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CCTA usage rate rises sharply, but still eclipsed by MPI
The use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to evaluate chest pain in the emergency...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CCTA predicts heart events in stable chest pain patients CCTA readings differ between core labs and local sites Use rates of diagnostic imaging on the rise Radiologists now use CCTA more than cardiologists do CCTA can cut complications and hospital stays (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 23, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Nigeria:Abia, MTN Move Against Infant, Maternal Mortality
[Guardian] The Abia government and MTN Foundation have struck a partnership to tackle the menace of infant and maternal mortality in the state.Announcing the partnership recently during the MTNF Yellow Heart Health Forum in Umuahia, the telecommunications giant reiterated its commitment to the crusade by increasing the level of awareness and perception in the country that align with global efforts to meet the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 23, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

E-cigarette users at risk of brain and heart damage
E-cigarettes vapor contains metals - including lead - from the heating coils that vaporize e-liquid, putting users at risk of cancer and brain damage, a new study from Johns Hopkins warns. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors
All women face the threat of heart disease. Find out how symptoms, risk factors and prevention can be unique for women. (Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Recurrent Syncope in a 32-year-old Woman: Anxiety?
She is in the ED for a fourth episode in 3 months. Before fainting she has palpitations and feels a sense of doom. Your ECG read? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - February 22, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Brady Pregerson, MD Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Alert: Clarithromycin Risky in Patients With Heart Disease FDA Alert: Clarithromycin Risky in Patients With Heart Disease
The agency adds a new warning about the increased risk for death in patients with heart disease prescribed the antibiotic clarithromycin and recommends considering an alternative when possible.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Alert Source Type: news

Soccer is basically medicine, some researchers argue
(Reuters Health) - Compared to inactive people, recreational soccer players have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and resting heart rates as well as less fat mass, a research review suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fewer HF Readmissions After Cardiology vs Hospitalist Care Fewer HF Readmissions After Cardiology vs Hospitalist Care
Readmissions at 30 days were up for discharged patients with heart failure cared for on the general medicine service. A possible fix: more opportunities for hospitalists to learn strategies for optimal heart failure care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Weekend Recipe: Grass-Fed Beef Bourguignon With Cauliflower Mash
This recipe is rich with goodness and flavor — and is comfort food at its best. The ingredients are simple: Quality grass-fed beef is married together with vegetables and a few glasses of full-bodied red wine. I’ve used carrot puree to thicken the Bourguignon sauce towards the end of cooking, which is a lovely way of thickening sauces without using refined white flours. Don’t overcook your cauliflower. Make sure to chop the ingredients finely before cooking and keep an eye on the cooking time. Blend it when hot, which will result in a creamy, white mash that tastes wonderful. This recipe is from my cookbo...
Source: TIME: Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Teresa Cutter — The Healthy Chef Tags: Uncategorized Cooking diet Food healthytime weekend recipe Source Type: news

Cath Lab Recap: Breakable Baby Stent; First-Pass Thrombectomy
(MedPage Today) -- Interventional cardiology news to note (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - February 22, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

FDA Warns Heart Patients Away from Clarithromycin
(MedPage Today) -- Antibiotic appears to raise mortality risk in users with heart disease (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA review finds additional data supports the potential for increased long-term risks with antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) in patients with heart disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising caution before prescribing the antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) to patients with heart disease because of a potential increased risk of heart problems or death that can occur years later. Our recommendation is based on our review of the results of a 10-year follow-up study1 of patients with coronary heart disease from a large clinical trial2 that first observed this safety issue. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - February 22, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Progeria Often Comes with Silent LV Dysfunction
(MedPage Today) -- Ultra-rare genetic aging syndrome offers clues to'epidemic'condition (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - February 22, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Experts recommend more conservative care for SCAD heart attacks
If a younger woman suffers a certain type of heart attack, the Mayo Clinic now recommends letting the body heal on its own. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NaviGate touts implantation for Gate transcath tricuspid valve replacement
NaviGate Cardiac Structures Inc. said today that earlier this month, its catheter-guided Gate valved-stent bioprosthesis became the first orthotopic valve replacement in Canada to treat severe tricuspid regurgitation. The implantation was done at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, lead by interventional cardiologists Dr. Josep Rodes-Cabau and Dr. Francois Dagenais. The 79-year-old male patient who received the implant had severe symptomatic tricuspid regurgitation and was not eligible for standard cardiac surgery, according to NaviGate. “The NaviGate bioprosthesis is the only transcatheter device in development tha...
Source: Mass Device - February 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Cardiovascular Replacement Heart Valves NaviGate Cardiac Structures Inc Source Type: news

Regardless of CV Risks, Cancer History Impacts Mortality
Fibrinogen, von Willebrand factor are potential markers of mortality in cancer survivors (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - February 22, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pathology, Journal, Source Type: news

Cardiorespiratory Fitness, White Matter Integrity Tied to Cognition
VO2max positively linked to DTI metrics of fractional anisotropy in about half MW fiber tracts (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 22, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Endologix CEO McDermott to step down; shares slide -10% on Q4 results | Personnel Moves for Feb. 22, 2018
Endologix (NSDQ:ELGX) CEO John McDermott is planning to step down once an appropriate replacement is found, the company said yesterday as it announced fourth-quarter results that handily topped earnings expectations but missed on the top line. “Despite the business challenges over the past couple of years, I am confident that Endologix has a bright future. Our vision is clear, the value proposition is compelling, and our pipeline of new products positions us for significant long-term growth. I remain deeply committed to our employees, physicians, and patients and will do whatever I can to support an effective le...
Source: Mass Device - February 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: MassDevice Earnings Roundup Stent Grafts Wall Street Beat attunemedical Biocoat Cardiovascular Systems Inc. Dynatronics Corp Endologix Medtronic personnel-moves Presbia Wound Management Technologies Source Type: news

Heartbroken mother of boy born with half a heart
Ashley Rayner was speaking on Sky News this morning from Newcastle-upon-Tyne about the plight of her six-month-old son, Benjamin, who suffers hypoplastic left heart syndrome. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about gas pain in the chest
In this article we look at what causes uncomfortable gas in the chest, how to tell it apart from a heart attack, and how to relieve symptoms. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

More Years Spent Obese May Increase Heart Risk
(MedPage Today) -- Higher troponin levels in young adults with persistent weight issues (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - February 22, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

B. Braun ’ s Aesculap closes $17m Dextera Surgical bankruptcy buyout
Surgical instrument maker Dextera Surgical and B. Braun subsidiary Aesculap said yesterday that they closed the $17.3 million deal to buy Dextera out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Redwood City, Calif.- based Dextera, formerly known as Cardica, agreed to the buyout in December 2017. The consummation Feb. 20 saw Dextera receive $13.6 million; another $2 million went into two-year escrow, $900,000 went to repay a loan from Aesculap and the balance was used to pay off contracts and leases and to settle closing expenses, according to a regulatory filing. Aesculap said it plans to oversee oper...
Source: Mass Device - February 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions Surgical Wall Street Beat aesculap B. Braun Bankruptcy dextera Source Type: news

Sudan:Minister of Defence Recieves Canadian Medical Team
[SNA] Khartoum, 21- 2- 2018 (SUNA) - The Minister of Defence Lt.Gen, Awad Mohamed Ahmed, received, Wednesday, at his office, the Candian medical team, currently visiting the coountry, carry out open heart surgeries to children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery
Title: Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart SurgeryCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - February 22, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib
Title: Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFibCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - February 22, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Efficacy of a Repositionable, Retrievable Aortic Valve Efficacy of a Repositionable, Retrievable Aortic Valve
This study aimed to confirm the safety and efficacy of the Lotus Valve, a novel repositionable and fully retrievable bioprosthetic aortic valve.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Therapy for muscular dystrophy-caused heart failure also improves muscle function in mice
(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) Injections of cardiac progenitor cells help reverse the fatal heart disease caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy and also lead to improved limb strength and movement ability, a new study shows. The study, published today in Stem Cell Reports, showed that when researchers injected cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs) into the hearts of laboratory mice with muscular dystrophy, heart function improved along with a marked increase in exercise capacity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UBC engineers advance the capability of wearable tech
(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) Creating the perfect wearable device to monitor muscle movement, heart rate and other tiny bio-signals without breaking the bank has inspired scientists to look for a simpler and more affordable tool. Now, a team of researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus have developed a practical way to monitor and interpret human motion, in what may be the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to wearable technology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Beetroot juice supplements may help certain heart failure patients
(Indiana University) Beetroot juice supplements may help enhance exercise capacity in patients with heart failure, according to a new proof-of-concept study. Exercise capacity is a key factor linked to these patients' quality of life and even survival. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Do pain medications carry different heart risks?
(Wiley) Prior studies have suggested that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be linked with higher cardiovascular risks, but few have assessed potential different cardiovascular risk between NSAID classes or across individual NSAIDs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Women who suffer with SCAD may fare better with conservative care
(Mayo Clinic) Patients who suffer from a type of heart attack that affects mainly younger women, called spontaneous coronary artery dissection or SCAD, may benefit most from conservative treatment, letting the body heal on its own. This is according to a new scientific statement by a Mayo Clinic led team, published by the American Heart Association in its journal, Circulation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

St. Michael’s cardiologist performs successful world first, using Canadian invented device in novel way
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - February 22, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Odds of ARDS Up After Cardiac Surgery During Flu Season
Cardiac surgery during flu season is independent risk factor for acute respiratory distress syndrome (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 22, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Pathology, Pulmonology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Being obese for a decade can double heart disease risk  
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found being obese for a decade could damage the double the risk for heart damage. The findings are published in the journal Clinical Chemistry. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FAKE SCIENCE: New JAMA study falsely claims no benefit for heart disease sufferers taking omega 3s – but there are major flaws in their "research"
(Natural News) When a natural cure starts to gain a lot of attention for its efficacy in treating a particular ailment, those who profit from the conventional medical treatments do their best to downplay its abilities and protect their income stream. A recent meta-analysis in JAMA Cardiology casting doubt on omega-3 supplementation’s cardiovascular benefits is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physio-Control initiates select recall of Lifepak 20e defibs, monitors
Physio-Control is recalling select Lifepak 20e defibrillators and monitors over issues with power failures, according to a recall notice posted this month. The voluntary recall affects Lifepak 20e units built between September 2016 and June 2017, the company said. Physio-Control said it received reports from customers of power-related failures with the devices during initial deployment and during use within the first year of distribution. Failures included unexpected powering on and off, device lock-ups or failures to power on and off. The company said that the reported issues have “the potential to result in a failu...
Source: Mass Device - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Recalls physiocontrol Source Type: news

Severe sleep-disordered breathing linked to cardiovascular problems
The development of heart failure is linked to severe sleep-disordered breathing but treatment may minimize the risk, according to research conducted in Japan. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cardiva Medical adds $11m for vascular closure devices
Cardiva Medical said yesterday that it added another $11 million to a funding round it closed last year at $30 million to continue the commercialization of its Vascade vascular closure device. Existing debt and equity investors participated, including PTV Healthcare Capital, Canepa Healthcare and affiliates of Luther King Capital Mgmt., the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said. In March 2017 Cardiva said it had put a bow around the $30 million round for Vascade, which won 510(k) clearance from the FDA in February 2013. Yesterday the company said the latest infusion will also go toward its Ambulate investigation...
Source: Mass Device - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Vascular Wall Street Beat Cardiva Medical Inc. Source Type: news

Mental Stress - Induced Myocardial Ischemia Risk Up for Women
Peripheral vasoconstriction, microvascular dysfunction may affect MSIMI risk in women only (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pathology, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Google Retina Scan May Reveal Heart Attack Risk
For the study, the researchers used models that were based on data from 284,335 patients and validated using two separate data sets of 12,026 and 999 patients. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Here ’s Why Doctors Often Miss Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
Almost 30% of women who had a heart attack in a new study sought medical care for related symptoms before they ever went to the hospital — but more than half of their doctors didn’t think their ailments were heart-related. The reason why so many women are falling through the cracks may have to do with the variety of heart-attack symptoms that women experience, according to the paper published in the journal Circulation. Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health interviewed almost 3,000 heart attack patients younger than 55 — two-thirds of them female — about their symptoms, when they sought ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime heart attacks Heart Disease medicine onetime Research Source Type: news

UCLA scientists use color-coded tags to discover how heart cells develop
UCLA researchers used fluorescent colored proteins to trace how cardiomyocytes — cells in heart muscle that enable it to pump blood — are produced in mouse embryos. The findings could eventually lead to methods for regenerating heart tissue in human adults.The research was published in the journal Nature Communications.“Our ultimate goal is to be able to regenerate cardiomyocytes after an injury like a heart attack,” said Dr. Reza Ardehali, an associate professor of medicine in UCLA’s division of cardiology and a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 21, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 -- The flu virus -- even if it doesn't cause symptoms -- can lead to serious complications after heart surgery, a new study by Dutch researchers suggests. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a potentially deadly... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 21, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Gout drug could help treat heart failure
A drug used for the treatment of gout has been found to improve heart functioning in a small number of people with heart failure, researchers reveal. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart Disease Source Type: news

Paragonix Tech wins CE Mark for heart transport devices
Paragonix Technologies said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its SherpaPak and SherpaPerfusion cardiac transport systems. The SherpaPak system consists of a single-use, disposable device designed for the hypothermic static preservation and transportation of the donor hearts, while the SherpaPerfusion system is a single-use, disposable device designed for hypothermic oxygenated perfusion preservation and transport of donor hearts. “Having followed the extensive research and product development activities at Paragonix Technologies over the past few years, I am impressed by the intuitive designs o...
Source: Mass Device - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Regulatory/Compliance Surgical Transplants Paragonix Technologies Source Type: news

Bangladeshi Staff at the Heart of Response to Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Voice from the FieldBangladeshi Staff at the Heart of Response to Rohingya Refugee CrisisFebruary 21, 2018More than 2,000 Bangladeshi and international staff members —from doctors, nurses, and mental health counselors to logisticians, translators, and social workers—are working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to respond tothe Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. MSF operations here have rapidly scaled up since late August 2017. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - February 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable
The increasing popularity of devices using software and wireless communications has created a rising risk that hackers might reprogram devices to make them work improperly, cardiologists say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

A Tribute to Dr. Ray Lipicky: The Man Who Transformed Cardiology
(MedPage Today) -- Milton Packer, Robert Califf, Norman Stockbridge and Robert Fenichel pay tribute (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 21, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Heart Defibrillators in CKD: More Harm Than Good? Heart Defibrillators in CKD: More Harm Than Good?
Dr Bansal comments on her study on heart defibrillators in patients with kidney disease and the greater risk for hospitalization for heart failure.Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Viewpoint Source Type: news