Cardiology

Mending tiny hearts

A University of Auckland bioengineer is part of an international team whose research will help doctors mend tiny hearts.

Medical research

Macrophages shown to be essential to a healthy heart rhythm

A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-led research team has identified a surprising new role for macrophages, the white blood cells primarily known for removing pathogens, cellular debris and other unwanted materials. In ...

Cardiology

Heart structural gene causes sudden cardiac death in animal model

The presence or absence of the CAP2 gene causes sudden cardiac death in mice, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In particular, the absence of the gene interrupts ...

Cardiology

Personalized saline may provide solution to heart death

Saline solution is a staple of every hospital. No matter the ailment, doctors have known for more than a century that saline is key to keeping patients hydrated and maintaining their blood pressure levels. But the solution ...

Cardiology

Caffeine doesn't affect cardiac conduction, refractoriness in SVT

(HealthDay)—For patients with symptomatic supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), caffeine is associated with increases in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, but does not impact cardiac conduction or refractoriness, according ...

Genetics

Study identifies new gene variations associated with heart rate

Through a collaborative genome-wide study on individuals, researchers have discovered 14 new genetic variations that are associated with heart rate. Since heart rate is a marker of cardiovascular health, these findings could ...

Medical research

Scientists describe mechanism for rare muscle disease

(Medical Xpress) -- A team of scientists from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem describe in C. elegans the process leading to a rare form of Emery-Dreifuss muscular ...

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