The toilet seat that could save lives by detecting heart failure

The toilet seat that could save millions of lives: New gadget can detect early signs of heart failure by picking up blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rate The gadget fits over the top of a normal toilet seat and measures heartbeat It can also sense blood pressure and levels of oxygen in the blood Developers said it could save […]

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A new model for heart valve disease drug discovery

An article published in Experimental Biology and Medicine describes a new model for heart valve physiology. The study, led by Dr. Carla Lacerda, from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University reports that 10% cyclic radial strain on isolated mitral valve anterior leaflets provides a true physiological environment that can be used for mechanistic studies and drug discovery. […]

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A new battle: Veterans more likely to have heart disease

After the war is over, veterans face a new threat. They are more likely to have heart disease at a younger age than nonveterans, and this could herald a new health crisis on the horizon. These results are published in a new University of Central Florida study appearing in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. “I think […]

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Woman is in a wheelchair ‘after choking on a tube during surgery’

Woman who was left wheelchair bound for life ‘after she choked on her breathing tube during heart surgery’ claims strangers tell her she is TOO PRETTY to be disabled Gem Hubbard went under the knife to repair an aortic arch obstruction  Choking caused her to suffer internal bleeding and left her without oxygen After pulling through, she was left with a T10 […]

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Hookah smokers are inhaling toxic chemicals that may harm the heart

Smoking tobacco in waterpipes, more commonly known as hookahs, results in inhaling toxic chemicals, often at levels exceeding cigarette smoke, that may harm the heart and blood vessels, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Waterpipes go by many names—hookah, narghile, argileh, shisha and goza—and usually consist of a head or bowl that […]

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Congenital heart defects vastly increase risk of heart problems later in life

An infant born with a relatively simple heart defect is far more likely to develop heart problems as an adult, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered. The risk is so great that someone born with a heart defect who has a heart-healthy lifestyle is twice as likely to develop heart problems as someone born without a […]

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When to panic and when to put your feet up over big health worries

Is your chest pain a pulled muscle — or a heart attack? Could your ‘caffeine headache’ be a brain tumour? Two top doctors reveal when to panic and when to put your feet up… Making a judgement call on your latest health symptoms can be tricky business  People fear over and under-reacting, which often leads to old-fashioned denial    Here, […]

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This mom’s ‘normal’ pregnancy symptoms were actually a sign of heart failure

Stacy-Ann Walker was 35 weeks pregnant when she began experiencing extreme discomfort. She had trouble lying on her back, she was winded after climbing a flight of stairs, and her legs and ankles were extremely swollen. When she reported the symptoms to her midwife, she was told they were normal for the late stages of pregnancy. But they weren’t — they […]

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