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Cardiology is the branch of internal medicine dealing with disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The field is commonly divided in the branches of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology.
Research provides pathway toward creation of first broad-spectrum antiviral drug

Research provides pathway toward creation of first broad-spectrum antiviral drug

By studying the rare person -- about one in a million -- who can fight off viral infections more effectively than everyone else, investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a strategy to help the rest of us achieve this enhanced anti-viral state. [More]
Cardioprotective effect proposed for metformin

Cardioprotective effect proposed for metformin

A large retrospective analysis suggests that metformin could be cardioprotective in insulin-dependent patients with Type 2 diabetes. [More]
SPRINT supports stringent BP goals for elderly

SPRINT supports stringent BP goals for elderly

Analysis of SPRINT participants older than 75 years shows that they too benefitted from an intensive blood pressure target of 120 mmHg. [More]
Novel protective gene against CAD uncovered

Novel protective gene against CAD uncovered

A large study has found that mutations in the gene encoding the major subunit of the asialoglycoprotein receptor are protective against coronary artery disease. [More]
Raised lipoprotein(a) could account for a quarter of FH cases

Raised lipoprotein(a) could account for a quarter of FH cases

High levels of lipoprotein(a) could account for a substantial proportion of cases of familial hypercholesterolaemia, a large study shows. [More]
Early aspirin benefits after minor stroke 'underestimated'

Early aspirin benefits after minor stroke 'underestimated'

A meta-analysis of individual patient data has thrown light on the benefits of aspirin for secondary prevention in patients with ischaemic stroke. [More]
Call for improvements in CVD risk models

Call for improvements in CVD risk models

There are too many poorly validated models for predicting cardiovascular disease risk in the general population, researchers report in The BMJ. [More]
Strategy choice impacts long-term mortality in bifurcation stenting

Strategy choice impacts long-term mortality in bifurcation stenting

Using a provisional rather than a planned two-stent strategy for coronary bifurcation stenting may halve long-term mortality, pooled study data show. [More]
Targeting rotors challenged for nonparoxsymal AF

Targeting rotors challenged for nonparoxsymal AF

Targeted ablation of electrical rotors and focal sources is not a successful strategy in patients with persistent or long-standing atrial fibrillation, shows the randomised OASIS trial. [More]
Antihypertensive initiation, intensification linked to raised short-term fall risk

Antihypertensive initiation, intensification linked to raised short-term fall risk

Older patients initiating or intensifying antihypertensive medication have a short-term increased risk of sustaining a serious fall injury, US study findings indicate. [More]
PCI with polymer-free BA9 drug-coated stent better than bare metal stent in ACS patients

PCI with polymer-free BA9 drug-coated stent better than bare metal stent in ACS patients

Patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) who are at high risk for bleeding have significantly lower rates of target lesion revascularisation and fewer adverse events after undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with a polymer-free biolimus-A (BA9) drug-coated stent than with those receiving a bare metal stent (BMS) in results from a sub-study of the LEADERS FREE trial reported for the first time in a late-breaker session at EuroPCR 2016. [More]
Study estimates half of transcatheter heart valves undergo degeneration within 10 years

Study estimates half of transcatheter heart valves undergo degeneration within 10 years

Half of transcatheter heart valves may undergo degeneration within 10 years, according to estimates from the first study investigating the long-term durability of these valves in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) reported at EuroPCR 2016. [More]
Model may guide statin treatment in diabetes patients

Model may guide statin treatment in diabetes patients

Researchers have developed a model to predict the benefits of statin treatment in individual patients with Type 2 diabetes, but experts question whether individualised treatment is always the best choice. [More]
CMR 'may be preferable' to SPECT for CHD prognosis

CMR 'may be preferable' to SPECT for CHD prognosis

Long-term follow-up of the CE-MARC study suggests that cardiovascular magnetic resonance could be a better predictor of cardiovascular events than single-photon emission computed tomography in patients with coronary heart disease. [More]
High or rapidly rising BP poses greatest stroke, mortality risk

High or rapidly rising BP poses greatest stroke, mortality risk

Findings from the Rotterdam study show how the trajectories of people's blood pressure in mid to late life have varying effects on their risk of having a stroke or dying. [More]
Philips to showcase advanced cardiology solutions at EuroPCR 2016 Congress

Philips to showcase advanced cardiology solutions at EuroPCR 2016 Congress

Royal Philips today announced its participation in the EuroPCR 2016 Congress in the field of interventional cardiology, taking place in Paris, France, May 17 – 20, 2016. [More]
Study shows inhibition of SHP-2 enzyme can diminish lupus symptoms

Study shows inhibition of SHP-2 enzyme can diminish lupus symptoms

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have identified an enzyme that is significantly elevated in mouse models of systemic lupus erythematosus and in blood samples of patients with lupus. [More]
Pre-existing maternal diabetes still major risk factor for congenital heart defects

Pre-existing maternal diabetes still major risk factor for congenital heart defects

The strong influence of pre-pregnancy diabetes on the likelihood of women giving birth to babies with congenital heart defects has not lessened over recent decades, say researchers. [More]
Arterial switch to 12 o'clock position linked to myocardial ischaemia risk in adolescence

Arterial switch to 12 o'clock position linked to myocardial ischaemia risk in adolescence

Arterial switch to the 12 o'clock position is associated with abnormal coronary perfusion in adolescence, reveals research presented today at EuroCMR 2016.1 Babies born with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) undergo the arterial switch operation in the first days of life. [More]
Myocardial fibrosis linked to adverse cardiovascular outcomes in OSA patients

Myocardial fibrosis linked to adverse cardiovascular outcomes in OSA patients

Myocardial fibrosis could be a future therapeutic target after researchers found it correlated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) referred for cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). [More]
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