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Using virtual reality training to restore motor function after a stroke is just as effective as traditional physical therapy, reports a new study published in the medical journal Neurology.

The alternative smoking trend that’s taking over international markets might be more dangerous than tobacco companies are letting on—heat-not-burn tobacco’s negative impact on blood vessel function matches the damage done by smoking regular cigarettes, the American Heart Association reported at its Scientific Sessions 2017.

A simple, inexpensive tool could predict healthy individuals’ future risk of cardiovascular disease through just five painless calculations, Mount Sinai Health System reported today in a novel study. The paper was simultaneously published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Black men are most likely to suffer from intracranial atherosclerotic disease (ICAD), an important contributor to stroke, while midlife risk factors for the illness vary between blacks and whites, according to a new study published in JAMA Cardiology.

Five-minute interventions, “quit kits” and information delivered by peers all proved to be successful strategies for getting through to young smokers, research out of the University of California-Davis reports.

 

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Study: Marijuana users 3 times more likely to die from hypertension

As more states move toward legalizing marijuana, new research suggests serious cardiovascular risks are associated with the drug.

Those born in 'Stroke Belt' have higher rates of cardiovascular illnesses, dementia

In the U.S., the state where a person is born has long lasting consequences for his or her risk of dementia in later life, according to a new study—the first to examine the connection between birthplace and dementia risk during old age, according to its authors.

Ticagrelor improves microvascular endothelial functioning, has no impact on arterial stiffness

Adult patients with coronary artery disease and abnormal endothelial functioning who were given ticagrelor showed improvements in their endothelial functioning, according to a new study.

Coronary calcium scores better than age for predicting CVD risk

Coronary artery calcium scores can be more valuable than age as a trait to be used in predicting the risk of cardiovascular (CVD) events in in people over the age of 60, according to new study.

Vascular imaging technology helps quantify artery plaque buildup

A new study conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai Health System in New York suggests that 3D vascular ultrasound technology can help physicians assess cardiovascular disease risks based on the amount of plaque in arteries.

DIY heart repair? Biologists turn stem cells in bioengineered arteries

Biologists have developed new methods of using stem cells to produce functional arterial cells that may provide physicians new ways of fighting cardiovascular disease.

Philips to acquire Spectranetics for $1.7B

Health technology conglomerate Royal Philips will acquire Spectranetics, a U.S.-based firm specializing in vascular intervention and lead management tools, according to a June 28 joint announcement from the companies.

Stiff rules work for keeping vessel stiffness at bay

The buzz is near constant on the link between good health and healthy living. But healthy living is hard work and easier said than done as we age.

Healthy lifestyle could prevent common artery problems as people age

New research from Boston University shows that many of the artery problems people experience as they age could be avoided or delayed.

Seeking a way to treat DVTs without bleeding risks

We know that inflammation is the root of much disease. But often getting rid of inflammation introduces more problems, for example, bleeding risks.

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