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Cardiac arrest is common in critically ill patients with COVID-19

Cardiac arrest is common in critically ill patients with COVID-19 and is associated with poor survival, particularly among patients aged 80 or older, finds a study published by The BMJ today.

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'There's no place like home' for rehab after stroke

Stroke patients who get professional rehabilitation training in their homes through live video consultations may recover their motor skills better than those who do their rehab in person with a therapist at an outpatient rehabilitation facility, according to a study published in the September 30, 2020, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Remote rehabilitation may also promote greater brain connectivity, the study said.

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Despite same symptoms, men and women don't always get same mini-stroke diagnosis

A transient ischemic attack, often called a mini-stroke, usually doesn't last long or cause permanent damage. But it still needs medical attention, because it may be warning of a future stroke that can have dire consequences.

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Disparities in CVD burden increasing between richest, poorer

(HealthDay)—There are substantial and increasing disparities in the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among the highest-resource group and the remainder of the U.S. population, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in JAMA Network Open.

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Hospital admissions not related to COVID-19 fell in early 2020

(HealthDay)—Non-COVID-19 hospital admissions decreased considerably with the onset of COVID-19, with declines generally similar across patient demographic subgroups from February to April 2020, according to a report published online Sept. 24 in Health Affairs.

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Statins' unique effectiveness in preventing heart disease

Statins, a class of drugs that lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood by reducing the production of cholesterol by the liver, are the first line of defense in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. Statins appear to be more effective than other drugs targeting cholesterol at preventing death and possibly are more effective in men than women, but the reasons for any such differences are unclear.

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Concealed cardiomyopathies revealed in cardiac arrest survivors

Centenary Institute researchers have discovered that genetic testing can identify "concealed cardiomyopathies" in nearly a quarter of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survivors who seem to have a normal heart.

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Exosome treatment improves recovery from heart attacks in a preclinical study

Science has long known that recovery from experimental heart attacks is improved by injection of a mixture of heart muscle cells, endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells, yet results have been limited by poor engraftment and retention, and researchers worry about potential tumorigenesis and heart arrhythmia.

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Prototype graft, designed to replace damaged heart vessels, shows promise in cell study

In a proof-of-concept study, North Carolina State University researchers reported promising preclinical findings for a prototype of a vascular graft designed as a replacement for a damaged or blocked coronary artery, which supplies blood to the heart.

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