S3 Sound is Not the Newest Boy Band
S3, an abnormal sound strongly linked to cardiac disease and heart failure, can be notoriously difficult for physicians to hear. The low-pitched, low-frequency sound isn't readily picked up by stethoscope alone.
Toxic for the Ticker?
A recent study from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute has found breast cancer drug bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech) appears to increase risk of congestive heart failure.
According to new research from the University of Texas Health Science Center, two significant signaling molecules communicate through nerve cells to regulate electrical and chemical activity.
Liver Disease Linked to Stroke
Using blood tests to detect liver disease could help predict stroke in at-risk patients, according to a study out of Toronto.
Worked Up About Blood Work
A blood test measuring the gamma-prime fibrinogen (a component of the blood's clotting mechanism) could help identify people at risk of heart attack, according a study from the Oregon Health & Science University.
Standard Operating Procudure Questioned
There is no direct evidence suggesting the standard practice of administering oxygen to patients during a heart attack is beneficial.
Stop Smoking, Maintain Vision?
Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good" cholesterol) and smoking appear to contribute to early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a recent study.
A New Spin on Safe Sex
A recent study from the University of Chicago found that sexual activity declines in the year following heart attack for patients who don't get instructions from their doctors regarding when it's safe to have sex again.
Something Else to Blame on Your Family
A diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in first-degree relatives is tied to higher atrial fibrillation risk.
Can Germs Lead to a Heart Attack?
A bacteria might play a vital role in atherosclerosis -- or hardening of the arteries – the number one killer in the U.S.