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Heart Function: Built to Endure


Major physical changes occurred in the human heart as people shifted from hunting and foraging to farming and…
Teenage Sleep Hygiene

4 days ago

A new study led by Harvard Medical School researchers at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children has found that…
Breaking Down Barriers in the Fight Against Congenital Heart Disease

5 days ago

Academic research has long been characterized by silos and protective instincts. A new crop of fresh-thinking physician scientists…
UW Medicine, VA partner on 3D-print models for heart care

August 21, 2019

The University of Washington School of Medicine and VA Puget Sound Health Care System today announced a two-year…
Study Cautions Against Catch-All Assumptions About LVADs

August 20, 2019

Left ventricular assist devices, or LVADs, have been shown to help leaky mitral valves that create significant regurgitation,…
Catch the Rhythm

July 22, 2019

Marked by racing, irregular heartbeats, the inherited arrhythmia known as CPVT is typically silent until a child suddenly…
New learnings on life expectancy after aortic valve replacement

July 2, 2019

Patients who have undergone surgical replacement of the heart’s aortic valve have a shorter life expectancy than the…
Heart Health 4 Moms Program Aims to Improve Outcomes for Women with Recent Preeclampsia

June 20, 2019

For many pregnant women, a diagnosis of preeclampsia can come as a shock. While more common among women…
NIH-developed technique prevents obstruction in heart valve replacement

June 13, 2019

A novel technique has proven successful in preventing coronary artery obstruction during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a…
Global study links better education, wealth to improved heart health

June 12, 2019

Findings from a sweeping global study conducted by SFU Health Sciences professor Scott Lear, among others, reveal a…
Redesign of Cardiod’s heartbeat simulation brings code one step closer to clinical use

June 12, 2019

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers has successfully optimized a code that models the human…
Beta blockers reduce stress-induced irregular heart rhythm

June 5, 2019

Taking beta blockers — medications that reduce blood pressure and treat many heart conditions — can blunt the…
Fish, Fruit, Healthy Fats: What Should Heart Disease Patients Eat?

May 30, 2019

Your heart procedure was a success, and cardiac rehabilitation is going strong. That, of course, is great news.…
Greater well-being when awareness of stress aligns with the heart

May 27, 2019

We can feel stress in the body through common sensations: sweaty palms, racing heart and shallow breathing. Some…
Skipping breakfast associated with higher risk of cardiovascular death

April 29, 2019

Eating breakfast every day has always been considered an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but a new…
Healthy hearts need two proteins working together

April 18, 2019

Two proteins that bind to stress hormones work together to maintain a healthy heart in mice, according to…
Text messages show promise as next step for improving heart health in China

April 11, 2019

Motivational text messages are a well-liked, feasible new way to provide additional support to Chinese patients with heart…
Eating a Heart-Healthy Diet Associated with Superior Cognitive Performance in Middle Age

March 7, 2019

According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, eating patterns rich in fruits and vegetables, moderate…
SCAD: What’s Overlooked Can Be Fatal

February 28, 2019

As she glided down the mountain, skiing alongside her husband and children, Brianne Callahan felt discomfort in her…
Heart health messages for women may backfire, researchers say

February 12, 2019

Messages meant to empower women with heart disease to live a healthier lifestyle may have the opposite effect,…
Heart health education can positively influence underserved, rural populations

January 25, 2019

Improving dietary habits and learning skills such as reading food labels and recognizing the signs of a heart…
Poor oxygen saturation during sleep is leading to an increased risk of heart-related deaths

January 19, 2019

Many people nowadays are experiencing sleeping problems. Sometimes it is difficult to fall asleep and sometimes it is…
Racial Disparities in Sudden Cardiac Death Rates Cannot Be Explained by Known Risk Factors

November 16, 2018

While it’s well reported that black patients are twice as likely as white patients to succumb to sudden…
For the brokenhearted, grief can lead to death

October 23, 2018

Grief can cause inflammation that can kill, according to new research from Rice University. The study, “Grief, Depressive…
Mitral valve prolapse is a very common condition, affecting 12 out of a 1000 people. Image credit: BruceBlaus via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)
A common heart condition may lead to a sudden cardiac death

September 28, 2018

Around 12 in every 1000 people worldwide have a condition called mitral valve prolapse. It is very common…
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