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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 [...]

Southampton heart patients use world’s first mobile pacemaker station

Heart patients in Southampton are the first in the world to use a new mobile station to assess their pacemakers without the need for a nurse, doctor or visit to hospital. The hi-tech CareLink Express, which is currently based at Bitterne Park Medical Centre as part of a pilot study, enables people fitted with the [...]

Pill appearance affects how patients take their medications

When it comes to taking generic heart medications, appearance matters, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Physicians often prescribe generic medications for the treatment of cardiovascular disease because generics are inexpensive for patients and payors and are available in nearly every class of relevant medication – antihypertensive, lipid-lowering, anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and [...]

Phone app helps doctors make right call in treating heart patients

A smart phone app could help doctors more easily identify patients who are at risk of dying within three years a heart attack. The app will help doctors, nurses or paramedics quickly calculate the severity of a patient’s condition and help them offer the most appropriate immediate and long-term treatments. The speed and versatility of [...]

Personalized drug dosing necessary for older heart patients

Older heart patients present unique challenges for determining the optimal dosages of medications, so a new study from researchers at Duke Medicine offers some rare clarity about the use of drugs that are used to treat patients with heart attacks. For certain heart patients older than age 75, a half-dose of the anti-platelet drug prasugrel [...]