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2013-04-26 09:59:12

Novel treatment has potential in multiple cardiovascular diseases Up to 10 per cent of patients with high blood pressure are resistant to treatment, which puts them at increased risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attacks. Clinical trials show that catheter-based renal denervation reduces blood pressure in patients who do not respond to conventional drug therapy. Use of the technique is increasing in Europe and worldwide and several national societies have published guidance...

2013-02-21 13:19:26

80 percent of all cardiovascular disease is preventable and policies should be encouraged to make healthy choices easy Over eating, sedentary lifestyles, cultural attitudes, and lack of prevention programs are to blame for the rising epidemic of obesity in the Asia Pacific region. Overweight and obesity has quadrupled in China and societies still label people of healthy weight as poor. Prevention will be an important theme at the 19th Asian Pacific Congress of Cardiology held 21-24...

2013-02-13 11:36:03

More than one-third are obese and one-quarter have diabetes With one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, the Gulf region is facing an epidemic of cardiovascular disease. At least 50% of the population is below the age of 25 and the high prevalence of risk factors signals a massive wave of cardiovascular disease in 10-15 years. Cardiovascular centers are already bursting at the seams and prevention services are nonexistent. Prevention will be a key theme at the Saudi Heart...

2012-12-05 14:36:23

Pharmacological stress echo identifies donor hearts that would historically have been rejected Hearts previously rejected due to donors' age or other risk factors can now be declared viable for transplantation using pharmacological stress echo, according to research presented at EUROECHO and other Imaging Modalities 2012. The study1 was presented by Dr Tonino Bombardini from Pisa, Italy. EUROECHO and other Imaging Modalities 2012 is the annual meeting of the European Association of...

2012-12-05 12:57:18

Antiretroviral treatment, lipid lowering drugs and prevention with healthy lifestyles are needed to prevent early CVD death in children with HIV Children with HIV have a 2.5 fold increased risk of atherosclerosis, according to research1 presented at EUROECHO and other Imaging Modalities 2012. Antiretroviral treatment, lipid lowering drugs and prevention with healthy lifestyles are needed to prevent early death from cardiovascular disease. EUROECHO and other Imaging Modalities 2012 is...

2012-11-14 14:53:48

While it is well recognized that patients with diabetes are at risk of developing Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), on World Diabetes Day the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) highlights the fact that patients with CAD are also at great risk of developing diabetes mellitus (DM). "This is the reverse of what we usually think," says Professor Hans Erik Botker, an ESC spokesperson from Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Denmark. "And it also needs to be remembered that not only should we be...

2012-10-22 19:49:05

Acute cardiac care experts meeting at Acute Cardiac Care 2012 in Istanbul say that patients with severe chest pain should call the emergency number immediately as pre hospital care is essential to survival Experts in emergency cardiac care from around the world met in Istanbul to discuss ways to improve outcomes in patients with acute cardiac disease. This was the first annual meeting of the newly launched Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology...

2012-10-01 10:19:48

Figures show significant drop in mortality, but the scale of the problem is huge and will increase The statistics show that efforts to reduce heart disease deaths are successful, with mortality now falling in most of the continent. At the same time, the report shows the huge burden CVD presents to Europe's health, and suggests that underlying factors may cause CVD to increase in the near future. The figures show some progress. Since the 2008 report there has been a substantial drop in...

2012-09-18 22:41:09

Leaders in cardiovascular disease prevention and control publish paper calling for urgent action to reduce premature mortality by 25 percent by 2025 Agreement by governments, by the end of 2012, on a set of ambitious global targets to curb the growing scourge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which includes cardiovascular disease (CVD; heart disease and stroke), is critical to avoiding the millions of premature deaths worldwide. This, according to a new paper published by the Global...

2012-09-12 11:43:13

Important differences between countries and heart conditions revealed Results from the world's first registry of pregnancy and heart disease have shown that most women with heart disease can go through pregnancy and delivery safely, so long as they are adequately evaluated, counseled and receive high quality care. However, this is not always the case: women and babies in developing countries are more likely to die than those in developed countries where women are more likely to access...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'