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Vascular & Endovascular

 

Stroke may be linked to an increased risk of dementia, but cognitive decline isn’t an inevitable consequence of the event, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association this week.

While a handful of age-old recommendations like eating well and exercising undoubtedly boost a patient’s health profile, there’s one factor nobody can avoid: aging. Chronological age is the primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), first author Kristen Nowak, PhD, and colleagues wrote in a recent Hypertension review, and it’s important to take the necessary steps to achieve healthy vascular aging (HVA)—especially if you know you’re at risk for CVD.

Four medical centers have been awarded a cumulative $15 million by the American Heart Association (AHA) as part of an effort to expand current research on vascular disease, the AHA announced in a statement Friday.

Stroke sufferers are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide within a decade of their infarction than non-stroke patients, according to a nationwide study of more than two million Taiwanese adults.

Socioeconomically deprived individuals are less likely to consume alcohol than their wealthy counterparts but see higher cardiovascular risks when they do, according to new research out of Norway.

 

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Cancer patients carry double the short-term risk of arterial thromboembolism

Patients with cancer are more than twice as likely to suffer arterial thromboembolism within six months of diagnosis as cancer-free patients, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Stent procedure shows potential as alternative to lower-limb amputation

A new system that switches blood flow from a blocked artery in the leg to a nearby vein showed promising early results as an alternative to lower-limb amputation.

Study highlights cardiovascular benefits of moderate alcohol intake

When compared to lifetime abstainers, light to moderate alcohol drinkers had a reduced risk of greater than 20 percent for all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD)-specific mortality, according to data from more than 30,000 deaths in the United States.

New microsensing technology could improve stroke treatment

Sensome's connected stroke guidewire is designed to sense the composition of clots and relay that information into machine learning algorithms and then on to physicians.

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.

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