Many heart attack patients not referred to cardiac rehab

| September 7, 2009

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) — Even though cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to guard against future heart trouble once a cardiovascular event has landed someone in the hospital, only 56 percent of these patients are referred for the therapy, a new study finds. Despite national guidelines that say hospitalized […]

Cardiac rehabilitation saves lives

| September 7, 2009

June 8th, 2009 Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death worldwide and a major driver of medical and economic costs, especially among older adults. It has long been established that cardiac rehabilitation improves survival, at least in middle-aged, low- and moderate-risk white men. Now a large Brandeis University-led study published in the […]

Cardiac Biomarker Levels Strongly Predict Outcome Of Bypass Surgery

| September 7, 2009

ScienceDaily (Sep. 6, 2009) — Levels of a biomarker used in the diagnosis of heart attacks are almost universally elevated in patients who have undergone coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG) and, when markedly elevated, are powerfully prognostic, a team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Heart Center has found. Their report implies that, while […]

Bayer didn’t warn of Trasylol’s possible side effects, suit claims

| August 31, 2009

Bayer didn’t warn of Trasylol’s possible side effects, suit claims. A man and woman have filed a suit against Bayer, alleging they were not warned of possible side effects in a drug used to control bleeding in coronary artery bypass grafting. Don Juan Brown and Jean N. Snyder claim their use of Trasylol led to […]

In NEJM Editorial, UB Cardiologist Recommends Optimal Medical Therapy, CABG, over PCI in Diabetics with Heart Disease

| August 12, 2009

William E. Boden has written an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine that urges caution about new research on diabetics with coronary disease. Release Date: June 7, 2009 BUFFALO, N.Y. — In an editorial in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), William E. Boden, M.D., professor of medicine […]

Dr. Dean Ornish: Resuscitating Health Care Reform

| August 10, 2009

Mon, 08/10/2009 – 05:01 — – Health reform is in danger of failing because the focus has been too much on who is covered and not enough on what is covered. Health care reform is primarily about health insurance reform, with the main battle being over coverage and the payment system. Of course, we need […]

U.S. facing severe shortage of heart surgeons

| July 28, 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The U.S. is likely to face a severe shortage of heart surgeons in the next 10 years, say representatives from medical schools and thoracic surgeons’ groups. Writing in the journal Circulation, Dr. Atul Grover of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, DC and colleagues point out that the […]

Common Heart Bypass Method Poses More Risks

| July 22, 2009

July 15 (Bloomberg) — A widely used method for reducing pain and infections after heart bypass surgery increased the rate of heart attacks and deaths after three years compared with an older, conventional technique, researchers said. Patients who underwent an endoscopy to collect healthy veins from the body to graft them to blocked coronary arteries […]

Bypass or Angioplasty No Better Than Drug Therapy in Reducing Deaths Among Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

| July 22, 2009

International Multicenter Study Led by the University of Pittsburgh Published in New England Journal of Medicine and Presented at American Diabetes Association 69th Scientific Sessions NEW ORLEANS, June 7, 2009 – There is no difference in mortality among patients with type 2 diabetes and stable heart disease who received prompt bypass surgery or angioplasty compared to […]

Soothing Angina

| July 14, 2009

By Matthew Herper and Robert Langreth 07.13.09 One million Americans suffer heart attacks every year. Quickly getting their arteries propped open with stents saves lives, studies have found. But millions more develop heart symptoms gradually. Usually it comes in the form of angina, a squeezing pain in the chest or arms caused by clogged arteries […]