2009 Press Releases

  • Link Between Cardiac Deaths and the Holidays is Focus of December Life Lines

    Released December 14, 2009 - Why would heart attack deaths spike during the holidays? The researchers considered a variety of possibilities, but concluded that emotional stress associated with the holidays is a primary factor. Episode 28 of the podcast, Life Lines.
  • A Simple Way for Middle Aged & Older Adults to Assess How Stiff Their Arteries Are: Reach for their Toes

    Released October 6, 2009 - How far you can reach beyond your toes from a sitting position - normally used to define the flexibility of a person's body - may be an indicator of how stiff your arteries are.
  • The Story of The Development of Noninvasive Heart Care

    Released September 14, 2009 - Fifty-one years ago the average American home cost $30,000, Elvis Presley wooed listeners with Hard Headed Woman, and the hula hoop was introduced. That same year, 1958, a team comprised of a groundbreaking engineer -- Dean Franklin -- in concert with two exceptional physicians -- Drs. Robert Rushmer and Robert Van Citters -- was laying the foundation for what would eventually become a radical new approach to health care: the noninvasive imaging and treatment of the heart. The discoveries of these pioneers would eventually lead to a doctor's ability to see the heart without cutting open the body; allow patients to have their hearts monitored despite being miles away; and provide reassurance to parents that a fetus' heart was normal rather than waiting until the offspring was born.
  • Endothelin-Related Drugs Benefit Patients With Pulmonary Hypertension

    Released September 10, 2009 - The usefulness of endothelin drugs to treat congestive heart failure is not clear, according to Professor Matthias Barton, M.D., who provided an update on endothelin research at the American Physiological Society's 11th International Conference on Endothelin.
  • Leading Expert Examines Status, Promise of Key Human Protein - Endothelin - at APS Conference

    Released September 10, 2009 - As the scientific and medical communities involved in endothelin move towards 25 years of understanding the protein, which future developments hold potential? At what risk? Do medicinal compounds look promising? These are among the topics being discussed at the American Physiological Society's 11th International Conference on Endothelin.
  • Males May Experience Greater Physical Pain Due to Lower Levels of Key Protein, Endothelin

    Released September 10, 2009 - How vaso-occulsion leads to pain, and its impact on males and females are still unknown. A University of South Carolina research team suggests that a naturally occurring chemical in the body, endothelin, may play a role. Presentation is part of the American Physiological Society's 11th International Conference on Endothelin.
  • Chemical Used in Production of IV Bags, Other Medical Equipment, Reproduce Complications in Patients After EC Support

    Released May 1, 2009 - Medical science took a giant leap forward with the development of techniques that, at least temporarily, perform the function of vital organs, including the use of extracorporeal circulation (EC). But EC is not without its own risks. A new study sheds new light on the potential causes of EC-related disorders.
  • Translating the Conversation Between the Brain and Blood Vessels

    Released April 21, 2009 - Does hypertension occur because the brain loses its ability to sense that the blood vessels are stretching under high pressure? In a study with obese rats, researchers found the animals’ brains could sense the stretch but still became hypertensive, eliminating that mechanism as a possibility.
  • Low Lead Levels In Children Can Affect Cardiovascular Responses To Stress

    Released April 17, 2009 - Even low levels of lead found in the blood during early childhood can adversely affect how the child's cardiovascular system responds to stress and could possibly lead to hypertension later in life, according to a study from the State University of New York at Oswego.
  • "Mirthful Laughter," With Standard Diabetic Treatment, Raises Good Cholesterol, May Lower Heart Attack Risk

    Released April 17, 2009 - A new study reports on the mind-emotion-disease model. “Mirthful laughter,” with standard diabetic treatment, was found to raise good cholesterol and may lower heart attack risk, according to the researchers.
  • Smoke From Cigarettes, Cooking Oil, Wood, Shift Male Cardiovascular System Into Overdrive

    Released April 17, 2009 - Secondhand tobacco smoke, and smoke from cooking oil and wood smoke, affected cardiovascular function of men and women who were exposed to small doses of the smoke for as little as 10 minutes, according to a study from the University of Kentucky.
  • Inhaling A Heart Attack: How Air Pollution Can Cause Heart Disease

    Released March 18, 2009 - Accumulating evidence indicates that an increase in particulate air pollution is associated with an increase in heart attacks and deaths. Research has begun in the relatively new field of environmental cardiology -- a field that examines the relationship between air pollution and heart disease.
  • Study Helps Explain Connection Between Sleep Apnea, Stroke and Death

    Released January 6, 2009 - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) decreases blood flow to the brain, elevates blood pressure within the brain, and eventually harms the brain's ability to modulate these changes and prevent damage to itself, according to a new study.