery Reduce Frailty in Adults with Heart Failure?

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Patients showed a reduction in measures of frailty after surgery for left-ventricular-assist-device (LVAD)

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Study Finds People with Certain Blood Types Have Increased Risks of Heart Attack During Periods of High Air Pollution

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Individuals who have A, B, or AB blood types have an elevated risk of having a heart attack during periods of significant air pollution, compared to those with the O blood type, according to a new study from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute and Brigham Young University.

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Many Hospitalized Heart Patients Discharged Not Getting Protective Statin Medications Upon Release, Fewer Remaining on Medicine After One Year

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While patients who are discharged from the hospital after treatment for heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, or peripheral artery disease, should be on statin medications to reduce their risk of reoccurrence, very few of them remain on the drugs long-term — and many never even receive a statin prescription, according to a new study.

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Marfan Syndrome, mice, Heart Failure, Heart, Rosanne Rouf, Hal Dietz

Researchers Reverse Heart Failure in Marfan Mice

In experiments with mice that have a rodent form of Marfan syndrome, Johns Hopkins researchers report that even modestly increasing stress on the animals’ hearts — at levels well-tolerated in normal mice — can initiate heart failure. The findings, described August 4 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight, revealed a novel cellular pathway in heart tissue that leads to heart failure and may serve as a model for a new standard of treatment for children with this aggressive form of Marfan syndrome.

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Extreme Swings in Blood Pressure Are Just as Deadly as Having Consistently High Blood Pressure

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Extreme ups and downs in systolic blood pressure may be just as deadly as having consistently high blood pressure, according to a new study from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.

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Five Health Indicators Are Enough to Predict Cardiovascular Risk in Healthy People, Mount Sinai Researchers Report

In a large population study that was the first of its kind, researchers found that a simple tool not requiring laboratory tests, the Fuster-BEWAT score, is as effective as the American Heart Association-recommended ICHS (Ideal Cardiovascular Health Index), which includes blood analysis of cholesterol and glucose.

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New Medical Guidelines for Controlling Hypertension: @UofUhealth Experts Available

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Heart, heart hormone, Heart Failure, BNP, B-type natriuretic peptide, intermountain medical center heart institute, intermountain healthcare, Mortality and Morbidity, Cardiology, Heart Research, American Heart Association

Reduction in Common Heart Hormone Associated with Improved Outcomes and Lower Mortality for Heart Failure Patients

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Heart failure patients discharged from the hospital with a reduced level of a common hormone produced by the heart had significantly lower rates of readmission and lower death rates.

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Follow-Up Cholesterol Testing Reduces Risk of Reocurrence for Heart Attack and Stroke Patients

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If you have a heart attack or stroke, it’s important to get your “bad” cholesterol measured by your doctor on a follow up visit. Researchers have found that one step is significantly associated with a reduced risk of suffering another serious cardiovascular episode.







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