Heart patients are more than twice as likely to die during their first 30 days of hospitalization if they receive a blood transfusion to treat blood loss or anemia.
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Patients with heart failure undergoing major non cardiac surgical procedures are almost twice as likely to die as other patients. Outcomes after major non-cardiac surgery were similar in patients with coronary artery disease and those with no heart disease.
Findings have important economic and clinical implications for physicians who are deciding whether their heart patients should receive coronary artery bypass surgery, or less invasive angioplasty, which includes the placement of a stent.
Patients who undergo coronary artery bypass surgery are prescribed life saving medications at discharge significantly less frequently than heart attack patients who receive less invasive angioplasty procedures.
The incidence of cardiac tamponade, an infrequent but potentially fatal event following a heart attack, has not increased despite the widespread use of clot-busting and blood-thinning medications.
Researchers found that African-American heart attack patients have a 1.7 times higher death rate than Caucasians one year after being treated in the hospital.
Adherence to medical therapy, even if the medication is an inert placebo, relates to better outcomes for heart failure patients.
Researchers have discovered that a variant of a transcription factor crucial to the regulation of a cell's metabolism is associated with decreased pump function in heart patients. The finding could provide a clue to the variability of how heart failure develops in many patients.
A large group of heart failure patients can live longer with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy. Data demonstrating that ICDs are also a cost-effective therapy.
While patients hospitalized for a heart attack have long been treated with morphine to relieve chest pain, a new analysis has shown that these patients have almost a 50 percent higher risk of dying.
The drug eplerenone is a cost effective way to extend the lives of people who develop congestive heart failure after suffering a heart attack.
Women who have suffered a heart attack or have chest pain are being prescribed appropriate drug intervention at hospital discharge at the same frequency as men.
ORLANDO, Feb. 18 - Women who have suffered a heart attack or have chest pain are being prescribed appropriate drug intervention at hospital discharge at the same frequency as men, researchers reported at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke.
Low dose aspirin therapy has been shown to reduce the chances of a secondary heart attack or stroke in women who already have cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Heredity sometimes influences where fatty deposits develop in a coronary artery. The new findings, could affect heart disease screening strategies for close relatives of coronary heart patients.
Researchers Describe How Human Blood Stem Cells Transform Themselves to Repair Injured Animal Hearts
Regeneration of damaged hearts using blood stem cells now appears to be clinically promising. The study begins to explain why stem cells can help a heart heal.
Two drugs that the FDA warns against using in many heart failure patients may benefit some diabetics with heart failure. study found that patients with heart failure and diabetes who were prescribed one or both of two types of diabetes drugs, metformin and thiazolidinediones, had lower death rates.
A new rating scale can help physicians predict whether patients will feel better if their clogged heart arteries are opened non surgically or with a major bypass operation.
Heart attack patients who are transferred from one hospital to another for emergency angioplasty often experience long delays in treatment. The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and European Society of Cardiology recommend that fibrinolytic therapy begin within 30 minutes of a heart attack patient's arrival at a hospital.
Unlike a heart attack, which typically occurs when there is a sudden blockage in an artery supplying blood to a heart, cardiac arrest is more of an electrical problem, in which the heart goes into a fast and chaotic rhythm called ventricular fibrillation.
Chocolate, wine and romance aren't just the quickest ways to your true love's heart. A University of Michigan Health System cardiologist says these Valentine's Day traditions are also the way to a healthy heart.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) reduce death by 23 percent in people with heart failure whose hearts don't pump blood efficiently.
Protamine, a drug used for more than 40 years immediately after coronary artery bypass surgery to return thinned blood to its normal state, has been shown to have more potential negative side effects than previously appreciated, according to Duke University Medical Center researchers.
When attempting to locate their heart, most people place their hand on their left chest. Actually, your heart is located in the center of your chest between your lungs. The bottom of the heart is tipped to the left, so you feel more of your heart on your left side of your chest.