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One in 12 in military has clogged heart arteries

One in 12 in military has clogged heart arteries | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Just over one in 12 U.S. service members who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had plaque buildup in the arteries around their hearts - an early sign of heart disease, according to a new study.

 

None of them had been diagnosed with heart disease before deployment, researchers said.

 

"This is a young, healthy, fit group," said the study's lead author, Dr. Bryant Webber, from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland

 

 

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'Clot nets' help stroke recovery

'Clot nets' help stroke recovery | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Using small nets to fish blood clots out from inside people's brains may be the future of stroke care, according to a pair of studies.

 

According to researchers, "Clot-busting drugs only partially reopen 40% of large blocked arteries. These devices partially reopen 70-90% of large blocked arteries."

 

Furthermore, this new technique may be used in patients who cannot take certain drugs designed to break up clots or thin blood.

 

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Vaccine to stop heart attacks could be here in 5 years

Vaccine to stop heart attacks could be here in 5 years | Longevity science | Scoop.it
A vaccine delivered in an injection or nasal spray to prevent heart attacks could be available within five years. The vaccine can cut the build up of fat in arteries by up to 70 per cent, according to tests by researchers at Lund University in Sweden. The fatty deposits cause arteries to narrow, meaning the body has to work harder to pump blood, and can lead to a heart attack.

 

Prof Peter Weissberg, the British Heart Foundation medical director, said the vaccine was "very promising".

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New clot drug for heart patients

New clot drug for heart patients | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Hundreds of thousands of heart patients could benefit from new blood thinning drugs to cut their risk of stroke.

 

The existing (and popular) blood thinning medications coumadin and warfarin have a number of side effects and require frequent monitoring and often dietary adjustments to maintain proper levels.

 

Alternatives to these drugs, although bound to have their own side effects, could help many patients who require blood thinners to reduce stroke risk.

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Immune system discovery could lead to a vaccine for heart disease

Immune system discovery could lead to a vaccine for heart disease | Longevity science | Scoop.it
A new understanding of the immune system may be paving the way for the development of a vaccine for heart disease.

 

“If successful, a tolerogenic vaccine could stop the inflammation component of heart disease,” [Dr. Klaus] stated. “This could probably be used in conjunction with the statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) that have already taken a significant chunk out of the numbers of people with heart disease. Together, they could deliver a nice one-two punch that could be important in further reducing heart disease.”

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