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    10-Mar-2010 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 562103

Experimental Drug That Mimics Thyroid Hormone Safely Lowers ‘Bad’ Cholesterol in Statin-Treated Patients

Johns Hopkins Medicine

People whose “bad” cholesterol and risk of future heart disease stay too high despite cholesterol-lowering statin therapy can safely lower it by adding a drug that mimics the action of thyroid hormone. In a report published in the Mar. 11, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Johns Hopkins and Swedish researchers say an experimental drug called eprotirome lowered cholesterol up to 32 percent in those already on statins, an effect equal to that expected from doubling the statin drug doses, without harmful side effects.

8-Mar-2010 4:20 PM EST

Article ID: 561972

Beta Blocker Therapy Underused in Heart Failure Patients

Saint Louis University Medical Center

New Saint Louis University research found that beta blockers are underused in heart failure patients who receive an implantable cardiac device, suggesting a reliance on technology rather than conventional drug therapy.

3-Mar-2010 7:00 PM EST

Article ID: 561901

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Neurology Chief Co-Authors Leading Stroke Textbook

Nationwide Children's Hospital

The first edition of James Toole’s Cerebrovascular Disorders, published in 1967, was the first modern stroke textbook. Now, more than 40 years later and through five editions, a new edition has been released for both specialists and residents.

2-Mar-2010 1:30 PM EST
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    1-Mar-2010 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 561847

Hospices Not Deactivating Defibrillators in Patients -- Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators Cause Unnecessary Suffering in End-of-Life Patients

Mount Sinai Health System

Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that patients admitted to hospice care who have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) are rarely having their ICDs deactivated and are receiving electrical shocks from these devices near the end of life.

1-Mar-2010 3:20 PM EST

Article ID: 561809

Choice Between Stroke-Prevention Procedures Should be Influenced by Patient Age

University of Alabama at Birmingham

New data reported at a scientific meeting from the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy vs. Stenting Trial (CREST) finds the overall safety and efficacy of the two procedures essentially the same. But in those age 69 and younger, the stenting works better than the surgery, says the chair of biostatistics at UAB and other researchers, and the surgery seems to work better in those age 70 and higher.

28-Feb-2010 3:00 PM EST

Article ID: 561800

Stents as Good As Surgery for Clogged Carotid Arteries

Loyola University Health System

The CREST trial that compared traditional surgery with less-invasive stenting to clear dangerously clogged carotid arteries in the neck is being called "seminal and robust."

26-Feb-2010 3:50 PM EST

Article ID: 561780

Blacks Much Less Likely to Know They Have Heart Condition Or to Use Treatment for It

Mayo Clinic

A large nationwide study that includes neurologists from Mayo Clinic has found that blacks are substantially less likely than whites to know that they have atrial fibrillation or to use warfarin, the most common treatment for the condition. Atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm, significantly increases risk of stroke. Warfarin is known to reduce that risk.

26-Feb-2010 10:30 AM EST
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    25-Feb-2010 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 561589

Dialysis Patients: Fatigue May Predict Heart Attack

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

For dialysis patients, high scores on a new fatigue rating scale predict an increased risk of heart attack or other cardiovascular events, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN).

22-Feb-2010 3:35 PM EST

Article ID: 561688

Researcher, Hospital Study Potential Rehab Option Following 'Mini Stroke'

Indiana University

A study by Indiana U. prof Marieke Van Puymbroeck found that a modified version of cardiac rehab helped reduce risk factors for stroke after Transient Ischemic Attacks, or "mini strokes." No post-TIA rehab exists to help prevent future strokes.

24-Feb-2010 12:55 PM EST

Article ID: 561685

Half of Americans Live More Than an Hour Away From Lifesaving Stroke Care

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

When stroke strikes, choking off blood supply to the brain, every minute counts: Nearly 2 million neurons die each minute a stroke is left untreated, making it a race to recognize symptoms so that lifesaving “clot-busting” drugs can be administered. Forty-five percent of Americans – 135 million people -- are more than an hour away from primary stroke centers, the facilities that are best equipped to care for them if they are stricken by the condition, according to new research led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

24-Feb-2010 11:05 AM EST

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