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National Alzheimer\’s Awareness Month

The month of November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to memory, …

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Better Education Needed for Patients with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices

A new study reveals the need for increased patient education on cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED).  Although patients today have real-time access to data, a new survey shows significant gaps in patient understanding of device use and the impact on their health.  The study was presented last May at Heart Rhythm 2019, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 40th …

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Researchers Find New Defensive Mechanism Against Bacterial Wound Infections

Wound inflammation which results in impaired wound healing can have serious consequences for patients. According to researchers from Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin (C-UB), a new defensive mechanism has been discovered to enable our skin to actively kill bacteria. Central to this mechanism is a cellular messenger molecule, called \’interleukin 6\’, whose mode of action may …

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Study Takes a Look at Contemporary Use of Hybrid Revascularization

Yesterday researchers noted that Hybrid revascularization, combining percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), for the treatment of multivessel coronary artery disease, is used infrequently. According to findings published in the American Heart Journal, a new analysis, reveals that while the risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rate was not different between hybrid revascularization and …

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Researchers See Worrying Decline in Medication Use After Cardiac Surgery

At the combined ESC Congress 2019 and World Congress at Cardiology, held in Paris, France, late breaking results, from data gleaned from analyzing the SWEDHEART registry, were presented in a Hot Line Session.  The research findings reveal that preventive medications are high early after heart surgery but decreases significantly over time. This is despite the …

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Study Finds Risk of Heart Valve Infections Increase in Hospitals

Rutgers University (RU) researchers report that people with heart disease or defective or artificial heart valves are at increased risk of developing a potentially deadly valve infection. Research findings reveal that new risk factors for this medical condition have been identified and that an increasing number of patients admitted to hospitals for other diseases are …

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Additional heart artery stenting Helps to Prevent future heart attacks

University of Sheffield (UoS) researchers say that patients who have had emergency heart attack treatment with heart artery stenting—and have significant narrowings in their other untreated arteries—can benefit from additional stenting to help prevent future heart attacks. Over 700 UK patients took part in the UK investigations led by Rob Storey, Professor of Cardiology at …

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Greater Treatment Options for AVS Patients with a Lower Surgical Risk of Major Complications

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that protects the public health, approved an expanded indication for several transcatheter heart valves to include patients with severe aortic valve stenosis (Sapien 3, Sapien 3 Ultra, CoreValve Evolut R and CoreValve Evolut PRO) at low surgical risk …

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Using Advanced MRI Brain Scans to Predict Stroke-Related Dementia

An advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) brain scan analysis in patients with stroke-related, small vessel disease helped predict problems with thinking, planning, organizing information, process speed memory and even dementia, according to new research study published in the Sept. 12 issue of Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association. …

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Defibrillator’s Location, Availability When Needed, May Improve Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

Location, Location, Location.  This quote is often tied to real estate.  But a newly released study ties both location and availability of time of need to surviving cardiac arrest. Researchers note that Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are often placed in areas of low risk and may be unavailable during certain times of the day. But …

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