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The cardiovascular system is comprised of the heart and the network of arteries, veins, and capillaries that carries blood throughout the body. The average adult male has between 5-6 liters of blood while the average adult female has 4-5 liters. Blood transports oxygen and essential nutrients to all of the living cells in the body, and also carries waste products from the tissues to the systems of the body through which they are removed.
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Using NSAIDs during a cold may increase heart attack risk

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 08:00
Taking NSAIDs during acute respiratory infections such as a cold or flu may increase the risk of heart attack, new research finds.

Skin sodium content linked to heart problems in patients with kidney disease

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 08:00
New research may provide insights concerning the cause of changes in the heart's structure that often occur in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Vitamin C may decrease the risk of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery, but not in the USA

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 14:00
Vitamin C decreased the incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation (AF) by 44% in cardiac surgery patients in nine randomized trials that were conducted outside of the USA according to a...

Parents of children with serious heart defects may be at risk of PTSD

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 08:00
Parents of children with "critical" congenital heart defects - which require at least one cardiac surgery - are at high risk for mental health problems, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder...

E-cigarettes may increase cardiovascular risk

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 16:00
New research investigates the link between regular electronic cigarette use and cardiovascular risk factors in healthy individuals.

New tool can help identify patients who can be safely moved from cardiac monitors in emergency departments

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 14:00
Emergency departments have a new tool to identify patients with chest pain who can be removed safely from cardiac monitoring, with validation of the Ottawa Chest Pain Cardiac Monitoring Rule...

Regular meal patterns may protect against heart disease

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 08:00
A new statement released by the American Heart Association finds that planning and timing meals and snacks may help reduce heart disease risk.

Very low levels of bad cholesterol well-tolerated in heart disease patients

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 08:00
Heart disease patients taking PCSK9 inhibitors to achieve very low levels of cholesterol do not experience an increase in adverse events, including memory impairment or nervous system disorders...

Cardiovascular disease-related hospital admissions jump on second day after major snowfall

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 08:00
Hospital admissions for cardiovascular diseases decline on days with major snowfalls compared to days with no snowfall, but they jump by 23% two days later, according to a new study led by...

High blood pressure: More than 100 new genetic risk regions uncovered

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 17:00
Researchers have discovered 107 genetic regions associated with high blood pressure, which they say could lead to new treatments for the condition.

Obesity: Self-stigma may raise risk of metabolic syndrome

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 08:00
The risk of metabolic syndrome may be higher for obese individuals who apply negative stereotypes about weight to themselves, new research finds.

An international study opens the door to personalized treatment for heart failure

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 14:00
An international multicenter study has identified a molecule that will open the door to personalized treatment for heart failure.

Therapy for abnormal heartbeats may cause brain injury

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:00
A common treatment for irregular heartbeats known as catheter ablation may result in the formation of brain lesions when it is performed on the left side of the heart, according to new research at...

How to Lower High Triglycerides

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
High triglyceride levels increase the risk of certain diseases. Learn what can be done to lower triglyceride levels with tips on diet and exercise.

Experts urge for wider prescription of statins in treatment and prevention: Link to diabetes questionable and inconsequential

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
World-renowned researchers from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University as well as Harvard Medical School address the possible but unproven link between statins...

Death risk may be higher for participants of U.S. food assistance program

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
A new study finds that subjects who are a part of the federal food assistance program SNAP may be at a much higher risk of death than nonparticipants.

'Soft robot' designed to pump failing hearts

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
Heart failure affects millions of Americans. A new wave of 'soft robots' capable of mimicking heart muscles may save lives on the transplant waiting list.

Could statins help to reduce blood clots in veins?

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:00
A research review suggests that statins - commonly used for reducing cholesterol to prevent cardiovascular disease - may also prevent blood clots in veins.

Protein released by injured neurons predicts brain recovery following out-of-hospital heart attack

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:00
The biomarker neuron-specific enolase is a strong predictor of brain recovery in heart attack patients who are unconscious for three or more days, according to a study published in the journal PLOS...

Acute Coronary Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:00
Learn about different types of acute coronary syndrome and associated risk factors. How is it diagnosed and are there lifestyle changes that can help?