Heart disease

Exercise and the heart: the good, the bad, and the ugly

In a new paper about exercise and the impact on the heart, cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma says: "The benefits of exercise are ...

Smoking at trendy hubble-bubble cafes may increase risk of heart disease, say experts

People who smoke shisha regularly could be increasing the threat of heart disease, according to new research. ...

Cognitive problems are common after cardiac arrest

Half of all patients who survive a cardiac arrest experience problems with cognitive functions such as memory and attention. This has been shown by a major international study led from Lund University. Surprisingly, however, a control group comprising heart attack patients had largely the same level of problems. This suggests that it is not only the cardiac arrest and the consequent lack of oxygen to the brain that is the cause of the patients’ difficulties. ... Full story

Ancient herbal therapy can prevent—and reverse—heart problems in mice

A natural compound derived from the bark of the magnolia tree can protect the heart from hypertrophy, a thickening of cardiac muscle often caused by chronic high blood pressure that can lead to heart failure, researchers report in the April 14 issue of the online journal Nature Communications. ... Full story

Heart Attack Risk High in Divorced Women, Even After Remarrying

By Duke Medicine News and Communications - Divorced women suffer heart attacks at higher rates than women who are continuously married, a new study from Duke Medicine has found. A woman who has been through two or more divorces is nearly twice as likely to have a heart attack when compared to their stably-married female peers, according to the findings. ... Full story

Ancient herbal therapy can prevent -- and reverse -- cardiac hypertrophy in mice

A natural compound derived from the bark of the magnolia tree, can protect the heart from hypertrophy, a thickening of cardiac muscle often caused by chronic high blood pressure that can lead to heart failure, researchers report in the April 14 issue of the online journal Nature Communications. ... Full story

Peripheral arterial disease is on the rise worldwide - but a new treatment method is on its way

How can future health systems deal with the rise in peripheral arterial disease? A new treatment modality allows patients with reduced circulation in their limbs to apply a non-invasive negative pressure device designed to increase blood flow to an extremity. The device uses many of the same principles as physical exercise, which is today’s gold standard for non-invasive treatment of reduced circulation due to clogged blood vessels. ... Full story

Preventing Heart Cells from Turning to Bone

Scientists have discovered why some heart tissue turns into bone, and they may have learned how to stop it ... Full story

Heart Cells Regenerated in Mice

Weizmann Institute research gets mouse heart cells to take a step backwards so they can be renewed ... Full story

MIPT Researchers Grow Cardiac Tissue on “Spider Silk” Substrate

Genetically engineered fibers of the protein spidroin, which is the construction material for spider webs, has proven to be a perfect substrate for cultivating heart tissue cells, MIPT researchers found. They discuss their findings in an article that has recently come out in the journal PLOS ONE. ... Full story

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