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Calling 911 in rural areas leads to faster heart attack care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Arriving to the hospital by ambulance speeds up life-saving treatment for heart attack patients in rural areas and confirms the important role paramedics have in expediting care, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

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April 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Heart attack patients live longer when admitted to hospitals with lower death rates

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart attack patients admitted to hospitals with low 30-day death rates for heart attacks live longer than those admitted to hospitals that have comparably high 30-day death rates post heart attack, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: […]

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Acute stroke patients received clot-busting treatment despite language barriers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Acute ischemic stroke patients who didn’t speak English well were still properly treated with clot busters despite the language barrier, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

The research was originally scheduled to be released […]

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Friends and social networks valued by heart failure patients and healthcare providers

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients consult family members for advice about their heart failure symptoms; while health care providers engage in social networks to improve communication and heart failure care, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.
The research was […]

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Automated text messaging may improve heart patients’ adherence to medications

Automated text messages that remind cardiac patients to take their medications may improve the likelihood that patients will take their medication, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting.

Researchers developed an automated text message system to help remind patients to take their medications. They […]

Poor response to cholesterol drugs may indicate blocked arteries

If your “bad” cholesterol level stays the same or increases after you take statin drugs, you may have more blocked arteries than people whose levels drop, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Low density lipoprotein cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because […]

February 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Clot-removing therapy saves lives, but few have access

Research shows that endovascular therapy — which removes the clots in the brain — saves lives. But patients often don’t receive or have access to the therapy.

About 15 percent of stroke patients are eligible for endovascular therapy, which involves using a catheter to remove clots in the brain, according […]

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Many mild stroke patients considered “too good to treat” may actually benefit from tPA

Stroke patients with mild symptoms might be eligible to receive the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, but often don’t receive the therapy because they are deemed “too good to treat.”

However, many of these patients don’t fare well after stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International […]

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 […]

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 […]