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Health News - Cardiovascular/Cardiology

NHS could avoid 11,600 strokes and save £124m through better care of people with common heart rhythm disorder
Better care of people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (AF) could help prevent an additional 11,600 strokes and save the NHS as much as £124 million a year. (Medical News Today)

The feasibility of continuous ECG surveillance of marathon athletes
The condition of an athlete's heart has for the first time been accurately monitored throughout the duration of a marathon race. (Medical News Today)

Text messaging could motivate Latino adults to exercise
Latino adults at risk of heart disease exercise more after receiving motivational text messages five days a week, a pilot study suggests.Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects 13. (Medical News Today)

Heart failure linked to gut bacteria compound
New study finds that risk of death from heart failure in patients with the condition is linked to levels of the compound TMAO - a byproduct of gut bacteria - in their blood. (Medical News Today)

Aortic valve replacement appears safe, effective in very elderly patients
Aortic valve replacement (AVR) can safely be used to treat severe aortic stenosis in patients age 90 years and older and is associated with a low risk of operative stroke and mortality, according... (Medical News Today)

Finding could lead to treatments for channel-related diseases such as cardiac arrhythmias, epilepsy and Parkinson's
A common protein plays a different role than previously thought in the opening and closing of channels that let ions flow in and out of our cells, researchers at Johns Hopkins report. (Medical News Today)

Women more likely than men to dismiss chest pain and delay seeking medical help for heart symptoms
When heart symptoms strike, men and women go through similar stages of pain but women are more likely to delay seeking care and can put their health at risk, according to a study presented at the... (Medical News Today)

Less invasive robotically assisted bypass surgery reduces complications and recovery time
Robotically assisted coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery is a rapidly evolving technology that shortens hospital stays and reduces the need for blood products, while decreasing recovery... (Medical News Today)

Low-carb, high-fat diets may reduce epilepsy seizures
Scientists find that diets high in fat and low in carbohydrates, such as the ketogenic diet or modified Atkins diet, may reduce seizures in adults with refractory epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

Ethnic groups are at higher risk for heart disease yet many aren't aware
Different ethnic groups have widely varying differences in both the prevalence and awareness of cardiovascular risk factors, a finding that highlights the need for specially designed education and... (Medical News Today)

Complications from heart surgery reduced when newly donated blood is used
Heart surgery patients who received newly donated blood have significantly fewer post-operative complications than those who received blood that had been donated more than two weeks before their... (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria byproduct impacts heart failure
A chemical byproduct of intestinal bacteria-dependent digestion, TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) - already proven to contribute to heart disease and to be an accurate tool for predicting future heart... (Medical News Today)

Mental illness linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke
A new study by researchers in Canada finds individuals with mental health disorders may be more likely to experience heart disease or stroke than the general population. (Medical News Today)

Potential to treat ALS with heart failure drug
A new mouse study suggests that a heart failure medication - called digoxin - could potentially be used to treat ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. (Medical News Today)

New, faster therapeutic hypothermia techniques needed to optimize cardioprotection following a heart attack
Rapid lowering of body temperature following an acute myocardial infarction (MI) can be an effective therapeutic strategy to minimize damage to the heart muscle caused by the loss and restoration... (Medical News Today)

Beetroot beneficial for athletes and heart failure patients, research finds
Football teams are claiming it improves their athletic performance, and according to new research from Kansas State University, it also benefits heart failure patients. (Medical News Today)

Study links high LDL cholesterol to aortic valve disease
Researchers have found an association between people who are genetically predisposed to high levels of 'bad' cholesterol and aortic valve stenosis - a form of aortic valve disease. (Medical News Today)

Shutting off blood supply to an extremity to protect the heart
In a study just published in the International Journal of Cardiology, researchers from the K.G. (Medical News Today)

Map illustrates reductions in heart disease mortality in most US Southern counties
A new interactive map documents the geographic inequalities in declining heart disease death rates in the South - a region with high heart disease mortality rates. (Medical News Today)

Use of ECMO during CPR improves outcomes
A new study shows that survival and neurological outcomes for patients in cardiac arrest can be improved by adding extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) when performing cardiopulmonary... (Medical News Today)

Heart rate may predict survival and brain function in comatose cardiac arrest survivors
Researchers may have developed a way to potentially assist prognostication in the first 24 hours after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) when patients are still in a coma. (Medical News Today)

Study finds heart attacks do not have as strong of a genetic link as previously suspected
Heart attacks are not as connected to family history and genetics as may have been previously believed, according to a new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute... (Medical News Today)

New treatment resolves plastic bronchitis, a hazardous airway complication, in child with heart disease
A case study published recently in the journal Pediatrics describes an innovative, minimally invasive procedure that treated plastic bronchitis, a potentially life-threatening disease, in a... (Medical News Today)

When heart cancer hides in the brain: how a lucky coincidence led to rare diagnosis
It was fortunate for the middle-aged woman that she presented her symptoms at the European Institute of Oncology (IEO), where doctors had seen another strange case just two years before. (Medical News Today)

Human genetic research uncovers how omega-6 fatty acids lower bad cholesterol
Supplementing the diet with omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids has beneficial effects on heart health by lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol and raising "good" HDL cholesterol, but the underlying... (Medical News Today)

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