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Clinical judgement plus ECG and blood test on arrival at hospital effective in reducing unnecessary admissions for chest pain
The findings of a research group in Manchester, published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, could potentially make a huge difference to a large number of patients. (Medical News Today)

Surgical site infections for heart operations reduced by surgical safety program CLEAN
Study presented at the ACS NSQIP® National Conference reports that evidence-based measures plus an interdisciplinary team approach reduces surgical site infection rates in a high-risk patient... (Medical News Today)

'Five portions of fruit and veg a day are enough'
A new study has found that five portions of fruits and vegetables a day is the optimum amount for lowering the risk of death from all causes, conflicting with previous research. (Medical News Today)

Heart attack survival rates 'influenced by time of arrival at hospital'
Heart attack patients who arrive at the hospital during evenings, weekends or holidays have a 13% increased risk of death, compared with those who arrive during regular hours. (Medical News Today)

Running just 5-10 minutes a day could increase life expectancy
A study from Iowa State University claims running for only 5-10 minutes a day could reduce mortality risk, and running for longer may actually do more harm than good. (Medical News Today)

Research letter examines pacemaker use in patients with cognitive impairment
Patients with dementia were more likely to receive a pacemaker then patients without cognitive impairment, finds a study by Nicole R. Fowler, Ph.D, M.H.S.A. (Medical News Today)

Survival from cardiac arrest dramatically improved by new EMS system in Arizona
A new system that sent patients to designated cardiac receiving centers dramatically increased the survival rate of victims of sudden cardiac arrest in Arizona, according to a study published online... (Medical News Today)

Common inflammatory disorder increases heart attack, stroke risk
Most inflammatory rheumatological disorders, such as arthritis, are associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. A new study adds polymyalgia rheumatica to this list. (Medical News Today)

Shorter hospital stays with incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery
New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular... (Medical News Today)

Early menopausal hormone therapy shows no effect on atherosclerosis progression
Early initiation of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) improves some markers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) but does not affect the progression of atherosclerosis, according to a study being... (Medical News Today)

Research letter examines pacemaker use in patients with cognitive impairment
Patients with dementia were more likely to receive a pacemaker then patients without cognitive impairment. (Medical News Today)

Heart attack patients could be treated more quickly after Manchester research
Clinical judgement, combined with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood test on arrival, is effective in reducing unnecessary hospital admissions for chest pain, a new study shows. (Medical News Today)

Scientists image a beating heart in 3D
Researchers of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden report how they managed to capture detailed three-dimensional images of cardiac dynamics in zebrafish. (Medical News Today)

LSE and ESC announce the launch of a new executive-style MSc to train the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular sciences
LSE Health and the European Heart Academy (EHA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) are pleased to announce the launch of a new, executive-style MSc aimed at professionals working in the... (Medical News Today)

Telemedicine effective in delivering international cardiac care, children's hospital study shows
After studying more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America through telemedicine, researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC found that physicians in those... (Medical News Today)

Heart patients in England and Wales offered more choice of therapies as NICE extends recommendations for prasugrel
Revised guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), recommends once-daily, oral antiplatelet prasugrel (Efient®), in combination with aspirin, as a... (Medical News Today)

Southampton heart patients use world's first mobile pacemaker station
Heart patients in Southampton are the first in the world to use a new mobile station to assess their pacemakers without the need for a nurse, doctor or visit to hospital. (Medical News Today)

Worse outcomes continue for young women with heart attack
While awareness campaigns may be getting women to go to the hospital more quickly during a heart-attack, a new look at hospital data shows women have longer hospital stays and are more likely than... (Medical News Today)

IL-10 helps stop host rejection of allogenic smooth muscle cells after myocardial infarction
Interleukin-10 aids survival of cells transplanted to repair cardiac tissues after MIThe long-term, positive benefits of transplanted allogenic (other-donated) smooth muscle cells (SMCs) to... (Medical News Today)

New target for radiation therapy: study suggests cancer treatment may offer hope against heart disease
Most often used for treatment of cancer, radiation therapy may offer a promising new noninvasive alternative treatment for the millions of Americans whose high blood pressure doesn't respond to... (Medical News Today)

Older people with previous stroke or vascular disease at higher risk of stroke after heart surgery
Older people who have had strokes or who have vascular disease are at risk of stroke both immediately after cardiac surgery and during the following two years, according to a new study in CMAJ... (Medical News Today)

The cardiovascular benefit of aspirin may be modified by genetic variations
Aspirin is the gold standard for antiplatelet therapy and a daily low-dose aspirin is widely prescribed for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

Could consuming probiotics help lower blood pressure?
A new study by Australian researchers suggests regular probiotic consumption may do more than promote a healthy gut; it could help reduce and regulate blood pressure. (Medical News Today)

Simulated human heart used to test drugs' effects
By using samples of beating heart tissue, a scientist in the UK has developed a way to test a new drug's effects on the heart without using animal or human trials. (Medical News Today)

Calorie restriction with resveratrol key to kick-starting cell health
As cells age, damaged proteins and lipids accumulate within them. Impaired cell parts can send free radicals into the body, and dysfunctional proteins and lipids may break down DNA within cells... (Medical News Today)

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