For women concerned about heart disease, routine testing of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is controversial, says Thomas Behrenbeck, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, in an interview in the February issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource. CRP is a marker for inflammation within the body and has been promoted as a screening test for coronary artery disease. Inflammation can play an important role in atherosclerosis, the process in which fatty deposits build up in coronary arteries. Interest in hs-CRP originated when studies found that patients with unstable angina or chest pain had high levels of this marker. Researchers found that hs-CRP could be used to predict who would go on to have a heart attack.
New American Heart Association Survey Finds Heart Disease And Stroke Patients Face Significant Barriers In Obtaining Quality, Affordable Care
A new American Heart Association survey substantiates that the need for health care reform has not gone away. Many heart disease and stroke patients are faring poorly under the current health care system, with nearly two-thirds citing affordability as the top concern of those suffering from cardiovascular disease. Ensuring the availability of insurance coverage and investing more in prevention ranked second and third, respectively. "The survey should serve as a vivid reminder that too many Americans, including the insured and especially the underinsured, are simply overwhelmed by soaring medical expenses and inadequate coverage, " said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association.
Volunteers and staff of the American Heart Association extend their thoughts and well wishes to former President Bill Clinton upon the reports that he has undergone a procedure to insert stents to widen narrowed coronary arteries. President Clinton, who underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery in 2004, partnered with the Association through his Foundation to jointly form the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States. "While we don't know the exact particulars of President Clinton's situation, we do know that stents work and work well for chest pain, especially in abrupt or emergency settings, " said Clyde Yancy, president of the American Heart Association and medical director at the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute in Dallas, Texas.
Heart Disease: IQ Among Strongest Predictors, Second Only To Cigarette Smoking In Large Population Study
While lower intelligence scores - as reflected by low results on written or oral tests of IQ - have been associated with a raised risk of cardiovascular disease, no study has so far compared the relative strength of this association with other established risk factors such as obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. Now, a large study funded by Britain's Medical Research Council, which set out to gauge the relative importance of IQ alongside other risk factors, has found that lower intelligence scores were associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease and total mortality at a greater level of magnitude than found with any other risk factor except smoking.
The Max DelbrÃ ck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch has published its new research report. In the 284-page book, 54 research groups at the MDC give an overview of their work in 2008 and 2009. Research at the MDC focuses on cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, cancer, and neurosciences. However, as MDC Director, Professor Walter Rosenthal clearly pointed out in his introduction: "Research at MDC is not limited to individual organs or diseases. Molecular research almost always transcends disciplinary barriers. This state-of-affairs has become particularly clear through the new research approaches such as systems biology, a discipline that investigates biological processes in a holistic context in cells, tissues, and whole organisms".
A new US study found women's knowledge of the warning signs of heart attack is as poor as it was a decade ago, with half saying they would not call 9-1-1 if they were having heart attack symptoms; they also found that although getting narrower, there are still racial gaps in women's awareness of heart disease, with white women still more aware than other races. You can read about the study, by lead author Lori Mosca, Director of Preventive Cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and colleagues, in an online before print 10 February issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.