Heart Health

Heart Health

Heart Failure: Your Treatment Options

· · Heart Health

A new report from the American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that U.S. heart failure rates are rising. The number of Americans who have the condition increased from about 5.7 million between 2009 and 2012 to about 6.5 million between 2011 and 2014, according to the AHA’s Heart Disease and Stroke  … Read More

Newsbriefs: Trans Fats; Heart Attack Risk

· · Heart Health

New York Proves That Banning Trans Fats Reduces Heart Attacks.
You’ve heard that trans fats are harmful, and that you should ban this form of cholesterol from your diet. Now there’s solid proof this advice is good medicine. In 2007, some counties in New York state began restricting the use of  … Read More

Another HDL-Raising Drug Fails the Test

· · Heart Health

High levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol help protect against heart disease, which is why it is called the “good” cholesterol. People with naturally high levels of HDL have fewer heart attacks and strokes than those with lower levels. Yet it is becoming all too clear that raising HDL with  … Read More

Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

· · Heart Health

More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, and 500,000 more cases are diagnosed each year. The condition develops gradually, due to injury to or weakness of the heart—underlying causes include these, among others:
Heart attack
High blood pressure
Coronary artery disease
Heart valve disease
Abnormal heart rhythms
Diseases of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathies)
Diabetes
There are two  … Read More

What You Need to Know About Heart Attacks

· · Heart Health

Many women are far more concerned about the possibility that they will develop breast cancer than heart dis-ease, but heart disease claims more than six times as many women’s lives each year as breast cancer does. What’s more, many women are unaware of the fact that they are at risk  … Read More

Newsbriefs: Robot Sleeve Treatment for Heart Failure; Colonoscopy Alternatives; Shoulder Replacement Surgery

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Soft Robot Sleeve Helps Ailing Hearts Beat
Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot sleeve that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially offering new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure. In animal tests, the soft robotic sleeve twisted and compressed  … Read More

Blood Thinners: Balancing the Benefits and Risks

· · Heart Health

So-called “blood thinners” (anticoagulant drugs) can help prevent dangerous blood clots in people with the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AFib), in which the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) beat irregularly and ineffectively. “This causes blood to pool in the atria,” says Jonathan Halperin, MD, director of clinical  … Read More

Newer LDL-Lowering Drug Shows Excellent Benefit

· · Heart Health

In the ongoing effort to find drugs that safely and effectively reduce cardiovascular events, there’s a new class of stars: PCSK9 inhibitors. These drugs are antibodies directed at the PCSK9 protein, which regulates LDL receptor recycling.  Blocking the protein results in increasing the effective number of receptors, which leads to  … Read More



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