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While 71 percent of heart patients are prescribed statins after hospitalization for heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and peripheral artery disease, just 37.4 percent retain that medication regimen a year later, researchers in Salt Lake City reported this week.

Patients who suffer brain damage after cardiac arrest could benefit from magnetic resonance (MR) imaging following their stabilization—a measure that has been shown to predict clinical outcomes through mapping brain activity, according to new research published in the American journal Radiology.

Ventricular assist devices (VADs) foster improved survival for children awaiting heart transplantation when compared to the current standard of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

African Americans are dying an average of 3.4 years before white Americans, a significant gap that’s attributable to more prevalent cardiovascular disease (CVD) and risk factors in the black population, the American Heart Association (AHA) reported in a scientific statement published Monday in Circulation.

Cardiovascular research has traditionally focused on hard clinical endpoints such as markers of disease progression, adverse events and death. But now researchers are calling for more studies that incorporate the viewpoints of patients and caregivers, both in trial design and execution and in measuring outcomes like quality of life, time off work, out-of-pocket expense and caregiver burden.

 

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Hearts from adolescent donors are underutilized, could reduce CAV risk

According to a new study, hearts from donors between 10 and 14 years old can be safely transplanted into adults and are also associated with a reduced risk of cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV).

Ambardekar discusses findings of risk perception study, patient education

In an interview with Cardiovascular Business, the lead author of a new study discussed his team's findings in greater detail and offered recommendations based on the research.

Heart failure patients, physicians differ significantly in risk perception

Neither doctors nor patients are particularly accurate at assessing the risk of advanced heart failure (HF), according to new research. Physicians tend to overestimate the risk, while patients dramatically underestimate it.

Race, weight gain could help predict women at risk for heart disease

According to some new research from the University of Pittsburgh, a physician could determine a woman’s risk for developing heart disease by their race and identifying where on their bodies they store fat.

Death risk doubles for heart patients with depression

Depressed patients with coronary artery disease are twice as likely to die compared to heart patients without depression, according to new research.

Cooling cardiac arrest patients for 48 hours could be beneficial

Physicians have long used cooling methods to help patients wake up after suffering a cardiac arrest, and researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark are exploring how to make the approach even more effective.

Big promises? Questionable stem cell therapies marketed to heart failure patients

In a research letter published online July 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine, four physicians from the St. Louis University contacted 61 centers offering stem cell therapy, which is not approved by the FDA, to heart failure patients.

LSU research paves way for treatment to prevent brain damage after cardiac arrest

New research from Louisiana State University (LSU) in New Orleans could lead to a treatment that prevents long-term sensory problems that arise from brain damage that can occur in survivors of cardiac arrest.

3 U.S. airports now offer CPR training kiosks

Three airports around the U.S. have joined an American Heart Association initiative to provide hands-only CPR training kiosks for passengers waiting for flights.

Even minor weight gain could cause heart failure

Physicians have long warned patients against gaining significant weight, telling them that too much could cause cardiovascular disease. But new research shows that even a little weight, as little as 5 percent, could make a difference in one’s heart health.

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