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Most Clinical “Calculators” Overestimate Heart Attack Risk

Most “risk calculators” used by clinicians to gauge a patient’s chances of suffering a heart attack and guide treatment decisions appear to significantly overestimate the likelihood of a heart attack, according to results of a study by investigators at Johns Hopkins and other institutions.

Hold Your Breath to Protect Your Heart

Hold Your Breath to Protect Your Heart

A simple technique may be most effective in preventing heart disease after radiation therapy for breast cancer. Women who have breast cancer on their left side present a particular challenge to radiation oncologists.

Complex Proteins and Cardiac Death

Getting to the Heart of the Heart

For years, a multidisciplinary team of Johns Hopkins researchers has tracked an elusive creature, a complex of proteins thought to be at fault in some cases of sudden cardiac death.

Monitoring Heart Failure

Monitoring Heart Failure

A new miniaturized, wireless monitoring system, implanted in the pulmonary artery, is helping keep patients with severe heart failure out of the hospital. Houston Methodist Hospital is the first institution in Houston to offer this to heart failure patients.

Thyroid Hormones

Restoring Thyroid Hormones in the Heart May Prevent Heart Disease From Diabetes

Administering low doses of a thyroid hormone to rats with diabetes helps restore hormone levels in their hearts and prevented deterioration of heart function and pathology, according to a new study by the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine Professor and Biomedical Sciences Chair A. Martin Gerdes.

Sudden Unexpected Deaths (SUD)

Researchers Identify 5 Medical Conditions That May Contribute to Sudden Unexpected Death in NC

Sudden unexpected death (SUD) results from a malfunction of the heart and causes a rapid loss of blood flow through the body, leading to death. It is a very rapid process and may have few or no known warning signs. The overall survival rate for out-of-hospital arrest is only 5% to 10%. SUD is responsible for the deaths of upwards of 450,000 people in the US each year, with North Carolina experiencing an average of 32 SUD-related deaths each day.

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