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Which Elders with Systolic Hypertension Should We Treat? - General Medicine

Control of systolic hypertension in elders is difficult and often is inadequate. Treating healthy octogenarians was beneficial in one study (JW Gen Med Apr 17 2008), but outcomes in more frail or sicker .

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Living Without Breathing - Researchers Are Able To Bypass The Lungs By Using Injectable Oxygen

Living Without Breathing - Researchers Are Able To Bypass The Lungs By Using Injectable Oxygen | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Researchers from the Boston Children’s Hospital managed to sustain life in rabbits with blocked tracheae through the use of oxygen-filled microparticles. They injected the particles into the blood stream of the rabbits and managed to keep them alive for almost 15 minutes without a real breath of air. Researchers say that if the novel method would be used in the emergency room, it would save countless more lives. The research team provides a new way to deliver oxygen to the bloodstream and tissues, by bypassing the lungs through the use of injectable oxygen.


Patients who are unable to breathe through their lungs, due to either lung failure or a type of obstruction, need an alternative way of getting oxygen into their bloodstream. Lack of oxygen can lead to brain injury and cardiac arrest. The research team says their new technique can delay the onset of brain injury, cardiac arrest or other tissue injuries that could be induced due to lack of oxygen.


Most of the previous techniques that were attempted in order to treat hypoxemia (an abnormally low concentration of oxygen in the blood) and cyanosis (a bluish discoloration of the skin caused by lack of oxygen in tissues) have had different success rates. Many of the previous techniques used free oxygen gas injections directly into the bloodstream. This is dangerous because the oxygen bubbles can aggregate and form gas bubbles that lead to pulmonary embolism, a lethal blockage.

 

The new method removes the danger of injecting free oxygen gas into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the oxygen particles mix with circulating red blood cells and the oxygen diffuses into these cells almost immediately after contact. The research team notes that their new microparticle technique is unlike any other type of artificial blood because it does not require oxygen to brought from the lungs. Dr. Kheir also added that after the oxygen dissociates from the fatty molecule, the molecule break off and can be easily reabsorbed by the organism.


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His and hers heart attacks

His and hers heart attacks | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Cardiologist suggests the term 'ischemic heart disease' be used for female patients with small artery problems.
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Healthy Living in Old Age Can Add 6 Years to Life

Healthy Living in Old Age Can Add 6 Years to Life | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Following a healthy lifestyle can lead to a significantly longer life, even among people who are already well into their 70s, new research shows.
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Smoking After Stroke Increases Death Risk Three-fold

Smoking After Stroke Increases Death Risk Three-fold | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
A new study, presented at ESC Congress 2012 by Professor Furio Colivicchi from San Filippo Neri Hospital, patients who continue smoking after a stroke have a three times higher chance of death...
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Pros and Cons of Liquid Oxygen | COPD Foundation Blog

Pros and Cons of Liquid Oxygen | COPD Foundation Blog | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Dear COPD Coach, I am a 68-year-old woman with Stage 4 emphysema.  I work full-time in a sedentary job.
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Tissue-Engineered Heart Steps Closer with Embedded Nanowires

Tissue-Engineered Heart Steps Closer with Embedded Nanowires | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
By adding tiny nanowire electronic sensors into engineered 3D tissue structures, scientists have developed a way to monitor cell behavior that could advance the treatment of cardiac and neurol...
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Anemia can be common with heart disease

Anemia can be common with heart disease | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Did you know that anemia is a relatively common complication in heart patients? The medicines used to treat heart disease, and the connection with the heart and the kidneys can often contribute. In...
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Going public with depression

Going public with depression | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
The more people share their experiences with depression, the more others suffering from the condition realize they're not alone, says Kat Kinsman.

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What's the Optimal HbA1c Level in Elders? - General Medicine

Experienced clinicians have long recognized that tight glycemic control can be perilous in frail older patients with type 2 diabetes. Now, an observational study addresses that concern.

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Anemia can be common with heart disease

Anemia can be common with heart disease | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Did you know that anemia is a relatively common complication in heart patients? The medicines used to treat heart disease, and the connection with the heart and the kidneys can often contribute. In...
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Nitroglycerine – what you should know

Nitroglycerine – what you should know | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
One thing that always surprised me in cardiac rehabilitation was the understanding of using Nitroglycerin (nitro). I think over the years I saw and heard every way imaginable to ensure nitro tablet...
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Risk Factors of heart disease - Just for Hearts

Risk Factors of heart disease - Just for Hearts | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Health, Heart, Lifestyle and More....

Via Dr Manisha R Deokar, Dr Rohinee A Motwani
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Energy drinks: a trigger for heart attacks and stroke?

Energy drinks: a trigger for heart attacks and stroke? | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

"When a 17-year-old girl, with a potentially life-threatening heart disorder, recently presented to me with an abnormally fast and irregular heart rhythm, I wondered how the natural history of her disease…..."


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Heart disease – not just a man’s disease anymore

Heart disease – not just a man’s disease anymore | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

"If the thought even crosses your mind that you might be having a heart attack, you need to speak up."

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ESC: FFR Boosts Stent Benefit in CAD

MUNICH -- Patients with stable coronary artery disease and functionally significant stenoses appear to benefit from percutaneous coronary intervention plus best medical therapy compared with drug trea...
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Low-carb diet gets more support from new analysis

Low-carb diet gets more support from new analysis | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
A new analysis touts the benefits of a low-carb, meat-lovers' diet.
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Control Yourself from the Disaster of Cardiovascular Problem

Control Yourself from the Disaster of Cardiovascular Problem | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
The cardiovascular exercise is the best gift that you can give to your heart, the heart is the nucleus of your body and the most sensitive organ of your body. It has to survive all the agony, pain ...
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Delicately sharing life-saving information with a good friend.

Delicately sharing life-saving information with a good friend. | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
After learning about the sudden death of Neil Armstrong While spending last weekend in New Jersey, we heard the news of Neil Armstrong dying from complications from heart surgery. That completely u...
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How stress influences disease: Study reveals inflammation as the culprit

How stress influences disease: Study reveals inflammation as the culprit | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health.
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What's Your Ejection Fraction (EF)?

What's Your Ejection Fraction (EF)? | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Information about the Ejection Fraction (EF), the percentage of blood that is pumped from your heart during each beat.
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Family Health: Stress and Tools to Cope

Family Health: Stress and Tools to Cope | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

When you get overwhelmed by the stresses that life throws at you how do you cope? Many people find they just don’t have good coping skills. They tend to obsess on the problem, let it effect their mood and interactions for the entire day, or turn to alcohol or tobacco as a coping mechanism.

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Re building the chest and back muscles after surgery

Re building the chest and back muscles after surgery | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Once you have your weight restrictions from bypass surgery lifted (and your physician’s permission)  it is time to build back the muscles you lost from surgery. The muscles are weak from the ...
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My Little Heart

My  Little Heart | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
This heart of mine has been with me my entire life.  It beat for me before I even had awareness, while my brain was only a rudimentary organ with  little, but the basic body functions. It raced the...
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Forgive to Live: New Research Shows Forgiveness Is Good for the Heart - Lifestyle - GOOD

Forgive to Live: New Research Shows Forgiveness Is Good for the Heart - Lifestyle - GOOD | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
As more medical researchers examine the physiological effects of forgiveness, the idea that it can be a powerful tool in healing is gaining support.

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