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Genetic risk information for coronary heart disease leads to lower bad cholesterol

A group of researchers led by Mayo Clinic has discovered that disclosing genetic risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) results in lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol. The findings of the Myocardial Infarction Genes (MI-GENES) Study were presented today at the annual American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 as a late-breaking clinical trial. Source: Medical Xpress Read More

Risk of stroke at time of carotid occlusion

Preventing carotid artery occlusion (blockage) may not be a valid indication for stenting because the risk of progression to occlusion appears to be below the risk of carotid stenting or endarterectomy (surgical removal of plaque from an artery), according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology. Increasing evidence indicates that with intensive medical therapy most patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS) are more likely to be harmed than to benefit from carotid endarterectomy or carotid stenting. Source: Medical News Today Read More

Depression and extremes of blood pressure predict highest rates of harmful vascular events

The study in more than 35,000 patients found that the risk of further stroke or heart attack, heart failure or dying due to heart disease at four years was 83% higher in depressed patients with high blood pressure and 36% higher in depressed patients with low blood pressure, compared to those with normal blood pressure and no depressive symptoms. Source: Science Daily Read More

Scientists publish first complete record of genetic mutations behind rare vascular disease

he genetic architecture of a debilitating and potentially fatal vascular disease has for the first time been detailed in its entirety, providing clinicians with the comprehensive data needed to improve diagnosis and deliver more personalised patient care. Scientists investigating Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) have compiled the most up to date and complete record of all the defective variations found in the genes that cause the disease. Source: Medical Xpress Read More

A walk around the office can reverse vascular dysfunction caused by hours at a computer

cross the country, many employees are seated at desks for the majority of an eight-hour workday. As technology creates an increase in sedentary lifestyles, the impact of sitting on vascular health is a rising concern. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that when a person sits for six straight hours, vascular function is impaired but by walking for just 10 minutes after a prolonged period of sitting, vascular health can be restored. Source: Medical Xpress Read More

Cardiology Today's Intervention expands coverage of cardiac, vascular intervention

Slack Incorporated, publisher of Cardiology Today's Intervention in association with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, has expanded the focus of the publication to increase coverage of vascular and cardiac intervention. I am excited to introduce further editorial coverage, reporting of additional meetings and perspective to meet the evolving information needs of our community, Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, Source: Healio Read More

Patients at risk of clots may be missing out on life-saving treatment

The formation of blood clots in the veins known as venous thromboembolism is the most common cause of preventable death in hospitals. A new study has now revealed that significant numbers of patients are not receiving recommended treatment to prevent these clots from forming - even after health care providers underwent educational programs. Source: Medical News Today Read More

Updated screening policies could detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms

Updating national screening policies could help detect a deadly form of aneurysm in older men; saving lives and resources, according to research presented in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Source: Medical Xpress Read More

CFD modeling confirms improved blood flow with new stent design

Vascular surgeon Pat Kelly of Sanford Health knew his patients were doing better with the stent graft he designed, but he wanted a better understanding of the mechanics before testing the device more widely in a clinical trial. For that, he reached out to SDSU. Source: Medical Xpress Read More

Testosterone supplementation does not result in progression of atherosclerosis

Among older men with low testosterone levels, testosterone administration for 3 years compared with placebo did not result in a significant difference in the rates of change in atherosclerosis (thickening and hardening of artery walls), nor was it associated with improved overall sexual function or health-related quality of life, according to a study in JAMA. Source: Medical News Today Read More
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