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AHA: How Black Cardiologists Are Combating Heart Valve Disease

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Doctors and African-American communities are obligated to learn more about heart valve disease and the lifesaving procedures available to treat it, according to a report from the Association of Black Cardiologists. "It is incumbent upon us as health care providers [to] do a better job educating our patients about heart valve disease," said ...

Mechanical Heart Valve Approved for Newborns

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the world's smallest mechanical heart valve, designed to be used in newborns and other younger infants with heart defects. In a news release Tuesday, the agency said it approved a 15 mm version of the Masters Series Mechanical Heart Valve with Hemodynamic Plus Sewing Cuff. "While larger replacement heart valves have been ...

Viagra Won't Help, and May Harm, Patients With a Heart Valve Disorder

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – When one of the heart's valves goes awry, this can lead to dangerously high blood pressure in the nearby lungs. Recent studies have suggested that the impotence drug Viagra (sildenafil) might help ease the problem, known as "pulmonary hypertension linked to valvular heart disease." But new research suggests the medicine might do the opposite – raising patients' heart ...

Mechanical Heart Valve Noise May Mean Sleepless Nights

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – Nearly 1 in 4 people with a mechanical heart valve says the noise it makes disrupts their sleep, a new study finds. "For some patients the closing sound of their mechanical heart valve reduces their quality of life, disturbs their sleep, causes them to avoid social situations, and leads to depression and anxiety," said study lead author Kjersti Oterhals. She is a nurse ...

Heart Devices 101: Guide to the Tools That Keep You Ticking

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 2, 2017 – Pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices have saved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Someone you know probably has received one of these heart-health enhancers, although not all have become household words. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates and regulates these and other medical devices in the United States. Below, the agency provides a ...

Women Fare Better Than Men After a Heart Valve Replacement

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – Women have a higher survival rate than men after a specific type of heart valve replacement procedure, a new study finds. The procedure is called a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Researchers looked at information from more than 23,000 heart patients. They all had TAVR between 2011 and 2014. The study included nearly an equal number of women and men. Even ...

Study: Tissue Heart Valves Seem Best for Middle-Aged Patients

Posted 13 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 – Middle-aged heart valve replacement patients may have better outcomes if they receive valves made from animal tissue rather than metal, researchers report. The investigators analyzed 13 studies that compared metal and tissue valves in patients aged 40 to 70 who had aortic valve replacement. Heart valves are designed to allow blood to flow in only one direction through ...

Heart Valve Patients Who Manage Their Own Blood Thinners May Do Better

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Patients with mechanical heart valves may benefit from managing their own blood thinners, a new study suggests. "There are several reasons that patients who self-manage treatment have better outcomes than those who follow standard management," said study leader Dr. Thomas Decker Christensen, from Aarhus University Hospital, in Denmark. "Self-management patients receive ...

Heart Doctors May Have Hard Time Spotting Valve Problems

Posted 1 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Heart specialists can't always identify heart valve problems through the sound of heart murmurs, but additional training improves their abilities, a new study shows. A heart murmur is an extra or unusual sound that occurs during a heartbeat, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Some murmurs don't indicate a problem, but others can ...

Drug May Be Antidote to Bleeding Tied to Blood Thinner Pradaxa

Posted 22 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – The new blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) is being widely used, but it comes with one serious drawback: rare but dangerous cases of sudden, uncontrolled bleeding in patients. Now, a new study finds than an experimental, injected drug called idarucizumab could be used to quickly stop that bleeding. "Idarucizumab completely reversed the anticoagulant [bleeding] effect of ...

Improved Artificial Heart Valve Approved

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – The newest version of the Sapien 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The artificial valve is designed for people with a narrowed aortic valve, a condition that restricts blood flow from the heart to the aorta, the body's main artery. The product is sanctioned for people who are at high risk for death or serious ...

Study Compares Tissue-Based or Mechanical Replacement Heart Valves

Posted 3 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 – When the heart's aortic valves cease to work properly, surgeons often use replacement valves to help restore proper cardiac function. Now a new study compares two leading types of aortic valve replacements, and finds they have similar performance in terms of long-term risk of stroke and death for patients. However, the study also found significant differences between the ...

Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim

Posted 30 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 – Every day, people receive medical implants – artificial valves, hip replacements, surgical mesh and the like – that may not have been rigorously tested before or after their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two new studies contend. The studies – conducted by prominent nonprofit groups and published online Sept. 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine – lay the ...

Blood Thinner Dangerous for Patients With Artificial Heart Valves, Study Finds

Posted 26 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 26 – When used by patients with mechanical heart valves, the blood thinner Pradaxa raises the risk of both dangerous clots and bleeding around the heart, a new study says. The bottom line for lead researcher Dr. Frans Van de Werf, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium, is "don't use Pradaxa in patients with a ...

FDA: Don't Use Pradaxa Blood Thinner in Patients With Artificial Heart Valves

Posted 20 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 – The blood thinner Pradaxa should not be used to prevent stroke or blood clots in patients with mechanical heart valves, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a warning issued Wednesday. As the agency noted, a clinical trial in Europe was halted recently because patients taking Pradaxa (dabigatran) were more likely to suffer strokes, heart attacks and clots forming on ...

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