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Rehabilitation improves the prognosis of serious heart disease

Rehabilitation is recommended for many patients following a hospital stay for acute heart disease. In a recent original article in Deutsches Ă„rzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl int 112: 527-34) Axel Schlitt et al. show that this improves prognosis for heart disease and can thus reduce patient mortality. More than 1900 patients in Saxony-Anhalt were contacted and [...]

Cardiovascular disease is Europe’s biggest killer according to new analysis

Study highlights major disparities in death rates across continent Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in Europe accounting for nearly half (45 per cent) of all deaths, according to new a study1 funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Despite deaths from cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke, falling in most [...]

Fat mice bred to have more muscle give insight, new targets for battling obesity’s cardiovascular risk

Even without losing fat, more muscle appears to go a long way in fighting off the bad cardiovascular effects of obesity. That emerging evidence has scientists looking hard for new targets to uncouple the unhealthy relationship between fat and cardiovascular disease. “If you look at the exercise literature, we understand very well that if you [...]

Insulin pump reduces mortality from cardiovascular disease by almost 50%

People with type 1 diabetes who use insulin pump therapy face almost 50% less risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than those who take insulin by multiple daily injections. The British Medical Journal has published a study conducted at Sahlgrenska Academy. Based on the National Diabetes Register, researchers monitored 18,168 Swedes with type 1 diabetes [...]

Low cost anti-hypertensive medications projected to save lives and be borderline cost-effective in China

An expanded program of treatment for hypertension could prevent about 800,000 cardiovascular disease (CVD) events every year in China, according to a modeling study published in PLOS Medicine. The predictions of this simulation, reported by Andrew Moran of Columbia University and colleagues, indicate that such a program should also be borderline cost-effective, provided low cost [...]