Cardiac arrhythmias are very life-threatening heart events, but unfortunately not many treatment options are available. For the past couple of years, the administration of an electrical shock has been utilized as the treatment for most cardiac arrhythmias. This method is often painful and very traumatic indeed. This may not be the treatment option for the [...]
Intensive blood glucose control aims to decrease the blood glucose levels of patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Although there are many assumptions stating that the treatment is effective to achieve near-normal glucose levels, there are studies that suggest that such treatment can be potentially harmful, too. This is according to research results released by the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).
According to a recent study, obstructive sleep apnea may be capable of changing the structural and functional abilities of blood vessels, ultimately affecting the blood supply to the heart. When a 26-week treatment of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) was administered, however, the function of the blood vessels improved significantly.
Stroke is a very common heart event in elderly patients. Adding olive oil in the diet is a very inexpensive yet effective way to avoid stroke. In fact, the lead author of the study, Dr. Cécilia Samieri, recommends new dietary guidelines that focus on the prevention of stroke for people aged 65 years old and above.
University of Louisville conducted a clinical trial involving the use of a patient’s stem cells to construct bypass grafts with the goal of conserving the limbs affected by peripheral artery disease. The principal investigator of the study and the chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics, Dr. Charles B. Ross, said that the first batch of patients who underwent this unique procedure is able to thrive well post-operatively.
According to a research by The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Latinos who wish to stop smoking can successfully do so if they have adequate support systems from a partner or significant other. Moreover, a good support system also helps in decreasing the likelihood of depression when smoking is stopped.