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Health News - Cardiovascular/Cardiology

Strict blood sugar control after heart surgery may not be necessary, regardless of diabetes status
Study results may encourage hospitals to consider more liberal blood sugar control policies. (Medical News Today)

Physicians may need to reconsider long-term PPI therapy for patients with a diagnosis of hypomagnesemia or concurrent use of diuretics
Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy is associated with hospitalization for hypomagnesemia, particularly among patients also receiving diuretics, according to research published this week in PLOS... (Medical News Today)

Low social support linked to poor health in young heart attack survivors
Lower social support is associated with poorer health and quality of life and more depressive symptoms in young men and women a year after having a heart attack. (Medical News Today)

Dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids linked to smaller risk of coronary heart disease
A recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland shows that dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. (Medical News Today)

38-year-old mystery of the heart explained
In a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, researchers at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry have explained how the function of a key... (Medical News Today)

Comparison of long-term outcomes for types of aortic valve replacements finds no significant difference in rates of death or stroke
Among patients ages 50 to 69 years who underwent aortic valve replacement with bioprosthetic (made primarily with tissue) compared with mechanical prosthetic valves, there was no significant... (Medical News Today)

Younger patients admitted for heart failure, pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction have 30-day readmission similar to older patients
Older adults often are readmitted after hospitalization for heart failure, pneumonia, and acute myocardial infarction, a significant issue that has caused Medicare to target hospitals with high... (Medical News Today)

Decision to reintroduce aprotinin in cardiac surgery may put patients at risk
Cardiac surgery patients may be at risk because of the decision by Health Canada and the European Medicines Agency to reintroduce the use of aprotinin after its withdrawal from the worldwide market... (Medical News Today)

AHA: 'clinicians should understand radiation risks of heart imaging tests'
A new AHA statement calls for health care providers to ensure they understand the risks and benefits of heart imaging tests with radiation and to discuss these with patients. (Medical News Today)

Administration of drug for kidney injury after cardiac surgery does not reduce need for dialysis
Among patients with acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery, infusion with the antihypertensive agent fenoldopam, compared with placebo, did not reduce the need for renal replacement therapy... (Medical News Today)

Patients taking warfarin should be able to self-monitor says NICE in new guidance
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published its diagnostics guidance on self-monitoring coagulation status in people on long term vitamin K antagonist therapy... (Medical News Today)

Enlargement of the left atrial appendage increases risk for cryptogenic stroke
More than half of the patients who have suffered a stroke with no well-defined aetiology have an enlarged left atrial appendage of the heart, according to a Finnish study. (Medical News Today)

Super enhancers in the inflamed endothelium
Normally, the lining of blood vessels, or endothelium, when at rest, acts like Teflon, ignoring the many cells and other factors rushing by in the bloodstream. (Medical News Today)

Thoracic radiation therapy can lead to modest acute changes in cardiac biomarkers and electrocardiogram findings
There were only modest acute changes in cardiac biomarkers and electrocardiograms and there were no clinically significant cardiac events in patients with high-dose radiation exposure to the heart... (Medical News Today)

How common gene mutation in Asians affects heart health
Over 500 million people worldwide carry a genetic mutation that disables a common metabolic protein called ALDH2. (Medical News Today)

Wearable, skin-like device 'monitors cardiovascular, skin health 24/7'
Researchers have developed a skin-mounted device that can alert wearers to problems with cardiovascular and skin health by detecting temperature changes, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Positive top-line results announced from HAEMONIZE (ZS004), a second Phase 3 clinical trial of ZS-9 in patients with hyperkalemia
ZS Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for kidney, cardiovascular, liver and metabolic disorders, has announced positive top-line results from HARMONIZE (ZS004), its... (Medical News Today)

Cardiorespiratory fitness is often misdiagnosed
A recent study by the University of Eastern Finland shows that scaling maximal oxygen uptake and maximal workload by body weight confounds measures of cardiorespiratory fitness. (Medical News Today)

Sleep apnea screening before surgery: treatment helps reduce risk of cardiovascular complications by more than half
Scheduled for surgery? New research suggests that you may want to get screened and treated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before going under the knife. (Medical News Today)

New pediatric heart-defect patches help healing hearts keep the beat
Carbon nanotubes serve as bridges that allow electrical signals to pass unhindered through new pediatric heart-defect patches invented at Rice University and Texas Children's Hospital. (Medical News Today)

Healthy lifestyle choices may dramatically reduce risk of heart attack in men
Following a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a healthy weight and diet, exercise, not smoking and moderating alcohol intake, could prevent four out of five coronary events in men, according... (Medical News Today)

CE Mark approval for pacing lead labeling that will expand patient access to MRI scans
St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, has announced CE Mark approval of updated labeling for its Tendril™ STS and IsoFlex™ Optim™ pacing leads, allowing... (Medical News Today)

Stop taking patients in cardiac arrest to hospital, says expert
It's time to stop taking patients in cardiac arrest to hospital and let ambulance crews deliver the best possible care at the scene, argues a senior UK doctor in The BMJ. (Medical News Today)

Heartbeat variability keeps the body in balance
Although the heart beats out a very familiar "lub-dub" pattern that speeds up or slows down as our activity increases or decreases, the pattern itself isn't as regular as you might think. (Medical News Today)

Hardwiring AHA guidelines into order system reduced telemetry orders
A health care system reduced its use of telemetry (monitoring to detect irregular heartbeats) by 70 percent by integrating the American Heart Association's (AHA's) guidelines into its electronic... (Medical News Today)

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