Maternal hyperoxygenation as the way to treat aortic arch dimensions in fetuses with coarctation

iStock_000001495171_LargeAortic coarctation (CoA) constitutes 6-8% of all live births with hearth diseases. It can occur in various stages: from a discrete constriction of the aortic isthmus to the hypoplasia of the aortic arch. Prenatal diagnosis of CoA may result in lower mortality rate and better haemodynamic parameters (due to the early operation of CoA) by sustaining the patency of the aorta (1). The way to treat the fetus with CoA could be sustained, intermittent maternal hyperoxygenation (HO). Scientists discovered that HO can indicate the increase of left cardiac dimensions and the aortic isthmus (in fetuses with isolated CoA). Effects are mostly noticed in 4th week of treatment. The duration of the HO should dependent on left heart dimensions

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Does the death of the partner have an influence on the risk of atrial fibrillation?

iStock_000024649569XSmallStress can be caused by many diseases. This correlation has already been proved in acute diseases of the cardiovascular system such as myocardial infarction. The loss of the partner is considered to be one of the most stressful life experiences. Bereavement may be the cause of mental illness for example depression. Can the stress of bereavement cause of other diseases? Read full text »

Lights and shadows of the treatment with proton pump inhibitors in patients after myocardial infarction

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are currently one of the most effective and most widely used drugs in the prevention and treatment of disorders associated with excessive secretion of hydrochloric acid. Recent reports suggest that polytherapy with PPI, clopidogrel and acetylsalicylic acid in patients after percutaneous coronary intervention is associated with the possibility of adverse interactions in the form of, inter alia, acute coronary syndromes, stroke, and even death. The latest research clearly indicate that simultaneous use of proton pump inhibitors together with dual antiplatelet therapy does not increase the risk of adverse cardiovascular events.

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Air pollution as a leading risk factor for stroke

iStock_000019071669XSmallEach year, worldwide approximately 15 million people have a stroke. Of witch, 6,000,000 die and 5,000,000 remain permanently paralyzed, what becomes the second most common cause of disability. Recent studies show air pollution as a leading risk factor for stroke in the world.

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Migraine headaches as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease among women

In a BMJ journal, a study describing the relationship between the occurrence of migraine among women and the increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack or stroke, was published. An increased mortality rate for these diseases in the population of women with migraine headaches was also observed. Read full text »

Consumption of sweetened beverages increases risk of heart failure

iStock_000024649569XSmallSummer is coming and with sweltering heat comes a temptation to
quench thirst with sweetened beverages. However, we should carefully consider the type of fluid intake because as scientist from Karolinska Institutet report, consumption of sweetened beverage significantly increases the risk of heart failure occurrence.

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Vitamine D improves heart function in course of chronic heart failure

medicine dopingChronic heart failure (CHF) is a progressive disease which manifests itself as a decrease in cardiac output accompanied with myocardial dysfunction. The most common cause of CHF is the ischemic heart disease (IHD) but it may also be a complication of hypertension, cardiomyopathy or myocarditis. Disease is characterized with high mortality, 50% of patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. Therefore the search for new therapeutic approaches, that could improve these statistics continues. Read full text »

Endometriosis and higher risk of a heart disease – new dependencies

iStock_000024649569XSmallAmerican scientists report that women with endometriosis, who are 40 years old and less, are under greater risk of coronary heart disease. The results of the study were published in Circulation Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Read full text »

Antihypertensive drugs may be harmful for some patients with type 2 diabetes

medicine dopingThe latest study published in The British Medical Journal reported that intensive therapy, which aim is to lower blood pressure, may do more harm than good to patients with type 2 diabetes.

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Noninvasive imaging of atherosclerotic plaque instability by MRI

iStock_000015911522_DoubleAtherosclerosis is a significant risk factor of coronary and cerebrovascular occlusive accidents, manifested as acute myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke, which remain a leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Due to its multifactorial etiology and clinical implications, atherosclerosis has become an subject of many studies regarding a pathogenesis and natural course of the disease. According to the latest news provided by scientists from Boston University School of Medicine, the development and identification of atherosclerotic plaques at the highest risk for thrombosis can be successfully evaluated by using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Read full text »