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Heart failure (HF) is a condition in which a problem with the structure or function of the heart impairs its ability to supply sufficient blood flow to meet the body's needs. It should not be confused with cardiac arrest or myocardial infarction.
Study reveals brain activity may be key to link between stress and heart disease

Study reveals brain activity may be key to link between stress and heart disease

Increased activity in a deep-lying region of the brain called the amygdala is associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a study published in The Lancet.

The amygdala is known to process emotions such as fear and anger and the finding sheds light on the possible mechanism by which stress can lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD), say the study authors. [More]
Experts suggest new five-stage system of classifying patients at risk for heart attack

Experts suggest new five-stage system of classifying patients at risk for heart attack

Experts at Johns Hopkins and New York's Mount Sinai Health System have published a suggested new plan for a five-stage system of classifying the risk of heart attack in those with heart disease, one they say puts much-needed and long-absent focus on the risks faced by millions of Americans who pass so-called stress tests or have less obvious or earlier-stage danger signs. [More]
VTCRI scientist receives $2.1 million grant for research to combat heart disease

VTCRI scientist receives $2.1 million grant for research to combat heart disease

Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has received a $2.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health for research to combat the nation's No. 1 killer — heart disease. [More]
Thought leaders at U-CARS meeting to explore issues related to heart recovery and regeneration

Thought leaders at U-CARS meeting to explore issues related to heart recovery and regeneration

For many years, the answer to that question was unequivocally "No." But as the University of Utah School of Medicine's annual Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium will explore on Jan. 12-13, advances in treating heart failure are giving physicians, surgeons and researchers reason to hope the deadly disease might one day be defeated. [More]
Researchers develop novel tests that could improve treatment for heart failure patients

Researchers develop novel tests that could improve treatment for heart failure patients

For the first time, researchers have developed tests that could improve treatment for heart failure patients by diagnosing the condition with greater accuracy, as well as by detecting the onset of congestive heart failure earlier. [More]
Ardelyx initiates two clinical trials to evaluate new treatment for hyperkalemia

Ardelyx initiates two clinical trials to evaluate new treatment for hyperkalemia

Ardelyx, Inc., a clinical-stage company focused on enhancing the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal and cardiorenal diseases, today announced the initiation of a Phase 3 clinical trial and an onset-of-action clinical trial evaluating RDX7675 in patients with hyperkalemia, a potentially life-threatening condition common in patients with cardiorenal disease. [More]
Alcohol abuse linked to increased risk of heart conditions

Alcohol abuse linked to increased risk of heart conditions

Alcohol abuse increases the risk of atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure as much as other well-established risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and obesity, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Financial penalties can reduce hospital readmissions

Financial penalties can reduce hospital readmissions

Hospitals that were financially penalized for too many readmissions were more likely than non-penalized institutions to subsequently reduce readmissions for all conditions, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and colleagues in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [More]
Penn experts suggest ways for hospitals to improve health care

Penn experts suggest ways for hospitals to improve health care

Leveraging existing relationships with friends and family may be a more effective way to improve patients' health and encourage new healthy habits and behaviors than increasing interactions with physicians or other clinicians. [More]
ACA financial penalties lead to reductions in hospital readmission rates for common conditions

ACA financial penalties lead to reductions in hospital readmission rates for common conditions

Financial penalties levied under the Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program lead to the poorest performing hospitals to achieve the greatest reductions in readmission rates for common conditions. [More]
Novel investigational drug may help restore cardiac function after heart failure

Novel investigational drug may help restore cardiac function after heart failure

Cimaglermin, a new experimental drug, may help restore cardiac function after heart failure, according to a first-in-man study published today in JACC: Basic to Translational Science. [More]
UCLA-led consortium receives $8.6 million NIH grant to map the heart's nervous system

UCLA-led consortium receives $8.6 million NIH grant to map the heart's nervous system

A consortium directed by UCLA's Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar has received a three-year, $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to map the heart's nervous system. [More]
LifePoint Health earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation for 35 facilities

LifePoint Health earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation for 35 facilities

Thirty-five LifePoint Health facilities earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation in 2016, bringing the total number of accredited facilities to 63, as part of a system-wide collaboration between LifePoint Health and the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Canadian-Israeli researchers develop new biological pacemaker

Canadian-Israeli researchers develop new biological pacemaker

Using human embryonic stem cells to create a type of cardiac cells known as sinotrial (SA) node pacemaker cells, a team of scientists from Israel and Canada have developed a biological pacemaker that overcomes many of the limitations of electrical pacemakers. [More]
Clinical study tests adult stem cell therapy for infants with congenital HLHS

Clinical study tests adult stem cell therapy for infants with congenital HLHS

In a first-in-children randomized clinical study, medical researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have begun testing to see whether adult stem cells derived from bone marrow benefit children with the congenital heart defect hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). [More]
Anticholinergic drugs linked to increased rate of emergency department and hospital visits

Anticholinergic drugs linked to increased rate of emergency department and hospital visits

Anticholinergic medications, a class of drugs very commonly used by older adults, are linked to an increased rate of emergency department and hospital utilization in the United States, according to an Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Indiana University Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, and Regenstrief Institute study of community-dwelling Americans age 65 and older. [More]
Chronic shortness of breath could be warning signal for potential heart or lung disease

Chronic shortness of breath could be warning signal for potential heart or lung disease

Shortness of breath is an often overlooked symptom of what may be heart failure or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). New research shows that with early intervention, patients can avoid suffering and the need for hospitalization decreases. [More]
Echocardiography post-surgery can detect early and asymptomatic heart dysfunction

Echocardiography post-surgery can detect early and asymptomatic heart dysfunction

New echocardiographic ultrasound methods can non-invasively evaluate deformation of the heart muscle in order to identify abnormal function in children who were operated for coarctation (narrowing) of the aorta. [More]
New guidelines highlight safety, efficacy of surgical ablation for treating atrial fibrillation

New guidelines highlight safety, efficacy of surgical ablation for treating atrial fibrillation

New clinical practice guidelines have been issued by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons that include major recommendations for the use of surgical ablation when treating atrial fibrillation (Afib), the most common type of irregular heartbeat. [More]
GCS e-Santé Archipel 97-1 implements remote robotic ultrasound system for better patient treatment

GCS e-Santé Archipel 97-1 implements remote robotic ultrasound system for better patient treatment

The GCS e-Santé [Healthcare Cooperative Association for e-Health] Archipel 97-1 continues to develop the deployment and use of telemedicine in Guadeloupe and contributes to the improvement of medical treatment through new technologies. [More]
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