ER visits for heart attacks rebounded after pandemic decline

(HealthDay)—Emergency care for heart attacks and strokes rebounded in Northern California after initially plummeting in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say. That’s good news, suggesting that public health campaigns urging people to seek care if they had signs or symptoms of a stroke or heart attack were effective, according to the Kaiser Permanente researchers. For the study, […]

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WHO, at Heart of World’s Sluggish COVID Response, Could Face Shake-Up

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization, at the heart of the world’s sluggish handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, faces a potential shake-up to prevent future outbreaks as a top official warned that “the pathogens have the upper hand”. Health ministers agreed on Monday to study recommendations for ambitious reforms made by independent experts to strengthen the capacity of both […]

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Type of heart failure may influence treatment strategies in patients with AFib

Among patients with both heart failure and atrial fibrillation (AFib), treatment strategies focused on controlling the heart rhythm (using catheter ablation) and those focused on controlling the heart rate (using drugs and/or a pacemaker) showed no significant differences in terms of death from any cause or progression of heart failure, according to a study presented at the American College of […]

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Mild Covid-19 infection not likely to cause lasting damage to structure or function of the heart

Mild Covid-19 infection is very unlikely to cause lasting damage to the structure or function of the heart, according to a study led by UCL (University College London) researchers and funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Barts Charity. The researchers say the results, published in JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, should reassure the public, as they relate to the vast […]

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After two heart valve surgeries, a mental toll

After Ivan Hernandez was born with a defective mitral valve, doctors warned his parents he could face heart failure at any age. Yet Hernandez grew up without incident. He played all sorts of sports, cultivating a love for fitness. As an adult, he sometimes exercised twice a day. He regularly participated in high-intensity interval training and other extreme workouts. He […]

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Researchers find a way to mend a broken heart

A Monash University study has uncovered for the first time a way to prevent and reverse damage caused by broken-heart syndrome, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Using mouse models, the pre-clinical study published in the acclaimed journal Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy, has shown the cardioprotective benefit of a drug called Suberanilohydroxamic acid, or SAHA, dramatically improved cardiac health and […]

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Heart health of shift workers linked to body clock

Working hours that deviate from an individual’s natural body clock are associated with greater cardiovascular risk, according to research presented at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Our study found that for each hour the work schedule was out of sync with an employee’s body clock, the risk of heart disease […]

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Study shows decline in subarachnoid hemorrhage hospitalizations during COVID-19 pandemic

New research led by investigators from Boston Medical Center and Grady Memorial Hospital demonstrates the significant decline in hospitalizations for neurological emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rate of Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) – bleeding in the space between the brain and the tissue covering the brain – hospitalizations declined 22.5 percent during the study period, which is consistent with the […]

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Drinking flavanol-rich cocoa could protect from mental stress-induced cardiovascular events

Increased consumption of flavanols – a group of molecules occurring naturally in fruit and vegetables – could protect people from mental stress-induced cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart disease and thrombosis, according to new research. Researchers have discovered that blood vessels were able to function better during mental stress when people were given a cocoa drink containing high levels of […]

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Researchers unveil world’s first smart monitoring system for the aged care industry

Pioneering technology that can deliver real-time and non-invasive resident monitoring and alerts for the aged care industry has been unveiled. The world-first smart monitoring system, REMi, featuring sensor technology developed by RMIT University, has been launched by Australian research and advanced manufacturing company Sleeptite. REMi sees fundamental research taken from the labs of RMIT and translated into a commercial outcome, […]

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