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Smoking-Related Heart Disease Tied to Effects of a Single Gene

Smoking counteracts the effect of a gene that normally protects against heart disease, according to a group of researchers.



Heart Attack, Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Fatty Acid, Lipids, Lipoxygenase, Inflammation, Heart Remodeling, Resolvins

Mice with Missing Lipid-Modifying Enzyme Heal Better After Heart Attack


Using a mouse heart attack model, researchers have shown that knocking out one particular lipid-modifying enzyme, along with a short-term dietary excess of a certain lipid, can improve post-heart attack healing and clear inflammation.



Humanitarian Medicine, Cardiac Surgery, Rheumatic Heart Disease, Rwanda, AATS Centennial, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Team Heart, Sustainable Cardiac Care Program

Humanitarian Cardiac Surgery Outreach Helps Build a Better Health Care System in Rwanda


This year’s AATS Centennial, the annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, features a presentation from a team of doctors and other medical professionals who have been travelling to Rwanda for the past 10 years as part of a surgical outreach program aimed at treating patients affected by rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and building a foundation for sustainable cardiothoracic care throughout the country.



Transplant, Heart Transplant, Heart, Ut Southwestern

Life After Transplant: Patients Now More Likely to Live – and Live Well


If not for a heart transplant, Drew Wilson would have been dead last fall.



Erin Michos, Cardiology, Heart, Blood

Exercise and Vitamin D Better Together for Heart Health


Johns Hopkins researchers report that an analysis of survey responses and health records of more than 10,000 American adults for nearly 20 years suggests a “synergistic” link between exercise and good vitamin D levels in reducing the risk of heart attacks and stroke



Resarch, Health System, Heart Health, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Ut Southwestern

Readmission Penalties Don’t Correlate to Heart Attack Outcomes


A program that penalizes hospitals for high early readmission rates of heart attack patients may be unfairly penalizing hospitals that serve a large proportion of African-Americans and those with more severe illness, a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers suggests.


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Binge Drinking, cardiovascuar disease

Youth Binge Drinking, Cardiovascular Disease Possibly Linked


University of Illinois at Chicago researchers are conducting a study to determine whether binge drinking is related to cardiovascular disease in young adults who are not predisposed to the condition.



Heart Disease, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Clinical Trials

Media Registration Now Open for TCT 2017

Media registration is now open online for TCT 2017 (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics), the annual Scientific Symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF).



Pathology, vascular endothelial cell growth factor , Vascular Endothelial Function, Atherosclerosis, Heart Disease

Michael A Gimbrone, Jr, MD, to Receive the ASIP 2017 Gold-Headed Cane Award

The Gold-Headed Cane Award is the most distinctive honor granted by ASIP, in recognition of long-term contributions to pathology, including meritorious research, outstanding teaching, general excellence in the field and leadership in pathology. The 2017 recipient of the Gold-Headed Cane Award is Dr. Michael A Gimbrone, Jr, Director of the Center for Excellence in Vascular Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Elsie T Friedman Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.



Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Surgery, Surgery

Chief of Cardiac Surgery Elected to Board of Governors


Dr. Richard Shemin, the Robert and Kelly Day Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine at UCLA and chief of cardiac surgery, has been named to the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons

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