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The Positive Effects Of Heart Rehabilitation Programs

Research conducted at the University of Granada has demonstrated the efficiency of a heart rehabilitation program aimed at patients suffering from heart disease. The authors of this study affirm that it is essential that heart rehabilitation programs aimed at cardiac patients are established. In Spain, a low percentage of cardiac patients participate in this type of program, as compared to the rest of Europe. The study included a sample of 200 patients suffering from heart disease, who were members of the Association of Cardiac Patients of Granada, Spain. Subjects were assigned to two groups: the intervention group participated in a heart rehabilitation program conducted by the Association mentioned above, while the second group was excluded from the rehabilitation program. Both groups underwent a clinical-functional study and answered a survey on risk factors associated with their heart disease.

Thrombus Aspiration And Stents In PCI - Long-term Outcome Similar

New research confirms thrombus aspiration (TA) during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) provides long-term outcomes similar to conventional intervention with bare-metal or drug-eluting stents. Findings published in a special STEMI-focused issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, a journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), report that compared to conventional PCI, thrombectomy does not affect rates of major adverse cardiac events at two-year follow-up. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide, and by 2030 nearly 24 million people will die, primarily from heart disease and stroke.

Addressing Cardiac Risk Factors For COPD Patients May Significantly Improve Outcomes

A simple test for heart disease risk can go a long way toward determining the long-term prognosis for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to UC Irvine researchers. Dr. Hwa Mu Lee and Nathan Wong of the UCI Heart Disease Prevention Program found that individuals with moderate to severe COPD who had a low Framingham Heart Study 10-year risk assessment rate lived longer and healthier than COPD patients who scored high on the heart test. Study results point to the importance of cardiovascular health for those with COPD and strongly suggest that heart disease risk evaluations be part of the diagnostic and treatment procedures for lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis that affect 64 million people worldwide and are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. "There is a close connection between COPD and cardiovascular events like heart attacks, but too often physicians who see COPD patients do not assess the impact of heart disease risk factors as part of a treatment plan, " said Lee, associate research director of the UCI program and an assistant clinical professor of medicine specializing in pulmonary and critical care.

Atrial Fibrillation - New Treatment Shows Promise

According to the design and technology consultancy Cambridge Design Partnership, their research project to identify the future of medical technology to treat Atrial Fibrillation has been completed. The report is designed to explore the emerging technologies that will lead to new innovations and help organizations who want to design treatments. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) that affects up to 7 million individuals in the U.S. and Western Europe alone. AF is a major contributory factor to strokes and can cause congestive heart failure if left untreated. In the last two decades, the number of hospital admissions associated to AF has increased by 66% and these figures are expected to increase. Drugs to treat AF often have adverse effects and are less than 50% effective.

Optimism May Help Protect Cardiovascular Health

Over the last few decades numerous studies have shown negative states, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and hostility, to be detrimental to cardiovascular health. Less is known about how positive psychological characteristics are related to heart health. In the first and largest systematic review on this topic to date, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that positive psychological well-being appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events. The study was published online in Psychological Bulletin. The American Heart Association reports more than 2, 200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) each day, an average of one death every 39 seconds. Stroke accounts for about one of every 18 U.S. deaths. "The absence of the negative is not the same thing as the presence of the positive.


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