Aaron Carroll, over at The Incidental Economist, summarizes a study suggesting that patients do better when cardiologists are away at academic meetings. The gist:High risk patients admitted with heart failure during meetings had a 30-day mortality rate of 17.5%, compared to 24.8% when more cardiologists were there. Show More Summary
Patients who were obese before developing heart failure lived longer than normal weight patients with the same condition according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that examined the "obesity paradox" by following obese and non-obese heart failure patients for more than a decade. read more
CVRx, a company out of Minneapolis, MN, received clearance in the EU for its Barostim neo carotid artery pulse stimulator to be safe for use under MRI. The device is used for certain heart failure and drug resistant hypertension patients and is being investigated for wider clinical use. Show More Summary
The odd concept of melding a host of characters from Square Enix’s seminal Final Fantasy series, Disney’s perennial film favorites, and a cast of original personalities, seemed as though it was destined for failure. I mean, who would...Show More Summary
I question every day if leaving him was the right choice, if the stress of ending our marriage made his condition worse.
Researchers have identified what they believe to be the cells responsible for fibrosis, the buildup of scar tissue. Fibrotic diseases, such as chronic kidney disease and failure, lung disease, heart failure and cirrhosis of the liver, are estimated to be responsible for up to 45 percent of deaths in the developed world.
People with hypertension (high blood pressure) are at a higher risk of getting chronic diseases including heart disease, kidney failure and stroke if their conditions are not properly managed. In order to bring their blood pressure to...Show More Summary
THE QUESTION Diabetes can lead to nerve damage, kidney failure, vision problems and heart disease. Should cognitive decline be added to that list? THIS STUDY analyzed data on 13,351 middle-aged and older adults (average age 57 at the start of the study), including 1,779 people (13.3 percent) with diabetes. Show More Summary
The death of beloved Mexican comedian Chespirito, born, Roberto Gómez Bolaños has been a great loss to the entertainment world. Chespirito, 85, died from heart failure Friday afternoon in Cancuin. His funeral was held inside the studio where he spent much of his life. Show More Summary
One of Latin America's biggest comedy stars, Mexican actor Roberto Gomez Bolanos, better known as Chespirito, died Friday in Cancun from heart failure. He was 85. The beloved comedian's career spanned six decades and was highlighted by his signature roles roles in the Televisa series El Chavo del Ocho, El Chapulin Colorado and Chespirito. Show More Summary
The global health and economic impact of cardiovascular disease, specifically heart attacks, is tremendous. Patient prognosis following a major heart attack, including progressive heart failure, repeat heart attacks, arrhythmias, and mortality, depends on the damage sustained to the heart. Show More Summary
Researchers from Johns Hopkins have identified a new risk for obese people: silent heart damage. In a study published in the October edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure, the investigators found evidence that obesity is an "independent driver of heart muscle damage." Read full article >>
Here's a recent paper in JACC with some interesting findings: Methods We assessed rates of compliance with care measures for patients hospitalized with acute or chronic heart failure in the ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities) study surveillance catchment area from 2005 to 2009. Show More Summary
Meet our Herbies of the Week: Sara & Jeff! After losing his dad to congestive heart failure, Jeff started researching different diets when he came across a plant-based diet. Following a long discussion with his wife, Sara, they both agreed to adopt a plant-based diet as an experiment for 3 months. Show More Summary
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines(r)-Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation guidelines for heart failure patients.
Well, America, that was an utter failure. On Wednesday night's (Nov. 12) elimination episode of "The Voice," hearts were broken all around the country as Carson Daly read the results. Why? Because so many A-plus singers were sent packing. Show More Summary
HIV-infected adults are at a higher risk for developing heart attacks, kidney failure and cancer. But, contrary to what many had believed, the researchers say these illnesses are occurring at similar ages as adults who are not infected with HIV.
New research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that HIV-infected adults are at a higher risk for developing heart attacks, kidney failure and cancer. But, contrary to what many had believed, the researchers...Show More Summary
New research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that HIV-infected adults are at a higher risk for developing heart attacks, kidney failure and cancer. But, contrary to what many had believed, the researchers say these illnesses are occurring at similar ages as adults who are not infected with HIV.
A surgical team in Toronto has successfully implanted a novel mechanical device, the HeartMate IIITM, into a patient with advanced heart failure. This is the first time this procedure has been conducted on Canadian soil.