Cardiology

Atrial Fibrillation May be a Side Effect of NSAIDs

  The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and selective COX-2 inhibitors commonly used as painkillers have been associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. But according to the results of a new population based, case control study, these drugs are also associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter.   The study, published on July 4, 2011, in the British Medical Journal included 32, 602 patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or...

Sleep Disturbance can Increase the Risk of Coronary Artery Disease

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  Almost 20% of the adult population in the Western countries suffers from some or the other sleep related problems. These problems can give rise to several psychological and physiological changes,  besides increasing the risk of developing hypertension, type II diabetes and an increased body mass index. Short and long sleep hours can also cause alterations in blood lipid concentrations and inflammatory markers. These factors, in turn, can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.  ...

Taking PUFA is good for heart

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Staying healthy is of primary concern to all of us. People are aware that consumption of healthy diet with low fat, low carb with lot of vegetables goes a long way in preventing lifestyle associated diseases like heart disease, diabetes etc. Some go to the extend of avoiding all fat. But in reality, there are different types of fats and some of them can be beneficial for our health.   People either eat too little or a lot of different type of fats, giving the heart and the body an imbalance...

Heart Valve Engineered from Human Progenitors

Tissue engineering has made rapid strides in the past decade. One of its success stories is the artificial skin that can be used clinically in the management of patients with extensive burns or other situations with skin loss. Researchers are working on to make tissue engineered replacements for most of the organs and tissues in the human body including engineering artificial pancreas to synthesize insulin, artificial heart tissue and heart valves. Tissue engineered heart valves may have...

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