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 »

Ventricular ectopy is a modifiable risk factor for congestive heart failure

iStock_000024649569XSmallHigher frequency of extra heartbeats is a predictor factor of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) decrease and congestive heart failure (CHF) Read full text »

Mini sized pacemaker

Doctors from a Southampton Hospital in Great Britain transplanted mini pacemaker into two patients. Specialists claim that in comparison with currently used devices it is more safe and effective. The latest invention may be a revolution for people who have to live with such device. Read full text »

Hydrogel releasing drug as a new alternative to treat complications of a heart attack

3.-Spheres-entering-bloodstreamReports about effectiveness of stem cells therapy after an episode of acute coronary syndrome have been appearing for a long time. Interesting aspects of this kind of treatment are time of therapy implementation, dose, mechanism leading to improvement of the heart muscle functioning and method of administration. A method described by German research team seems to be a solution to the last problem. It was published in May this year and consists in the use of biomaterial – hydrogel made of PEGda which releases bispecific protein influencing bone marrow stem cells in a chemotactical way. Read full text »

Lower levels of sodium intake and reduced cardiovascular risk

iStock_000020735338XSmallIn the Circulation Cook and colleagues in their an observational follow-up study of phases 1 and 2 of TOHP (Trials of Hypertension Prevention) reported a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD mortality among study participants with lower urinary sodium (<2300mg/24h). Read full text »

Can macrophages heal a broken heart?

Medical technician examining bloodThe researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in Sant Louis discovered a subpopulation of macrophages located in human heart that appears to play an important role in the heart’s response to injury. The results of their investigation were published by the “Immunity” in the January 2014. This discovery may contribute a significant improvement in a treatment of chronic heart diseases.

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Cholinesterase inhibitors – lower risk of heart attack and death in Alzheimer’s disease patients

The group of drugs used in Alzheimer’s disease therapy are cholinesterase inhibitor(ChEI). It turns out that their influence on cranial nerve X and anti-inflammatory action may be useful in prophylaxis of cardiovascular diseases. Authors of a research published in European Heart Journal have shown that ChEI intake may significantly decrease the risk heart attack and death. Read full text »