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Biomimicry To Grow Prevascularized Tissues For Cardiac Patches

A team led by Feng Zhao, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Michigan Technological University; recently published two new papers on best practices in engineering prevascularized tissues. The team’s research paper, published in Theranostics; focuses on developing a stem cell cardiac patch made with tissue engineered with tiny blood vessels to be like real heart muscled.…

Feeding

Breast Feeding Protect Infants With Congenital Heart Disease

With a lower risk of serious complications and improved feeding and growth outcomes, human milk is strongly preferred as the best diet for infants with congenital heart disease (CHD), according to a research review in Advances in Neonatal Care, official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio…

Heart failure

Cardiovascular Monitoring System For Heart Failure In Home

There is a pressing need to reduce the hospitalization rate of heart failure patients to limit rising health care costs and improve outcomes. Tracking physiologic changes to detect early deterioration in the home has the potential to reduce hospitalization rates through early intervention. However, classical approaches to in home monitoring have had limited success, with…

Reperfusion injury

Scientists Find New Compound May Prevent Reperfusion Injury

In a strategic search, Johns Hopkins scientists created and screened a library of 45,000 new compounds containing chemical elements of widely used immune system suppressants, and say they found one that may prevent reperfusion injury, a tissue-damaging and common complication of surgery, heart attack and stroke. The Johns Hopkins team dubbed its newly discovered compound…

Blood pressure

Using Two Drug Will Show Superiority In Lowering Blood Pressure

In the largest randomized controlled trial of treatment for high blood pressure ever conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, two frontline two drug combinations that included the long-acting calcium channel blocker, amlodipine, could drive down blood pressure levels more than a third two-drug combination that did not include amlodipine, as per research presented at the American College…

cardiovascular disease

Lack Of Health Insurance Risk For Cardiovascular Disease

Aging immigrants’ risk for cardiovascular disease may be heightened by their lack of health insurance, particularly among those who recently arrived in the United States, finds a study led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The findings are publish in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Health insurance coverage can play an essential…

heart attack

Exosomes Are Key To SOS Signal After Heart Attack

Human cells shed exosomes. These tiny extracellular, membrane-bound vesicles can carry cargo for cell-to-cell communication, ferrying diverse loads of proteins, lipids or nucleic acids. University of Alabama at Birmingham and Chinese researchers now report that exosomes are key to the SOS signal that the heart muscle sends out after a heart attack. After the heart…

cardiomems

CardioMEMS Heart Failure Effectively Reduces Hospitalizations

In the year following placement of a CardioMEMS heart failure sensor designed to wirelessly measure and monitor pulmonary artery pressures that can signal worsening heart failure patients experienced a 58 percent reduction in hospitalization for heart failure; as per research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68thAnnual Scientific Session. Reductions in hospitalization in both…

Cholesterol-lowering drug

Success For New Cholesterol-Lowering Drug

A new, oral drug that effectively lowers cholesterol looks set for clinical approval. The latest trials of the drug have shown that it is safe when used in conjunction with widely prescribed statins. The new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, was the largest study to date to test the efficacy of bempedoic…

Mitral Valve

Interventional Treatment Of Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Mitral regurgitation Mitral regurgitation (MR) is a highly prevalent condition among elderly patients, affecting almost 10% of the general population aged 75 and older. From a mechanistic point of view, MR is usually classified into two different categories: primary and secondary MR. The latter condition is further subdivided into ischaemic and non-ischaemic aetiology. Degenerative mitral…

Deaths

Air Pollution Causes 800,000 Extra Deaths A Year In Europe

Air pollution could be causing double the number of excess deaths a year in Europe than has been estimated previously, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal today. Using a new method of modelling the effects of various sources of outdoor air pollution on death rates; the researchers found that it caused; an…

Updated Statement On Blood Pressure Measurement In Humans

The accurate measurement of blood pressure is essential for the diagnosis and management of hypertension, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, according to an updated American Heart Association scientific statement on blood pressure measurement in humans, published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. The statement, which updates a previous statement on…