Top Advances in CVD and Stroke

Top advances in cardiovascular disease and stroke research


  1. Bariatric surgery improves blood sugar control in obese people with Type 2 diabetes
  2. Renal denervation no better than sham at lowering resistant high blood pressure
  3. Collaborative pre-hospital and hospital systems speed treatment and benefit stroke patients
  4. Modern methods lead to discoveries in rare heart disease, post-stent vessel changes
  5. Future one-time treatment could lower cholesterol for life
  6. Experimental blood test finds early heart damage that may go undetected in diabetics
  7. Promising experimental heart failure drug reduces deaths, hospitalizations
  8. Extended use of aspirin plus another anti-clotting medication reduced heart attacks
  9. Daily aspirin fails to prevent heart attacks, increases bleeding risks
  10. No clear winner in comparison of two Marfan syndrome drugs
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  1. Prevention guidelines
  2. Controlling high blood pressure
  3. Combating poor childhood and early adulthood heart health and its aftermath
  4. Getting more people to cardiac rehabilitation has big results
  5. Breakthroughs in congenital heart disease genetics
  6. How intestinal microbes raise the cardiovascular disease risk from red meat 
  7. Atrial Fibrillation
  8. Simplifying the cooling of cardiac arrest patients and extending life support
  9. Endovascular treatment for stroke
  10. Niacin doesn’t lower heart risks, may be harmful
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  1. Extended CPR saves lives
  2. Converting “non-beating” heart cells into “beating” heart cells
  3. Biopsied heart cells improved heart function and reduced scars
  4. “Disconnecting” the kidneys might be the key to treating high blood pressure
  5. Progress for children in transplant bridging and Kawasaki Disease
  6. Why children and adolescents should “just say no” to sugary drinks 
  7. Global impact:  ECHO screening for rheumatic heart disease 
  8. Devices for stroke 
  9. Ideal cardiovascular health practices lead to longer life, lower risk 
  10. Bypass surgery vs. drug-coated stents for diabetes patients 
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Top Advances in Cardiovascular Research


  1. Lifestyle factors make a difference
  2. New treatments for valve replacement and repair
  3. Regeneration of heart muscle
  4. Genetic and molecular pathways in those susceptible to heart disease
  5. The genetics of high blood pressure
  6. Role of CT angiography in management of chest pain
  7. Human metabolic individuality
  8. Rapid treatment of ST-elevation heart attacks
  9. Variability in the use of complex and high-cost technology
  10. Advances in research on surgery for congenital heart disease
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  1. Tailoring treatment for people with diabetes to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease
  2. New advances for patients who aren't candidates for conventional valve surgery
  3. Improving the way we reverse sudden cardiac arrest
  4. More options for reducing stroke risk in atrial fibrillation
  5. Adjusting pacing therapies can improve outcomes for heart failure patients
  6. Hopeful new procedure for infants with congenital heart disease
  7. Finding the right anti-clotting (anti-platelet) therapy
  8. Basic science findings offer insight into future progress
  9. Using science to support healthy lifestyle behaviors
  10. Get With The Guidelines participation eliminates disparity gaps in care
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Top Advances in Stroke Research


  1. Genetic variants influence risk of stroke
  2. Risk of atrial fibrillation, a major risk factor for stroke
  3. Assessment of one medication to prevent stroke in atrial fibrillation
  4. Aggressive medical therapy trumps stenting for patients with narrowing of arteries within the brain
  5. New medical options are tested and approved for preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation
  6. Recovery and rehabilitation
  7. Benefits of improving door to needle time in Stroke Centers
  8. Treatment of brain aneurysms to prevent hemorrhagic strokes
  9. The role of traditional risk factors in causing disparities
  10. Defining treatment options for patients with carotid narrowings but no symptoms
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  1. "Time is brain":  Clot-dissolving treatment for acute ischemic stroke found beneficial in the first 4.5 hours after onset, potentially harmful later
  2. New mechanism of emboli clearance from the brain vasculature discovered
  3. Carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting directly compared
  4. Million person milestone, emerging research shows quality initiative improve outcomes
  5. International study identifies the ten major risk factors for stroke
  6. Ultrasound detection of silent emboli identifies patients at high risk of stroke
  7. Robot-assisted therapy beneficial for long-term arm impairment after stroke
  8. Genetic findings important in understanding, treating aneurysms
  9. Lowering blood pressure early reduces brain hemorrhage growth
  10. Physical activity, even moderate in degree, reduces stroke risk
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