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 […]

UB Reporter: Joint effort tackling heart disease in WNY

| July 27, 2009

By LOIS BAKER Published: July 22, 2009 A collaboration involving physicians, researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students from three prominent regional institutions is intent on improving heart health in Western New York, an area with a heart disease death rate that is twice the national average. The collaboration, which took shape in 2005, involves UB, […]

New test predicts heart disease risk more accurately

| July 14, 2009

Britain News.Net Thursday 9th July, 2009 (ANI) London, July 9 : Scientists have come up with a new test that can help predict a person’s risk of heart disease more accurately. An independent external validation of QRISK, a new score for predicting a heart disease risk has been found to be more accurate than the […]

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 […]

Predicting coronary artery disease, and treatment response, is a moving target

| January 29, 2009

Coronary heart disease, or coronary artery disease, the build up of atherosclerotic plaque that can cause myocardial infarction and death, remains the target of huge worldwide markets for treatment, yet the disease state represents a moving target for both predicting who will develop the disease, who has “vulnerable plaque”, who is likely to suffer events […]

The New Science of Vascular Disease

| January 26, 2009

Vascular disease and the conditions that produce arterial problems consume roughly one- third to one-half of the $2 trillion annual spend in American health care. The science and systems exist today to dramatically improve the quality and cost related to cardio-metabolic conditions but almost nothing has been done to implement these new tools since the […]

CTA program reduces the frequency of normal findings on invasive angiograms

| January 25, 2009

Ottawa, ON – The implementation of a computed-tomography coronary angiography (CTA) program reduces the rate of normal findings on invasive angiography tests compared with centers without a dedicated CTA program, a new study has shown [1]. Researchers say that the imaging modality has a positive impact on clinical practice, particularly as it is able to […]

A Genetic Test for Heart Disease and Cancer Risk

| January 22, 2009

From car makers to cosmetic surgeons, everyone is scrambling to develop and market more economical products–and the consumer-genetics industry is no exception. DecodeMe, a division of Iceland-based Decode Genetics, launched two new services this week: a test that detects genetic variations associated with different cardiovascular diseases, and a screen that detects genetic variations linked to […]

Blood Flow Measurement Boosts Stent Outcomes

| January 21, 2009

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) — A sophisticated measure of blood flow to determine where artery-opening stents should be implanted is more effective than the X-ray examinations now commonly used, an international study finds. The technique, measuring what’s known as “fractional flow reserve” (FFR), is designed for people who have multiple blockages that require artery-opening […]

Pet scanning better for heart disease diagnosis, management

| January 21, 2009

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Using positron emission tomography (PET) scanning rather than other types of imaging as the first tool to diagnose heart-vessel blockages is more accurate, less invasive and saves dollars, a study by University at Buffalo researchers has shown. The research findings were presented today (March 8, 2005) at the American College of Cardiology’s […]