Rapid heart imaging technique may cut costs, boost care in developing world

A newly developed rapid imaging protocol quickly and cheaply diagnosed heart ailments in patients in Peru, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. In Peru, cardiovascular disease affects 3.2 million (16 percent of the adult population), leading to a significant…

Heart Failure Therapies in Focus . . . Cardiac Resynchronisation

Worldwide cardiologists and doctors alike are vested in therapies to combat heart failure and explore measures to improve the quality of life for patients – new implanted device based therapies are under active investigations- including devices that can modulate cardiac contractility, and multiple other modes to alter vagal tone. In an ever-evolving landscape of treatment…

Minimizing the Risk of Repairing a Broken Heart

Aortic valve disease threatened to undo all the effort Beverly Gorham put into getting healthy. The 79-year-old Genoa, Ill. resident has been working hard to keep off the 100 pounds she lost in her early 70s. However, slowly over time she noticed she couldn’t complete her goal of 10,000 steps, then she couldn’t even make…

Epigenetic reprogramming of human hearts found in congestive heart failure

Congestive heart failure is a terminal disease that affects nearly 6 million Americans. Yet its management is limited to symptomatic treatments because the causal mechanisms of congestive heart failure—including its most common form, ischemic cardiomyopathy—are not known. Ischemic cardiomyopathy is the result of restricted blood flow in coronary arteries, as occurs during a heart attack,…

World’s major heart surgery organizations call for effective strategies to treat rheumatic heart disease

Experts from the world’s major heart surgery organizations-;including The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS), and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS)-;are calling for urgent action to develop and implement effective strategies for treating rheumatic heart disease (RHD), which…

Heart Failure Therapies in Focus . . . Cardiac Resynchronisation

Worldwide cardiologists and doctors alike are vested in therapies to combat heart failure and explore measures to improve the quality of life for patients – new implanted device based therapies are under active investigations- including devices that can modulate cardiac contractility, and multiple other modes to alter vagal tone. In an ever-evolving landscape of treatment…

Cardiac surgeons can safely use significantly less blood in heart operations

Researchers have shown cardiac surgeons can save a significant amount of precious donated blood and still safely perform life-saving heart surgery. A major international study has found cardiac surgeons can safely use significantly less blood in heart operations. Cardiac surgery relies heavily on donated blood because of the high blood transfusion rates, but researchers say…

Study: Hearts Donated by Preteens Work in Adults

Adults waiting for a heart transplant could benefit from early adolescent donor hearts that are not used for pediatric patients, a study suggested, with no worse outcomes in the long run. Despite concerns that adolescent donors ages 10 to 14 would have hearts with no hormonal activation and the potential for changes in left ventricular…