Latest Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Screening Stories

2008-12-30 22:40:44

Long-term use of the hypertension drug candesartan may reduce symptoms of heart disease, researchers in the Czech Republic say. Study leader Dr. Jiri Krupicka of Na Homolce Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study on the long-term administration of candesartan in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- a genetic heart condition that thickens the heart muscle. Krupicka's team found that candesartan reduced the symptoms of...

2008-11-13 00:00:19

U.S. and Canadian researchers are questioning the American Heart Association's suggestion that all heart patients be screened for depression. A report published in the Nov. 12 Journal of the American Medical Association said there is not enough medical evidence to support such a massive undertaking. "It's a very appealing idea that non-mental health professionals can administer a quick, easy-to-use depression screening test, and that would somehow benefit patients," Brett Thombs, a...

2008-06-26 09:01:47

ST. LOUIS _ The disease that became the focus of Dr. Keith Mankowitz's cardiology practice was a medical enigma 11 years ago when he opened a center dedicated to its research and treatment. The condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has been so misunderstood that it has gone by 75 names and been misdiagnosed in a multitude of ways. It makes sporadic headlines only when seemingly healthy athletes such as Hank Gathers, Thomas Herrion and Jason Collier die unexpectedly from its...

2006-03-06 12:24:27

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A group of cardiologists has launched a campaign to encourage people at risk for heart disease to learn their ejection fraction, or "EF" -- a measure of the heart's blood-pumping power -- to reduce their risk of sudden cardiac death. Each year, 450,000 Americans die as a result of sudden cardiac death, which occurs when a person's heart abruptly stops functioning. It often occurs in apparently healthy persons free of symptoms of heart...

2005-08-26 14:11:42

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Compared to men, women with a hereditary heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are substantially more likely to be diagnosed later in life and with more severe symptoms, an Italian study indicates. This occurs despite the fact that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy "should theoretically be present in males and females equally," Dr. Iacopo Olivotto commented to Reuters Health, because it is a genetic disease with an inheritance...

2005-08-08 17:31:38

Contrast-enhanced MRI is better than SPECT in detecting heart damage in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that can lead to sudden death in young patients. SPECT nuclear medicine studies are currently the most common way to look for myocardial damage in these patients; however; a new study, published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology, found that MRI is a more comprehensive examination than SPECT. "MRI was better able to detect small areas of heart...

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