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26-Mar-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Two types of diabetes drugs similarly effective in reducing heart and kidney disease
Endocrine Society

Two newer types of medications commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes are similar in their ability to reduce major heart complications, including heart attack, stroke and death from cardiovascular disease, according to research accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, and publication in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

26-Mar-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Underactive thyroid more common in people working long hours
Endocrine Society

Adults who work long hours are more likely to have hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid, according to study results accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, and publication in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

Newswise: Empowering Rural Doctors to Treat Advanced Heart Failure Improves Patient Outcomes
27-Mar-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Empowering Rural Doctors to Treat Advanced Heart Failure Improves Patient Outcomes
University of Utah Health

Travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 are making it more difficult for some heart failure patients who have artificial heart pumps to participate in follow-up care at implantation centers far from their homes. But a new study suggests there may be a viable alternative. According to University of Utah Health researchers, local doctors in rural areas who receive specialized training in managing the devices and who work in conjunction with cardiovascular experts at a major medical center can care for these patients safely and effectively.

Released: 30-Mar-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Extreme, high temperatures may double or triple heart-related deaths
American Heart Association (AHA)

When temperatures reach extremes of an average daily temperature of 109 degrees Fahrenheit, the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease may double or triple.

Newswise:Video Embedded heart-attack-on-a-chip-scientists-model-conditions-of-ischemia-on-a-microfluidic-device
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Released: 30-Mar-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Heart attack on a chip: scientists model conditions of ischemia on a microfluidic device
Tufts University

Researchers invented a microfluidic chip containing cardiac cells that is capable of mimicking hypoxic and other conditions following a heart attack. The chip can be used to monitor electrophysiological and molecular response of the cells to heart attack conditions in real time.

26-Mar-2020 2:35 PM EDT
COVID-19 linked to cardiac injury, worse outcomes for patients with underlying heart conditions
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease and cause cardiac injury even in patients without underlying heart conditions, according to a review published today in JAMA Cardiology by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Newswise: Experimental medication to prevent heart disease may treat chemo-resistant ovarian cancer
Released: 26-Mar-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Experimental medication to prevent heart disease may treat chemo-resistant ovarian cancer
University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center group shows CPT1A may be necessary for ovarian cancer spread, chemo-resistance. Moves toward clinical trial of CPT1A inhibitor, etomoxir, against chemo-resistant ovarian cancer.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Mayo Clinic provides urgent guidance, approach to identify patients at risk of drug-induced sudden cardiac death from use of off-label COVID-19 treatments
Mayo Clinic

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to spread, leading to more than 20,000 deaths worldwide in less than four months. Efforts are progressing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, but it's still likely 12 to 18 months away.

Newswise:Video Embedded ultrasound-solves-an-important-clinical-problem-in-diagnosing-arrhythmia
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Released: 25-Mar-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Ultrasound Solves an Important Clinical Problem in Diagnosing Arrhythmia
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Columbia Engineering researchers have used an ultrasound technique they pioneered a decade ago--electromechanical wave imaging (EWI)--to accurately localize atrial and ventricular cardiac arrhythmias in adult patients in a double-blinded clinical study. They evaluated the accuracy of EWI for localization of various arrhythmias in all four chambers of the heart prior to catheter ablation: the results showed that EWI correctly predicted 96% of arrhythmia locations as compared with 71% for 12-lead ECGs.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Expert Alert: Have heart disease? Protect your health during the COVID-19 pandemic
Mayo Clinic

People with heart disease and other underlying health conditions are at a high risk for becoming seriously ill if they develop COVID-19. Heart patients may question if they are doing the right things for their health at a time when there is little research available surrounding this new viral disease. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, talks about what heart patients need to consider in relation to COVID-19.


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