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  • Societies Update Guidelines for Dual Antiplatelet Therapy

    March 29, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Scientific Statements/Guidelines

    WASHINGTON (March 29, 2016) — The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association today released updated guidelines for dual antiplatelet therapy in patients with coronary artery disease. Dual antiplatelet therapy refers to the...

  • Wearable defibrillator may be an alternative to ICD for some patients; more research needed

    March 28, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Advisory Highlights: A wearable automatic defibrillator may be an alternative to an implantable cardiac defibrillator for a small group of patients. There are few large, randomized and controlled clinical trials of the vest and similar technologies, so they should not be used except for specific patients. This is the American Heart Association's first science advisory on the wearable automatic defibrillator.

  • Selection Process Underway to Find the Leader and Team for $75M Bold New Research Approach

    March 24, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    DALLAS, TX, March 24, 2016—The selection phase for the unprecedented opportunity to significantly reduce the devastating global burden of coronary heart disease through the One Brave Idea™ research fund is underway.

  • PTSD may affect blood vessel health in veterans

    March 23, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Post-traumatic stress disorder may decrease the ability of blood vessels to dilate, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke in Veterans. Traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking, have not fully explained why people with PTSD seem to be at higher heart disease risk. Better ways of managing PTSD and other types of stress are needed to help reduce the negative impact of chronic stress on blood vessels.

  • U.S. heart disease rates decline overall; some Southern areas see less progress

    March 21, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: While U.S. heart disease death rates have declined overall, new research reveals significant differences in rates of decline over 40 years among America's counties. A geographic shift in the highest heart disease death rates from the Northeast to the South suggests systematic changes in local conditions that affect heart disease. These findings highlight the importance of analyzing county-level trends in death from heart disease, as well as understanding why geographic differences might occur, researcher said.

  • Stress management may enhance cardiac rehab, improve recovery

    March 21, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Heart patients participating in cardiac rehabilitation programs that included stress management had fewer cardiac events than patents in rehab without stress management. Adding stress management into cardiac rehabilitation programs should be encouraged, researchers say.

  • Genetically inherited high cholesterol twice as common as believed

    March 14, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic cholesterol disorder, affects 1 in 250 American adults, making the condition twice as common as usually reported. The condition is a leading cause of heart attack at an early age. Following current recommendations to monitor cholesterol beginning in childhood may improve early diagnosis so treatment can reduce heart disease risk in these patients.

  • Chinese exercises may improve cardiovascular health

    March 09, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlight: Traditional Chinese exercises such as Tai Chi may lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and quality of life and depression in patients living with heart disease and stroke.

  • Special issue highlights new heart disease research on women, call for more

    February 23, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: A women's themed issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes focuses on women and heart disease. Some new research shows women have greater risks for complications after artery-opening procedures; often receive suboptimal care when being discharged for coronary artery disease; and women may be less likely to return to work by one year after suffering a heart attack.

  • Pre-pregnancy heart abnormalities may predict recurrent preeclampsia risk

    February 22, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Women who had pregnancy-related high blood pressure (preeclampsia) multiple times had recognizable heart abnormalities between pregnancies that could help predict their risk for heart and blood vessel disease during subsequent pregnancies and even later in life. Healthcare providers should inform women who have had preeclampsia of their increased risk and monitor them for heart and blood vessel disease.

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