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Menopausal women have lower risk of dying from heart attack than men

While menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, menopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than men; however, this difference was less pronounced among blacks, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. In the first study to compare men and women and how menopause [...]

Less extensive damage to heart muscle/therapeutic hypothermia following acute myocardial infarction

After an acute myocardial infarction, patients treated with rapid lowering of body temperature by combined cold saline infusion and endovascular cooling had less heart muscle damage and reduced incidence of heart failure. Therapeutic hypothermia was especially protective against heart muscle damage in patients with a large area of myocardium at risk according to an analysis [...]

Simple genetic test halting the time-bomb of condition that can cause early heart attacks to reach more British families

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has awarded funding of more than £900,000 to extend a ground-breaking genetic testing programme for the inherited and potentially deadly high cholesterol condition, Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH). An estimated one in 200 families in the UK has the faulty gene associated with FH – the UK’s most common genetic mutation. This [...]

3D nano-images reveal ‘bicycle spoke’ structure of heart cells that may hold key heart attack clues

Newly released images revealing the ‘bicycle spoke’ structure of a heart cell may hold key clues to reducing damage from a heart attack. Research by Dr Ashraf Kitmitto and colleagues, from The University of Manchester’s Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, provides new information as to why some cells don’t work properly following a heart attack. Part [...]

Novel PET tracer narrows in on life-threatening blood clots

Molecular imaging technique could reveal patients’ risk for heart attack, stroke and embolism Fatal cardiac events are often preceded by abnormal blood clots, also called thrombosis. Scientists have now developed a molecular imaging technique that could save lives by revealing troublesome thrombi, according to a study presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society [...]