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Gene causing inherited heart condition identified

Gene causing inherited heart condition identified

Truncating variants in ALPK3 are a cause of 1–2% of autosomal dominant hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and are associated with a phenotype characterized by extensive fibrosis and a predominantly concentric or apical pattern of left ventricular hypertrophy without left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. (A) Main phenotype characteristics and outcomes. ALPK3tv, alpha-protein kinase 3-truncating variants; CK, creatine kinase; …

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Heart attack survivors using a smartphone app experienced lower hospital readmission rates

Heart attack survivors using a smartphone app experienced lower hospital readmission rates

Data collected from a group of 200 heart attack survivors using a smartphone app designed to navigate the recovery process, such as medication management and lifestyle changes, showed that app users experienced hospital readmission within the first 30 days of discharge at half the rate of a comparable group given standard aftercare without the app. …

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Sticking to low-fat dairy may not be the only heart healthy option, study shows

Sticking to low-fat dairy may not be the only heart healthy option, study shows

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New research amongst the world’s biggest consumers of dairy foods has shown that those with higher intakes of dairy fat—measured by levels of fatty acids in the blood—had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those with low intakes. Higher intakes of dairy fat were not associated with an increased …

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Physical activity may paradoxically hasten build-up of heart attack risk factor

Physical activity may paradoxically hasten build-up of heart attack risk factor

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Physical activity may paradoxically hasten the build-up of calcium deposits (plaque) in the coronary arteries, the amount of which is used to assess future cardiovascular disease risk, finds research published online in the journal Heart. But the findings don’t outweigh the numerous health benefits of exercise, emphasize the researchers. The coronary …

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More than 40% of adults with no known heart disease had fatty deposits in heart arteries

More than 40% of adults with no known heart disease had fatty deposits in heart arteries

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain More than 40% of adults ages 50 to 64 years in Sweden without known heart disease were found to have some degree of atherosclerosis, according to a new study published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. Atherosclerosis, or the buildup of fatty deposits in blood vessels that supply …

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Hydroxyurea may reverse sickle cell-related heart abnormalities

Hydroxyurea may reverse sickle cell-related heart abnormalities

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Heart abnormalities are common complications of sickle cell anemia (SCA) that can contribute to severe disease symptoms and even death. A study published today in the journal Blood Advances is the first to find that hydroxyurea therapy can improve or even reverse cardiac complications in individuals living with SCA. Researchers say …

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New study outlines additional reasons for optimism related to heart regeneration

New study outlines additional reasons for optimism related to heart regeneration

Wls knock-down by CRISPR/Cas9 in cardiomyocytes promotes cardiac fibroblast proliferation during neonatal heart regeneration. Green indicates Vimentin-positive cardiac fibroblasts; red indicates proliferating cells with EdU labeling; blue indicates nuclei by DAPI staining. Credit: Texas Heart Institute The Texas Heart Institute has announced that a new study from its prolific Cardiomyocyte Renewal Lab has been published …

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‘No-touch’ technique to remove leg veins leads to better outcomes after heart bypass surgery

‘No-touch’ technique to remove leg veins leads to better outcomes after heart bypass surgery

When a modified surgical technique was used to gently remove sections of leg veins used in coronary artery bypass surgery, the grafts were less likely to become blocked and fewer people had a recurrence of heart-related chest pain, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. Coronary artery bypass …

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Study: SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccination-Associated Myocarditis in Children Ages 12-17: A Stratified National Database Analysis. Image Credit: anyaivanova/ Shutterstock

The rate of vaccine-induced heart inflammation in children

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines have demonstrated great efficacy in reducing transmission, hospitalization risk, and the chance of death from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, there have been early reports of adverse events from the vaccines amongst teens and young adults, namely myocarditis occurring in young men in Israel and the USA. In August …

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Outcomes after heart bypass surgery better with 'no-touch' technique to remove leg veins

Outcomes after heart bypass surgery better with ‘no-touch’ technique to remove leg veins

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain When a modified surgical technique was used to gently remove sections of leg veins used in coronary artery bypass surgery, the grafts were less likely to become blocked and fewer people had a recurrence of heart-related chest pain, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal …

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