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A jab that allows damaged hearts to heal themselves and could be given by paramedics in the back of ambulances is being developed at Imperial College London

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...ust minutes after a heart attack and before patients even reach hospital. A jab that allows damaged hearts to heal themselves and could be given by paramedics in the back of ambulances is being developed at Imperial College London The jab is one of several treatments being researched by the British Heart Foundation as part of its multi-million-pound Mending Broken Hearts project to improve the ca...

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Experts at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in US say that damage caused by a heart attack has been healed using stem cells gathered from the patient’s own heart. The amount of scar tissue was halved in the small safety trial reported in the Lancet medical journal. According to the authors, there was also an “unprecedented” increase in new heart muscle. A heart attack happens wh...

Ryan Marquiss is the first child in the world to survive being born with his heart outside of his body

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Ryan Marquiss is the first child in the world to survive being born with his heart outside of his body. Having the heart outside the body, ectopia cordis, is an incredibly rare condition and usually babies are stillborn or die within three days. Ryan Marquiss’ heart also hadn’t developed and so he only had half a heart – a combination of defects which is so rare that the boy is the only one...

US scientists say carnitine, a chemical found in red meat, helps explain why eating too much steak, mince and bacon is bad for the heart

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...chemical found in red meat, helps explain why eating too much steak, mince and bacon is bad for the heart. Their work has been published in the journal Nature Medicine and showed that carnitine in red meat was broken down by bacteria in the gut. This kicked off a chain of events which resulted in higher levels of cholesterol and an increased risk of heart disease. Dieticians also warned there may...

A Norwegian study has found that people who have trouble drifting off to sleep may be at increased risk of heart failure

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...egian study has found that people who have trouble drifting off to sleep may be at increased risk of heart failure. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, followed more than 50,000 people for 11 years. Scientists found those who suffered several nights of poor sleep were more likely to develop the condition, in which the heart fails to pump properly. Experts say further research is ne...

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A case study reports that a man with two hearts – one his own, one a donor heart- was resuscitated via a defibrillator when both organs developed irregular heart rhythms. The case study was published online recently in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine and explains how the life-saving measures used in 2010 saved a 71-year-old who received the donor heart in 2003. The patient had also...

Having a highly demanding job, but little control over it, could be a deadly combination

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...ering nearly 200,000 people and found “job strain” was linked to a 23% increased risk of heart attacks and deaths from coronary heart disease. The risk to the heart was much smaller than for smoking or not exercising, the Lancet medical journal report said. The British Heart Foundation said how people reacted to work stress was key. Job strain is a type of stress. The research team at...

A review of research evidence by US physicians says intensive training schedules and extreme endurance competitions can cause long-term harm to people’s hearts

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Researchers warn that extreme exercise, such as marathons, may permanently damage the heart and trigger rhythm abnormalities. They say the safe “upper limit” for heart health is a maximum of an hour a day – after which there is little benefit to the individual. A review of research evidence by US physicians says intensive training schedules and extreme endurance competitions can cause long-...

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...ing to enhanced results, fitness gadgets can make your exercise regimen more effective and more fun. Heart health is one of the main reasons that people exercise and there are quite a few gadgets available to help improve your cardiovascular health; here are a few of them: 1. Pedometers Walking is a form of moderate exercise that can greatly improve your heart health. It is easy and can be done b...

The scientists from the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco focused on two genes, and their role in cardiomyopathy, a enlarging and weakening of the heart muscle which is a feature in life-threatening heart defects in children and adults

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...Genetics report says that scientists may be closer to understanding how genes can influence serious heart conditions. The failure to turn off a specific gene at the right time in an embryo’s development could mean illness later in life. Mice in which the gene was left active were born apparently healthy, but suffered heart muscle problems later. A heart charity said it might one day be poss...

The Carmat heart is designed to work for five years

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The first patient fitted with a Carmat artificial heart in France has died. The 76-year-old man, who has not been named, died 75 days after the operation in Paris. The bioprosthetic device, made by French company Carmat, is designed to replace the real heart for up to five years. It is intended to help patients who are in the advanced stages of heart failure. At this late stage of the disease, th...

Heart Attack Grill holds the Guinness world record for the most calorific burger

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John Alleman, an unofficial spokesman for Las Vegas Heart Attack Grill restaurant, which prides itself on “taste worth dying for” – has died of a heart attack at the age of 52. John Alleman visited the infamous restaurant, which holds the Guinness world record for the “most calorific burger”, on a daily basis and would often stand outside encouraging other people to enter. He suffered a hea...

Experts say that eating fried food may not be bad for the heart, as long as you use olive or sunflower oil to make it

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Experts say that eating fried food may not be bad for the heart, as long as you use olive or sunflower oil to make it. The specialists found no heightened risk of heart disease or premature death linked to food that had been cooked in this way. But the investigators stress that their findings, from studying the typical Spanish diet in which these “healthy” oils are found in abundance,...

A new research has found that getting enough exercise in midlife will help protect your heart

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...activity per week, say experts. But more work is needed since the study looked at markers linked to heart problems and not heart disease itself. A new research has found that getting enough exercise in midlife will help protect your heart And it relied on people accurately reporting how much exercise they did – something people tend to overestimate rather than underestimate. In the study,...

Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney is accused of favoritism over his heart surgery, as he was too old to receive a heart transplant

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Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney is accused of favoritism over his heart surgery, as he was too old to receive a heart transplant on Friday. Critics are complaining that 71-year-old Dick Cheney was given special consideration because of his position. Though they do not think that Dick Cheney was moved up the transplant list, he was given the organ that could have gone to thousands of younger...

Israeli scientists say they have managed to turn patients' own skin cells into healthy heart muscle in the lab

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Israeli scientists say they have managed to turn patients’ own skin cells into healthy heart muscle in the lab. Ultimately they hope this stem cell therapy could be used to treat heart failure patients. As the transplanted cells are from the individual patient this could avoid the problem of tissue rejection, they told the European Heart Journal. Early tests in animals proved promising but...

Common painkillers ibuprofen and diclofenac can slightly increase the risk of heart problems if taken in high doses for a long time

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...n each day. They showed that for every 1,000 people taking the drugs there would be three additional heart attacks, four more cases of heart failure and one death as well cases of stomach bleeding – every year as a result of taking the drugs. Common painkillers ibuprofen and diclofenac can slightly increase the risk of heart problems if taken in high doses for a long time So the number of h...

Experts found that men can inherit heart disease from their father after they have tracked the condition to the Y chromosome that dads pass to sons

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Experts found that men can inherit heart disease from their father after they have tracked the condition to the Y chromosome that dads pass to sons. By studying the DNA of over 3,000 men, scientists found a particular version of the sex chromosome increases the risk of coronary artery disease by 50%. The risk it confers is in addition to other heart risk factors like cholesterol, The Lancet repor...

Men who were 6 ft (1.8 meters) or over were 24 per cent less likely to report having heart failure than those who were 5ft 8 (1.72 meters) or smaller

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Scientists claim that tall men are 24% less at risk of heart problems, besides other advantages. Harvard researchers have found that those who are more than 6ft are 24% less likely to suffer from heart failure than men just a few inches smaller. Scientists looked at the records of 22,000 male doctors in their mid-fifties who were subsequently followed over a 22-year period. They each filled in an...

A Japanese study of nearly 37,000 people said balding men were 32 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease

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...Japanese study of nearly 37,000 people said balding men were 32 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease Researchers at the University of Tokyo sifted through years of previous research into links between hair loss and heart problems. They showed that hair that went thin on the crown was associated with coronary heart disease. This was after adjusting for other risk factors such as age a...

Anger may trigger a heart attack or stroke, with a danger window of about two hours following an outburst

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...rategies could avoid such complications. People who have existing risk factors, such as a history of heart disease, are particularly susceptible, the researchers told the European Heart Journal. In the two hours immediately after an angry outburst, risk of a heart attack increased nearly five-fold and risk of stroke increased more than three-fold, the data from nine studies and involving thousands...

British doctors have saved Ronald Aldom's life using a shot of neat alcohol into the arteries supplying his heart

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...ife using an unconventional treatment – a shot of neat alcohol into the arteries supplying his heart. Ronald Aldom, 77, from Portishead near Bristol, had an unusual heart rhythm called ventricular tachychardia that can be fatal if left unchecked. Medics had tried to treat it using standard methods but with no success. They resorted to using pure ethanol to trigger a controlled heart attack a...

Jakub Halik had his heart replaced with two mechanical pumps in pioneering surgery last April after an aggressive cancerous tumor was found

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Jakub Halik, a Czech father of one who survived for more than six months without a real heart, has died at the age of 37. Jakub Halik had his heart replaced with two mechanical pumps in pioneering surgery last April after an aggressive cancerous tumor was found. Doctors say his death was caused by liver failure, and not the artificial heart itself. Jakub Halik, a former firefighter, was waiting o...

Women get twice the benefit from fish oil than men

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A new research has found that eating oily fish may boost women’s heart health more than men’s. The oils – found in fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna – are known to improve chances of surviving a repeat heart attack. But a new study suggests women could benefit more from their effect on the heart. Researchers at the University of Reading, UK, found fish oils have a direct impact on t...