Medical payments affect heart attack outcomes

Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) analyzed if medical payments for acute myocardial infarction affects treatment outcomes for patients. Findings of this research are published in journal Circulation.To cut down healthcare expenditure there has been a growing trend towards providing incentives to reduce cost at the same time maintaining acceptable outcomes. Hospital Value-Based Purchasing … Continue reading Medical payments affect heart attack outcomes

Understanding interaction between heart muscle cells and nanoscaffoding

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have researched nanofibrous scaffold structure and its interaction with rat heart muscle cells.  This study revealed that cardiac muscle cells envelop nanofibers as they grow, but fibroblasts tend to spread out on fibers forming several focal adhesion sites.Nanofibers enveloped by Heart muscle cells. The 3-D model … Continue reading Understanding interaction between heart muscle cells and nanoscaffoding

Association between inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease found

Researchers analyzed medical-record data from more than 17.5 million patients found that people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at increased risk for a heart attack, regardless of whether or not they have risk factors for heart disease. This research is presented at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session."Younger patients had about … Continue reading Association between inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease found

Animal study finds MeXis gene protective against coronary artery disease

UCLA scientists have identified a gene called MeXis that may play a protective role in preventing heart disease. Their findings suggests that this gene acts within macrophages inside clogged arteries to help remove excess cholesterol from blood vessels by controlling cholesterol pump protein expression. Research is published in the journal Nature Medicine.MeXis is an example … Continue reading Animal study finds MeXis gene protective against coronary artery disease

I-Wire, a new Heart-on-a-Chip device to study biomechanical properties of heart

Scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a 3D organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the biomechanical properties of the heart. The device and the results of initial experiments are reported in the journal Acta Biomaterialia (for links see below).View of the cardiac fiber in the I-Wire device at two levels of magnification.Credit: VIIBRE Vanderbilt UniversityThe unique aspect of … Continue reading I-Wire, a new Heart-on-a-Chip device to study biomechanical properties of heart

Price tag for cardiovascular disease to reach 1 trillion dollars by 2035

A new study projects that by 2035, cardiovascular disease, the most costly and prevalent killer, if left unchecked, will place a crushing economic and health burden on the nation's financial and health care systems. According to the study, in the next two decades, the number of Americans with cardiovascular disease will rise to 131.2 million … Continue reading Price tag for cardiovascular disease to reach 1 trillion dollars by 2035