MRI – modern method for imaging in cardiology

A new invention will allow for very efficient imaging of the myocardial movements with the use of MRI (magneticresonanceimaging – magnetic resonance imaging). Obtained image is the result of a very strong magnetic field (about 150 thousand times greater than the Earth’s field). Read full text »

Clopidogrel – the linchpin of antiplatelet therapy – do we know this medicine?

Clopidogrel – introduced in 1997, not so long ago was the second best-selling drug all over the World, next to the acetylic acid it positioned itself firmly in the field of cardiology as a dual antiplatelet therapy introduced in patients suffering from angina pectoris, NSTEMI, STEMI treated with anticoagulants or PCI as well as in prevention of thrombosis in symptomatic arterosclerosis. Read full text »

Identifying Acute Aortic Dissection Patients

Written for www.physiciansweekly.com by: Kim A. Eagle, MD

Albion Walter Hewlett Professor, Internal Medicine Chief, Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine University of Michigan Health System Director and Education Lead University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center

A study from University of Michigan researchers shows that the signs or symptoms of acute aortic dissection can usually be identified using a risk score generated by a simple bedside screening tool.

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The French artificial heart

Cardiology – one of the fastest developing specializations, again takes a major step forward. After percutaneous interventions of stenting, valve replacements, atrial septal defect occlusion, atrial appendage occlusion, time has come for even greater interference in human heart’s structure. Now the scientists get closer to the total replacement of insufficient ventricles with artificial heart. Although, the mankind has dreamt of placing a machine inside the chest for generations, the mechanism of similar size, weight, and functioning as a human heart has not been created until now. The task has been accomplished by a French research group that developed a prototype named CARMAT. This artificial heart model has been recently launched into the first phase of clinical testing and this year it is to be implanted into several patients. Read full text »

Can New Blood Test Predict Heart Attacks?

Written for Physician’s Weekly.

A new blood test may predict patients at risk of an imminent heart attack. Researchers have discovered mutated circulating endothelial cells (CECs) that are released into the bloodstream days before the formation of a clot. A blood test may be used to identify this particular cell type up to 2 weeks before the heart attack is likely to occur. Continue reading