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2011-07-28 17:44:30

The findings of a Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) study published in the scientific journal Cardiology suggest that ivabradine, a heart rate reduction medication, is also effective in reducing the risk of diastolic heart failure (left ventricular insufficiency) and cardiac fibrosis. The benefits of slower heart rate on mortality and morbidity associated with cardiovascular disease no longer need to be demonstrated. In this study, titled "Heart Rate Reduction by Ivabradine Reduces Diastolic...

2011-06-29 07:00:06

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Individuals with diastolic dysfunction (impaired relaxation of the heart's ventricle after contraction) appear to have increased risk of death, regardless of whether their systolic function (contraction of the ventricle) is normal or they have other cardiovascular impairments, according to this study. During each heartbeat, the heart contracts (pumping blood out, a phase called systole) and then relaxes (allowing the heart chambers to refill with blood, a phase...

2011-06-27 23:41:33

Individuals with diastolic dysfunction (an abnormality involving impaired relaxation of the heart's ventricle [pumping chamber] after a contraction) appear to have an increased risk of death, regardless of whether their systolic function (contraction of the heart) is normal or they have other cardiovascular impairments, according to a report in the June 27 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. During each heartbeat, the heart contracts (pumping blood out,...

2010-12-09 13:36:45

Results from a large European study suggest that poorly educated people are more likely to be admitted to hospital with chronic heart failure than the better educated, even after differences in lifestyle have been taken into account. The study is published online today (Thursday 9 December) in the European Heart Journal [1]. Researchers followed 18,616 people for as long as 31 years (range 0-31 years, average follow-up was 21 years) between 1976 and 2007 and found that better educated men and...

2010-10-01 02:01:00

CINCINNATI, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physicians have identified a risk factor for heart disease in adulthood that can be present in children as young as 10. They're also calling for screening for this risk factor to help motivate children to exercise and lose weight. The researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center found an association between stiffness of arteries and function of the heart's left ventricle later in life. The study, conducted in more than 600...

2010-09-14 18:29:23

Provides new insight into the most common form of congenital heart disease Repairing small, seemingly benign holes in a child's heart may be more clinically important than previously thought, as dysfunction could be lurking out of sight. These are the findings from a study conducted by doctors and researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Ohio State University Medical Center examining a subset of the most common form of congenital heart disease, ventricular septal defect. The...

2009-06-11 09:25:00

The value and cost-effectiveness of screening for left ventricular (LV) dysfunction remains unclear, particularly since specific, evidence-based treatments are not available for the majority of patients with preserved systolic dysfunction, reports a study in the June issue of the Journal of Cardiac Failure (http://www.onlinejcf.com), published by Elsevier.In the study,1012 primary care patients with hypertension and/or diabetes without signs or symptoms of heart failure were screened for...

2009-01-21 21:34:28

Patients with abnormal diastolic function -- the heart is relaxed and expanded -- in the left ventricle have a lower exercise capacity, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Jasmine Grewal of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues studied the relationship between left ventricular diastolic function and exercise capacity. The study included 2,867 patients undergoing exercise echocardiography -- a noninvasive diagnostic procedure that uses ultrasound to study the structure and motions of the...

2009-01-21 09:59:30

An abnormal heart condition could affect how much you can exercise. New research shows patients with abnormal diastolic function "“ when the heart relaxes and expands "“ in the left ventricle of the heart have a substantially lower maximum capacity for exercise. There are factors known to decrease one's capacity for exercise, including age, female sex, a body mass index greater than 30 and co-existing medical conditions. However, new research suggests assessing left ventricle...

2009-01-21 09:01:56

Patients with abnormal diastolic function (when the heart is relaxed and expanded) in the left ventricle of the heart have a substantially lower maximum capacity for exercise, according to a study in the January 21 issue of JAMA.Many factors, including age, female sex, body mass index and co-existing medical conditions are known to be associated with a decrease in exercise capacity. Identifying potentially reversible mechanisms underlying the decline in maximum exercise capacity could have...


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