Smartphone app to reliably diagnose irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation

Researchers from the University of Turku developed a smartphone app to detect atrial fibrillation with phone alone, without any extra equipment. This application provides a potential tool for timely diagnosis of atrial fibrillation as it is crucial for effective stroke prevention. The results of the study were published in the journal Circulation. Smartphone app to … Continue reading Smartphone app to reliably diagnose irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation

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

Systemic review of literature finds no evidence of increased risk of fatal stomach bleed following use of aspirin

Stomach bleeds caused by aspirin are considerably less serious than the spontaneous bleeds that can occur in people not taking the drug, concludes a study led by Cardiff University. Published in the journal Public Library of Science, the extensive study of literature on aspirin reveals that while regular use of the drug increases the risk … Continue reading Systemic review of literature finds no evidence of increased risk of fatal stomach bleed following use of aspirin

Research finds bi-directional association between fatty liver disease and heart disease

Researchers have shown that a bi-directional relationship exists between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease. Fatty liver disease can lead to increased cardiovascular disease risk and vice versa. The findings, which appear in the Journal of Hepatology, are important in understanding the link between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease, which continues to be one … Continue reading Research finds bi-directional association between fatty liver disease and heart disease