Cardiology

Flipping a molecular switch for heart fibrosis

A healthy heart is a pliable, ever-moving organ. But under stress—from injury, cardiovascular disease, or aging—the heart thickens and stiffens in a process known as fibrosis, which involves diffuse scar-like tissue. ...

Cardiology

Heart failure cases soar globally

The number of patients with heart failure worldwide nearly doubled from 33.5 million in 1990 to 64.3 million in 2017. That's the finding of a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal ...

Cardiology

Uncovering a link between inflammation and heart disease

Inflammation is part of an immune response to fight off pathogens and clear infections. But patients with cardiac disease often have chronic inflammation that damages their hearts, even with no infection present.

Medications

Histamine: an unexpected defender against heart and kidney damage

Chronic kidney disease and heart failure are critical medical problems worldwide, and are closely associated in a phenomenon known as "cardiorenal syndrome." The relationship between kidney dysfunction and heart dysfunction ...

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