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Higher salt intake may increase risk of CVD among patients with chronic kidney disease
In a study appearing in the May 24/31 issue of JAMA, Jiang He, M.D., Ph.D., of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, and colleagues evaluated more than... (Medical News Today)

Study of diabetes data reveals influence of multiple manifestations of microvascular disease on development of cardiovascular disease
A recent paper published in the The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology is the first to examine the influence of multiple manifestations of microvascular disease on the risk of cardiovascular disease... (Medical News Today)

Cognitive decline hastened with greater fluctuations in blood pressure
Greater blood pressure variability over 5 years may speed up cognitive decline for older adults, according to the results of a new study. (Medical News Today)

Discovery of new disease gene will lead to better screening for severe paediatric heart disease
Cardiomyopathy, or a deterioration of the ability of the heart muscle to contract, generally leads to progressive heart failure. (Medical News Today)

Little cost difference between CT angiography and stress test for diagnosing heart disease
For patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), computed tomographic angiography (CTA) and functional diagnostic testing strategies have similar costs through 3 years of follow up. (Medical News Today)

One-third of heart failure patients do not return to work
Return to work more likely in men, younger patients, and those with higher education level. (Medical News Today)

Atrial fibrillation study suggests women fare worse but live longer than men
An observational study of 10,000 Americans with atrial fibrillation suggests women have more symptoms and worse quality of life than men, suffer more strokes, but live longer. (Medical News Today)

Low salt intake may raise risk of heart attack, stroke, and death
Consuming less than 3,000 milligrams of salt daily - more than the current recommendation - increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. (Medical News Today)

Lowering target level of systolic blood pressure for older adults reduces rate of cardiovascular events, death
Among adults 75 years of age or older, treating to a systolic blood pressure target of less than 120 mm Hg compared with less than 140 mm Hg resulted in significantly lower rates of fatal and... (Medical News Today)

Heart defect prediction technology could lead to earlier, more informed treatment
An experimental model uses genetics-guided biomechanics and patient-derived stem cells to predict what type of inherited heart defect a child will develop, according to authors of a new study in... (Medical News Today)

Digital health intervention does not lower heart attack risk
In a study published online by JAMA Cardiology, Sonia S. Anand, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C. (Medical News Today)

High blood pressure linked to vascular dementia
High blood pressure could significantly raise the risk of developing the second most common form of dementia, according to a new study from The George Institute for Global Health. (Medical News Today)

Compared with men, women with atrial fibrillation have more symptoms, worse quality of life, although higher survival
In a study published online by JAMA Cardiology, Jonathan P. Piccini, M.D., M.H.S., of Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. (Medical News Today)

Melatonin reduces blood pressure and tunes up disrupted circadian rhythms in the elderly
Increased blood pressure and reduced robustness of circadian rhythms are frequently reported in elderly subjects. (Medical News Today)

First clinical use of bioabsorbable vascular grafts in children shows promise
Bioabsorbable heart valves or blood vessels are designed to harness the body's innate healing process, enabling the natural restoration of complex body parts as the synthetic graft is absorbed. (Medical News Today)

Antipsychotic drugs are linked with an increased risk of heart attacks
A review of nine observational studies found evidence supporting an increased risk of heart attacks in patients taking antipsychotic drugs. (Medical News Today)

VA hospitals favor mitral valve repair vs. replacement
Little is known about mitral valve (MV) surgical outcomes within the largest US federal health system - the Veterans Administration (VA) Health System. (Medical News Today)

Silent heart attacks 'as bad as symptomatic heart attacks'
Not all heart attacks present symptoms, like chest pain. New research shows that silent heart attacks are more common and more deadly than previously thought. (Medical News Today)

Keep fit to preserve lung function
Maintaining or improving cardiopulmonary fitness over a 20-year period was linked to a lesser decline in lung function, a new study reveals. (Medical News Today)

New implantable VAD for severe heart failure in children shows encouraging results in sheep
For children with severe heart failure, the only available means of life support are ventricular assist devices (VADs) placed outside the body. (Medical News Today)

Study identifies aortic valve gradient as key to TAVR outcomes
Patients with low aortic valve gradient and other risks still should be considered for TAVR, authors say. (Medical News Today)

Death risk reduced for women who frequently attend religious services
Women who attend religious services more than once weekly may be at lower risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease, and all causes, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

Myocardial fibrosis identified as new therapeutic target
Obstructive sleep apnoea patients with myocardial fibrosis had poor cardiovascular outcomes. (Medical News Today)

Stroke hospitalizations rising for young adults and African-Americans
While overall, fewer Americans are being hospitalized for ischemic stroke, among young adults and African-Americans, stroke hospitalizations are rising. (Medical News Today)

Arterial switch to 12 o'clock associated with reduced coronary reserve in adolescence
Babies born with transposition of the great arteries undergo arterial switch in first days of life. (Medical News Today)

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