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Health News - Cardiovascular/Cardiology

Advances in pediatric cardiology highlighted at 2014 AHA Scientific Sessions
Physician-researchers from the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) presented new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at the American Heart Association's... (Medical News Today)

Results announced from six Phase 3 trials showing that alirocumab significantly reduced LDL cholesterol
Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced new detailed positive results from six Phase 3 ODYSSEY trials that showed alirocumab significantly reduced low-density lipoprotein... (Medical News Today)

Digoxin associated with higher risk of death and hospitalization in adults with atrial fibrillation and no heart failure
Digoxin, a drug commonly used to treat heart conditions, was associated with a 71 percent higher risk of death and a 63 percent higher risk of hospitalization among adults with diagnosed atrial... (Medical News Today)

Patients with adverse heparin reaction before heart surgery benefit from combined strategies
New evidence suggests that therapeutic plasma exchange and appropriate blood testing could help patients who are in urgent need of heart surgery, but have a history of an adverse reaction to the... (Medical News Today)

Why we need to fund newer blood-thinning agents to prevent strokes
Care gaps are emerging due to disharmony between healthcare reimbursement policies and evidence-based clinical guideline recommendations, cautions a group of Canadian physicians. (Medical News Today)

In patients with coronary heart disease, new data suggest little benefit of adding heart valve repair to bypass surgery
The addition of mitral valve (MV) repair (a valve of the heart) to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), a type of open-heart surgery, did not result in significant benefit to the patient and was... (Medical News Today)

Ticagrelor halves risks of stents blocking with blood clots
Treating heart attack patients with ticagrelor reduces the risk of stents blocking with blood clots according to a ground breaking new study conducted by researchers from the University of Sheffield. (Medical News Today)

New potential target coating for drug-eluting stents identified by big data study
A new study has identified an FDA approved cancer drug, crizotinib, as a possible new coating for drug-eluting stents. (Medical News Today)

Nationwide decline found in one type of serious heart attack
The most emergent form of heart attacks is decreasing nationwide, but this declining incidence could affect emergency departments' quality and timeliness of care. (Medical News Today)

Delivering stem cells into heart muscle may enhance cardiac repair and reverse injury
Delivering stem cell factor directly into damaged heart muscle after a heart attack may help repair and regenerate injured tissue, according to a study led by researchers from Icahn School of... (Medical News Today)

Promising new treatment for Marfan syndrome
An investigational treatment for Marfan syndrome is as effective as the standard therapy at slowing enlargement of the aorta, the large artery of the heart that delivers blood to the body, new... (Medical News Today)

Beta blockers could benefit patients with HFPEF
A novel registry study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden suggests that beta blockers may benefit also patients suffering from a relatively unknown form of heart failure called HFPEF, which today... (Medical News Today)

Results of large cholesterol-lowering/outcomes study revealed at AHA
Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, has announced that the investigational IMPROVE-IT study met its primary and all secondary composite efficacy endpoints. (Medical News Today)

Scientists identify a rise in life-threatening heart infection
Scientists at the University of Sheffield have identified a significant rise in the number of people diagnosed with a serious heart infection alongside a large fall in the prescribing of antibiotic... (Medical News Today)

New data from PARADIGM-HF study for heart failure drug LCZ696 released
New data from PARADIGM-HF, the largest-ever heart failure study showed that LCZ696 has the potential to change the course of the disease for patients with HFrEF. (Medical News Today)

Long-term data showing efficacy and safety of investigational cholesterol-lowering medication evolocumab announced
Amgen has announced new data from three separate analyses of Phase 2 and 3 studies evaluating evolocumab, a novel investigational low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)-lowering medication. (Medical News Today)

Testosterone replacement therapy not found to increase men's cardiovascular risks
An important new study of men who have undergone testosterone replacement therapy has found that taking supplemental testosterone does not increase their risk of experiencing a major adverse cardiac... (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of pears?
Find out about the potential health benefits of pears including treating diverticulosis, enhancing weight loss results and maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol levels. (Medical News Today)

Study examines patients' perspectives on deactivation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators during end-of-life care
Most patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)--small devices placed in a person's chest to help treat irregular heartbeats with electrical pulses, or shocks--haven't thought about... (Medical News Today)

Speedy pediatric heart transplants 'better than waiting for match'
Despite long-held wisdom that pediatric patients in need of a heart transplant should wait for a perfect match, new research suggests speedy transplants result in better survival. (Medical News Today)

Surgeons use 3D printed model of heart to treat patients with disorders
An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's... (Medical News Today)

Cocaine users experience abnormal blood flow, risk heart disease
Cocaine users complaining of chest pain may have abnormal blood flow in the heart's smallest blood vessels that may not be detected in regular testing, putting these patients at risk for heart... (Medical News Today)

Studies show cardiac resynchronization therapy extends life, reduces hospital readmissions
Medtronic, Inc. has announced new data supporting the clinical and economic value of its cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices for the treatment of heart failure, including a significant... (Medical News Today)

Survey results released about the link between atrial fibrillation and stroke
A new survey of more than 1,200 physicians, patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) and their caregivers uncovered important information gaps regarding the impact of AFib-related stroke, including... (Medical News Today)

Early detectable vascular disease linked to erectile dysfunction
Men who have asymptomatic subclinical vascular disease are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction than men who don't have early stage vascular disease, according to research presented at the... (Medical News Today)

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