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2011-08-30 11:40:36

but continuing poor outcomes in acute conditions With the increased prevalence of chronic heart failure (HF), there is a concomitant increase in the number of related hospitalizations; as chronic HF progresses, the risk of acute exacerbation increases. Registries and surveys of HF have been generally conducted in patients with either chronic or acute conditions, but a description of the whole clinical history of patients with HF, including the acute episodes, consequent changes in...

2011-08-30 11:29:58

(Less that 20 percent) logistic Euroscore: results of a prospective single center registry Results from a study presented today at the ESC Congress 2011, show that TAVI implantation in low risk patients, met with 100% procedural success (versus 95.3% in the high Euroscore group (p=0.1). "The most interesting point to observe is the absence of death at one month in the low Euroscore group, versus a mortality rate of 11.1% in the high Euroscore group (>20%), (p < 0.04) and this...

Vigorous Exercise Recommended For A Longer Life
2011-08-30 07:50:18

  New Danish research confirms previous evidence that relative intensity is more important in cycling than the duration when it comes to protection of cardiovascular disease. The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2011 on Monday, showed that men who cycle with fast intensity survived 5.3 years longer than men who cycled with slow intensity. And in men who cycled with moderate intensity survived 2.9 years longer. For women, the figures were 3.9 and...

2011-08-29 21:04:42

"A multidisciplinary educational programme in cardiovascular prevention directed to children of school age can reduce their parents' cardiovascular risk. Cardiovascular prevention could have more success focusing on children first, inducing healthier lifestyle habits in the whole family, "said investigator Luciana Fornari, from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The inspiration for this study, presented today at the ESC Congress 2011 in Paris, came with her motherhood, and the perception...

2011-08-29 20:24:39

Colchicine, when given in addition to conventional therapy, was more effective than placebo in reducing the incidence of recurrence and the persistence of symptoms of pericarditis in a randomised controlled trial. This is the first time that the efficacy of colchicine in preventing recurrent episodes of pericarditis has been demonstrated in a double-blind multicentre randomised trial. "Recurrence," said investigator Dr Massimo Imazio from the Maria Vittoria Hospital in Turin, Italy,"is the...

2011-08-29 20:13:07

However, the general health benefits from physical exercise outweigh the increased risk of this heart rhythm disorder A Norwegian survey carried out between 1974 and 2003 showed that there was a graded independent increase in the risk of AF with increasing levels of physical activity in a population-based study among men with ostensibly no other heart disease. In women the data were inconclusive. Speaking at a press conference at the ESC Congress in Paris today, Prof Knut Gjesdal from...

2011-08-29 14:12:20

European women live longer than men, because of both biological and behavioural advantages, but women's longer lives are not necessarily healthy lives. Studies commented on by Dr Vannuzzo at the ESC Congress 2011, show that due to increase in tobacco and alcohol consumption in women, the gender gap is decreasing. In the European Union (27 countries) the total number of deaths is roughly similar in men and women (in 2009: 2 416 786 men and 2 418 048 women), and trends are also similar, but...

2011-08-29 14:10:54

In this prospective cohort study, presented today at the ESC Congress 2011, discontinuation of smokeless tobacco after a myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with a lower risk of subsequent mortality. Investigators found that post MI snus quitters had a 44 % lower risk of total mortality. The association seems to be independent of smoking habits, but partly explained by concomitant changes in other lifestyle variables. Smokeless tobacco in the form of Swedish snus (oral moist snuff)...

2011-08-29 13:21:15

New ESC guidelines emphasize the importance of screening and risk assessment Pre-existing heart disease is rarely a contraindication to pregnancy - indeed, many women with heart disorders tolerate pregnancy well - but it remains a "major concern" that complications are frequent and in some cases may be life-threatening for both the mother and her child. In Europe maternal heart disease has now become the major cause of maternal death during pregnancy. New ESC Guidelines on the...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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