Blood Thinner, Painkiller Bad Mix, Say Researchers
Morphine appears to reduce the effectiveness of the commonly used blood-thinning drug Plavix, which could hamper emergency-room efforts to treat heart attack victims, Austrian researchers report.
The finding could create serious dilemmas in the ER, where doctors have to weigh...
FDA Warns of Defibrillator Failures
Federal health regulators are warning the public not to use certain defibrillators recalled by Philips Healthcare because the heart-shocking devices may fail in an emergency.
Philips recalled three models of its HeartStart devices in September 2012 due to an electrical...
Simple Technique Found to Diagnose Irregular Heartbeat
A widely used type of heart monitor may provide a simple way to predict a person's risk for a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, according to a new study.
Researchers found that people who have a greater number of heart contractions called premature...
'Heavy-But-Healthy' People Still at Risk: Study
A new analysis supports the idea that obese people who are otherwise healthy are still at risk of heart problems down the road.
Researchers who reviewed past studies found that even heavy people who didn't have high blood pressure or diabetes, for instance, had more heart...
Energy Drinks Strain Heart: Study
Energy drinks may provide a bit too much of a boost to your heart,creating additional strain on the organ and causing it to contract more rapidly than usual, German researchers report.
Healthy people who drank energy drinks high in caffeine and taurine experienced...
Fizzy Drugs Pose Heart Risk: Study
The high salt content of fizzy medications like Alka-Seltzer could pose a threat to people with heart disease, according to a new study.
The researchers want consumers to be aware of how much salt certain over-the-counter drugs contain. In some cases, the salt content of a...
New Cholesterol Guidelines Come Under Fire
Many leading cardiologists say the credibility of new cholesterol guidelines released this month is shattered, raising questions about what kind of evidence should be used to direct medical practice and even which guidelines to believe.
Genetic Research Promises Heart Breakthroughs
Scientists from two landmark heart-disease studies are joining forces to enlist genetics in the war on heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
Beware of Statin Interaction Side Effects
Medical researchers are warning that doctors and pharmacists need to do more to track and manage negative side effects that can result from taking statins with other drugs.
Women's Chest Pain Unreliable Heart Attack Indicator: Study
Chest pain is not a symptom that doctors can use to accurately diagnose a woman suffering a major heart attack, according to new research.
A survey of about 800 women and 1,700 men found that women tend to suffer the same types of chest pain as men during a heart attack,...
Strategies to Avoid Travel-Caused Blood Clots
Traveling long distances in cars and planes over the holidays could put you at risk for deep vein thrombosis -- potentially deadly blood clots in the deep veins of the lower legs and thighs, an expert says.
Sitting for long periods of time in cramped spaces can...
We'll Soon Be Able to Create Human Hearts With 3-D Printing: Scientists
Cardiovascular scientists predict it will possible to use 3D printers to make a whole heart from the recipients' own cells within a decade.
Three Steps Can Cut Heart Risk in Half for Overweight People: Study
Obese or overweight people who lower their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels could cut their risk of heart disease and stroke by more than half, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed 97 studies that included a total of more than 1.8 million people...
Non-Statin Treatment Boosts Good Cholesterol
A way to boost good cholesterol and avert repeat heart attacks, which has eluded two of the world's biggest drugmakers, may have been sitting in CSL Ltd. (CSL)'s trash. The Australian company realized that instead of discarding unused blood components left over from making...
FDA Warning: Stress Test Injections Can Cause Heart Attack
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned physicians on Wednesday that two chemicals used to conduct cardiovascular stress tests can cause heart attacks and death, and it suggested resuscitation equipment and trained staff be available when the tests are conducted.
New Non-Statin Drug Cuts Bad Cholesterol in Half
Amgen Inc's experimental heart medicine from a closely watched new class of drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors lowered bad LDL cholesterol 52 percent after one year with no major increase in serious adverse side effects compared with standard drugs, such as statins, according...
Heart Risk Drops Quickly When Smokers Quit: Study
Some cigarette smokers over 65 years old who kick the habit may be able to reduce their risk of dying from heart-related problems to the level of those who never smoked far faster than previously believed, according to new research presented on Wednesday. Previous research...
Red-Faced After Drinking? Check Your Blood Pressure
If your face turns red after a few drinks, it could be a sign of added risk for alcohol-linked high blood pressure, new research suggests.
It was already known that excessive drinking is a risk factor for high blood pressure, say researchers reporting online Nov. 18 in the...
Women More Likely to Die in Hospital After Heart Attack
Younger Hispanic, black and white women are more likely to die in the hospital after a heart attack than white men are, a new study finds.
Researchers examined data from about 207,000 American adults hospitalized for heart attack -- including more than 6,500 Hispanic and...
Most Cardiac Arrests Come With Early Warning: Study
A new study counters the commonly held belief that when most middle-aged men suffer cardiac arrest, it typically comes completely out of the blue. Researchers found that the majority of victims have symptoms in the days and weeks before the emergency.
Most had chest pains...
Daily Aspirin Should Be Taken at Bedtime: Study
A daily dose of aspirin has become a common treatment for people at high risk for heart attacks or strokes, because it thins the blood and prevents clots from forming.
But does it matter when during the day you take the drug?
A new Dutch study suggests that people who take...
New Blood Thinner Safer Than Warfarin: Trials
A new blood clot and stroke preventer from Daiichi Sankyo proved as effective and safer than widely used warfarin in a large, late stage trial of patients with a trial fibrillation, paving the way for it to compete with other new warfarin alternatives on the market.
Experimental Vaccines Control Cholesterol, Blood Pressure
People routinely get vaccinations to ward off the flu or prevent infectious diseases such as measles and whooping cough. Could there be a vaccine in the future that would prevent a heart attack?
Two animal studies suggest that vaccines might someday be used to reduce high...
Review Finds Statins Not Tied to Mental Decline
Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do not appear to raise the risk of memory loss or dementia, a new review finds.
In February 2012, largely based on anecdotal reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety statement warning patients of possible adverse...
Smarter Pacemaker Cuts Future Heart Damage: Study
A new generation of Medtronic Inc's EnRhythm pacemaker programmed to kick in only when heart rhythm disturbances are detected led to fewer deaths,hospitalizations and incidences of developing permanent heart problems than traditional versions of the device, according to data...
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