Medical Breakthroughs


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Israeli-made seaweed gel could prevent future heart attacks
Gel sheaths muscle walls allowing them to fully heal following heart attack, decreasing likelihood of repeat
Posted 7/29/09

A few drops of saliva may be enough to diagnose heart attack
Posted 4/21/08

Best Treatment for Abnormal Heart Rhythm
New research reveals anticoagulants like the blood thinner warfarin remain the best treatments for preventing a stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm).
Posted 6/12/06

Beta-Blockers: Friend or Foe?
A recent report linked the class of blood pressure-lowering drug known as beta-blockers with an increased stroke risk, and study authors concluded they should not be a first-choice option for treating hypertension. Now, Canadian researchers are questioning this in a new meta-analysis.
Posted 6/7/06

Better CPR
CPR is the standard way to resuscitate patients, but often, rescuers can't physically press hard enough and long enough to save a life. Now, there may be a better way to perform CPR, and it doesn't require any work on your part.
Posted 9/5/06

Blood Transfusion Safety
Each year about 350,000 coronary artery bypass graft surgeries are performed. For those patients who have repeat procedures, blood transfusions are routine. Now, doctors are asking how safe it is to use blood that has been sitting on a shelf for those procedures.
Posted 6/27/06

British team grows human heart valve from stem cells
Tissue for transplants could be available within three years if trials are successful
Posted 4/3/07

Bubbles Predict Heart Attacks
Read about the new ultrasound picture enhanced with microbubbles that help give a clearer picture of what's going on with the heart muscle.
Posted 11/21/06 

Clean the Blood, Save the Heart
Learn how plasma exchange may help cleanse the blood by reducing inflammation, which Dr. Guillermo Torre from Houston's The Methodist Hospital believes is linked to some forms of heart failure.
Posted 3/28/07

Combination Treatment for Stroke
Researchers from a new study report combining a clot-busting drug for ischemic stroke -- or a clot blocking blood flow to the brain -- with a drug that prevents new clots could save more lives.
Posted 8/15/06

Combo Heart Device
Doctors offered Williams a brand new device that's a combination defibrillator and congestive heart failure monitor all in one.
Posted 1/15/07

Detecting Coronary Artery Disease
According to a report in the journal Radiology, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect blocked arteries with 88-percent accuracy without the need for an invasive procedure.
Posted 6/28/06

Detecting Heart Damage Faster
Doctors may soon be able to detect whether a person is having a heart attack faster than ever with a CT scan of the heart.
Posted 2/22/07

Doppler Predicts Stroke
Meteorologists use it to track storms. Now doctors are using a similar version of Doppler radar to look at blood flow in the brain and help prevent stroke.
Posted 6/6/06

Eat More ... Copper?
Maybe, report researchers who studied the effects of dietary copper on the hearts of mice. Their results suggest diets higher in copper may promote the production of a protein involved in growing new blood vessels, a key to keeping the heart healthy.
Posted 3/12/07

Engineered Heart Tissue
Researchers have developed a way to engineer living heart tissue that can actually conduct electricity. Electrical impulses are what keep a heart beating with a regular rhythm.
Posted 6/19/06

Erratic Blood Pressure Predicts Stroke Death
Stroke victims who demonstrate a wide variability in their blood pressure during the first few hours in the emergency room are significantly more likely to die from the stroke than those whose blood pressure remains more constant, report researchers from the Mayo Clinic.
Posted 7/3/06

Eye Blood Vessels Determine Risk of Heart Disease Death
New research reveals the diameter of the small veins in the eye may indicate a middle-aged person's chances of dying from coronary heart disease.
Posted 7/20/06

Fish Oils may Not Protect Hearts
Epidemiological studies have suggested Omega-3 fatty acids present in fish oils could reduce one's susceptibility to cardiac arrhythmias -- abnormal heart rhythms. However, new research from the Netherlands reveals fish oils do not have this protective effect.
Posted 6/14/06

Growing New Blood Vessels
Atherosclerosis: It's what will ultimately kill most of us. It's the build-up of plaque in the arteries, leading to stroke, heart attack, and eventually death. When arteries in the legs become blocked -- a condition called peripheral vascular disease -- getting around can be painful. Now, breakthrough research is allowing patients to grow new, healthy blood vessels!
Posted 7/11/06

Heart Attacks hit Patients With Financial Barriers Hardest
Heart attack patients with self-reported financial barriers, like low income or lack of insurance, may have greater difficulty recovering from cardiac arrest than their financially unrestricted counterparts, according to the results of a recent study.
Posted 3/19/07

Heart risks from Vioxx happen much earlier than believed, says Queen's researcher
Posted 5/3/06

Heart Risks Just for Women
What puts women at risk for heart disease is not exactly the same as what puts men at risk.
Posted 2/15/07

Heart Transplant Breakthrough
Simple blood test that may replace the biopsies heart transplant patients have to endure every few months to make sure their immune system isn't attacking their heart.
Posted 3/28/07

Heart Transplant Breakthrough -- In-Depth Doctor's Interview
Mario Deng, M.D., explains how a simple blood test can reduce the chance of organ rejection in heart transplant patients.
Posted 6/11/07

Herceptin Heart Damage Reversible
A drug used to aggressively treat breast cancer -- Herceptin -- has been recently linked with cardiac toxicity. The good news is heart damage caused by Herceptin can be reversed.
Posted 8/15/06

Help for Blood Pressure
It's a condition that can lead to stroke, heart failure, kidney disease and even death. We're talking about high blood pressure. Until now, medications have been the only way to control it. But an investigational device may offer some patients a welcome alternative.
Posted 6/22/06

High-Tech Heart Help
Also in the high-tech virtual arena is the wireless technology doctors are using to virtually monitor implanted cardiac defibrillator patients, where the patient doesn’t have to leave home to have a check-up.
Posted 5/10/07

Hugging Hearts
More than 300,000 people die every year from cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle that causes it to enlarge and fail. Medication won’t always stop the disease, leaving patients with very few options. Now, researchers are testing a new device that could give heart patients a new lease on life.
Posted 8/8/07

'In 10 years we will be able to grow a heart'
Thousands of people with heart disease could have new, healthy organs grown in laboratories within 10 years
Posted 4/4/07

Insulin for Heart Attacks -- In-Depth Doctor's Interview
Dandona, M.D., Ph.D., who explains how insulin could aid heart recovery in heart attack patients
Posted 11/14/06

Low Potassium Levels Deadly for Heart Failure Patients
Posted 6/11/07

Man Without a Pulse
In our report from Ohio State University, Dr. Benjamin Sun tells us about the total artificial heart (TAH-t) that is small, silent and portable, giving patients waiting for a heart transplant more time.
Posted 4/3/07

Man Without a Pulse -- In-Depth Doctor's Interview
Our doctor's interview with Ohio State's Benjamin Sun, M.D., is also fascinating, where he talks in depth about the new artificial heart pumps that are small, quiet, and give heart patients a new lease on life.
Posted 4/17/07

Medicine's Next Big Thing: Body Enhancers (Part 2 of 3)
Trumble's solution is a muscle energy converter (MEC) implanted in the chest and attached to a large muscle in the back. As the muscle contracts, an artificial tendon pulls an arm on the device, generating enough power to keep the heart pumping.
Posted 2/6/07

Most Common Form of Heart Failure
A new study reveals that while about the same number of people are diagnosed with heart failure each year, the kind of heart failure they are diagnosed with has changed over the past few decades.
Posted 7/20/06

New Studies Look at Blood Clots
Two new studies are shedding much-needed light on blood clot risks in people who have already experienced a clot.
Posted 7/31/06

Pain Relievers and Heart Risks
Well-publicized studies show people who take COX-2 inhibitors to relieve the pain of arthritis or other conditions are at increased risk for heart problems.
Posted 6/5/06

Reasons Behind Hypertension in Blacks
"Estrogen, which helps blood vessels dilate, is good for your blood vessels, and if you lose that protection during periods of stress in the day, it may contribute to the early development of heart disease we typically see in black women."
Posted 6/29/06

Restoring Hand Strength to Stroke Victims
Stroke victims can significantly improve the function of an affected hand or arm by restraining the limb on their good side.
Posted 11/2/06 

Snore No More
And if you happen to share your bed with a snorer, make certain you read about the benefits of using a CPAP and the best long-term solutions for sleep apnea.
Posted 11/21/06 

Statin Combo Dramatically Lowers Cholesterol
People who have a difficult time getting high cholesterol under control may have a new option.
Posted 3/1/07

Statins for Heart Failure
Patients with heart failure could reduce their risk of death by talking to their doctors and starting statin therapy.
Posted 11/2/06 

Stem Cells: New Hope on the Horizon
They're always a hot topic of discussion in medicine and politics. Stem cells hold the promise of helping the body repair itself.
Posted 11/16/06

Stem Cells Heal Hearts
Well, stem cells are in the spotlight again to see if they can repair damage after a heart attack. Here's why that could be great news for the more than 1 million Americans who suffer a heart attack every year.
Posted 6/12/06

Survival After Cardiogenic Shock
A new study revealed treating these patients with emergency angioplasty or bypass surgery could significantly increase their survival rates.
Posted 6/7/06

Synthetic Blood Vessels Not Such a Stretch
The synthetic blood vessels could eventually be used in patients undergoing heart surgery to have their hardened or blocked arteries removed and replaced with prosthetics or grafts that would allow the regeneration of a new artery.
Posted 6/20/06

Technological Advances for Coronary Artery Disease
Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer among Americans and is commonly caused by coronary artery disease, where narrowing heart arteries make the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart difficult. A recent study revealed a noninvasive method may provide a means of providing more accurate diagnosis and treatment for coronary artery disease.
Posted 6/12/06

Video: Stem Cells Reversing Heart Damage
Injecting severe heart disease patients with their own stem cells helps their hearts re-grow muscle.
Posted 1/18/07

Work out Your Arms to Help Your Legs!
Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) may want to work out their arms for pain relief.
Posted 11/16/06