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A small, wearable heart monitor can detect atrial fibrillation in high-risk patients ten times more frequently than standard tests. This is the result of a new trans-Atlantic study involving researchers from Canada and Germany.

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Cardiac arrhythmias were the most common cardiovascular problem in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. This is shown in an evaluation by scientists of the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) at the Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pneumology at Heidelberg...

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For the first time, engineered heart muscle (EHM) from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) will be used to treat patients with heart failure. After regulatory approval, recruitment of the first patient for the first-in-class, first-in-patient BioVAT-HF-DZHK20 early...

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Diastolic heart failure can be reliably detected with a newly developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, shows a study by the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) at the Göttingen site. Until now, this was only possible with a heart catheterisation study,...

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After an infection, the risk of a heart attack in cardiovascular risk patients increases up to twenty times. Scientists from the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) have found that the immune cells are involved in this in a mouse model. However, specific molecules...

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To protect against sudden cardiac death, all patients with severe cardiac insufficiency, in which the heart's pumping capacity is highly restricted, are currently implanted with a defibrillator. But the procedure is risky and often unnecessary. Every year, the device triggers a...

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In laboratory models, the coronavirus can directly infect heart muscle cells, a team from several working groups at the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) found out. However, the virus uses a slightly different mechanism than in lung cells. If a direct infection of...

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For half of all heart failure cases there is a lack of effective treatment options. An estimated 37.7 million people worldwide suffer from this so-called heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. From November 2020 Dr. Gabriele Schiattarella will head a Junior Research...

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If the valve between the aorta and the heart needs to be replaced, doctors have a minimally invasive procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), also called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) in the United States. In this catheter-based procedure,...

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A recent study provides Covid-19 patients in quarantine with a hybrid smartwatch from Withings, which measures ECG and oxygen saturation. The study aims to find out whether unnecessary hospital stays can be avoided. The German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) is...

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