Category Archives: Congestive Heat failure (CHF)

Direct Anti-Inflammatory Treatment Of Heart Disease: New Clinical Trial

Direct Anti-Inflammatory Treatment Of Heart Disease: New Clinical Trial

The US National Institute of Health is launching a clinical trial (Phase III) for using Methotrexate as an anti-inflammatory for cardiovascular issues. Methotrexate has been used against cancer, some autoimmune disorders,  even abortion!   This is a very potent drug, what is the NIH ‘s drive for this clinical trial [1]? …Read the Rest

IN DEPTH: Is There A Role For Nutraceuticals In Heart Disease?

IN DEPTH: Is There A Role For Nutraceuticals In Heart Disease?

Heart disease falls  into several classes: Coronary disease is the most frequent [1], but valvular [2] is not far behind: Who doesn’t have a relative or friend who had some heart valve replaced or bypass surgery? Actually [2] is giving epidemiology statistics: “…Aortic valve sclerosis (aortic valve thickening and calcification) seem …Read the Rest

8 Nutrients For The Prevention of Heart Disease

8 Nutrients For The Prevention of Heart Disease

MND: Nutrition is always a substantial part of the prevention of disease. Heart disease is no exception. We follow here 8 of these nutrients that have been shown in at least one study to have heart health benefits. Here they are:  Lycopene, Cocoa, Zinc, Soy , vitamin B12, Fish oil, Onions, …Read the Rest

Sleep Apnea: Not just about snoring

Sleep Apnea: Not just about snoring

  Many of us have heard of sleep apnea as it relates to snoring. Just google sleep apnea and the advertisement abound of how you can stop your snoring with appropriate CPAP ( Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) type of devices But what is sleep apnea? Wikipedia has this definition: ‘…a sleep …Read the Rest

Quality of care: Searching for the Doctor that is right for you

Quality of care: Searching for the Doctor that is right for you

MediNewsDigest: See our updated post  about a patient’s odissey!

Pollution: Cadmium exposure and cardiovascular disease (sciencedirect)

Pollution: Cadmium exposure and cardiovascular disease (sciencedirect)

MediNewsDigest: According to this Korean study : “… findings suggest that cadmium in blood may be associated with an increased risk for IHD (ischemic heart disease)  and hypertension in the general Korean adult population…” MediNewsDigest: ischemic heart disease reduces the flow of blood to the heart, it can cause heart failure …Read the Rest

Quality of Care:Mary Knudson’s Journey to Find the “Right Doctor” for her Heart Failure (Cardiobrief)

Quality of Care:Mary Knudson’s Journey to Find the “Right Doctor” for her Heart Failure (Cardiobrief)

MediNewsDigest: The harrowing experience of Mary Knudson brings about issues that do not belong only to Heart Failure.  Rather it reminds us of how dependent we are to find a competent and compassionate Doctor and his team. Follow this link to CardioBrief. MediNewsDigest:From the story, the wellfare of Mary Knudson depended …Read the Rest

Heart health:   Omega-3 fatty acid supplements plus statins could help control triglycerides

Heart health: Omega-3 fatty acid supplements plus statins could help control triglycerides

MediNewsDigest: This is encouraging news for people who have a hard time comtrolloing the lipid level in their blood. Quoting European Journal of chemical nutrition EJCN: “….After 6 weeks of  treatment [Omega-3 supplements and simvastatin ] , triglyceride levels decreased by 41.0% in the combination treatment group…” Triglycerides are bad for your heart, …Read the Rest

Study: Tight Blood Pressure Control for Patients With Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease Might Not Be Helpful

Study: Tight Blood Pressure Control for Patients With Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease Might Not Be Helpful

MediNewsDigest:  A Study published by the Journal Of American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes that “..Tight control of systolic BP among patients with diabetes and CAD was not associated with improved cardiovascular outcomes compared with usual control..” The study is further discussed in sciencedaily.  We reported a similar article in sciencedaily …Read the Rest

Congestive Heart Failure: New Boston Scientific heart devices get approval (Reuters)

Congestive Heart Failure: New Boston Scientific heart devices get approval (Reuters)

MediNewsDigest: Three new implanted cardiac devices for broader use among patients with heart failure (Reuters) These are  Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators. (CRT-D). The FDA said the CRT-D devices should be used “as an addition to, not a replacement for, heart failure drug therapy.”  

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