Sunday, March 29, 2015

Heart Health

238 hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are compared based on their performance with heart attacks and heart failures.
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Better treatments, tighter management of disease may explain promising trend
Most marked increases seen in those aged 45 to 64 and those over 85
Adding Harvoni or Sovaldi to amiodarone could cause dangerous slowing of heart rate, agency says
Possibly, one study suggests, while another links pollution to increased stroke risk
Use of blood thinners appears safer for narrowed brain arteries, experts say
Maintains circulation during riskier cardiac surgery
Children of smokers nearly twice as likely to have plaque buildup in carotid arteries years later, study says
High blood pressure, poor blood sugar levels common even in those of normal weight, research shows
Less than one-third of antioxidant makes it to where it's needed
Cholesterol levels, weight results troubling for many children, study finds
American College of Physicians advises against EKGs, stress testing, among others
They had much higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death than nonsmokers or those who quit
Those who suffered milder type of heart attack or unstable chest pain did worse if only given medication
Researchers also report that procedure appears to increase the risk for stroke
Keeping the weight off over time was key to curbing atrial fibrillation, study found
Catheter ablation appears to outperform Amiodarone in people with both conditions, study finds
Review of data from dozens of prior studies finds no benefit
CT may slightly outperform 'functional' tests because it helps rule out unnecessary procedures, researchers say
Company-funded trial finds lower rates of heart attack, death with Brilinta versus placebo
People with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are benefiting from defibrillators, other advances