Surgeons use 3D printed model of heart to treat patients with disorders

An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Most heart surgeons use 2D images taken by X-ray, ultrasound and MRI for surgical planning. However, these images may not […]

Speedy heart transplant for kids better than waiting for perfect match

Children who receive a heart transplant as soon as a suitable donor is available are predicted to have better quality-adjusted survival — even if they have antibodies that may attack the new heart — than children who wait for a donor to which they do not have antibodies according […]

Home exercise can ease hopelessness in coronary heart disease patients

Home exercise can ease feelings of hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, according to a small study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Feeling hopeless —pessimism and a sense of helplessness about the future — can be dangerous because it can discourage people from taking healthful […]

Trans fat consumption is linked to diminished memory in working-aged adults

High trans fat consumption is linked to worse memory among working-age men, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In a recent study of approximately 1,000 healthy men, those who consumed the most trans fats showed notably worse performance on a word memory test. The […]

Cocaine users experience abnormal blood flow, risk heart disease

Cocaine users complaining of chest pain may have abnormal blood flow in the heart’s smallest blood vessels that may not be detected in regular testing, putting these patients at risk for heart complications or death, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Cocaine use is […]

Early detectable vascular disease linked to erectile dysfunction

Men who have asymptomatic subclinical vascular disease are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction than men who don’t have early stage vascular disease, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Erectile function can be a window into men’s cardiovascular and overall health,” said David I. […]

Pregnant women with congenital heart disease may have low complication risks during delivery

Pregnant women with congenital heart disease had very low risks of arrhythmias (irregular heart beat) or other heart-related complications during labor and delivery, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

However, such women were more likely to undergo cesarean section and remain in the hospital […]

Pulse oximetry screenings save lives of babies with congenital heart defects

Screening for congenital heart defects with pulse oximetry identified newborn babies with previously unsuspected critical congenital heart defects, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Babies with undetected CCHD have a significant increased risk of disability or death.

About nine of every 1,000 babies are […]

Big city hospitals severely penalized for Medicare readmissions

Big city hospitals in the United States have been severely penalized for readmission of patients with heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In 2013, 2,200 hospitals forfeited more than $280 million in Medicare funds due to readmission penalties […]

Hispanic women with multiple births may face increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Hispanic women who have five or more successful births may have a significantly increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those with no or fewer births, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Researchers analyzed 855 Hispanic women 45 years and older who were […]