European guidelines on lipid control advocate ‘lower is better’ for cholesterol levels

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels should be lowered as much as possible to prevent cardiovascular disease, especially in high and very high risk patients. That’s one of the main messages of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) Guidelines on dyslipidaemias published online today in European Heart Journal and on the ESC website. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) […]

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Childhood cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and smoking predict adult heart disease

The first reliable evidence of a link between major cardiovascular risk factors in children — serum cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and smoking — with cardiovascular disease in adults is presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. The study highlights the need to lay the foundations for heart health early in life. […]

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A gut check for heart failure patients

Heart failure patients who consume more dietary fibre tend to have healthier gut bacteria, which is associated with reduced risk of death or need of a heart transplant. The fibre study was presented today at Heart Failure 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Our gut microbiota is composed of trillions of microorganisms that have the […]

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New 3D microscope visualizes fast biological processes better than ever

“Many important biological processes occur in three dimensions and on millisecond timescales,” says Lars Hufnagel on the rationale for developing the new microscope. Capturing these fast processes is a big challenge in biology. And showing them not only in 2D but in 3D is — next to the needed high resolution — the second main aspect of modern microscopy. The […]

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Heart patch could limit muscle damage in heart attack aftermath

Researchers have designed a new type of adhesive patch that can be placed directly on the heart and may one day help to reduce the stretching of heart muscle that often occurs after a heart attack. The patch, made from a water-based hydrogel material, was developed using computer simulations of heart function in order to fine tune the material’s mechanical […]

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Scientists ID new metabolic target to prevent, treat heart failure at earliest stage

Researchers with The Ohio State University College of Medicine and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have identified a metabolic process in the heart that, if treated, could someday prevent or slow the progression of heart failure. The American Heart Association journal Circulation published the findings today. Before any physical signs or symptoms of heart failure are present, the […]

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Heart cell defect identified as possible cause of heart failure in pregnancy: Tel Aviv University research has diagnostic and therapeutic implications

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare form of heart failure that affects women in their last month of pregnancy and up to five months after giving birth. PPCM can be difficult to detect because its symptoms — swelling in the feet and legs and shortness of breath — mimic many of those of third trimester pregnancy. The disease, which can […]

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Cellular gene signatures for heart muscle regeneration

Repairing heart muscle damaged by a heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases is one of the “holy grails” for cardiovascular scientists. The ability to repair heart muscle — especially by using a person’s own cells — would be a significant advance that could enhance quality of life for the millions of people who suffer from a heart attack or have […]

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