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Providence Medical Centers Host 16th Annual Cardiovascular Symposium

Designed for a wide spectrum of generalists and specialists who diagnose and manage cardiovascular conditions, the Providence Medical Centers' 16th Annual Cardiovascular Symposium will explore new advances in preventive and interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and vascular and cardiovascular surgery. Held Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California, a highlight of the Symposium will be a live feed carotid stent procedure performed by Zahi Nassoura, MD, FACS. Sessions will provide updates on preventive cardiology, interventional treatments, cardiac arrhythmia, lead extraction surgery, cardiac surgery and vascular disease.

Statement Of Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius On American Heart Month February 2010

American Heart Month is a time to spread awareness of the dangers of heart disease and stroke, and recommit to strengthening prevention, improving treatments, and helping all Americans live longer, healthier lives. Hundreds of thousands of American families are devastated each year by heart disease. Even though the risk factors for heart disease can be prevented or controlled, it is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States. And yet, heart disease is preventable. By leading a healthy lifestyle, Americans can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82 percent. This means following a heart healthy eating plan, getting regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking.

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Early Life Stress May Predict Cardiovascular Disease

Early life stress could be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in adulthood, researchers report. "We think early life stress increases sensitivity to a hormone known to increase your blood pressure and increases your cardiovascular risk in adult life, " said Dr. Jennifer Pollock, biochemist in the Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia and corresponding author on the study published online in Hypertension. The studies in a proven model of chronic behavioral stress - separating rat pups from their mother three hours daily for two weeks - showed no long-term impact on key indicators of cardiovascular disease such as increased blood pressure, heart rate or inflammation in blood vessel walls.

Sorin Group Announces Market Release And First Implant Of Next-Generation Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator

Sorin Group (MIL:SRN) (Reuters Code: SORN.MI), a global leader in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, announced U.S. FDA approval and first implant of its next-generation of cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D), Paradym™ CRT Model 8750. Featuring a new, state-of-the-art battery technology, Paradym™ CRT delivers 37 Joules, the highest energy of any implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) currently available. In addition, Paradym™ offers consistent charge times throughout the life of the device (10s at Beginning Of Life, 13s at Elective Replacement Indicator - ERI), improved longevity, and a 6-month ERI to End of Service (EOS) period, twice as long as any other ICD.

New Blood Test For Coronary Artery Disease Now Available At Vanderbilt Heart And Vascular Institute

Just in time for American Heart Month, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is offering a new blood test that can predict if a patient is at high risk for heart disease. Vanderbilt is among the first institutions in the country, and the only one in Tennessee, to offer this test. "We now have a novel way to check for the presence of significant coronary artery disease by looking at genes that are associated with heart disease, " said John McPherson, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "This is the first of many future tests that will move in the direction of evaluating diseases by looking at a patient's genetics and the dynamic changes in expression of genes when disease is present.

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Learn CPR - Stat! Knowing Those Lifesaving Skills Could Save Someone You Love

Almost 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home or in a residential environment, not out in public. That means odds are if you're going to be performing CPR, it's going to be on someone you know. That's why it's important everyone learn basic CPR skills, says Les Johnson, director of training and services for St. John Ambulance. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, there are four things that need to happen to improve the odds of surviving: 1. Early recognition. The faster you recognize someone is having a heart attack or going into cardiac arrest, the faster you can get help. 2. Early access to medical care. If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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