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February 22, 2019

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February 22, 2019

Most Triggers for Irregular Heartbeat Can Be Easily Modified

Feb. 14, 2019 — A personal survey of patients with atrial fibrillatio, one of the most important causes of irregular heartbeats, has found that the majority of triggers for the condition are easily modifiable ... read more

Should We Screen People for Irregular Heartbeat?

Feb. 13, 2019 — Should we screen people for irregular heartbeat (known as atrial fibrillation, or AF for short) in an effort to prevent ... read more

Size and Time Impact Outcomes When Mechanical Clot Removal Used for Large Core Strokes

Feb. 7, 2019 — Patient outcomes with large core stroke damage are worse the larger the core volume and the longer the time lapse between stroke onset and treatment. Perfusion imaging may help identify large core ... read more

Statin Therapy Reduces Risk of Major Cardiovascular Events Irrespective of Age

Feb. 1, 2019 — Statin therapy reduces major vascular events, and a new meta-analysis shows this is the case even in patients over 75 years of age. The research summarizes evidence from 28 randomized controlled ... read more

Americans Concerned About Weight, but Don't Understand Link to Heart Conditions, Health

Jan. 31, 2019 — A new survey finds that while most Americans (88 percent) understand that there is a connection between a healthy heart and a healthy weight, most aren't doing enough -- or anything -- to combat ... read more

Nearly Half of All Adult Americans Have Cardiovascular Disease

Jan. 31, 2019 — At least 48 percent of all adults in the United States have some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the latest statistics. Much of the prevalence is driven by an increase in the number of ... read more

Athletes Can Rest Easy: Extreme Exercise Does Not Raise Heart Disease Risk or Mortality, Study Shows

Jan. 30, 2019 — High volumes of exercise are safe, even when coronary calcium levels are high, new research ... read more

Some Gut Cells Slow Down Metabolism, Accelerate Cardiovascular Disease

Jan. 30, 2019 — Researchers have discovered how specific cells in the guts of mice slow down metabolism and eventually contribute to obesity, diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis. The findings, scientists say, ... read more

Extremely High Blood Pressure in African-Americans Is 5 Times the National Average

Jan. 30, 2019 — Extremely high blood pressure that leads to strokes, heart attacks and acute kidney damage, classified as hypertensive emergency, is five times higher in inner-city African-American patients than the ... read more

Counties With Dirtier Air Have More Stroke Deaths

Jan. 30, 2019 — Counties with higher levels of fine particulate (PM2.5) air pollution have more stroke deaths and shorter life expectancies among their citizenry. About half of US counties have annual air pollution ... read more

Flu, Flu-Like Illnesses Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke, Neck Artery Tears

Jan. 30, 2019 — Flu-like illnesses are associated with an increased risk of stroke and neck artery dissection. The risk of stroke and neck artery dissections are greatest within a month of a flu-like ... read more

Draining Blood from Bleeding Stroke May Prevent Death

Jan. 30, 2019 — A minimally invasive surgery combining the use of a clot-busting drug and a catheter to drain blood from the brain of hemorrhagic stroke patients reduced swelling and improved patients' ... read more

'Bugs' in the Gut Might Predict Dementia in the Brain

Jan. 30, 2019 — The makeup of bacteria and other microbes in the gut may have a direct association with dementia risk, according to preliminary ... read more

Women Twice as Likely to Suffer from Severe Depression After a Stroke

Jan. 28, 2019 — New research has found that women are twice as likely to suffer from severe depression following a stroke than ... read more

Updated Treatment Guidelines for Atrial Fibrillation Recommend a New Class of Blood Thinners to Help Prevent Stroke

Jan. 28, 2019 — Newer anticoagulants, known as non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs), are recommended over the traditional warfarin to prevent stroke in people with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Weight loss is ... read more

Not All Saturated Fats Are Equal When It Comes to Heart Health

Jan. 28, 2019 — The type of saturated fats we eat can affect our risk of a heart ... read more

Bad Cholesterol: 'Slim Down' Fat-Carrying Particles to Reduce Its Spread

Jan. 28, 2019 — The enzyme that 'loads up' fat-carrying particles in the liver before they are transported around the body has been identified for the first ... read more

Protein Promotes Small Artery Growth to Damaged Heart Tissue in Mice, Study Finds

Jan. 24, 2019 — A collaboration between basic and clinical scientists has revealed a protein that promotes the growth of small arteries leading into oxygen-starved heart tissues in ... read more

Analysis Examines Migraine's Link to Higher Stroke Risk

Jan. 24, 2019 — Migraine with aura was associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study, but a recent post-hoc analysis reveals unexpected results suggesting that ... read more

Normal Variations in Thyroid Function May Be Linked to Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Jan. 23, 2019 — A study has strengthened the link between thyroid function and atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart rhythm that increases the risk of stroke and other heart-related ... read more

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