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2012-06-11 14:03:55

In Switzerland, more than 20,000 people (37% of all deaths) die of cardiovascular disease caused by atherosclerosis each year. Treatment options are currently available to people who suffer from the disease but no drug can target solely the diseased areas, often leading to generalized side effects. Intravenous injection of a vasodilator (a substance that dilates blood vessels), such as nitroglycerin, dilates both the diseased vessels and the rest of our arteries. Blood pressure can thus drop,...

2012-06-11 09:55:06

A Wayne State University School of Medicine study has found that an overwhelming majority of African-American patients with hypertension also suffered hidden heart disease caused by high blood pressure even though they displayed no symptoms. The study — "Subclinical Hypertensive Heart Disease in African-American Patients with Elevated Blood Pressure in an Inner-City Emergency Department" — was conducted by Phillip Levy, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of Emergency Medicine,...

Future Eye Exams Can Possibly Prevent Strokes
2012-06-08 06:27:46

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com Head to toe. Top to bottom. Full body heath begins with the eyes. A recent study backs this theory and shows that an eye test could help doctors diagnose a stroke before it happens, which would help save lives. Researchers at the University of Zurich reported that a simple eye test could possibly in the future alert patients who are at risk for having a stroke. The ocular pulse amplitude (OPA) is an exam that can help detect carotid artery stenosis (CAS),...

2012-06-08 05:20:37

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Legendary ultra-marathoner Micah True suddenly died while on his typical 12-mile training run on March 27, 2012. The 58-year-old´s best-selling book, Born to Run, documents that he would run as far as 100 miles in a day. Doctors determined he died of a lethal arrhythmia (irregularity of the heart rhythm) after his autopsy revealed his enlarged and scarred heart. His death points towards possible manifestations of "Phidippides cardiomyopathy," a condition...

Risk For Cardiovascular Disease In Teens May Decrease With Meditation Practice
2012-06-07 09:18:30

Regular meditation could decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in teens who are most at risk, according to Georgia Health Sciences University researchers. In a study of 62 black teens with high blood pressure, those who meditated twice a day for 15 minutes had lower left ventricular mass, an indicator of future cardiovascular disease, than a control group, said Dr. Vernon Barnes, a physiologist in the Medical College of Georgia and the Georgia Health Sciences University...

2012-06-06 21:39:11

One of the top suspects behind killer vascular diseases is the victim of mistaken identity, according to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, who used genetic tracing to help hunt down the real culprit. The guilty party is not the smooth muscle cells within blood vessel walls, which for decades was thought to combine with cholesterol and fat that can clog arteries. Blocked vessels can eventually lead to heart attacks and strokes, which account for one in three deaths in...

Air Pollution Increases Risk Of Repeated Cardiac Events
2012-06-06 04:52:37

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com One block falls, pushing the one in front of it, making another one fall, and then another. This figurative image, a chain reaction of falling blocks, can be seen in recent scientific research that shows the domino effect and consequences of the environment on health. Tel Aviv University (TAU) researcher Dr. Yariv Gerber of TAU's School of Public Health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine has discovered that air pollution can impact cardiac events like heart...

2012-06-05 09:44:41

Physicians can reduce the number of heart failure deaths and unnecessary hospital admissions by using a new computer-based algorithm developed at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) that calculates each patient's individual risk of death. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the algorithm improves upon clinical decision-making and determines whether or not a patient with heart failure should be admitted to hospital. To bring this tool into the emergency departments,...


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