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Heart failure cases now equal ‘four most common cancers combined’
The number of new cases of heart failure is on the up, with striking differences between rich and poor, shows the most comprehensive review of heart failure statistics in the UK to date. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Heart failure kills more Brits than top four cancers
More of us are now developing the deadly condition than getting the four commonest forms of cancer, a major study from Oxford University shows. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Higher β - Blocker Dose Linked to Lower Mortality Risk
Effect is larger in chronic heart failure patients with diabetes than CHF patients without diabetes (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 21, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

UPDATE: Medtronic ’ s fiscal Q2 tops The Street
UPDATED November 21, 2017, with segment results, share prices Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) posted fiscal second-quarter numbers that beat both sales and earnings forecasts on Wall Street, after a better-than-expected recovery from Hurricane Maria. The Fridley, Minn.-based medical device giant reported profits of $2.02 billion, or $1.48 per share, on sales of $7.05 billion for the three months ended Oct. 27, for a bottom-line gain of 80.9% on a -4.0% sales decline compared with the same period last year. Adjusted to exclude one-time items, earnings per share were $1.06, 8¢ ahead of The Street, where analysts were looking for s...
Source: Mass Device - November 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat Medtronic Source Type: news

More GP specialists needed to manage rising tide of cardiovascular disease
Heart failure cases are driving up GP workload despite the success of preventative measures to cut the rate of the disease, according to an analysis of UK data. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.1 Cardiovascular Problems Source Type: news

How Medtronic & #039;s Pacemakers Are Now Harder to Hack
FDA approved Medtronic's Azure pacemakers, which feature the company's new BlueSync technology to protect patients from having their device hacked. The BlueSync technology is also now available with the Medtronic Percepta portfolio of quadripolar, MR-conditional cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps), the company said. BlueSync is intended to enable more secure wireless remote monitoring via Medtronic's CareLink Network, by limiting access to the device functionality and also by protecting patient data. Connected medical devices like pacemakers add value to patient care by enabling remote patient monito...
Source: MDDI - November 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Digital Health Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Medtronic wins FDA nod for Azure remote monitoring equipped pacers
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it won FDA approval for its portfolio of Azure pacemakers with BlueSync patient monitoring technology. The clearances cover both the Azure XT MRI and Azure S MRI pacers including single chamber and dual chamber models, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. The newly cleared pacers have estimated lifespans of 13.7 years for dual chamber pacers, which Medtronic estimates is 27% longer than the earlier-gen devices. The Azure portfolio of pacers feature the company’s Reactive ATP algorithm intended to slow the progression of atrial fibrillation and BlueSynch technology which allows f...
Source: Mass Device - November 20, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Medtronic Source Type: news

Diabetes warning: Type 2 sufferers more at risk of THIS deadly heart condition
DIABETES sufferers are more at risk of dying from heart failure, says new study. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nov 17 Cardiology News Nov 17 Cardiology News
New hypertension guidelines, BP measurement, DOACs during device surgery, a CANTOS substudy, and conflicting data on the heart-failure readmissions reduction program are discussed this week.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Developing a New Score: How Machine Learning Improves Risk Prediction
Composite risk scores have been used for decades to identify disease risk and health status in the general population. However, current approaches often fail to identify people who would benefit from intervention or recommend unnecessary intervention. Machine learning promises to improve accuracy, ensuring targeted treatment for patients that need it and reducing unnecessary intervention. Framingham Risk Score, the gold standard for predicting the likelihood of heart disease, predicts hospitalizations with about 56% accuracy. It uses factors such as age, gender, smoking, cholesterol levels, and systolic blood pre...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Heather R. Johnson Tags: R & D Source Type: news

Heart failure patients ’ odds of hospitalization tied to diabetes
(Reuters Health) - Heart failure patients may be less likely to be hospitalized or die prematurely if they don ’t also have diabetes – but even if they do have it, they may still minimize their risk by controlling their blood sugar, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bacterial infection WARNING: A simple scratch could cause THIS rare and deadly condition
TOXIC shock syndrome symptoms includes shedding skin, blood pressure dropping, and even heart failure. It ’s a rare, but potentially lethal, bacterial condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

EBR Systems pulls in $50m for wireless pacer
EBR Systems said yesterday that it raised $50 million to back a clinical trial for the wireless cardiac pacemaker it’s developing after winning CE Mark approval for a second-generation wireless transmitter. EBR’s device, which it calls wireless stimulation endocardially or Wise, uses a subcutaneous generator to wirelessly deliver ultrasound energy to a “pellet” implanted in the right ventricle, which it uses to synchronize the left and right ventricles. The system is designed to eliminate the need for a left ventricular lead by allowing the operating physician to place the stimulation “pe...
Source: Mass Device - November 15, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Clinical Trials Funding Roundup Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat Cardiac Rhythm Management EBR Systems Inc. Source Type: news

Toxic shock syndrome: How a simple scratch could cause a rare and DEADLY condition
TOXIC shock syndrome symptoms includes shedding skin, blood pressure dropping, and even heart failure. It ’s a rare, but potentially lethal, bacterial condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Eat more leafy greens and whole grains to lower heart failure risk
Emerging research suggests that a predominantly plant-based diet of dark, leafy greens, beans, fruits, and whole grains may reduce heart failure risk. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiovascular / Cardiology Source Type: news

First transcatheter implant for diastolic heart failure successful
(MediaSource) Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have come up with a new device, proven safe and effective, to treat diastolic heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Linking heart attack damage to the spleen and kidney, an integrated study of heart failure
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) Ganesh Halade, who uses a mouse heart attack model to research ways to prevent heart failure, has published a functional and structural compendium of the simultaneous changes taking place in the heart, spleen and kidneys in mice during the period of acute heart failure immediately following a heart attack and during the longer period of chronic heart failure that comes next. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AHA: Methamphetamine - Related Heart Failure on the Rise
Among veterans, prevalence of heart failure related to meth increased linearly from 2005 to 2015 (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 15, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Pulmonology, Conference, Source Type: news

Heart failure tied to meth use rising among veterans, study finds
Heart failure tied to use of methamphetamines is on the rise among US veterans, suggests a preliminary study presented Tuesday at the annual scientific meeting of the American Heart Association. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Corvia Medical launches Interarterial Shunt Device heart failure trial
Corvia Medical said today it launched the Reduce LAP-HF II clinical trial of its transcatheter Interarterial Shunt Device designed to treat heart failure as it seeks FDA approval of the device. The Tewksbury, Mass.-based company said the 1st patient in the trial was enrolled by Dr. Rami Kahwash of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “The treatment of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction is challenging, and caring for these patients can be frustrating. Multiple randomized drug trials have demonstrated that conventional heart failure medications are ineffective in this type of heart fai...
Source: Mass Device - November 14, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Regulatory/Compliance Corvia Medical Source Type: news

Vegetarian Diet Could Lower Risk of Heart Failure
Researchers evaluated five dietary patterns. They found that people who ate a plant-based diet most of the time had a 42 percent lower risk of developing heart failure over four years than those who ate fewer plant-based foods. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Meth Use Destroying Vets' Hearts?
TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 -- Methamphetamine appears to be damaging the hearts of U.S. military veterans at an increasing rate, researchers report. Heart failure cases linked to meth use among vets nearly quadrupled during the past decade at the San... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 14, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Low levels of heart hormone linked to reduced mortality
According to a study presented at the 2017 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, heart failure patients with reduced levels of B-type natriuretic peptide present better outcomes and lower mortality. Science Daily (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - November 14, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Try This Diet to Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure
TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 -- Your heart will thank you if you stick to a mostly plant-based diet, a new preliminary study suggests. Researchers evaluated five dietary patterns. They found that people who ate a plant-based diet most of the time had a 42... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 14, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Coffee drinkers at lower risk of heart failure, stroke
Research looking at three large population studies suggests that drinking coffee is associated with a lower risk of experiencing stroke and heart failure. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiovascular / Cardiology Source Type: news

Try This Diet to Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure
Title: Try This Diet to Lower Your Risk of Heart FailureCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/14/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - November 14, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Eat range of unpeeled raw nuts to benefit heart, urge experts
People who regularly eat variety of nuts have lower risk of CHD and cardiovascular disease Related items fromOnMedica Plant-based diet not always best for heart health Consider plant-based diet for treating reflux symptoms Diet, lifestyle and cardiovascular disease Sweet drink consumption linked to heart failure risk High-quality carbs and unsaturated fats lower heart risks (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Papers of note in Science Translational Medicine 9 (415)
This week’s articles describe a way to combat the negative effects of stress on cancer therapy; a potential target in heart failure; and why nighttime wounds heal more slowly than daytime wounds. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - November 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ferrarelli, L. K. Tags: STKE Editors ' Choice Source Type: news

When Quality Measures Increase Mortality When Quality Measures Increase Mortality
Dr Mandrola reports on a provocative study showing that reducing readmissions for heart failure associates with higher mortality.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Expert Column Source Type: news

What if Quality Measures Increased Mortality? What if Quality Measures Increased Mortality?
Dr Mandrola reports on a provocative study showing that reducing readmissions for heart failure associates with higher mortality.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Expert Column Source Type: news

Going vegetarian slashes the risk of heart failure by 42%
A diet which includes whole grains, fish, beans, and dark green leafy plants lead to a heart-healthy lifestyle, scientists from Icahn School of Medicine in New York said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drinking coffee lowers risk of heart failure and stroke
Adding an extra cup a day can decrease the risk of stroke by eight percent and heart failure by seven percent, new research from the University of Colorado shows. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coffee health benefits: Weekly cup 'could slash risk of heart failure and stroke'
A SINGLE weekly cup of coffee can cut your risk of heart failure and stroke according to a new study. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acute stress and broken heart syndrome. A case report - Vergel J, Tamayo-Orozco S, Vallejo-G ómez AF, Posada MT, Restrepo D.
INTRODUCTION: Stress has been associated with an acute heart failure syndrome of important morbidity and mortality. METHODS: Case report and non-systematic review of the relevant literature. CASE PRESENTATION: A 65-year-old woman with a history of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Mortality After HF Admission High, Regardless of Ejection Fraction
The 5-year mortality rate is high in older adults hospitalized for heart failure (HF) — regardless of ejection fraction — according to a new study. The... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - November 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Novartis Entresto ® real world evidence data shows beneficial impact on quality of life in people living with heart failure
Novartis has announced new results from a real-world database study of patients in Germany prescribed Entresto® (sacubitril/valsartan) for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). The findings further substantiate the beneficial effect of Entresto on heart failure symptoms and patients' quality of life observed in the PARADIGM-HF study and in other real-world cohorts. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - November 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Novartis Business and Industry Source Type: news

Association of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Implementation With Readmission and Mortality Outcomes in Heart Failure
In this observational study of 115  245 fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with heart failure at 416 sites across the United States, implementation of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program was associated with a subsequent decrease in 30-day and 1-year risk-adjusted readmissions and an increase in 30-day and 1 -year risk-adjusted mortality. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

American Heart Association Basic Research Prize awarded to Philadelphia scientist for identifying novel molecular targets for treating heart failure
(American Heart Association) The American Heart Association awarded its Basic Research Prize for 2017 to Walter J. Koch, Ph.D., of the Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, " for basic cardiovascular studies that have identified novel molecular targets for treating heart failure and advanced prospective therapy to the doorstep of clinical trials. " (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Heart ’s pumping function is not an indicator of heart failure survival rates
FINDINGSContrary to popular practice, a measure of the heart ’s pumping function known as “left ventricular ejection fraction” is not associated with the long-term outcomes of hospitalized heart failure patients, a UCLA-led study of Medicare patients has found. Hospitalized heart failure patients in all age groups within the study and with all levels of ejection fraction had significantly lower rates of survival after five years and a higher risk of re-hospitalization than people in the United States without heart failure. Better treatments for heart failure and new ways of predicting patient outcomes are...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 13, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Sex 'rare' trigger for cardiac arrest
Just one per cent of cardiac events linked to intercourse Related items fromOnMedica Sudden cardiac arrest and basic life support Bystander CPR linked to higher child survival Fatal heart attacks strike 200 people every week E-health device helps heart failure patients better manage their condition Tenth of men aged 50 have heart age of 60-year-old (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Federal policy to reduce re-hospitalizations is linked to increased mortality rates
Federal policymakers five years ago introduced the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program to spur hospitals to reduce Medicare readmission rates by penalizing them if they didn ’t. A new analysis led by researchers at UCLA and Harvard University, however, finds that the program may be so focused on keeping some patients out of the hospital that related death rates are increasing.In a study of 115,245 fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries at 416 hospitals, implementation of the reduction program was indeed linked to a decrease in readmissions at 30 days after discharge and at one year after discharge among people hos...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 12, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Program to reduce hospital readmissions linked with increased risk of death among HF patients
(The JAMA Network Journals) Implementation of a program designed to reduce hospital readmissions was associated with a reduction in the rate of readmissions, but also an increase in the rate of death among Medicare patients hospitalized with heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Heart's pumping function is not an indicator of heart failure survival rates
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Contrary to popular practice, a measure of the heart's pumping function known as 'left ventricular ejection fraction' is not associated with the long-term outcomes of hospitalized heart failure patients, a UCLA-led study of Medicare patients has found. Hospitalized heart failure patients in all age groups within the study and with all levels of ejection fraction had significantly lower rates of survival after five years and a higher risk of re-hospitalization than people in the United States without heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reduction in common heart hormone associated with improved outcomes and lower mortality
(Intermountain Medical Center) Heart failure patients discharged from the hospital with a reduced level of a common hormone produced by the heart had significantly lower rates of readmission and lower death rates, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Activity in HF With Preserved EF: A Newer Treatment Paradigm Activity in HF With Preserved EF: A Newer Treatment Paradigm
A new study suggests that some exercise may not be any better than no exercise among patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: higher doses are needed to improve outcomes.Circulation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Cells to Society: Native American Heritage/ Endowment / Research News
This study evaluates treatment outcomes from a clinical cohort with task-sharing between a clinical nurse practitioner and a medical officer. The researchers examined opportunities to increase treatment rates for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa.     Read more   Climate Change ...
Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - November 9, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Heart Function Tied to Brain Function Heart Function Tied to Brain Function
Lower cardiac output has been tied to poorer cerebral blood flow in older adults without heart failure, a finding that adds to a growing body of research tying heart health to brain health.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

For Patients With Heart Failure, Little Guidance as Death Nears
Americans are living longer with heart disease, managing it as a chronic condition. But there are few rules for these patients as they near the end of life. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GINA KOLATA Tags: Defibrillators Medical Devices Hospice Care Heart Source Type: news

What Causes White Nails?
Discussion The nail matrix covers the area of the nail plate, and extends proximally in a crescent moon shape with the edges of the crescent extending proximally and inferiorly toward the underlying bone. The nail matrix is a multilayered epithelium that physiologically produces keratinization and gives rise to the nail plate. The distal matrix forms the lower 2/3s of the nail plate and the proximal matrix forms the upper 1/3 of the nail plate. the thickness of the nail plate is proportion to the matrix’s thickness. The nail plate’s free edge contour follows the shape of the nail’s lunula. Melanocytes occ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 6, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

How Does Vildagliptin Affect the Heart in Patients With Reduced Ejection Fraction? How Does Vildagliptin Affect the Heart in Patients With Reduced Ejection Fraction?
The oral anti-hyperglycemic agent vildagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, does not appear to worsen ventricular systolic function in patients with type 2 diabetes and heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), according to results from a 52-week randomized trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - November 2, 2017 Category: Radiology Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news