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Study of ‘fountain of youth’ protein points to possible human health benefit

Patients with higher blood levels of growth factor have lower risk of cardiovascular problems Individuals previously diagnosed with heart disease may be less likely to experience heart failure, heart attacks, or stroke, or to die from these events, if they have higher blood levels of two very closely related proteins, according to a new study [...]

Quitting smoking after heart attack reduces chest pain, improves quality of life

Smokers who quit after having a heart attack have similar levels of chest pain and mental health as non-smokers, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Researchers assessed 4,003 adults in two U.S. multi-center heart attack patient registries for smoking, chest pain and health-related quality of life measures, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]