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'Without a heart donor I might not make it'

'Without a heart donor I might not make it'

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Father-of-two Gareth Evans has needed a heart transplant for nine years. The 45-year-old, from Stockport, has been waiting longer than anyone else in the UK on the current list of heart transplant patients.His health is declining and, as Organ Donation Week begins, the NHS wants people to join the UK's donor register.NHS Blood and Transplant figures show about 3,000 lifesaving transplants were missed in the last year, as families would not donate relatives' organs. They also show 80% of people support organ donation, yet only 33% of people have told their family they want to donate.Gareth originally had a heart transplant in 1990, aged only 17, after he contracted cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. The heart has laste...
Rapid heart imaging system may improve care in developing nations

Rapid heart imaging system may improve care in developing nations

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Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A rapid imaging system could improve heart healthcare in developing nations because of reduced costs and easier availability, according to a study in Peru. Researchers determined the new system, which uses contrast dye to measure cardiac structure, function and scarring, was effective at a fraction of the costs and time required for the traditional imaging system. The findings were published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association. In Peru, 16 percent of the population has cardiovascular disease, researchers say, but screening people there for heart conditions can be difficult. The Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging system, also called cardiac MRIs, are often not available for people in Peru and other developing nations. The method provides detailed inf...
Study: Heart attack risk doubles for e-cigarette users

Study: Heart attack risk doubles for e-cigarette users

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Aug. 23 (UPI) -- If e-cigarettes users vape every day, they nearly double the risk of a heart attack, according to a new analysis of a survey. In addition, the dual use of e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes appears to be more dangerous than using either product alone. It increases the odds of a heart attack by 4.6 times, according to researchers at the University of California San Francisco, who published their findings Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study was the first to examine the relationship between e-cigarette use and heart attacks. The risk of heart attack, however, drops immediately after people stop smoking or refrain from using e-cigarettes. "Most adults who use e-cigarettes continue to smoke cigarettes," Dr. Stanton Glantz, a UCSF professo...
FDA expands recall of common heart medication Valsartan

FDA expands recall of common heart medication Valsartan

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expanding a recall of a common heart medication because it may contain a cancer-causing chemical. Valsartan (brand name Diovan), which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, can be used alone or as a component of other heart medications. Last month, the FDA issued a voluntary recall of certain batches of the drug, but has since expanded its recall two additional times to include more valasartan-containing products. “We have carefully assessed the valsartan-containing medications sold in the United States, and we’ve found that the valsartan sold by these specific companies does not meet our safety standards,” says Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. &ld...
Footballer heart death risk 'underestimated'

Footballer heart death risk 'underestimated'

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The risk of footballers dying because their heart stops beating is higher than experts thought, a study suggests. There have been high-profile deaths, including that of Marc-Vivien Foe while playing for Cameroon aged 28. Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu, who was a Spurs coach, died last year aged 44.The study, in the New England Journal of Medicine, comes from two decades of data on 11,168 youth players in the UK.Doctors said there was a duty to protect players. Diseases that affect the heart muscle - cardiomyopathies - are silent killers. The first symptom can be the heart suddenly stopping. This is why clubs have a screening programme for academy players at age 16. The dangers are higher in elite athletes because taxing the heart can trigger their und...