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Ultrasound Predicts Cardiovascular Risk After Ischemic Attack

Ultrasound can be used to determine a patient's heart risk after a transient ischemic attack (TIA). An evaluation of transcranial (TCD) and extracranial (ECD) Doppler ultrasonography, published in the open access journal BMC Medical Imaging, has shown that both future stroke and future cardiovascular ischemic events can be predicted by abnormal findings. Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death on long-term follow-up after a TIA. Dr. Holger Poppert from the Technische Universit√ t M√ nchen, Germany, worked with a team of researchers to evaluate the ability of ultrasound to predict the likelihood of new vascular events in 176 TIA patients, with a median follow-up of 27 months.

An End To Inequalities Will Further Boost Heart Surgery Survival Rates, Says British Heart Foundation

In response to the publication of Demonstrating Quality: The Sixth National Adult Cardiac Surgical Database Report (1) which examined outcomes for adult cardiac patients British Heart Foundation (BHF) Associate Medical Director Dr Mike Knapton said: "This report shows that patients have increasingly better chances of survival following cardiac surgery even though the people undergoing these operations are more likely to be older and sicker. "However, while demonstrating a high quality of care and progress, it also highlights variations in access to aortic valve surgeries in England. Local healthcare providers need to urgently investigate why this is.

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TCT 2009: Interventional Cardiology Treatments And Their Impact On Heart Disease

TCT will also host forum on electronic medical records WHAT: TCT (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics) 2009, the annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, will provide cutting edge research on the impact of treatments on patients with cardiovascular disease, as well as Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. In addition, TCT will present the latest data on the safety and efficacy of drug-eluting stents, the next generation of stents, and angioplasty techniques in patients with a wide range of conditions and severity of diseases. Also new to TCT 2009 will be a forum on Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Top national experts will discuss EMR and its relevance to the health care reform debate.

High Calcium Level In Arteries May Signal Serious Heart Attack Risk

Researchers may be able to predict future severe cardiac events in patients with known, stable coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary calcium scoring, according to a study published in the online edition of Radiology. Researchers may be able to predict future severe cardiac events in patients with known, stable coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary calcium scoring, according to a study published in the online edition of Radiology. "The amount of calcium in the coronary vessels, as measured by CT, is of high predictive value for subsequent serious or fatal heart attack in these patients, independent of the patient's age, sex and other coronary risk factors, " said the study's lead author, Marcus Hacker, M.

Transoma Medical Announces First Patient Enrollment In Clinical Study To Evaluate Recurrence Of Atrial Fibrillation Post Catheter Ablation

Transoma Medical, Inc., manufacturer of Sleuth AT™ , the only wireless, automated implantable cardiac monitoring system with programmable and frequent electrocardiogram (ECG) sampling, announced the first patient enrollment and implant in a long-term study to monitor patients who have been prescribed catheter ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation (AF) at risk of recurrence of AF after the procedure. The implant was performed on July 27, 2009, by Dr. Safwat Gassis, a cardiac electrophysiologist with Associated Cardiologists in Harrisburg, Pa. The primary investigator for the study at Harrisburg Hospital, part of the Pinnacle Health System, is Dr.

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What Is High Blood Pressure? What Causes High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. Blood pressure is the amount of force exerted against the walls of the arteries as blood flows through them - if a person has high blood pressure it means that the walls of the arteries are receiving too much pressure repeatedly - the pressure needs to be chronically elevated for a diagnosis of hypertension to be confirmed. In medicine chronic means for a sustained period; persistent. In the USA approximately 72 million people have hypertension - about 1 in every 3 adults, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. The National Health Service, UK, estimates that about 40% of British adults have the condition.

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