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Predicting risk for deadly cardiac events

Marker commonly used for heart attacks also identified stable patients at risk for deadly cardiac events, but intervention did not diminish risk A marker commonly used to determine if a patient is having a heart attack can also be used to identify stable patients at high risk for deadly cardiac events, according to a new [...]

Women, blacks face larger loss of life expectancy after heart attack

Differences in life expectancy change may be due to disparities in care Women and black patients lost more years of their expected life after a heart attack when compared to white men, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Previous research has looked at sex and racial differences [...]

Common transplant drug could turn the tide of heart attack damage

New research has revealed how a drug commonly used after transplant operations could limit some of the heart damage caused by a heart attack, in a study from Newcastle University funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). [1] The findings published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation suggest that temporarily decreasing a part of someone’s [...]

New research allows doctors to image dangerous ‘hardening’ of the arteries

Researchers at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, have shown how a radioactive agent developed in the 1960s to detect bone cancer can be re-purposed to highlight the build-up of unstable calcium deposits in arteries, a process that can cause heart attack and stroke. The technique, reported in the journal [...]

Heart attack treatment hypothesis ‘busted’

Basic research seriously challenges a long-standing hope that blocking calcium from entering energy-making mitochondria inside heart cells could prevent heart attack damage Researchers have long had reason to hope that blocking the flow of calcium into the mitochondria of heart and brain cells could be one way to prevent damage caused by heart attacks and [...]