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Eating fresh fruit every day 'could reduce risk of CVD by up to 40%'
Eating fruit every day could keep CVD away, according to a new study led by the University of Oxford, UK. Researchers found daily fruit consumption reduced CVD risk by 25-40%. (Medical News Today)

Why is it taking so long to revise guidance on beta blockers?
Published on thebmj.com is an analysis, which challenges whether beta-blockers should be given around the time of certain types of surgery for people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

Clinical investigation of rivaroxaban extended into important areas of unmet medical need in arterial thromboembolism
Bayer HealthCare and its development partner Janssen Research & Development, LLC have announced an expansion of the global clinical development programme for the oral Factor Xa inhibitor... (Medical News Today)

Gout med cuts complications after cardiac surgery, but side-effects are high
Patients who took the anti-inflammatory drug colchicine just before cardiac surgery had a significantly lower risk of developing a common complication called post-pericardiotomy syndrome (PPS)... (Medical News Today)

Another anti-Inflammatory fails to reduce post-surgical fluid around the heart
The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine is not an effective treatment for cardiac patients who develop a condition called post-operative pericardial effusion (POPE) - a build-up of fluid around the... (Medical News Today)

Ambulance administration of anti-clot drug may benefit heart attack patients - ATLANTIC study results
Ambulance administration of the antiplatelet medication ticagrelor to patients with a type of heart attack known as ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is not better than hospital... (Medical News Today)

Hopes dashed for an agent to prevent reperfusion injury - MITOCARE trial results
The administration of an experimental agent known as TRO40303 to patients who have had a heart attack, with the hope of preventing tissue damage when impaired blood flow is corrected (reperfusion)... (Medical News Today)

NECTAR-HF fails to demonstrate clinical benefit of vagus nerve stimulation in heart failure
Stimulating the vagus nerve, which regulates the body's internal organ systems including the heart, does not improve cardiac function in heart failure patients, according to results of the NEural... (Medical News Today)

Nitric oxide inhalation in heart attack patients sends mixed messages, but may offer benefit - NOMI trial results
Inhaled nitric oxide, delivered to heart attack patients before and during treatment with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) did not reduce the extent of damaged tissue (infarct), but may... (Medical News Today)

Diagnostic technique allows avoidance of surgery in one fifth of heart attacks - FAMOUS-NSTEMI trial results
A method for measuring coronary artery blockage in heart attack patients can help more than one fifth of them avoid stents or surgery, according to a British study presented at the ESC Congress... (Medical News Today)

Quadripolar lead trumps bipolar option in cardiac resynchronisation
Use of a quadripolar left ventricular (LV) lead instead of a bipolar option during cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) can decrease complications at six months according to preliminary Hot Line... (Medical News Today)

Complete revascularisation improves outcome in heart attack patients - CvL PRIT trial results
In patients being treated for heart attack, complete revascularisation of all significantly blocked arteries leads to better outcomes compared to a strategy of unblocking just the "culprit" artery... (Medical News Today)

ICD home monitoring: cost compares, but reimbursement lags in Europe
Roughly a decade since the start of telemonitoring capabilities in implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), the first financial assessment of the impact of home monitored follow-up estimates the... (Medical News Today)

Investigational LCZ696: a new horizon in heart failure
An investigational new heart failure drug could be poised to change the face of cardiology based on Hot Line results presented at ESC Congress 2014. (Medical News Today)

Hypercholesterolemia: Sanofi and Regeneron present detailed positive results from four pivotal Alirocumab trials at ESC Congress
Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have announced detailed positive results from four Phase 3 ODYSSEY trials of alirocumab in people with hypercholesterolemia. (Medical News Today)

Statin standoff: Does rosuvastatin tip the balance in diabetic patients?
When it comes to cholesterol-lowering statin medications for patients with type 2 diabetes, rosuvastatin may be a better choice than atorvastatin, according to the findings of a new study presented... (Medical News Today)

Mechanical heart valves increase pregnancy risk
The fact that mechanical heart valves increase risks during and after pregnancy, has been confirmed by data from the ROPAC registry presented for the first time today in an ESC Congress Hot Line... (Medical News Today)

Warning issued about Chinese herbal medicines containing aconite - these include "Chuan Wu", "Fu Zi" and "Cao Wu"
A herbal preparation prescribed by a Chinese herbal medication practitioner in Melbourne for back pain resulted in life-threatening heart changes, prompting a team of intensive care and emergency... (Medical News Today)

Ventricular arrhythmias: first expert consensus published
The first expert consensus on ventricular arrhythmias has been published. The novel document compiles current evidence on the diagnosis and management of ventricular arrhythmias and was agreed by... (Medical News Today)

Management of arrhythmias in patients with acute coronary syndromes: first multidisciplinary recommendations
The first multidisciplinary recommendations on the management of arrhythmias in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are published in EP Europace. (Medical News Today)

Skin cells can be engineered into pulmonary valves for pediatric patients
Researchers have found a way to take a pediatric patient's skin cells, reprogram the skin cells to function as heart valvular cells, and then use the cells as part of a tissue-engineered pulmonary... (Medical News Today)

Health structures explain nearly 20% of non-adherence to heart failure guidelines
Health structures explain nearly 20% of the non-adherence to heart failure guidelines, according to the results of a joint ESC-OECD study presented today at ESC Congress by Professor Aldo Maggioni. (Medical News Today)

New, biodegradable stent 'as good as current gold standard'
Patients are at risk of complications from the steel and non-biodegradable polymers coronary artery stents are made of. A new, experimental stent may provide a solution. (Medical News Today)

New drug '20% more effective than ACE inhibitors' for treating heart failure
A new study claims that an experimental drug called LCZ696 is 20% more effective than ACE inhibitors in reducing heart failure-related hospitalizations and deaths. (Medical News Today)

Heart attack patients still at high risk of another cardiovascular event four years after initial attack - study shows
AstraZeneca today announced the UK results from the observational APOLLO study, which demonstrates that the risk of repeat CV events remains high for four years after a patient's initial heart... (Medical News Today)

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