Early initiation of rhythm control therapy is associated with clinical benefit in patients with heart failure and recently diagnosed atrial fibrillation. This was shown in a subgroup analysis of the EAST – AFNET 4 study population. The new findings were presented by Dr. Andreas...

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Until recently, there were few options for predicting the course of myocarditis in children. Now a team of scientists in Berlin, led by Sabine Klaassen at the ECRC, have discovered genetic defects associated with the severity of the disease, as they report in "Circulation:...

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MDC researchers have discovered a previously unknown cause of cardiac hypertrophy. As they report in the journal “Genome Biology”, genetic variation results in heart cell ribosomes not working properly. This disrupts protein production, which in turn causes the heart to grow too...

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Atherosclerosis is the main cause of stroke and heart attack. Previous treatments with medicines reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in only some of the patients: Around 60 percent are still at risk. Researchers are focusing on the immune system to develop new therapies and...

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Many people try to lose weight by dieting throughout their lives. But what exactly does dieting do to the body? Scientists have found that microorganisms in the gut are the key to weight loss. The study has been published in the journal Nature.

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The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina unites researchers with unique expertise in their respective fields. Criteria for admission are outstanding scientific achievements. As a new member of the Leopoldina, DZHK Professor Jeanette Erdmann from the University of Lübeck now...

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The global cardiovascular research community is joining forces: eleven leading and independent funding organisations from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have joined forces to form the Global Cardiovascular...

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When heart muscle cells produce proteins incorrectly, it can cause heart disease. Scientists from Europe and the USA want to find out what role the so-called "alternative splicing" plays in this. To this end, they are receiving $7 million from the Leducq Foundation.

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Temporarily discontinuing ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers does not affect the severity of COVID-19 disease, but it could have a beneficial effect on the recovery phase. Pausing could be particularly useful in elderly cardiovascular patients, suggest the authors...

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Exercise in polluted air above a certain threshold may cause cardiovascular side effects because high levels of particulate matter. This proves a recent study from South Korea with almost 1.5 million young adults.

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