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High blood pressure in midlife is linked to increased brain damage in later life

Higher than normal blood pressure is linked to more extensive brain damage in the elderly, according to a new study published in the European Heart Journal [1]. In particular, the study found that there was a strong association between diastolic … Continue reading

Published Thursday, November 26th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Neuroscience

Study estimates exposure to air pollution increases COVID-19 deaths by 15% worldwide

Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to an increased risk of dying from COVID-19 and, for the first time, a study has estimated the proportion of deaths from the coronavirus that could be attributed to the exacerbating effects … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Researchers identify genetic variants linked to toxic side effects from bevacizumab

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found two common genetic variants that can be used to predict whether or not cancer patients might suffer severe adverse side-effects, such as high blood pressure, from the drug bevacizumab. The … Continue reading

Published Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology

Existing heart drugs may help cancer patients respond better to PD(L)1 immunotherapy

Researchers have found that a class of commonly-used heart drugs may also improve patients’ responses to anti-cancer immunotherapies called PD(L)1 inhibitors, according to preliminary findings to be presented at the 32nd EORTC-NCI-AACR [1] Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics, … Continue reading

Published Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology

Young women who suffer a heart attack have worse outcomes than men

Women aged 50 or younger who suffer a heart attack are more likely than men to die over the following 11 years, according to a new study published in the European Heart Journal [1]. The study found that, compared to … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Catheter ablation linked to reduced risk of dementia in patients with atrial fibrillation

People with atrial fibrillation have a reduced risk of dementia if they undergo a procedure called catheter ablation to restore the normal rhythm of their heart, according to a new study published in the European Heart Journal [1]. Previous work, … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Increased risk of cardiovascular disease in women treated for breast cancer can be predicted with computer analysis of routine scans

Automated analysis of breast cancer patients’ routine scans can predict which women have a greater than one in four risk of going on to develop cardiovascular disease, according to research presented at the 12th European Breast Cancer Conference. Women who … Continue reading

Published Friday, October 2nd, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology

‘Selfies’ could be used to detect heart disease: new research uses artificial intelligence to analyse facial photos

Sending a “selfie” to the doctor could be a cheap and simple way of detecting heart disease, according to the authors of a new study published in the European Heart Journal [1]. The study is the first to show that … Continue reading

Published Friday, August 21st, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cardiology

First comparison of dangers of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes and water pipes. Any smoking and vaping technique may increase risk of COVID-19 infection and death

Smoking and vaping, whether by means of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes or waterpipes, stiffens the arteries, causes inflammation and damages DNA, leading to a variety of health problems, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal [1]. In addition, … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 26th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology, Infectious diseases, Respiratory

High blood pressure linked to increased risk of dying from COVID-19

Patients with raised blood pressure have a two-fold increased risk of dying from the coronavirus COVID-19 compared to patients without high blood pressure, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. In addition, the study found that … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 5th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases