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Experts find annual screening for hypertension more effective

  It is usually seen in clinical practice that patients are screened for hypertension during every outpatient visit irrespective of the purpose of their visit. And yet, almost 30% cases of hypertension remain undiagnosed. A recent study published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine has found that screening the patients annually for hypertension increases the specificity of the test without losing its sensitivity.   The researchers, led by Dr. Gregory Garrison, conducted a...

Myocardial Infarction in Women more Fatal than in Men

MI in females
According to a research presented at the Acute Cardiac Care Congress 2012, being held at Istanbul, Turkey, myocardial infarction is more likely to cause death in women compared to men. This is primarily because there is a longer treatment delay in women. Less aggressive treatment, more number of complications and a longer hospital stay. The research was led by Dr. Guillaume Leurent from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Rennes, France. For the present study, the researchers used data from...

Unloading can reverse the Remodeling of Cardiac Cells seen in Heart Failure

unloading for heart failure
  Heart failure is a common after-effect of heart attack and results in poor pumping capacity of the heart. Statistics show that in Britain alone, more than 750,000 people are suffering from heart failure. It was believed that heart failure was a result of irreversible damage to the cardiac cells. But now, a new study, published in the European Journal of Heart Failure, shows that the changes in the cardiac cells are not irreversible and the remodeling seen in cardiac cells following a heart...

A Combination of Several Heart Failure Therapies can boost the Chances of Survival

heart failure combination therapy
Millions of people around the world are affected by heart failure resulting in considerable morbidity and putting a lot of strain on health care resources. There are several therapies recommended by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to treat heart failure. A new study, led by researchers from UCLA and published in the online Journal of the American Heart Association, has found that the concurrent use of several of these therapies can improve the odds of...

Cardiac Stem Cell Transplant may be used to Treat Advanced Heart Failure

heart stem cell therapy
  In the aftermath of a myocardial infarction, a part of the cardiac muscles involved dies and is replaced by scar tissue. Though ways have been found to prevent further infarcts, like angioplasty, coronary artery bypass surgery, etc., we still haven’t found ways to treat the damaged cardiac tissue. The on-going IMPACT-CABG clinical trial is being conducted with the aim of finding whether stem cell therapy can be the way in future to treat advanced heart failure.   As a part of this trial...