Heart disease

New test to measure HDL cholesterol can predict cardiovascular risk

(Vienna ) - A current study by the MedUni Vienna has shown that changes to the "good cholesterol" HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) can ...

New heart and lung machine reduces need for blood transfusions during open heart surgery

Open heart surgery is not for the faint of heart. Not only is a patient’s heart exposed, but for a period of ...

Regular consumption of olive oil can improve heart health

Regular consumption of olive oil can drastically improve heart health – especially in people who do not normally eat a Mediterranean diet. ... Full story

New drug could protect the heart from damage following heart attack

The deadliest form of heart attack is frequent with around 250,000 in the USA and about 60,000 in the UK per year. A collaborative team of researchers have been awarded £1 million to accelerate the development of a new drug able to protect the heart from these attacks in the latest round of Biomedical Catalyst funding announced yesterday [Thursday 20 November] by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Innovate UK. ... Full story

Some heparin-allergic patients could have urgent heart surgery sooner

By Amanda Boundris - McMaster researchers have found new evidence that suggests patients with a history of adverse reaction to the blood thinner heparin may be ready for urgent heart surgery sooner, with a combination of appropriate blood screenings and therapeutic plasma exchange. ... Full story

Fontan Survivors with PA-IVS Remain at Risk for Late Myocardial Infarction

A subset of newborns with the congenital heart condition pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (PA-IVS) are at risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and sudden death because of abnormal coronary circulation. To avoid this, such patients may undergo single ventricle palliation and ultimately the Fontan procedure. Further study is needed to define risk factors. ... Full story

Translating Research: New Drugs from Fish Oil Could Aid Artery Repair

Kevin Lance, a graduate student in Tejal Desai's lab, holds up a tiny "wrap" that could be placed around an artery or vein and slowly release a fish oil-derived drug to prevent vascular scarring. Photo by Kathleen Masterson ... Full story

In landmark study of cell therapy for heart attack, more cells make a difference

Protocol for the PreSERVE-AMI trial, one of the largest studies of bone marrow cell therapy for heart attack in the United States. ... Full story

Delivery of Stem Cells into Heart Muscle After Heart Attack May Enhance Cardiac Repair and Reverse Injury

Mount Sinai's Cardiovascular Research Center presents new findings at the AHA Scientific Sessions 2014. ... Full story

Study: Obesity Fuels Silent Heart Damage

Evidence of heart muscle damage seen even among symptom-free people ... Full story

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