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Stem Cell Therapy To Treat PAD In Clinical Trial

Research led by vascular surgeons at Dartmouth-Hitchcock may offer new hope to sufferers of peripheral artery disease, the cause of nearly 60,000 lower-limb amputations annually, through the use of a patient's own stem cells. Richard J...

Even at higher genetic heart risk, lifestyle helps

It’s no secret that healthy habits do your heart good. But a new study helps confirm that lifestyle also matters for people who have a genetically increased risk of heart problems.

The study, reported in the American Journal of Cardiology, focused on men who had at least one parent who’d had a heart attack before the age of 55.

That’s considered “premature” heart disease, and people whose mom or dad had it are also at higher-than-average risk themselves.

A fish a day keeps the doctor away?

Most people, whether healthy or having cardiovascular disease (CVD), would benefit from regular consumption of oily fish, concluded speakers at the EuroPRevent 2012 meeting. While eating whole fish undoubtedly offers the optimum approach for increasing omega-3 intakes in both primary and secondary prevention, delegates heard, supplements have a major role to play in increasing omega-3 intakes for people who do not like fish.

A Study Proves the Positive Effects of Heart Rehabilitation Programs on Patients

A research conducted at the University of Granada has demonstrated the efficiency of a heart rehabilitation program aimed at patients suffering from heart disease. The authors of this study affirm that it is essential that heart rehabilitation programs aimed at cardiac patients are established. In Spain, a low percentage of cardiac patients participate in this type of programs, as compared to the rest of Europe.

Taser Voltage Enough to Kill

A shock to the chest from a stun gun can cause sudden cardiac arrest and death, a small study suggested.

In eight cases of stun-gun induced loss of consciousness, the first recorded rhythms were ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation in six and asystole (after about 30 minutes of nonresponsiveness) in one, according to the first clinical study of taser effects published in a peer reviewed journal.

NSAIDs and cardiovascular risk explained

After nearly 13 years of study and intense debate, a pair of new papers from the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed exactly how a once-popular class of anti-inflammatory drugs leads to cardiovascular risk for people taking it.

U.S. Medicare to cover Edwards Sapien heart valve

The U.S. Medicare and Medicaid federal health insurance programs will cover the non-invasive Sapien heart valve replacement system from Edwards Lifesciences Corp, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday.

The Sapien system, which is threaded to the diseased heart through an incision in the groin or ribs via the femoral artery, is meant for patients deemed too sick to have heart valve replacement using more traditional open-heart surgery.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Sapien valve, which is estimated to cost about $30,000, in November.

U.S. Medicare to cover Edwards Sapien heart valve

The U.S. Medicare and Medicaid federal health insurance programs will cover the non-invasive Sapien heart valve replacement system from Edwards Lifesciences Corp, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday.

The Sapien system, which is threaded to the diseased heart through an incision in the groin or ribs via the femoral artery, is meant for patients deemed too sick to have heart valve replacement using more traditional open-heart surgery.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Sapien valve, which is estimated to cost about $30,000, in November.

Slightly-overactive thyroid tied to heart problems

A new report suggests higher-than-normal thyroid activity is linked to a greater risk of heart disease, including irregular heartbeats.

People with so-called subclinical hyperthyroidism have a slightly-overactive thyroid - a gland at the front of the neck responsible for regulating metabolism by releasing certain hormones.

Those people often don’t have the typical signs of full-on hyperthyroidism, such as increased appetite, restlessness and fatigue - so the condition may frequently go undiagnosed.

Study Reveals Need For Better Screening, Prevention Of Venous Thromboembolism As Outpatient Surgery Grows

A University of Michigan Health System study examined who's having outpatient surgery in the U.S. today, and showed 1 in 84 highest-risk patients suffers a dangerous blood clot after surgery. Hospitalized patients are often warned of the possibility of venous thromboembolism, which include blood clots that can form in the veins and travel to the lungs...

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