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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.

Digital tracking devices can motivate patients to increase their physical activity outside of structured cardiac rehabilitation, a new study suggests.

 

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Machine learning mines EHRs to predict heart failure

The widespread implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has proved to be a bumpy ride for many. But the sheer amount of data available in digital form carries with it plenty of potential. Recent work by scientists from IBM and Sutter Health developed artificial intelligence that can uncover pre-diagnostic heart failure through EHRs.

Methamphetamine abusers regain heart function after quitting

Methamphetamine abuse significantly increases one’s morbidity leading to complications such as arrhythmias, hypertension and methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy (MACM).

New paper strip test can detect heart failure

Scientists from China have developed a new paper strip test that could allow heart failure patients to monitor their condition at home.

Weight-loss surgery shown to cut heart failure risk in half

In a new study led by researchers at Geisinger Obesity Institute in Danville, Pennsylvania, investigators were surprised when they saw overwhelming evidence that weight-loss surgery decreased long-term risks of heart failure by more than half in obese patients.

Predictive models for heart failure, sudden death ID patients unlikely to benefit from ICDs

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have been proven effective in reducing mortality in patients with severe systolic heart failure. A recent study used two models—one for heart failure and another for proportional risk—to identify patients less likely to benefit from ICDs.

COPD episodes could increase chance of heart attack, stroke in heart patients

New research presented at the American Thoracic Society conference in San Francisco has provided evidence that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or have a history or risk for cardiovascular disease more often suffer from heart attack and stroke.

AHA launches four new studies focusing on women’s heart health

The American Heart Association (AHA) announced May 17 the launch of four research projects all focused on examining heart disease in women.

Early menopause could increase heart failure risk in women

New research shows that postmenopausal women who reached menopause at an earlier age or who never gave birth at all are at a higher risk for developing heart failure.

Unemployed heart failure patients could face 50% higher risk of death

Being unemployed could have deadly consequences for patients suffering from heart failure, a new study finds.

AHA releases statement on how biomarker testing could help diagnose, treat heart failure

A new scientific statement published by the American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that innovative biomarker tests for heart failure could help physicians better diagnose and treat the condition.

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