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1Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro     
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Category: University
Brazil
South America, America
2Brock University     
Brock University
Category: University
Canada
North America, America
3Kuwait University      
Kuwait University
Category: University
Kuwait
Middle East , Asia
4Universite Bordeaux 1     
Universite Bordeaux 1
Category: University
France
Western Europe, Europe
5Australian National University     
Australian National University
Category: University
Australia
Australia and New Zealand, Oceanic
6RMIT University     
RMIT University
Category: University
Australia
Australia and New Zealand, Oceanic
7University of Cambridge     
University of Cambridge
Category: University
United Kingdom
Northern Europe, Europe
8University of Oxford     
University of Oxford
Category: University
United Kingdom
Northern Europe, Europe
9Stanford University    
Stanford University
Category: University
United States
North America, America
10Harvard University    
Harvard University
Category: University
United States
North America, America
11Massey University    
Massey University
Category: University
New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand, Oceanic
12University of Auckland    
University of Auckland
Category: University
New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand, Oceanic

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Oct 20 Cardiology News Oct 20 Cardiology News

Secondary AF, Heart failure statistics, DOAC bleeding rates, uncontrolled hypertension and stroke risk factors are discussed by John Mandrola in this week's podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Posted on 20 October 2017 | 12:13 pm

Bacteria and your broken heart

In your screening for heart disease, I bet your doctor will never think to check your gut. And that may well be where your heart problems start. Let me explain… Your gut plays a critical role in your overall health. It’s a major part of your body’s ecosystem. It’s home to trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi. They make up your “microbiome.” Doctors are beginning to pay attention when it comes to these bacteria. But they’re still missing the big picture. This microcosm affects just about every organ and body system. Some of these gut bugs cause disease and infection. Others boost your immune system. Still others help you digest your food and turn it into vitamins. The secret to vibrant health is having enough good microbes to crowd out the bad ones. When the “bad bact...

Posted on 19 October 2017 | 9:15 am

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Posted on 15 October 2017 | 12:01 pm

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Black women face double the risk of pregnancy-related heart failure

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Posted on 13 October 2017 | 3:15 pm

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Posted on 13 October 2017 | 1:00 pm

Heart Failure and AF: Where Does Ablation Fit in? Heart Failure and AF: Where Does Ablation Fit in?

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Posted on 13 October 2017 | 9:10 am

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Posted on 13 October 2017 | 8:57 am

Black Women Face Double the Risk of Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure

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Posted on 13 October 2017 | 7:00 am

Boston Scientific, Mayo Clinic file joint patent for self-centering TAVR cath

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Posted on 12 October 2017 | 3:04 pm

Pregnancy-related heart failure strikes black women twice as often as those of other races

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) African American women were found to be twice as likely to be diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy as compared to women of Caucasian, Hispanic/Latina, Asian, and other ethnic backgrounds, according to a new study -- the largest of its kind -- published today in JAMA Cardiology by researchers from the Perelman school of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 10 October 2017 | 10:00 pm

Your NEJM Group Today: An Element of Unsteadiness / New Heart Failure Score / California Primary Care Opportunities (FREE)

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Posted on 9 October 2017 | 6:00 pm

Prescribing Pitfalls in Heart Failure With Comorbidities Prescribing Pitfalls in Heart Failure With Comorbidities

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Posted on 9 October 2017 | 12:03 pm

Godly gift for arthritis pain

Big Pharma is at it again… Creating and selling a drug that causes thousands of heart attacks and strokes each year. In 2015, the FDA asked drug makers to strengthen their warning labels. Since then, most have listed their dangerous side effects on the bottle. But one manufacturer thought they didn’t have to warn people about their dangerous drug. They marketed their product as a “unique” breakthrough. They even published studies promising it was “safe for long-term use.” 1 The drug is a 7-year-old arthritis drug called Actemra. It’s made by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche. But a new investigation has linked it to at least 1,128 heart attack and stroke deaths. Thousands more have suffered serious side effects. These include heart failure, st...

Posted on 5 October 2017 | 12:53 pm

Medical News Today: Severe heart failure may be reversible

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Posted on 5 October 2017 | 8:00 am

Drugs, money and your heart

I was really excited to see a recent headline that said heart doctors should discuss herbal medicines with their patients. The recommendation came from a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1 I thought this was a real breakthrough. I thought it meant cardiologists had finally seen the light… Boy, was I wrong… The article said doctors should learn about herbal medicines so they could STOP their patients from using them. You see, supplement use is at an all-time high. About 70% of Americans take them. That’s a lot of people. And Big Pharma would love to capture that market. So they have a real interest in bad-mouthing herbs. For heart patients, healing herbs cut into the market for blockbuster drugs like ACE inhibitors, diuretics, beta-blockers and statins. ...

Posted on 5 October 2017 | 7:18 am

Post - MI, One in Four Detached From Employment After 1 Year

Heart failure, diabetes mellitus, and depression are significant predictors of detachment (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)

Posted on 5 October 2017 | 6:00 am

BioVentrix launches pivotal Revivent TC trial in US

BioVentrix said today it enrolled the 1st US patient in a pivotal clinical trial of its Revivent TC transcatheter ventricular enhancement system designed to treat patients with heart failure symptoms related to cardiomyopathy. The Revivent system is designed to eliminate the need for cardiopulmonary bypass or incisions in the heart by enabling the placement of small titanium anchors along the heart’s outer surface and along 1 of the inside walls, according to the San Ramon, Calif.-based company. The 1st US patient was enrolled at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute by Dr. Catalin Toma and Dr. Christopher Sciortino, and was successfully implanted with 3 micro-anchor pairs in a patient suffering from ischemic heart failure, the company said. “UPMC remains at the forefront of implem...

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Posted on 4 October 2017 | 9:53 am

Testing 30-Day Death Risk From Heart Failure

Researchers develop 13-point assessment (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 4 October 2017 | 7:57 am

BioVentrix Announces First Patient Enrolled in the U.S. arm of IDE Study of the Revivent TC(TM) TransCatheter Ventricular Enhancement Treatment

SAN RAMON, Calif., and PITTSBURGH, Pa., Oct. 4, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BioVentrix, Inc. a pioneer of technologies and procedures for less invasive treatment of heart failure (HF), today announced enrollment of the first patient ... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology BioVentrix, Revivent TC, TransCatheter, Ventricular Enhancement (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Posted on 4 October 2017 | 6:36 am

ER Risk Score Predicts 30 - Day Mortality in Acute Heart Failure

Risk score based on 13 independent risk factors has excellent discrimination and calibration (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 4 October 2017 | 6:00 am

Measuring 30-Day Death Risk in Heart Failure Patients

Title: Measuring 30-Day Death Risk in Heart Failure PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/3/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/4/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 4 October 2017 | 1:00 am

One in 4 people leave work a year after a heart attack, Danish study finds

(American Heart Association) One in four people in Denmark who suffer a heart attack leave their jobs within a year of returning to work.Heart attack survivors with diabetes, heart failure, depression and lower educational and income levels were the most likely to not be working a year after their heart attack. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Posted on 3 October 2017 | 10:00 pm

Skipping breakfast associated with risk of atherosclerosis

More evidence that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, state experts Related items fromOnMedica Diet, lifestyle and cardiovascular disease Real food and brisk daily walk best for heart health Sweet drink consumption linked to heart failure risk High-quality carbs and unsaturated fats lower heart risks Even athletes can ’t outrun the effects of a bad diet (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 3 October 2017 | 6:00 pm

Testing 30-Day Death Risk From Heart Failure

Researchers develop 13-point assessment (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 3 October 2017 | 4:15 pm

Measuring 30-Day Death Risk in Heart Failure Patients

Researchers develop 13-point assessment Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 3 October 2017 | 10:00 am

Plaster exercises heart failure patients' legs

People with heart failure may soon be able to exercise without actually having to move — by applying stick-on devices to their legs that effectively give their muscles a workout. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Posted on 2 October 2017 | 6:28 pm

ED Tool Predicts Prognosis for Those With Acute Heart Failure ED Tool Predicts Prognosis for Those With Acute Heart Failure

A simple prediction model based on readily available data accurately estimated the 30-day mortality risk for patients admitted to the ED with acute heart failure. (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 2 October 2017 | 3:06 pm

Intravenously Infused Stem Cells Show Promise in Heart Failure Intravenously Infused Stem Cells Show Promise in Heart Failure

Umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells can be safely administered by intravenous infusion and significantly improve left-ventricular function and quality of life in patients with stable heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), according to results from the phase 1/2 RIMECARD trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)

Posted on 2 October 2017 | 2:26 pm

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Posted on 2 October 2017 | 5:14 am

New drug protects heart from cardiac rupture after myocardial infarction

(Kumamoto University) There are currently many kinds of drugs for heart failure. Among them, the new drug LCZ696 is recommended by US guidelines as a first-line treatment for chronic heart failure. LCZ696 is better than conventional drugs at reducing cardiac death and hospitalization due to heart failure. Now, Japanese researchers have revealed that LCZ696 can prevent cardiac rupture and heart failure following acute myocardial infarction which is one of the causes of chronic heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

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Posted on 1 October 2017 | 10:00 pm

‘Let’s Make a Deal’ Host Monty Hall Dies at 96

(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — Monty Hall, the genial TV game show host whose long-running “Let’s Make a Deal” traded on love of money and merchandise and the mystery of which door had the car behind it, has died. He was 96. Hall, who had been in poor health, died Saturday morning of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, said his daughter, Sharon Hall of Los Angeles. “Let’s Make a Deal,” which Hall co-created, debuted as a daytime show on NBC in 1963 and became a TV staple. Through the next four decades, it also aired in prime time, in syndication and, in two brief outings, with hosts other than Hall at the helm. An episode of “The Odd Couple” featured Felix Unger (Tony Randall) and Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) as bickering guests on ...

Posted on 30 September 2017 | 7:25 pm

The Human Experience: How Patients Inspire Innovation and Why Medtech Should Listen

Discussions centered on patient-centered, outward-looking technology with an emphasis on data and patient engagement. The medtech CEO, physician, and hospital executive all consider innovation differently, but they all have the patient as the muse. What Patient-Inspired Innovation Means Todd Dunn, innovation director for Intermountain Healthcare, said during a conference panel that his organization created a new initiative to put empathy at the forefront of innovation. He said Proctor & Gamble's "immersion research," where executives spend time in people's homes to understand what matters to them, inspired him to approach innovation differently. "I realized we were doing the wrong thing in healthcare," he said. "We weren't focusing in the context of where people live, work, learn, pray...

Posted on 29 September 2017 | 6:42 pm

UNC lands $1.7M grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb

The UNC School of Medicine has landed a $1.7 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation – aimed at improving care and education for patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib), or an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and heart failure, among other complications. The three-year grant will be used by cardiologist Dr. Anil Gehi to further a care model he launched back in 2015. A ccording to UNC, Gehi's work has reduced hospitalizations for Afib patients in the emergency room by… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

Posted on 29 September 2017 | 5:50 am

Pensioners more likely to die in cold weather

Canadian researchers noted a higher risk of hospitalisation or death from heart failure in October to April compared to the summer period -May to September. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 29 September 2017 | 2:02 am

UofL receives $13.8 million to study use of new stem cell to treat heart failure

(University of Louisville) The University of Louisville has received one of its largest grants for medical research in the school's 219-year history, a $13.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health to study a promising new type of adult cardiac stem cell that has the potential to treat heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Posted on 28 September 2017 | 10:00 pm

Heart failure cause? Research suggests cold weather could trigger the dangerous condition

PENSIONERS are more likely to suffer heart failure in cold weather, research has found. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 28 September 2017 | 5:01 pm

Cardiologist Care in Hospital Yields Better HFpEF Outcomes Cardiologist Care in Hospital Yields Better HFpEF Outcomes

Specialist in-hospital care of patients with preserved-EF heart failure was more aggressive than with generalists, and follow-up cardiologist visits more likely, even at a major medical center.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 28 September 2017 | 3:55 pm

The One Question You Need to Ask About Heart Failure

Today is World Heart Day and it’s near and dear to my heart, no pun intended. You may know that my mom, Rita, has been living (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)

Posted on 28 September 2017 | 2:08 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 28, 2017

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Four top medtech stories you need to know in late 2017 The U.S. government continues to create a lot of uncertainty for the medical device industry, but medtech companies are still making some big moves. The frenzy of major mergers continues, which makes sense from an investor standpoint when it comes to reducing risk. Meanwhile, companies from outside the industry – including such high-t...

Posted on 28 September 2017 | 1:00 pm

Abiomed joins $15m round for acute heart failure treatment dev Magenta Medical

Novel acute heart failure treatment developer Magenta Medical said it closed a $15 million Series B round of financing, joined by transcatheter heart pump dev Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD). Investors in the Israel-based company included Pitango Venture capital, JAFCO and a group of industry investors led by Dr. Jacques Seguin, who founded CoreValve. Dr. Seguin will also join the company’s board of directors as part of the funding round. Magenta Medical was founded in 2012 and is developing “novel therapeutic approaches to the management and treatment of acute heart failure.” The treatment is based around a catheter-based therapy which aims to manage congestion through faster and safer fluid and salt removal while protecting kidney function, the company said. “Since its ince...

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Posted on 28 September 2017 | 9:25 am

Can Babies Help Heart Patients?

Umbilical cord stem cells could be a treatment for heart failure, small study suggests (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 28 September 2017 | 7:48 am

Medtronic wins expanded FDA nod for HeartWare HVAD as destination therapy

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it won expanded FDA approval for its HeartWare HVAD system, now cleared as a destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure who are not candidates for heart transplants. The HeartWare HVAD system is a left ventricular assist device designed to aid the heart and increase the amount of blood pumped through the body, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. “LVADs are an effective and well-established treatment for patients who have progressed to advanced heart failure. In addition to its use as a bridge to heart transplantation, the HVAD System offers a promising option for a growing number of patients who are ineligible for transplant,” study co-principal investigator Dr. Joseph Rogers of Duke University said in a prepared release. T...

Posted on 28 September 2017 | 7:34 am

Magenta Medical, Developer of Novel Heart Failure Therapies, Secures $15 Million in Series B Financing

Round led by Abiomed Inc. and Pitango Venture Capital, joined by JAFCO and a group of private investors led by Prof. Jacques Seguin; Dr. David Israeli appointed CEO TEL-AVIV, Israel, September 28, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Magen... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology, Venture Capital Magenta Medical, heart failure (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Posted on 28 September 2017 | 6:56 am

Heart failure risk: Scientists warn of a spike in DEADLY condition over the coming months

HEART failure risk increases during cold weather, find scientists. The elderly are being warned to avoid fog and low cloud. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 28 September 2017 | 3:01 am

Can Babies Help Heart Patients?

Umbilical cord stem cells could be a treatment for heart failure, small study suggests (Source: WebMD Health)

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Posted on 27 September 2017 | 4:15 pm

Medical News Today: Heart failure could be treated using umbilical cord stem cells

In the first study of its kind, researchers find that stem cells derived from the umbilical cord can be used to treat heart failure. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 27 September 2017 | 1:00 am

How Do You Check for Congestive Heart Failure?

Title: How Do You Check for Congestive Heart Failure?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 9/27/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/27/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 27 September 2017 | 1:00 am

ET-1 Measurement for Assessment and Prognosis in Chronic HF ET-1 Measurement for Assessment and Prognosis in Chronic HF

How might single or serial measurement of endothelin 1 concentration serve as a complement to other biomarkers in predicting prognosis in chronic heart failure patients?American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 26 September 2017 | 11:14 pm

Stem cells from umbilical cords could treat heart failure

A study from the American Heart Association has found that stem cells from umbilical cords that were injected into the veins of heart failure patients improved their heart function. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Posted on 26 September 2017 | 2:01 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 25, 2017

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. EY is upbeat about the medical device industry: Here’s why The medical device industry is growing, at a healthy and steady pace. This is according to EY’s Pulse of the Industry report, which was released today at AdvaMed’s annual Medtech Conference. “The results of this year’s report is a direct contrast to last year and tells a positive story about the future of the medtech industry,...

Posted on 25 September 2017 | 1:00 pm

CASTLE-AF: Ablate Patients With HF Before It's too Late? CASTLE-AF: Ablate Patients With HF Before It's too Late?

Dr Mandrola interviews the lead investigator of CASTLE-AF trial on catheter ablation in patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation, presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 25 September 2017 | 9:11 am

Boston Scientific launches MRI-safe Resonate devices with HeartLogic diagnostic in U.S.

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) launched today its Resonate implantable cardioverter defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator systems with the HeartLogic heart failure diagnostic tool. The devices are approved by the FDA for conditional use in an MRI environment, the company reported. Boston Scientific’s HeartLogic diagnostic warns doctors of worsening heart failure, collecting data from sensors monitoring heart sounds, thoracic impedance, heart rate and activity and respiration rate and volume. The company touted its alert system as the first and only of its kind in an implantable device with an observed sensitivity of 70% and the ability to provide weeks of advance notice. “The HeartLogic Diagnostic provides physicians the ability to pivot from reactive...

Posted on 25 September 2017 | 7:17 am

Boston Scientific Announces U.S. FDA Approval for MRI Labeling on High-Voltage Devices and U.S. Launch of Resonate(TM) Devices with the HeartLogic(TM) Heart Failure Diagnostic

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 25, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) has launched the Resonate™ family of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) sys... Devices, Cardiology, FDA Boston Scientific, Resonate, ICD , CRT-D, SmartCRT, HeartLogic (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Posted on 25 September 2017 | 6:47 am

WARNING: Diabetes sufferers TWICE as likely to have a deadly stroke

DIABETES sufferers are twice as likely to have a stroke, and almost three times as likely to experience heart failure - and rates are increasing, say experts. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Posted on 25 September 2017 | 3:04 am

Diabetes warning: Sufferers TWICE as likely to have a deadly stroke

DIABETES sufferers are twice as likely to have a stroke, and almost three times as likely to experience heart failure - and rates are increasing, say experts. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 25 September 2017 | 1:51 am

Abbott Catches Up to Peers With MRI-Compatible ICD

Abbott Laboratories acquired St. Jude Medical earlier this year knowing that the company trailed behind its peers in the cardiac rhythm management (CRM) space by not having a MRI-compatible pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) system. It seems Abbott has officially caught up in that category though, first with FDA approval of the Assurity MRI pacemaker and the Tendril MRI pacing lead during the first quarter, and now with FDA approval of MRI-conditional labeling for the Ellipse ICD system. Abbott said the recent approval covers one of its most widely-used ICD systems and associated high voltage leads. The approval is for the Ellipse ICD with the Tendril MRI pacing lead and Durata and Optisure high voltage leads. The new labeling allows patients with an Ellipse ICD pati...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 10:38 pm

Avoid Dopamine, Prefer Bolus Diuretic in Preserved-EF Acute HF Avoid Dopamine, Prefer Bolus Diuretic in Preserved-EF Acute HF

That's the message from a small trial that hones the scant evidence base on managing acute preserved-EF heart failure. Dopamine had little effect; continuous-IV furosemide may have hurt the kidneys.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 8:11 am

Abbott wins MR-conditional label for Ellipse ICDs

Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today that it won an MR-conditional label from the FDA for the Ellipse implantable cardioverter defibrillator it acquired along with St. Jude Medical early this year. The MR-conditional label applies to Ellipse and the Tendril MRI pacing lead and the Durata and Optisure high-voltage leads, the Chicago-area medical device giant said. “When you consider the number of patients each year who rely on the lifesaving treatment delivered by an ICD device, it is critical to continually innovate to provide new benefits to people battling complex arrhythmias and other cardiac conditions,” cardiac arrhythmias & heart failure CMO Dr. Mark Carlson said in prepared remarks. “By expanding our portfolio of MRI-compatible devices, we’re adding another benef...

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 6:54 am

Any type of physical exercise is good for the heart

Conclusion This study shows that all physical activity, in any form, is good for us. This includes both recreational and non-recreational activities. Don't be misled by some of the media: non-recreational activities like housework are not "better" than recreational activities like playing sports or going to the gym. The fact that reduced risk was seen with non-recreational activity across all countries, but only seen with recreational activity in high-income countries was probably just because fewer people in lower-income countries play sports or go to the gym. The researchers estimate that 8% of all deaths and 4.6% of all cardiovascular disease events in the population could be prevented if everyone met the current physical activity recommendations: doing at least 150 minutes ...

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Posted on 21 September 2017 | 6:00 pm

FDA Okays Abiomed's Impella Heart Pump for Right Heart Failure FDA Okays Abiomed's Impella Heart Pump for Right Heart Failure

The Impella RP heart pump is the only percutaneous temporary ventricular support device that is FDA approved as safe and effective for right heart failure, the company says.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 2:41 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 21, 2017

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. This sweat-powered biofuel cell could create better wearable devices Engineers at the University of California at San Diego have created a stretchable sweat-powered biofuel cell, and it could enable better wearables. The biofuel cells use energy from sweat to generate 10 times more power per surface area than other biofuel cells that are used in wearables. The researchers claim it could be used...

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 1:00 pm

First Percutaneous Pump Approved for Right Heart Failure

(MedPage Today) -- FDA OKs Impella RP for up to 14 days of ventricular assist (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 10:35 am

FDA approves Abiomed ’ s Impella RP heart pump

Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) said today that it won pre-market approval from the FDA for its Impella RP heart pump, claiming it as the only such device cleared for right heart failure. Like Abiomed’s flagship Impella heart pump, the Impella RP is threaded into the heart via the femoral artery in the thigh. But unlike previous Impella models, all designed for the heart’s left ventricle, the Impella RP is designed to access the heart’s right ventricle via the vena cava. Danvers, Mass.-based Abiomed said the FDA indication is for Impella RP treatment for up to 14 days in patients with a body surface area of at least 1.5m2. The federal safety watchdog granted a humanitarian device exemption in January 2015 for the Impella RP device. “This latest PMA approval for Impella RP enables physician...

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 6:37 am

' Food as Medicine' Feasible in Pilot Heart-Failure Trial'Food as Medicine' Feasible in Pilot Heart-Failure Trial

Pilot results of the GOURMET-HF trial show patients discharged after HF hospitalization receiving prepared, DASH-compatible meals had no improvement in quality of life, the primary end point, but there was a trend to reduced rehospitalization.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Posted on 20 September 2017 | 2:13 pm

Boston Scientific & #039;s New Defibrillators Really Are Smarter

A suite of sensors designed to make implantable defibrillators smarter received a boost of support this week in the form of a late-breaking clinical trial presentation at the Heart Failure Society of America's annual scientific meeting in Dallas. New data confirmed that Boston Scientific's HeartLogic Diagnostic, which is slated for commercial release later this year as part of a new line of implantable heart devices, accurately enhanced the ability to classify patients at high or low risk of a future heart failure event. The Multisensor Chronic Evaluation in Ambulatory Heart Failure Patients (MultiSENSE) trial showed that the HeartLogic Diagnostic significantly expanded the ability of a baseline blood test to identify when patients were at an elevated risk of a heart failure event. The c...

Posted on 20 September 2017 | 10:01 am

Study: Medicare Heart Failure Initiatives Exclude Half of Cases

(MedPage Today) -- At one hospital, actively managed HF often didn't fit CMS criteria (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

Posted on 20 September 2017 | 9:00 am

Cytokinetics begins dosing omecamtiv mecarbil in Phase III cardiovascular trial

Cytokinetics has begun dosing patients in Japan in a Phase III cardiovascular outcomes clinical trial (GALACTIC-HF) of omecamtiv mecarbil as a potential heart failure treatment. (Source: Drug Development Technology)

Posted on 19 September 2017 | 5:00 pm

HFSA: Study Offers New Angle on Obesity Paradox (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- More years with heart failure offset by overall reduced longevity (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 19 September 2017 | 4:35 pm

Boston Scientific touts increased HF risk detection in HeartLogic study

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) today released new data from the MultiSense study of its HeartLogic heart failure diagnostic designed to predict heart failure decompensation, touting increased detection and classification of patients as high or low-risk for future HF events. The HeartLogic diagnostic is designed to provide continuous monitoring of possible heart failure by combining sensors tracking heart sounds, respiration rate and volume, thoracic impedance, heart rate and activity, Marlborough, Mass.-based Boston Scientific said. Results from the 900-patient MultiSense trial was presented at the Heart Failure Society of America’s 21st annual scientific meeting in Dallas. Data from the trial indicated that the HeartLogic diagnostic was able to expand upon the ability of baseline bl...

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Posted on 19 September 2017 | 9:30 am

UAB Medicine receives two national hospital awards

UAB Medicine has been singled out for its advancements in patient care and ability to meet community needs. America’s Essential Hospitals has awarded the medical facility two Gage Awards for outstanding work to improve health care quality and population health. In the population health category, UAB Hospital was cited for opening a transitional care clinic inside the hospital to serve as a medical ho me for heart failure patients that are uninsured and without a primary health care provider. Since… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

Posted on 18 September 2017 | 1:36 pm

Halting HF in Patients With Diabetes: Insights From EMPA-REG Halting HF in Patients With Diabetes: Insights From EMPA-REG

A substudy of EMPA-REG finds that SGLT2 inhibitors may slow the onset of heart failure. Dr Pi ñ a discusses the research with study investigator Dr Javed Butler at ESC 2017.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 18 September 2017 | 8:30 am

BioVentrix announces the 1st Revivent TC(TM) TransCatheter Ventricular Enhancement procedure for Ischemic Cardiomyopathy treatment at the University Heart Center Zurich in Switzerland

SAN RAMON, Calif., and ZURICH, Sept. 18, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BioVentrix, Inc. a pioneer of technologies and procedures for less invasive treatment of heart failure (HF), today announced the first clinical use of its closed-ch... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology BioVentrix, Revivent TC, TransCatheter, Ventricular Enhancement (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Posted on 18 September 2017 | 6:36 am

Vitamin D could help lower heart failure

According to a new study published in theEuropean Journal of Heart Failure, low vitamin D levels are linked to a higher likelihood of heart failure in the elderly.Express (Source: Society for Endocrinology)

Posted on 18 September 2017 | 3:11 am

Heart failure warning: Taking THIS supplement could lower your risk

HEART failure can be deadly, but taking a daily vitamin D supplement could help lower your risk. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Posted on 16 September 2017 | 1:01 am

Most Popular NEJM Group Feature This Week: Aspirin in Heart Failure (FREE)

By the Editors Here's the most clicked-on item we … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 15 September 2017 | 6:00 pm

Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting (HFSA) Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting (HFSA)

Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from HFSA 2017.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 15 September 2017 | 10:24 am

Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) 21st Annual Scientific Meeting Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) 21st Annual Scientific Meeting

Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from HFSA 2017.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 15 September 2017 | 10:24 am

HFSA to Unveil HF Certification Initiative at Annual Sessions HFSA to Unveil HF Certification Initiative at Annual Sessions

That and other novelties (like a randomized diet-therapy trial in chronic HF) are in store as the Heart Failure Society of America saddles up for its annual meeting outside Dallas.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 15 September 2017 | 10:08 am

Today's Heart Failure Not Like Your Grandfather's

(MedPage Today) -- Shifts in phenotype and prognosis seen in Framingham Heart Study (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)

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Posted on 14 September 2017 | 10:35 am

Have you been affected by the misuse of Pregabalin in the UK?

The misuse of Pregabalin, a drug used to treat anxiety and epilepsy has been linked to a rise in the number of deaths. Share your experiencesA growing number of deaths have been linked to the misuse of Pregabalin, a drug used to treat pain, anxiety and epilepsy. In 2012 there were four deaths linked to it and last year this rose to a 111.It comes after claims that the drug has flooded the black market and is being sold illegally to addicts who mix it with other drugs, such as heroin. This can increase the risk of heart failure.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

Posted on 14 September 2017 | 9:36 am

Distal Bicep Tendon Rip Tied to Transthyretin Amyloidosis

Findings in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 12 September 2017 | 6:00 pm

NHS launches new heart disease prevention drive

Plans to prevent 9,000 heart attacks and 14,000 strokes over three years Related items fromOnMedica Significant drop in heart failure deaths over past year, national audit finds Tenth of men aged 50 have heart age of 60-year-old Stroke can often be avoided, claims study Atrial fibrillation poses greater risk for women than men Never too old to benefit from CVD prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 12 September 2017 | 6:00 pm

Do You Listen to Heart Sounds? This May be Another Reason Why You Should.

I’m not sure about you, but when I went to school to become a paramedic (and a nurse for that matter), one thing I never really understood was heart sounds, or heart tones, depending on who taught you. My attempt at learning resorted to scouring textbooks, journals, online editorials, watching clips on YouTube and listening… lots of listening to sound bites from CDs. You know the ones, they come free when you buy a new stethoscope. Instead of turning to digital media, I should’ve been listening to the hearts of my patients. Hindsight is 20/20, especially in this case. All my self-guided education yielded few results, which was discouraging, to say the least. Because of this, I let it slip from my list of competent skills. That is, until I took care of Henry. Henry is a 68-year-old ge...

Posted on 12 September 2017 | 3:06 pm

Neovasc shares rise on Tiara transcath mitral valve trial update

Neovasc (NSDQ:NVCN) today updated on the clincial study of its Tiara self-expanding transcatheter mitral valve bioprosthesis designed to treat mitral regurgitation, touting 31 successful implants and a 12.1% rate of 30-day mortality. The Vancouver-based company said that to date 34 patients have been treated with the Tiara at 10 centers globally, with a technical implantation success rate of 91.1%. Of the successful implantations, 100% of paravalvular leaks were reported as mild, trace or absent. The longest surviving patient has passed 3.5 years since implantation, Neovasc said. Currently, implantations of the experimental device are being performed as part of a European pivotal CE Mark trial, an FDA early feasibility trial in the US and under compassionate use and special access treatme...

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Posted on 12 September 2017 | 9:05 am

The metal springs that can give failing hearts a boost

A tiny metal spring that is implanted into the heart could revolutionise treatment of heart failure, a condition that affects almost a million people. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 11 September 2017 | 5:30 pm

Your NEJM Group Today: Severe Asthma Review / Aspirin in Heart Failure / Missouri IM Opportunities (FREE)

By the Editors Here is what we selected for you from NEJM Group:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Review article: Adults with … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 10 September 2017 | 6:00 pm

Is BioSig for Real This Time With Its Pure EP?

A couple years ago, BioSig Technologies, Inc. was poised to apply for FDA clearance to market its technology to improve treatment of atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Then its scientific advisors advised the Minneapolis company to put more work into that technology, a hardware-software combination designed to present clearer signals during electrophysiology studies and catheter ablation. The technology, Pure EP, is designed to cut through the background noise of the lab and its equipment during cardiac recordings, enabling physicians to target and neutralize the areas of the heart that are causing atrial fibrillation (Afib), and ventricular tachycardia (VT), according to BioSig. More accurate targeting of the offending tissue may reduce the number of repeat catheter ablatio...

Posted on 7 September 2017 | 1:48 pm

Study finds length of stay critical factor in readmission rates at hospitals

(University of Texas at Dallas) Using data from congestive heart failure patient records in North Texas from January 2006 to December 2009, UT Dallas researchers studied the relationship between length of stay and readmission risk, the role of health information technology in reducing the deviation of length of stay, and the cost trade-offs between early discharge and readmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 6 September 2017 | 10:00 pm

Serial Echos Valuable in Patients with Asymptomatic Severe Aortic Stenosis (FREE)

By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM Patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis who don't get regular evaluations are at increased risk for death and heart failure, according to a retrospective study in … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Posted on 6 September 2017 | 6:00 pm

Hope for Kevin ’s heart: Five-year-old shines after novel treatment for Ebstein’s anomaly

As the lights dimmed and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” blasted from loudspeakers, Kevin Nolan III took to the stage for his very first dance recital. Sporting striped pants, a turquoise bow tie and a black top hat, Kevin joined his class in performing two hip-hop jazz routines to a packed house. Kevin’s mood was perfectly in step with the song’s lyrics. “He had so much fun,” says Kevin’s mom, Laura. “He said he can’t wait to get on stage again.” While a first dance recital is a big deal for any 5-year-old, it’s especially poignant for Kevin, who was diagnosed prenatally with Ebstein’s anomaly, a rare heart condition that causes leakage of the tricuspid valve and backup of blood flow into the heart. Kevin also had pulmonary valve regurgitation, which was stealing bloo...

Posted on 6 September 2017 | 6:57 am

Not adhering to recommended exams for severe narrowing of the aortic valve associated with increased heart failure

(The JAMA Network Journals) Patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis who did not follow recommended guidelines for regular exams had poorer survival and were more likely to be hospitalized for heart failure, according to a study published by JAMA Cardiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 5 September 2017 | 10:00 pm

A bioactive molecule may protect against congestive heart failure after heart attacks

(University of Alabama at Birmingham) Researchers show that giving mice a form of the fatty acid-derived bioactive molecule called lipoxin improved heart function after a heart attack, as the lipoxin prompted early activation of the resolving phase of the immune response without altering the acute phase. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 5 September 2017 | 10:00 pm

UCLA study challenges common theories on how heart disease develops

This study tells us that simply changing the way genes are packed together — even by a little bit — can have a widespread effect on the functioning of cells,” Vondriska said. This observation suggests treatments that restore the right arrangement of the chromatin might be able to restore pr oper genome-wide functioning, he said.“This is startling and quite exciting because it allows us to challenge assumptions about how cells work and about what causes disease — in this case, heart failure, which affects over 5 million Americans,” Vondriska said.The protein that investigators deleted is called CTCF, which is one of a number of chromatin structural proteins in cardio myocytes (heart cells), as well as in cells of other organs and tissues.  The study had two phases. The first wa...

Posted on 5 September 2017 | 6:14 pm

NaviGate touts 1st 52mm transcatheter tricuspid valve procedure

NaviGate Cardiac Structures touted this week that its Gate catheter-guided tricuspid atrioventricular valved stent was implanted six weeks ago into a patient’s transplanted heart. The patient’s transplanted heart was failing due to severe tricuspid valve insufficiency. The successful implantation at the Policlinico of the University of Padua, Italy, is the first European-based patient treated with the company’s tricuspid replacement heart valve. Three hours after the procedure, the patient was showing improved renal function, NaviGate reported. Two months after the intervention, the 67-year-old male patient has improved clinically and boasts excellent valvular function, according to the company. This procedure brings the total number of NaviGate tricuspid implant cases th...

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Posted on 1 September 2017 | 9:59 am

Stem Cell Factor Tied to Reduced Risk of Cardiac Events, Death

High levels of SCF linked to lower cardiovascular and all - cause mortality, heart failure, stroke (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 31 August 2017 | 6:00 pm

Hormone Treatment for Prostate Cancer Tied to Heart Risks

Androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer was associated with an increased risk of heart failure and heart rhythm disorders. (Source: NYT Health)

Posted on 31 August 2017 | 2:41 pm

Researchers find beta blockers have positive effect in pulmonary arterial hypertension

(Cleveland Clinic) A team of Cleveland Clinic researchers found that a common heart disease medication, beta blockers, may help treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a debilitating lung disease.Caused by high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries, PAH is a progressive disease which usually leads to right-sided heart failure and death within five to seven years of diagnosis. In fact, right-sided heart failure is the leading cause of death in PAH patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 30 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

Obese children show signs of heart failure by age one

The study, conducted at Constantin Opris hospital in Baia Mare, Romania, looked at the heart scans of more than 400 obese children and found clear differences in the structure of their hearts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 30 August 2017 | 12:55 pm

Results of global fats and carbs study not very relevant for UK

Conclusion The results of the study have been presented in the media as if they overturn all current dietary guidelines. In the UK at least, that is completely misleading. The study results support the UK guidelines, having found that people who get around 50% of their calories from carbohydrates and 35% from fat, as recommended by Public Health England, were likely to live the longest. There are some limitations to the study, not least that observational studies cannot prove cause and effect. For example, the very low fat and high carbohydrate levels of diets found among some participants in the study might simply represent poverty – rice, flour and sugar tend to be much cheaper than animal products such as butter and meat. It's not a surprise that people living on diets where most of ...

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Posted on 30 August 2017 | 11:14 am

ADT Ups Risk for Heart Failure in Men With Prostate Cancer ADT Ups Risk for Heart Failure in Men With Prostate Cancer

Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) increases the risk for certain cardiac disorders in men undergoing treatment for localized prostate cancer irrespective of preexisting cardiovascular disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 30 August 2017 | 9:43 am

Women and Heart Disease: A Different Animal Women and Heart Disease: A Different Animal

Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley recounts a presentation by Dr Noel Bairey Merz on clinics dedicated to women and MI without obstructive coronary artery disease, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 30 August 2017 | 6:41 am

Heart disease diet: Two foods which could protect your blood vessels - but there's a catch

HEART disease can cause symptoms such as heart attacks and even heart failure. Now experts have revealed an unusual combination of dark chocolate and olive oil eaten together could protect people against the condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 30 August 2017 | 6:01 am

Transitions in Care among Rural Residents with Congestive Heart Failure, Acute Myocardial Infarction, and Pneumonia (August 2017)

The analysis reported here examines the continuum of care of Medicare beneficiaries as they experience transfers to other facilities, including their post-discharge status, post-discharge care, and potentially preventable readmissions, either to their local hospital or another facility. (Source: HSR Information Central)

Posted on 30 August 2017 | 4:13 am

Medical News Today: Too much salt may double your chances of heart failure

A new study finds a strong correlation between a high individual salt intake and the risk of heart failure over a period of 12 years. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Posted on 30 August 2017 | 1:00 am

Journal Highlights From the September Issue of JAMDA

Digoxin has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization and readmission in patients with heart failure and is approved for that purpose by the Food and Drug Administration, but this association is not seen among nursing home residents, results of a new study show. (Source: Caring for the Ages)

Posted on 29 August 2017 | 11:24 pm

CASTLE-AF: Ablation Reduces Mortality in LV Dysfunction, AF CASTLE-AF: Ablation Reduces Mortality in LV Dysfunction, AF

Randomized results suggest that catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation not only provides symptomatic relief but reduces mortality and hospitalization for worsening heart failure vs drug therapy in patients with low ejection fraction.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 29 August 2017 | 10:07 am

High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure Risk

Title: High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/28/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/29/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 29 August 2017 | 1:00 am

High Salt Intake Linked to Heart Risk

High Salt Intake Linked to Increased Heart-Failure Risk (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)

Posted on 29 August 2017 | 1:00 am

Electrical nerve-block research aims at asthma, heart failure

(Case Western Reserve University) Biomedical engineering researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, are refining more than 15 years of work on an electrical nerve-block implant, focusing their next step on new applications related to treating asthma and heart failure. The research builds on applications already in use for pain management and was bolstered recently by a four-year, $2 million National Institutes of Health grant. The research will be conducted in collaboration with teams at UCLA and Johns Hopkins University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Posted on 28 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

ESC 2017 Roundup: Biotronik touts lowered mortality for AF patients treated with cath ablation

Biotronik today released results from the Castle-AF study exploring the use of catheter ablation to treat heart failure patients with atrial fibrillation, touting a 38% composite reduction in all-cause mortality and hospitalization for worsening heart failure. The 398-patient, 33-site study compared the results of catheter ablation treatment for AF in heart failure patients using implantable cardioverter defibrillators or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators to standard-of-care pharmacological therapy, the company said. Biotronik touted it as the largest study of its kind to date. Results indicated a 47% reduction in mortality for patients treated with catheter ablation, as well as a 44% reduction in hospitalizations for worsening heart failure, the company said. “Castle...

Posted on 28 August 2017 | 2:31 pm

High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure Risk

Study offers another reason to watch your intake (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 28 August 2017 | 2:15 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 28, 2017

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Resonetics acquires Aduro Laser Resonetics announced that it has acquired Aduro Laser. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We are very excited to partner with Grayson Beck and Demian Backs, who have created raving fans with Aduro’s disruptive business model,” Tom Burns, Resonetics’ CEO, said. “We share a similar culture with an emphasis on innovation, speed and cust...

Posted on 28 August 2017 | 1:00 pm

High Salt Intake Linked to Increased Heart-Failure Risk High Salt Intake Linked to Increased Heart-Failure Risk

Individuals with high daily salt consumption face a significantly increased risk of developing heart failure, say Finnish researchers in findings that highlight the challenge of reducing salt intake.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 28 August 2017 | 10:59 am

Abbott Introduces HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System - the Latest Milestone In Therapy For Advanced Heart Failure Patients

Abbott pioneered the evolution of heart pumps; U.S. approval of the HeartMate 3™ system further broadens its market-leading heart failure portfolio The HeartMate 3™ system offers significant advancements, including a pump that is designed to reduce comp... Devices, Cardiology, FDA, Product Launch Abbott, HeartMate 3, Ventricular Assist, HeartMate (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

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Posted on 28 August 2017 | 8:32 am

High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure Risk

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 -- A high-salt diet significantly increases the risk for heart failure. That's the conclusion of Finnish researchers who found that people who consume more than 13,700 milligrams of salt a day -- about 2.5 teaspoons -- had... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 28 August 2017 | 8:00 am

Abbott wins FDA nod for HeartMate 3 pump

Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today that the FDA approved its HeartMate 3 implantable pump for heart failure patients awaiting a transplant. The approval is the latest for the HeartMate line of left ventricular assist devices first developed by Thoratec, which was later acquired by St. Jude Medical before a $25 billion merger brought it to Abbott earlier this year. Abbott said HeartMate 3 features full magnetic levitation for the pump’s impeller, aiming to cause less trauma to blood cells as they pass through the pump. Although it is smaller than its predecessor, Abbott claimed it has the industry’s largest “pump pathway.” The device won CE Mark approval in the European Union in October 2015. “Heart failure is a crippling and costly disease and the HeartMate 3 syst...

Posted on 28 August 2017 | 7:00 am

Abbott Introduces HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System - the Latest Milestone In Therapy For Advanced Heart Failure Patients

- Abbott pioneered the evolution of heart pumps; U.S. approval of the HeartMate 3 ™ system further broadens its market-leading heart failure portfolio (Source: Abbott.com)

Posted on 28 August 2017 | 7:00 am

Heart failure risk doubled by adding to much of THIS to diet

HEART failure risk is doubled by eating too much salt - according to alarming new research. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 28 August 2017 | 3:01 am

Too much salt more than doubles the risk of heart failure

Researchers at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki found 20 per cent of people were eating more than 13.7 grams daily – more than double the UK guideline. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Posted on 27 August 2017 | 6:25 pm

High salt intake associated with doubled risk of heart failure

(European Society of Cardiology) High salt intake is associated with a doubled risk of heart failure, according to a 12-year study in more than 4 000 people presented today at ESC Congress. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 26 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

Catheter ablation better than traditional drug therapies for treating atrial fibrillation

(University of Utah Health) New study shows radiofrequency catheter ablation lowered hospitalization and mortality rates by 47 and 44 percent respectively in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), a contributing factor to heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 26 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

Early Prostate Cancer Treatment Carries Heart Risk

Hormone-suppressing regimen may raise odds for heart failure, but it brings benefits, too, researchers say (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 25 August 2017 | 2:15 pm

Common Treatment for Early Prostate Cancer May Carry Heart Risk

Hormone - suppressing regimen may raise odds for heart failure, but it brings benefits, too, researchers say (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 25 August 2017 | 1:00 pm

UAB receives $4.8 million biomedical engineering grant

The University of Alabama at Birmingham aims to make headway in cardiovascular research this fall when $4.8 million in grants arrive from the National Institutes of Health. The grants will be awarded to biomedical engineering research that plans to attack two aspects of cardiovascular disease - heart failure after heart attacks and resistant high blood pressure. Two UAB investigators will be dividing the grant - Jiyani Zhang and Gangjian Qin. Zhang, who is the chair and professor of the biomedical… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

Posted on 25 August 2017 | 11:45 am

Which TAVR patients are at risk for hospital readmission?

(University at Buffalo) As more elderly patients undergo the minimally invasive heart valve procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVR), concerns have been raised as to what causes some to be readmitted for heart failure after the procedure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 24 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

Common Treatment for Early Prostate Cancer May Carry Heart Risk

Hormone-suppressing regimen may raise odds for heart failure, but it brings benefits, too, researchers say (Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer)

Posted on 24 August 2017 | 6:00 pm

Many Heart Failure Patients Don ’ t Recognize the Risks of Their Illness Many Heart Failure Patients Don ’ t Recognize the Risks of Their Illness

Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 24 August 2017 | 1:40 pm

Androgen deprivation therapy increases risk of heart failure in men with prostate cancer

(Kaiser Permanente) Men with localized prostate cancer who received androgen deprivation therapy, a hormone treatment, were at significantly higher risk of heart failure than men who did not receive this therapy, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the British Journal of Cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Posted on 23 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

New biomedical engineering grants aim at heart failure and resistant high blood pressure

(University of Alabama at Birmingham) Biomedical engineering researchers will attack two banes of cardiovascular disease -- heart failure after heart attacks and the scourge of resistant high blood pressure -- with $4.8 million in National Institutes of Health grants that begin this fall. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

Many heart failure patients don ’t recognize the risks of their illness

(Reuters Health) - Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 12:35 pm

New understanding of how muscles work

(McGill University) Muscle malfunctions may be as simple as a slight strain after exercise or as serious as heart failure and muscular dystrophy. A new technique developed at McGill University now makes it possible to look much more closely at how sarcomeres, the basic building blocks within all skeletal and cardiac muscles, work together. It's a discovery that should advance research into a wide range of muscle malfunctions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

Natriuretic Peptide-Guided Therapy No Better Than Usual Care in Heart Failure Patients (FREE)

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH In high-risk patients with heart failure, using natriuretic peptide levels to guide medical therapy is no better than optimal medical therapy alone, a JAMA study finds.Nearly 900 … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 6:00 pm

NT - ProBNP - Guided Treatment No Benefit in High - Risk HFrEF

No improvement in clinical outcomes versus usual care in heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

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Posted on 22 August 2017 | 6:00 pm

UPDATE: Medtronic logs fiscal Q1 earnings beat, but sales miss the mark

UPDATED August 22, 2017, with segment results, share price. Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) beat the consensus forecast on Wall Street with its fiscal 2018 first-quarter earnings, but missed the mark when it came to sales. The world’s largest medical device operation today posted profits of $1.02 billion, or 74¢ per share, on sales of $7.39 billion for the three months ended July 28, for a bottom-line gain of 9.4% on sales growth of 3.1% compared with fiscal Q1 2017. Adjusted to exclude one-time items, earnings per share were $1.12, 4¢ ahead of The Street, where analysts were looking for sales of $7.45 billion. MDT shares, which closed up slightly yesterday at $83.52 apiece, ticked up 0.1% to $83.60 per share in pre-market activity today. The stock was down -1.8% to $82.04 per share as of abo...

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 5:07 am

BioVentrix wins FDA IDE nod, launches Revivent TC trial

BioVentrix said today it received FDA investigational device exemption approval and launched a safety and efficacy trial of its Revivent TC transcatheter ventricular enhancement system designed to treat patients suffering from ischemic cardiomyopathy. The Revivent system is designed to eliminate the need for cardiopulmonary bypass or incisions in the heart by enabling the placement of small titanium anchors along the heart’s outer surface and along one of the inside walls, according to the San Ramon, Calif.-based company. The San Ramon, Calif.-based company said it enrolled the 1st patient in the Alive trial, with the 1st procedure being performed by Dr. Steven Tsui and Dr. Michael O’Sullivan at the U.K.’s Papworth Hospital. The procedure reshaped the left ventricle through ...

Posted on 21 August 2017 | 2:31 pm

Medtronic wins CE Mark for MRI-safe Attain Stability quad CRT leads

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its Attain Stability quad magnetic resonance imaging-safe left heart leads designed for cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators and pacemakers. The leads feature MRI SureScan technology and are cleared for use with 3 Tesla and 1.5T MRI scans, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. The leads also feature a side-helix designed to be fixated in veins of various sizes, the company said. Medtronic said it has initiated a limited European launch, with the 1st commercial implants recently performed at Bergen, Norway’s Haukeland University Hospital. “This new lead provides another option for left ventricular lead placement that can meet the needs of patients with various anatomies. We now have t...

Posted on 21 August 2017 | 1:04 pm

Gym workout news: Doing THIS type of exercise can protect against heart disease

GYM workouts are known to be beneficial for getting stronger and fitter, but they could save your life too. Aerobic exercise has been found by a study to protect against heart failure. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 21 August 2017 | 8:01 am

BioVentrix Announces First Patient Enrolled in IDE Study of the Revivent TC(TM) TransCatheter Ventricular Enhancement Treatment for Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

SAN RAMON, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, England, Aug. 21, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BioVentrix, Inc. a pioneer of technologies and procedures for less invasive treatment of heart failure (HF), today announced enrollment of the first patie... Devices, Cardiology BioVentrix, Revivent TC, TransCatheter Ventricular Enhancement (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

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Posted on 21 August 2017 | 6:30 am

Management of Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction Management of Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

This article presents a summary of traditional as well as emerging pharmacotherapies for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, the most common form of HF in the elderly.American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 20 August 2017 | 11:14 pm

Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased heart failure risk in older adults

(Wiley) A recent study found an elevated risk of heart failure in more than half of older individuals, and this risk was significantly associated with vitamin D deficiency. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

Research reveals how physical exercise protects the heart

(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) A study by the University of S ã o Paulo (USP) in Brazil, published recently in the journal Autophagy, helps to elucidate part of the mechanism whereby aerobic exercise protects the sick heart. The benefits of exercise range from prevention of cachexia -- severe loss of weight and muscle mass -- and control of arterial blood pressure to improved cardiac function, postponing a degenerative process that causes progressive heart cell death. About 70% of heart failure patients die from the condition within five years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

Risk Assessment Differs for Doctors, Heart Failure Patients

Doctors consider most patients with advanced heart failure to be at high risk for transplant, LVAD, death (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 16 August 2017 | 6:00 pm

HF and CKD: Learning With Nephrologists HF and CKD: Learning With Nephrologists

Patients with kidney disease are often excluded from heart failure trials. Dr Ileana Pi ñ a was among the HF experts invited to a meeting with nephrologists to learn how to manage such patients.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Posted on 14 August 2017 | 2:37 pm

Do SGLT2 Inhibitors ’ Heart Failure Benefits Involve Sodium-hydrogen Exchanger? Do SGLT2 Inhibitors ’ Heart Failure Benefits Involve Sodium-hydrogen Exchanger?

Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors may reduce cardiovascular events via interaction with the sodium-hydrogen exchanger, researchers suggest.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 14 August 2017 | 1:54 pm

Strain Imaging Beats Ejection Fraction for Gauging Heart Function (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Ventricular geometry helps to explain heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 14 August 2017 | 12:00 pm

ImpediMed shares rise on FDA nod for Sozo system

Australian medtech developer ImpediMed saw shares rise as much as 9.7% after it said it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Sozo bioimpedance spectroscopy platform. The Sozo system is designed to non-invasively measure and monitor fluid status and body composition using the company’s L-Dex lateral lymphedema assessment system. “We are delighted to receive this FDA clearance for Sozo in the US. Sozo makes it far simpler for cancer patients to be monitored for lymphoedema via their L-Dex score and significantly streamlines the patient flow within the cancer clinic. This clearance puts us ahead of schedule for our planned market launch of Sozo in the United States, and also allows us to now expedite our regulatory strategy for additional Sozo indications including fluid status monitorin...

Posted on 14 August 2017 | 9:16 am

More heart failure patients seeing specialist nurses

There has been an “important” increase in the percentage of heart failure patients seeing a specialist nurse after being admitted to a general medical ward, according to an independent audit. (Source: Nursing Times)

Posted on 11 August 2017 | 8:45 am

Simple protein called "cardiotrophin 1" found to trick the heart into thinking you've exercised like crazy, rapidly expanding heart function and repair

(Natural News) Health experts have recently identified a simple protein that coaxes the heart into growing in a healthy way and pumping more blood as it does during exercise. According to the scientists, a simple protein called cardiotrophin 1 (CT1) helped repair heart damage and improved blood flow in animal models of heart failure. The experts also... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Posted on 11 August 2017 | 3:32 am

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Symptoms, Stages, and Prognosis

Title: Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Symptoms, Stages, and PrognosisCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/11/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 11 August 2017 | 1:00 am

Air pollution confirmed to have multi-generational damaging effect on future offspring

(Natural News) An animal study published online on The FASEB Journal revealed that in utero exposure to air pollutants such as diesel exhaust may alter DNA and gene expressions, which in turn may raise the risk of developing heart failure in adulthood. To carry out the study, a team of researchers at the University of Washington School of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Posted on 10 August 2017 | 2:32 pm

UR Medicine Provides 3 Heart Transplants in 5 Days

UR Medicine ’s Advanced Heart Failure team recently performed three heart transplant surgeries in a span of just five days at Strong Memorial Hospital, providing the Gift of Life for three men from across Upstate New York. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)

Posted on 10 August 2017 | 1:38 pm

What is heart failure? Three signs YOU could be suffering with deadly condition

HEART failure means the heart is not pumping blood around the body effectively - and can occur after a heart attack. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 10 August 2017 | 2:38 am

Hundreds more surviving heart failure in hospital, study shows

More patients are being treated by specialists and given crucial medicines in English and Welsh hospitals. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Posted on 10 August 2017 | 1:58 am

Number of people who survive heart failure increase by 500

More than 500 patients are now surviving heart failure thanks to major improvements in the NHS, researchers from University College London found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 9 August 2017 | 6:10 pm

More people survive heart failure

Improvements in patient care mean hundreds more people are surviving heart failure, a new independent study has found. (Source: NHS Networks)

Posted on 9 August 2017 | 6:00 pm

'Exercise pill' could potentially help people with heart failure

Conclusion The protein hCT1 caused heart muscles to grow in a more healthy way in rodents with heart failure. When treatment stopped, the heart went back to its original condition – something that does not happen when the heart grows in a dysfunctional way. There is currently no cure for heart failure and treatment is only available for keeping symptoms under control. Therefore, this very promising early-stage research with potential for developing a drug for people with heart failure, has huge implications. However, it is important to remember that as this is experimental laboratory research, there are many more stages and hurdles to clear before a drug could become available. Something that works for rats and mice will not necessarily work for humans as we are anatomically different ...

Posted on 9 August 2017 | 10:14 am

Aum Cardiovascular gets permission to start using heart monitoring device

Northfield-based Aum Cardiovascular said Tuesday it's received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to start selling a handheld digital stethoscope that pairs with an artificial-intelligence system to help medical experts look for signs of heart murmurs in patients with chest pain. The Star Tribune reports on the approval and Aum's plans for the device, called Cadence, which can identify sounds associated with issues such as heart valve disease, congestive heart failure and obstructive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

Posted on 9 August 2017 | 5:48 am

Congestive Heart Failure Medications

Title: Congestive Heart Failure MedicationsCategory: MedicationsCreated: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 7 August 2017 | 1:00 am

Mending the Soul When the Heart Is Broken Mending the Soul When the Heart Is Broken

In this commentary, the author explores the critical, but under-studied role of palliative care in the management of heart failure patients.Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 6 August 2017 | 10:15 pm

In utero exposure to diesel exhaust could be linked to adult heart failure

(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) According to a study published online in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), involving mice, gestational exposure to airborne particles derived from diesel exhaust can modify DNA in utero and alter the expression of genes that potentially increase susceptibility to adult heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Posted on 6 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

Medical News Today: Ascites: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Ascites is a symptom of liver disease, heart failure, and cancer. It involves uncomfortable abdominal swelling. The underlying causes can be fatal. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 5 August 2017 | 7:00 am

FDA updates on Getinge/Datascope IABP recall, labels as Class I

The FDA today updated on Getinge (PINK:GETI B) subsidiaries Datascope and Maquet’s recall of its CS100i, CSO100 and CS300 intra-aortic balloon pumps, initially announced by the company in June, labeling it as a Class I recall. Class I recall designations, the FDA’s most serious classification of recall, are used when there is a reasonable probability that product use could cause serious adverse health consequences or death. The recall affects approximately 9,194 units in the US with model numbers CS100i, CSO100 and CS300, including all lot numbers manufactured before June 30, 2013 and distributed between March 24, 2003 and December 11, 2013. The recalled pumps are cardiac assist devices used to aid patients undergoing cardiac and non-cardiac surgery and to treat acute coronary syndr...

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Posted on 4 August 2017 | 2:26 pm

Editing the human genome brings us one step closer to consumer eugenics | David King

Hijacked by the free market, human gene editing will lead to greater social inequality by heading where the money is: designer babies“Hope for families with genetic conditions”, and “scientific breakthrough”: that is how headlines are proclaiming a project thatmodified human embryos to remove mutations that cause heart failure. But anyone who has concerns about such research is often subjected to moral blackmail. We are regularly lumped in with religious reactionaries or anti-abortion campaigners.The medical justification for spending millions on such research is thin: it would be better spent on developing curesContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

Posted on 4 August 2017 | 5:02 am

UIowa study examines altered gene expression in heart failure

(University of Iowa Health Care) Heart tissue from patients with heart failure exhibits increased levels of Cdk8 protein. Mimicking this increased Cdk8 expression in transgenic mouse hearts alters gene expression in a way that promotes heart failure. When University of Iowa researchers examined the mouse heart cells before a decrease in heart function was detectable, they found over 3,400 genes already expressed with a profile similar to that of human heart muscle cells with dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 3 August 2017 | 10:00 pm

Deadly gene mutations removed from human embryos in landmark study

Groundbreaking project corrects faulty DNA linked to fatal heart condition and raises hopes for parents who risk passing on genetic diseasesScientists have modified human embryos to remove genetic mutations that cause heart failure in otherwise healthy young people in a landmark demonstration of the controversial procedure.It is the first time that human embryos have had their genomes edited outside China, where researchers have performed ahandful of small studies to see whether the approach could prevent inherited diseases from being passed on from one generation to the next.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

Posted on 2 August 2017 | 5:01 pm

OHSU scientist on his 'CRISPR' technology to repair genetic mutation in human embryos

OHSU scientists confirmed a report leaked last week that they used a gene-editing technique to correct a mutation in a human embryo and prevent it from being passed to future generations. Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, they targeted a mutation in nuclear DNA that causes a common genetic heart disease that can lead to sudden cardiac death and heart failure. “We have to find the mutant gene and correct it,” said Shoukhrat Mitalipov, who directs the Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

Posted on 2 August 2017 | 11:00 am

New Research Supports Safety of Aspirin in Heart Failure

Large trial comparing it to warfarin finds aspirin not tied to more hospitalizations or deaths (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

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Posted on 1 August 2017 | 11:00 am

Burnout: Like a Chronic Disease? Burnout: Like a Chronic Disease?

A palliative care clinician experiencing burnout views it like heart failure--a disease that can kill.Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 1 August 2017 | 9:06 am

Aspirin Safe for Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds

Title: Aspirin Safe for Heart Failure Patients, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/31/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/1/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 1 August 2017 | 1:00 am

Aspirin safe for heart failure patients, study finds

A new study found that those on daily aspirin were not at heightened risk of being hospitalized for, or dying from, heart failure. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 31 July 2017 | 8:18 pm

Study: Aspirin Safe for Heart Failure Patients

Large trial comparing it to warfarin finds aspirin not tied to more hospitalizations or deaths (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 31 July 2017 | 2:15 pm

High-tech vest that measures lung fluid could benefit those with heart faiure

Doctors at The Ohio State University Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital are testing a high-tech vest which measures fluid inside the lungs from outside a person ’s clothing. It could potentially be a new way to prevent repeated trips to the hospital for the nearly six million Americans living with heart failure.   (Source: mobihealthnews)

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Posted on 31 July 2017 | 1:53 pm

High-tech vest that measures lung fluid could benefit those with heart failure

Doctors at The Ohio State University Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital are testing a high-tech vest which measures fluid inside the lungs from outside a person ’s clothing. It could potentially be a new way to prevent repeated trips to the hospital for the nearly six million Americans living with heart failure.   (Source: mobihealthnews)

Posted on 31 July 2017 | 1:53 pm

Aspirin Safe for Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds

Large trial comparing it to warfarin finds aspirin not tied to more hospitalizations or deaths Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Blood Thinners, Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 31 July 2017 | 12:00 pm

Boston Scientific to end Renuvia bioresorbable coronary stent program

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) is looking to terminate its Renuvia bioresorbable coronary stent program, according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune report. The move comes after new clinical studies of Abbott‘s (NYSE:ABT) Absorb bioresorbable stent indicated that use of the device resulted in a higher risk of serious adverse events compared to metal stents. Marlborough, Mass.-based Boston Scientific said that while the bioabsorbable plastic stents do “show promise”, the company will be focusing on different areas of development. “We’ve just decided strategically that there are bigger problems to deal with, and more socially impactful problems, like stroke, like heart failure, that need our attention. And it is better to invest in those things that will have bigger imp...

Posted on 31 July 2017 | 10:59 am

Aspirin Safe for Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 -- Some research has raised concerns about the safety of aspirin for heart failure patients. But a new study appears to offer some reassurance. The study, of over 2,300 patients, found that those on daily aspirin were not at... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 31 July 2017 | 8:00 am

Heart failure warning: Why the weather could predict risk of death from condition

HEART failure occurs when the heart is not pumping enough blood around the body as it used to. However, risk of hospitalisation and even death could be predicted by changes in the weather, according to a new study. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Posted on 28 July 2017 | 7:23 am

Heart failure deaths could be predicted by changes in the weather

HEART failure occurs when the heart is not pumping enough blood around the body as it used to. However, risk of hospitalisation and even death could be predicted by changes in the weather, according to a new study. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 28 July 2017 | 7:23 am

NASH May Up Heart Failure Risk (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Higher rates of structural cardiac abnormalities (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 27 July 2017 | 12:35 pm

Bose joins $3m Series A for HF monitor dev Signature Medical

Signature Medical said today it closed a $2.5 million Series A funding round which was joined by audio tech giant Bose Corporation to support its AcoustiCare wearable heart failure monitor. Also joining the round was Riot Ventures, and Allied Minds, of which Signature Medical is a portfolio company of. “We are excited about Signature Medical’s innovative use of audio to help heart patients with their recovery, and we’re pleased to support Signature Medical in their efforts,” Bose Ventures’ Steve Romine said in a prepared release. “Signature Medical’s incorporation of artificial intelligence and acoustic technology into a wearable device should help heart failure patients globally and have enormous impact,” Riot Ventures founder Stephen Marcus said in a p...

Posted on 27 July 2017 | 11:25 am

Medtronic wins Health Canada approval for MRI-safe line of CRT-Ds

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today its Medtronic Canada subsidiary received Health Canada approval for its line of MRI-conditional cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators, touting them as the 1st MRI CRT-Ds cleared in the region. With the new clearance, Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic’s Amplia MRI Quad CRT-D SureScan and Compia MRI Quad CRT-D SureScan systems, which are currently available in the region, are cleared for MRI scans of any part of the body without positioning restrictions. Both newly cleared devices can be paired with the company’s Attain Performa MRI SureScan quadripolar leads, Medtronic said. “The ability to undergo an MRI scan is a vital consideration for patients. Our CRT-D class of devices provides a comprehensive range of options for physicians,...

Posted on 26 July 2017 | 10:28 am

BioCardia treats 10-patient cohort in late-stage heart failure trial

BioCardia (NSDQ:BCDA) said today that it finished treating a 10-patient cohort in its pivotal Phase III CardiAmp heart failure trial. The company reported that it expects a review of the 30-day outcomes for this cohort in the third quarter of this year. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post BioCardia treats 10-patient cohort in late-stage heart failure trial appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)

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Posted on 26 July 2017 | 10:25 am

Heart failure risk: Gaining this much weight in your 40s and 50s can be dangerous

WEIGHT gain commonly happens to people over 40, but letting the pounds pile on can be dangerous for your heart. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 26 July 2017 | 5:30 am

Impact of Consultation on Outcomes in Acute Congestive HF Impact of Consultation on Outcomes in Acute Congestive HF

Does increased utilization of consultations in patients hospitalized with congestive heart failure exacerbation improve clinical outcomes or readmission rates?Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 25 July 2017 | 10:14 pm

Heart-Failure Burden in Asia Linked to Modifiable Factors Heart-Failure Burden in Asia Linked to Modifiable Factors

Asian heart-failure patients are younger and more likely to have a preserved ejection fraction than those in Europe or the US and a high risk-factor and comorbidity burden, registry data show.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 25 July 2017 | 2:40 pm

Doctors view technology as largely problematic

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Health) - When an endurance runner with a history of heart failure felt under the weather, he brought his activity tracker data from a workout to his cardiologist. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 25 July 2017 | 2:37 pm

Weight gain warning: You’ll be shocked by how little an increase can up heart failure risk

WEIGHT gain commonly happens to people over 40, but letting the pounds pile on can be dangerous for your heart. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Posted on 25 July 2017 | 9:45 am

Dozens of U.S. clinics sell unproven stem cell therapies for heart failure

(Reuters Health) - Stem cell therapy isn ’t approved to treat heart failure in the U.S., but dozens of clinics nationwide advertise the treatments anyway, often charging thousands of dollars for procedures that may not be safe or effective, a new study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:14 pm

Caveat Emptor for Heart Failure Patients Considering Stem Cell Tx

(MedPage Today) -- Treatment of uncertain benefit offered with little regulation (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 11:30 am

Even Modest Weight Gain Linked to Increased Heart Failure Risk Even Modest Weight Gain Linked to Increased Heart Failure Risk

Increasing weight over time was associated with cardiac remodeling and worsening myocardial function, though these changes improved with subsequent weight loss.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 21 July 2017 | 2:51 pm

Even Modest Weight Gain Linked to Increased Heart-Failure Risk Even Modest Weight Gain Linked to Increased Heart-Failure Risk

Increasing weight over time was associated with cardiac remodeling and worsening myocardial function, though these changes improved with subsequent weight loss.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 21 July 2017 | 2:51 pm

Medical News Today: Heart failure risk may be affected by weight gain

Researchers find that weight gain may overstrain the heart muscle, which, in time, could lead to heart failure. Weight management could reduce this risk. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Posted on 21 July 2017 | 1:00 am

Heart disease symptoms: Would YOU know how to spot these five DEADLY types?

HEART disease is the second biggest killer in the UK, but would you be able to spot the signs of types including heart attack, heart failure and coronary heart disease? (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 20 July 2017 | 12:00 pm

Heart Failure Risk Rises As Weight Increases

But losing some weight might help decrease the damage (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 20 July 2017 | 11:00 am

As Your Weight Creeps Up, So Does Your Risk of Heart Failure

Title: As Your Weight Creeps Up, So Does Your Risk of Heart FailureCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/19/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/20/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 20 July 2017 | 1:00 am

As Weight Creeps Up, So Does Risk of Heart Failure

But losing a few pounds might help decrease the damage, cardiologist suggests (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 19 July 2017 | 4:15 pm

As Your Weight Creeps Up, So Does Your Risk of Heart Failure

But losing a few pounds might help decrease the damage, cardiologist suggestsSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Weight Control (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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Posted on 19 July 2017 | 2:00 pm

Long work hours tied to irregular heart rhythm

(Reuters Health) - People who typically work much more than 35 to 40 hours a week may be at heightened risk of developing atrial fibrillation, an irregular rapid heartbeat that can lead to strokes, heart failure and chronic fatigue, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 19 July 2017 | 1:44 pm

Biotronik wins FDA nod for atrial lead-less Intica ICD line

Biotronik said today it won FDA approval for its Intica DX and Intica cardiac resynchronization therapy CRT-DX implantable cardioverter defibrillator systems and that it launched the devices in the US. The Berlin-based company touted that the Intica line of ICD devices are the 1st to not require an atrial lead, normally used to monitor electrical activity in the atrium, as the system itself provides the necessary atrial signal information. Atrial diagnostics are used for the early detection of supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and atrial ventricular synchronization. “When treating heart failure patients, we are often managing several co-morbidities that can increase the likelihood of complications and risk when implanting a CRT-D and in the years that follow. Balanci...

Posted on 19 July 2017 | 12:08 pm

As Your Weight Creeps Up, So Does Your Risk of Heart Failure

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 -- Gaining even a little weight can increase your chances of developing heart failure, a new study finds. Adding pounds can change the structure of your heart and its ability to pump blood. But losing weight can reverse... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 19 July 2017 | 10:07 am

Why We Fear Death and How to Integrate It into Our Lives

From our first breath in this lifetime until the split second the heart clock stops ticking away the moments of our incarnation, we are on call to this concept called death. Avoid it though we try, deny it, though we attempt, dance away from it, though we insist, it beckons us with finger crooked in our direction. For some it is a blessed relief, at the end of an illness, for others, wracked with serious mental illness, a seductive force to which they may succumb. For others, still, it arrives unbidden, quite by surprise. We use language to describe the experience, such as: Kick the bucket Angel of death Give up the ghost Buy a one-way ticket Shuffle off this mortal coil Call off all bets Down for the count Cash in the chips At death’s door Go to sleep Pass away Cross over Push up dais...

Posted on 19 July 2017 | 7:00 am

Heart Failure, MI Readmissions Down Without Higher Mortality Heart Failure, MI Readmissions Down Without Higher Mortality

Hospitals'increased attention to curbing readmissions have not led to the unintended consequence of increasing mortality after discharge for heart failure, acute MI, and pneumonia, a new report shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Posted on 18 July 2017 | 1:24 pm

NT - proBNP Improves Heart Failure Prediction in T2DM

Meaningful improvement in five - year risk - predictive performance with addition of NT - proBNP (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 18 July 2017 | 11:00 am

Novartis unit Alcon posts modest Q2 gain

(Reuters) — Long-suffering Novartis (NYSE:NVS) unit Alcon‘s sales growth accelerated in the second quarter, boosting options for the business including a possible disposal, CEO Joe Jimenez said today. The eye care subsidiary’s sales rose 1% to $1.5 billion, including intraocular lens revenues, which grew for the first time in the second quarter since 2014. Spending continued to promote products with eye surgeons, resulting in a $19 million operating loss. Novartis has been reviewing Alcon for a possible disposal, with an update slated for this year. All options are under consideration, Jimenez reiterated today, including a possible initial public offering that he has suggested could value Alcon at $25 billion to $35 billion. “It just increases the options we have,̶...

Posted on 18 July 2017 | 4:24 am

Reduction in hospital readmission rate not associated with increased risk of death following discharge

(The JAMA Network Journals) Although there has been the concern that the reduction in hospital readmission rates may possibly result in an increase in mortality rates after discharge, a new study published by JAMA finds that among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart failure, heart attack or pneumonia, reductions in hospital 30-day readmission rates were associated with a reduction in 30-day mortality rates following discharge. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 17 July 2017 | 10:00 pm

Snapshot of the Heart Failure Guideline Focused Update Snapshot of the Heart Failure Guideline Focused Update

Dr Pi ñ a runs through some of the key takeaways from the ACC/AHA/HFSA Focused Update of the guidelines on the management of heart failure.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 17 July 2017 | 12:13 pm

Long working week 'may increase risk of irregular heartbeat'

Conclusion This study draws together data from a large group of people to investigate whether working hours could be linked to AF. It found people who work 55 or more hours a week had an increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat. But before we jump to any conclusions, there are several important things to consider: The number of people who developed AF during this study was small: only 1.24%. That's the absolute risk of AF. Even if working more than 55 hours a week does increase your risk of AF by around 40%, it would only be increasing it to something like 1.74% – which is still very small. Only a small percentage of the cohort (5%) worked more than 55 hours a week. A further, much smaller, number of them will have developed AF. And analyses involving smaller samples are...

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Posted on 14 July 2017 | 11:14 am

Jul 14 Cardiology News Jul 14 Cardiology News

Declining rates of sudden death in patients with heart failure, a new indication for TAVR, coffee (again), and counseling the well are the topics discussed by Dr Mandrola in this week ’ s podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 14 July 2017 | 7:22 am

Researchers find first genomic biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in veterinary patients

(Tufts University) Researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have discovered important biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease and congestive heart failure. This is the first biomarker discovery based on extracellular vesicles in a veterinary disease. These findings could provide important insight into the molecular basis, diagnosis and therapies for myxomatous mitral valve disease in dogs, as well as mitral valve prolapse, a similar disease in humans. The results appear online this week in the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 13 July 2017 | 10:00 pm

Vifor Pharma studies Ferinject in three trials for heart failure and iron deficiency

Swiss-based Vifor Pharma has initiated three clinical trials known as AFFIRM-AHF, FAIR-HF2 and HEART-FID, to assess the efficacy of Ferinject on morbidity and mortality outcomes in systolic heart failure and iron deficiency patients. (Source: Drug Development Technology)

Posted on 12 July 2017 | 5:00 pm

Zimmer Biomet prez, CEO Dvorak unexpectedly resigns | Personnel Moves, July 12, 2017

Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) said late yesterday its prez and CEO David Dvorak has resigned from his position at the head of the company, effective immediately, to be replaced on an interim basis by senior VP and CFO Daniel Florin until a permanent successor is named. The Warsaw, Ind.-based company said it is retaining “a leading executive search firm” as it pursues a new candidate to permanently fill the CEO role. “Serving alongside Zimmer Biomet’s dedicated employees over the past 16 years and leading the company as CEO for ten of those years has been a privilege and a highlight of my professional career. Our collective efforts grew employment from approximately 3,000 in 2001 to 18,000 today and built a Fortune 500 company. I am particularly proud of what we have ac...

Posted on 12 July 2017 | 9:34 am

Registry identifies early onset of heart failure and lack of defibrillators in Asia

(European Society of Cardiology) For the first time this year a late breaking clinical trials session will be held at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC) Congress to highlight world-class research coming out of the region. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

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Posted on 11 July 2017 | 10:00 pm

Cardiac Insight launches Cardea Solo wearable AF sensor

Cardiac Insight said today it launched its Cardea Solo electrocardiogram sensor designed for diagnosing atrial fibrillation following cardiac ablation. The Cardea Solo device is designed to provide both physicians and patients with cardiac data and help diagnose a variety of arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, the Kirkland, Wash.-based company said. The Cardea Solo sensor is a lightweight, leadless, water resistant single-use disposable designed to record ECG data and patient symptoms.. The device can be worn under clothing for up to 7 days, the company said. “Cardiac Insight’s Cardea Solo is a game changer in the cardiac med-device market. Cardea Solo is an off-the-shelf product. It is not a service; so there is no lag time due to enrollment with a tech or third-party serv...

Posted on 11 July 2017 | 12:05 pm

Heart failure inhibitor

Targeting a G protein–coupled receptor in cardiomyocytes offers protection in a mouse model of cardiac failure. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)

Posted on 10 July 2017 | 6:00 pm

Declining Sudden Death in Heart Failure Questions ICD Patient Selection Declining Sudden Death in Heart Failure Questions ICD Patient Selection

Declining Sudden Death in HF Questions ICD Patient SelectionThe risk in a meta-analysis fell so low over time with improving HF meds, it may now be hard for device therapy to show a benefit, say researchers."We need to figure out who really needs an ICD."Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 10 July 2017 | 3:02 pm

Palliative Care Improves Heart Failure Quality-of-Life (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Ongoing intervention improved depression, anxiety scores (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 10 July 2017 | 12:00 pm

Philips Respironics touts reduced hospitalizations in PAP therapy COPD trial

This study demonstrates the vast opportunity for the industry to further adopt recent innovations for COPD treatment,” Philips respiratory care biz lead Eli Diacopoulos said in a press release. The post Philips Respironics touts reduced hospitalizations in PAP therapy COPD trial appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)

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Posted on 10 July 2017 | 10:14 am

Age and obesity conspire to damage the tiny blood vessels that feed the heart, causing heart failure

(Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University) Age and obesity appear to create a perfect storm that can reduce blood flow through the tiny blood vessels that directly feed our heart muscle and put us at risk for heart failure, scientists report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 9 July 2017 | 10:00 pm

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)

(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include comparison of two types of insulin, reduced sudden cardiac death in heart failure, ADHD and educational achievement, and fasting versus consistent caloric restriction in weight loss and cholesterol. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 8 July 2017 | 12:35 pm

Acute HF in the ED: Door-to-Furosemide Time Matters Acute HF in the ED: Door-to-Furosemide Time Matters

Furosemide administration within 1 hour of emergency-department arrival improves outcomes, although experts caution that optimal acute heart failure care"remains a far more complicated process."Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 7 July 2017 | 1:11 pm

Risk of Sudden Death Declining in Heart Failure Patients

Researchers attribute decline to better meds, as patients live longer and better (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 6 July 2017 | 6:00 pm

Net value of pacemakers/defibrillators may no longer be so clear-cut

Drugs good at curbing overall risk of sudden death in many heart failure patients, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Short battery life of pacemakers puts patients at risk of serious complications Electric appliances can impact on pacemaker function Self-managing anticoagulants may cut risks after surgery Never too old to benefit from CVD prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

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Posted on 6 July 2017 | 6:00 pm

Heart Failure Patients Living Longer

Researchers chock it up to better meds, as patients live longer and better (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 6 July 2017 | 9:14 am

Fewer Heart Failure Patients Dying of Cardiac Arrest

Researchers chock it up to better meds, as patients live longer and better Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cardiac Arrest, Heart Failure, Pacemakers and Implantable Defibrillators (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 6 July 2017 | 7:00 am

Sudden Death Rates Drop in Trial Participants with Heart Failure (FREE)

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM Rates of sudden death in patients with heart failure declined significantly over the past two decades, finds a … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Posted on 5 July 2017 | 6:00 pm

60% of heart condition patients initially misdiagnosed

GPs urged to look out for signs of cardiac troubles Related items fromOnMedica Improvement in heart disease not uniform across UK Chronic heart failure – a review and update Modifying cardiovascular risks and lipid modification Death rate higher in women after discharge for heart arrhythmias New ‘treadmill test’ can predict mortality (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 5 July 2017 | 6:00 pm

CardioBrief: Sudden Death Declining in Heart Failure (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Does the trend mean that ICDs are indicated less often? (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 5 July 2017 | 4:35 pm

Temple researchers identify novel mechanism underlying efficacy of common heart failure drug

(Temple University Health System) Beta-blocker drugs serve a key role in the treatment of heart failure, preventing bombardment of the heart by catecholamines -- substances like epinephrine and norepinephrine -- which overexcite and stress the heart. But not all HF patients respond to beta-blockers, for reasons that are unclear. Now, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University show that dysfunction of beta-adrenergic receptor 3 (β3AR) and consequent decreases in a critical cardioprotective phospholipid may be to blame. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 2 July 2017 | 10:00 pm

7 medtech stories we missed this week: June 30, 2017

[Image from unsplash.com]From ConforMIS touting its knee replacement study to Consulting Radiologists’s new breast cancer detection tool, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Study: Low-dose CT scanning improves Ankylosing Spondylitis assessment A new study has shown that low-dose computed tomography (LD-CT) is more sensitive than X-rays for monitoring disease progression in people who have Ankylosing Spondylitis, according to a June 15 press release. LD-CT has previously been proven to be sensitive and reliable when assessing bone growth in different patients. The new study is designed to compare how well it can show the formation of new bony growth (syndesmophytes) and an increase in size in syndesmophytes. The study showed...

Posted on 30 June 2017 | 2:01 pm

A heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died.

Not long after Megan Johnson gave birth, her husband posted a picture on social media, welcoming their daughter into the world. Years earlier, Johnson had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given a new heart and another chance to live. Her husband, Nathan, announced early Tuesday on Instagram that “her heart worked perfectly” during the […]Related:One politician’s solution to the overdose problem: Let addicts dieThe U.S. fertility rate just hit a historic low. Why some demographers are freaking out.President Trump wants you to know he actually does care about HIV/AIDS (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Posted on 30 June 2017 | 12:00 pm

CHF Solutions wins IDE for pediatric trial of Aquadex FlexFlow aquapheresis system

CHF Solutions (NSDQ: CHFS), formerly known as Sunshine Heart, said today that researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine’s dept. of pediatrics won FDA investigational device exemption approval to initiate a study of its Aquadex FlexFlow aquapheresis system. The Aquadex FlexFlow is an aquapheresis system designed for diuretic-resistant fluid overload in children with decompensated heart failure, the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based company said. In the clinical study, researchers will assess 45 children to young adults ages 6 months to 21 years with heart failure and diuretic-resistant fluid overload to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Aquadex FlexFlow system. Researchers aim to determine whether aquapheresis therapy is associated with greater weight loss and a non-inf...

Posted on 30 June 2017 | 10:00 am

Popular class of drugs reverse potentially harmful genetic changes from heart disease

(York University) Beta blockers are commonly used world-wide to treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions, such as arrhythmias and heart failure. Scientists have known for decades that the medications work by slowing the heart rate and reducing the force of contraction -- lessening the burden of work carried out by the heart. However, new research out of York University has now shown that these drugs also reverse a number of potentially detrimental genetic changes associated with heart disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 29 June 2017 | 10:00 pm

Duke to study two mobile apps in 8,000-patient quality improvement trial

The Duke Clinical Research Institute, funded by a grant from Novartis, is launching a large-scale study to explore the effectiveness of mobile apps in the treatment of heart failure patients. The study, called Connect HF, is aiming to enroll 8,000 patients across 160 hospitals by the end of fall 2018, with results hoped for by the end of 2020. (Source: mobihealthnews)

Posted on 29 June 2017 | 4:44 pm

Fewer Admissions for Heart Failure, but Blacks Still Fare Worse Than Whites Fewer Admissions for Heart Failure, but Blacks Still Fare Worse Than Whites

Between 2002 and 2013, hospital admissions for heart failure fell by nearly a third in the U.S., but blacks are still more than twice as likely as whites to be hospitalized for the condition, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 28 June 2017 | 2:46 pm

Optimal Beta-blockers May Avert Post-ICD Shock HF Decompensation Optimal Beta-blockers May Avert Post-ICD Shock HF Decompensation

A spike in sympathetic activation after shocks, whether appropriate or not, may raise the risk of heart-failure decompensation within a few months, but maybe less so if beta-blockers are on board.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 12:13 pm

Number of Hospitalizations for Heart Failure Declining

But blacks still face far greater odds than whites, researchers find (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 28 June 2017 | 11:00 am

Medical News Today: Asthma history linked to risk factor for heart failure

People with a history of asthma may be at greater risk of left ventricular hypertrophy, the thickening of the heart's main blood-pumping chamber. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 28 June 2017 | 1:00 am

Fewer Americans Hospitalized for Heart Failure

Title: Fewer Americans Hospitalized for Heart FailureCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/27/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/28/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 28 June 2017 | 1:00 am

Fewer Americans hospitalized for heart failure

The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 27 June 2017 | 6:16 pm

Fewer Americans Hospitalized for Heart Failure

But blacks still face far greater odds than whites, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Disparities, Health Statistics, Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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Posted on 27 June 2017 | 2:00 pm

Childhood Poverty May Predict Heart Failure in Adulthood

Title: Childhood Poverty May Predict Heart Failure in AdulthoodCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/26/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/27/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 27 June 2017 | 1:00 am

Mount Sinai, Pfizer renew research collaboration, building on strong foundation

(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Pfizer Inc.'s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) today announced the renewal of an agreement designed to identify and advance new drug candidates linked to major diseases, such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, colitis, heart failure, Alzheimer's disease, and cystic fibrosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

Posted on 26 June 2017 | 10:00 pm

Childhood poverty may predict heart failure in adulthood

Growing up poor might put you at risk for heart failure in adulthood, a new study suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 26 June 2017 | 6:18 pm

Childhood Poverty May Predict Heart Failure Later

Income inequalities when young appear to have lifelong effects, research suggests (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 26 June 2017 | 12:41 pm

Children with asthma at greater risk of  heart failure

Young asthma sufferers were found to have thicker left ventricles in the heart, found researchers in New Orleans. This can cause the heart muscle to lose elasticity and eventually fail to pump. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 26 June 2017 | 12:00 pm

Childhood Poverty May Predict Heart Failure in Adulthood

Income inequalities when young appear to have lifelong effects, research suggestsSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Disparities, Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 26 June 2017 | 10:00 am

Hope for Leonce: Kenyan boy ’s incredible journey with vein of Galen malformation

Boston is a long flight from Kenya — 22 hours long, in fact. That’s enough time to sleep, eat, read, watch countless YouTube videos and do it all over again, an experience that could make adults antsy, let alone two little boys. Yet it was a journey that Jane Nduta and Humphrey Njogu were eager to make. Just a few months earlier, their younger son, Leonce, had been diagnosed with a rare but life-threatening condition called vein of Galen malformation, or VOGM. In this blood vessel abnormality, misshapen arteries in the brain connect directly with veins instead of with capillaries. This causes a rush of high-pressure blood into the veins and can increase a child’s risk of hypertension, congestive heart failure and brain damage.  A scary diagnosis After a high fever brought Leonce to...

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 7:00 am

The Medical Emergency Of Otto Warmbier

All that the doctors who treated Cincinnati, Ohio resident Otto Warmbier knew is what they had seen or maybe read in the news. They knew he had just been released on June 13 from imprisonment in North Korea where he had been held by for more than 17 months. He had been sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly removing a propaganda poster from a wall at a Pyongyang hotel where he had been staying. The University of Virginia honors student had been visiting the authoritarian state during a five-day trip with a group called Young Pioneer Tours, which is a group out of China – an important note. Otto Warmbier’s ordeal began on Jan. 2, 2016 when he was removed from a flight that was about to leave Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, by two North Korean offi...

Posted on 22 June 2017 | 5:01 pm

Early Loop Diuretic Tx Tied to Lower Mortality in Heart Failure

Early - treatment group had significantly lower in - hospital mortality even after adjustment (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 21 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

Impedimed wins CE Mark for Sozo monitoring system

Australian medtech developer ImpediMed said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its Sozo bioimpedance spectroscopy platform. The Sozo system is designed to non-invasively measure and monitor fluid status and body composition using the company’s L-Dex lateral lymphedema assessment system. With the clearance, the Sozo platform is indicated for use as a bioimpedance spectroscopy platform for use in hospitals, clinics and in patient’s homes under a clinician’s direction, the company said. “Obtaining CE Mark for multiple indications for the Sozo platform is a pivotal regulatory and commercial milestone for ImpediMed, enabling us to now make Sozo commercially available to physicians and patients throughout Europe and Australia. The Sozo platform is a...

Posted on 21 June 2017 | 2:09 pm

How Robust Are Clinical Trials in Heart Failure? How Robust Are Clinical Trials in Heart Failure?

The authors propose an additional, easy to understand metric--the'fragility index'--to improve the statistical significance and robustness of heart failure RCTs.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 21 June 2017 | 12:14 am

Medtronic touts cost, treatment data on CRT devices

Posted on 20 June 2017 | 9:12 am

Medtronic touts retrospective data in Reactive ATP therapy AF study

This study does exactly that. It helps us understand how Reactive ATP impacts the burden of persistent atrial fibrillation in a larger and more varied group of patients than we might normally be able to study within the constraints of a controlled trial,” cardiac rhythm and heart failure division chief medical officer Dr. Rob Kowal said in a prepared statement. Last week, Medtronic said its nano-sized Micra pacemaker will be heading into space as part of a Nebraska high school student’s science project. The post Medtronic touts retrospective data in Reactive ATP therapy AF study appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)

Posted on 19 June 2017 | 9:44 am

‘Broken heart’ syndrome: THIS is how stress can cause long-term damage to YOUR heart

HEART failure caused by severe stress might cause more damage to the heart muscle than previously believed. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 19 June 2017 | 2:01 am

Hi-tech vest may help keep heart failure patients out of hospital

(MediaSource) About 5.7 million adults in the US suffer from heart failure, and because of a dangerous buildup of fluid in their lungs, more than half of those patients end up back in the hospital within six months. But researchers say a high-tech vest can help doctors monitor a heart patient's symptoms remotely, which may prevent the need for rehospitalization. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 18 June 2017 | 10:00 pm

Risk Factors Explain Most Heart Failure Risk in Incident A - Fib

Four modifiable factors account for most of the population attributable risk of heart failure in women (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 16 June 2017 | 11:00 am

Medical News Today: Heart failure: Stem cell therapy may worsen heart damage

For heart failure patients, research suggests that using cardiac stem cells for autologous stem cell therapy may exacerbate heart tissue damage. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Posted on 16 June 2017 | 9:00 am

How creative FDA regulation led to first-in-the-world approval of a cutting-edge heart valve

Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health By: Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., and Bram Zuckerman, M.D. Nearly six years ago FDA approved an artificial transcatheter heart valve (THV) to treat patients having severe symptoms and life-threatening heart problems such as fainting, chest pain, heart failure, irregular heart rhythms, or cardiac arrest, because one of the valves in their heart (the aortic valve) was no longer working properly and they were too sick for surgery. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has revolutionized the treatment of these patients.  But the U.S. wasn’t the trendsetter – in fact, it was the 42nd country to approve the first TAVR device, the Edwards Sapien THV. Since that approval, FDA has sharpened its focus o...

Posted on 16 June 2017 | 5:00 am

​Multimillion-dollar gift to boost research at Christ Hospital

A $2 million donation from a foundation established by a Greater Cincinnati businessman and his wife will enable Christ Hospital to create an endowed chair at its Heart and Vascular Center. The gift from the Frank and Margo Homan Family Foundation will support the work of Dr. Eugene Chung, a heart failure specialist who is executive medical director of Christ Hospital Cardiovascular Physicians. Frank Homan, who owned Auto-Vehicle Parts Co. for nearly 60 years and also was a real est ate developer,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

Posted on 16 June 2017 | 4:34 am

Cells to Society: Policy / International Achievement / Research News

This study examined whether Get Busy Get Better—a 10-session, home-based behavioral intervention—enhanced positive appraisals of life, and in turn, mediated treatment effects on depressive symptoms in older African American men.     Read more   Pediatrics   ...

Posted on 15 June 2017 | 4:18 pm

With Better Stroke Prevention in Afib, Attention Turns to HF Risk (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Risk factors for heart failure ID'd in women with atrial fibrillation (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)

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Posted on 15 June 2017 | 12:35 pm

Traditional treatment is better for iron-deficiency anaemia in children

Ferrous sulfate was more effectively than iron polysaccharide complex Related items fromOnMedica UK toddlers ’ diet 'cause for concern’ The importance of tackling iron deficiency in heart failure patients The investigation and management of microcytic anaemia Iron deficiency anaemia: how far should we investigate? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 13 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

Beta - Blockers Cut Mortality for Patients in Sinus Rhythm

Drop in mortality for patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction regardless of heart rate (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 13 June 2017 | 11:00 am

Upstate earns top achievement awards for stroke and heart failure care

American Heart Association, in conjunction with the American Stroke Association, recognize Upstate efforts in this area after rigorous review. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)

Posted on 13 June 2017 | 1:49 am

Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists in Elderly HF Patients Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists in Elderly HF Patients

This study investigated the efficacy and safety of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists in older heart failure patients with both reduced and preserved ejection fraction.Age and Ageing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 11 June 2017 | 10:14 pm

What are Indications for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)?

DiscussionObstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is defined as a “disorder of breathing during sleep characterized by prolonged partial upper airway obstruction and/or intermittent complete obstruction (obstructive apnea) that disrupts normal ventilation during sleep and normal sleep patterns.” It is different than primary snoring which is snoring without apnea, sleep arousals, or problems with gas exchange. OSAS symptoms include snoring (often with snorts, gasps or pauses), disturbed sleep (often frequent arousals) and daytime neurobehavioral problems. Sleepiness during the day can occur but is less common in children. Risk factors include black race, obesity, adenotonsillar hypertrophy, craniofacial abnormalities, neuromuscular disorders, or family history of disordered brea...

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Posted on 11 June 2017 | 6:35 pm

Medical News Today: Congestive heart failure: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Congestive heart failure makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood through the body, causing the other organs to receive less blood than they require. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 9 June 2017 | 7:00 am

Natriuretic Peptides as Predictors of Mortality in Acute HF Natriuretic Peptides as Predictors of Mortality in Acute HF

This study suggests that NT-proBNP may be a valuable tool for prognostic mortality risk stratification in elderly patients hospitalized with acutely decompensated heart failure.Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 8 June 2017 | 10:14 pm

Longevity of Ovarian Function and Risk for Heart Failure Longevity of Ovarian Function and Risk for Heart Failure

Dr Andrew Kaunitz discusses hormone receptor therapy in menopausal women and the relationship between ovarian function duration and risk for heart failure.Medscape Ob/Gyn (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 8 June 2017 | 9:05 am

Economic Evaluation of Quality Improvement Interventions Designed to Prevent Hospital Readmission. A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Systematic review (50 studies) found that, when using such interventions, readmissions declined by 12.1% among patients with heart failure, and 6.3 % among general populations with a saving of $972 per patient with HF and loss of $169 per patient among general populations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

Posted on 8 June 2017 | 8:14 am

Eko Devices wins FDA nod for portable cardiac monitor

Eko Devices said today that its Duo portable cardiac device won FDA clearance. The hand-held system combines a digital stethoscope with an electrocardiogram to give cardiologists insight into their patients’ daily cardiac function. The Duo device wirelessly pairs with Eko’s app to allows for remote monitoring and diagnosis by a healthcare practitioner. “Eko Duo’s consumer-friendly design can help transform how clinicians monitor heart health in-person or virtually,” Dr. John Chorba, a cardiologist at UC San Francisco, said in prepared remarks. “We need powerful tools which heart failure patients can use to improve self-care and communicate troubling findings with an expert.” Eko also said it is developing machine-learning algorithms to work with Du...

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Posted on 7 June 2017 | 1:05 pm

FDA approves valve-in-valve procedures for Edwards Lifesciences Sapien 3 TAVR

The FDA yesterday expanded the indication for the Sapien 3 replacement heart valve made by Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) to include valve-in-valve procedures for aortic and mitral valve patients who are too sick for surgery. The federal safety watchdog said the expansion is the 1st approval for a transcatheter valve replacement for valve-in-valve procedures when the original surgically implanted valves fail. The procedure involves inserting the Sapien 3 device inside the failed or failing valve. “For the 1st time, a regulatory agency is approving a transcatheter heart valve as a valve-in-valve treatment when bioprosthetic mitral or aortic valves fail in patients who are at high or greater risk of complications from repeat surgery,” Dr. Bram Zuckerman, director of the divis...

Posted on 6 June 2017 | 5:02 am

Pfizer receives FDA Fast Track designation for tafamidis for transthyretin cardiomyopathy

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track designation to tafamidis, the company's investigational treatment for transthyretin cardiomyopathy (TTR-CM). This rare disease is associated with progressive heart failure and is universally fatal.(1,2,3) Currently in Phase 3 clinical development for TTR-CM, tafamidis is being evaluated for its potential to reduce mortality and cardiovascular-related hospitalizations.(4) (Source: World Pharma News)

Posted on 6 June 2017 | 2:00 am

Iron Therapy in Patients With HF and Iron Deficiency Iron Therapy in Patients With HF and Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency is common in heart failure patients, but supplementation needs to be addressed differently than in healthy patients. What are the options?American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 5 June 2017 | 10:14 pm

Safety of gene transfer to treat heart failure supports further clinical development

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Based on the encouraging safety data that has emerged from multiple clinical trials that used different gene transfer approaches to improve heart function in patients suffering from heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, researchers conclude that this therapeutic strategy can be advanced with acceptable risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Posted on 5 June 2017 | 10:00 pm

New guidelines for in-flight emergencies, proposed

All planes should carry defibrillators, say experts Related items fromOnMedica Fainting after air travel could be a sign of pulmonary embolism European advice launched on heart failure Safety questions over adrenaline for cardiac arrest CPR training drive for public to focus on youth (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 4 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

Sleep apnoea in expectant mothers presents risk to newborns

Study suggests greater adverse neonatal outcomes Related items fromOnMedica New implantable device may curb sleep apnoea in heart failure patients Poor quality sleep linked to heart disease Sleep apnoea linked to earlier cognitive impairment Sleep apnoea might increase risk of atrial fibrillation Oral device improves sleep apnoea and related symptoms (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

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Posted on 4 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

Medical News Today: Acute heart failure: What you need to know

In this article learn about acute heart failure. We look at the causes, symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatments available. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 2 June 2017 | 5:00 am

Progressive Dyspnea

Medic 15 is called to a residential address for an 81-year-old female with shortness of breath. You and your partner arrive on scene at a single-story house. The patient is with her daughter, and both are able to provide you with a history-recurrent breast cancer, currently on chemotherapy and congestive heart failure. The patient notes she's developed worsening shortness of breath over the past 2-3 days. She denies having chest pain, upper back pain, cough, upper respiratory symptoms, fevers, chills or lower extremity swelling. You place the patient on the monitor and find her to be in sinus tachycardia with a pulse of 124 and an oxygen saturation of 75% on room air. Her initial blood pressure is 140/90, and her respiratory rate is 28. Your partner administers oxygen at 15 mL/min. via a n...

Posted on 1 June 2017 | 9:56 am

News: Heart Failure Scale Offers Clues on Who to Admit

No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)

Posted on 31 May 2017 | 11:00 pm

High-Tech Platform Might Allow Home Assessment of Heart Failure High-Tech Platform Might Allow Home Assessment of Heart Failure

A new high-tech platform might someday allow home assessment of heart failure using a tiny blood sample, researchers from China report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Posted on 31 May 2017 | 12:22 pm

Hormone receptor protein that promotes chronic heart failure discovered

A new study, published in theJournal of Experimental Medicine, reports that corticotropin releasing hormone receptor 2 exacerbates chronic cardiac dysfunction.News Medical (Source: Society for Endocrinology)

Posted on 31 May 2017 | 6:00 am

GPs worry over long-term use of NSAIDs

GPs aware of NSAID risks but unclear of their scale Related items fromOnMedica Taking antidepressants with painkillers could increase risk of haemorrhage GP prescribing intervention cuts emergency admissions Fresh study links prescribed NSAIDs with heart attacks NSAID use linked with increased risk of cardiac arrest NSAIDs and COX 2s linked to heart failure admission (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 30 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Beta-blockers 'useless' for many heart attack patients, study reports

Conclusion This study aimed to see whether beta blockers reduce mortality in people who've had a heart attack but who don't have heart failure or systolic dysfunction. It found no difference between those who were and those who were not given beta-blockers on discharge from hospital. The authors say this adds to the evidence that routine prescription of beta blockers might not be needed for patients without heart failure following a heart attack. Current UK guidelines recommend all people who have had a heart attack take beta blockers for at least one year to reduce risk of recurrent events. Only people with heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction are advised to continue treatment beyond one year. However, these results suggest that even one year of treatment may not be necessary for...

Posted on 30 May 2017 | 10:30 am

Quitting Meth Is Necessary to Improve Related Cardiac Symptoms, Study Suggests (FREE)

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH Methamphetamine users who develop cardiomyopathy see symptom improvement only when they stop using the drug, according to a JACC: Heart Failure study.Researchers in Germany studied 30 … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 29 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Beta-Blockers Might Not Improve Survival in Some Heart Attack Patients (FREE)

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH Use of beta-blockers after myocardial infarction might not improve 1-year survival in patients who don't have heart failure or left ventricular systolic dysfunction, suggests an observational study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. U.S. guidelines currently recommend … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Posted on 29 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

The importance of tackling iron deficiency in heart failure patients

Nick Hartshorne-Evans explains how failing to address iron deficiency in heart failure patients increases the risk of hospitalisation Related items fromOnMedica Daily iron supplement during pregnancy improves birthweight Higher iron levels linked to gestational diabetes Iron deficiency anaemia: how far should we investigate? (Source: OnMedica Views)

Posted on 29 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Beta blockers may not help many heart attack victims, research claims

Study finds 95% of patients who had heart attack but not heart failure saw no benefit, suggesting drugs are overprescribedMany patients given beta blockers after aheart attack may not benefit from being on the drugs, suggesting they may be being overprescribed, researchers have said.UK medical guidelines recommend all people who have had a heart attack should be put on beta blockers, medicines that reduce the activity of the heart and lower blood pressure.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

Posted on 29 May 2017 | 12:59 pm

Heart failure breakthrough: Scientists identify protein that promotes chronic condition

Scientists have discovered a protein on the surface of heart cells that promotes chronic heart failure - meaning they are one step closer to stopping it. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 29 May 2017 | 5:01 am

Some heart attack patients may not benefit from beta blockers

New research challenges established medical practice that all heart attack patients should be on beta blockers. The study - by a research team at the University of Leeds - looked at patients who had a heart attack but did not suffer heart failure - a complication of a heart attack where the heart muscle is damaged and ceases to function properly. It found that heart attack patients who did not have heart failure did not live any longer after being given beta blockers - yet around 95% of patients who fall into this category end up on the medication. (Source: World Pharma News)

Posted on 29 May 2017 | 4:00 am

Remote Monitoring and Long-Term Prognosis in HF Patients Remote Monitoring and Long-Term Prognosis in HF Patients

Can remote monitoring of implantable ICDs and CRT-Ds improve long-term prognosis in heart failure patients under real-world clinical conditions?Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Posted on 28 May 2017 | 11:15 pm

Stopping drug abuse can reverse related heart damage

(American College of Cardiology) Quitting methamphetamine use can reverse the damage the drug causes to the heart and improve heart function in abusers when combined with appropriate medical treatment, potentially preventing future drug-related cases of heart failure or other worse outcomes, according to a study published today in JACC: Heart Failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 28 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

Scientists identify protein linked to chronic heart failure

(Rockefeller University Press) Researchers in Japan have identified a receptor protein on the surface of heart cells that promotes chronic heart failure. The study, 'Corticotropin releasing hormone receptor 2 exacerbates chronic cardiac dysfunction,' which will be published May 26 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, suggests that inhibiting this protein could help treat a disease that affects more than 20 million people worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Posted on 25 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 25, 2017

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Artificial pancreas: These companies are racing to make one Medical device companies are close to achieving the holy grail of diabetes treatment: a combined glucose sensor, control algorithm and insulin infusion device that effectively acts as an “artificial pancreas.” We explain more in the newest video from editors at MassDevice’s sister publication Medical Design & Outsourcing. (An...

Posted on 25 May 2017 | 1:00 pm

Ultrasound-drug combo treats pulmonary embolism in less time with fewer drugs

When venous clots break off and travel through a patient’s circulatory system, they can become trapped in the lung and block blood flow. This strains the heart’s ability to pump blood through the lungs and can ultimately lead to heart failure. Traditionally, patients with pulmonary embolisms are treated overnight with systemic infusions of tissue plasminogen activator. But, according to Dr. Victor Tapson at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, large doses of tPA are associated with side effects including intracranial bleeding and smaller doses can be safer and just as effective as the larger, conventional doses. Data from BTG‘s (LON:BTG) Optalyse PE trial showed that the company’s drug-device combination can effectively treat pulmonary embolism with a smaller dose of drugs...

Posted on 25 May 2017 | 9:25 am

Medtronic beats The Street with fiscal Q4, 2017 results

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) posted sales and earnings that topped Wall Street’s estimates for its fiscal 4th quarter and 2017, as its full-year bottom line grew nearly 14% on sales growth of 3%. The world’s largest medical device company reported profits of $1.16 billion, or 84¢ per share, on sales of $7.92 billion for the 3 months ended April 28, amounting to profit growth of 5.3% and sales growth of 4.6% compared with Q4 2016. Adjusted to exclude 1-time items, earnings per share were $1.33, 2¢ ahead of The Street, where analysts were looking for sales of $7.86 billion. Full-year profits were $4.03 billion, or $2.89 per share, on sales of $29.71 billion, for profit growth of 13.8% on sales growth of 3.0% compared with fiscal 2016. Adjusted EPS again beat the consensus forecast by 2...

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Posted on 25 May 2017 | 5:11 am

Tablet Helps Heart Failure Patients Manage their Disease Including Drug Dosages

A novel tablet is helping heart failure patients to manage their disease including drug dosages, according to research presented at EuroHeartCare 2017.(1) Heart failure is a serious condition in which the heart does not pump blood around the body as well as it should. Not enough blood gets to the body, causing fatigue. Blood backs up waiting to enter the heart, leading to fluid accumulation in the legs and abdomen and fluid in the lungs (congestion). (Source: eHealth News EU)

Posted on 25 May 2017 | 2:00 am

High blood pressure symptoms - how measuring your pulse could save your life

HIGH blood pressure can put people at risk of a condition called atrial fibrillation - which can increase the risk of stroke and heart failure. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 24 May 2017 | 9:01 pm

Chocolate may be good medicine for reducing the risk of an irregular heartbeat, study says

Medical researchers have identified a compound that may reduce your risk of a dangerous type of heart rhythm that can lead to strokes, dementia, heart failure and early death.In a study of more than 55,000 Danish men and women who were tracked for up to 16 years, people who used this compound... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)

Posted on 24 May 2017 | 1:05 pm

Heart failure patients may do home monitoring with paper test strip

Scientists have created a new paper test strip to help heart failure patients closely monitor the progression of their disease from home. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Posted on 24 May 2017 | 12:01 pm

Chocolate Might Lower Risk Of Irregular Heartbeat, Study Finds

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Looking for an excuse to eat chocolate? There’s good news out of Harvard University, where researchers say including chocolate in your diet could keep your heart healthy. A study involving more than 55,000 people in Denmark found that those who ate moderate amounts of chocolate were at a lower risk for being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation – a dangerous type of irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure, dementia and death. Men who love chocolate will be happier than women about the results of this study. The irregular heartbeat risk went down as much as 20 percent for men who ate two to six one-ounce servings per week, while women saw their best results when only eating one serving of chocolate per week. (Image: iStockphoto) Lead study author El...

Posted on 24 May 2017 | 6:56 am

Paper test strip could help heart failure patients monitor their condition at home

(American Chemical Society) Contrary to the condition's name, heart failure doesn't mean the heart has stopped pumping -- it's just not working at full strength. It can often be managed with medications and lifestyle changes, but its progression needs to be monitored closely. Now scientists have developed a new test strip that could potentially allow patients to do this at home for the first time. Their study appears in the journal ACS Nano. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 23 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

Chondroitin sulfate as good as widely used anti-inflammatory for knee osteoarthritis

Researchers say chondroitin sulfate offers a long-term treatment option for reducing pain and improving function Related items fromOnMedica Fresh study links prescribed NSAIDs with heart attacks Skin patch could provide early warning of osteoarthritis Taking the sting out of osteoarthritis NSAIDs and COX 2s linked to heart failure admission No role for paracetamol in treating pain in osteoarthritis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 23 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Why Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart

Eating chocolate may lower the risk for atrial fibrillation, the irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and heart failure. (Source: NYT Health)

Posted on 23 May 2017 | 4:30 pm

BioVentrix touts 1st clinical use of Revivent for ischemic cardiomyopathy

BioVentrix said yesterday that its Revivent TC transcatheter ventricular enhancement system saw its 1st clinical use in treating ischemic cardiomyopathy at Berlin, Germany’s Deutsches Herzzentrum. The device was used by interventional cardiologist Dr. Cristoph Klein and Dr. Felix Hennig, with assitance from Dr. Sebastian Kelle, according to BioVentrix. The Revivent system is designed to eliminate the need for cardiopulmonary bypass or incisions in the heart by enabling the placement of small titanium anchors along the heart’s outer surface and along one of the inside walls, according to the San Ramon, Calif.-based company. Bioventrix said that the device was successfully implanted with 2 micro-anchor pairs in a 52-year-old male suffering from ischemic heart failure. The procedure...

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Posted on 23 May 2017 | 4:25 pm

Hopkins Nursing—Dean on Nurse Leadership and Excellence

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Posted on 23 May 2017 | 1:12 pm

Premature babies at a greater risk of heart failure

More than 2.6 million individuals born between 1987 and 2012 were assessed by the team at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden for the latest study on premature babies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 23 May 2017 | 7:07 am

Robot hearts: medicine ’s new frontier

From bovine valves to electrical motors and 3-D printed hearts, cardiologists are forging ahead with technologies once dismissed as “crazy ideas”On a cold, bright January morning I walked south across Westminster Bridge to St Thomas ’ Hospital, an institution with a proud tradition of innovation: I was there to observe a procedure generally regarded as the greatest advance in cardiac surgery since the turn of the millennium – and one that can be performed without a surgeon.The patient was a man in his 80s with aortic stenosis, a narrowed valve which was restricting outflow from the left ventricle into the aorta. His heart struggled to pump sufficient blood through the reduced aperture, and the muscle of the affected ventricle had thickened as the organ tried to compensate. If left ...

Posted on 22 May 2017 | 10:30 pm

Sleep apnoea might increase risk of atrial fibrillation

Separate study shows it might also increase risk of pregnancy complications Related items fromOnMedica New implantable device may curb sleep apnoea in heart failure patients Sleep apnoea linked to earlier cognitive impairment Poor quality sleep linked to heart disease Oral device improves sleep apnoea and related symptoms (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 22 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Papers of note in Science Translational Medicine 9 (390)

This week’s articles describe new treatments for heart failure and its associated symptoms and a sequential gene delivery system to regenerate fractured bone. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)

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Posted on 22 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Heart attack breakthrough - THIS drug could be more effective than statins

STROKE risk and heart failure could be treated with a new therapy - which could be more effective and have fewer side effects than statins - the widely-prescribed cholesterol-busting drugs. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 22 May 2017 | 7:40 am

Stroke or heart disease symptoms? New drug could be more effective than statins

STROKE risk and heart failure could be treated with a new therapy - which could be more effect and have fewer side effects than statins - the widely-prescribed cholesterol-busting drugs. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 22 May 2017 | 7:01 am

Stroke and heart disease cure - new drug could be BETTER than statins

STROKE risk and heart failure could be treated with a new therapy - which could be more effect and have fewer side effects than statins - the widely-prescribed cholesterol-busting drugs. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 22 May 2017 | 6:01 am

Preterm birth linked to higher risk of heart failure

(Karolinska Institutet) Babies born preterm run a higher risk of heart failure during childhood and adolescence than those born at full term, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report. The registry-based study is published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 21 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

E-health device helps heart failure patients better manage their condition

Preliminary research shows promising results for touch screen/weighing scale aid Related items fromOnMedica Early menopause linked to heart failure risk One third of heart failure patients do not resume work Chronic heart failure – a review and update Fewer heart failure risk factors by midlife cuts long-term risk Prognosis for heart failure worse than many common cancers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

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Posted on 21 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Tablet helps heart failure patients manage their disease including drug dosages

(European Society of Cardiology) A novel tablet is helping heart failure patients to manage their disease including drug dosages, according to research presented today at EuroHeartCare 2017. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 19 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

Heart failure and stroke identified as lethal combination

(European Society of Cardiology) Heart failure and stroke has been identified as a lethal combination in research presented today at EuroHeartCare 2017. Heart failure patients with previous stroke had greater risks of depression, hospitalization and death than those without a history of stroke. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 19 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

Heart failure symptoms traced to unusual source

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians struggle to survive and take in air because of heart failure. Now scientists have unravelled a new reason why that rewrites medical textbooks. (Source: CBC | Health)

Posted on 18 May 2017 | 8:38 am

Heart failure cause traced to unusual source

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians struggle to survive and take in air because of heart failure. Now scientists have unravelled a new reason why that rewrites medical textbooks. (Source: CBC | Health)

Posted on 18 May 2017 | 8:38 am

Living and Dying with Heart Failure -- Two Views

(MedPage Today) -- Milton Packer and Richard Lehman compared perspectives on heart failure (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

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Posted on 18 May 2017 | 8:35 am

A brainy treatment for heart failure

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Posted on 17 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Study Reveals Lower Risk of Hospitalizations for Heart Failure and...

Results from first large real-world evidence study of its kind published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation(PRWeb May 18, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/05/prweb14349482.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

Posted on 17 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Cause of breathlessness in heart failure patients discovered

A new study has linked shortness of breath in heart failure to a hormonal imbalance in the brain using mice. Based on this finding, the research has also discovered an effective treatment using drugs designed to pass through the blood-brain barrier. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 17 May 2017 | 4:45 pm

Truman Med, Cerner team up to help patients manage chronic disease

Truman Medical Centers will pilot a new program with Cerner Corp. to help patients with heart failure and diabetes better manage their health, starting with 20 Medicaid patients who will track metrics such as weight, blood glucose levels and blood pressure outside the hospital setting. “When you struggle with a chronic condition, sometimes you need all the encouragement you can get,” said Sonja Dicken, director of the primary-care health home for Truman Medical Centers. “Our goal is to help… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

Posted on 17 May 2017 | 2:01 pm

Cancer-cardiac connection illuminates promising new drug for heart failure

A team of researchers has uncovered a new strategy to treat heart failure, a leading contributor to mortality and healthcare costs in the United States. Despite widespread use of currently-approved drugs, approximately 40 percent of patients with heart failure die within five years of their initial diagnosis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 17 May 2017 | 12:36 pm

'Fat but fit' still at higher risk of heart disease

Conclusion The question of whether someone can be "fat but fit" has been much debated. If you're obese but exercise, eat well and don't have metabolic risk factors, the theory goes, you could be just as healthy as someone of recommended weight. This study suggests that may not be true. It is definitely worth adopting a healthy lifestyle, whatever your weight. The study found that, the more metabolic risk factors people had, the more likely they were to develop heart disease, cardiovascular disease and so on. Metabolic risk factors do make a difference. But in this large study, on average, people who were obese with no metabolic risk factors had a higher risk of disease than people of recommended weight with no metabolic risk factors. The study has some strengths. It is very lar...

Posted on 17 May 2017 | 11:30 am

There's A Strong Chance You Are Paying For Expensive Medical Billing Mistakes

Medical bills are the gift that keeps on giving. Having lost my husband in January, I can attest that not even death puts an end to the steady stream of bills for his care that I still get in the mail. Balance billing, services not covered, out-of-network doctors ― they all come back to haunt you in the form of bills ― including a good number from doctors you’ve never met or heard of, and who you don’t when or why even saw your loved one. The bills? I expected them. What I didn’t expect was to learn that medical bills notoriously contain errors ― big errors. While there are no comprehensive statistics on medical-billing mistakes, Stephen Parente, a professor of health finance at the University of Minnesota who has studied the subject extensively, told HuffPost that ...

Posted on 17 May 2017 | 2:03 am

Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart Failure

Title: Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart FailureCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/16/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/17/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 17 May 2017 | 1:00 am

No such thing as 'fat but fit', major study finds

‘Metabolically healthy obese’ are 50% more likely to suffer heart disease than those of normal weight, finds University of Birmingham studyPeople who are obese run an increased risk of heart failure and stroke even if they appear healthy, without the obvious warning signs such as high blood pressure or diabetes, according to a major new study.The findings, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Porto, Portugal, may be the final death knell for the claim that it is possible to be obese but still metabolically healthy – or “fat but fit” – say scientists.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Posted on 16 May 2017 | 11:01 pm

Canadian prof discovers way to help heart failure patients

(University of Guelph) Prof. Jeremy Simpson has linked shortness of breath in heart failure to a hormonal imbalance in the brain using mice. Based on this finding, Simpson has also discovered an effective treatment using drugs designed to pass through the blood-brain barrier. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 16 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

Cancer-cardiac connection illuminates promising new drug for heart failure

(Gladstone Institutes) A team of researchers at the Gladstone Institutes uncovered a new strategy to treat heart failure, a leading contributor to mortality and healthcare costs in the United States. Despite widespread use of currently-approved drugs, approximately 40 percent of patients with heart failure die within five years of their initial diagnosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

Posted on 16 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

Iron Rx Doesn ’ t Improve Exercise Capacity in Iron - Deficient HFrEF

Findings for high - dose iron supplementation in heart failure with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 16 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Younger Age at Menopause Tied to Higher Risk of Heart Failure

Women who have never given birth also appear at increased risk for incident heart failure (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 16 May 2017 | 11:00 am

Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart Failure

High-dose supplements failed to improve exercise capacity, study says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Iron (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 16 May 2017 | 10:00 am

Segregated Neighborhoods May Influence Blood Pressure

(Reuters Health) - African-Americans who move from segregated neighborhoods to more racially diverse communities might experience improvements in their blood pressure, a U.S. study suggests. When researchers looked at the “top number” known as systolic blood pressure - the pressure blood exerts against artery walls when the heart beats - they found moving away from segregated neighborhoods mattered. Relocating to less segregated communities was associated with average decreases of 1.2 to 1.3 mmHG (millimeters of mercury) in systolic blood pressure. “At the population level, a reduction of this magnitude is believed to be sufficient to substantially reduce the occurrence of adverse cardiovascular events like coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure,” said le...

Posted on 16 May 2017 | 9:49 am

Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart Failure

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 -- High-dose iron pills don't improve the exercise capacity of iron-deficient patients with a certain type of heart failure, a new study finds. Iron deficiency affects about half of heart failure patients with what's called... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 16 May 2017 | 6:00 am

Medical News Today: Early menopause, never giving birth may raise heart failure risk

A new study shows that factors such as an early menopause, a shorter reproductive period, and never giving birth influence a woman's risk of heart failure. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 16 May 2017 | 1:00 am

Timing of Menopause May Affect Heart Failure Risk

Title: Timing of Menopause May Affect Heart Failure RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/16/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Menopause General)

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Posted on 16 May 2017 | 1:00 am

Earlier menopause puts women at greater risk of heart failure, study shows

Women who have never given birth also have higher risk, pointing to importance of reproductive factors in cardiovascular health, say researchersWomen who start the menopause earlier have a greater risk of being taken to hospital with heart failure, researchers have found.The US-based study also revealed that women who have never given birth have more than a two-fold increase in the risk of a common type of the condition, known as diastolic heart failure, compared with women who have children.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

Posted on 15 May 2017 | 7:40 pm

Early menopause linked to heart failure risk

Women who had shorter total reproductive duration or never gave birth at higher risk Related items fromOnMedica Fresh study links prescribed NSAIDs with heart attacks Prognosis for heart failure worse than many common cancers Death rate higher in women after discharge for heart arrhythmias Teenage stress increases risk of depression during menopause Early menarche and nulliparity linked to early menopause (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 15 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Shorter Window from Menarche to Menopause Tied to Heart Failure Risk (FREE)

By the Editors In postmenopausal women, shorter reproductive duration — that is, the time from … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 15 May 2017 | 5:41 pm

The New Aging Dilemma, Growing Older At Home Alone

There’s a hidden segment of the older adult population that the healthcare industry has recently spotted. It’s the aging single group of people 55 and over. They are the aged, community-dwelling individuals who are socially and physically isolated, without an available known family member or designated surrogate. They’ve been in plain sight for decades, but since boomers enter the 60 years, the aging single demographic will intensify, due to their status of having the highest divorce rates and childless marriages. And in a matter of a few years, the prevalence of the generation’s chronic diseases will put a heavy burden on the medical care providers, causing an overload on health care and other services. According to the U.S. Census, 2010, 27 percent of seniors across America age...

Posted on 15 May 2017 | 2:19 pm

Timing of Menopause May Affect Heart Failure Risk

Women whose periods end early and those who never give birth seem at added risk, research suggests (Source: WebMD Health)

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Posted on 15 May 2017 | 2:14 pm

Revealed: Heart failure linked to early menopause

AN early menopause and never giving birth both increase a woman ’s risk of heart failure, a study reveals. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 15 May 2017 | 1:06 pm

Childless women at a greater risk of heart failure

Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco found women who don't have children are 70 per cent more likely to suffer from heart failure during old age. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 15 May 2017 | 1:06 pm

Timing of Menopause May Affect Heart Failure Risk

Women whose periods end early and those who never give birth seem at added risk, research suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Disease in Women, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 15 May 2017 | 12:00 pm

What Causes Anemia?

Discussion One of the most common problems in pediatrics is anemia. It is defined as “a lower than normal value for the related measurements of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and number of red blood cells”, usually 2 standard deviations below the normal for age. Normal hematological values change with age. For a discussion of which values are used click here. The most common type of anemia in childhood is iron deficiency which is commonly caused by inadequate stores (e.g. premature infant), inadequate intake (e.g. poor nutrition) or blood loss (e.g. menses). Anemia screening is recommended at age 9-12 months, and for adolescent males and females during routine health examinations. As iron deficiency is the most common cause, often a trial of therapeutic iron (2-6 mg/kg/day of element...

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Posted on 14 May 2017 | 6:29 pm

Arthur Moss Receives Heart Rhythm Society ’s Pioneer in Cardiac Pacing and EP Award

Arthur J. Moss, M.D., received the award for his dedication to understanding and treating electrical disturbances of the heart, including cardiac arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, heart failure and Long QT syndrome. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)

Posted on 12 May 2017 | 5:20 pm

High Risk of Clinical Events With Moderate Aortic Stenosis Plus LVSD High Risk of Clinical Events With Moderate Aortic Stenosis Plus LVSD

The combination of moderate aortic stenosis and left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) is associated with a high risk of heart failure hospitalization and death, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)

Posted on 12 May 2017 | 12:41 pm

7 medtech stories we missed this week: May 12, 2017

[Image from unsplash.com]From Bioness’s new distribution deal to InBrace’s launch of new braces technology, here are 7 medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Obalon receives approval to commercialize in Middle East Obalon Therapeutics announced in a May 11 press release that it has received regulatory approvals in select Middle East markets to commercialize its 6-month, gas-filled intragastric balloon system. The FDA-approved, swallowable balloon system is designed to treat obesity and is the first and only system of its kind. The regulatory approval also accounts for its associated inflation dispenser. Obalon Therapeutics plans to fulfill an initial order for its Middle East distributor Bader Sultan during the second quarter of 2017. 2....

Posted on 12 May 2017 | 11:34 am

Astronauts' Blood Vessels Less Efficient on Long Missions

Finding could lead to preventive treatments for space travel and even here on EarthSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Exercise and Physical Fitness, Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 12 May 2017 | 10:00 am

Celyad receives FDA fast-track status for C-Cure to treat ischemic heart failure

Belgian biopharmaceutical firm Celyad has secured fast-track designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its C-Cure ® therapy for patients with chronic heart failure, secondary to ischemic cardiomyopathy with baseline Left Ventricul … (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)

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Posted on 11 May 2017 | 5:00 pm

Survival Better for Heart-Failure Readmission to Same Hospital Survival Better for Heart-Failure Readmission to Same Hospital

"Every time a patient is admitted to a new hospital, it's like starting from square one," says a researcher. Could predictors of HF readmission to a different hospital help improve continuity of care?Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 11 May 2017 | 1:05 pm

Impulse Dynamics raises $45m

Impulse Dynamics said today it closed a $45 million equity financing round to support its cardiac contractility modulation technology designed to treat chronic heart failure. The round was led by Goldstone Investment and was joined by several other international investment firms, the Stuttgart, Germany-based company said. “We believe that CCM addresses a significant unmet need in the Chronic Heart Failure treatment paradigm. We look forward to seeing Impulse realize its potential of helping millions of patients globally who currently can’t get symptom relief with existing device therapies,” Goldstone Investment VP Mr. Ray Yang said in a press release. Impulse Dynamics produces the Optimizer IVs implantable heart failure device, which 1st won CE Mark approval in the Europ...

Posted on 11 May 2017 | 12:10 pm

Outcomes Up With Same Hospital Readmissions in Heart Failure

Continuity of care may be more important than speedy treatment, researchers say (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 11 May 2017 | 11:00 am

HRS 2017: Medtronic ’ s Micra leadless pacer performs well in post-approval registry

The Micra leadless pacemaker made by Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) showed a high implant success rate and low rates of major complications in a post-approval registry study released today at the annual Hearth Rhythm Society conference in Chicago. The study followed 795 patients implanted with the Micra device, which won FDA approval in April 2016. The safety endpoint was system- or procedure-related major complications at 30 days, compared with the major complication rate from Medtronic’s 726-patient investigational trial. Micra was successfully implanted in 99.6% of patients. The 30-day major complications rate was 1.51%, compared with 2.89% for the investigational study. The rates of cardiac effusion/perforation, device dislodgement and sepsis were each 0.13%. “Performance of the ...

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Posted on 11 May 2017 | 8:07 am

Heart Failure Patients Do Better When Sticking With Same Hospital

Title: Heart Failure Patients Do Better When Sticking With Same HospitalCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/10/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/11/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 11 May 2017 | 1:00 am

Heart Failure Patients With and Without Comorbid Diabetes Heart Failure Patients With and Without Comorbid Diabetes

How might obesity impact the prognosis of patients with heart failure and diabetes -- and how does it differ from those patients without diabetes?American Journal of Critical Care (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)

Posted on 10 May 2017 | 11:14 pm

Same-Hospital Readmits Better for Heart Failure Outcomes

(MedPage Today) --'Further evidence that care fragmentation may be deleterious,'study says (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

Posted on 10 May 2017 | 2:00 pm

Heart Failure Patients Do Better When Sticking with Same Hospital

Continuity of care may be more important than speedy treatment, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Facilities, Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 10 May 2017 | 2:00 pm

Heart Failure Patients Do Better When Sticking With Same Hospital

WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 -- Heart failure patients who are readmitted to the same hospital after their initial treatment are more likely to survive and go home sooner, new Canadian research suggests. Speedy treatment is critical for sudden events --... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Posted on 10 May 2017 | 10:05 am

Medtronic wins 1st FDA approval for MRI-safe quad pacers

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that it won pre-market approval from the FDA for its line of quadripolar, MRI-safe cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers. The approval covers Medtronic’s Percepta, Serena and Solara devices, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. The devices are slated tho hit the U.S. market in “early summer,” Medtronic said. In February the company said it had won CE Mark approval in the European Union for the MRI-safe quad pacer line and planned a March debut. “Developing cardiac devices so physicians have the best treatment options to meet the individual needs of their patients is at the core of everything we do,” heart failure GM Dr. David Steinhaus said in prepared remarks. “With FDA approval of these quadripolar CRT-P devic...

Posted on 10 May 2017 | 9:48 am

Medtronic First to Receive FDA Approval for MR-Conditional Quadripolar Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy-Pacemakers

Portfolio of Next Generation Heart Failure Devices Offers Effective Pacing and Access to the Most Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Procedures DUBLIN - May 10, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) has received U.S. Food a... Devices, Cardiology, Radiology, FDA Medtronic, cardiac resynchronization therapy, pacemaker, magnetic resonance (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Posted on 10 May 2017 | 9:26 am

Heart failure mortality risk ‘worse than for some cancers’

Men and women with heart failure have a higher risk of death than people with some of the most common types of cancer, according to a new UK study. (Source: Nursing Times)

Posted on 9 May 2017 | 6:52 pm

Biotronik wins FDA nod for CRT-D Multi-Pole Pacing tech

Biotronik said today it won FDA approval for its MultiPole Pacing technology designed for its cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator systems. The MPP technology is designed to treat the 40% of heart failure patients who are initially non-responsive to CRT by enabling the left ventricle to be paced twice per cardiac cycle, the Berlin, Germany-based company said. “MultiPole Pacing is an important technology that allows physicians to tailor cardiac resynchronization therapy to each patient. Heart failure is a complex condition and physicians are routinely challenged to find the ideal treatment for unique disease presentations. Adding MPP technology to other key Biotronik features creates more options for physicians to meet evolving patient needs,” Dr. Gery Tomassoni of Le...

Posted on 9 May 2017 | 2:53 pm

Boston Scientific Receives U.S. FDA Approval For Resonate(TM) Family Of High-Voltage Devices

New Devices Combine Longest-Lasting Battery Technology, Therapy Optimization and HeartLogic™ Heart Failure Diagnostics MARLBOROUGH, Mass., May 9, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) has received U.S. Food and... Devices, Cardiology, FDA Boston Scientific, Resonate, ICD , CRT-D, SmartCRT, HeartLogic (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

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Posted on 9 May 2017 | 6:58 am

CRF to hold free seminar on living with heart failure for patients and caregivers

(Cardiovascular Research Foundation) The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) will hold a free seminar, 'Broken Hearts: Living with Heart Failure,' on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 for heart failure patients and caregivers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The seminar, part of a series of Mini-Med Schools conducted by the CRF Women's Heart Health Initiative, will focus on providing both patients and caregivers a deeper understanding of heart failure, its symptoms, and treatment options. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 8 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

May 5 Cardiology News May 5 Cardiology News

Post-MI readmissions, biomarkers in marathoners, physical activity and troponin, vasodilators in heart failure, and PCSK9i denials are the topics discussed by Dr John Mandrola in this week's podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 5 May 2017 | 1:52 pm

CardioBrief: Another Acute Heart Failure Drug Fails In Large Trial

(MedPage Today) -- In RELAX-AHF-2 serelaxin didn't improve clinical outcomes (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

Posted on 5 May 2017 | 10:35 am

Specialist nurses 'key in linking palliative and heart failure care'

Nurses with expertise in both heart failure and palliative care can play a key role in improving care for the many people dying of heart disease who are missing out on vital support in their final months, according to a new report. (Source: Nursing Times)

Posted on 5 May 2017 | 7:42 am

Heart failure more fatal than common cancers

A new study shows that men and women suffering from heart failure have a higher risk of death than people with most common types of cancer. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Posted on 4 May 2017 | 6:35 am

Heart failure is as 'malignant' as some common cancers

(Wiley) A new analysis finds that, despite advances in care, men and women with a diagnosis of heart failure continue to have worse survival rates than patients with certain common cancers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

Posted on 3 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

Prognosis for heart failure worse than many common cancers

Cancers with higher five-year survival include prostate and breast cancers Related items fromOnMedica Cancer risk higher in women with new-onset AF AF associated with more comorbidities than had been thought CCGs struggling to meet cancer targets European cancer death rates falling faster in men (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 3 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

ReThink Medical raises $3 million for a wearable device to predict heart failure

San Francisco-based ReThink Medical raised $3 million to develop a medical wearable to predict and prevent heart failure. The round was led by Emergent Medical with additional funding from  Norwich Ventures and Launch Capital. The company is also operating with a previously-awarded NIH grant as well as a strategic partnership with Japanese medical device company Terumo Corporation, which includes an investment.  (Source: mobihealthnews)

Posted on 3 May 2017 | 12:58 pm

Hypertension and Cardiac Comorbidities: A 3-Question Quiz

See what you know about optimal co-management when the patient with hypertension also has Afib, CAD, or heart failure. (Source: ConsultantLive)

Posted on 3 May 2017 | 11:58 am

Heart Failure, Job Loss May Be Deadly Combo

Title: Heart Failure, Job Loss May Be Deadly ComboCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/2/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/3/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

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Posted on 3 May 2017 | 1:00 am

Lower BP Targeted in New Heart Failure Guidelines

(MedPage Today) -- ACC/AHA/HFSA recommend adjusted SPRINT target of (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

Posted on 2 May 2017 | 4:35 pm

Serelaxin Trial Latest to Challenge Today's Approach to Acute HF Serelaxin Trial Latest to Challenge Today's Approach to Acute HF

RELAX-AHF-2 has helped some specialists let go of entrenched, possibly wrong views about acute heart failure. But not all agree: for others, it's encouragement to keep looking for an effective treatment.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 2 May 2017 | 12:44 pm

Heart Failure, Job Loss May Be Deadly Combo

In study, heart failure patients had higher death risk if unemployed, but cause-and-effect unclearSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 2 May 2017 | 12:00 pm

Heart failure: Unemployment ups risk of DEATH by HALF

HEART failure is most common in older people, but those of working age are increasingly suffering due to employment-related stresses. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 2 May 2017 | 11:09 am

Heart Failure, Job Loss May Be Deadly Combo

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 -- The ability to work may help predict a heart-failure patient's chances of survival, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found that joblessness was tied to a 50 percent higher risk of death in younger patients with heart... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Posted on 2 May 2017 | 8:00 am

ReThink Medical raises $3m in Series A

Heart failure medical device developer ReThink Medical said today it raised $3 million in a Series A funding round, with funds slated to support clinical trials and further technology development. The company is developing proprietary algorithms to predict worsening conditions in heart failure patients and alert physicians to take proactive measures for their patients. ReThink claims it can prevent potential hospitalization and “change the trajectory of heart failure patients.” “It’s clear that ReThink Medical’s proactive approach and technology will help drive down costs, improve quality of life, and create better outcomes for patients and health care providers in a field craving innovative solutions,” Norwich Venture founder & managing director ...

Posted on 1 May 2017 | 3:19 pm

Exercise May Mediate Chronic Troponin Elevations, Obesity or Not Exercise May Mediate Chronic Troponin Elevations, Obesity or Not

Physical-activity levels in a large cohort varied inversely with chronic subclinical myocardial damage in both the obese and nonobese, possibly a way exercise lowers heart-failure risk, say researchers.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 1 May 2017 | 11:25 am

Risk of heart transplant rejection reduced by desensitising patient antibodies

(European Society of Cardiology) The risk of heart transplant rejection can be reduced by desensitising patient antibodies, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2017 and the 4th World Congress on Acute Heart Failure.1 The breakthrough comes on the 50th anniversary of heart transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 30 April 2017 | 10:00 pm

Heart Groups Update Heart Failure Management Guidelines (FREE)

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH The American College of Cardiology, together with the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America, have … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 30 April 2017 | 6:00 pm

Heart failure costly in US; direct medical costs increasing

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Posted on 30 April 2017 | 6:00 pm

Heart failure mortality is inversely related to wealth of country

Death in patients with heart failure is inversely related to the wealth of the country they live in, according to new research. Death rates in India and Africa were three to four times higher than those documented in Western countries. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 30 April 2017 | 5:24 pm

Unemployment associated with 50% higher risk of death in heart failure patients

Not being employed linked with greater likelihood of death than history of diabetes or stroke. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 30 April 2017 | 7:54 am

Ivabradine may not benefit certain heart failure patients

(Wiley) Researchers have completed a randomized clinical trial in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which currently has no effective treatment for reducing morbidity and mortality. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 29 April 2017 | 10:00 pm

Unemployment associated with 50 percent higher risk of death in heart failure patients

(European Society of Cardiology) Unemployment is associated with a 50 percent higher risk of death in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2017 and the 4th World Congress on Acute Heart Failure.1 The observational study in more than 20,000 heart failure patients found that not being employed was linked with a greater likelihood of death than history of diabetes or stroke. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 29 April 2017 | 10:00 pm

Method helps determine heart failure patients' risks

(Wiley) A new analysis describes different classifications of patients who are hospitalized with acute heart failure based on various characteristics, which may help guide early decisions regarding triage and treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Posted on 29 April 2017 | 10:00 pm

Non-O blood groups associated with higher risk of heart attack

(European Society of Cardiology) Having a non-O blood group is associated with a higher risk of heart attack, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2017 and the 4th World Congress on Acute Heart Failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 29 April 2017 | 10:00 pm

Unemployment 'increases risk of heart failure by up to 50 PER CENT'

BEING unemployed could raise the risk of death for heart failure patients by up to 50 per cent, a study claims. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 29 April 2017 | 5:01 pm

Baptist Health Implants State's First Total Artificial Heart

Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock on Wednesday announced that it implanted the state’s first Syncardia Total Artificial Heart in a 21-year-old Jonesboro man on April 18. Dr. John Ransom, surgical director of the Baptist Health Heart Transplant Institute, told Arkansas Business that there was no other option for recipient Chadarius Johnson and his recovery has been going well. He’d been waiting since January for a life-saving transplant. Both of his ventricles were removed and replaced with mechanical versions. The doctor also said this procedure is a “last option.” Patients who have the device have an 80 percent chance of living for one year whether the artificial heart remains implanted or they are able to get a transplant, but most will get the transpla...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:05 pm

​Atlanta chosen for global heart failure pilot

The World Economic Forum chose Atlanta for a global heart failure study intended to improve patient outcomes and decrease care costs. Twenty payer, provider, supplier and government associations in Georgia are teaming up on the three-year project, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Grady Health System and Emory Healthcare. On April 25, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed met with Atlanta health lead ers at City Hall to kick off the project, which has yet to be clearly… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:53 am

Enlightenment Awaits at Paris ESC Heart-Failure Sessions Enlightenment Awaits at Paris ESC Heart-Failure Sessions

Planned for the meeting in La Ville Lumi è re: Fresh insights on the TRUE-AHF, RELAX-AHF-2, and PARADIGM-HF trials, ICDs in nonischemic disease, and how empagliflozin may have earned its CV indication.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

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Posted on 26 April 2017 | 10:09 am

European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure (ESC-HF) 2017 European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure (ESC-HF) 2017

Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from ESC HF 2017theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 26 April 2017 | 9:57 am

Researchers to provide chronic heart failure patients easy access to their own data

(Indiana University) A team of researchers is creating new information technology to help older adults with chronic heart failure. For the first time, researchers are capturing and working to empower individuals with their own heart health data. This will enable quick and preventative action to protect those suffering with chronic heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 25 April 2017 | 10:00 pm

Novant Health Foundation receives grant to tackle diabetes in underserved Triad communities

Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem has received a $94,800 grant towards a program that works to lower the cases of diabetes in underserved areas. The grant comes as Novant Health recently opened an intensive diabetes management clinic in Winston-Salem that seeks to offer a new approach —one that mirrors management programs for diseases such as asthma or congestive heart failure — to helping patients with the disease. The grant, from Th e Cigna Foundation, will go… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

Posted on 25 April 2017 | 1:11 pm

Heart Failure Quiz

Title: Heart Failure QuizCategory: MedicineNet QuizCreated: 4/25/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/25/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

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Posted on 25 April 2017 | 1:00 am

American Regent begins enrolment in Phase III trial of Injectafer to treat heart failure

Japanese pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo's division, American Regent, has begun patient enrolment in the Phase III HEART-FID clinical trial of Injectafer (ferric carboxymaltose) for the treatment of heart failure with iron deficiency. (Source: Drug Development Technology)

Posted on 24 April 2017 | 5:00 pm

Exercise Benefits Aging Hearts, Even Those of The Obese

Physical activity helps ward off heart damage in middle age and beyond, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Exercise and Physical Fitness, Heart Failure, Obesity (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 24 April 2017 | 12:00 pm

Disease-associated genes routinely missed in some genetic studies

New research reveals two new ways to identify genes that routinely are missed in studies using a common gene-sequencing method. Many of these missed genes are associated with leukemia, psoriasis, heart failure, and other diseases. As part of their new research, the team of scientists have packaged their new methods into open-source software for other researchers to use.   (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 24 April 2017 | 9:07 am

Can LVAD'Bridge to Recovery' Be the Norm in Advanced HF? Can LVAD'Bridge to Recovery' Be the Norm in Advanced HF?

Two-thirds achieved normal-range functional capacity after continuous-flow pump explantation in a small cohort of patients with advanced heart failure who followed a bridge-to-recovery protocol.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)

Posted on 20 April 2017 | 11:09 am

Congestive Heart Failure

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Posted on 20 April 2017 | 1:00 am

Chagas Disease Presents Public Health Challenge in the U.S.

Without early treatment, Chagas disease can cause heart failure (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 19 April 2017 | 6:00 pm

Boston Scientific joins $23m Series B for NeuroTronik

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) has joined in on a $23.1 million Series B round for cardiovascular neuromod company NeuroTronik. The Durham, N.C.-based company said that BSX led the round and was joined by Hatteras Venture Partners, Synergy Life Science Partners, Lord Baltimore Investment Partners, Mountain Group Capital and Sovereign’s Capital. NeuroTronik is developing a novel neuromodulation device designed to treat hospitalized heart failure patients. The device functions by stimulating the cardiac autonomic nerve via a NeuroCatheter, which is temporarily placed in a vein just above the heart. The catheter works in combination with a separate, bedside neuromodulation unit. “Our team has made substantial progress in the development of NeuroTronik CANS Therapy. The results from...

Posted on 19 April 2017 | 11:22 am

Frog slime could protect us against future flu epidemic

Conclusion This study has identified a substance in the mucus secreted by a south Indian frog which can kill certain types of flu virus. Researchers often turn to natural substances with known health-giving properties to find potential new drugs for humans. For example, aspirin was developed based on a compound found in willow bark – which had been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. Some other drugs – such as some chemotherapy and anticlotting drugs – have also been developed from chemicals found in plants. By isolating the substances that have an effect the researchers can make sure they are pure and adapt and them to make them as safe and effective as possible for human use. This is another example of this process, using an animal's natural defences to identify su...

Posted on 19 April 2017 | 11:00 am

LVAD Can Restore Full Cardiac Function in Heart Failure Patients

38 percent of study participants had heart function equivalent to that of a healthy man of the same age (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 19 April 2017 | 11:00 am

Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure Patients

Title: Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/18/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/19/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

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Posted on 19 April 2017 | 1:00 am

Heart failure drug could save the sight of patients with once-untreatable eye condition

A DRUG used to treat heart failure is at the centre of a £1 million study to establish whether it can save the sight of patients with a currently untreatable eye condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 18 April 2017 | 5:06 pm

Biotronik launches, touts smallest MRI-safe defib leads on market

Biotronik said today it launched its Plexa ProMRI 7.8 French MR conditional tachycardia lead in the US, touting it as the smallest lead of it’s kind on the market. The company said it won FDA approval for the leads in February 1, indicated for use with implantable cardioverter defibrillators and heart failure devices. “This is another advancement in efforts to further improve the performance and maneuverability of ICD leads. Patients who require ICDs are understandably concerned about reliability, and that underscores the need for durable ICD leads to choose from,” Dr. Theofanie Mela of the Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the 1st physicians in the US to implant Plexa, said in a prepared statement. Biotronik touted that the newly launched lead’s design maximi...

Posted on 18 April 2017 | 1:56 pm

Illness from'Kissing Bug' Now Widespread in U.S.

Without early treatment, Chagas disease can cause heart failure Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Chagas Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 18 April 2017 | 12:00 pm

Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure Patients

Study found devices, typically used while awaiting a transplant, restored full function in some Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 18 April 2017 | 12:00 pm

Ejection Fraction: Misunderstood and Overrated Ejection Fraction: Misunderstood and Overrated

Does the reliance on ejection fraction as a marker of contractility and a means of assessing heart failure need to be revised or even abandoned?Circulation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 17 April 2017 | 2:35 am

Fitness a BMI Connection to Heart Failure

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Posted on 14 April 2017 | 1:00 am

Heart Failure: Osmosis Study Video Heart Failure: Osmosis Study Video

This video covers the basics of heart failure, including the different types and various causes of each. It also covers important clinical signs and symptoms, as well as treatment options.Osmosis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 13 April 2017 | 10:47 pm

Favorable Physiological Effect for Ularitide in Acute Heart Failure

Greater reductions in systolic blood pressure, levels of N - terminal pro - brain natriuretic peptide (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 13 April 2017 | 6:00 pm

Fitness Likely Explains BMI Connection to Heart Failure Risk Fitness Likely Explains BMI Connection to Heart Failure Risk

If current public health messages aren't hitting home, perhaps cardiorespiratory fitness would be a better focus for cardiovascular prevention than body weight per se, propose researchers.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Posted on 13 April 2017 | 2:46 pm

First large-scale survey of Chagas disease in the United States confirms that the'silent killer' is a major public health challenge for the country

A study of almost 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County found that 1.24 percent tested positive for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early. Chagas disease is one of the leading causes of heart failure in Latin America. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 13 April 2017 | 10:00 am

Worsening heart failure: Goal should be symptom relief?

In patients experiencing a worsening of heart failure, the primary objective of treatment should be the patient-centric goal of symptom relief, says the author of an editorial in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 13 April 2017 | 6:47 am

UTA Nursing Professor receives $308,000 NIH grant

(University of Texas at Arlington) A cardiovascular exercise scientist at the University of Texas at Arlington's College of Nursing and Health Innovation has received a $308,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study exercise intolerance in older heart failure patients with preserved ejection fraction, or HFpEF. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 12 April 2017 | 10:00 pm

First large-scale survey of Chagas disease in the United States confirms that the 'silent killer' is a major public health challenge for the country

(Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) A study of almost 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County found that 1.24 percent tested positive for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early. Chagas disease is one of the leading causes of heart failure in Latin America. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Posted on 12 April 2017 | 10:00 pm

CardioBrief: Ularitide Still a Bust After TRUE-AHF Peer Review

(MedPage Today) -- As reported at AHA, novel vasodilator failed to improve outcomes in heart failure (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

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Posted on 12 April 2017 | 6:35 pm

CardioBrief: Ularitide Still a Bust Over Time After TRUE-AHF Peer Review

(MedPage Today) -- As reported at AHA, novel vasodilator failed to improve long-term outcomes in heart failure (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

Posted on 12 April 2017 | 3:00 pm

Survival Trend Seen With LVAD in Advanced Heart Failure Survival Trend Seen With LVAD in Advanced Heart Failure

Some patients with advanced heart failure not on the transplantation wait list might benefit from an LVAD, but robust evidence is lacking on the optimal management of patients in this'grey zone. 'Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)

Posted on 12 April 2017 | 9:13 am

New pump LVAD 'leads to full recovery from heart failure'

Two fifths of a group of trial participants fitted with one of the battery-operated devices at the University of Newcastle ended up showing no sign of heart disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 11 April 2017 | 1:13 pm

Even Young Adults With HIV at Risk of HF, Low- or Preserved-EF Even Young Adults With HIV at Risk of HF, Low- or Preserved-EF

HIV-infected adults, young and old, were at increased risk of heart failure, both the low- and preserved-ejection-fraction types, in a cohort study with possible insights into immunity and HF in general.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)

Posted on 10 April 2017 | 3:14 pm

Digoxin: Clues to a Threshold for This Last-Resort Drug Digoxin: Clues to a Threshold for This Last-Resort Drug

Dr De Ferrari provides details on a substudy of the ARISTOTLE trial that examined digoxin blood levels and mortality in patients with and without heart failure.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

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Posted on 10 April 2017 | 2:12 pm

Afib, Heart Failure, and Exercise

Is exercise safe in HF patients who have AF? Results of the HF-ACTION study are summarized in this short slide show. (Source: ConsultantLive)

Posted on 10 April 2017 | 8:45 am

Apr 7 Cardiology News Apr 7 Cardiology News

Cost effects of risk-factor management in AF, apixaban costs vs warfarin, bioresorbable-scaffold woes, exercise as heart-failure therapy, and surgical left atrial appendage closure are discussed.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 7 April 2017 | 12:31 pm

Patients with larger body size face three-fold greater risk of AF

Women who are taller and heavier than their peers have an almost three-fold greater risk of developing AF, putting them at increased likelihood of stroke and heart failure, research has shown. (Source: GP Online News)

Posted on 7 April 2017 | 9:01 am

Gothenburg finds being tall can increase risk of stroke

Tall women are more likely to have a stroke or heart failure, according to scientists from the University of Gothenburg. Their larger heart chambers can disrupt the organ's rhythm, causing disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 7 April 2017 | 3:29 am

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Impacts BMI - Related Heart Failure Risk

Association between higher BMI and greater risk of heart failure attenuated after adjustment for CRF (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

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Posted on 6 April 2017 | 6:00 pm

Experimental Muscle-cell'Patches' May Hold Promise for Heart Failure Experimental Muscle-cell'Patches' May Hold Promise for Heart Failure

Patching the heart with sheets of patients'own cells might improve symptoms in some cases of severe heart failure, a phase 1 study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)

Posted on 6 April 2017 | 2:19 pm

HIV Infection, Heart Failure Go Together (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Veterans study found greater risk linked to disease severity (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)

Posted on 6 April 2017 | 8:30 am

Can Stem Cell 'Patch' Help Heart Failure?

Title: Can Stem Cell 'Patch' Help Heart Failure?Category: Health NewsCreated: 4/5/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/6/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 6 April 2017 | 1:00 am

Experimental muscle-cell 'patches' may hold promise for failing hearts

(Reuters Health) - - Patching the heart with sheets of patients' own cells might improve symptoms in some cases of severe heart failure, an early study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Posted on 5 April 2017 | 2:13 pm

Can Stem Cell'Patch' Help Heart Failure?

Small improvement seen over one year in early study Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Stem Cells (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 5 April 2017 | 2:00 pm

ISHLT 2017: Medtronic HVAD trial misses primary endpoint, reports lowered stroke rates

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that results from the Endurance supplemental trial of its HVAD heart pump system did not meet its primary endpoint, but did report  lowered stroke rates compared to standard treatment. The trial aimed to evaluate the use of the HVAD system, which it picked up along with HeartWare last year, as a destination therapy for patients who require a left ventricular assist device and received improved blood pressure management, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. Data from the study was presented at the 2017 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Scientific Meeting in San Diego. Medtronic said that the Endurance trial did not meet its primary endpoint of all neurologic events at 12 months, but that secondary results indicated a 76.4% survival ...

Posted on 5 April 2017 | 1:37 pm

Can Stem Cell'Patch' Help Heart Failure?

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 -- Scientists report another step in the use of stem cells to help treat people with debilitating heart failure. In an early study of 27 patients, Japanese researchers used patients'own muscle stem cells to create a " patch " ... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 5 April 2017 | 10:00 am

Researchers pinpoint new drug target for heart failure patients

(Case Western Reserve University) Researchers led by Julian E. Stelzer, PhD, associate professor in the department of physiology and biophysics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, have found a new target for drug developers seeking straightforward ways to improve cardiac output in heart failure patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 3 April 2017 | 10:00 pm

Tiny sensor keeps heart failure patients out of hospital

The CardioMEMS heart failure system monitors the flow of blood in the heart. The pioneering device has been implanted in two women in Southampton. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Posted on 3 April 2017 | 6:49 pm

Echo groups release guidance on aortic stenosis

The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Echo groups release new stress echo guidelines ASE debuts new educational offerings ASE offers guide for childhood heart disease ASE elects new president ASE: Aortic flow rate predicts risk of heart failure (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

Posted on 3 April 2017 | 3:48 pm

Patients with heart failure and subclinical hypothyroidism have worse outcomes

Patients with more severe heart failure have higher levels of the thyroid hormones TSH and T4 and lower T3 levels, and those with higher T4 levels may be more likely to have atrial fibrillation, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society.EurekAlert (Source: Society for Endocrinology)

Posted on 3 April 2017 | 6:00 am

Patients with heart failure, subclinical hypothyroidism have worse outcomes

(The Endocrine Society) Patients with more severe heart failure have higher levels of the thyroid hormones TSH and T4 and lower T3 levels, and those with higher T4 levels may be more likely to have atrial fibrillation, new research reports. The study results will be presented Sunday, April 2, at ENDO 2017, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Orlando, Fla. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 1 April 2017 | 10:00 pm

Sacubitril/valsartan cost effective for heart failure

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Posted on 31 March 2017 | 6:00 pm

Hopkins Nursing—Dean on Palliative Care

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Posted on 31 March 2017 | 10:42 am

HbA1c Fell in Diabetics on Sacubitril/Valsartan: PARADIGM-HF HbA1c Fell in Diabetics on Sacubitril/Valsartan: PARADIGM-HF

That extra benefit for diabetics in the trial may be yet another reason to consider switching patients with reduced-EF heart failure from ACE inhibitors or ARBs to the newer agent, say observers.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 30 March 2017 | 2:15 pm

Abiomed doubles Danvers footprint

Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) today opened its expanded headquarters in Danvers, Mass., which more than doubles its footprint in the Bay State. Gov. Charlie Baker helped Abiomed CEO Mike Minogue and patient survivors to cut the ribbon on the $40 million, 160,000-square-foot HQ north of Boston. Abiomed makes the Impella line of percutaneous heart pumps, which are designed to provide cardiac support to heart failure patients during PCI procedures. The expansion adds new R&D and manufacturing facilities and a clinical training facility called the Heart Recovery Institute. “Today we recognize 35 years of dedication and hard work by all the people who made this possible — from employees, to customers, to patients, to investors,” Minogue said in prepared remarks. “We celebrate our...

Posted on 30 March 2017 | 12:25 pm

Medtronic launches Arctic Front cryoablation PVI study

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it enrolled the 1st patient in the Stop Persistent AF clinical trial of its Arctic Front Advance cardiac cryoablation catheter. The 225-patient, 12-month trial aims to explore the effectiveness and safety of pulmonary vein isolation-only treatments for patients with persistent atrial fibrillation using the Arctic Front Advance cryoablation catheter, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. The 1st patient in the trial was treated by Dr. John Harding at Penn.’s Doylestown Hospital, the company said. “Gaining meaningful data from this trial will help further clinicians’ understanding of possible treatment options for patients with persistent AF. As AF progresses and episodes become more constant, patients’ quality of life diminishes while...

Posted on 30 March 2017 | 11:39 am

Heart failure congress sets new record for original science submissions

(European Society of Cardiology) A new record for original science submissions has been set for the world's leading heart failure congress. In addition to the main abstract program, highly anticipated results from major studies will be presented in the late breaking trial sessions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 28 March 2017 | 10:00 pm

Specialist heart centre treatment linked to better cardiac arrest survival

Distance required for travel doesn ’t seem to be an influential factor, study finds Related items fromOnMedica Chronic heart failure – a review and update CPR training drive for public to focus on youth Safety questions over adrenaline for cardiac arrest Stop taking people in cardiac arrest to A&E, says expert NSAID use linked with increased risk of cardiac arrest (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

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Posted on 28 March 2017 | 6:00 pm

Heart failure and skilled nursing facilities: The importance of getting the facts

ROCHESTER, Minn.? For many people diagnosed with heart failure ? which almost invariably results in a hospital stay ? the next stop is a skilled nursing facility. While their physician? often will reassure them that it?s just for a short time until they can get back to their home, in reality, that stay is long [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)

Posted on 28 March 2017 | 6:00 pm

Risk Conferred by T2D Modified by HbA1c in Heart Failure

Stratification of T2D by HbA1c shows U - shaped associations for first hospitalization and mortality (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 28 March 2017 | 11:00 am

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Tied to Lower Heart Failure Risk

But no link between alcohol intake, onset of atrial fibrillation over median of eight years'follow - up (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 28 March 2017 | 11:00 am

Moderate drinking may reduce heart disease risk

Conclusion This study paints a more complicated picture than the "Pint a day keeps the doctor away" story proffered by The Sun. It seems to confirm the findings of other studies, which have shown that non-drinkers tend to have a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases than people who drink moderately. It suggests that some cardiovascular diseases (mainly those directly affecting the heart) seem to have a stronger link to a possible protective effect from alcohol than other vascular diseases, such as mini-strokes and bleeding in the brain. However, this can't be concluded with certainty due to the study design. We need to remember that cohort studies like this cannot prove that alcohol consumption or lack of it is a direct cause of cardiovascular disease. Many health and lifestyle ...

Posted on 23 March 2017 | 11:30 am

Limiting protein reduces post-heart attack injury in mice

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 735,000 Americans experience a heart attack each year. Opening a blocked coronary artery to restore blood flow to the heart prevents sudden cardiac death. However, doing so also triggers cardiac damage through oxidative stress and inflammation, which eventually can lead to heart failure. Researchers have identified a protein that can be targeted to decrease post-heart attack injury and prevent heart failure in a mouse model. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Posted on 23 March 2017 | 10:55 am

Serelaxin Again Bombs in Acute Heart Failure: RELAX-AHF-2 Serelaxin Again Bombs in Acute Heart Failure: RELAX-AHF-2

The negative news from RELAX-AH-2 is a disappointment for Novartis and follows a series of setbacks for serelaxin in acute heart failure.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 23 March 2017 | 10:00 am

Limiting protein reduces post-heart attack injury in mice

(University of Missouri-Columbia) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 735,000 Americans experience a heart attack each year. Opening a blocked coronary artery to restore blood flow to the heart prevents sudden cardiac death. However, doing so also triggers cardiac damage through oxidative stress and inflammation, which eventually can lead to heart failure. Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have identified a protein that can be targeted to decrease post-heart attack injury and prevent heart failure in a mouse model. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Posted on 22 March 2017 | 10:00 pm

Alcohol could boost heart health: Glass of wine could stave off ANGINA and heart failure

A GLASS of wine a day can help to stave off heart conditions such as angina and heart failure, suggests new research. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 22 March 2017 | 5:30 pm

Medical News Today: A-fib with RVR: Information, treatment, and management

In this article, learn about the most common rhythm disorder of the heart, including how to reduce the risk of stroke and heart failure. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 22 March 2017 | 1:00 am

Dosing Crucial for Digoxin, Warfarin Safety

(MedPage Today) -- Digoxin unsafe at high levels regardless of heart failure (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

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Posted on 21 March 2017 | 1:30 pm

New approach uses ultrasound to measure fluid in the lungs

(North Carolina State University) A team of engineering and medical researchers has found a way to use ultrasound to monitor fluid levels in the lung, offering a noninvasive way to track progress in treating pulmonary edema -- fluid in the lungs -- which often occurs in patients with congestive heart failure. The approach, which has been demonstrated in rats, also holds promise for diagnosing scarring, or fibrosis, in the lung. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 20 March 2017 | 10:00 pm

ACC 2017 Roundup: Abbott touts reduced HF rehospitalizations in MitraClip study

The team at MassDevice.com and Drug Delivery Business News will be updating this post periodically as news comes out of ACC 2017, the annual American College of Cardiology meeting in Washington March 17-19.   Abbott touts reduced HF rehospitalizations in MitraClip study Abbott (NYSE:ABT) released 1-year outcomes from the largest study to-date of real-world experiences for its MitraClip system in transcatheter mitral valve repair procedures in the US at the ACC 2017 annual meeting. The Abbott Park, Ill.-based company’s MitraClip was designed to treat patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation who were not eligible for surgery to repair or replace the mitral valve. In the study, data from approximately 3,000 DMR patients was analyzed following implantation of the Mitraclip. R...

Posted on 20 March 2017 | 11:06 am

Hospital quality linked to readmission rates for COPD and other diseases

Nearly one in five patients admitted to hospitals in the United States are readmitted within 30 days, at a cost of $17 billion annually. To reduce readmission rates, the federal Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) tracks readmissions for certain conditions, including heart failure, pneumonia, and most recently, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), a disease of the lungs. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)

Posted on 20 March 2017 | 9:19 am

Concerns about heightened risk of death for AFib patients taking digoxin

Patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) who are given digoxin to control their symptoms have an increased risk of death, whether or not they have a diagnosis of heart failure, compared with patients not taking the drug, and this risk increases with higher levels of digoxin in the bloodstream, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 20 March 2017 | 7:10 am

New analysis shows Novartis Entresto improves glycemic control in reduced ejection fraction heart failure patients with diabetes

Novartis has announced results of a new post-hoc analysis in a subgroup of patients with reduced ejection fraction heart failure (HFrEF) and diabetes suggesting that Entresto® (sacubitril/valsartan) tablets improved glycemic control, as assessed by hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing, compared to ACE-inhibitor enalapril[1]. (Source: World Pharma News)

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Posted on 20 March 2017 | 5:00 am

NICE recommends longer-lasting battery technology for implantable heart rhythm devices

People with heart failure are set to benefit from longer-lasting battery technology in implantable heart rhythm devices, following guidance from NICE. (Source: NHS Networks)

Posted on 19 March 2017 | 5:00 pm

Newer type 2 diabetes drugs show heart protective quality in study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs significantly cut the risk of death and hospitalization for heart failure compared with other medicines for the disease, according to data released on Sunday from a so-called real world study sponsored by AstraZeneca. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 19 March 2017 | 12:51 pm

Late-Breaking Data Shows the CardioMEMS HF System is Effective in Reducing Heart Failure Hospitalizations and Cost of Care

PRESENTED AT ACC AND PUBLISHED IN JOURNAL OF AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY, THE CARDIOMEMS ™ HF SYSTEM OFFERS SUSTAINED BENEFITS FOR PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM SYMPTOMATIC HEART FAILURE (Source: Abbott.com)

Posted on 19 March 2017 | 12:00 pm

New study finds people who have high levels of two markers at high risk of adverse heart events

New research suggests that GlycA, a newly identified blood marker, and C-reactive protein both independently predict major adverse cardiac events, including heart failure and death. Patients who have high levels of both biomarkers are at especially high risk. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 17 March 2017 | 11:15 am

NICE Recommends Boston Scientific CRT-D Devices Powered By EnduraLife(TM) Battery Technology For Treatment Of Heart Failure

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., March 16, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Today, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued medical technology guidance recommending the use of Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX) cardiac resy... Devices, Cardiology Boston Scientific, CRT-D, EnduraLife, cardiac resynchronization (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

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Posted on 17 March 2017 | 7:44 am

Boston Scientific touts U.K. nod for EnduraLife batteries

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) said yesterday that a U.K. healthcare agency backed its EnduraLife batteries for cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators, citing the savings offering by reduced replacement procedures. The guidance from Great Britain’s National Institute for Health & Care Excellence concluded that the EnduraLife technology would improve outcomes and create some $7.4 million (£6 million) in savings over 5 years, Boston Scientific said. The NICE evaluation calculated that avoiding early replacement procedures would pare costs such as hospital admissions, bed days and procurement costs and lower the rates of post-procedure complication and infection. The agency’s advisory committee reviewed data from 16 independent studies before issuing the guidance,...

Posted on 17 March 2017 | 7:11 am

Empagliflozin chronic heart failure outcome trials initiated

(Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)

Posted on 17 March 2017 | 3:02 am

HbA1c Variables in Relation to HF Following Diagnosis of T2DM HbA1c Variables in Relation to HF Following Diagnosis of T2DM

This study investigated the relationship of glycemic control on the development of heart failure over time in patients with type 2 diabetes.Heart (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 16 March 2017 | 10:38 pm

New study finds people who have high levels of two markers at high risk of adverse heart events

(Intermountain Medical Center) New research suggests that GlycA, a newly identified blood marker, and C-reactive protein both independently predict major adverse cardiac events, including heart failure and death. Patients who have high levels of both biomarkers are at especially high risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Posted on 16 March 2017 | 10:00 pm

Weight Loss, Especially With Surgery, Tied to Lower Risk of Heart Failure Weight Loss, Especially With Surgery, Tied to Lower Risk of Heart Failure

Obese people who get surgery to lose weight have half the risk of developing heart failure compared to patients who make lifestyle changes to shed excess pounds, a recent study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)

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Posted on 16 March 2017 | 1:33 pm

Medical News Today: Immune cell may turn heart inflammation into heart failure

New research examines the role of a type of white blood cells called eosinophils on heart inflammation, dilated cardiomyopathy, and heart failure in mice. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 16 March 2017 | 9:00 am

Weight loss, especially with surgery, tied to lower risk of heart failure

(Reuters Health) - Obese people who get surgery to lose weight have half the risk of developing heart failure compared to patients who make lifestyle changes to shed excess pounds, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 15 March 2017 | 6:18 pm

Pot Use Linked To An Increased Risk Of Stroke And Heart Failure

Adults who use marijuana may have an increased risk of stroke and heart failure, according to a new study. The people in the study who used marijuana were 26 percent more likely to have had a stroke at some point in their lives than those who did not use marijuana, the researchers found. The people who used marijuana were also 10 percent more likely to have developed heart failure at some point in their lives, compared with people who did not use marijuana, the researchers found. The new findings suggest that, like many other medications, cannabis may have side effects, and that patients who use marijuana for medical reasons might need to be monitored for heart-related side effects of the drug, said lead study author Dr. Aditi Kalla, cardiology fellow at the Einstein Medical Center in Phil...

Posted on 15 March 2017 | 10:01 am

Heart attack prevention: Seven ways to reduce YOUR risk

FISH oil supplements could help you swerve death if you suffer heart failure, according to new research. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 15 March 2017 | 8:10 am

Your NEJM Group Today: Big Data & Healthcare Delivery / Pneumonia & Heart Failure / Vermont Nocturnist Opportunities (FREE)

By the Editors Have a look at today's offering from NEJM Group:NEJM Catalyst: NEJM Catalyst Insights Council members … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Posted on 14 March 2017 | 5:00 pm

NSAID use linked with increased risk of cardiac arrest

Researchers advise avoiding diclofenac and limiting ibuprofen to 1200 mg per day Related items fromOnMedica Taking antidepressants with painkillers could increase risk of haemorrhage GPs urged not to over prescribe painkillers Long use of pain relievers associated with hearing loss Some common painkillers can raise heart risks NSAIDs and COX 2s linked to heart failure admission (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 14 March 2017 | 5:00 pm

Omega - 3 Supplements May Benefit Heart Failure Patients

And supplements still deemed useful for patients who have had a recent myocardial infarction (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 14 March 2017 | 11:00 am

Risk of Heart Failure Up for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

High disease activity linked to all types of heart failure, especially non - ischemic heart failure (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 14 March 2017 | 11:00 am

Your NEJM Group Today: Confusion & Epistaxis Case / End-of-Life Discussions in Primary Care / Virginia Rheumatology Opportunity (FREE)

By the Editors Here's today's offering from NEJM Group:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Case record: A 73-year-old man with a history of heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 13 March 2017 | 5:00 pm

AHA: Fish Oil OK After Heart Attack, Heart Failure (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- But no new evidence for use in primary prevention of CVD (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

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Posted on 13 March 2017 | 2:35 pm

Fish oil supplements may help prevent death after MI but lack evidence of CV benefit for general population

Omega-3 fish oil supplements prescribed by a healthcare provider may be reasonable for patients who have had a heart attack. Patients with heart failure may also benefit from supplementation with omega-3 fish oil. However, there is a lack of evidence that omega-3 fish oil supplements prevent cardiovascular diseases in the general population. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 13 March 2017 | 2:18 pm

Fish oil supplements ONLY work if you have heart failure

Researchers at the American Heart Association found they do wonders for those with heart failure, protecting them from complications. But they recorded no benefits in healthy people. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 13 March 2017 | 2:16 pm

BioVentrix launches Revivent TC in China

BioVentrix said today it launched its Revivent TC transcatheter ventricular enhancement system in China, and that the device has been used in its 1st commercial procedure in the region. The Revivent system designed to eliminate the need for cardiopulmonary bypass or incisions in the heart by enabling the placement of small titanium anchors along the heart’s outer surface and along one of the inside walls, according to the San Ramon, Calif.-based company. The anchors are then pulled toward each another in a way that excludes scarred and non-functioning portions of the heart wall. “We are very excited to be the first center in China to perform the Revivent TC procedure. The patient achieved a 35% reduction in LVESVI and the ejection fraction increased from 25% to 37%. This was a...

Posted on 13 March 2017 | 12:15 pm

Fish Oil Pills May Help After Heart Attack, Specialists Say

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 -- Doctors may want to consider prescribing fish oil pills to heart attack survivors and patients with chronic heart failure, new recommendations from the American Heart Association suggest. Fish oil may help extend the lives... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 13 March 2017 | 10:00 am

BioVentrix announces the 1st Revivent TC(TM) TransCatheter commercial procedure to treat Ischemic Cardiomyopathy in China

SAN RAMON, Calif., and XIAMEN, China, March 13, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BioVentrix, Inc. a pioneer of technologies and procedures for less invasive treatment of heart failure (HF), today announced commercialization and the first ... Devices, Cardiology BioVentrix, Revivent TC, TransCatheter, Ventricular Enhancement, heart failure (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

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Posted on 13 March 2017 | 9:00 am

Belgium's Tigenix says heart attack stem cell trial successful

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian biotech group Tigenix said on Monday its medical trial with a novel treatment for patients at risk of heart failure after a coronary attack was successful. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 13 March 2017 | 2:00 am

Study links pot use to risk of stroke, heart failure

New research raises concerns, but a marijuana advocacy group says the study contradicts previous findings (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Posted on 10 March 2017 | 11:51 am

ACC: Zika Linked to Negative Cardiovascular Effects in Adults

Eight Venezuelan patients developed arrhythmias, heart failure after infection (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 10 March 2017 | 11:00 am

This Poisoned Montana Town Is Now At The Mercy Of The GOP Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON — Jim Devlin has fond memories of growing up in the picturesque Rocky Mountain town of Libby, Montana, playing baseball and scampering across piles of shimmering ore mined from a nearby mountaintop. But that harmless childhood fun ― the simple act of breathing Libby’s air ― has left him with an incurable, potentially fatal lung disease. It wasn’t until decades later that Libby, a town of fewer than 3,000 people near the Canadian border, learned the truth: that the shiny vermiculite ore that helped drive their economy was laden with toxic asbestos; that the community ball fields where Devlin played catcher were covered with the poisoned mineral; that for decades, miners had been bringing home deadly dust on their clothes, exposing their spouses and chil...

Posted on 10 March 2017 | 3:47 am

VIAGRA could save lives: Sex drug could protect against THIS dangerous condition

VIAGRA - a drug taken to treat erectile dysfunction - reduces the risk of dying from heart failure, experts have deduced. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 10 March 2017 | 2:42 am

Medical News Today: Marijuana use may raise stroke, heart failure risk

An analysis of more than 20 million health records has uncovered an association between marijuana use and greater risk of stroke and heart failure. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 10 March 2017 | 1:00 am

Pot Use Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke, Heart Failure

Title: Pot Use Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke, Heart FailureCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/9/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/10/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 10 March 2017 | 12:00 am

ACC: Hospitalizations Up for Heart Failure Patients in Winter

Researchers find hospitalizations, deaths among these patients highest during winter months (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 9 March 2017 | 6:00 pm

Marijuana increases your risk of a stroke, study warns

A new study has found that that smoking marijuana can increase your risk of a stroke or heart failure. The drug was also linked to other cardiovascular factors such as obesity, smoking and alcohol use. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Posted on 9 March 2017 | 3:47 pm

CANNABIS WARNING: Smoking the Class B drug 'increases stroke and heart failure risk'

SMOKING cannabis increases the risk of stroke by 26 per cent and heart failure by 10 per cent, a new study warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 9 March 2017 | 2:21 pm

Marijuana use associated with increased risk of stroke, heart failure

Using marijuana raises the risk of stroke and heart failure even after accounting for demographic factors, other health conditions and lifestyle risk factors such as smoking and alcohol use, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 9 March 2017 | 12:23 pm

Pot Use Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke, Heart Failure

Study couldn't prove cause and effect, but experts say it's another risk factor to heedSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Marijuana, Stroke (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 9 March 2017 | 12:00 pm

Zika Virus May Also Harm the Heart

8 Venezuelan patients developed irregular heartbeat, heart failure after infection, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Diseases, Zika Virus (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 9 March 2017 | 12:00 pm

Adults May Face Heart Damage from Zika

(MedPage Today) -- Heart failure and Afib seen, but incidence, causality unknown (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

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Posted on 9 March 2017 | 11:35 am

Pot Use Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke, Heart Failure

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 -- New research analyzing millions of U.S. medical records suggests that marijuana use raises an adult's risk of stroke and heart failure. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but the researchers said they tried to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 9 March 2017 | 7:03 am

Winter a Chilling Time for Heart Failure Patients

Title: Winter a Chilling Time for Heart Failure PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/8/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/9/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 9 March 2017 | 12:00 am

Adrenomed AG: Adrecizumab is Safe, Well-tolerated and Shows Additional...

Phase-I study demonstrates excellent tolerability and safety of Adrecizumab in healthy subjects. Adrenomed AG plans second Phase-II study in acute heart failure, in addition to septic shock.(PRWeb March 08, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/03/prweb14127485.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

Posted on 8 March 2017 | 10:05 am

New hope for treating heart failure

Heart failure patients who are getting by on existing drug therapies can look forward to a far more effective medicine in the next five years or so, thanks to researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 8 March 2017 | 7:24 am

Winter a Chilling Time for Heart Failure Patients

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 -- Two new studies suggest that winter is a particularly precarious time for heart failure patients. Both reports found that these vulnerable patients are more likely to be hospitalized and to die during cold weather... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Posted on 8 March 2017 | 7:03 am

Peripartum cardiomyopathy occurs globally and is not a disease of the poor

(European Society of Cardiology) Peripartum cardiomyopathy occurs globally and is not a disease of the poor, according to research published today in the European Journal of Heart Failure. Cases were reported from many countries for the first time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 7 March 2017 | 10:00 pm

Diabetes Ups Risk of Adverse Outcomes in Chronic Heart Failure

Increased cumulative rates of one - year all - cause death, CVD death, heart failure hospitalization (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

Posted on 7 March 2017 | 11:00 am

Team examines molecular-level problems of heart disease

In a recent study, researchers teamed up with cardiologists and heart therapy scientists from across the U.S. and Europe and found that dysfunction at the molecular level is present in heart failure. Understanding this abnormality could lead to new approaches for treating the number one killer among men and women worldwide. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 7 March 2017 | 9:28 am

Virginia Tech team examines molecular-level problems of heart disease

(Virginia Tech) In a recent study, Virginia Tech researchers teamed up with cardiologists and heart therapy scientists from across the US and Europe and found that dysfunction at the molecular level is present in heart failure. Understanding this abnormality could lead to new approaches for treating the No. 1. killer among men and women worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 6 March 2017 | 10:00 pm

Simple tool can predict serious adverse events in acute heart failure patients

A prospective clinical validation found the Ottawa Heart Failure Risk Scale (OHFRS) tool to be highly sensitive for serious adverse event in acute heart failure patients and can now be used in clinical practice to estimate the short-term risk of SAEs in acute heart failure patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Posted on 6 March 2017 | 9:03 am

New Analysis of Reverse Trial Shows Medtronic CRT Devices Cost-Effective, While Helping Patients with Mild Heart Failure Live Longer

Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today announced an economic analysis of five-year data showing that patients with mild heart failure who get cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices early in their treatment live longer and that implanting these devices is cost-effective, compared to optimal medical therapy. (Source: News from Angioplasty.Org)

Posted on 5 March 2017 | 7:04 pm

DoD taps BD ’ s Pyxis for $100m medication dispensing contract

Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) said today that it won a $100 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for its Pyxis ES system. According to the contract, Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based BD will provide its medication dispensing technology to 115 military inpatient health facilities and military inpatient pharmacies. “Through this collaboration with the DoD, we have the opportunity to help modernize the DHA’s medication management and dispensing systems across all of the organization’s facilities in the United States, Asia and Europe,” global president of medication management Ranjeet Banerjee said in prepared remarks. “We are honored to expand our longstanding partnership with the organization, to both upgrade existing legacy Pyxis sites to an enterpris...

Posted on 3 March 2017 | 7:53 am

Hydraulic forces help to fill the heart

Researchers have contributed to a recent discovery that the heart is filled with the aid of hydraulic forces, the same as those involved in hydraulic brakes in cars. The findings open avenues for completely new approaches to the treatment of heart failure. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 2 March 2017 | 7:08 am

Early warning signs of some cases of heart attacks 'being missed'

Conclusion Are doctors missing signs of heart attack in people admitted to hospital? The study results show that may be true in some cases, but there could be other explanations for these findings. One limitation of the study is that it doesn't show what tests were done, so we don't know whether people who'd complained of chest pain, for example, had tests for heart attacks. We don't know whether doctors actually missed the signs, or whether they investigated them but the tests were negative. It's also possible that – where people were admitted for one reason but eventually died of a heart attack – the initial diagnosis was the one most important to treat at the time. The point is that heart attacks brought on by other conditions are not easy to treat. Often very ill patients can ha...

Posted on 1 March 2017 | 9:30 am

Activated T-cells drive post-heart attack heart failure

Chronic inflammation after a heart attack can promote heart failure and death. Researchers have now shown that activated T-cells — part of the immune system’s inflammatory response — are both necessary and sufficient to produce such heart failure. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 1 March 2017 | 6:54 am

Dementia Prevalence Increased in Heart Failure Patients

NEW ORLEANS — Elderly patients with heart failure had a significantly increased prevalence of both dementia and mild cognitive impairment, compared with similar people without heart failure, in an analysis of data collected from more than 6,000 U.S. residents enrolled in a long-term observational study. (Source: Caring for the Ages)

Posted on 28 February 2017 | 4:00 pm

The High Cost of Cutting Corners on Care Plans

Mr. H, an 80-year-old black man, was admitted to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation after undergoing an open reduction, internal fixation to repair a broken left hip. Mr. H had several comorbidities, including type 2 diabetes, dementia with behavioral disturbance, diabetic retinopathy, diastolic heart failure, and a recent urinary tract infection. (Source: Caring for the Ages)

Posted on 28 February 2017 | 4:00 pm

BioCardia, Johns Hopkins treats first patient with CardiAmp cell therapy in Phase III trial

Johns Hopkins, the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund and BioCardia (NSDQ:BCDA) said today that the 1st patient has been treated in a pivotal Phase III trial of the CardiAmp cell-based therapy for the treatment of ischemic heart failure. The investigational therapy was designed to deliver a dose of a patient’s own bone marrow cells directly to the area of cardiac dysfunction after a heart attack, according to BioCardia. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post BioCardia, Johns Hopkins treats first patient with CardiAmp cell therapy in Phase III trial appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)

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Posted on 28 February 2017 | 1:13 pm

Medical News Today: Risk factors for heart failure subtypes studied in new detail

BMI and physical activity are known risk factors for heart failure. However, their exact relationships with subtypes of the disease are not known. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 28 February 2017 | 1:00 am

More Exercise, Fewer Pounds: Cut Your Heart Failure Risk

Title: More Exercise, Fewer Pounds: Cut Your Heart Failure RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/27/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/28/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 28 February 2017 | 12:00 am

Inactivity, excess weight linked to hard-to-treat heart failures

Lack of exercise and excessive weight are strongly associated with a type of heart failure that has a particularly poor prognosis, researchers determined in an analysis of data from three large studies. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 27 February 2017 | 2:16 pm

Medtronic touts 5-year economic analysis data from CRT-focused Reverse study

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today released 5-year economic analysis data from its Reverse study of patients treated with cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, touting longer lifespans and long-term cost efficiency compared to optimal medical therapy. Results from the Reverse trial were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. “These new data expand upon the current evidence and guidelines for the treatment of heart failure, by showing that CRT in patients with mildly symptomatic heart failure is beneficial, both from a clinical perspective, as well as from a financial perspective. Reverse confirms that implanting CRT earlier slows the progression of heart failure, reduces heart failure-related hospitalizations and deaths, and prolongs life, all whi...

Posted on 27 February 2017 | 1:55 pm

Exercise, Weight Loss May Cut Heart Failure Risk

Link was stronger for common but difficult-to-treat type of heart failure (Source: WebMD Health)

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Posted on 27 February 2017 | 1:15 pm

More Exercise, Fewer Pounds: Cut Your Heart Failure Risk

Link was stronger for common but difficult-to-treat type of heart failure Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Exercise and Physical Fitness, Heart Diseases--Prevention, Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 27 February 2017 | 12:00 pm

Pre-eclampsia significantly increases risk of heart disease in later life

Women who suffered pre-eclampsia during pregnancy are four times more likely to have heart failure in later life, according to new research published inCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.Science Daily (Source: Society for Endocrinology)

Posted on 27 February 2017 | 5:00 am

Inactivity, excess weight linked to hard-to-treat heart failures

(UT Southwestern Medical Center) Lack of exercise and excessive weight are strongly associated with a type of heart failure that has a particularly poor prognosis, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers determined in an analysis of data from three large studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 26 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Increased physical activity, lower BMI may lower heart failure risk

(American College of Cardiology) Lifestyle patterns, including physical activity and body mass index (BMI), are associated with a risk of overall heart failure but are more strongly associated with the heart failure subtype HFpEF, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

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Posted on 26 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Heart failure BREAKTHROUGH: Stem cells trial offers hope to millions

A METHOD of repairing damaged heart muscles has been called the “biggest breakthrough since transplants”. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 26 February 2017 | 1:51 am

"Wireless" pacemaker brings new hope for heart failure patients

Instead of wires, the system uses a tiny electrode placed directly inside the heart ’s left ventricle (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Posted on 24 February 2017 | 8:33 pm

Study: Abbott ’ s CardioMEMS monitor performs better in real world than pivotal trial

Real-world results from patients with Abbott‘s (NYSE:ABT) CardioMEMS implantable heart monitor, which it acquired along with St Jude Medical in Jan., show greater reduction in pulmonary artery pressure than seen in the pivotal Champion clinical trial of the device, according to a new study. The study examined the 1st 2,000 patients implanted with the CardioMEMS device in general practice use, with results published in the Feb. 21 issue of the journal Circulation. Researchers in the study analyzed de-identified data from St. Jude’s Merlin.net database to examine PA pressure trends of the 1st consecutive 2,000 patients with at least 6 months of follow ups. Patient data indicated that at implant, PA pressure for general use patients was at 34.9±10.2 mmHg, higher than the average 31...

Posted on 24 February 2017 | 1:34 pm

Medtronic lands CE Mark for quad MRI-safe pacers

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its line of quadripolar, MRI-safe cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers. The approval covers Medtronic’s Percepta, Serena and Solara devices, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. The devices are slated to the hit the European market in March. “With the addition of quadripolar CRT-P devices to our heart failure portfolio, we now offer a comprehensive line of CRT devices to further meet the needs of patients throughout Europe,” heart failure GM Dr. David Steinhaus said in prepared remarks. “Our new quadripolar CRT-P devices include advanced, smart technologies that allow physicians to provide each patient with the appropriate therapy specific to his or her individual nee...

Posted on 24 February 2017 | 7:13 am

Study finds patients on heart failure registry live longer

Scientists have discovered heart failure patients registered in the Swedish Heart Failure Registry receive better medication and have a lower risk of death. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Posted on 23 February 2017 | 10:03 am

Patients registered in a heart failure registry lived longer

Heart failure patients registered in the Swedish Heart Failure Registry receive better medication and have a 35 percent lower risk of death than unregistered patients, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 23 February 2017 | 9:48 am

Heart Failure

A Comprehensive Guide to Pathophysiology and Clinical CareThis book elucidates the etiology of heart failure (HF) to assist understanding in the clinical therapies available. It explains these in light of the better understanding of the pathophysiology of HF, which has translated into dramatic improvements in patient outcome.The chapters detail the causes, diagnosis and treatment of HF, and recognize that having become the leading cause of ... (Source: Springer Medicine titles)

Posted on 22 February 2017 | 5:41 pm

Medical News Today: Preeclampsia raises risk of heart disease, heart failure

A new meta-analysis shows women who had preeclampsia during pregnancy find themselves at a significantly higher risk of heart disease later in life. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 22 February 2017 | 9:00 am

Pre-eclampsia significantly increases risk of heart disease in later life, study reveals

Women who suffered pre-eclampsia during pregnancy are four times more likely to have heart failure in later life, new research shows. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 21 February 2017 | 8:25 pm

Wise Buy? Left Ventricular Assist Devices

(MedPage Today) -- Getting better and cheaper, but'nobody wears pink ribbons for heart failure'(Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)

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Posted on 21 February 2017 | 11:35 am

3,000 steps in 30 minutes improves the prognosis for heart failure, study suggests

Contrary to what was previously assumed, physical exercise does not lead to harmful ventricular enlargement. Researchers have new evidence against this earlier hypothesis and have issued recommendations for designing a training program for persons with congestive heart failure. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 21 February 2017 | 9:06 am

Peptide reverses cardiac fibrosis in a preclinical model of congestive heart failure

(Medical University of South Carolina) Cardiac fibrosis, an abnormal thickening of the heart wall leading to congestive heart failure, was not only halted but also reversed by a caveolin-1 surrogate peptide (CSD) in a preclinical model, report researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in an article published online on Jan. 23, 2017 by Laboratory Investigation. CSD was able to decrease the fibrotic ventricular wall thickness and improve heart function, all with apparently no toxicity and minimal off-target effects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

ICUs May be Overused in COPD, Heart Failure, Acute MI (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- ICU treatment didn't improve survival in study (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

Posted on 17 February 2017 | 1:35 pm

ICU care for COPD, heart failure and heart attack may not be better

Does a stay in the intensive care unit give patients a better chance of surviving a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or heart failure flare-up or even a heart attack, compared with care in another type of hospital unit? Unless a patient is clearly critically ill, the answer may be no, according to researchers who analyzed more than 1.5 million Medicare records. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 17 February 2017 | 7:59 am

Cutting costs but not quality: heart failure hospitalisations

Over one million Americans are hospitalized for heart failure (HF) each year. This results in a poor prognosis for patients and places a significant financial burden on the US healthcare system. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)

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Posted on 17 February 2017 | 7:34 am

Japan approves Medtronic ’ s Micra leadless pacemaker

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that Japanese regulators approved its Micra leadless pacemaker, which it claims as the world’s smallest pacemaker. At 1/10th the size of a conventional pacemaker, or roughly the size of a large vitamin, Micra is designed to be implanted via catheter in the right ventricle to deliver single-chamber pacing. The device has an estimated 12-year battery life and is approved for full-body MRI scans. The FDA approved Micra in April 2016. Medtronic said the approval from Japan’s Pharmaceuticals & Medical Device Agency was based on its single-arm, 744-patient Micra TPS study at 56 centers in 19 countries including Japan. “Medtronic is excited to be the first to offer a miniaturized, leadless pacemaker to patients in Japan,” cardiac rhyth...

Posted on 17 February 2017 | 6:31 am

Critical care does not improve survival from all conditions

Treatment in intensive care does not necessarily benefit patients experiencing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure exacerbations, or even acute heart attacks, suggests a study. (Source: Nursing Times)

Posted on 17 February 2017 | 3:55 am

Concerns over future of pioneering heart failure unit

“Significant” concerns have been raised over the sustainability of a pioneering heart failure unit at a major London trust, which will now review its use of resources. (Source: HSJ)

Posted on 17 February 2017 | 12:00 am

New treatment guidelines help expand circle of care for women living with heart failure

(WomenHeart: National Coalition for Women w Heart Disease) Today, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, encouraged widespread dissemination of recently-updated guidelines that include new treatment options for millions living with heart failure. WomenHeart sees the guidelines as an important addition to treatment efforts to achieve positive outcomes for women with the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 15 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Technology helps older adults living with congestive heart failure

Congestive heart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions among those 65 years old and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help reduce these admissions and the strain they put on the healthcare system, researchers have developed bed sensors than can warn older adults of impending heart problems. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Posted on 14 February 2017 | 5:17 pm

Mayo Clinic, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia collaborate on congenital heart defect

(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Mayo Clinic's Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are collaborating to delay and prevent heart failure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease in which the left side of a child's heart is severely underdeveloped. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 12 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mayo Clinic, Children?s Hospital of Philadelphia announce rare congenital heart defect collaboration

ROCHESTER, Minn. and PHILADELPHIA ? Mayo Clinic?s Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Children?s Hospital of Philadelphia are collaborating to delay and prevent heart failure from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease in which the left side of a child's heart is [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Posted on 12 February 2017 | 4:00 pm

7 medtech stories we missed: Feb. 10, 2017

[Image courtesy unsplash.com]From Glytec partnering to beat diabetes to Biolase, Gramercy Extremity Orthopedics and more getting FDA clearances, here are 7 recent medtech stories we missed this week, but were still worth mentioning. 1. BioTime proposes public offering of common stock Clinical-stage biotechnology company BioTech is intending to offer common stock shares in an underwritten public offering. BioTime focuses on developing and commercializing products that address degenerative diseases. It expects to offer a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the number of shares of the common stock to underwriters. The net proceeds from the offering will go toward funding clinical trials of products in development, financing research and development programs and general workin...

Posted on 10 February 2017 | 2:16 pm

What You Don't Know About Heart Failure Matters This Week

Knowledge is power. We've all heard it. We all know it; but, do we really understand the impact a little knowledge can have on our lives? As heart health advocates and experts around the country kick off National Heart Failure Awareness Week, I am reminded of the importance of bringing attention to the disease that affects 6.5 million Americans, including my Mom. Heart failure, which occurs when the heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump enough blood to meet the body's needs for blood and oxygen, is a debilitating and life-threatening condition. American Heart Association In November, I shared with you here my very personal story about my Mom's journey with heart failure, or "HF," and how we are taking steps to better manage her condition. I look back on our journey and I am so prou...

Posted on 10 February 2017 | 1:50 pm

Take Valentine's Day to heart: 10 tips to better heart health

While boxes of decadent chocolate  treats, celebratory champagne and romantic, high-calorie dinners may dance in your mind as a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, your heart may be pining for something else. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it is a great time to look at the state of your heart.Despite recent progress, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States," said Dr. Sheila  Sahni, interventional cardiology fellow at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Barbra Streisand Women ’s Heart Health Program.  “Making heart-healthy lifestyle choices and taking control of yourcardiovascular risk factors can help prevent or slow the progression of heart disease.Everyday  decisions are important to...

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Posted on 10 February 2017 | 9:31 am

Reducing Cardiovascular Mortality in Kidney Disease: Time to Focus on Heart Failure? Reducing Cardiovascular Mortality in Kidney Disease: Time to Focus on Heart Failure?

Dr Bansal discusses several key clinical trials examining cardiovascular disease risk in patients with chronic kidney disease.Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 10 February 2017 | 8:26 am

We Don't Have Enough Alzheimer's Disease Doctors, But We Can Fix That

Suppose you ’re concerned you might have cancer. Suppose you’ve got worsening heart failure. You see an oncologist or a cardiologist, respectively. But what if you’re concerned about memory? What kind of doctor should a concerned daughter take her forgetful mother to? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

Posted on 9 February 2017 | 7:09 am

Circulating RBP4 IDs HF Caused by Transthyretin Amyloidosis (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) --'Simple blood test'for underrecognized cause of heart failure (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 8 February 2017 | 11:22 am

Study provides new insight into different forms of heart failure

(University of Texas at Arlington) Using a novel noninvasive technique, a team of researchers led by a professor at the University of Texas Arlington's College of Nursing and Health Innovation has been able to measure oxygen consumption in the legs of heart failure patients, providing additional insight into this syndrome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 7 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Renova takes over rights to heart failure candidate stresscopin from Janssen

US-based Renova Therapeutics has signed an agreement to receive the investigational new drug (IND) file for stresscopin from Janssen Pharmaceuticals. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)

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Posted on 7 February 2017 | 5:00 pm

New clues to causes of heart failure

Of the more than 700,000 Americans who suffer a heart attack each year, about a quarter go on to develop heart failure. Scientists don ’t fully understand how one condition leads to the other, but researchers have now discovered a significant clue—which ultimately could lead new therapies for preventing the condition. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 7 February 2017 | 9:09 am

Too Many Americans Have High Blood Pressure, Doctors Warn

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 -- A group of family physicians warns that too many Americans struggle with high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack and heart failure, said Dr. John Meigs Jr., president of the American... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 7 February 2017 | 9:02 am

NSAIDs no better than placebo for spinal pain

No simple analgesics provide clinically important effects over placebo for spinal pain Related items fromOnMedica NSAIDs and COX 2s linked to heart failure admission No role for paracetamol in treating pain in osteoarthritis Exercise better for back pain than acupuncture say experts Liver transplant for paracetamol overdose rates vary widely across Europe Pregnancy paracetamol warning (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 6 February 2017 | 4:00 pm

U.S. Patients Have Lower Mortality Rates With Foreign-Trained Doctors

(Reuters Health) - U.S. patients may have lower mortality rates if their doctors were trained at foreign medical schools rather than at American universities, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data for more than 1.2 million hospitalizations handled by general internists at U.S. hospitals and found patients were slightly less likely to die within 30 days after admission if their doctor went to medical school in another country. “Although we are uncertain exactly why foreign-trained doctors have slightly better outcomes, the U.S. currently sets a very high bar for foreign medical graduates to practice medicine in the U.S.,” said lead study author Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa, a policy and management researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.  &l...

Posted on 6 February 2017 | 12:04 pm

BioVentrix lands German reimbursement win for Revivent system

BioVentrix said today that its Revivent TC transcatheter ventricular enhancement system won NUB 1 reimbursement status from the German Institute for the Hospital Remuneration System. This status is the highest of 4 levels, which will bring in full reimbursement for the San Ramon, Calif.-based company at participating hospitals. Payers at these hospitals will be required to cover the gaps in treatment costs for the Revivent system. BioVentrix’s Revivent system is designed to treat the left ventricle following a myocardial infarction or heart failure. The system eliminates the need for cardiopulmonary bypass or incisions in the heart, according to the company, by placing titanium anchors along the heart’s outer surface and 1 of the inside walls. The anchors are pulled toward ea...

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Posted on 6 February 2017 | 7:48 am

BioVentrix Announces NUB Reimbursement Status 1 for Revivent TC(TM) TransCatheter Ventricular Enhancement System in Germany

SAN RAMON, Calif., Feb. 6, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BioVentrix, Inc. a pioneer of technologies and procedures for less invasive treatment of heart failure (HF), today announced that InEk, the German Institute for the Hospital Remu... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology, Reimbursement BioVentrix, Revivent TC, TransCatheter, Ventricular Enhancement (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Posted on 6 February 2017 | 5:47 am

Cancer drug could promote regeneration of heart tissue

An anticancer agent in development promotes regeneration of damaged heart muscle -- an unexpected research finding that may help prevent congestive heart failure in the future. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 3 February 2017 | 4:36 pm

Venture firm Seroba eyeing candidates for $107m investment fund

Venture capital firm Seroba Life Sciences is reportedly considering several candidates for the $107.7 million (EU €100 million) investment fund it just launched. Seroba’s fund itself is supported by Enterprise Ireland’s $188.4 million (EU €175 million) seed and venture capital program, as well as the $8.6 billion (EU €8 billion) Ireland Strategic Investment Fund and the European Investment fund. The firm said it closed the fund on Thursday and announced that its 1st investment would be in Ireland’s Endotronix, according to an Irish Times report. Endotronix is developing the Cordella heart failure system. The Cordella system is composed of a wireless cardiac monitor and a miniature pressure sensor that’s designed to be implanted in a patient’s pulmonary artery to wireless...

Posted on 3 February 2017 | 12:46 pm

Cancer drug could promote regeneration of heart tissue

(UT Southwestern Medical Center) An anticancer agent in development promotes regeneration of damaged heart muscle -- an unexpected research finding that may help prevent congestive heart failure in the future. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 2 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

VisCardia closes $13m Series B, picks up Inovise Medical assets & tech

Novel heart failure device developer VisCardia said yesterday it closed a $12.5 Series B financing round and picked up the Inovise Medical’s assets and technology rights. Technology and assets from Inovise will support the continued development of VisCardia’s proprietary implantable heart failure therapy device, the Portland, Ore.-based company said. VisCardia’s implantable heart failure system is designed to stimulate the thoracic cavity musculature to mechanically augment cardiac systole and diastolic filling for heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction and normal ventricular electrical conduction. “Our pre-clinical and human data demonstrates that our therapy chronically improves systolic and diastolic function without exhibiting adverse muscle fatig...

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Posted on 2 February 2017 | 3:07 pm

Flu shot may curb respiratory infections in people with heart failure

HealthDay News Flu and pneumonia vaccines may reduce heart failure patients' risk of dangerous respiratory infections, a new review suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 2 February 2017 | 12:12 pm

Flu Shot May Curb Respiratory Infections in People with Heart Failure

Doctors should consider high-dose vaccine for those over 65, study suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Immunization, Lung Diseases (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 2 February 2017 | 10:00 am

Peninsula biotech gets $100M royalty deal for drug that won't hit market for at least 4 years

Cytokinetics Inc. landed a $100 million upfront royalty and equity deal, the company said Thursday, for an experimental heart failure drug that could be four to five years away from hitting the market and generating royalties. The transaction with Royalty Pharma is big for Cytokinetics (NASDAQ: CYTK), which in its 20-year history has lost more than a half-billion dollars and not yet produced a drug. In part, the deal is significant because the South San Francisco company flipped $40 million it received… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

Posted on 2 February 2017 | 7:28 am

VisCardia Completes $12.5 Million Series B Financing and Assets Transfer to Develop Proprietary Therapeutic Heart Failure Application and Appoints Michael Mirro M.D. as Director of Medical Affairs

PORTLAND, Ore.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--VisCardia Inc, a privately held medical device developer, announced today it has completed series B financing and simultaneously obtained assets and technology rights from Inovise Medical, Inc., with ... Devices, Cardiology, Venture Capital, Personnel VisCardia, Inovise Medical, heart failure (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Posted on 2 February 2017 | 6:03 am

Flu Shot May Curb Respiratory Infections in People With Heart Failure

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 -- Flu and pneumonia vaccines may reduce heart failure patients'risk of dangerous respiratory infections, a new review suggests. More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, when the heart is too weak to pump enough... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Posted on 2 February 2017 | 5:02 am

Novel Pericardial LVAD Fails to Impress (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- More strokes and right heart failure with no less device thrombosis (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 1 February 2017 | 2:00 pm

The Little Algorithm That Could

A heart failure team is using big data to kick-start a project that is working to improve communication across the continuum of care, and ultimately reduce readmissions for heart failure patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 1 February 2017 | 12:22 pm

Pacemakers operation can avoid open heart surgery

Three years ago, 77-year-old Stephen Metcalf from Hampshire was diagnosed with heart failure. He became the first patient in the UK to have the new operation, as he tells JO WILLEY. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 31 January 2017 | 4:23 am

Is this the new way to fit pacemakers?

Three years ago, 77-year-old Stephen Metcalf from Hampshire was diagnosed with heart failure. He became the first patient in the UK to have the new operation, as he tells JO WILLEY. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Posted on 30 January 2017 | 4:43 pm

In the Loop: From heart failure to the finish line

Monica Harlow looked around at the people lined up to run the 26.2 miles of the Rock and Roll Marathon in Phoenix. ?Every one of these runners has a story,? she thought. ?Everyone is here for a reason.? Perhaps none more so than Monica herself. Nine years ago, Monica could run only a short distance [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Posted on 30 January 2017 | 4:00 pm

What is heart failure? Incurable, killer condition could be caused by common VIRUS

HEART failure - is a common long-term condition affecting thousands of people every year. The condition is more common in older people, but it can be triggered by a virus - similar to that which causes the common cold. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 30 January 2017 | 12:41 pm

Heart failure survival rates show no improvement

Survival rates for people suffering from heart failure have not improved since 1998, according to a recent study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 30 January 2017 | 7:20 am

U.S. heart failure rates on the rise

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S., but a new report has some good news, too (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Posted on 27 January 2017 | 4:55 pm

Jan 27 Cardiology News Jan 27 Cardiology News

Stroke risk by AF type, new troponin assays, lytic therapy in endovascular stroke management, beta-blockers in heart failure, and sleep apnea screening are discussed in this week's podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Posted on 27 January 2017 | 11:55 am

HEALTH NEWS: Revolutionary device to be used by NHS to help patients with heart failure

A REVOLUTIONARY device - the size of a grain of rice - is being used by NHS surgeons to help patients with heart failure. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 27 January 2017 | 9:51 am

U.S. Heart Failure Rates on the Rise

Title: U.S. Heart Failure Rates on the RiseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/26/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/27/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 27 January 2017 | 12:00 am

Oral device improves sleep apnoea and related symptoms

But patients with mild daytime sleepiness had no cardiovascular benefit Related items fromOnMedica New implantable device may curb sleep apnoea in heart failure patients CPAP helps control BP in apnoea patients Sleep apnoea linked to earlier cognitive impairment Poor quality sleep linked to heart disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 26 January 2017 | 4:00 pm

U.S. heart failure rates on the rise

HealthDay News Heart failure rates are going up in the United States, according to a new report from the American Heart Association. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 26 January 2017 | 2:40 pm

U.S. Heart Failure Rates on the Rise

And heart disease remains the nation's leading killer (Source: WebMD Health)

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Posted on 26 January 2017 | 1:15 pm

New Study Adds to Beta-blocker Uncertainty in Heart Failure With AF New Study Adds to Beta-blocker Uncertainty in Heart Failure With AF

Until there are more data,"Do not bury the beta-blockers yet," experts urge clinicians in the wake of conflicting evidence.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 26 January 2017 | 11:29 am

Medtronic wins CMS coverage for Micra leadless pacer

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a National Coverage Determination which will cover leadless cardiac pacemakers, including the company’s Micra TPS. With the designation, Medicare patients will have access to Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic’s Micra through Medicare’s policy of Coverage with Evidence Development, the company said. The Micra transcatheter pacing system, which at 1/10th the size of a conventional pacemaker is roughly the size of a large vitamin, is designed to be implanted via catheter in the right ventricle to deliver single-chamber pacing, Medtronic said. The Micra device has an estimated 12-year battery life and is approved as safe for full-body MRI scans, the company said. The CED policy requir...

Posted on 26 January 2017 | 9:02 am

U.S. Heart Failure Rates on the Rise

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 -- Heart failure rates are going up in the United States, according to a new report from the American Heart Association. The same report also said that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 26 January 2017 | 7:01 am

CME Outfitters Announces New Live and On Demand Activity on Heart...

CME Outfitters to launch a new live webcast on Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction, launching on February 23, 2017(PRWeb January 25, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/01/prweb14013533.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

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Posted on 25 January 2017 | 6:05 pm

Genetic Determinants of Myocardial Dysfunction Genetic Determinants of Myocardial Dysfunction

What is currently known concerning the various genetic factors that either directly or indirectly contribute to the development of heart failure?Journal of Medical Genetics (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)

Posted on 24 January 2017 | 10:29 pm

Marlene Dominguez-Hicks died 2 weeks before due date

Marlene Dominguez-Hicks, 33, a doctor from Houston, collapsed at her home at 38 weeks pregnant from an uncommon form of heart failure during the last month of pregnancy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 24 January 2017 | 4:29 pm

New research could lead to personalized treatment for heart failure

Amy WallaceJan. 24 (UPI) -- An international team of researchers has uncovered a molecule that could help lead to personalized treatment for heart failure. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 24 January 2017 | 11:56 am

No signs of asthma found in third of adults diagnosed with it

For those diagnosed with asthma within the past five years, a JAMA study has found a current diagnosis could not be established in about one third of supposed asthma sufferers. We talked to the study's lead author, Shawn Aaron from the University of Ottawa, to find out what doctors and patients should do to ensure they're not getting misdiagnosed. ResearchGate: Could you briefly introduce your study and findings? Shawn Aaron: Our study set out to determine how often we could confirm or alternatively rule out active asthma in adults who had recently been diagnosed by physicians. We recruited 701 adults who had been diagnosed with asthma within the past five years from the community. We brought them into our labs and ran extensive lung function tests on them to try to prove asthma. If we c...

Posted on 24 January 2017 | 6:03 am

An international study opens the door to personalized treatment for heart failure

(Universidad de Navarra) An international study has identified a molecule that will open the door to personalized treatment for heart failure (HF). The results have been published in the latest issue of Nature Communications. The article shows that an excess of lysyl oxidase-like 2 produces fibrosis of the cardiac muscle, which impedes its normal functioning and stimulates the development of HF. The experimental studies confirm that the elimination of this excess repairs the fibrosis and alleviates the heart function. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

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Posted on 23 January 2017 | 10:00 pm

BD wins expanded FDA 510(k) clearance for PleurX cath system

Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) said today it won expanded FDA 510(k) clearance for its PleurX catheter system. The PleurX catheter system is now cleared for use in treating non-malignant recurrent pleural effusions etiologies, including congestive heart failure and cardiogenic effusions, the Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based company said. “Our research found that the Pleurx catheter provided palliation of congestive heart failure patients’ pleural effusions and freedom from re-intervention equal to that of talc pleurodesis using thoracoscopy while resulting in a shorter mean length of hospital stay. Lower rates of operative morbidity and readmission related to the pleural effusion were also seen in the Pleurx catheter treatment group,” Dr. Richard Freeman of St Vincent ...

Posted on 23 January 2017 | 10:54 am

In search of the stroke detector

Up to 50% of stroke diagnoses are inaccurate. What if a small biosensor could do the job precisely? Robert McCrum, who survived a ‘brain attack’ 22 years ago, traces one team’s long journey to a breakthroughStroke, or “brain attack”, is the third biggest killer in the western world, after cancer and heart failure. The life-changing effects associated with this simple, Anglo-Saxon word are readily explained: a stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted by a blood vessel either bursting or blocking, so that the part of the brain supplied by this blood vessel dies.The brain is a much more complex organ than the heart. While strokes are a common feature of everyday life, precisely how and why they occur is far from straightforward.Continue reading... (Source: ...

Posted on 22 January 2017 | 1:30 am

Medical News Today: 'Soft robot' designed to pump failing hearts

Heart failure affects millions of Americans. A new wave of 'soft robots' capable of mimicking heart muscles may save lives on the transplant waiting list. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 21 January 2017 | 1:00 am

Congestive Heart Failure Treatment

Title: Congestive Heart Failure TreatmentCategory: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 8/2/2013 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/20/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 20 January 2017 | 12:00 am

Ezra Announces FDA Acceptance Of Filing Of New Drug Application For EZR-104 For The Treatment Of Hypertension And Heart Failure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 18, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Ezra Innovations, LLC (Ezra) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) for an investigational drug product, EZ... Biopharmaceuticals, Cardiology, FDA Ezra Innovations, valsartan, Rubireten (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

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Posted on 19 January 2017 | 9:18 am

Your Spirituality Can Affect Your Health. Here's How

In modern medicine, doctors don’t usually talk about life’s deeper meaning; that’s a job for the person in the white collar, not the white coat. However, there’s a growing appreciation of the link between healthcare and spirituality: The number of medical schools that offer courses on the subject increased from 13 percent in 1994 to around 90 percent in 2010. I’ve seen for myself how a patient’s beliefs can play a role in her treatment. One case involved 63-year-old S., who was sent to me for cardiac evaluation after a breast cancer diagnosis. She’d initially declined aggressive intervention, but then chose to have a mastectomy, chemo, and radiation. When I noticed the cross around her neck, I asked whether faith had influenced her decision. S. poi...

Posted on 19 January 2017 | 9:10 am

Heart failure devices: This amazing new robot could be the future

[Image courtesy of Ellen Rouche/Harvard SEAS]A new customizable robotic heart sleeve has demonstrated potential when it comes to aiding the beating of a failing heart, according to the Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers who developed it. The researchers claim that the soft robot has advantages over the heart assist devices such as VADs that are out there because the sleeve never directly comes in contact with blood. That means that there is no risk of blood clotting, or the need for those with the sleeve implanted in them to take blood thinner medications. “The cardiac field had turned away from idea of developing heart compression instead of blood-pumping VADs due to technological limitations, but now with advancements in soft robotics it’s time to turn ba...

Posted on 18 January 2017 | 7:33 pm

Ezra Announces FDA Acceptance of Filing of New Drug Application For EZR-104 for the Treatment of Hypertension and Heart Failure

Little Rock, January 18, 2017 -- Ezra Innovations, LLC (Ezra) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) for an investigational drug product, EZR-104, for the treatment of... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications)

Posted on 18 January 2017 | 3:01 pm

Soft robotic sleeve shows promise for failing hearts

Amy Norton, HealthDay News Scientists are reporting some early success with a " soft robotic " device aimed at treating advanced heart failure. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 18 January 2017 | 2:25 pm

Could this robot that 'hugs' organ prevent heart failure?

The soft silicone device, created by Harvard researchers, stiffens and relaxes when inflated with pressurised air. It fits outside the patient's own heart, squeezing it to make it beat. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Posted on 18 January 2017 | 1:53 pm

Soft robot helps the heart beat

A customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat has now been developed by researchers, potentially opening new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 18 January 2017 | 12:37 pm

Soft Robotic Sleeve Shows Promise for Failing Hearts

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 -- Scientists are reporting some early success with a " soft robotic " device aimed at treating advanced heart failure. The hope, the researchers said, is to improve upon ventricular assist devices, or VADs, that are currently... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 18 January 2017 | 7:00 am

Soft robot could aid failing hearts by mimicking healthy cardiac muscles

(Boston Children's Hospital) Every year about 2,100 people receive heart transplants in the United States, while 5.7 million suffer from heart failure. Given the scarcity of available donor hearts, clinicians and biomedical engineers from Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University have spent several years developing a mechanical alternative. Their proof of concept is reported today in Science Translational Medicine: a soft robotic sleeve that is fitted around the heart, where it twists and compresses the heart's chambers just like healthy cardiac muscle would do. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 17 January 2017 | 10:00 pm

LMS finds AI can predict heart failure

Scientists in London have developed artificial intelligence using a 'virtual 3D heart' that can predict when patients with a serious heart disorder will die with 80 percent accuracy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 17 January 2017 | 4:57 pm

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

Technology could be used to improve treatment for heart failure patients. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Posted on 16 January 2017 | 9:08 am

Flu symptoms and chest pain? Common virus can cause life-threatening heart failure

A VIRUS - similar to the one which can cause the common cold - could cause heart failure, experts have warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 14 January 2017 | 8:41 am

Mohawk Valley Man 'On the Ropes,' Gets New Heart

Herkimer County resident Jim Pugliese has seen young boxers take incredible blows and rally for a win in the ring. You could say he ’s experienced the same situation. The 64-year-old Mohawk Valley man suffered heart failure and received a new heart, a second chance at life, two weeks ago at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)

Posted on 13 January 2017 | 2:21 pm

A pattern of brain activity may link stress to heart attacks

Conclusion This intriguing study sets out a possible pathway by which the effects of stress on the brain could translate into inflammation in the blood vessels, and so raise the risks of cardiovascular disease. This would help to explain why people living in stressful situations, or with illnesses such as depression and anxiety, are more at risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, there are important limitations to the study which mean we should treat the findings with caution. The main study of 293 people was relatively small for a long-term study looking at cardiovascular disease, and only 22 people had a cardiovascular event. That means there's more likelihood of the results being down to chance. The study mainly used patients being tested for cancer (either because they'd had it in ...

Posted on 12 January 2017 | 9:00 am

Understanding CV Hemodynamics Key in Heart Failure Understanding CV Hemodynamics Key in Heart Failure

Dr Pi ñ a interviews Dr Burkhoff, a physician and biomechanical engineer who developed a software application of cardiovascular physiology and hemodynamics for use in teaching and clinical practice.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)

Posted on 12 January 2017 | 7:56 am

Microscopic spaces between heart cells may play role in sudden cardiac death

Sudden cardiac death in patients with heart failure is a major concern in the United States. A research team will investigate how the microscopic spaces surrounding heart cells affect connections called gap junctions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Posted on 10 January 2017 | 1:44 pm

​Cambridge’s most secretive biotech, Moderna, gives a rare glimpse of its projects

One of the largest and most secretive biotech firms in Cambridge, Moderna Therapeutics, revealed for the first time today plans to develop vaccines for some of the most deadly strains of influenza, a mosquito-borne disease common in Africa and Asia and a drug with potential to treat patients with heart failure. In an investor presentation Monday in San Francisco, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel pulled back the curtain on some of its drugs and vaccines in development for the first time since its founding… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

Posted on 9 January 2017 | 3:30 pm

​Hospital system closes three heart care offices in Greater Cincinnati

Dayton-based Premier Health revealed today that a group of cardiologists has stopped seeing patients in Mason, Middletown and Trenton. The cardiologists with Advanced Cardiovascular Institute, which specialized in treating heart failure, arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, coronary and artery disease, have joined Miami Valley Cardiologists. Dr. Rajan Krishnamani, Dr. Srikanth Sadhu and Dr. Saadeddine Dughman of Advanced Cardiovasc ular Institute will now see patients at MVC’s locations at SureCare… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

Posted on 9 January 2017 | 11:37 am

Despite Higher Rates Of Diabetes, Black Patients Are Rarely Included In Drug Trials

(Reuters Health) - Even though diabetes rates are almost twice as high in black people as in whites, black patients may be far less likely to be included in drug safety trials, a recent study suggests. Since 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required that new glucose-lowering medications for diabetes be tested for cardiovascular safety, which may differ based on patients’ race or ethnicity, researchers note in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. When researchers looked at seven diabetes drug trials done since then to test cardiovascular safety, they found that in five of the trials, black people made up less than 5 percent of the patients. “In the United States the burden of diabetes and the serious complications associated with it fall unfairly on minorities, ...

Posted on 9 January 2017 | 9:20 am

Mast Therapeutics, Savara ink merger deal

Mast Therapeutics (NYSE:MSTX) and privately-held Savara Inc. said today that the 2 companies have landed a definitive merger agreement, combining their operations. The newly-formed Austin, Texas-based company is expected to be named Savara Inc., and trade on the NYSE market under a new ticker symbol. The combined company will focus on advancing a pipeline of inhaled therapies, including AeroVanc to treat chronic methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis, Molgradex to treat pulmonary alveolar proteinosis and AIR1001 to treat heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. All 3 treatments are in advanced clinical development. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Mast Therapeutics, Savara ink merger deal appea...

Posted on 9 January 2017 | 8:57 am

Endotronix raises $12m to support Cordella HF system

Endotronix said today it inked a $12 million term loan agreement with Silicon Valley Bank, with funds slated to support a clinical program for its Cordella heart failure system. The Woodridge, Ill.-based company’s Cordella system is composed of a wireless cardiac monitor and a miniature pressure sensor that’s designed to be implanted in a patient’s pulmonary artery to wirelessly return PA pressure to portable reader device. Data from the device can be transmitted to healthcare providers through a wireless link to Endotronix software, and is stored and analyzed by the company’s system. “This financing builds on our recent Series C round and we are thrilled to be working with the SVB team. We look forward to advancing our clinical program with proactive heart failure ma...

Posted on 9 January 2017 | 8:24 am

How to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke

Despite advances in technology and research, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the American Heart Association. It ’s the reason for about one of every three deaths in the U.S., claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Cardiovascular disease, or heart and blood vessel disease, can cause numerous problems including heart attack, heart failure and stroke. A range of factors can raise your risk of developing cardiovascular… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

Posted on 9 January 2017 | 4:06 am

Troponins Found Highly Prognostic in Decompensated HFpEF Troponins Found Highly Prognostic in Decompensated HFpEF

"Even if you are sure the patient is not having an ACS or are confident that diagnosis is HFpEF, troponin gives us additional insight" in patients with decompensated preserved-EF heart failure, an expert says.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Posted on 6 January 2017 | 2:25 pm

Provocative New Insights From the Largest Consumer Sleep Study Ever Released

Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, I was thrilled to be part of a historic presentation - we revealed the results of what will be the largest and most accurate at-home sleep study ever undertaken. I did this as part of an inaugural effort for a brand new company I co-founded with the best sleep tracking device: SleepScore Labs, a joint venture with the medical sleep device market leader ResMed (NYSE: RMD) and Pegasus Capital Ventures. I am devoting my energy to helping people sleep better for a few reasons. First, sleep has an enormous and under-appreciated impact on our overall health, and as a doctor I have seen firsthand its harmful effect on my patients, including seemingly unrelated issues like heart failure and hypertension. Second, after facilitating our national conversation o...

Posted on 6 January 2017 | 12:27 pm

Fixing failing hearts: National leaders to convene at heart recovery 'think tank'

(University of Utah Health Sciences) Can a failing heart recover? For many years, the answer to that question was unequivocally 'No.' But as the University of Utah School of Medicine's annual Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium (U-CARS) will explore on Jan. 12-13, advances in treating heart failure are giving physicians, surgeons and researchers reason to hope the deadly disease might one day be defeated. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 5 January 2017 | 10:00 pm

Novel tests improve treatment for heart failure patients

For the first time, researchers have developed tests that could improve treatment for heart failure patients by diagnosing the condition with greater accuracy, as well as by detecting the onset of congestive heart failure earlier. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 5 January 2017 | 12:43 pm

The Top 10 Insights from the "Science of a Meaningful Life" in 2016

By Kira M. Newman, Tom Jacobs, Mariah Flynn, Summer Allen, Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas At the start of 2016, Barbara Ehrenreich published an essay in The New York Times that took aim at the science of gratitude, criticizing it for focusing solely on benefits to oneself rather than to others. "This holiday gratitude is all about you," she writes, "and how you can feel better." Nearly a year later, we can see what a false dichotomy this is. In our fifth annual Top 10 Insights from the Science of a Meaningful Life list, practices that involve thinking of other people, such as keeping a gratitude journal or performing acts of kindness, were found to bring strong personal benefits, like a healthier heart or a better sex life. And practices that seem...

Posted on 3 January 2017 | 5:40 pm

Metformin Benefits Patients Historically Kept From Using it Metformin Benefits Patients Historically Kept From Using it

With lactic acidosis concerns now diminished, a new systematic review found metformin benefits in patients with type 2 diabetes with chronic kidney and liver disease and heart failure.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

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Posted on 3 January 2017 | 5:07 am

Metformin Associated with Lower Mortality Risk in Heart Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease (FREE)

By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Use of metformin is associated with reduced mortality in patients with diabetes plus chronic heart failure (CHF), chronic kidney disease (CKD), or chronic liver disease, according … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 2 January 2017 | 4:00 pm

Alcohol abuse linked to higher heart risks, study says

Drinking too much increases the risk of atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure, a study found. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

Posted on 2 January 2017 | 3:20 pm

Study Ties Alcohol Abuse to Increased Heart Risks

MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2017 -- A new study suggests that people who abuse alcohol also boost their risk of three cardiac conditions: atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure. The possible added risk appears to be about the same as... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 2 January 2017 | 7:00 am

Alcohol abuse increases risk of heart conditions as much as other risk factors

(American College of Cardiology) Alcohol abuse increases the risk of atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure as much as other well-established risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and obesity, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 1 January 2017 | 10:00 pm

BioCardia launches pivotal trial for CardiAmp heart failure treatment

BioCardia (NSDQ:BCDA) initiated its CardiAmp pivotal trial this week to evaluate its cell therapy at 40 clinical sites across the U.S. The pivotal trial is a part of the company’s efforts for premarket approval, as regulated by the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research division. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post BioCardia launches pivotal trial for CardiAmp heart failure treatment appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)

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Posted on 30 December 2016 | 8:11 am

The 10 most popular stories from 2016 - as picked by you

10: Ibuprofen-like painkillers linked to an increased risk of heart failure  "Ibuprofen could raise the risk of heart failure by up to 83%," the Daily Mirror warned in September. But this was a misleading headline as the "83%" figure was related to an obscure type of painkiller called ketorolac and not ibuprofen, which should be a safe option for any festive headaches. Find out more... 9: Exercise is 'most effective' method of preventing lower back pain "Exercise is the best medicine to banish back pain and stop people taking sick days," the Daily Mirror reported at the beginning of the year; which turned out to be another misleading headline. The study was looking at ways to prevent, not treat, lower back pain. Still, current guidelines recommend that...

Posted on 29 December 2016 | 3:28 am

Heart failure drug shows promise in first human trial

Experimental treatment aims to repair damaged cells and improve heart function (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Posted on 27 December 2016 | 2:18 pm

Heart Failure Drug Shows Promise in First Human Trial

Cimaglermin appears to strengthen cells and improve heart function, researchers report (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 27 December 2016 | 7:15 am

Heart Failure Drug Shows Promise in Human Trial

Cimaglermin appears to strengthen cells and improve heart function, researchers report (Source: WebMD Health)

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Posted on 27 December 2016 | 7:15 am

After TOPCAT: What to Do in HF With Preserved EF After TOPCAT: What to Do in HF With Preserved EF

The results of the TOPCAT trial of spironolactone for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction showed little advantage over placebo. So where does that leave clinical management?European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 27 December 2016 | 5:24 am

Factors Associated With Diabetes Among Patients With HF Factors Associated With Diabetes Among Patients With HF

This study examined the prevalence of diabetes among US adults hospitalized with heart failure and its impact on outcomes.American Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 27 December 2016 | 5:24 am

Heart Failure Drug Shows Promise in First Human Trial

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 -- Heart failure patients have weakened hearts, but researchers say an experimental drug used for the first time in humans may repair heart cells and improve heart function. According to the results of a small phase 1 trial,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 27 December 2016 | 2:12 am

Novel drug may help repair failing hearts

Cimaglermin, a new experimental drug, may help restore cardiac function after heart failure, according to a first-in-man study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Posted on 26 December 2016 | 3:53 pm

George Michael's heart failure death sparks questions

People his age "don ’t typically die suddenly from heart failure," said one cardiologist (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Posted on 26 December 2016 | 3:27 pm

What are heart failure, heart attack and cardiac arrest?

Singer George Michael died Christmas Day at age 53 when his heart "failed" him while lying peacefully in bed, his manager Michael Lippman said, according to the UK-based Press Association. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

Posted on 26 December 2016 | 1:45 pm

Risk and prevention of fracture in patients with major medical illnesses: a mini-review - Cummings SR, Eastell R.

Patients with several medical conditions, including Parkinson's disease, recent stroke, HIV, and heart failure, have a high risk of hip fracture. These patients will also have more severe consequences of a hip fracture, including a greater chance of dying ... (Source: SafetyLit)

Posted on 26 December 2016 | 4:17 am

Novel drug may help repair failing hearts

(American College of Cardiology) Cimaglermin, a new experimental drug, may help restore cardiac function after heart failure, according to a first-in-man study published today in JACC: Basic to Translational Science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 25 December 2016 | 10:00 pm

With $8.6 million grant from NIH, UCLA-led consortium will map the heart ’s nervous system

UCLA and CaltechScientists at UCLA and Caltech generated this image of the nerves in a mouse ’s heart.A consortium directed by UCLA ’sDr. Kalyanam Shivkumar has received a three-year, $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to map the heart ’s nervous system. The group’s goal: To conduct research that leads to new ways to treat cardiovascular disease by targeting nerves in the heart’s nervous system.More than 800,000 people in the U.S. die each year from cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure, arrhythmia and hypertension. These problems often are linked to the autonomic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that signals the heart to beat and controls breathing, digestion and other body processes that typically happen without conscious effort.Rese...

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Posted on 22 December 2016 | 11:35 am

Underuse of Beta-blockers in Heart Failure and COPD Underuse of Beta-blockers in Heart Failure and COPD

Many physicians are reluctant to prescribe beta-blockers to heart failure patients with concomitant COPD because of concerns regarding potential bronchoconstriction. Should they be more widely used?Heart (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 20 December 2016 | 6:43 am

Shortness of breath could signal serious disease

Amy WallaceGOTHENBURG, Sweden, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The identification of chronic breathlessness could lead to earlier treatment of serious diseases like heart failure or COPD. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 19 December 2016 | 10:45 am

BioVentrix Announces the 1st Revivent TC(TM) TransCatheter Ventricular Enhancement Procedure in Germany After Receiving CE-Mark Certification

SAN RAMON, Calif., and HAMBURG, Germany, Dec. 19, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BioVentrix, Inc. a pioneer of technologies and procedures for less invasive treatment of heart failure (HF), today announced the first closed-chest Reviven... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology BioVentrix, Revivent TC, TransCatheter, Ventricular Enhancement, heart failure (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Posted on 19 December 2016 | 8:29 am

Genetic biomarker IDs patients with increased risk for heart damage by anthracycline chemo

Among women with breast cancer who received a type of chemotherapy called an anthracycline, those who had a certain genetic biomarker had a significantly increased risk for having anthracycline-induced congestive heart failure. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 19 December 2016 | 6:57 am

2016: A Year Worth Reflection in Heart Failure

(MedPage Today) -- Clyde Yancy, MD:'But all of the clinical steps forward must yield to the exigencies of governance'(Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

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Posted on 19 December 2016 | 6:40 am

GP advice scheme for heart failure saves lives and frees hospital beds

GPs in Southwark and Lambeth will be able to directly access specialist heart failure teams for advice under an initiative launched by nearby trusts to cut down on deaths and free up hospital beds. (Source: GP Online News)

Posted on 19 December 2016 | 3:34 am

Genetic biomarker IDs patients with increased risk for heart damage by anthracycline chemo

(American Association for Cancer Research) Among women with breast cancer who received a type of chemotherapy called an anthracycline, those who had a certain genetic biomarker had a significantly increased risk for having anthracycline-induced congestive heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

Posted on 18 December 2016 | 10:00 pm

America's Home Care Agencies: Leading the Way in Promoting Public Health

When Marie Desil, a home care nurse with my agency, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), recently took on the case of Doris*, an elderly woman with heart failure, she immediately set to work explaining to Doris and her family how to take her medications properly and manage her symptoms--advice that included limiting Doris' sodium and fluid intake and reporting any sudden weight gain. But Marie's nursing care didn't stop there. "After discussing with Doris and her family the importance of an annual flu shot, I got the okay from her doctor to administer the vaccine on my next visit," she says. "And I'll also be giving her a pneumonia vaccination." In addition, they discussed the importance of overall nutrition, good hygiene, and social interaction, including enrolling and securing tra...

Posted on 16 December 2016 | 3:57 pm

Chemo More Damaging to Hearts of Diabetics

Those with blood sugar disease showed more early warning signs of heart failure (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 16 December 2016 | 1:15 pm

Chemo more damaging to hearts of diabetics: Study

HealthDay News A small study finds that cancer patients who have diabetes may suffer worse heart damage from chemotherapy, potentially boosting their risk of heart failure. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Posted on 16 December 2016 | 1:13 pm

Chemo More Damaging to Hearts of Diabetics: Study

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 -- A small study finds that cancer patients who have diabetes may suffer worse heart damage from chemotherapy, potentially boosting their risk of heart failure. There are increasing reports of toxic effects to the heart -- also... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 16 December 2016 | 7:00 am

Entresto'Contest' Stirs Controversy

(MedPage Today) -- Heart failure leaders resign from the peer review panel (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

Posted on 15 December 2016 | 5:35 pm

Chemo More Damaging to Hearts of Diabetics: Study

Those with blood sugar disease showed more early warning signs of heart failure (Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer)

Posted on 15 December 2016 | 5:00 pm

One gene mutation, two diseases, many insights into human heart function

Scientists have linked a single gene mutation to two types of heart disease: one causes a hole in the heart of infants, and the other causes heart failure. Using cells donated by a family with the mutation, the researchers gained insight into congenital heart disease, human heart development, and healthy heart function. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Posted on 15 December 2016 | 12:35 pm

Long use of pain relievers associated with hearing loss

Women who use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for 6 years or more have higher risk of hearing loss Related items fromOnMedica Regular aspirin use linked to blindness NSAIDs and COX 2s linked to heart failure admission Some common painkillers can raise heart risks No role for paracetamol in treating pain in osteoarthritis Common painkiller used by mums-to-be linked to children ’s behavioural issues (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 14 December 2016 | 4:00 pm

Scientists work to improve the diet and energy of failing hearts

(Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University) Our hearts use fat for fuel but as with the rest of our bodies, it's all about balance.Both too few and too many of the small lipid droplets that our heart cells burn for energy can cause heart failure, said Dr. Weiqin Chen, molecular biologist in the Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 11 December 2016 | 10:00 pm

Heart Failure Protein Linked to Early Brain Damage

Higher levels indicated potential trouble, study showed (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 8 December 2016 | 1:15 pm

Heart Failure Protein May Signal Early Brain Damage

Higher levels indicated potential trouble, study showed Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Brain Diseases, Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 8 December 2016 | 12:00 pm

Mast Therapeutics begins enrolment for Phase II INABLE-TRAINING study of AIR001 to treat HFpEF

US-based biopharmaceutical company Mast Therapeutics has begun enrolment for its Phase II INABLE-TRAINING study of AIR001 to treat heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). (Source: Drug Development Technology)

Posted on 7 December 2016 | 5:00 pm

Even Small Rise in Blood Pressure Can Harm Black Patients

Study shows higher early death and heart failure risk from slight increase in numbers Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: African American Health, High Blood Pressure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 7 December 2016 | 2:00 pm

18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On

This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them. More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization. These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or elephantiasis, a leading cause of disability worldwide, which affects over 120 million people and can cause severe swelling of the body parts, usually the legs or t...

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 5:45 am

Tenaya Therapeutics launches with the goal of curing heart disease

(Gladstone Institutes) A new biopharmaceutical company, Tenaya Therapeutics Inc., will build on discoveries in cardiovascular disease research made at the Gladstone Institutes, concentrating on regenerative medicine and drug discovery for heart failure. The new company combines Gladstone's basic science expertise with the resources and translational know-how of the biotechnology industry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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Posted on 5 December 2016 | 10:00 pm

Cytokinetics initiates Phase III trial of omecamtiv mecarbil to treat chronic heart failure

US-based late-stage biopharmaceutical company Cytokinetics has initiated its Phase III GALACTIC-HF clinical trial of omecamtiv mecarbil to treat patients experiencing chronic heart failure. (Source: Drug Development Technology)

Posted on 4 December 2016 | 5:00 pm

CMS to Offer Billing Code for Heart Failure Specialists

(MedPage Today) -- Should eliminate denials for appearance of double-billing (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

Posted on 2 December 2016 | 11:15 am

TRUE-AHF: Better to Prevent vs Treat Acute Decompensation TRUE-AHF: Better to Prevent vs Treat Acute Decompensation

Dr Pina interviews Dr Packer about his trial on ularitide infusion in patients with acute decompensated heart failure, which was presented at the American Heart Association meeting.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 2 December 2016 | 7:46 am

Faster, noninvasive method to determine the severity of a heart failure

(Eindhoven University of Technology) Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology and the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven have developed a method that is very quick, noninvasive, cost-effective and can be performed at the hospital bedside. Moreover, this method appears to have a predictive value for whether or not a double pacemaker will be successful. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 1 December 2016 | 10:00 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for December 1, 2016

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. BD puts Pyxis drug pump into the Internet of Things Becton Dickinson said today that it adopted the Windows 10 Internet of Things operating system for its automated drug-dispensing Pyxis ES system. The new operating system features long-term support and improved cybersecurity. The Windows 10 Internet of Things operating system boasts a 10-year support package and active security patches. It als...

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Posted on 1 December 2016 | 1:00 pm

Avoiding Three Key Heart Failure Risk Factors Delays Onset by 10 to 15 Years (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Study quantifies impact of mid-life risk on heart failure-free survival (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 1 December 2016 | 7:30 am

FDA approves Cardiac Dimensions trial for Carillon mitral repair device

Cardiac Dimensions said today that the FDA granted an investigational device exemption for a pivotal trial of its Carillon mitral valve repair device. Kirkland, Wash.-based Cardiac Dimensions said the 400-patient study will compare the device with guideline-directed treatment of symptomatic functional mitral regurgitation associated with heart failure after a year. The percutaneous Carillon annuloplasty device is designed to use a distal anchor and proximal anchor, connected by a shaping ribbon, to reshape the mitral annulus by bending the coronary sinus. The device met its endpoints in a trio of previous studies in Europe, Cardiac Dimensions said; the 120-patient Reduce FMR trial is still enrolling patients in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the company said. “The approval of...

Posted on 1 December 2016 | 6:35 am

Testing new treatment for heart attack recovery

Dr. Keith Brunt, working in collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Simpson, a cardiorespiratory physiologist at the University of Guelph, to develop a new treatment that aims to improve outcomes after heart attack, and to prevent the development of heart failure. (Source: Dalhousie University | Medical School News)

Posted on 30 November 2016 | 4:37 pm

The Lancet Publishes Results From COSMIC-HF Trial Showing Omecamtiv Mecarbil Significantly Improved Cardiac Function In Patients With Chronic Heart Failure

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTK) today announced The Lancet published results from a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating omecamtiv mecarbil in patients with chronic heart failure. The COSMIC-HF (Chronic Oral Study of Myosin Activation to Increase Contractility in Heart Failure) trial met its primary pharmacokinetic objective and showed statistically significant improvements in all pre-specified secondary measures of cardiac function in the treatment group receiving pharmacokinetic-based dose titration. The results were initially presented as a Late-Breaking Clinical Trial at the America... (Source: Amgen News Release)

Posted on 30 November 2016 | 4:31 pm

Mayo Clinic Minute: How holiday salt hurts your heart

From Thanksgiving to New Year's, kitchen tables are loaded with holiday treats. Many of these recipes are full of salt, which can cause problems for some people with high blood pressure or heart failure. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to Dr. Stephen Kopecky about how much salt you should have, and [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

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Posted on 30 November 2016 | 4:00 pm

Obesity and diabetes by middle age tied to heart failure later on

(Reuters Health) - People who reach middle age without developing high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity may have a lower risk of heart failure later in life, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 30 November 2016 | 2:10 pm

Could soda break your heart?

Guys, listen up: There's another reason to limit your intake of sugary or artificially sweetened sodas: It might contribute to heart failure. Researchers followed the food habits of 42,000 Swedish men over 12 years and found that men who drank at least two sweetened beverages a day had a 23% higher risk of going into heart failure. The study was published in November 2015 in the British Medical Journal. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

Posted on 30 November 2016 | 1:03 pm

Betrixaban in Acutely Ill Bests Enoxaparin Against Strokes: APEX Betrixaban in Acutely Ill Bests Enoxaparin Against Strokes: APEX

The finding in patients hospitalized for acute illness was said to be"a wake-up message" that even those admitted for ischemic stroke or heart failure are at special risk for thrombosis."Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)

Posted on 29 November 2016 | 2:06 pm

Medtronic wins EU nod for less-invasive HVAD implant procedure

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for a less-invasive implant procedure for the HVAD system left ventricular assist device it acquired along with HeartWare in August. The new implantation procedure uses a smaller incision than the previously cleared procedure, Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said, potentially lessening bleeding and related blood transfusions. The newly cleared procedure could potentially reduce the development of right heart failure and could lead to shorter hospital stays, along with allowing for the area around the heart to remain largely intact to potentially preserve the sternum for future procedures or heart transplants, the company said. “The HVAD System’s small size makes it well-suited for routine thoracotomy ...

Posted on 29 November 2016 | 9:56 am

3 Keys to Cutting Your Risk of Heart Failure

Title: 3 Keys to Cutting Your Risk of Heart FailureCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/29/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

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Posted on 29 November 2016 | 12:00 am

Health between 45 and 55 is the key to preventing heart failure

Men at age 45 without hypertension and diabetes lived an average of 10.6 years longer while women had 14.9 years extra, researchers from the American College of Cardiology found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 28 November 2016 | 4:37 pm

Reduced Natriuretic Peptide Levels at Discharge Linked to Better Outcomes in Heart Failure Patients (FREE)

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure who achieve reductions in natriuretic peptides before discharge might have lower risk for readmission and post-discharge mortality, according to a … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 28 November 2016 | 4:00 pm

Fewer heart failure risk factors by midlife cuts long-term risk

Avoiding hypertension, obesity and diabetes has long-term preventive benefits Related items fromOnMedica Chronic heart failure – a review and update Lifestyle factors biggest cause of heart disease risk variation 'Health anxiety' may raise heart disease risk High-quality carbs and unsaturated fats lower heart risks Diabetes, stroke and heart attack cut life expectancy (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 28 November 2016 | 4:00 pm

3 Keys to Cutting Your Risk of Heart Failure

Guarding against obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes at middle age may slash risk, study finds (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 28 November 2016 | 3:15 pm

Alzheimer's plaques may also harm the heart

Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News Proteins that form plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients might also stiffen heart muscle and increase their risk of heart failure, a new study reports. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Posted on 28 November 2016 | 2:55 pm

3 keys to cutting heart failure risk

Alan Mozes, HealthDay News Middle-aged adults who've avoided obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are far less likely to have heart failure in later years, new research reports. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 28 November 2016 | 2:52 pm

3 Keys to Cutting Your Risk of Heart Failure

Guarding against obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes at middle age may slash risk, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Heart Diseases--Prevention (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 28 November 2016 | 2:00 pm

Alzheimer's Protein Plaques May Also Harm the Heart

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 -- Protein fragments that form plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients might also stiffen their heart muscle and increase their risk of heart failure, a new study reports. The protein fragments are called amyloid beta.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 28 November 2016 | 9:00 am

Somerset disabled teen receives more than 100 Christmas cards after mother's plea

Giorgia Cole, from Midsomer Norton, Somerset, was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy but doctors fear she now has the onset of heart failure and may only have a short time left. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Posted on 24 November 2016 | 6:22 am

Hearts of healthy people with gene mutations may be 'primed to fail'

HealthDay News Certain gene mutations can increase the risk of heart failure in healthy people, researchers report. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 23 November 2016 | 12:37 pm

Hearts of Healthy People with Gene Mutations May Be'Primed to Fail '

About 35 million people worldwide face heart failure risk from genetic flaws, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cardiomyopathy, Genes and Gene Therapy, Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 23 November 2016 | 10:00 am

Innovative Community-Based HF Programs Could Win Award Innovative Community-Based HF Programs Could Win Award

Apply now! The Stronger Hearts ™ Best Practices Award is rewarding community-based programs for innovative heart failure care. Drs Pi ñ a and Penso provide all the details.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 23 November 2016 | 7:49 am

Hearts of Healthy People With Gene Mutations May Be'Primed to Fail '

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 -- Certain gene mutations can increase the risk of heart failure in healthy people, researchers report. It had been believed that gene mutations in a protein called titin affect only people with dilated cardiomyopathy, one... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 23 November 2016 | 5:11 am

Advice For A Happy, Healthy Life From A Man Dedicated To Those Pursuits

Why do you what you do? Can you trace the source of your professional motivation to a single event or person? As CEO of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, I'm privileged to interact with many amazing leaders in cardiovascular medicine, technology, business and beyond. I'm always fascinated by the backstory of how each chose the path into a particular field. When it comes to medical professionals, some simply love the science. Others are drawn by the desire to help people. And then there are those to whom it's personal. Dr. Steven Houser fits all three categories. After four years of playing college basketball as an undersized power forward at a Division III school, the NBA didn't come calling for him. So he pursued a Ph.D. at Temple University Medical Scho...

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Posted on 22 November 2016 | 12:55 pm

Corvia Medical touts 1-year data for InterAtrial shunt

Corvia Medical today released 1-year results from the Reduce LAP-HF clinical trial of its InterAtrial shunt device, touting a good safety profile and sustained device performance. Results from the 64-patient study was presented at the American Heart Association’s 2016 Scientific Sessions. The Tewksbury, Mass.-based company’s IASD is designed to lower blood pressure in the left atrium and lungs by creating a small opening between the left and right atria. It’s indicated for diastolic heart failure, also known as heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Data from the trial indicated a median New York Hear Association functional class improvement from 3 to 2, while the mean quality of life score, as rated by the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure questionnaire, improve...

Posted on 22 November 2016 | 8:29 am

Medical News Today: Heart failure: Faulty gene carried by 1 percent of people

A gene variant carried by 1 percent of people could trigger heart failure if the organ is stressed, e.g. by high blood pressure or pregnancy, study finds. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 22 November 2016 | 8:00 am

How I Help My Mom Rise Above Heart Failure

There are some moments in life that stick with you. Through my career, I've shared many of these moments with the public. And then there are the moments that are just mine, for me to keep for myself and my family. These I rarely share. However I want to share one of these personal moments for National Family Caregivers Month. It's one that will always stand out with me and my family, and it may resonate with others going through similar situations. It's the day my mom was diagnosed with heart failure, and the moment I became her caregiver and advocate-in-chief. Heart failure is a condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body. It affects nearly 6 million in the U.S., including my mom. It's estimated that 1 in 5 people over the age of 40 will develop heart failure in th...

Posted on 22 November 2016 | 7:45 am

Medtronic shares slip on missed Q2 sales mark, lowered outlook

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) shares dropped in pre-market trading today after the world’s largest medical device company missed Wall Street’s expectations with its fiscal 2nd-quarter sales and lowered its outlook for the rest of the year. Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic posted profits of $1.12 billion, or 80¢ per share, on sales of $7.35 billion for the 3 months ended Oct. 28, for bottom-line growth of 114.4% on sales growth of 4.1% compared with Q2 2015. Adjusted to exclude 1-time items, earnings per share were $1.18, 6¢ ahead of the forecast on The Street. But analysts there were looking for sales of $7.46 billion; investors reacted by pushing MDT shares down -7.3% to $74.70 in pre-market activity today. “Q2 revenue was disappointing and did not meet our expectations. We face...

Posted on 22 November 2016 | 5:06 am

One in 100 healthy people carries heart-condition gene

British researchers say 1% at risk of heart failure under abnormal stress, such as pregnancy or alcoholismOne in every 100 healthy people carry a faulty gene that could trigger a dangerous heart condition, scientists have found. Researchers at Imperial College London and theMRC Clinical Sciences Centre say 1% of the population are at risk from heart failure when the organ is placed under abnormal stress – such as through pregnancy or alcoholism – even if they appear otherwise healthy.Related:Billion people have high blood pressure, mostly in poorer countriesContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Posted on 21 November 2016 | 5:18 pm

' Disturbingly' High, Variable Costs Seen for Generic HF Meds'Disturbingly' High, Variable Costs Seen for Generic HF Meds

Generics in the US are often seen as cheap, but often they aren't, and prices for the same heart-failure drug can vary 30-fold at different pharmacies, costing up to hundreds of dollars a month.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 21 November 2016 | 4:36 pm

New sensor system predicts heart failure events

A suite of sensors can predict heart failure events by detecting when a patient ’s condition is worsening, according to a new report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 21 November 2016 | 11:06 am

UR Medicine Introduces New Device to Monitor Heart Failure Symptoms, Reduce Hospitalization

Cardiologists at UR Medicine ’s Strong Memorial Hospital have introduced a new implantable miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure and reduce the number of times people with this life-threatening disease need to be hospitalized. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)

Posted on 21 November 2016 | 9:38 am

One in 100 healthy people carry a faulty gene linked to a deadly heart condition

Researchers at Imperial College London found one per cent of the UK population with a faulty titin gene were at risk from heart failure when the organ was placed under abnormal stress. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 21 November 2016 | 9:35 am

New sensor system predicts heart failure events before they occur

(Penn State) A suite of sensors can predict heart failure events by detecting when a patient's condition is worsening, according to John Boehmer, professor of medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, who presented the findings at the recent American Heart Association annual meeting in New Orleans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Posted on 20 November 2016 | 10:00 pm

Running with heart

Running 13.1 miles may seem like a daunting task to many people. But for heart transplant recipient Tony Flores, it was pure joy to finish the Revel Canyon City Half Marathon in Azusa on Nov.12.It was a happy occasion that he shared with his physician,Dr. Martin Cadeiras, an assistant professor of cardiology at UCLA, and four UCLA heart-failure researchers, all of whom completed the race with Flores.Following two heart attacks and a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy in 2013, Flores underwent a heart transplant surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in August 2014.  Since he had completed five Los Angeles marathons before he got sick, the 60-year-old Glendora resident started running again after his recovery as a way to exercise his new heart.“He had a picture of him running by his hospi...

Posted on 18 November 2016 | 12:55 pm

AHA: Readmission Metric in Heart Failure Off Base (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- No mortality risk tied to 30-day readmit rates (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

Posted on 18 November 2016 | 11:35 am

Interatrial Shunt Promising for Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction Interatrial Shunt Promising for Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

The device appeared to be safe and was associated with clinical and hemodynamic improvements sustained for 1 year in the REDUCE LAP HF study.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 17 November 2016 | 3:48 pm

AHA: Generic Heart Failure Drugs Costs Vary Nearly 40-Fold (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Huge range from pharmacy to pharmacy found for uninsured patients (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 17 November 2016 | 12:00 pm

Expensive New Diabetes Drugs Add Nothing But Cost And Complications

This is the fourth in an ongoing series of blogs exposing the rampant misuse of the medications so aggressively promoted by greedy drug companies. I am very lucky in having the perfect partner in this truth-vs-power effort to contradict Pharma propaganda with evidence based fact. Dick Bijl is President of the International Society of Drug Bulletins (ISDB), an impressive association of 53 national drug bulletins from all around the world, each of which publishes the best available data on the pluses and minuses of different medications. Drug bulletins help patients and doctors see through the misleading misinformation generated by ubiquitous Pharma marketing. I highly recommend Dick's previous blogs: Many Commonly Used Drugs Are Useless  New Drugs Are Often Bad For Patients, Great For...

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Posted on 17 November 2016 | 11:46 am

AHA: Iron Agent May Help Heart Failure Symptoms (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Mode of iron delivery appears to be a factor (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 17 November 2016 | 11:00 am

Bad Policy Is as Harmful as Bad Medicine Bad Policy Is as Harmful as Bad Medicine

Dr John Mandrola's take on a presentation of outcomes vs adherence to performance measures in managing patients with heart failure.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 17 November 2016 | 7:01 am

How a Mediterranean-style diet may reduce heart failure in the aged

In mouse experiments, researchers have shown how aging and excess dietary fat create signals that lead to heart failure after a heart attack. Clarifying the mechanism of this harmful pathway is important because nearly 5 million people in the United States suffer heart failure as an age-related disease following heart attacks. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 17 November 2016 | 6:27 am

Device Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Treat Heart Failure

Title: Device Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Treat Heart FailureCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/16/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/17/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 17 November 2016 | 12:00 am

Boston Scientific touts HeartLogic study data

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) today released the results from the 1st clinical trial of its HeartLogic heart failure diagnostic service, touting a high level of sensitivity and low unnecessary alert rate. The Marlborough, Mass.-based company’s HeartLogic system is designed to predict impending heart failure decompensation. Data from the 900-patient study reported an observed sensitivity of 70% for predicting heart failure events, with an unexplained alert rate of 1.47 per patient per year. The company said that data indicated that the HeartLogic alert could successfully notify clinicians of heart failure events with a 34-day median alert window. “The primary endpoints were exceeded and demonstrated that this algorithm, which mimics the activity and analysis of a clinician by co...

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Posted on 16 November 2016 | 2:57 pm

The Cardiology Show From AHA 2016 With Dr Valentin Fuster The Cardiology Show From AHA 2016 With Dr Valentin Fuster

PRECISION, PIONEER-AF-PCI, ART, EUCLID, and the cognition substudy of HOPE-3 are the five stars, but the panel also reviews additional trials on novel approaches to lipids management and heart failure.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 16 November 2016 | 2:00 pm

Newer generation LVAD is associated with better outcomes for heart failure patients at 6 months, study shows

A newer generation left ventricular assist device (LVAD) provides better outcomes for patients with advanced heart failure at six months compared to its predecessor, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 16 November 2016 | 11:19 am

Device Promising for Tough-to-Treat Heart Failure

After a year, patients reported fewer symptoms, better quality of life, study finds (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 16 November 2016 | 11:15 am

St. Jude Medical ’ s HeartMate 3 implantable pump beats HeartMate II in pivotal trial

The next-generation HeartMate 3 implantable pump St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) acquired when it paid $3 billion for Thoratec last year proved superior to the older HeartMate II device at 6 months in pivotal clinical trial results released today. The Momentum 3 study enrolled more than 1,000 patients for a short-term outcome after 6 months and a longer-term, 2-year outcome; the initial 6-month data comes from 294 subjects. Unlike the HeartMate II device, which uses an axial-flow pump, the HeartMate 3 device uses a centrifugal-flow pump designed to reduce the risk of blood clots. The primary endpoint at 6 months was a composite of survival free of disabling stroke indicated by a modified Rankin score of >3 or survival free of re-operation to replace or remove the device (for reasons othe...

Posted on 16 November 2016 | 11:08 am

Device shows promise against heart failure

Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News A hard-to-treat form of heart failure may be relieved by an experimental device that creates a hole inside the heart muscle, according to new clinical trial results. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Posted on 16 November 2016 | 10:53 am

Union boss in ‘urgent need of a heart transplant’

Union boss Mark Serwotka on urgent transplant list after a virus he caught while walking his dog led to heart failure (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

Posted on 16 November 2016 | 10:39 am

Device Shows Promise Against Tough-To-Treat Heart Failure

After a year, patients reported fewer symptoms, better quality of life, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 16 November 2016 | 10:00 am

New St. Jude heart pumping device proves superior to older model: study

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - St. Jude Medical Inc's new, smaller HeartMate 3 heart pumping assist device proved superior to its older HeartMate II in advanced heart failure patients, according to the first data from a large trial presented on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 16 November 2016 | 9:47 am

New Study: Ingredient In Cheese Could Help Longevity, Healthy Heart

BOSTON (CBS) — Cheese is a delightful treat, it almost always makes food even more enjoyable than it is already. But venturing to the reverse side of a block of cheese is a borderline nightmare when actually reading the nutritional facts. But, there may well be something in cheese that helps us justify enjoying nachos and quesadillas and putting cheese on anything hot all the time. According to the journal Natural Medicine, there’s a compound found in some cheeses, spermidine, that could increase longevity. The experiment was conducted on rats and mice, and the initial study found that spermidine increased the lifespan of the rats and mice. If that’s not enough, there’s more: it’s beneficial to a healthy heart. They experimented on 800 Italians, because Ital...

Posted on 16 November 2016 | 9:28 am

Device Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Treat Heart Failure

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 -- A hard-to-treat form of heart failure may be relieved by an experimental device that creates a hole inside the heart muscle, according to new clinical trial results. The InterAtrial Shunt Device opens up and maintains an... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Posted on 16 November 2016 | 5:00 am

Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely

Title: Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary WidelyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/15/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/16/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 16 November 2016 | 12:00 am

How a Mediterranean-style diet may reduce heart failure in the aged

(University of Alabama at Birmingham) In mouse experiments, researchers have shown how aging and excess dietary fat create signals that lead to heart failure after a heart attack. Clarifying the mechanism of this harmful pathway is important because nearly 5 million people in the United States suffer heart failure as an age-related disease following heart attacks. Knowledge of the dysfunctional lipid signaling that triggers heart inflammation and heart failure could be essential to discovering therapeutic treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 10:00 pm

Wide variability in generic heart failure drugs can make them unaffordable to uninsured patients

Prices for commonly used generic heart failure drugs varies widely, outlines a new report. An estimated 7.3 million Americans with cardiovascular disease are underinsured or uninsured. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 7:04 pm

Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely

Patients can spend from $12 to $400 a month to fill common prescriptions, study reveals (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 5:10 pm

Prices for Generic Medications Can Vary 40-Fold in One City (FREE)

By Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC, FAHA Dr. Masoudi is associate editor of NEJM Journal Watch Cardiology, from which this story was adapted. Full coverage is available to subscribers at the link below.In one U.S. metropolitan area, the combined price for three generic heart-failure … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Posted on 15 November 2016 | 4:00 pm

Integrated Endoscopy names Sharp as prez & CEO | Personnel Moves November 15, 2016

Integrated Endoscopy said today it tapped Brad Sharp as its new prez & CEO, as well as joining the company’s board. The company said it is making the move with Sharp in preparation of the launch of its Nevis single-use arthroscope, which is slated for early 2017. The company said it also named Rob Cripe as global marketing exec VP, Laxmi Khanolkar as Asia/Middle East sales VP, Mike Amell as manufacturing VP and Tom Colonna as regulatory affairs and quality assurance VP. “We are fortunate to have Brad Sharp join and lead the Integrated Endoscopy team. Brad has laid out a new vision for the company, which includes a next-generation arthroscope portfolio, along with other equipment utilizing technology that will lead to a paradigm shift in the way ORs operate,” board member ...

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 3:26 pm

Prices of generic heart failure drugs vary widely

Karen Pallarito, HealthDay News Cash prices of generic medicines to treat heart failure vary so widely that some patients may not be able to afford to fill all of their prescriptions. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 2:53 pm

Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely

Patients can spend from $12 to $400 a month to fill common prescriptions, study reveals Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 2:00 pm

Generic heart failure drug costs too high for many uninsured: study

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The cost of generic drugs that treat heart failure can vary so wildly, even among pharmacies within one area, that uninsured patients may not be able to afford them, according to research reported at the American Heart Association medical meeting in New Orleans on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 1:53 pm

AHA: Salads Good, Meat Bad for Women's Heart Failure Risk (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- High levels of dietary animal protein linked to 60% hike in HF incidence (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

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Posted on 15 November 2016 | 1:35 pm

Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 -- Cash prices of generic medicines to treat heart failure vary so widely that some patients may not be able to afford to fill all of their prescriptions, a new study suggests. In the greater St. Louis area, the cost of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 9:11 am

TRUE-AHF Shakes Up Beliefs About Acute Heart-Failure Therapy TRUE-AHF Shakes Up Beliefs About Acute Heart-Failure Therapy

Can you give a drug for 48 hours after presentation and change the disease course for years to come?"That's true of acute coronary syndromes, but it's not true of acute heart failure," says a prominent researcher.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 7:54 am

Hospitalizations for heart failure on the rise in U.S.

HealthDay News More Americans are going to the hospital due to heart failure, a new study finds. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 7:22 am

Heart Failure Hospitalizations on The Rise in U.S.

But the length of stay is getting shorter and survival rates are going up, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 7:00 am

Heart Failure Hospitalizations on the Rise in U.S.

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 -- More Americans are going to the hospital due to heart failure, a new study finds. The good news is that the hospital stays are getting shorter and survival rates for those hospitalized with heart failure are higher than in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Posted on 15 November 2016 | 2:00 am

Wide variability in generic heart failure drugs can make them unaffordable to uninsured

(Saint Louis University) New research from Saint Louis University finds that the prices for commonly used generic heart failure drugs varies widely. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 10:00 pm

Are You Getting Older - Or Are You Getting Sleep Apnea?

By Brandon R. Peters, MD As my 81-year-old grandma likes to remind me on occasion, "It's hell to get old." More than a nuisance, the cumulative decline that comes with aging can significantly compromise one's quality of life and health. What if some of the problems so often associated with growing older didn't need to occur? Better yet, what if some of these physical and mental impairments could be reversed? Consider the role of sleep apnea as an unexpected contributor to many ailments erroneously attributed to aging and the reversals possible with effective treatment. Sleep Changes with Age It is clear that sleep changes as we become older. In 2015, the National Sleep Foundation altered its recommended sleep needs for people who are older than 65 years (1). Previously, adults were enco...

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 9:31 pm

Your NEJM Group Today: Heart Failure with Preserved EF / Race, Ethnicity & Newer HCV Drugs / Ohio IM Opportunities (FREE)

By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: An older woman with a history of dyspnea … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 4:00 pm

In Heart Failure Patients, Severe Hyperkalemia Less Common with Sacubitril/Valsartan Than Enalapril (FREE)

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Among patients with heart failure who are taking a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA), the risk for severe hyperkalemia is lower … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Posted on 14 November 2016 | 4:00 pm

High-protein diet linked to heart failure in older women

Women older than 50 who eat high-protein diets could have a greater risk of heart failure, especially if a lot of their protein comes from meat, according to a new study presented at the annual scientific conference of the American Heart Association. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 3:52 pm

Middle-aged women who follow high-protein diets are at 'higher risk of heart failure'

Meat-based diets, such as the Atkins diet - endorsed by Jennifer Aniston, increased the chance of heart failure 'significantly', researchers from Brown University, Rhode Island found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 2:43 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for November 14, 2016

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Final FDA rules clarify adverse event reporting for contract manufacturers The FDA last week issued final guidance for medical device companies on the requirements for reporting adverse events that walked back much of the burden for contract manufacturers. The federal safety watchdog’s draft guidance for “Medical Device Reporting for Manufacturers,” issued in July 2013, put both the contr...

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 1:00 pm

Meat may raise older women's heart risks

Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could have a higher risk for heart failure, especially if most of their protein comes from meat, researchers report. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 11:47 am

Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Lower Heart Risks

Patients were less likely to develop irregular heartbeat, diabetes, heart failure, study finds (Source: WebMD Health)

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Posted on 14 November 2016 | 11:15 am

Disturbed sleep increases the risk of having an irregular heartbeat

Those who often awoke at night were 26 per cent more likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation - which can lead to strokes and heart failure, researchers from Michigan University found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 10:37 am

Medical News Today: High-protein diet may raise heart failure risk for older women

Women aged 50-79 who consume high amounts of protein - particularly from meat - may be at greater risk of heart failure, new research finds. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 9:00 am

Mostly meat, high protein diet linked to heart failure in older women

Women over the age of 50 who follow a high-protein diet could be at higher risk for heart failure, especially if much of their protein comes from meat, according to preliminary research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 8:58 am

FDA approves Medtronic ’ s Claria MRI quad CRT-D

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that it won pre-market approval from the FDA for its Claria MRI quad cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator for magnetic resonance imaging scans at both 1.5 and 3 Tesla. “The Claria MRI CRT-D is our latest innovation to help improve patients’ response to CRT, establishing a new level of personalized care,” heart failure GM Dr. David Steinhaus said in prepared remarks. “And it further expands our industry-leading MR-conditional portfolio of devices, which are helping to improve the lives of more patients throughout the world.” “Until now, CRT devices have shown only whether a pacing pulse was sent, but we haven’t been able to determine if that stimulation actually improves the heart’s pumping ability,...

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 7:33 am

Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Lower Heart Risks

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 -- Weight-loss surgery may significantly reduce obese people's risk of heart failure, a new study indicates. Researchers compared more than 25,800 obese people who had weight-loss (bariatric) surgery with more than 13,700... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Posted on 14 November 2016 | 5:11 am

Meat-Heavy Diets May Raise Older Women's Heart Risks

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 -- Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could have a higher risk for heart failure, especially if most of their protein comes from meat, researchers report. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 5:11 am

Device Plus 'Aggressive' Drug Strategy May Curb Severe Heart Failure

Title: Device Plus 'Aggressive' Drug Strategy May Curb Severe Heart FailureCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/13/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/14/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 14 November 2016 | 12:00 am

Mayo Clinic Minute: Type 2 diabetes ? What you need to know

November 14th is World Diabetes Day, and Mayo Clinic experts want you to know that Type 2 diabetes is a growing health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,?22 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with it. The disease increases your risk of conditions such as blindness, amputations, heart failure [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Posted on 13 November 2016 | 4:00 pm

Device Plus'Aggressive' Drug Strategy May Curb Severe Heart Failure

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 -- A combination of an implanted heart device and intensive drug therapy may help boost heart function in end-stage heart failure patients, preliminary results of an ongoing study suggest. The research focused on 36 patients... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 13 November 2016 | 2:11 am

7 Foot Problems That Can Be Serious

If you want to know the state of your health, try looking down. “There’s no question it’s extremely important that people pay attention to their feet,” says Terry Philbin, D.O., spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a foot and ankle specialist at the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Westerville, Ohio. The condition of your feet can give you clues to a host of medical issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, and even heart disease. Read on to find out what to look for and what it may mean. 1. Pain “There’s no pain that should be ignored,” says Jane Andersen, D.P.M., a podiatrist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Any type of pain—new or prolonged—wa...

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Posted on 12 November 2016 | 6:20 am

3 Major Health Problems That Disproportionately Affect Vets

Veterans are more likely to report very good or excellent health than their civilian counterparts, so they may not realize that they’re also at greater risk than civilians for some long-term health problems. Of course, many veterans have acute physical health problems, like wounds and amputations, and trauma-based mental health issues like depression and PTSD. Indeed, mental health issues affect 30 percent of Vietnam veterans, 20 percent of Iraqi veterans and about 10 percent of Gulf War and Afghanistan veterans. Less known are some of the ordinary, chronic conditions that disproportionately affect servicemen and women. A new America’s Health Rankings report, published in November, found that vets are more likely to have heart disease, heart attacks and cancer th...

Posted on 11 November 2016 | 8:37 am

Researcher to examine if brain training helps combat memory loss in heart failure patients

(Indiana University) The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2.5 million grant to an IU School of Nursing researcher for a study that will examine whether computerized cognitive training exercises can improve memory and quality of life for heart failure patients. Heart failure is a prevalent condition, affecting 5.1 million Americans, and is associated with increased mortality and hospitalizations and poor quality of life. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 10 November 2016 | 10:00 pm

Discovery Speeds Creation of Healthy Heart Cells From Scar Tissue

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 -- A new discovery in mice may boost efforts to find an effective treatment for heart failure in humans, researchers say. Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco tested an estimated 5,500 chemicals and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 10 November 2016 | 9:11 am

Cardio-oncology: Beyond Anthracyclines and Heart Failure Cardio-oncology: Beyond Anthracyclines and Heart Failure

Cardiovascular toxicity continues to be a potential complication of many anti-neoplastic treatments. This brief commentary discusses the cardiac implications of immunotherapies and other novel agents.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Posted on 10 November 2016 | 7:23 am

Patients eager to test device that could ease heart failure symptoms

(Medical University of South Carolina) Researchers are testing a heart failure treatment device at the Medical University of South Carolina. They hope it will ease the symptoms of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 9 November 2016 | 10:00 pm

Testing stem cells as possible treatment for heart failure

(Medical University of South Carolina) Stem cells are being tested at the Medical University of South Carolina as a possible treatment for heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction, or HFpEF. The condition causes severe disability and kills half its victims within five years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 9 November 2016 | 10:00 pm

FDA: Testosterone supplements can cause heart failure, stroke, depression, liver toxicity, insomnia and more

(NaturalNews) Testosterone replacement or supplementation products can cause dangerous side effects, including heart attacks, infertility, personality changes and chemical dependency, the FDA has warned.The agency announced that it is updating the warning labels on all testosterone... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Posted on 8 November 2016 | 11:00 pm

Biotronik launches high energy Inventra HF-T ICD

Biotronik said today it launched the “ultra-high” energy Inventra HF-T, touting it as the 1st and only implantable cardioverter defibrillator available to deliver 42 joules in the 1st shock. The new addition to Biotronik’s line includes the company’s DX system, which offers dual-chamber diagnostics with a single specialized defibrillator lead. “For an increasing number of patients – specifically those with larger cardiac anatomy and lower ejection fraction – a shock that is higher than the standard 36-37 J may be needed to convert irregular arrhythmia. The sooner an effective shock can be delivered, the likelihood of survival increases for these patients. For such patients, a CRT-D that delivers ultra-high energy on the first shock has a higher chance of ...

Posted on 7 November 2016 | 2:53 pm

Vitamin K2 for Heart Health

Would you take a weight-loss pill that made you gain weight? Or a sleep aid was loaded with caffeine that kept you up all night? Of course not! And your doctor would never recommend these things… because they do the exact opposite of what they're intended to do. So why do conventional doctors keep prescribing statins to prevent heart disease? We know that these drugs aren't safe. They can cause kidney failure and liver damage. They could even kill you. And they don't do the one thing they're supposed to do — help your heart. Sure, statins are pretty good at lowering cholesterol… but that's the problem. Because high cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. In fact, lowering your cholesterol levels with statins can actually cause heart dise...

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Posted on 7 November 2016 | 11:57 am

A conversation with Umar Boston of Le Bonheur Children ’s Hospital

A conversation with Umar Boston, Surgical Director of Pediatric Heart Transplantation and Heart Failure, Le Bonheur Children ’s Hospital Dr. Umar Boston has had the opportunity to live in many places around the world, which provides him a unique perspective of people and their culture. He was born in Guyana, South America. His family migrated to Australia when he was 10 years old, where he was raised in Brisbane. Alway s ambitious and adventurous, Boston pursued his college education at the University… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

Posted on 7 November 2016 | 10:12 am

Against Abortion? You Should Vote For Hillary Clinton.

I am a doctor who has dedicated her career to helping woman. If abortion is what matters to you in this election, I'd like to put rhetoric aside and focus on the facts. There are approximately 700,000 abortions per year in the United States. The four main reasons women seek abortion are unplanned/mistimed pregnancy, rape, health of the mother, and birth defects (fetal anomalies). Approximately 16,000 of these abortions are the result of rape, or 2.3 percent. Exact data on health of mother and birth defects is unknown. About 45 percent of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. These are the pregnancies most likely to end in abortion, in fact 42 percent of unplanned pregnancies end in abortion and 58 percent end in a live birth (this statistic excludes miscarriages). If you want ...

Posted on 7 November 2016 | 9:59 am

MLTC Solutions that Bring Managed Care Home (Even If It's '25 Miles Away on Top of a Giant Hill')

In the rural upstate town of Canajoharie, New York (population 3,800), hard on the Eerie Canal, an elderly couple in their nineties lives deep in farm country, dozens of miles from the nearest healthcare facility. Mrs. Cormac*, 93, requires regular dialysis for kidney failure, and she and her husband need ongoing help with the basic activities of daily living. Because of the distance to their home, it's difficult for an agency to send a home health aide to the Cormacs. Their granddaughter, who lives upstairs in the two-family house, has been caring for them, but she has a full-time job and can't afford to take any more time away than she already does. Their story is all too common in rural America, a part of the country that is aging rapidly and now has a higher concentration of residents...

Posted on 7 November 2016 | 9:46 am

Pretreating red blood cells with nitric oxide may reduce side effect linked to transfusions

A new treatment may diminish a dangerous side effect associated with transfusions of red blood cells (RBCs) known as pulmonary hypertension, an elevated blood pressure in the lungs and heart that can lead to heart failure, suggests a new study. The treatment involves exposing RBCs that have been collected, processed and stored for transfusion to the gas, nitric oxide. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 7 November 2016 | 9:43 am

St. Jude wins CE Mark for MRI safe labeling for Quadra CRT-P

St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union to add magnetic resonance imaging conditional labeling to its Quadra Allure MP cardiac resynchonization therapy pacemaker. The company’s Quadra Allure MP CRT-P is now cleared as operable with diagnostic MRI scans of up to 1.5 Tesla, the St. Paul, Minn.-based company said. “The Quadra Allure MP is the only CRT-P with MultiPoint Pacing technology, MRI full-body labeling, and more clinical options to treat patients who don’t respond to initial pacing therapy. This new technology allows patients who have heart failure that is challenging to manage to receive more effective therapy and still be able to get an MRI for other medical conditions if needed,” St. Jude global R&D medical dire...

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Posted on 7 November 2016 | 9:39 am

Pretreating red blood cells with nitric oxide may reduce side effect linked to transfusions

(American Society of Anesthesiologists) A new treatment may diminish a dangerous side effect associated with transfusions of red blood cells (RBCs) known as pulmonary hypertension, an elevated blood pressure in the lungs and heart that can lead to heart failure, suggests a new study published in the November issue of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 6 November 2016 | 10:00 pm

Poor nutrition in pregnancy ages baby ’s heart

Interventions needed early in life, say authors Related items fromOnMedica UK failure to fortify flour with folic acid has caused 2,000+ cases of neural tube defect Sweet drink consumption linked to heart failure risk Artificial sweeteners in pregnancy linked to fatter babies High-quality carbs and unsaturated fats lower heart risks Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 6 November 2016 | 4:00 pm

HFSA: Can a Heart Failure'Team' Improve Medication Adherence? (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- A single-center pilot study offered insights but no solutions (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

Posted on 4 November 2016 | 3:22 pm

LVAD dev CorWave raises $17.1m in Series B

Circulatory support device developer CorWave said today it raised $17.1 million in a Series B round of financing to support its novel left ventricular assist device. The round was led by new investor Novo Seeds, joined by existing shareholders Sofinnova Partners, Bpifrance and Seventure and joined by new investor Ysios Capital. CorWave said it has developed a left ventricular assist device which uses “disruptive pumping technology” that mimics natural heart flow patterns that it claims can overcome the “limitations of rotary pump LVADs.” “Since day one we saw an unparalleled match between this unique technology invented in France and the unmet needs in the heart failure space. Medtech expertise, engineering and funding was required to bridge the gap,” ch...

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Posted on 4 November 2016 | 10:04 am

Mast Therapeutics touts interim data from pulmonary hypertension study

Mast Therapeutics (NYSE:MSTX) touted interim data from a Phase II study of its AIR001 candidate in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) and PH associated with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Positive interim results from the ongoing trial were published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The San Diego-based company enrolled 50 patients to study its nebulized inhaled nitrite and interim results showed that AIR001 significantly decreased pulmonary, right atrial and pulmonary capillary wedge pressures. The change was most prominent in patients with PH associated with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Mast Therapeutics touts interim data from pulmonary hypertension study ap...

Posted on 4 November 2016 | 6:43 am

TCT 2016: The best of the rest

The annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference went down in Washington, D.C., this week, with late-breaking study results beginning Oct. 29. After stents took center stage Day 1, with a raft of studies covering the latest on the bioresorbable front, transcatheter valve replacements were the focus on Day 2. Day 3 saw a wider variety of topics, featuring big-name devices for structural heart repair and peripheral artery disease at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapies conference. Below is a roundup of miscellaneous releases from the conference: Freudenberg Medical launches new products Freudenberg Medical said it launched a trio of new technologies at TCT 2016: The FlexSeal introducer sheath, FlexSeal hemostasis valve and the Composer deflectable catheter handle ...

Posted on 3 November 2016 | 1:23 pm

Smoking adversely affects patellar, Achilles tendons

Need another reason to quit or never start smoking cigarettes? B-mode ultrasound...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Contrast US boosts diagnostic power of breast ultrasound Echo reveals why smoking ups risk of heart failure Spleen stiffness correlates with cirrhosis complication Shear-wave elastography aids monitoring of tendinopathy US elastography offers clues to middle-age Achilles injury risk (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

Posted on 3 November 2016 | 10:03 am

Health Canada approves Edwards Intuity heart valve

Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) said yesterday it won Health Canada approval for its Intuitiy Elite rapid deployment aortic valve replacement system and launched the device in Canada. Irvine, Calif.-based Edwards said the Intuity Elite valve is designed to create more time during the treatment of complex heart failure cases for procedures to treat other facets of the disease. “As an increasing number of patients present with several comorbidities, which makes aortic valve surgery more challenging, it is important to have advanced treatment options paired with a minimal access surgical approach. The availability of the Edwards Intuity Elite valve will facilitate otherwise complex treatment for patients requiring concomitant procedures to treat their aortic valve and other heart issues...

Posted on 1 November 2016 | 10:26 am

Common painkillers linked to increased heart failure risk

(NaturalNews) When elderly patients with joint problems start taking common painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen, their risk of heart failure increases. This is the finding of a UK study published in the British Medical Journal. The study investigated 10 million people with... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Posted on 1 November 2016 | 12:00 am

Uganda: Why Medical Checkups Are Necessary Before Travel

[Monitor] In September last year, the then Internal Affairs minister Gen Aronda Nyakairima was found dead on a plane during a return flight from South Korea. Government pathologists attributed his demise to heart failure. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

Posted on 31 October 2016 | 11:31 pm

Study identifies potential treatment for heart failure

Ryan MaassOSAKA, Japan, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Researchers at Osaka University have identified a protein in a study they say sheds light on potential new treatments for heart failure. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 31 October 2016 | 1:46 pm

Atrial Fibrillation and Congestive Heart Failure: Choose Rx Carefully

Which antiarrhythmic agent would you choose for first-episode atrial fibrillation in a patient with congestive heart failure, and why? (Source: ConsultantLive)

Posted on 6 October 2016 | 8:11 am

What Do Patients Want from Pharma? An 8-Step Guide

“Listen to the patient! Look at the nose!” I heard these prophetic words many years ago when reporting on a workshop on allergic rhinitis as a young medical writer. These deceptively simple words were spoken by Dr Bill Frankland, one of the most distinguished clinicians of the 20th century.Frankland put the patient experience first. He knew that hearing what the patient felt was critical to understanding what intervention might be needed. He was far too polite to say so out loud, but all the complex immunology and technical stuff on the agenda of the workshop were unimportant – when compared to the patient.His interest in treating patients like grown-ups was way ahead of its time. Even today, when the patient is speaking, the doctor may not always be listening. They may be filtering ...

Posted on 6 October 2016 | 7:04 am

Alnylam ends development of drug due to patient deaths in trial

(Reuters) - Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Wednesday it would halt development of an experimental therapy for a rare genetic condition that can cause heart failure, after a late-stage study showed that patients given the drug were more likely to die than patients treated with a placebo. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Posted on 5 October 2016 | 4:53 pm

High Resting Heart Rate Tied to Heart Failure Risk in African Americans High Resting Heart Rate Tied to Heart Failure Risk in African Americans

For African Americans, a high resting heart rate may indicate greater risk of death or hospitalization with heart failure, a recent analysis finds.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 5 October 2016 | 1:33 pm

Nigeria: Nigeria's Alarming Heart Failure Rate

[Vanguard] On 30th September, this year's World Heart Day, the increase in recent times, of confirmed and suspected cases of cardiac arrests, heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related disorders came into sharp focus. Heart disorders are making a steady and deadly rise in Nigeria. Everyday, we read reports of persons "slumping and dying". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

Posted on 5 October 2016 | 3:32 am

Steven Healy appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of BioVentrix, Inc.

SAN RAMON, Calif., Oct. 4, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BioVentrix, Inc., a pioneer of technologies and procedures for less-invasive treatment of heart failure, today announced that current Board member Steven Healy has been appointed... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology, Personnel BioVentrix, Revivent-TC, TransCatheter, Ventricular Enhancement (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Posted on 4 October 2016 | 9:38 am

Nigeria: World Heart Day - Rate of Heart Diseases Worries Kogi's First Lady

[Vanguard] Wife of Kogi State governor, Rashida Bello, has described as worrisome the high rate of heart failure and other related diseases in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

Posted on 3 October 2016 | 11:41 pm

Why You Should Treat Your Parents Like Your Pets: Death, Dying, And Dignity In America

Otis was our first baby. He was covered in a caramel-colored fur, weighed 150 pounds and was the best Bullmastiff dog anyone could ask for. He protected me from my husband's incessant tickle attacks and thought that my lap was the best place for him to try and sit. Two years ago, I was walking Otis and he suddenly collapsed. After an extensive workup including an EKG, blood work and an ultrasound of his heart by the doggie Cardiologist (yes, they do exist), we started him on a new regimen of medications for his heart failure. It cost $300 a month but was worth every penny -- almost overnight he was a new dog, back to his usual daily routine and enjoying all the activities he loved most in the world. About a year later though, he started declining again. His favorite spot to sleep was on ...

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Posted on 3 October 2016 | 5:19 pm

Queen Latifah Puts Heart Failure Center Stage

Title: Queen Latifah Puts Heart Failure Center StageCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/30/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 3 October 2016 | 1:00 am

Veterans among first to get investigational cell therapy under $10m Dept. of Defense grant

(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) Building on the results of a recent Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute study published just six months ago, the Department of Defense has awarded a $10 million grant to fund a cardiac cell therapy trial for patients diagnosed with a common but difficult-to-treat form of heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 2 October 2016 | 10:00 pm

What your saliva tells you about your heart health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Early detection can prevent heart failure and other complications, but screening is currently time consuming. EU-funded researchers are looking to change this with a cost-effective tool capable of detecting a patient’s risk of heart failure from their saliva. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)

Posted on 2 October 2016 | 6:00 pm

Queen Latifah puts her heart into Facebook health chat

After her mom passed out at work due to undetected heart failure, the singer and actress wanted to educate others (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 7:25 pm

Could these common painkillers increase heart risk?

Prescription-strength NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, may increase the risk of heart failure, large study suggests (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Posted on 30 September 2016 | 4:52 pm

A New Model For Aging At Home: Care Management -- Every Step Of The Way

The vast majority of older Americans, 90 percent of them, want to age at home. Many have lived in their homes for decades, where they are surrounded by the familiar -- from photos on the wall to shops on the street -- and can visit or receive visits from family and neighbors. Today, there's no reason anyone should have to compromise on this wish for their later years. Thanks in large part to the growing popularity of Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) health care plans, we now have the ability to keep even the sickest elderly patients stable and comfortable at home. MLTC plans do this by coordinating all the various elements of an older person's care in a responsive and collaborative fashion, taking into account his or her psychosocial as well as physical well-being. They make sure doctor's ap...

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 2:56 pm

NSAIDs Vary in How Much They Raise HF Hospitalization Risk NSAIDs Vary in How Much They Raise HF Hospitalization Risk

A case-control study focuses on risk for heart failure admissions from common NSAIDs, supporting voluminous data on NSAID CV risks; some of them didn't raise the risk.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 2:08 pm

Queen Latifah puts heart failure center stage

Alan Mozes, HealthDay News When her mother was diagnosed with heart failure, the award-winning singer and actress Queen Latifah was shocked. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 1:33 pm

Medtronic ’ s HeartWare faces 2 Class I FDA recalls

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today the FDA labeled 2 outstanding global voluntary recalls related to subsidiary HeartWare International‘s HVAD system as Class 1. A Class 1 indication from the federal watchdog indicates “a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death,” according to the agency. The voluntary recall is related to potential damage to controllers on the device from exposure to moisture, caused by loose power and data connectors, according to a Medtronic press release. The company added that, in the U.S., all clinicians have been notified and acknowledged, while 99% of clinician notifications have been acknowledged globally. In a warning sent in May and June, HeartWare advised hospital clinicians to ins...

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 8:35 am

Queen Latifah Puts Heart Failure Center Stage

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 -- When her mother was diagnosed with heart failure, the award-winning singer and actress Queen Latifah was shocked. Her mom, Rita Owens, was a New Jersey high school teacher only in her early 50s. But after she passed out at... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Posted on 30 September 2016 | 6:09 am

Certain painkillers 'could increase risk of heart failure'

Arthritis patients who take common painkillers such as ibuprofen could be at a greater risk of heart failure, according to a new large-scale study.The research, led by the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy and utilising data from more than eight million patients, has offered evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may lead to an elevated risk of a person being hospitalised with heart problems, meaning caution may need to be employed when using them.The heart health risks of NSAIDsPublished in the British Medical Journal, the study aimed to investigate the cardiovascular safety of NSAIDs and to estimate the risk of hospital admission for heart failure with use of individual NSAIDs.Assessing population-based healthcare databases from the Netherlands, Italy, Germ...

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 5:00 pm

Sunshine Heart shifts focus to Aquadex FlexFlow system

Sunshine Heart (NSDQ:SSH) said today it will realign its strategy to focus on its recently acquired Aquadex FlexFlow system, designed to filter water and salt from patients with fluid overload due to renal failure. The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based company acquired the system from Baxter for $5 million in August this year. It also said it will pause clinical evaluations of its neuromodulation tech and reduce cash burn to $80,000 per month in the 4th quarter of 2016. The company is targeting $5 million in annual revenue for the Aquadex business in the 4th quarter of 2016, and $10 million in  the 4th quarter of 2017, Sunshine Heart reported. The company’s flagship product is C-pulse, a counterpulsation device that is designed to reduce the load on the left ventricle with a cuff around the ...

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 3:28 pm

Disparities in Patterns of Health Care Travel Among Inpatients Diagnosed With Congestive Heart Failure, Florida, 2011

Investigates the nonclinical factors that motivate patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) to travel greater distances to seek treatment rather than utilize their local hospital service area. Study was based on 2011 individual hospital discharge data and analyzes the odds of local hospitalization and various predictors of travel time including race, ethnicity, payer, severity of the condition, and patient location. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 10:49 am

Ibuprofen-like painkillers linked to an increased risk of heart failure

Conclusion This useful and well-conducted study isn't the first to say NSAIDs may raise the risk of heart failure. We've known for some time that NSAIDs can have side effects, especially when used at high doses and for long periods. What this study does help show is the different levels of risk between different NSAIDs, and confirms that the risk depends partly on the dose. It's important to remember that the study only included people who were prescribed NSAIDs and not people who'd bought them over the counter. The information is most useful to older people taking prescribed NSAIDs long-term for conditions such as gout or arthritis. These are the people most likely to be affected by heart problems linked to NSAIDs. The study shows that some NSAIDs are less risky than others, and doct...

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 10:30 am

Medical News Today: Certain NSAIDs may raise the risk of heart failure, study finds

In a new study, researchers have identified nine NSAIDs that - at certain doses - may increase the risk of hospital admission for heart failure. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Posted on 29 September 2016 | 9:00 am

Transplant patient Kieran Sandwell comes face-to-face with his own HEART after donating it

Kieran Sandwell, 45, from Hertfordshire, suffered a heart attack at 13 and heart failure at 35. He had a heart transplant seven years ago and donated his old, failed organ to medical research. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 8:05 am

Could Prescribed NSAID Painkillers Raise Heart Failure Risk?

Study of millions of health records suggests an association, but can't prove cause-and-effect Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Pain Relievers (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 8:00 am

Antithrombotic Therapy in HF Patients With and Without AF Antithrombotic Therapy in HF Patients With and Without AF

Atrial fibrillation and heart failure often coexist, presenting a high-risk situation. This review explores approaches to antithrombotic treatment in these patients, focusing on novel anticoagulants.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 7:07 am

Heart failure risk varies between different NSAIDs

Commonly used prescribed painkillers for treating pain and inflammation are associated with an increased risk of hospital admission for heart failure, which varies depending on the drug in question and the dose at which it is prescribed, according to international researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 4:58 am

Common painkillers 'increase heart failure risk'

Taking a common kind of painkiller is linked to an increased risk of heart failure, a study focusing on elderly people suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Posted on 29 September 2016 | 2:23 am

Ibuprofen among painkillers linked to heart disease

A study involving ten million patients from the UK, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany found people who regularly take the painkiller pills are up to 20 per cent more likely to develop heart failure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 1:46 am

Nigeria: World Heart Day - 'More Nigerians Coming Down With Heart Failure'

[Vanguard] As this year's World Heart Day holds tomorrow, Cardiologists have raised alarm over imminent epidemic of heart failure among Nigerians even as the World Heart Federation, WHF, called for action to prevent 80 percent of premature deaths from Cardiovascular Diseases, CVDs annually. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 1:16 am

Could Prescribed NSAID Painkillers Raise Heart Failure Risk?

Title: Could Prescribed NSAID Painkillers Raise Heart Failure Risk?Category: Health NewsCreated: 9/28/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/29/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 1:00 am

Could Prescribed NSAIDs Raise Heart Failure Risk?

Study of millions of health records suggests an association, but can't prove cause-and-effect (Source: WebMD Health)

Posted on 28 September 2016 | 6:15 pm

Prescribed NSAID painkillers might raise heart failure risk

Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News Use of prescription-strength ibuprofen, naproxen and other commonly used pain relievers may be tied to a higher risk of heart failure, researchers report. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Posted on 28 September 2016 | 6:04 pm

Ibuprofen link to heart failure: Over-the-counter painkillers raise risk by almost 20%

MILLIONS of Britons taking powerful painkillers could be at risk of heart failure, a major study claims. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 28 September 2016 | 5:01 pm

Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart failure: study

Commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory painkillers, including ibuprofen, raise the risk of hospital admission for heart failure, a large European study suggests. (Source: CBC | Health)

Posted on 28 September 2016 | 4:58 pm

More Evidence Linking NSAIDs to Heart Failure Hospitalization (FREE)

By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD Individual nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are associated with increased risk for heart failure hospitalization, according to a large study in The BMJ.Using electronic health databases from four … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 28 September 2016 | 4:00 pm

NSAIDs and COX 2s linked to heart failure admission

NSAIDs pose clear cardio risk to some people so tighter regulation is justified, say experts Related items fromOnMedica Painkiller raises risk of irregular heartbeat in older people GP prescribing intervention cuts emergency admissions Some common painkillers can raise heart risks Taking antidepressants with painkillers could increase risk of haemorrhage NICE calls for safer use of controlled drugs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 28 September 2016 | 4:00 pm

Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart failure, BMJ finds

Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen add to dangers, particularly in the elderly, study of 10 million users concludesCommon painkillers such as ibuprofen used by millions of people in the UK are linked to an increased risk of heart failure, experts have said.Non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could increase the risk of being admitted to hospital. Previous studies have linked the drugs to abnormal heart rhythm – which can cause heart failure – and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke if taken regularly.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Posted on 28 September 2016 | 3:30 pm

Could Prescribed NSAID Painkillers Raise Heart Failure Risk?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 -- Use of prescription-strength ibuprofen, naproxen and other commonly used pain relievers may be tied to a higher risk of heart failure, researchers report. Medicines like these fall into a category of painkillers known... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 28 September 2016 | 1:09 pm

Japanese regulators approve Abiomed ’ s Impella heart pumps

Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) said today that it won approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor & Welfare’s Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Agency for its Impella line of heart pumps. The Danvers, Mass.-based company said its devices are the “1st and only percutaneous temporary ventricular support devices” to win Japanese PMDA approval and be deemed safe and effective for their indication. “This approval marks a significant milestone to provide Impella hemodynamic support for heart failure patients. We commend the dedication of Japanese physicians and regulatory bodies in searching for new treatment options to improve patient outcomes and quality of life, and enable cost-effective solutions. We are pleased that the field of heart recovery with percutane...

Posted on 27 September 2016 | 11:16 am

Getting To Yes: Overcoming The Barriers To Hospice Care

Mrs. J. was in the advanced stages of congestive heart failure, and her condition was worsening. Although it was clear she didn't have long to live, her son was adamant: He did not want hospice care for his mother. Looking for a way to bridge the divide, the clinicians at Mrs. J's nursing home called on Michelle Drayton, community outreach director for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York's Hospice and Palliative Care division, to meet with the son and discuss what hospice services were available to his mother and to him, and what they really involved. "The son told me that he didn't want to 'give up' on his mother, and that if he accepted hospice services he felt he would be doing just that, by abandoning medical treatment for her condition," recalls Michelle. As the director of VNSN...

Posted on 26 September 2016 | 3:11 pm

Sep 23 Cardiology News Sep 23 Cardiology News

PCSK9 inhibitors and plaque regression, hypotension and Entresto, digoxin in heart failure, pharmacist help with HF meds, sleep and CVD, and the statin debate are discussed this week.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Posted on 23 September 2016 | 12:06 pm

Heart Failure

Title: Heart FailureCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 1/31/2005 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 22 September 2016 | 1:00 am

Biological'dark matter' molecule plays surprise role in heart failure

A molecule that appears to play a key role in the development of heart failure has been discovered by researchers. The scientists found that blocking the molecule, known as chaer, in animal studies prevented the animals from developing heart failure. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 21 September 2016 | 3:19 pm

UR Medicine Cardiac Surgeons Perform 200th Heart Transplant

Cardiac surgeons at UR Medicine ’s Strong Memorial Hospital recently performed a 200th heart transplant surgery, providing a 48-year-old father a second chance on life. Reaching this milestone is a proud moment for the heart failure and transplant team, an integral part of UR Medicine Heart& Vascular, which has more than 900 people dedicated to patient care and heart research. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)

Posted on 20 September 2016 | 5:27 pm

Medtronic touts CRT study showing heightened medication adherence

Patients implanted with cardiac resynchronization devices showed a greater rate of adherence to their medication regiments after their CRT devices were put it, according to a retrospective study Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) touted today. The analysis examined data from 4,512 patients who received CRT devices between January 2008 and December 2014, evaluating adherence to recommended medications before and after CRT implantation. Compliance increased 67% 2 years after CRT implantation when compared to 2 years pre-implantation, Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said. “These data support our commitment to understanding how we can continue to provide the best solutions for patients with heart failure. With some heart failure patients, CRT is a turning point in their treatment plan because – in ...

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Posted on 19 September 2016 | 10:10 am

Walking or cycling 'could HALF your risk of premature death from heart failure'

TAKING a brisk walk or cycle ride can almost halve the risk of a premature death from heart failure, say scientists. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 19 September 2016 | 9:50 am

Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) 20th Annual Scientific Meeting Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) 20th Annual Scientific Meeting

Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from HFSA 2016.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 19 September 2016 | 8:06 am

Severe Obesity and Heart Failure

Title: Severe Obesity and Heart FailureCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/16/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/19/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 19 September 2016 | 1:00 am

Novartis intensifies Entresto push with new analysis

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis on Monday intensified its bid to convince doctors to prescribe its heart failure drug Entresto, releasing an analysis that concluded the medicine contributed to higher quality of life scores compared with an older drug. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Posted on 19 September 2016 | 12:38 am

Amgen And Servier Extend Omecamtiv Mecarbil Collaboration In Chronic Heart Failure

Servier Provides Notice to Exercise Commercialization Option in Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, Including Russia THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and SURESNES, France, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Servier today announced an advancement in their cardiovascular collaboration, with Servier's decision to exercise its option to commercialize omecamtiv mecarbil in chronic heart failure in Europe, as well in as the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Russia, which were added to the collaboration. The companies also announced the omecamtiv mecarbil Phase 3 development program will move forward in collaboration with Cytokinetics. Under the terms of the a... (Source: Amgen News Release)

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Posted on 17 September 2016 | 3:13 am

Severe Obesity and Heart Failure

Study sees link even without other conditions such as high cholesterol or high blood pressureSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Obesity (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 16 September 2016 | 12:00 pm

Occupational therapy reduces hospital readmissions, research finds

A recent study has found that 30-day readmission rates for heart failure, pneumonia, and acute myocardial infarction were improved with the help of occupational therapy. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 16 September 2016 | 12:48 am

Echo reveals why smoking ups risk of heart failure

Smokers have thicker heart walls and less heart-pumping ability on echocardiography...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASE: Telemedicine ups access to fetal echocardiography ASE: Aortic flow rate predicts risk of heart failure Echo groups update LV diastolic function guideline B-mode ultrasound spots subclinical atherosclerosis Carotid ultrasound may help predict cardiac events (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

Posted on 15 September 2016 | 1:00 am

Smoking may lead to heart failure by thickening heart wall

(Reuters Health) - Smoking is associated with thicker heart walls and blood pumping difficulties that may eventually lead to heart failure, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Posted on 14 September 2016 | 3:42 pm

Have YOU had this life-saving check up? THOUSANDS at risk from high blood pressure

HIGH blood pressure is known as the silent killer, because it can have no symptoms until someone has a stroke, heart attack or heart failure. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 14 September 2016 | 2:05 am

Smoking Thickens Heart Wall, Leading to Heart Failure: Study

Title: Smoking Thickens Heart Wall, Leading to Heart Failure: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/13/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/14/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 14 September 2016 | 1:00 am

EBR Systems wins FDA nod for wireless pacer trial

EBR Systems said today it won an investigational device exemption from the FDA for a clinical trial of its WiSE wireless cardiac resynchronization therapy device. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company claimed the device as the world’s only wireless, endocardial pacing system for stimulating the left ventricle. “WiSE is unique, significant technology that’s cleared for use in Europe and has proven very beneficial thus far. This important medical advance addresses major shortcomings in current [cardiac resynchronization therapy] implants and could dramatically improve success rates for heart failure patients around the globe,” principal investigator Dr. Jagmeet Singh, of Boston’s Mass. General Hospital, said in prepared remarks. The EBR device uses a subcutaneo...

Posted on 13 September 2016 | 3:28 pm

Smoking Thickens Heart Wall, Leading to Heart Failure: Study

The more you smoke and the longer you smoke, the greater the risk of damage Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Smoking (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 13 September 2016 | 2:00 pm

Two-year-old twin makes history after receiving hospital ’s 300th heart transplant

The cookies for Dean Andersen’s welcome-home celebration were decorated with “#300,” fitting for the two-year-old who, just six weeks earlier, received the 300th heart transplant performed at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Dean does things in his own time and in his own way,” says his mom, Janet Andersen. “His transplant was no exception.” The Boston Children’s Heart Transplant Program performed its first transplant in 1986, and this May marked the program’s 30th anniversary. Dean’s transplant in June was yet another reason for celebration. “Milestones like these are not accomplished without our amazing multidisciplinary staff, whose unending commitment and dedication provide an incredible model of excellence; the families and their children, who have taught us so...

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Posted on 13 September 2016 | 10:39 am

Smoking Thickens Heart Wall, Leading to Heart Failure: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 -- Smoking leads to heart failure by causing thickened heart walls and reducing the heart's ability to pump, a new study shows. The research also found that smoking more and longer over a lifetime were associated with... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 13 September 2016 | 10:09 am

Simple blood test could save THOUSANDS from heart failure and save the NHS £3.8million

A SIMPLE blood test, costing under £28, could boost the diagnosis of heart failure and save the NHS £3.8 million. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Posted on 13 September 2016 | 3:10 am

Ivabradine: A Review of Labeled and Off-Label Uses Ivabradine: A Review of Labeled and Off-Label Uses

Due to its unique mechanism of action, ivabradine, recently approved in the US for certain heart failure patients, has several potential off-label uses. Review its many indications in this article.American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 13 September 2016 | 12:23 am

Underutilization of CAD Testing in New-Onset Heart Failure Underutilization of CAD Testing in New-Onset Heart Failure

Are patients hospitalized with new-onset heart failure receiving appropriate and timely diagnostic testing for ischemic coronary artery disease, as guidelines recommend?Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 13 September 2016 | 12:23 am

Smoking may lead to heart failure by thickening the heart wall

(American Heart Association) Smokers without obvious signs of heart disease were more likely than nonsmokers and former smokers to have thickened heart walls and reduced heart pumping ability. The longer and more cigarettes people smoked, the greater the damage to their hearts' structure and function. Heart measures in former smokers were similar to nonsmokers, suggesting that quitting may reverse tobacco-related damage. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Posted on 12 September 2016 | 10:00 pm

Could this be the end of defibrillators? Technique using gentle light waves instead of electric shocks 'stops life-threatening heart failure'

Scientists at the University of Bonn, Germany, have developed a technique that can restart a heart using gentle pulses of light inside the body instead of painful electric shocks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 12 September 2016 | 2:00 pm

Irregular heartbeat may be tied to more than just stroke risk

(Reuters) – Atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that’s already linked to an increased risk of stroke, may also be tied to higher risk of heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease and sudden death, according to a new research review. “It was particularly noteworthy that the relative and absolute risk increase for heart failure was the highest among all outcomes examined, even higher than the risk of stroke, said lead author Ayodele Odutayo, a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford in the U.K. In atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart flutter or beat irregularly. Sometimes known as Afib, the arrhythmia affects at least 2.7 million people in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. The researchers reviewed 104 studies of atria...

Posted on 8 September 2016 | 4:30 pm

Was it good for you? Sex better for older women, less so for men: study

Men who said they had sex at least once a week were almost twice as likely to have experienced a heart attack, heart failure or stroke five years later than men who said they were sexually inactive. (Source: CBC | Health)

Posted on 8 September 2016 | 11:10 am

Heart Rhythm Disorder May Be Tied to Wider Range of Ills

Review links atrial fibrillation to increased risk for heart and kidney problems, not just stroke Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Failure, Stroke (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 7 September 2016 | 7:00 am

Telemedicine's Future on Display Now at UnityPoint Health

Des Moines-based patient monitoring program UnityPoint at Home may reduce readmissions and emergency department visits, and improve health for chronically ill people. Most of the patients participating in the program are age 65-100 and have ailments including heart failure, hypertension, stroke, and lung problems. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)

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Posted on 6 September 2016 | 11:00 pm

AF associated with more comorbidities than had been thought

Heart failure risk 5 times higher in those with AF, kidney disease risk 64% higher Related items fromOnMedica Atrial fibrillation raises risk of cognitive problems NICE wants GPs to prevent 8,000 strokes a year Never too old to benefit from CVD prevention Atrial fibrillation poses greater risk for women than men (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 6 September 2016 | 4:00 pm

Could Good Sex Be Bad for an Older Man's Heart?

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 -- Sexually active older men may be more likely to have a heart attack, heart failure or stroke compared with their less lusty peers, new research suggests. What's more, older men who say they enjoy frequent sex also appear... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Posted on 6 September 2016 | 6:09 am

Rox Medical raises $40m Series E for hypertension ‘ stent ’

Rox Medical said today that it raised a $40 million Series E round for the stent-like Coupler device it developed to treat hypertension by connecting the femoral artery and the femoral vein. The round was led by the Novartis Venture Fund and Apple Tree Partners, with participation from prior backers Versant Ventures and Domain Associates, San Clemente, Calif.-based Rox said. “This financing is a significant milestone for Rox Medical,” CEO Rodney Brenneman said in prepared remarks. “Building on our best-in-class data published in The Lancet in 2015, we will soon initiate a U.S. pivotal clinical trial of the Rox Coupler therapy for patients in need of alternative solutions for uncontrolled hypertension.” David McIntyre and Sami Hamade of Apple Tree Partners and...

Posted on 6 September 2016 | 5:05 am

Resolution of inflammation: The missing key to improve heart failure prognosis?

(Bentham Science Publishers) Heart failure places a heavy social and economic burden in modern societies. Despite therapeutic advances, its prognosis is still worse than that of most cancers suggesting that important pathophysiological mechanisms remain unidentified. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Posted on 4 September 2016 | 10:00 pm

Medtronic Technologies Improve Delivery of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today announced results from the Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Efficacy Enhancement (CRTee) study. The study showed that the Medtronic-exclusive device-based EffectivCRT ™ during AF algorithm improves therapy delivery in heart failure patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The results were presented at the 2016 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Rome. (Source: News from Angioplasty.Org)

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Posted on 2 September 2016 | 10:43 pm

Why Is An Obscure Study About Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria So Popular Online?

"Who knew there would be so much interest in a biomechanics paper??!!" Those are the words--and the multiple exclamation points--of Tara Moriarty, proprietor of the Moriarty Lab, an infectious diseases research lab that studies primarily Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Moriarty is the principal investigator of a new academic paper from the University of Toronto that details the mechanism by which Bb "crawl" through the body. Scientific American is among the many mainstream outlets that discussed the findings, which may represent a major step in making the ever-gray world of Lyme disease science more black and white. Understanding the movement of an infectious disease agent may seem unnecessarily technical to many people, but Lyme disease patients a...

Posted on 2 September 2016 | 1:44 pm

ESC: IV Stem Cells for Heart Failure:'A Lot More to Learn' (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Cardiac function unimproved but patients did better in other respects (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

Posted on 2 September 2016 | 1:30 pm

Empagliflozin CV Benefit Unaffected by HF Burden: EMPA-REG Empagliflozin CV Benefit Unaffected by HF Burden: EMPA-REG

In a clinical-trial update, researchers look into empagliflozin effects on type 2 diabetes patients who have heart failure at study baseline, incident heart failure during the trial, or not at all.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 2 September 2016 | 12:43 pm

Study: Respicardia neurostim implant shows promise in treating central sleep apnea

An implanted neurostimulator developed by Respicardia has been shown to significantly improve symptoms of central sleep apnea without serious side effects, according to a new study from the Ohio State University. Data from the study was presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Rome and was published today in The Lancet. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to control breathing during sleep, unlike the more common obstructive sleep apnea which consists of a partially collapsed airway which causes pauses in breathing. “CSA is a serious concern because it affects about a third of people with heart failure and it’s known to make the condition worse. Currently, we don’t have good treatments available. Positive airway pressure devices have been used, but m...

Posted on 1 September 2016 | 4:30 pm

Two studies find weekly remote monitoring of patients with implantable cardiac devices doesn't lead to better health outcomes

Weekly remote monitoring of patients with heart failure who have cardiac implantable electronic devices doesn ’t appear to help them fare better, new research shows. In two studies by researchers at the Royal Brompton Hospital/Imperial College London, there wasn’t an improvement in all-cause mortality rates nor did cardiovascular hospitalization rates improve. (Source: mobihealthnews)

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Posted on 1 September 2016 | 1:49 pm

Amgen And Servier Extend Omecamtiv Mecarbil Collaboration In Chronic Heart Failure

Servier Provides Notice to Exercise Commercialization Option in Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, Including Russia THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and SURESNES, France, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Servier today announced an advancement in their cardiovascular collaboration, with Servier's decision to exercise its option to commercialize omecamtiv mecarbil in chronic heart failure in Europe, as well in as the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Russia, which were added to the collaboration. The companies also announced the omecamtiv mecarbil Phase 3 development program will move forward in collaboration with Cytokinetics. Under the terms of the a... (Source: Amgen News Release)

Posted on 1 September 2016 | 6:31 am

Heart Metabolics begins Phase IIb trial of perhexiline to treat HCM

Irish biopharmaceutical company Heart Metabolics has begun its Phase IIb trial of perhexiline to treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and moderate-to-severe heart failure with preserved left ventricular function. (Source: Drug Development Technology)

Posted on 31 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

The Cardiology Show From ESC 2016 With Dr Valentin Fuster The Cardiology Show From ESC 2016 With Dr Valentin Fuster

DANISH, SAVE, ANNEXA-4; presentations on apheresis; and four'curiosities'in heart failure and acute coronary syndrome covering stem cells, remote monitoring, and antiplatelet therapy are discussed.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 31 August 2016 | 4:44 pm

Sacubitril/valsartan good value for heart failure with reduced LVEF

(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)

Posted on 31 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

Researchers identify genetic marker for heart failure

A team of scientists has identified powerful predictors of congestive heart failure, a major cause of hospitalization and death in the United States. A mutated gene, SLCO1B1, was found to be associated with high levels of blood fatty acid, which is a strong predictor for the development of future heart failure and the mutation itself has a direct effect on heart failure risk. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Posted on 31 August 2016 | 12:32 pm

Clip repairs leaky heart valve when surgery is too risky

Treatment TermsMitral valve disease CategoriesTreatments/research advancements Additional SEO Keywords mitral. mitral valve, mitral valve disease, mitral valve regurgitation, mitral valve repair, mitraclip, leaky heart valve, leaking heart valve SEO Meta Description Linda Gallipo went to her doctor seeking a cure for her hepatitis C. Instead, she learned she had life-threatening mitral valve disease. Author MaryAnn Fletcher Overview Linda Gallipo went to her doctor seeking a cure for her hepatitis C. Instead, she learned she had life-threatening<a href="https://www.dukehealth.org/treatments/heart/mitral-valve-disease">mitral valve disease</a>. Hero Image20160824.gallipo.linda_.01_blog.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header From liver concerns to a leaki...

Posted on 31 August 2016 | 7:11 am

Saving six: Life before and after transplant

An organ transplant is a life-changing event extending far beyond the operating room, the clinics and the hospital walls. Read about five children, one young adult and their families, whose lives were forever changed by the Pediatric Transplant Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Lydia’s liver transplant, a mom’s gift Dawn Cavanagh gave her daughter life twice — first when she was born and, again, when she gave 13-year-old Lydia a piece of her liver last summer. The donor-approval process, which occurs with Boston Children’s partner Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, required hours of medical screening, including an interview with a social worker, who asked if Dawn expected anything in return for being Lydia’s liver donor. “And I said, ‘Of course I expect somethin...

Posted on 31 August 2016 | 6:57 am

One in three heart attack cases 'misdiagnosed'

Conclusion This valuable audit looks at nine years' worth of data from NHS hospitals, finding about a third of people with two forms of heart attack – STEMI and NSTEMI – are often wrongly diagnosed initially. These people are less likely to receive the guideline-indicated treatments they need – and the delay in receiving correct treatment could have a harmful effect. The study also highlights the factors associated with a wrong diagnosis, including being of an older age, having heart failure, and atypical findings for either diagnosis. Unexpectedly, gender was also associated with a wrong initial diagnosis for women. The study's findings are based on a very large database and mortality data came from the Office for National Statistics, so information on patient characteristics, pr...

Posted on 30 August 2016 | 9:40 am

UTA awards 2016 Interdisciplinary Research Program grants to address high-priority issues

(University of Texas at Arlington) UTA has awarded four seed grants to interdisciplinary research projects that address growing problems such as loneliness among the elderly, the need for sustainable green education spaces, the health crisis among urban American Indians or the mechanisms behind heart failure among the elderly. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

New Heart Failure Drug Struggles to Find Its Footing

(MedPage Today) -- Experts offer insight about Entresto at the ESC (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

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Posted on 29 August 2016 | 8:35 pm

CardioCell reports positive Phase IIa trial results of itMSCs to treat chronic heart failure

US-based biotechnology company CardioCell has reported positive results from its Phase IIa clinical trial of ischemia-tolerant mesenchymal stem cells (itMSCs) for chronic heart failure (HF). (Source: Drug Development Technology)

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

Sacubitril-Valsartan Seems Cost-Effective for Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction (FREE)

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD The combination treatment sacubitril-valsartan (Entresto) appears to be a cost-effective therapy for patients with heart failure and … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

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Posted on 29 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

CardioBrief: New Heart Failure Drug Struggles to Find Its Footing

(MedPage Today) -- Experts offer insight about Entresto at the ESC (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

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Posted on 29 August 2016 | 3:18 pm

Study: TAVR safer than surgery in low-risk heart failure patients

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures with self-expanding systems resulted in higher survival rates for patients at lower risk for surgery when compared to surgical aortic valve replacement procedures, according to a study released this month. Results from the study, which compared Medtronic‘s (NYSE:MDT) self-expanding CoreValve TAVR system, were published in JAMA Cardiology this month. The retrospective analysis compared patients from the CoreValve U.S. pivotal high-risk trial of patients with STS PROM scores of 7% or less who either underwent TAVR procedures or surgery, with a median STS Prom score of 5.3% for both groups. All-cause mortality rates were 15% among lower-risk TAVR patients at 2 years versus a rate of 26.3% for those who received surgical AVR procedures,...

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 11:30 am

Medtronic touts 12-month data on Micra leadless pacemaker | ESC 2016

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) yesterday touted 12-month results for its Micra leadless pacemaker, released at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Rome, showing a vastly lower safety profile than conventional implanted pacemakers. Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said the Micra device, which is designed to be implanted inside the heart via catheter, showed 96% freedom-from-complication rate and cut the risk of major complications by 48%. The risk was lower across subgroups including age, gender and comorbidity, the company said. Risk of hospitalization was lower by 47% and the risk of revision procedures was 82% lower for the Micra cohort, according to the study. The Micra’s battery is projected to last an average of 12 years, based on data from the 644 patients who...

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 5:53 am

Sacubitril-valsartan cost-effective for treating reduced ejection fraction heart failure

(American College of Physicians) Sacubitril-valsartan is reasonably cost effective compared to widely-used therapies for reducing mortality and morbidity in patients with reduced ejection fraction heart failure. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

Posted on 28 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

ESC: The DANISH Trial Delivers a Shock of Humility ESC: The DANISH Trial Delivers a Shock of Humility

Dr John Mandrola reviews the practice-changing randomized controlled DANISH trial, which upends the current guideline recommendations for ICD use in patients with nonischemic causes of heart failure.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 28 August 2016 | 4:04 pm

Remote Monitoring in Heart Failure: No Additional Benefit Remote Monitoring in Heart Failure: No Additional Benefit

Automatic remote monitoring of heart-failure patients with CIEDs in two trials failed to show additional benefit in outcomes but did reduce healthcare utilization and patient travel costs in one.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Posted on 28 August 2016 | 2:38 pm

Up to 80 percent of heart failure patients denied therapy to reduce hospitalization and early death

A study in nearly 15,000 heart failure patients has found that up to 80 percent may not be receiving treatment at doses proven to reduce hospitalizations and improve survival. The research highlights the need for doctors to ensure patients are treated appropriately so that the high levels of serious illnesses and death associated with heart failure can be reduced. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 28 August 2016 | 6:58 am

Heart failure in the elderly set to triple by 2060

Heart failure in the elderly is set to triple by 2060, according to new data. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 28 August 2016 | 6:58 am

Primary Prevention ICDs Still Right for Non-CAD HF? DANISH Says No Primary Prevention ICDs Still Right for Non-CAD HF? DANISH Says No

A major trial bolsters the view that with contemporary heart failure therapies, maybe primary-prevention defibrillators just aren't the life-savers they used to be, especially in nonischemic HF.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 28 August 2016 | 2:25 am

Increased risk of death for heart failure patients with each NHS hospital admission

(European Society of Cardiology) Heart failure patients have a 2 percent increased risk of dying with each admission to NHS hospitals, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. The 15-year study in more than 450,000 patients from the ACALM Study Unit, Birmingham, UK, included 13,416 patients with heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

Heart failure in the elderly set to triple by 2060

(European Society of Cardiology) Heart failure in the elderly is set to triple by 2060, according to new data from the Age, Gene/Environment Susceptibility (AGES) -- Reykjav í k study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

Up to 80 percent of heart failure patients denied therapy to reduce hospitalization and death

(European Society of Cardiology) A study in nearly 15,000 heart failure patients has found that up to 80 percent may not be receiving treatment at doses proven to reduce hospitalizations and improve survival. The research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today highlights the need for doctors to ensure patients are treated appropriately so that the high levels of serious illnesses and death associated with heart failure can be reduced. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Posted on 27 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 26, 2016

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Scion Medical’s Medlink closes $4m Perseon buyout Perseon Medical said yesterday that it closed the sale of its asset this week and reverted to its former name, BSD Medical, as part of the deal. The $4.35 million sale, which closed August 22, was part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings for Perseon, which makes the MicroThermX microwave ablation system for treating soft tissue tumors.&nb...

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 1:00 pm

Medtronic to cover HeartWare ’ s cash burn by cutting back on other heart failure R & D

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), which earlier this week closed on the $1.1 billion buyout of implantable cardiac pump maker HeartWare, plans to cover HeartWare’s cash burn by cutting other heart failure R&D programs, the company executives said yesterday. HeartWare’s implantable left ventricular assist devices are designed for end-stage heart failure patients, either as a destination therapy until death or as a bridge to heart transplantation. “[W]e had a number of investments internally going on in R&D programs directed specifically at heart failure, including diagnostic programs and services, as well as enhancements to our [cardiac resynchronization therapy] product lines, and we basically are reallocating resources and people to support the activities within HeartWare and...

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 7:54 am

M & As this week: Tiger X Medical, ProMetic Life Sciences

Tiger X Medical has announced a merger with Biocardia Inc to advance development of CardiAMP cell therapy system to treat heart failure. (Source: Drug Development Technology)

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

Review: Stem Cell Tx for Heart Failure Not Ready Yet

(MedPage Today) -- More and better studies still needed to realize promise (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

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Posted on 25 August 2016 | 1:00 pm

Medtronic ’ s Q1 earnings top expectations despite top-line slip

This article originally mis-stated Medtronic’s Q1 2017 adjusted EPS as $1.07; that number is in terms of constant currency. Return to the corrected sentence. The post Medtronic’s Q1 earnings top expectations despite top-line slip appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 5:54 am

Case series: 8 patients exposed to phony alprazolam (Xanax) containing fentanyl and/or etizolam

3 out of 5 stars Adverse Effects From Counterfeit Alprazolam Tablets. Arens AM et al. Ann Emerg Med 2016 Aug 8 [Epub ahead of print] Reference In March of this year,there were 9 deaths reported in Pinellas County, Florida (the Tampa/St. Petersburg area) associated with fake alprazolam (Xanax) tablets containing fentanyl. Earlier, similar counterfeit pills had been seen around San Francisco and in Monroe County Southern Illinois. This letter, from the University of California-San Francisco and the California Poison Control System describes 8 cases — including 1 cardiac arrest — from that region. An additional victim found at the same location as two of the cases was pronounced dead at the scene. All 8 cases occurred during the two-and-a-half month period from october 15 to December ...

Posted on 24 August 2016 | 10:50 pm

Amyloid-related heart failure now detectable with imaging test

(Columbia University Medical Center) A type of heart failure caused by a build-up of amyloid can be accurately diagnosed and prognosticated with an imaging technique, eliminating the need for a biopsy, according to a multicenter study led by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Posted on 23 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

Results from Anticipated Heart Failure Trial Delayed Again

(MedPage Today) -- TRUE-AHF will be reported at the AHA not the ESC (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)

Posted on 23 August 2016 | 4:35 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 23, 2016

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Power morcellation rates plunged after FDA warnings Use of electric power morcellation for hysterectomy procedures has significantly declined after the FDA warned against the use of such devices in 2014, according to a new study. Data from the study was published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read more 4. Opko Health gets in on BioCardia after merger with...

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Posted on 23 August 2016 | 1:00 pm

Opko Health gets in on BioCardia after merger with Tiger X Medical

BioCardia said today that Opko Health (NYSE:OPK) agreed to pick up a “significant” stake in its business after a merger with Tiger X Medical (OTC:CDOM). The new company will keep the BioCardia name and the development program for its CardiAMP cell therapy for heart failure patient’s who’ve had a heart attack. Stem cells derived from the bone marrow of patients likely to respond to the therapy, as indicated by testing for BioCardia’s biomarker, are delivered at a high dose using the Helix catheter. The $23 million in cash left after the merger will be used for a Phase III trial for CardiAMP, for which BioCardia said it already has an investigational device exemption from the FDA. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid also approved the IDE for reimburseme...

Posted on 23 August 2016 | 8:49 am

Medtronic closes $1B HeartWare buyout

Posted on 23 August 2016 | 7:32 am

Palliative care in patients with heart failure

This review summarises the current literature on the role of palliative care for people with heart failure. It considers how it can be integrated into routine care and how collaboration between the palliative care and heart failure disciplines can be developed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

Posted on 23 August 2016 | 7:06 am

After the heart attack: Injectable gels could prevent future heart failure

During a heart attack, clots or narrowed arteries block blood flow, harming or killing cells in the heart. But damage doesn't end after the crushing pain subsides. Instead, the heart's walls thin out, the organ becomes enlarged, and scar tissue forms. These changes can cause heart failure. Scientists now report they have developed injectable gels to prevent this damage. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 22 August 2016 | 6:32 am

Severe obesity revealed as a stand-alone high-risk factor for heart failure

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A study by Johns Hopkins researchers of more than 13,000 people has found that even after accounting for such risk factors as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, so-called morbid obesity appears to stand alone as a standout risk for heart failure, but not for other major types of heart disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Posted on 21 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

3 Drugs with the Most Severe Side Effects

Image Source Drugs have been known to have some sort of side effects on patients. Most of them are not often discussed in the health tabloids. While other drugs have side effects that are very nominal when compared to the benefits the patient derives from their usage, others have side effects that can impact the lives of their users forever. The most common side effects people experience from drug usage are gastrointestinal related issues which include constipation, nausea, and vomiting. Some other drugs can leave you feeling tired and dizzy for a short period of time. Combining these drugs with simple aspirin will usually help minimize these effects. It's understandable that many drugs with slight side effects don't get a lot of attention and the credit for this is usually because these...

Posted on 19 August 2016 | 5:38 pm

Morbidity and mortality of congestive heart failure in trauma patients - Alkhawam H, Madanieh R, El-Hunjul M, Madanieh A, Syed U, Ahmad S, Lieber JJ, Vittorio TJ.

BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in heart failure (HF) patients comprise a major health and economic burden, especially when readmission rate and length of stay (LOS) are considered. With increasing average life expectancy, HF prevalence ... (Source: SafetyLit)

Posted on 19 August 2016 | 4:17 pm

Multimorbidity in Heart Failure: Effect on Outcomes Multimorbidity in Heart Failure: Effect on Outcomes

How might comorbid conditions--both cardiovascular and otherwise--impact outcome in patients with heart failure?Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Posted on 18 August 2016 | 11:37 pm

Study Of Sudden Cardiac Death Exposes Limits Of Genetic Testing

Some genetic tests for a common cause of sudden heart failure can be wrong, researchers say, because the underlying science didn't take into account racial diversity. (Source: NPR Health and Science)

Posted on 17 August 2016 | 6:41 pm

Another SSRI Fails to Improve Heart Failure Outcomes

Results of the MOOD-HF trial join those of 2 others that looked to boost mood and survival in patients with heart disease. (Source: ConsultantLive)

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Posted on 17 August 2016 | 12:08 pm

Gliptins, Glitazones Tied to Lower Cardiac Risk in UK T2D Cohort Gliptins, Glitazones Tied to Lower Cardiac Risk in UK T2D Cohort

However, one expert is"not convinced by this study that glitazones or gliptins do not cause heart failure," and another cautions that"we will need to compare this with other additional studies to determine the true effects."Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)

Posted on 16 August 2016 | 2:14 pm

Chance of a premature death reduced by a sixth if a parent lives to 80  

In a study involving 186,000 people British scientists discovered that those with longer-lived parents were less likely to suffer from heart disease, stroke, heart failure and cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Posted on 15 August 2016 | 6:08 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 15, 2016

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. KKR, TPG, Goldman close near $1b sales of Zimmer Biomet Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., TPG Global and Goldman Sachs said last week they closed the sale of nearly $1 billion worth of Zimmer Biomet shares. The groups sold a total of 7.4 million shares at $129 a piece, bringing in approximately $960 million. The shares sold made up approximately 3.7% of the company’s total shares, according ...

Posted on 15 August 2016 | 1:00 pm

FDA approves Intuity Elite rapid valve from Edwards Lifesciences

The FDA approved the Intuity Elite rapid deployment replacement aortic valve made by Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW). Irvine, Calif.-based Edwards said the Intuity Elite valve is designed to create more time during the treatment of complex heart failure cases for procedures to treat other facets of the disease. It’s on the U.S. market now, the company said. The Intuity Elite valve won CE Mark approval in the European Union in April 2014. “U.S. approval of the Edwards Intuity Elite valve system is a significant milestone as this technology provides an advanced surgical treatment option for patients suffering from aortic valve disease,” surgical heart valve therapy VP Bernard Zovighian said in prepared remarks. “In partnership with surgeons, Edwards is committed to...

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Posted on 15 August 2016 | 7:42 am

HealthShare at the Heart of Healthcare in Torbay and South Devon

Following a successful pilot programme to deliver more integrated care to heart failure patients, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is rolling out the InterSystems HealthShare® health informatics platform across the area's health and social care community. (Source: eHealth News EU)

Posted on 15 August 2016 | 2:00 am

Next Life Medical Acquires Emergent Respiratory

Carlsbad, CA (August 11, 2016) – Next Life Medical, a patient focused Medical Device Company, has acquired Emergent Respiratory, known for its ’ world class emergency CPAP product line, the Porto2Vent. The company ’ s patented positive pressure ventilation platform incorporates proprietary “ on-demand ” pressure-balanced patient valves, single-use breathing circuits, and a line of proprietary masks for use as an early intervention to treat all forms of dyspnea (difficulty breathing) including CHF (Congestive Heart Failure).PortO2Vent, is an advanced respiratory device that providesCPAP (Continuous PositiveAirway Pressure) and assists spontaneously breathing patients in prehospital and hospital emergency room environments. Emergent ’ s PortO2Vent improves patient outcomes by dec...

Posted on 11 August 2016 | 5:11 pm

How a new transitions model helped one patient

After discharge it has often been up to the patient to adhere to medication regimens and alert their physician to any complications or confusion, but patients don ’t always have the tools or circumstances to make this an easy task. Learn how a new transitions model helped one patient take charge of his health and better understand and adhere to his care plan. TheSafeMed model was developed at the University of Tennessee in partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis. It was designed with the strengths of primary care in mind and relies on a collaborative team effort from physicians, pharmacists, nurses and community health workers to form a support network for high-risk and high-needs patients as they transition from the hospital to the outpatient setting.Helping one pat...

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Posted on 10 August 2016 | 3:49 pm

Racial, Gender Gaps Seen in ICD Counseling for Heart Failure Patients Racial, Gender Gaps Seen in ICD Counseling for Heart Failure Patients

Most patients eligible for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) counseling don't receive it, and women and minorities are particularly unlikely to receive counseling, according to new findings published in Circulation.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)

Posted on 9 August 2016 | 3:08 pm

Physician wellness: A global collaboration

Researchers and physicians around the world are facing the same issue —keeping physicians healthy in a rapidly changing health care environment. Learn what one physician researcher from Mayo Medical School had to say about the need for a global collaboration to share approaches to physician, resident and medical student health and well-being.“Meeting with researchers from around the globe helps us get outside of our little box and think more broadly, get new ideas and approaches that we wouldn’t have thought about otherwise,” said Lotte Dyrbye, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Medical School, who will participate in a panel on me dical education at the International Conference on Physician Health™. This year, the conference will be held in Boston, Sept. 18-20.How changing med ed...

Posted on 9 August 2016 | 3:00 pm

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 9, 2016

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Presbia acquires Neoptics assets for $2m Presbia said yesterday that its Irish subsidiary agreed to pay about $1.5 million to acquire some unspecified assets from Neoptics AG. The CHF 1.5 million buyout includes Neoptics current and pending patents, trademarks, equipment, inventory, technical and other related documents, Presbia said. Hünenberg, Switzerland-based Neoptics makes the Icolens...

Posted on 9 August 2016 | 1:00 pm

App tracks walking speed, a new health measure

Treatment TermsHeart failure Additional SEO Keywords vital sign, vitals, walking speed, gait speed, health measure, health measurement, health app, health tracker, heart failure SEO Meta Description A phone app developed by Duke researcher measures walking speed, which can be a benchmark of your health. Overview 6th Vital Sign —a phone app developed by Duke researchers—measures walking speed, which can be a benchmark of your health. Content Blocks Header Walking speed, a new vital sign ContentWhen you visit a health care professional, they ’ll likely take your vitals: heart rate, breathing rate, body temperature and blood pressure. These measures of your body’s basic functions help caregivers assess and monitor your health. Your caregiver may also ask how much pain you’...

Posted on 9 August 2016 | 9:53 am

CVRx raises $113m Series G for Barostim Neo trial

CVRx said today that it raised a $113 million funding round it plans to use to complete a pivotal clinical trial of its Barostim Neo neurostimulation device for treating heart failure. The round consists of a $93 million equity round and a $20 million debt facility, the Minneapolis-based company said. CVRx, which reported raising $46.5 million in a June regulatory filing, said some $58 million from the equity round is already in its coffers, with another $35.3 million milestone on the line pegged to “achievement of a certain operational milestone,” the company said. The equity financing was led by prior backer Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the venture capital arm of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), with participation from existing investors New Enterprise Associates an...

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Posted on 9 August 2016 | 5:54 am

Sunshine Heart buys Baxter heart-failure tech for $4M

Medical-device maker Sunshine Heart Inc. paid $4 million to buy Baxter International Inc. ’s Aquadex line of heart failure products. Aquadex removes salt and water from the blood of congestive heart failure patients suffering from fluid overload. The products complement heart-failure technology Eden Prairie-based Sunshine Heart is developing, Sunshine CEO John Erb said in a prepared s tatement. Deerfield, Ill.-based Baxter ( NYSE: BAX) received 1 million shares of Sunshine Heart stock (Nasdaq:… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

Posted on 8 August 2016 | 10:50 am

‘Toxic gases’ as targets for new medicines

Gases once thought of only as environmental pollutants are now known to be produced by the body. They could potentially be used to develop drugs to treat diseases including heart failure and cancer, suggest investigators. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 8 August 2016 | 7:11 am

Sunshine Heart pays $5m for Baxter ’ s Aquadex

Sunshine Heart (NSDQ:SSH) said today that it agreed to pay about $5 million for the Aquadex fluid filtration device Baxter (NYSE:BAX) acquired when it bought Gambro in 2013. The Aquadex device is designed to filter salt and water in patients with renal failure experiencing fluid overload. The deal calls for Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Sunshine Heart to pay $4 million in cash and another 1 million in SSH shares, worth about $950,000 at their August 5 closing price of 95¢ apiece. Baxter paid $3.9 billion to acquire Swedish dialysis giant Gambro and the Aquadex device in September 2013. Sunshine Heart’s flagship product is the C-Pulse system, designed to use intra-aortic balloon counter-pulsation to reduce the load on the left ventricle using a cuff around the exterior of th...

Posted on 8 August 2016 | 6:41 am

ScinoPharm and CVie to develop new heart failure treatment

ScinoPharm Taiwan, in collaboration with pharmaceutical products manufacturer CVie Therapeutics, has launched a discovery and development collaboration to identify the new generation compound to heart failure treatment Istaroxime. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)

Posted on 7 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

ScinoPharm and CVie Therapeutics Limited to Jointly Develop New Heart Failure Drug

TAINAN, Taiwan, Aug. 5, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- ScinoPharm Taiwan, Ltd (1789.TW) and CVie Therapeutics Limited (CVie) jointly announced the initiation of a discovery and development collaboration to identify the new generation co... Biopharmaceuticals, Cardiology ScinoPharm Taiwan, CVie Therapeutics, Istaroxime, heart failure (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

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Posted on 5 August 2016 | 7:24 am

Updated Heart Failure Guidelines: Where Do New Drugs Fit In? Updated Heart Failure Guidelines: Where Do New Drugs Fit In?

Dr Ileana Pi ñ a reviews the recent updates to both US and European guidelines on the management of heart failure that include the new ARNI drug and ivabradine.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 4 August 2016 | 9:44 am

Researchers caution against treating MIs in ICU

Patients being treated for a heart attack, or flare-up of congestive heart failure, fare worse in hospitals that rely heavily on their intensive care units to care for them, according to a US study. (Source: Nursing Times)

Posted on 4 August 2016 | 9:28 am

Wildfires Can Seriously Harm Your Health, Even If You Live Far Away

August is peak wildfire season in the western United States, and unfortunately for those who like to enjoy the summer weather, that means staying indoors whenever a new wildfire starts burning.  The recent Sand fire, located 37 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, burned more than 41,000 acres, prompted the evacuation of 20,000 people and destroyed 19 homes. The Soberanes wildfire, in Garrapata State Park just north of Big Sur in California, has burned over 45,000 acres and is only 25 percent contained. But large wildfires can also cluster in parts of the country, like the High Plains, Hawaii and Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians. Aside from wreaking havoc on wildlife habitats, displacing people from their homes, and even killing people (a...

Posted on 3 August 2016 | 2:27 pm

Hospitals with most heart patients in ICU have worse results: Study

Stephen FellerANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Heart attack or heart failure patients are more likely to get worse or die at hospitals that are more likely to treat them in the ICU, a new study suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Posted on 3 August 2016 | 9:37 am

Ask these questions before mitral valve surgery

Treatment TermsHeartMitral valve disease Additional SEO Keywords mitral valve regurgitation, mitral valve stenosis, mitral valve disease, mitral valve surgery SEO Meta Description Questions to ask if you need treatment for mitral valve regurgitation or mitral valve stenosis. Author Debbe Geiger Overview Mitral valve regurgitation can do serious damage to your heart. A leaky mitral valve causes blood to flow back into your heart, which makes it harder for oxygen-rich blood to be pumped out to your body. Because mitral valve regurgitation can lead to life-threatening heart failure, arrhythmias, and other abnormal heartbeats, your doctor may recommend heart valve surgery to repair or replace your mitral valve. Surgery may also be recommended if you have mitral valve stenosis, a less c...

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Posted on 3 August 2016 | 8:28 am

Diabetes Drug Victoza Might Not Help Advanced Heart Failure Patients

Title: Diabetes Drug Victoza Might Not Help Advanced Heart Failure PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/2/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/3/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

Posted on 3 August 2016 | 1:00 am

Hospitals that send the most heart patients to the ICU get the worst results, study finds

(University of Michigan Health System) Patients who suffer heart attacks, or flare-ups of congestive heart failure, can be cared for in a variety of hospital locations. But a new study suggests that they'll fare worse in hospitals that rely heavily on their intensive care units to care for patients like them. In fact, depending on where they go, they may be half as likely to get certain proven tests and treatments -- and less likely to survive a month after their hospital stay. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Posted on 2 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

Liraglutide did not improve advanced heart failure outcomes

No better than placebo in improving clinical stability after heart failure hospitalisation Related items fromOnMedica Atrial fibrillation poses greater risk for women than men Chronic heart failure – a review and update Digoxin linked to heightened risk of death in patients with heart problems Metformin lowers cardiac deaths better than other drugs Never too old to benefit from CVD prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Posted on 2 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

Diabetes Drug Liraglutide Falls Short in Advanced Heart Failure Diabetes Drug Liraglutide Falls Short in Advanced Heart Failure

The agent may have helped with clinical stability in mild heart failure, but there was a worrisome trend in those already with advanced heart failure, according to researchers.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Posted on 2 August 2016 | 3:13 pm

Diabetes Drug and Advanced Heart Failure Patients

Study participants may have been too sick to benefit from the medication, diabetes expert says (Source: WebMD Health)

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Posted on 2 August 2016 | 12:15 pm

Heart Failure With Reduced EF: ARNI vs ACE Inhibitor and ARB Heart Failure With Reduced EF: ARNI vs ACE Inhibitor and ARB

What are the clinical benefits of angiotensin receptor/neprilysin inhibitors compared with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers?Medscape Pharmacists (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)

Posted on 2 August 2016 | 12:13 pm

ImpediMed, Mayo Clinic ink dev deal

Australian medtech developer ImpediMed said last week it inked a 3-year joint development deal with the Mayo Clinic. ImpediMed develops and distributes medical devices which use bioimpedance spectroscopy to provide non-invasive monitoring of fluid status in patients. ImpediMed said it will work with the Mayo Clinic to develop new body composition and fluid status monitoring tech for additional disease indications for its bioimpedance spectroscopy technology. “There are multiple clinical areas where fluid management is critical. We welcome the opportunity to work with Mayo Clinic, which is known globally as a leader in technology-driven healthcare improvements. Our goal is to uncover new solutions to increase the quality of life for patients. In order to achieve this, we must develop...

Posted on 2 August 2016 | 11:44 am

Drug does not improve outcomes for patients with advanced heart failure

Among patients recently hospitalized with heart failure and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF; a measure of heart function), the use of the drug liraglutide did not lead to greater post-hospitalization clinical stability, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Posted on 2 August 2016 | 10:51 am

Diabetes Drug Victoza Might Not Help Advanced Heart Failure Patients

Study participants may have been too sick to benefit from the medication, diabetes expert says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Heart Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Posted on 2 August 2016 | 10:00 am