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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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Frequent simulation-based training may improve CPR proficiency among hospital staff

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 14:00
A new training model improved CPR skills in a clinical setting according to research presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions...

Smokers far more likely to develop abdominal aortic aneurysms

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 14:00
People who smoke may be nearly twice as likely to develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm than the general population, but they can lower their risk of the potentially life-threating condition by...

Seroprevalence and disease burden of chagas disease in south Texas

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 14:00
Chagas disease (Trypanosoma cruzi infection) is a parasitic infection that can lead to fatal cardiac disease.

Excessive BMI increase during puberty identified as a new risk factor for mortality due to cardiovascular disease

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:00
Boys with a large increase in body mass index (BMI) during puberty are at increased risk of death due to cardiovascular disease later in life.

High-dose statins may help CVD patients live longer

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 08:00
Despite previous conflicting messages from healthcare professionals, new research suggests statins are beneficial for cardiovascular patients.

Cancer: Age of diagnosis may influence heart disease death risk

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 15:00
Study of over 200,000 survivors of cancer diagnosed at ages 15-39 finds that the age of diagnosis may influence risk of death from heart disease.

Stroke vs. Heart Attack: Treatment and Recovery

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 14:00
What causes a heart attack and what causes a stroke? Learn about the symptoms for each, treatment and recovery, and possible lifestyle changes to help.

Getting a pacemaker soon after heart valve replacement linked with worse outcomes

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 14:00
Study shows risks are both short and long-term.Patients who undergo minimally invasive heart valve replacement, known as TAVR, sometimes develop heart rhythm problems that necessitate placement...

Age at cancer diagnosis may affect the risk of death from heart disease

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 08:00
The age at which cancer survivors were diagnosed for cancer may help determine their risk of death from heart disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal...

Vanderbilt-led study details rare cardiac side effects of immune checkpoint cancer therapies

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:00
Combination therapy utilizing two approved immunotherapy drugs for cancer treatment may cause rare and sometimes fatal cardiac side effects linked to an unexpected immune response.

Kids continue to consume too much salt, putting them at risk

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 14:00
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, kills more than 800,000 Americans each year.

DNA damage response links short telomeres, heart disorder in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 07:00
Progressively shortening telomeres - the protective caps on the end of chromosomes - may be responsible for the weakened, enlarged hearts that kill many sufferers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy...

UCI study finds acupuncture lowers hypertension by activating natural opioids

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 07:00
Researchers with the UCI Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine have found that regular electroacupunture treatment can lower hypertension by increasing the release of a kind of opioid in...

Raising 'good cholesterol' not as effective as lowering 'bad cholesterol'

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 13:00
Low and very high levels of HDL, or "good cholesterol" are associated with a higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer and other causes, according to a study in the Journal of the American...

Cycling to work may reduce heart disease risk

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 07:00
Cycling to work is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, which suggests that recreational or commuter biking may prove a significant health strategy.

FDA approves new device for prevention of recurrent strokes in certain patients

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 07:00
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Amplatzer PFO Occluder device.

A common heart problem caused by cancer therapy avoided blood vessel treatment

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 07:00
Researchers of the Wihuri Research Institute and the University of Helsinki, Finland, have found that some of the harmful effects of a commonly used cancer drug can be alleviated by using gene...

Activation of 2 genes linked to development of atherosclerosis

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 13:00
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have found two new potential drug targets for treating arterial diseases such as atherosclerosis.

Scientists confirm common cause of heart failure in African-Caribbean patients

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:00
Researchers have confirmed a common cause of heart failure in African-Caribbean patients, thanks to funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Statement provides blueprint for healthcare providers to translate nutrition recommendations into practical food choices

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 13:00
Healthcare providers who counsel people about choosing a healthier eating pattern are encouraged to consider personal, ethnic, and cultural preferences and use easy-to-understand language and food...