Concert venues are banking on proof of vaccines or negative tests to woo back fans

Fans of the band Wilco could have reasonably interpreted frontman Jeff Tweedy singing "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" at an Aug. 13 concert at St. Louis Music Park as the universe explaining the past year or so. For example, 30-year-old fan Lazarus Pittman had planned to see Wilco and co-headliner Sleater-Kinney in August 2020 at the open-air venue […]

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Continuous heart rhythm monitoring, and treatment if indicated, does not prevent stroke

Continuous heart rhythm monitoring—with anticoagulation if atrial fibrillation is detected—does not prevent strokes in those at risk. That’s the finding of late breaking research presented in a Hot Line session today at ESC Congress 2021 and published in The Lancet. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder, affecting more than 33 million people worldwide. The disorder increases the […]

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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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