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Marijuana use may be linked to temporarily weakened heart muscle

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS – Active marijuana use may double the risk of stress cardiomyopathy, an uncommon heart muscle malfunction that can mimic heart attack symptoms, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

The researchers found that marijuana users were almost twice as […]

Drug therapy, LVAD helps severe heart failure patients recover function

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — More than a third of advanced heart failure patients treated with a combination of an artificial heart assist device, called a left ventricular assist device and intensive drug therapy have recovered their heart function enough to allow removal of the device.

The preliminary results […]

Frequent simulation-based training may improve CPR proficiency among hospital staff

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A new training model improved CPR skills in a clinical setting, according to research presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Currently, hospital staff are only required to undergo formal CPR training every two years. This […]

Use of cholesterol-lowering drugs before cardiac arrest may aid survival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Patients who have been taking statins are likely to survive longer after a cardiac arrest than those who are not taking them, according to a study released Saturday.

The study from Taiwan researchers was presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart […]

CPR skills low among older adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — CPR increases the chance of survival after sudden cardiac arrest, yet knowledge of this lifesaving procedure is low in many communities, especially among older adults, according to studies presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

In two […]

Discovering gene culprits could speed heart failure treatment, prevention

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants awarded by the American Heart Association to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

Think of heart failure as a serious plumbing problem. It happens when the heart can’t pump enough […]

Charity bike ride, cookout Saturday in Virginia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Six years after battling cancer, Aimee Rodriguez-Zepeda learned in 2014 that she had congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart that was working at a quarter of its capacity.

Rodriguez-Zepeda, a 41-year-old former Marine, decided to use her love of motorcycles to help spread the word […]

Heart attack, stroke prevention is a cleaning problem, researcher says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants awarded by the American Heart Association to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

A Texas researcher wants to understand if a person’s genetics or cholesterol levels can predict how well […]

Experts exploring contemporary research issues in San Antonio

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Making science less mysterious and more understandable for the average consumer is the focus of a research meeting this week in San Antonio.

“Gathering cardiovascular scientists of all career stages at the Research Leaders Academy is an opportunity to share thoughts about best practices to develop […]

Heart disease, constructed from a mysterious mixture of traits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

Piece by piece, researchers are working on different parts of the puzzle to control and cure heart disease. At Mount Sinai, Ron Do, […]