OHSU fixes complex heart problems without open-heart surgery

PORTLAND, Ore. — The pediatric cardiac team at Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is the first in the region and one of a handful in the nation to implant a pulmonary heart valve without open-heart surgery.
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New nanoparticles make blood clots visible

For almost two decades, cardiologists have searched for ways to see dangerous blood clots before they cause heart attacks.
Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report that they have designed nanoparticles…

Vegans’ elevated heart risk requires omega-3s and B12

People who follow a vegan lifestyle — strict vegetarians who try to eat no meat or animal products of any kind — may increase their risk of developing blood clots and atherosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries,” which are conditions that ca…

Recalled ICD leads fail in women, youths most often

The recalled Sprint Fidelis implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) leads (Medtronic) failed more often in younger patients, women, and individuals with hereditary heart disease, according to a multicenter study published online Jan. 17 in Circ…

UConn cardiologists uncover new heart attack warning sign

Cardiologists at the University of Connecticut Health Center have identified a protein fragment that when detected in the blood can be a predictor of heart attack.
Their research, led by Dr. Bruce Liang, director of the Pat and Jim Calhoun C…

Trust your gut … but only sometimes

When faced with decisions, we often follow our intuition — our self-described “gut feelings” — without understanding why. Our ability to make hunch decisions varies considerably: Intuition can either be a useful ally or it can lead to costly and d…

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