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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cardiovascular Research: Growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells ♦ Treating more adults with statins would boost heart health\ ♦ risk of dying from heart disease

New research allows doctors to image dangerous 'hardening' of the arteries A radioactive agent developed in the 1960s to detect bone cancer can be re-purposed to highlight the build-up of unstable calcium deposits in arteries, a process that can cause heart attack and stroke. The technique could help in the diagnosis of these conditions in at-risk patients and in the development of new medicines.
Electrocardiogram screening may help predict kidney disease patients' risk of dying from heart disease Certain electrocardiogram measures helped investigators identify a subgroup of individuals with chronic kidney disease who had substantially elevated risks of dying from heart disease,.
Link between inherited DNA sequences, heart disease found The first study of its kind reveals the role of homozygosity and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). CAD is a terminal clinical manifestation of cardiovascular disease. Nearly one in six men and one in ten women die from this complex, multifactorial disorder originating from a complicated interplay of multiple genetic and environmental factors.
Treating more adults with statins would be cost-effective way to boost heart health\ A new study has found that it would be cost-effective to treat 48-67 percent of all adults aged 40-75 in the US with cholesterol-lowering statins. By expanding the current recommended treatment guidelines and boosting the percentage of adults taking statins, an additional 161,560 cardiovascular-related events could be averted, according to the researchers.
Growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells: New model for early heart development Researchers have developed a template for growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells, creating a system that could serve as a model for early heart development and as a drug-screening tool to make pregnancies safer. Scientists have mimicked human tissue formation by starting with stem cells genetically reprogrammed from adult skin tissue to form small chambers with beating human heart cells.

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