domenica 8 febbraio 2009


Resuscitation Requires Constant Uninterrupted Compressions
Interrupting chest compressions during resuscitation reduces the chances of heartbeat return after defibrillation. New research published in the open access journal BMC Medicine shows that for every second of a pause in compressions there is a 1% reduction in the likelihood of success.

Link Between Heart Failure And Cognitive Impairment
Nearly half of patients with heart failure (HF) have problems with memory and other aspects of cognitive functioning, reports a new study published by Elsevier, in the February issue of Journal of Cardiac Failure. Memory problems and other cognitive deficits may be an important factor to consider in planning medical care for patients with HF, according to the new study, led by Mary Jane Sauvé, D.N.Sc., R.N., of the University of California, Davis.

Abnormality Of Unknown Origin Strongly Predicts Sudden Death Risk In Heart Disease Patients
Researchers conducting a large, ongoing study to improve detection and prevention of sudden cardiac death were surprised to discover that a specific heart rhythm abnormality - idiopathic QT interval prolongation - increased risk five-fold among patients with coronary artery disease.

Research Shows Novel Benefits Of Fatty Acids In Arteries
New research from Columbia University Medical Center continues to shed light on the benefits of making fish a staple of any diet. Fish are generally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have shown benefit in many health areas such as helping to prevent mental illness and delaying some of the disabilities associated with aging. Eating tuna, sardines, salmon and other so-called cold water fish appears to protect people against clogged arteries.

World's First Website for Patients to Share Diagnostic-Quality Medical Images
Heart Imaging Technologies (HeartIT®) today publicly announced the world's first free website allowing patients to upload and share diagnostic-quality medical images using nothing but a standard web browser (PRWeb Feb 4, 2009)

News on Cardiac CT Angiography and Radiation Dose
A new American Heart Association science advisory says there are no data to support the use of cardiac computed tomography angiography in asymptomatic, low-risk patients. Heartwire

Pulse Pressure May Identify Higher Risk for Heart Complications in Patients With Kidney Disease
A retrospective study shows that pulse pressure can effectively indicate which patients with kidney disease are at increased risk for development of potentially fatal heart complications. Medscape Medical News

More Evidence That NSAIDs are Harmful to Heart-Failure Patients
A new study offers additional evidence that even commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are harmful to patients with heart failure. Medscape Medical News

Canadian Hypertension Guidelines Expressly Warn Against ARB/ACE-Inhibitor Combo--Should Others Follow?
One expert in the US has published a viewpoint saying that dual RAS blockade is "dead until further notice." The Canadian Hypertension Education Program has issued a guideline alert warning against the combo, but for now the AHA says it has no intention of doing so. Heartwire

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