Cardiology

Predicting arrhythmias so as to prevent them

Researchers have discovered how to predict some cardiac arrhythmias several steps before they even occur. It's a finding that could lead to an improved cardiac device, with equipment designed to detect when arrhythmias are ...

Genetics

Genetic defects hold clues to risk for sudden cardiac death

Sudden cardiac death is always a shocking, tragic event, especially when it occurs at a young age. But, for the first time, scientists are unraveling how genetic defects can help predict the risk of dying suddenly in individuals ...

Cardiology

Azithromycin, levofloxacin up cardiac risk in study of veterans

(HealthDay)—Use of azithromycin or levofloxacin is associated with increased risks of death and cardiac arrhythmia compared with amoxicillin use, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the Annals of ...

Cardiology

Miniature cardiac device for long-term remote monitoring

Scripps Green Hospital has become the first hospital in the United States to implant the world's smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device. Scripps Clinic cardiologist John Rogers, M.D., successfully completed the first ...

Cardiology

Don't cut lifesaving ICDs during financial crisis, ESC warns

Implantable devices for treating cardiac arrhythmias, which include ICDs, are already underused in parts of Eastern and Central Europe and there is a risk that the financial crisis could exacerbate the problem. The European ...

Cardiology

A virtual heart to simulate arrhythmia

A group of researchers from MIPT and Ghent University (Belgium) has developed the first realistic model of the complex cardiac microstructure. The researchers hope that the model will elucidate the causes of fibrosis, which ...

Cardiology

Preventing sudden cardiac death with genome editing

Each year, at least 3 million people worldwide die of sudden cardiac death. In the U.S., this number reaches up to 450,000 people. Although sudden cardiac death is more common in older adults, younger people also are significantly ...

Neuroscience

The heart-brain connection: The link between LQTS and seizures

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center recently discovered a genetic link between Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), a rare cardiac rhythm disease, and an increased risk for seizures. The study also found that people ...

Cardiology

Nanotechnology could spur new heart treatment

A new nanoparticle developed by University of Michigan researchers could be the key to a targeted therapy for cardiac arrhythmia, a condition that causes the heart to beat erratically and can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Cardiology

Using antibiotics to help heart problems

A research team from the University of Bristol is looking at whether an antibiotic has the potential to prevent or treat irregular heartbeats brought on by other medicines, thanks to a grant from national charity Heart Research ...

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