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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.
Prevalence of geriatric conditions among older, insured patients with diabetes vary little by ethnicity

Prevalence of geriatric conditions among older, insured patients with diabetes vary little by ethnicity

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers found that the prevalence of geriatric conditions and diabetic complications among older, insured patients with diabetes did not vary significantly by ethnicity. [More]
Risk of rehospitalization for older heart patient remains high for up to a year

Risk of rehospitalization for older heart patient remains high for up to a year

In the month following an older heart patient's hospital discharge, there is a one in five risk of rehospitalization or death, but little is known about how these risks change over time. A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers found that risks remain high for up to a year, but can be addressed with targeted care. [More]
Decades of progress save countless lives, but biggest research challenges lie ahead

Decades of progress save countless lives, but biggest research challenges lie ahead

The 2015 Heart and Stroke Foundation Report on the Health of Canadians looks back on 60 years of life-saving, ground-breaking research, revealing astonishing improvements in diagnosis, treatments, and outcomes. [More]
Most hospital readmissions after surgery are not due to poor care coordination, finds new study

Most hospital readmissions after surgery are not due to poor care coordination, finds new study

A study from Northwestern Medicine and the American College of Surgeons published today in JAMA suggests that penalizing hospitals for patient readmissions following surgery may be ineffective, and even counterproductive, for improving the quality of hospital care in America. [More]
Biodegradable microstructures may help repair tissue, prevent heart failure

Biodegradable microstructures may help repair tissue, prevent heart failure

The delivery of tiny biodegradable microstructures to heart tissue damaged by heart attack may help repair the tissue and prevent future heart failure. A team led by cardiovascular researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin bioengineered the microstructures to be the same size, shape and stiffness as adult heart muscle cells, or cardiomyocytes, with the goal of releasing biologically active peptides that act as cardioprotective agents. [More]
Three Keck Medicine scientists of USC receive $4.3 million from CIRM for stem cell research

Three Keck Medicine scientists of USC receive $4.3 million from CIRM for stem cell research

Three scientists from Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California have won grants exceeding $4.3 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for research that includes creating a temporary liver for transplant patients, finding novel ways to treat immune disorders and blood diseases and developing a new animal model for exploring diseases like heart failure, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. [More]
Research: New molecule safeguards heart from toxic breast cancer drugs, kills cancerous tumour

Research: New molecule safeguards heart from toxic breast cancer drugs, kills cancerous tumour

A new molecule has been found that protects the heart from toxic breast cancer drugs and also kills the cancerous tumour. The research from Italy addresses the burgeoning problem of heart disease in cancer survivors and is announced by the European Society of Cardiology today on World Cancer Day. [More]
Two genetic mutations can interact to reduce risk for heart attack

Two genetic mutations can interact to reduce risk for heart attack

Researchers have determined that two mutations on a single gene can interact in a way that lowers the carrier's risk for a heart attack. [More]
Not all ARB drugs are equally effective at treating heart failure, reveals NSU researcher

Not all ARB drugs are equally effective at treating heart failure, reveals NSU researcher

Millions of people take angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) to help treat heart failure. But it turns out not all ARBs are created equally, according to one Nova Southeastern University researcher's findings. [More]
Boston Scientific announces launch of EL implantable cardioverter defibrillators

Boston Scientific announces launch of EL implantable cardioverter defibrillators

Boston Scientific Corporation announces the launch and first U.S. implant of its line of Extended Longevity (EL) implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), including DYNAGEN EL and INOGEN EL device models. [More]
Study finds decline in re-hospitalization rates after AVR surgery

Study finds decline in re-hospitalization rates after AVR surgery

Fewer patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR) are being re-hospitalized in the year following surgery, indicating the surgery is safer and the recovery has become easier, according to an article in the February 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Postprandial glucagon linked to glycaemic control in Type 1 diabetes

Postprandial glucagon linked to glycaemic control in Type 1 diabetes

Research shows that postprandial glucagon levels increase over time in children with newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes, and are associated with worsening glycaemic control, suggesting an adjunctive treatment approach. [More]
OSTAR introduces Cellular TeleHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System in North America

OSTAR introduces Cellular TeleHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System in North America

OSTAR Healthcare Technology, a Washington State Based TeleHealth Solutions company, announced the North American launch of yet another first in their Cellular TeleHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System. [More]
Magnus Life Science commemorates unique partnership with UCL to advance bio-medical research

Magnus Life Science commemorates unique partnership with UCL to advance bio-medical research

Magnus Life Science is today celebrating its unique collaboration with University College London (UCL), one of the world's leading universities, to advance bio-medical research and bring real innovation to areas of high unmet medical need. [More]
Study finds no evidence that testosterone replacement therapy increases cardiovascular risk

Study finds no evidence that testosterone replacement therapy increases cardiovascular risk

Fears of a link between testosterone replacement therapy and cardiovascular risk are misplaced, according to a review published in this month's Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The therapy has come under widespread scrutiny in recent months, including by a federal Food and Drug Administration panel convened last fall. [More]
IU Health Tipton Hospital recognized as Heart Failure Accredited Access Hospital

IU Health Tipton Hospital recognized as Heart Failure Accredited Access Hospital

The Healthcare Colloquium, a Battelle Company, recognizes Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital as a Heart Failure Accredited Access Hospital. IU Tipton is the eleventh hospital in the Indiana University Health system to have earned this distinction. [More]
Upregulating heme-oxygenase with hemin helps improve pericardial adipocyte morphology, function

Upregulating heme-oxygenase with hemin helps improve pericardial adipocyte morphology, function

Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, Department of Physiology, Saskatoon, Canada, led by Dr. Joseph Fomusi Ndisang have determined that upregulating heme-oxygenase with hemin improves pericardial adipocyte morphology and function. [More]
Survey sheds light on issues that limit acute heart failure patients' ability to care for themselves

Survey sheds light on issues that limit acute heart failure patients' ability to care for themselves

A tool designed to assess what interferes with acute heart failure patients' ability to care for themselves after hospital discharge holds promise for improving patient outcomes and reducing readmissions to the hospital. [More]
Thyroid disease can affect woman's reproductive health

Thyroid disease can affect woman's reproductive health

Thyroid disease can have significant effects on a woman's reproductive health and screening for women presenting with fertility problems and recurrent early pregnancy loss should be considered, suggests a new review published today (23 January) in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. [More]
St. Mary's wins Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for second consecutive year

St. Mary's wins Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for second consecutive year

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellenceâ„¢ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This is the second consecutive year St. Mary's has received this award, which recognizes St. Mary's as among the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. [More]