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Erectile dysfunction is red flag for silent early cardiovascular disease
(SAGE) Despite decades long prevention and treatment efforts, cardiovascular (CV) disease continues to be the leading cause of death worldwide. Early detection of CV disease can allow for interventions to prevent heart attack and stroke, including smoking cessation, medications such as a statins, blood pressure control, weight management, exercise, and improved diet. A new study published online first today in the journal Vascular Medicine, focuses on a novel risk factor for cardiovascular disease that rarely receives attention -- erectile dysfunction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Is there a better way to administer IV N-acetylcysteine?
3 out of 5 stars Fewer adverse effects with a modified two-bag acetylcysteine protocol in paracetamol overdose. McNulty R et al. Clin Toxicol 2017 Dec 8 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract Current recommendations for dosing intravenous N-acetylcysteine (Acetadote) for treating acute acetaminophen (paracetamol) poisoning involves a somewhat complex three-bag protocol, using 3 direct concentrations of the antidote given over a 21-hour period. Unfortunately, this protocol results in a high incidence of (usually mild) adverse events, including cutaneous effects, nausea and vomiting, and anaphylactoid reactions. Severe rea...
Source: The Poison Review - December 14, 2017 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical Acetadote acetaminophen antidote N-acetylcysteine paracetamol three-bag protocol toxicity two-bag protocol Source Type: news

A different kind of heart attack: New research finds a broken heart permanently weakens the organ in a similar way
(Natural News) Researchers discover that severe emotional distress can damage the heart physically like a heart attack. At least 3,000 adults in the U.K. suffer from Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, colloquially termed as the “broken heart syndrome,” each year. It is caused by bereavement and severe emotional distress, which stuns and weakens the heart. This causes the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The surprising early warning sign of a DEADLY heart attack
HEART attack symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath and lightheadedness. But, the life-threatening condition could be spotted early by this surprising sign. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cold weather WARNING: Set heating to THIS temperature to lower high blood pressure risk
HIGH blood pressure could be caused by cold weather, and may even lead to a heart attack. Setting the heating to at least 18 °C in your home may help to prevent cold weather health conditions, said the NHS and Met Office. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weather forecast UK WARNING: Can shovelling snow give you a heart attack?
WEATHER in the UK is set to remain cold, and snow lingers around much of the UK. But can shovelling it away trigger a heart attack? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart attack warning: THIS could be why the DEADLY condition happens mostly in the morning
HEART ATTACKS often happen in the morning, and researchers may be a step closer to finding out why. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

You can not smoke or be fat and still have a heart attack
Half of non-smoking, middle-aged people with a healthy weight have clogged arteries, found researchers from the Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS England warns of increased risk of heart attack and stroke after cold weather
NHS England is advising the public on ways of staying well this winter, as the number of people being admitted to A&E is likely to increase significantly due to the cold weather. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic - Holiday Heart Attack and Stroke Risk
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Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA cautions about using testosterone products for low testosterone due to aging; requires labeling change to inform of possible increased risk of heart attack and stroke with use
[03-03-2015] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions that prescription testosterone products are approved only for men who have low testosterone levels caused by certain medical conditions. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - December 11, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: Avandia (rosiglitazone) labels now contain updated information about cardiovascular risks and use in certain patients
[2-03-2011] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying the public that information on the cardiovascular risks (including heart attack) of the diabetes drug rosiglitazone has been added to the physician labeling and patient Medication Guide. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - December 11, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Snow weather forecast WARNING: Cold snap could trigger heart attack and stroke, NHS report
SNOWY weather over the weekend has been followed by cold snap that could trigger an increase in the number of heart attacks and strokes, the NHS has warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart Attack vs. Heartburn (Differences between Symptoms and Signs)
Title: Heart Attack vs. Heartburn (Differences between Symptoms and Signs)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - December 11, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

How do some medical device companies perform better than others?
[Image from Unsplash]Among the most successful medical device companies this year, there were two themes: innovation and breadth of services. That was the major takeaway of an MDO analysis of the stock performance of the 100 largest publicly traded medtech companies in the world. What does innovation mean? Think Align Technologies (Nasdaq:ALGN) and how it brought 3D printing to bear on a dental product screaming for better customization: braces. Or there’s Abiomed (Nasdaq:ABMD) and its tiny Impella heart pump, which is meant to help restore blood flow and allow the heart to rest after a heart attack. For breadth of s...
Source: Mass Device - December 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiac Assist Devices Contract Manufacturing Diabetes News Well Wall Street Beat Abiomed aligntechnology Bruker Corp. Insulet integer intuitivesurgical LivaNova Merit Medical Systems Inc. Straumann Hold Source Type: news

Lauren ’s story: How roller derby saved my life
I wasn’t a particularly athletic child. The second day of soccer practice, in sixth grade, we had to run laps around the soccer field, and 10-year-old me said, “I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack!” My coach disagreed. I quit. That much running was not for me. Fifteen years later, at age 25, I had not only joined a roller derby league, but had also worked my way up to doing contact drills at practice in just three months. I felt incredible! I felt powerful! I felt unstoppable… until I went into cardiac arrest at a Thursday night practice this past July. A lost two days I woke up the ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 6, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lauren Simano Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories ALCAPA Boston Adult Congenital Heart Program Coronary Artery Program Dr. Luis Quinonez Source Type: news

Standard procedure for heart attack found to be ineffective: Recent study finds oxygen therapy does NOT improve survival
(Natural News) Some of the common practices seen in modern medicine are not quite as effective as commonly believed, and oxygen therapy for heart attack patients could be one of them as newly presented research has shown that oxygen therapy does not improve the survival rate of patients who have heart attack symptoms. The study’s... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart age quiz: This test will reveal YOUR risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes
HEART disease and strokes account for about 7,400 deaths in the UK every month. A three-minute Heart Age Test will reveal how healthy your heart is, and whether you ’re at risk of a fatal heart attack. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Men with scrotum condition have raised heart attack risk
A link was found with men who suffer symptoms from enlarged veins in scrotal sack and vascular disease and metabolic syndrome. Stanford University researchers in California studied 77 million men. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evolocumab Approved to Prevent Cardiovascular Events
The FDA has added a new indication to evolocumab (Repatha). The PCSK9 inhibitor is now approved to prevent cardiovascular events (e.g., myocardial infarction, stroke, coronary... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Flu Can Have Dangerous Domino Effect on Seniors
Even months after recovering from the flu, older people remain at increased risk for a heart attack, stroke or disability, a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases warns. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Can Have Dangerous Domino Effect on Older Adults
SUNDAY, Dec. 3, 2017 -- Even months after recovering from the flu, older people remain at increased risk for a heart attack, stroke or disability, a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases warns. " We all know about the illness influenza... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 3, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

FDA Approves Amgen's Repatha ® (evolocumab) To Prevent Heart Attack And Stroke
Following FDA Priority Review, Repatha is the Only PCSK9 Inhibitor Approved to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Coronary Revascularization THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that following priority review of its supplemental Biologics License Application, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Repatha® (evolocumab) as the first PCSK9 inhibitor to prevent heart attacks, strokes and coronary revascularizations in adults with established cardiovascular disease.1 "We are pleased that the FDA made the inclusion of our outcomes data...
Source: Amgen News Release - December 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Medicare finalizes cuts to value-based healthcare programs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday finalized cuts to a trio of bundled payment pilot programs aimed at lowering healthcare costs and improving outcomes. The federal health insurer cut the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, or CJR, effectively in half, from 67 geographic areas participating to 34, meaning about 470 hospital participants instead of 800. That cuts the expected savings from the CJR program from $295 million to $189 million, according to CMS. The agency also finalized the cancellation of its Episode Payment Model and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive P...
Source: Mass Device - December 1, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Wall Street Beat Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Reimbursement valuebasedhealthcare Source Type: news

Piece of cheese a day slashes heart attack and stroke risk
Consuming a certain portion size daily can slash chances of heart disease by 14%, found Soochow University in China. This same amount could lower the risk of a stroke by 10%. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sensitivity and Specificity as Guides to Clinical Decision Making
From headache to helping hand Many of us get headaches and go cross-eyed when we see statistical concepts like sensitivity and specificity in print. Usually, these appear in articles about a diagnostic test's ability to tell you when a condition or disease state is present (i.e., sensitivity) or, conversely, to tell you when that condition or disease state isn't there (i.e., specificity). An initial 12-lead ECG, for example, has a sensitivity of about 68% for diagnosing an acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). That means that a little more than two-thirds of patients who eventually rule-in for MIs are...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Neal Richmond, MD Tags: Patient Care Columns Source Type: news

How Physicians Perform Prehospital ECMO on the Streets of Paris
The objective of ECPR is to perfuse the brain while the cause of the cardiac arrest is sought and treated at a specialty hospital (e.g., by coronary angiography, CT scan, etc.). Indeed, the primary objective is to obtain return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), however, long-term survival depends on the neurological prognosis of the patient. Once ECPR has been initiated, acceptable blood flow is restored to the whole body, and especially to the brain and coronary arteries in order to limit ischemic consequences. Many studies, both clinical and experimental, have shown that the blood flow delivered by ECPR is much highe...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Alice Hutin, MD, MSc Tags: Patient Care Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

Benefit of ECMO in Resuscitation from Refractory V Fib Cardiac Arrest
  The dawn of a new era Although ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation (v tach/v fib) constitutes only 25-35% of all cardiac arrests, more than 80% of all cardiac arrest survivors with favorable neurological function present with v tach/v fib.1,2 (See Figure 1, p. 12.) Despite that, only one third (approximately 30%) of patients presenting initially with v tach/v fib survive to hospital discharge with good neurological function. Compared to the other presenting rhythms (asystole and pulseless electrical activity) v tach/v fib is associated with the highest survival and stands out as the most important pos...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Demetris Yannopoulos, MD Tags: Patient Care Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

Fighting myocardial infarction with nanoparticle tandems
(University of Bonn) How can damaged cardiac tissue following a heart attack best be treated with replacement muscle cells? A research team is now presenting an innovative method on mice: Muscle replacement cells, which are to take over the function of the damaged tissue, are loaded with magnetic nanoparticles. These cells are then injected into the damaged heart muscle and held in place by a magnet, causing the cells to engraft better onto the existing tissue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA Approves Amgen's Repatha (evolocumab) to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that following priority review of its supplemental Biologics License Application, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Repatha (evolocumab) as... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - December 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New PPI Use Not Tied to Excess Risk of Heart Attack New PPI Use Not Tied to Excess Risk of Heart Attack
Privately insured patients who take newly prescribed proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are no more likely than their peers on prescription histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RAs) to have a myocardial infarction (MI) over the next three years, according to new findings.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Going bald early 'raises heart risk', experts suspect
Men who go grey or bald in their 20s or 30s may be at greater risk suffering a heart attack at an early age, new research carried out in India suggests. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Big improvements in stroke care
Almost 90% of eligible patients received thrombolysis Related items fromOnMedica Stroke and other vascular disorders Charity calls for major reorganisation of stroke care Combined oral contraception, migraine and stroke Thousands set to benefit from 'game-changer' stroke treatment Heart attack and stroke risk higher with shingles (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Surviving heart attack inflammation
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Source: ScienceNOW - November 30, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Alderton, G. Tags: twil Source Type: news

FDA Warns Biotin Can Distort Lab Tests
The FDA is warning that high doses of the vitamin B7, or biotin, in dietary supplements can interfere with hundreds of common lab tests—including some relied on by ER doctors to diagnose a heart attack. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New'Patch' May Repair Damaged Hearts
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 -- A patch that might one day help repair heart attack damage has been developed by researchers. The patch, which consists of fully functioning artificial human heart muscle, is large enough to cover damage typically caused... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 29, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What causes pain in the sternum?
Learn about the causes of sternum pain, including costochondritis and fractures. What is the difference between sternum pain and heart attack pain? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Body Aches Source Type: news

Penn researchers: An injectable gel that helps heart muscle regenerate after heart attack
(University of Pennsylvania) Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have used mouse models to demonstrate a new approach to restart cardiomyocyte replication after a heart attack: an injectable gel that slowly releases short gene sequences known as microRNAs into the heart muscle. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Qool Therapeutics raises $8m to support temp management device
Early stage med device developer Qool Therapeutics said today it raised $8 million in a Series A-1 round to support development and trials of its Qool device designed for targeted temperature management and exercise recovery. Joining the funding round was Zhongji Holdings and Join Medical Technology, Tampcap LLC, BrilliMedical International, BioPacific Investors, Western Technology Investment and FundRx, the Silicon Valley-based company said. Qool Therapeutics said that in addition to the funding, it has also received an award from the US Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation unit Experimental organization. The ...
Source: Mass Device - November 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Research & Development Respiratory qooltherapeutics Source Type: news

Heart attack risk: Having FAT in this part of the body could increase chance of strokes
HEART attack risk could be dependent on where fat is stored in the body, as opposed to how much is stored, researchers have claimed. Is having a beer belly more risky than thigh fat? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cardiovascular disease: The immune response to heart attacks
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit ä t M ü nchen) The damage caused by a heart attack triggers an inflammatory reaction which degrades the affected tissue. This response is orchestrated by immune cells that reside in the nearby pericardial adipose tissue, as a study by a team of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich shows. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Heart attack deaths to rise as obesity EPIDEMIC takes hold of UK
DEATHS from heart attacks and strokes could rise as Britain ’s obesity epidemic takes its toll. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

High blood pressure symptoms: 49p herb could lower risk of heart attacks
HIGH blood pressure symptoms include severe headaches, difficulty breathing and chest pain. This cheap herb could lower heart rates, reduce blood pressure, and cut heart attack risk, scientists have claimed. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ask Well: Am I at High Risk for a Heart Attack?
Physicians use a number of different factors to assess your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Cholesterol Heart Blood Pressure Calculators Diabetes Source Type: news

Why Eating Slowly This Thanksgiving Will Improve Your Long Term Health
As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner to partake of turkey with all the trimmings, it ’s best to eat slowly. The risk includes not only weight gain, and elevated blood sugar, but your odds of developing metabolic syndrome, which can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 23, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

Why Eating Slowly This Thanksgiving Will Improve Your Long-Term Health
As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner to partake of turkey with all the trimmings, it ’s best to eat slowly. The risk includes not only weight gain, and elevated blood sugar, but your odds of developing metabolic syndrome, which can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 23, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

Under Affordable Care Act, Americans have had more preventive care for heart health, UCLA study finds
By reducing out-of-pocket costs for preventive treatment, the Affordable Care Act appears to have encouraged more people to have health screenings related to their cardiovascular health,a UCLA study found. Comparing figures from 2006 through 2013, researchers found that more people were screened for diabetes, high cholesterol, cigarette use and high blood pressure — all risk factors for heart disease — after the ACA was implemented than before.But the research, published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Managed Care, also revealed a disparity between men and women in one key area. Although more men who ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 23, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

HIV-positive adults are under-treated for cardiovascular problems compared to those without HIV
This study provides evidence that U.S. policymakers and professional societies should focus on improving the quality of the cardiovascular care that people who are HIV-positive receive.AUTHORSStudy authors are Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Dr. Adam Richards, Cassandra DeWitt, Nina Harawa, Steven Shoptaw, Dr. William Cunningham and Dr. John Mafi, all of UCLA. Mafi is also associated with Rand Corporation.JOURNALThestudy is published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.FUNDINGGrants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and National Institute of Men...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 22, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Mark Davies on how he nearly died from a heart attack
John, the anaesthetist, told me when he came to see me on his Sunday round that I had just been ‘incredibly unlucky’, writes MARK DAVIES. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Finance trumps patients at every level – UK healthcare needs an inquiry | Aseem Malhotra
The healthcare system faces a crisis of trust; ill-informed doctors and poor research are harming patientsThe healthcare system is facing failure, rooted in an epidemic of misinformed doctors and patients.During a recent keynote lecture at theBritish Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation annual conference, I gave the example of a man who had had a heart attack and been given statins and whose months of disabling muscle pain resolved within a week of stopping taking them. His elation was cut short when his GP told him he must never stop his statin or he could die. When the audience was asked to guess ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 21, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Aseem Malhotra Tags: Healthcare Network Work practices Workforce GPs and primary care Public health Drugs Science Society NHS Source Type: news