Circulatory system http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30874/all en Study finds genetic cause for common heart ailment http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/study-finds-genetic-cause-common-heart-ailment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A genetic variation doubles the risk of developing calcium deposits in the heart, a common condition that, in severe cases, can narrow or block the aorta, according to a study published Wednesday.</p> <p>The genetic variation, found in seven percent of the population, provides important clues about how to treat the disease, researchers said in the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/study-finds-genetic-cause-common-heart-ailment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Circulatory system Health Medicine Technology AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:30:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748322 at http://www.globalpost.com US implant device helps prevent clotting: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/us-implant-device-helps-prevent-clotting-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An implant device designed by US firm Boston Scientific to prevent strokes in high risk people helps avert blood clotting, a new study said.</p> <p>The umbrella-shaped device called "Watchman" can also serve as an alternative to treatment with anticoagulants of patients suffering from arterial fibrillation, a study by the manufacturer said.</p> <p>The trials involved 407 patients at 41 sites and compared the "Watchman" to warfarin, an anticoagulant medication, said the study, which was presented on Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/us-implant-device-helps-prevent-clotting-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cardiac dysrhythmia Circulatory system Medicine AFP Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:00:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5778709 at http://www.globalpost.com Mummies from different times, places shared key heart risk http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130310/mummies-different-times-places-shared-key-heart-risk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* CT scans reveal hardening of arteries was commonplace</p> <p>* Findings suggest heart disease not a modern problem</p> <p>By Julie Steenhuysen</p> <p>CHICAGO, March 10 (Reuters) - CT scans of 137 mummies spanning four geographies and 4,000 years of history show that hardening of the arteries was commonplace, especially in older individuals, suggesting this key sign of heart disease may be a part of aging rather than the byproduct of eating too many Big Macs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130310/mummies-different-times-places-shared-key-heart-risk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Circulatory system Health Medicine Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:45:46 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5779215 at http://www.globalpost.com Ancient people also had clogged arteries, mummy scans show http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/ancient-people-also-had-clogged-arteries-mummy-scans-show <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scans of mummies from as long ago as 2,000 BC have revealed that ancient people also had clogged arteries, a condition blamed on modern vices like smoking, overeating and inactivity, a study said Monday.</p> <p>The finding, published in the Lancet medical journal, casts doubt on our understanding of the condition known as atherosclerosis that causes heart attacks and strokes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/ancient-people-also-had-clogged-arteries-mummy-scans-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Circulatory system Entertainment Health Medicine Technology AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:46:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5779223 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Health News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/reuters-health-news-summary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following is a summary of current health news briefs.</p> <p>Antibiotic resistance a "catastrophic threat": UK medical chief</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/reuters-health-news-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aging-associated diseases Circulatory system Disaster Health Medicine Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Mar 2013 05:15:47 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5779340 at http://www.globalpost.com Bald men may be at higher clogged artery risk http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/bald-men-may-be-at-higher-clogged-artery-risk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>In a double blow, bald men may be at higher risk of coronary heart disease, said a study Wednesday, but only if the hair is lost at the crown.</p> <p>Men who bald from the front appear to carry no significant added risk for the clogged artery disease that can cause heart attacks, said a report in the online journal BMJ Open.</p> <p>Researchers from the University of Tokyo's Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases analysed six studies on male pattern baldness and coronary heart disease conducted between 1993 and 2008 with nearly 40,000 participants in the United States and Europe.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/bald-men-may-be-at-higher-clogged-artery-risk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Circulatory system Health Medicine AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 23:00:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5801219 at http://www.globalpost.com Better stent surgery stats needed: heart doctors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130512/better-stent-surgery-stats-needed-heart-doctors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Andrew M. Seaman</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Publicly reported statistics about how patients fare after a common heart procedure often are inaccurate, says a new study that suggests publishing the poor quality numbers may do more harm than good.</p> <p>The proportion of patients who die within 30 days of a medical procedure is sometimes used to gauge the effectiveness of the treatment, or of the hospital or doctor administering it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130512/better-stent-surgery-stats-needed-heart-doctors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Circulatory system Interventional cardiology Medicine Thomson Reuters Sun, 12 May 2013 19:03:42 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5836359 at http://www.globalpost.com Americans with irregular heartbeats to double: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130726/americans-irregular-heartbeats-double-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kathryn Doyle</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If current trends continue, the number of Americans who experience a dangerous irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation will more than double in the next 16 years, according to a new study.</p> <p>In 2010, some five million U.S. adults had been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or AF, but the study projects about 12 million cases by the year 2030.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130726/americans-irregular-heartbeats-double-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aging-associated diseases Cardiac dysrhythmia Circulatory system Health Labor Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:05:07 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5894953 at http://www.globalpost.com Procedure may reduce stroke risk with irregular heartbeat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130805/procedure-may-reduce-stroke-risk-irregular-heartbeat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Shefali S. Kulkarni</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A heart procedure may be an effective alternative for treating the leading cause of strokes in the U.S., an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, suggests a large new study.</p> <p>In a group of nearly 38,000 people, researchers compared individuals with similar stroke risk profiles to one another, and found that those with atrial fibrillation who underwent the catheter ablation procedure fared better than those on medications alone over three years.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130805/procedure-may-reduce-stroke-risk-irregular-heartbeat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cardiac dysrhythmia Circulatory system Health Labor Medicine Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 05 Aug 2013 19:34:09 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5903151 at http://www.globalpost.com Quicker heart treatment hasn't lowered deaths: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130904/quicker-heart-treatment-hasnt-lowered-deaths-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Gene Emery</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A good hospital will get heart attack victims into an operating room and get their clogged artery open within 90 minutes. But a new study shows that shortening that time even further does not significantly lower the risk of dying in the hospital.</p> <p>The analysis, which measured the so-called door-to-balloon time now widely used to assess the quality of heart attack care, found that shaving additional minutes off the 90-minute goal produced diminishing returns.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130904/quicker-heart-treatment-hasnt-lowered-deaths-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Circulatory system Health Labor Medicine Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:31:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5924668 at http://www.globalpost.com Cardiovascular Systems gets nod for new heart device http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131022/cardiovascular-systems-gets-nod-new-heart-device <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Reuters) - Cardiovascular Systems Inc received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to start selling its heart device to treat severe calcium deposits in coronary arteries, sending its shares up as much as 23 percent.</p> <p>The device, Diamondback 360 Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System, will be launched immediately after the FDA's marketing approval, the company said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Plaque build up, including calcium deposits, in arteries reduces blood supply to the heart, leading to coronary artery disease.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131022/cardiovascular-systems-gets-nod-new-heart-device" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cardiology Circulatory system Medicine Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:17:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5967675 at http://www.globalpost.com Factbox: U.S. heart disease statistics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131112/factbox-us-heart-disease-statistics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Reuters) - The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association on Tuesday announced new clinical practice guidelines aimed at cutting the risk of heart disease, the number one killer for both men and women in the United States. The following are heart disease statistics, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p> <p>* About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year, or 1 in 4 deaths</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131112/factbox-us-heart-disease-statistics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Circulatory system Health Labor Medicine Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:48:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5987514 at http://www.globalpost.com Mediterranean diet may be good for leg arteries, too http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140121/mediterranean-diet-may-be-good-leg-arteries-too <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Genevra Pittman</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who eat a Mediterranean diet high in olive oil or nuts may reduce their likelihood of developing clogged leg arteries, according to new research from Spain.</p> <p>The finding follows results from the same trial published last year that showed sticking to a Mediterranean diet could lower the risk of heart attack and stroke (see Reuters Health story of February 25, 2013 here: <a href="http://reut.rs/1hxUexN" title="http://reut.rs/1hxUexN">http://reut.rs/1hxUexN</a>).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140121/mediterranean-diet-may-be-good-leg-arteries-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Circulatory system Diets Health Mediterranean Thomson Reuters Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:47:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6049272 at http://www.globalpost.com Four or more kids could be bad for mom's heart http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140328/four-or-more-kids-could-be-bad-moms-heart <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Having four or more children could be bad for a mother's heart, a US study suggested Friday.</p> <p>Plaque buildup, an early sign of heart disease, was far more common in women who had given birth to four or more children than in those who had two or three, according to the research presented at the American College of Cardiology conference.</p> <p>The survey did not say why this may be happening, and researchers did not consider whether stress could be a factor in the poorer health of these mothers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140328/four-or-more-kids-could-be-bad-moms-heart" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Circulatory system Health Medicine AFP Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:34:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6107522 at http://www.globalpost.com Alternative treatment for cholesterol shows promise http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140330/alternative-treatment-cholesterol-shows-promise <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An experimental treatment has shown promise in lowering bad cholesterol, offering hope for people who are at risk for heart disease but cannot tolerate drugs known as statins, researchers said Sunday. </p> <p>The therapy developed by Amgen pharmaceuticals is known as evolocumab. It is a monoclonal antibody that is injected every couple of weeks, instead of taken in a daily pill form.</p> <p>Evolocumab is part of a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors, which suppress a gene involved with cholesterol regulation in the liver.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140330/alternative-treatment-cholesterol-shows-promise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Circulatory system Health Medicine AFP Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:48:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6109034 at http://www.globalpost.com