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UAB Medicine receives two national hospital awards
UAB Medicine has been singled out for its advancements in patient care and ability to meet community needs. America’s Essential Hospitals has awarded the medical facility two Gage Awards for outstanding work to improve health care quality and population health. In the population health category, UAB Hospital was cited for opening a transitional care clinic inside the hospital to serve as a medical ho me for heart failure patients that are uninsured and without a primary health care provider. Since… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Halting HF in Patients With Diabetes: Insights From EMPA-REG Halting HF in Patients With Diabetes: Insights From EMPA-REG
A substudy of EMPA-REG finds that SGLT2 inhibitors may slow the onset of heart failure. Dr Pi ñ a discusses the research with study investigator Dr Javed Butler at ESC 2017.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

BioVentrix announces the 1st Revivent TC(TM) TransCatheter Ventricular Enhancement procedure for Ischemic Cardiomyopathy treatment at the University Heart Center Zurich in Switzerland
SAN RAMON, Calif., and ZURICH, Sept. 18, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BioVentrix, Inc. a pioneer of technologies and procedures for less invasive treatment of heart failure (HF), today announced the first clinical use of its closed-ch... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology BioVentrix, Revivent TC, TransCatheter, Ventricular Enhancement (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - September 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Vitamin D could help lower heart failure
According to a new study published in theEuropean Journal of Heart Failure, low vitamin D levels are linked to a higher likelihood of heart failure in the elderly.Express (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - September 18, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Heart failure warning: Taking THIS supplement could lower your risk
HEART failure can be deadly, but taking a daily vitamin D supplement could help lower your risk. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most Popular NEJM Group Feature This Week: Aspirin in Heart Failure (FREE)
By the Editors Here's the most clicked-on item we … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting (HFSA) Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting (HFSA)
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from HFSA 2017.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) 21st Annual Scientific Meeting Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) 21st Annual Scientific Meeting
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from HFSA 2017.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

HFSA to Unveil HF Certification Initiative at Annual Sessions HFSA to Unveil HF Certification Initiative at Annual Sessions
That and other novelties (like a randomized diet-therapy trial in chronic HF) are in store as the Heart Failure Society of America saddles up for its annual meeting outside Dallas.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Today's Heart Failure Not Like Your Grandfather's
(MedPage Today) -- Shifts in phenotype and prognosis seen in Framingham Heart Study (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Have you been affected by the misuse of Pregabalin in the UK?
The misuse of Pregabalin, a drug used to treat anxiety and epilepsy has been linked to a rise in the number of deaths. Share your experiencesA growing number of deaths have been linked to the misuse of Pregabalin, a drug used to treat pain, anxiety and epilepsy. In 2012 there were four deaths linked to it and last year this rose to a 111.It comes after claims that the drug has flooded the black market and is being sold illegally to addicts who mix it with other drugs, such as heroin. This can increase the risk of heart failure.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Marsh and Guardian readers Tags: Drugs Source Type: news

Distal Bicep Tendon Rip Tied to Transthyretin Amyloidosis
Findings in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 13, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Pathology, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

NHS launches new heart disease prevention drive
Plans to prevent 9,000 heart attacks and 14,000 strokes over three years Related items fromOnMedica Significant drop in heart failure deaths over past year, national audit finds Tenth of men aged 50 have heart age of 60-year-old Stroke can often be avoided, claims study Atrial fibrillation poses greater risk for women than men Never too old to benefit from CVD prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Do You Listen to Heart Sounds? This May be Another Reason Why You Should.
I’m not sure about you, but when I went to school to become a paramedic (and a nurse for that matter), one thing I never really understood was heart sounds, or heart tones, depending on who taught you. My attempt at learning resorted to scouring textbooks, journals, online editorials, watching clips on YouTube and listening… lots of listening to sound bites from CDs. You know the ones, they come free when you buy a new stethoscope. Instead of turning to digital media, I should’ve been listening to the hearts of my patients. Hindsight is 20/20, especially in this case. All my self-guided education yielded...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bruce Hoffman, MSN,BSN-RN, NR-P, CFRN Tags: Patient Care Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

Neovasc shares rise on Tiara transcath mitral valve trial update
Neovasc (NSDQ:NVCN) today updated on the clincial study of its Tiara self-expanding transcatheter mitral valve bioprosthesis designed to treat mitral regurgitation, touting 31 successful implants and a 12.1% rate of 30-day mortality. The Vancouver-based company said that to date 34 patients have been treated with the Tiara at 10 centers globally, with a technical implantation success rate of 91.1%. Of the successful implantations, 100% of paravalvular leaks were reported as mild, trace or absent. The longest surviving patient has passed 3.5 years since implantation, Neovasc said. Currently, implantations of the experi...
Source: Mass Device - September 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Neovasc Inc. Source Type: news

The metal springs that can give failing hearts a boost
A tiny metal spring that is implanted into the heart could revolutionise treatment of heart failure, a condition that affects almost a million people. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Severe Asthma Review / Aspirin in Heart Failure / Missouri IM Opportunities (FREE)
By the Editors Here is what we selected for you from NEJM Group:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Review article: Adults with … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Is BioSig for Real This Time With Its Pure EP?
A couple years ago, BioSig Technologies, Inc. was poised to apply for FDA clearance to market its technology to improve treatment of atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Then its scientific advisors advised the Minneapolis company to put more work into that technology, a hardware-software combination designed to present clearer signals during electrophysiology studies and catheter ablation. The technology, Pure EP, is designed to cut through the background noise of the lab and its equipment during cardiac recordings, enabling physicians to target and neutralize the areas of the heart that are causing atria...
Source: MDDI - September 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: MD & M Minneapolis R Software Source Type: news

Study finds length of stay critical factor in readmission rates at hospitals
(University of Texas at Dallas) Using data from congestive heart failure patient records in North Texas from January 2006 to December 2009, UT Dallas researchers studied the relationship between length of stay and readmission risk, the role of health information technology in reducing the deviation of length of stay, and the cost trade-offs between early discharge and readmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Serial Echos Valuable in Patients with Asymptomatic Severe Aortic Stenosis (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM Patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis who don't get regular evaluations are at increased risk for death and heart failure, according to a retrospective study in … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Hope for Kevin ’s heart: Five-year-old shines after novel treatment for Ebstein’s anomaly
As the lights dimmed and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” blasted from loudspeakers, Kevin Nolan III took to the stage for his very first dance recital. Sporting striped pants, a turquoise bow tie and a black top hat, Kevin joined his class in performing two hip-hop jazz routines to a packed house. Kevin’s mood was perfectly in step with the song’s lyrics. “He had so much fun,” says Kevin’s mom, Laura. “He said he can’t wait to get on stage again.” While a first dance recital is a big deal for any 5-year-old, it’s especially poignant for Kevin, who was diagn...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 6, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Pedro del Nido Dr. Wayne Tworetsky Ebstein's anomaly Fetal Cardiology Program Source Type: news

Not adhering to recommended exams for severe narrowing of the aortic valve associated with increased heart failure
(The JAMA Network Journals) Patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis who did not follow recommended guidelines for regular exams had poorer survival and were more likely to be hospitalized for heart failure, according to a study published by JAMA Cardiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A bioactive molecule may protect against congestive heart failure after heart attacks
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) Researchers show that giving mice a form of the fatty acid-derived bioactive molecule called lipoxin improved heart function after a heart attack, as the lipoxin prompted early activation of the resolving phase of the immune response without altering the acute phase. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UCLA study challenges common theories on how heart disease develops
This study tells us that simply changing the way genes are packed together — even by a little bit — can have a widespread effect on the functioning of cells,” Vondriska said. This observation suggests treatments that restore the right arrangement of the chromatin might be able to restore pr oper genome-wide functioning, he said.“This is startling and quite exciting because it allows us to challenge assumptions about how cells work and about what causes disease — in this case, heart failure, which affects over 5 million Americans,” Vondriska said.The protein that investigators deleted is ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 6, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

NaviGate touts 1st 52mm transcatheter tricuspid valve procedure
NaviGate Cardiac Structures touted this week that its Gate catheter-guided tricuspid atrioventricular valved stent was implanted six weeks ago into a patient’s transplanted heart. The patient’s transplanted heart was failing due to severe tricuspid valve insufficiency. The successful implantation at the Policlinico of the University of Padua, Italy, is the first European-based patient treated with the company’s tricuspid replacement heart valve. Three hours after the procedure, the patient was showing improved renal function, NaviGate reported. Two months after the intervention, the 67-year-old male patie...
Source: Mass Device - September 1, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular NaviGate Cardiac Structures Inc Source Type: news

Stem Cell Factor Tied to Reduced Risk of Cardiac Events, Death
High levels of SCF linked to lower cardiovascular and all - cause mortality, heart failure, stroke (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 1, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Pathology, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Hormone Treatment for Prostate Cancer Tied to Heart Risks
Androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer was associated with an increased risk of heart failure and heart rhythm disorders. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Prostate Gland Prostate Cancer Heart Hormones Source Type: news

Researchers find beta blockers have positive effect in pulmonary arterial hypertension
(Cleveland Clinic) A team of Cleveland Clinic researchers found that a common heart disease medication, beta blockers, may help treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a debilitating lung disease.Caused by high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries, PAH is a progressive disease which usually leads to right-sided heart failure and death within five to seven years of diagnosis. In fact, right-sided heart failure is the leading cause of death in PAH patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Obese children show signs of heart failure by age one
The study, conducted at Constantin Opris hospital in Baia Mare, Romania, looked at the heart scans of more than 400 obese children and found clear differences in the structure of their hearts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Results of global fats and carbs study not very relevant for UK
Conclusion The results of the study have been presented in the media as if they overturn all current dietary guidelines. In the UK at least, that is completely misleading. The study results support the UK guidelines, having found that people who get around 50% of their calories from carbohydrates and 35% from fat, as recommended by Public Health England, were likely to live the longest. There are some limitations to the study, not least that observational studies cannot prove cause and effect. For example, the very low fat and high carbohydrate levels of diets found among some participants in the study might simply repres...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Source Type: news

ADT Ups Risk for Heart Failure in Men With Prostate Cancer ADT Ups Risk for Heart Failure in Men With Prostate Cancer
Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) increases the risk for certain cardiac disorders in men undergoing treatment for localized prostate cancer irrespective of preexisting cardiovascular disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Women and Heart Disease: A Different Animal Women and Heart Disease: A Different Animal
Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley recounts a presentation by Dr Noel Bairey Merz on clinics dedicated to women and MI without obstructive coronary artery disease, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Expert Column Source Type: news

Heart disease diet: Two foods which could protect your blood vessels - but there's a catch
HEART disease can cause symptoms such as heart attacks and even heart failure. Now experts have revealed an unusual combination of dark chocolate and olive oil eaten together could protect people against the condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transitions in Care among Rural Residents with Congestive Heart Failure, Acute Myocardial Infarction, and Pneumonia (August 2017)
The analysis reported here examines the continuum of care of Medicare beneficiaries as they experience transfers to other facilities, including their post-discharge status, post-discharge care, and potentially preventable readmissions, either to their local hospital or another facility. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Too much salt may double your chances of heart failure
A new study finds a strong correlation between a high individual salt intake and the risk of heart failure over a period of 12 years. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart Disease Source Type: news

Journal Highlights From the September Issue of JAMDA
Digoxin has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization and readmission in patients with heart failure and is approved for that purpose by the Food and Drug Administration, but this association is not seen among nursing home residents, results of a new study show. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - August 30, 2017 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

CASTLE-AF: Ablation Reduces Mortality in LV Dysfunction, AF CASTLE-AF: Ablation Reduces Mortality in LV Dysfunction, AF
Randomized results suggest that catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation not only provides symptomatic relief but reduces mortality and hospitalization for worsening heart failure vs drug therapy in patients with low ejection fraction.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure Risk
Title: High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/28/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/29/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - August 29, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

High Salt Intake Linked to Heart Risk
High Salt Intake Linked to Increased Heart-Failure Risk (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - August 29, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Electrical nerve-block research aims at asthma, heart failure
(Case Western Reserve University) Biomedical engineering researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, are refining more than 15 years of work on an electrical nerve-block implant, focusing their next step on new applications related to treating asthma and heart failure. The research builds on applications already in use for pain management and was bolstered recently by a four-year, $2 million National Institutes of Health grant. The research will be conducted in collaboration with teams at UCLA and Johns Hopkins University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ESC 2017 Roundup: Biotronik touts lowered mortality for AF patients treated with cath ablation
Biotronik today released results from the Castle-AF study exploring the use of catheter ablation to treat heart failure patients with atrial fibrillation, touting a 38% composite reduction in all-cause mortality and hospitalization for worsening heart failure. The 398-patient, 33-site study compared the results of catheter ablation treatment for AF in heart failure patients using implantable cardioverter defibrillators or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators to standard-of-care pharmacological therapy, the company said. Biotronik touted it as the largest study of its kind to date. Results indicated a 47% r...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Biotronik Medtronic Source Type: news

High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure Risk
Study offers another reason to watch your intake (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 28, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Resonetics acquires Aduro Laser Resonetics announced that it has acquired Aduro Laser. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We are very excited to partner with Grayson Beck and Demian Backs, who have cre...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

High Salt Intake Linked to Increased Heart-Failure Risk High Salt Intake Linked to Increased Heart-Failure Risk
Individuals with high daily salt consumption face a significantly increased risk of developing heart failure, say Finnish researchers in findings that highlight the challenge of reducing salt intake.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Abbott Introduces HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System - the Latest Milestone In Therapy For Advanced Heart Failure Patients
Abbott pioneered the evolution of heart pumps; U.S. approval of the HeartMate 3™ system further broadens its market-leading heart failure portfolio The HeartMate 3™ system offers significant advancements, including a pump that is designed to reduce comp... Devices, Cardiology, FDA, Product Launch Abbott, HeartMate 3, Ventricular Assist, HeartMate (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - August 28, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure Risk
MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 -- A high-salt diet significantly increases the risk for heart failure. That's the conclusion of Finnish researchers who found that people who consume more than 13,700 milligrams of salt a day -- about 2.5 teaspoons -- had... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 28, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Abbott wins FDA nod for HeartMate 3 pump
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today that the FDA approved its HeartMate 3 implantable pump for heart failure patients awaiting a transplant. The approval is the latest for the HeartMate line of left ventricular assist devices first developed by Thoratec, which was later acquired by St. Jude Medical before a $25 billion merger brought it to Abbott earlier this year. Abbott said HeartMate 3 features full magnetic levitation for the pump’s impeller, aiming to cause less trauma to blood cells as they pass through the pump. Although it is smaller than its predecessor, Abbott claimed it has the industry’s largest ...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Abbott Source Type: news

Abbott Introduces HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System - the Latest Milestone In Therapy For Advanced Heart Failure Patients
- Abbott pioneered the evolution of heart pumps; U.S. approval of the HeartMate 3 ™ system further broadens its market-leading heart failure portfolio (Source: Abbott.com)
Source: Abbott.com - August 28, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Heart failure risk doubled by adding to much of THIS to diet
HEART failure risk is doubled by eating too much salt - according to alarming new research. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Too much salt more than doubles the risk of heart failure
Researchers at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki found 20 per cent of people were eating more than 13.7 grams daily – more than double the UK guideline. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news