Alcohol’s Benefits to Heart Health

In excess: not so beneficial, but a fun time indeed.

Many studies support the assertion that moderate drinking is beneficial when it comes to cardiovascular health, and for the first time scientists have discovered that a well-known molecule, called Notch, may be behind alcohol’s protective effects. Down the road, this finding could help scientists create a new treatment for heart disease that mimics the beneficial influence of modest alcohol consumption.

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New Method to Grow Arteries Could Lead to ‘Biological Bypass’ for Heart Disease

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Researchers are reporting a new method of growing arteries could lead to a “biological bypass” — or a non-invasive way to treat coronary artery disease.

A new method of growing arteries could lead to a “biological bypass” — or a non-invasive way to treat coronary artery disease, Yale School of Medicine researchers report with their colleagues in the April issue of Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Can Chocolate Lower Your Risk of Stroke?

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Eating chocolate may lower your risk of having a stroke, according to an analysis of available research.

Eating chocolate may lower your risk of having a stroke, according to an analysis of available research that was released February 11 and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 62nd Annual Meeting in Toronto April 10 to April 17, 2010. Another study found that eating chocolate may lower the risk of death after suffering a stroke.

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New Stroke Therapy Successful in Rats: Protein Completely Restores Motor Function

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James Fallon mobilizes existing stem cells, causing them to proliferate, migrate and eventually differentiate into new cells (shown by the red area back left) that fill in the damaged brain, returning function to the stroke victim.

People with impaired mobility after a stroke soon may have a therapy that restores limb function long after the injury, if a supplemental protein works as well in humans as it does in paralyzed rats.

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Heart Disease Found in Egyptian Mummies

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This image shows the mummy of Esankh, male, Third Intermediate Period (1070-712 BCE), undergoing CT scanning.

Hardening of the arteries has been detected in Egyptian mummies, some as old as 3,500 years, suggesting that the factors causing heart attack and stroke are not only modern ones; they afflicted ancient people, too.

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Smoking Gun: Just One Cigarette Has Harmful Effect On Arteries Of Young Healthy Adults

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New research shows that even one cigarette has serious adverse effects on young adults.

Even one cigarette has serious adverse effects on young adults, according to research presented by Dr. Stella Daskalopoulou at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2009, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

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‘Closed Heart Surgery’: Scientists Jump-start The Heart By Gene Transfer

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Human heart.

Scientists from the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota show in a research report published online in the FASEB Journal that gene therapy may be used to improve an ailing heart’s ability to contract properly. In addition to showing gene therapy’s potential for reversing the course of heart failure, it also offers a tantalizing glimpse of a day when “closed heart surgery” via gene therapy is as commonly prescribed as today’s cocktail of drugs.

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How High Carbohydrate Foods Can Raise Risk For Heart Problems

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Doctors have known for decades that foods like white bread and corn flakes aren’t good for cardiac health.

Doctors have known for decades that too much carbohydrate-laden foods like white bread and corn flakes can be detrimental to cardiac health. In a landmark study, new research from Tel Aviv University now shows exactly how these high carb foods increase the risk for heart problems.

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Researchers Test Nanoparticle To Treat Cardiovascular Disease In Mice

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Model of a multifunctional micelle

Scientists and engineers at UC Santa Barbara and other researchers have developed a nanoparticle that can attack plaque –– a major cause of cardiovascular disease. The new development is described in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Clock-shifts Affect Risk Of Heart Attack

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 Get that extra hour of sleep! But dont have a heart attack!

Adjusting the clocks to summer time on the last Sunday in March increases the risk of myocardial infarction in the following week. In return, putting the clocks back in the autumn reduces the risk, albeit to a lesser extent. This according to a new Swedish study

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