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Premature Vascular and Bone Changes Occur in COPD Patients

...t spirometry to determine lung function, had their aortic pulse wave velocity measured along with another in...oblem that reflects the increasing rigidity of the aortic artery. The average age of the study cohort was 63. The increased arterial stiffness in patients wit...

Obesity is Linked to Enlarged Heart

...and function. Results showed that narrowing of the aortic valve, the main valve that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body, was the strongest predictor of LVH, followed by gender and Body Mass Index. While the cause of LVH in obese patients is not known, it may be related to increased ...

New Insights into Chronic Inflammation and Atherosclerosis

...e of chronic inflammatory cell infiltration in the aortic wall. This was achieved by counting and measuring ...were observed in 6 of 7 patients with a history of aortic aneurysm. In addition to inflammatory rheumatic disease, current smoking was independently associate...

Novartis Drug Diovan Shows Superior Benefits

...ris, 46 percent in heart failure and 81 percent in aortic dissection - separation of the wall layers in the body's main artery – as compared to other treatment groups. There were few adverse events (2.5 percent overall) with no significant difference in tolerability between the groups. According to inves...

Most Heart Patients Do Not Need Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures

...c heart disease, bicuspid valve disease, calcified aortic stenosis, or congenital heart conditions such as ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The new recommendations apply to many dental procedures, including teeth cleaning and extractions. The guidelines ...

Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Saves Men's Lives

Regular ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms can sharply reduce the likelihood of dyi...t the condition, Medicare began offering abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for those at high risk for the condition, including men over 65 who have smoked a...

FDA Announces Voluntary Withdrawal of Pergolide Products

... (backflow of blood) of the mitral, tricuspid, and aortic valves of the heart. Valve regurgitation is a condition in which valves don’t close tightly, allowing blood to flow backward across the valve. Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue and heart palpitations. In light of this additional post-ma...

Heartbeats on IPods - Being ‘cool’ can Help Doctors to

...d 400 times to five common heart murmurs including aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, mitral stenosis, mitral regurgitation and innocent systolic murmur. Previous studi...

Stay Healthy at Any Age With Preventive Screening

...k Force recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, HIV and obesity. The checklist for women includes recommendations about screening for high cholesterol; breast, cervical and colorectal cancers; and osteoporosis. It also includes recent Task Force recommendations on obesity screening and s...

Genetics may Play Role in Heart Health

...e 55 in males and 65 in women. For conditions like aortic valve disease or mitral valve disease, onset before age 50 is considered early. They're building on studies that have identified a few genetic variations related to early-onset disease. "There is quite a plethora of candidate genes that have been l...

Pulse Pressure Identified as Important Risk Factor for Atrial Fibrillation

...age coincides with a rapid age-related increase in aortic stiffness, which is associated with increased pulse pressure, which increases cardiac load and may increase AF risk. Gary F. Mitchell, M.D., of Cardiovascular Engineering Inc., Waltham, Mass., and colleagues examined the association between pulse ...

Enzyme Critical for Early Growth of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Surgery is the only treatment for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a weak spot in the body's main artery th...nzyme dipeptidyl peptidase I (DPPI) do not develop aortic aneurysms, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report in the online...

More Support for Zinc-antiatherogenic Link

...n the cholesterol diet plus zinc group. Average aortic lesion cross-sectional areas were around 3mm2 in the cholesterol diet group, but only around 1.5mm2 in the cholesterol diet plus zinc group. They also observed that elevated levels of cholesterol oxidation products (5,6-alpha and beta cholesterol ...

Early Detection of Artery Weakening Can Be a Life-Saver

...relieved to find out that the weak spot, called an aortic aneurysm, had been caught while it was still small...urgeon at the University of Michigan monitored his aortic aneurysm until it reached a dangerous size and required surgery. Aneurysms smaller than 2 inches usu...

28% Lower Mortality Rate In Top U.S. Hospitals

...e, community-acquired pneumonia, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, bowel obstruction, gastrointestinal bleed, pancreatitis, diabetic acidosis and coma, pulmonary embolism and sepsis. · For those same procedures and diagnoses, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical excellence had more than twice as mu...

First Keyhole Heart Valve Surgery Scheduled in Britain

...rdiologists. The surgery is termed as percutaneous aortic valve replacement. This technique called the key hole technique was first performed in France. The novelty of this surgery is that it avoids open-heart surgery. During the one-hour surgery the new valve will be introduced into a blood vessel runni...

Common BP Drug Treats Muscular Dystrophy

...rgement and risk of bursting, a condition known as aortic aneurysm. A clinical trial to assess how effective...n will launch within weeks. "In addition to the aortic defect, children with severe Marfan syndrome often have very small, weak muscles, and adults with Ma...

Methamphetamine Use Increases Risks of Artery Tears and Stroke

...While methamphetamine use has been associated with aortic dissection, a tear in the wall of the aorta, the l...ne has similar effects and has also been linked to aortic and carotid artery dissection, it’s therefore likely that the tears in the arteries may be due to a ...

Pioneer Heart Surgeon Faced the Scalpel at 98

...rgical procedure for a condition called dissecting aortic aneurysm.As a young doctor Debakey was the person ...rgical procedure for a condition called dissecting aortic aneurysm.As a young doctor Debakey was the person who devised a very intricate surgical method to re...

How Blood Flow Dictates Gene Expression

...sed on the high-flow side of developing mitral and aortic valves in the heart of a 14-day-old embryo. The researchers surmise that the mechanical stimulus of blood flowing in a vessel leads to the upregulation of Klf2, which either activates or represses genes that control smooth muscle tone, that is the ...

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