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A drug long used to treat gout may help adult heart failure patients

Researchers have shown that probenecid, a drug long used to treat gout, may be able to improve heart function in adult patients who experience heart failure.

Being female is not a protective factor against heart disease in type 1 diabetes

Constrictions of the coronary blood vessels is a possible consequence of type 1 diabetes, and one that can eventually lead to myocardial infarction or heart failure. Generally speaking, women are afflicted by coronary artery disease later than men, but if a woman has type 2 diabetes, the advantage is negated. Show More Summary

Resolvin D-1 limits kidney damage after heart attacks

A heart attack triggers an acute inflammatory response at the damaged portion of the heart's left ventricle. If the inflammation lingers, it can lead heart failure. The inflammation can also claim another victim -- the kidneys. New research...Show More Summary

While a baby was still attached via the umbilical cord, doctors attached a pacemaker to the baby's heart

Researchers completed the first-ever EXIT (Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment) to ventricular pacing procedure. The patient, a 36-week fetus with complete atrioventricular block and cardiac dysfunction, was at high risk of pre-term death. Show More Summary

Rapid pollution increases may be as harmful to the heart as absolute levels

Rapid increases in pollution may be as harmful to the heart as sustained high levels, according to new research. The authors urgently call for confirmatory studies as even residents of clean air cities could be at risk.

Short kids may have higher future stroke risk

Being a short kid is associated with increased risk of having a stroke in adulthood, according to new research.

Cardiac macrophages found to contribute to a currently untreatable type of heart failure

Investigators have discovered, for the first time, that the immune cells called macrophages contribute to a type of heart failure for which there currently is no effective treatment.

Molecular mechanisms crucial for new approach to heart disease therapy mapped

Scientists have reprogrammed ordinary cells called fibroblasts into new and healthy heart muscle cells, and recorded changes that appear to be necessary for this reprogramming.

Potential treatment for diastolic dysfunction in heart failure

Researchers have identified a potential treatment target for patients with a common type of heart failure. In a new study, the researchers tested the effect of an investigational drug called givinostat in treating diastolic dysfunction, which is a heart relaxation abnormality that contributes to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).

Stroke risk factors unique to women identified

Investigators are exploring the effects of potential risk factors that are unique to women, including hormone levels, hormone therapy, hormonal birth control, pregnancy and time of menarche and menopause.

Children with heart failure from dilated cardiomyopathy are seeing a dramatic improvement in outcomes in recent years

New research has shown that for children with heart failure from dilated cardiomyopathy there has been a dramatic improvement in outcomes of medical management in the past few years. The study also shows that significantly fewer of these patients die from heart disease.

Traffic noise-induced harm to cardiovascular system

Noise may disrupt the body on the cellular level in a way that increases the risk of common heart disease risk factors, according to a new review that examined the underlying mechanisms that may lead to noise-induced heart disease. The...Show More Summary

Living too far from advanced cardiac care decreases your odds of survival

A new study has determined that patients with acute cardiac syndrome (ACS) and cardiogenic shock (CS), who live far from the only cardiac catheterization facility in Nova Scotia, Canada, have a survival rate about half that of patients with more direct access.

What your face says about your heartbeat

Electrical engineers have patented a technology that estimates heart rate using only a video camera and specialized software. The new system could be a game changer for consumer products including exercise equipment and baby monitor...

Medications to treat cardiovascular risk factors do not impact erectile function

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a major public health problem. Men being treated for cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are at increased risk of developing ED and often consider this condition a side effect of their medications. Show More Summary

Researchers map out the atlas of gene regulators in human cardiac cells for the first time

Information for building cells is stored in our genetic material, otherwise known as DNA. It is here that you find all the blueprints for the more than 20,000 different proteins in the human body. Each and every cell requires several thousand different proteins in order to function. Show More Summary

From stem cells to a functional heart: The role of the Mesp1 gene

Researchers have identified the role of key gene Mesp1 in the earliest step of cardiovascular lineage segregation. This discovery may help to better understand congenital heart defects.

Too few with stroke of the eye are treated to reduce future stroke

Only one-third of 5,600 patients with retinal infarction, or stroke in the eye, underwent basic stroke work-up, and fewer than one in 10 were seen by a neurologist. One in 100 of the retinal infarction patients studied experienced another stroke within 90 days of their retinal infarction.

Working before and after stroke is good for brain health

Working-age adults who suffer stroke are likely to have healthier brains, sharper minds and less risk of depression and death two years after stroke if they worked prior to stroke, versus being unemployed. Those who work after stroke also seem to benefit with better long-term cognitive status than those who don't.

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