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Novel PET tracer detects small blood clots

Blood clots in veins and arteries can lead to heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism, which are major causes of mortality. Now researchers show that targeting GPIIb/IIIa receptors, the key receptor involved in platelet clumping, with a fluorine-18 labeled ligand is a promising approach for diagnostic imaging.

Source: Science Daily

Nanoscale forces measured in aortic smooth muscle cells tell story of disease

Researchers have collaborated to employ a novel nanoscale fibrous system that can measure the tiny forces exerted by and upon individual cells with extreme precision. The team hopes that this platform, which investigators call nanonet force microscopy (NFM), will provide new knowledge about smooth muscle cell biology that could have implications for treating cardiovascular disease, which is still a leading cause of death in the United States.

Source: Science Daily

Study shows arteriovenous fistula can be created with magnetic technology instead of open surgery

A new, minimally invasive system which uses radiofrequency energy instead of open surgery to create arteriovenous fistulas for patients needing hemodialysis, is reliable, with minimal complications, according to data published in the American Journal of Kidney Disease.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Vascular Health: Millions at Risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease

The condition occurs when sticky plaque that builds up in the arteries hardens and blocks the vessels, limiting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the limbs.

Source: US News

Adolescent obesity linked to early mortality from cardiovascular diseases

While there is solid evidence that adolescent overweight and obesity are associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, less is known about the association between body mass index (BMI) and rarer cardiovascular diseases.

Source: Science Daily

Diabetes: Heart attack risk due to loss of small blood vessels around the heart

People with diabetes have a significantly higher risk for heart attack. Now, new research suggests that diabetes damages the small blood vessels around the heart, and this might explain the link to heart attack. In a study reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the researchers also propose a solution may lie in gene therapy.
Source: Medical News Today

Technological Advances Changing Treatment of PAD, CLI

There is renewed interest from industry, payers and all specialists in advancing the care of patients with peripheral artery disease and critical limb ischemia. The current nd future of endovascular therapies for PAD are rapidly advancing and multidisciplinary collaboration is key for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of CLI.
Source:Healio

Advances in Stroke Treatment, Prevention Continue

There have been tremendous advances in the catheter-based treatment of stroke, in particular the use of stent retrievers and, more recently, even embolectomy catheters, which have greatly improved functional outcomes in patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke.
Source:Healio

FDA issues advisory on appropriate catheters for neurovascular thrombus removal

According to the document, neurovascular thrombus retrieval catheters (product code NRY) are cleared specifically for restoring blood flow or removing thrombus within 8 hours of acute ischemic stroke onset in patients who cannot receive or failed IV tissue plasminogen activator, whereas neurovascular guide catheters (product code DQY) are not cleared.
Source:Healio

Study suggests new drug alongside statins can significantly cut cholesterol

In a trial of more than 27,000 patients, researchers found that taking monthly or twice-monthly injections of the medication, called evolocumab, on top of statins could cut cholesterol levels by almost 60 per cent on average in patients with an underlying risk of cardiovascular disease.
Source: Medical Xpress
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