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Current news, research and studies about heart disease, including stroke, cardiac arrest, clogged arteries, embolisms, stents, bypass surgery, statins, and more.

Reanalysis of Controversial Meta-Analysis Says Writing Off Rosiglitazone May Be Premature

A re-analysis of the data used linking heart problems to Rosiglitazone (Avandia) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes suggests that the earlier methodology may have resulted in inflated risk estimates.

Study: Inactive Kids Face 6-Fold Risk of Heart Disease by Teen Years

Young children who lead inactive lifestyles are five-to-six times more likely to be at serious risk of heart disease, with that degree of danger emerging as early as their teenage years.

Starting Beta-Blocker Before Discharge in Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure Increases Usage

Initiating low-dose beta-blockers prior to discharge in heart failure patients hospitalized for worsening symptoms significantly improves the use of a drug that has been shown in previous studies to reduce death and morbidity by more than 35 percent.
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Black Raspberry Lowers Cardiovascular Risk in Metabolic Syndrome

Researchers investigated short-term effects of black raspberry on arterial stiffness - an indicator of cardiovascular disease - on people with metabolic syndrome.Researchers investigated short-term...

Depression Raises Heart Failure Rate in Elderly Women

A new study shows that depression is associated with an increased incidence of heart failure in elderly women, but not elderly men.

Menopause Lowers Good Cholesterol Benefits, Increases Artery Hardening

Good cholesterol (HDL) is supposed to help reduce the risk of heart disease, but a new study shows that women have a higher risk...

Fruits and Vegetables Overlooked by Healing Heart Patients

Even after a heart attack or bypass operation, some cardiac patients say no to beneficial fruits and vegetables as well as obviously harmful dietary fat.

Nearly Two-thirds of GPs are Unaware that Insulin Resistance, a Fundamental Cause of Type...

While GPs’ understanding of the definition of insulin resistance is excellent (85% know it is the inability of the body to respond to its own insulin), the number of patients that it affects is being greatly underestimated.

Study Shows Patients Taking Lipitor Show Significant Cardiovascular Benefit

Preliminary results showed diabetic patients who took the cholesterol-lowering medicine Lipitor had significantly fewer heart attacks, strokes and surgical procedures compared to patients who received placebo.
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Burden of Chronic Conditions on Latin-American, Caribbean Health Systems Increasing

Six Latin American and Caribbean countries continue to face challenges managing more complex health needs related to certain diseases and conditions.The health systems of...

Diabetic Patients at Risk From Even Mild Coronary Artery Disease

According to a new long-term study, diabetic patients with even mild coronary artery disease face the same relative risk for a heart attack or other major adverse heart events as diabetics with serious single-vessel obstructive disease.

Study Suggests Insulin May Have Potential to Prevent Thrombosis Leading to Heart Attack and...

Insulin may interfere with the cascade of reactions that promote clot formation and platelet aggregation in heart-attack patients and may help prevent clot formation and plaque development.

Lifestyle Changes, Blood Pressure Control are Key to Preventing Another Stroke

Stroke survivors should control their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and do moderate physical activity regularly to avoid having another stroke.

Diabetics’ Heart Attack Risk Can Be Reduced, Research Finds

People with diabetes who maintain intensive, low blood sugar levels are significantly less likely to suffer heart attacks and coronary heart disease.

Using Stem Cells to Help Heart Attack Victims

New research at The University of Nottingham is paving the way for techniques that use stem cells to repair the damage caused by heart attacks.

Diabetes-Related Death from Cardiovascular Disease Predicted by Heart Calcium Scan

The best way for doctors to predict which diabetes patients are at the greatest risk for heart disease is to use a coronary artery calcium (CAC) test in addition to the most commonly used assessment tool.

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