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Iowa to screen all newborns for congenital heart defects

Iowa joins a growing list of states that are requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry.

The state’s new regulation requires all Iowa hospitals to use the test, screening more than 27,000 babies each year.

Pulse oximetry is a low-cost, highly-effective and painless bedside test that looks […]

January 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

Daily aspirin fails to prevent heart attacks, increases bleeding risks

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 10-part series detailing the top scientific research of 2014, as determined by the American Heart Association’s volunteer and staff leaders.

Aspirin is known to help reduce heart attacks in people who have already had one, but a large-scale study in Japan points […]

December 29th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Future one-time treatment could lower cholesterol for life

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 10-part series detailing the top scientific research of 2014, as determined by the American Heart Association’s volunteer and staff leaders.

A single injection could eliminate a lifetime of high cholesterol, if humans respond to it as dramatically as mice did in a study […]

December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Promising experimental heart failure drug reduces deaths, hospitalizations

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 10-part series detailing the top scientific research of 2014, as determined by the American Heart Association’s volunteer and staff leaders.

A new experimental drug could help many people with a certain kind of heart failure live longer, better lives, according to a large […]

December 19th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Bariatric surgery improves blood sugar control in obese people with Type 2 diabetes

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 10-part series detailing the top scientific research of 2014, as determined by the American Heart Association’s volunteer and staff leaders.

Bariatric surgery improved blood sugar control, reduced the need for medications and improved the quality of life for obese patients with Type 2 […]

December 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Renal denervation no better than sham at lowering resistant high blood pressure

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a 10-part series detailing the top scientific research of 2014, as determined by the American Heart Association’s volunteer and staff leaders.

Despite showing early promise for high blood pressure patients who don’t respond to multiple medications, a medical procedure called renal denervation was […]

December 16th, 2014|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Extended use of aspirin plus another anti-clotting medication reduced heart attacks

Editor’s note: This is the third in a 10-part series detailing the top scientific research of 2014, as determined by the American Heart Association’s volunteer and staff leaders.

Balancing the risk of bleeding with the need to prevent heart attacks, blood clots and plaque build-up in coronary stents has […]

December 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Experimental blood test finds early heart damage that may go undetected in diabetics

Editor’s note: This is the second in a 10-part series detailing the top scientific research of 2014, as determined by the American Heart Association’s volunteer and staff leaders.

A new, highly sensitive blood test shows that people with diabetes may have increasing heart damage, according to a study published in […]

December 15th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

No clear winner in comparison of two Marfan syndrome drugs

Editor’s note: This is the first in a 10-part series detailing the top scientific research of 2014, as determined by the American Heart Association’s volunteer and staff leaders.

Put to the test, two types of drugs are generally equally matched for treating Marfan syndrome, giving doctors new information for treating […]

December 12th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

Doctor saves man using CPR, hours after giving presentation at CPR conference

A doctor who presented research on the importance of CPR during the American Heart Association’s resuscitation conference in Chicago proved her point hours later, saving a man who collapsed in a hotel lobby.

Monique Anderson, M.D., was talking with another doctor about the importance of fast response to cardiac emergencies […]

November 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments