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CT: The First-Line Imaging Choice Of Physicians For The Diagnosis Of Pulmonary Embolism

Computed tomography (CT), a highly accurate, readily available medical imaging technique, is the overwhelmingly preferred technique of emergency physicians and radiologists for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE), according to a study in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. PE, the formation of a blood clot in the lung, is a life-threatening condition that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. Medical imaging techniques such as CT, lung scintigraphy, and MRI are currently available to physicians to diagnose PE. "The purpose of our study was to assess the diagnostic approach to PE practiced by emergency physicians and advised by radiologists, " said Saurabh Jha, MD, lead author of the study.

Two Great Reasons to Start Exercising

Exercise is the best medicine for your body, especially if you want to stay away from the doctor. It can keep you healthy, help keep you from catching every cold that is going around, keep your body in good shape, and most importantly it can be refreshing and help you to keep a positive mental attitude. There are many types of exercise for you to choose from depending on your individual interests and ability. If you are busy with work, an aerobic type fitness exercise may be the right answer for you. You can usually find time to do it on weekend of even after a quick walk each evening after your finish working. Just twenty minutes a day can make a big difference in how you feel and in your overall level of health.

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HIIT - Become an Intense Fat Burning Machine

High intensity interval training, HIIT, is a super intense cardio workout, where you build muscle while you burn fat. No more hours on the treadmill required! And because of the very nature of HIIT, you will keep burning fat all day long. In these workouts, short full-out sprints... the kind where your legs and muscles are burning and you aren't sure you can finish... are followed by short rests. The rests are typically 2 to 4 times as long as the sprints, and consist of a lower level of activity. If you are doing the sprints right, the rests will definitely not seem long enough. HIIT is not for sissies or couch potatoes. You have got to already be in pretty good shape to take on this kind of a workout.

Springer Adds Cardiovascular Engineering And Technology To Two Other BMES Journals In Publishing Program

Springer and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) have founded a new journal Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology (CVET). CVET is a forum for research on all aspects of cardiovascular physiology and medical treatment. The first issue of the new quarterly journal will appear in March 2010 and joins two other BMES publications at Springer, Annals of Biomedical Engineering and Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology will present a wide spectrum of research, from basic to translational, covering cardiovascular physiology and medical treatment. It will offer academic and industrial investigators a platform for the dissemination of research that utilizes engineering principles and methods to advance knowledge and technological solutions related to the cardiovascular system.

Why You Don't Need Cardio Machines

Most people think that you need cardio machines (either in the gym or at home) to do your cardio training. That's what many companies would like you to believe, but nothing could be further from the truth. Don't get me wrong, cardio machines can be good tools, and there is a lot of benefit that can be had from using them correctly. However, they are in no way necessary to improve your cardio, improve heart health, lose fat, or get in better shape. The most important thing you need to remember when embarking on any kind of cardio workout is what you need to do - and that is to get yourself breathing hard. You can do any kind of activity to do this - cardio machines are not necessary.

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Discovery Of Disparity In Use Of Implantable Devices To Prevent Sudden Death In Heart Failure Patients

A study of heart failure patients who meet national guidelines for devices that stabilize and strengthen the heart's electrical system found that only half of eligible patients received the devices. The study, which is the first to examine the management of heart failure patients in outpatient cardiology practices throughout the United States, also found wide, unexplained variations in the use of the devices, known as implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). The study is published in the December 2009 issue of the journal HeartRhythm. Certain heart failure patients with weakened pumping ability and those who develop a condition called left ventricular systolic dysfunction after a heart attack are at risk for an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

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