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American Heart Association reports Artificial Intelligence examining ECGs predicts Irregular Heartbeat, Death Risk

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to two preliminary studies to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 — November 16th-18th in Philadelphia, artificial intelligence can examine electrocardiogram (ECG) test results, a common medical test, to pinpoint patients at higher risk of developing a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or of dying within the next year.

Scientists trained a computer (a neural network or artificial intelligence) to evaluate electrocardiograms (ECGs) to predict which patients are likely to develop an irregular heartbeat – even when doctors interpreted the test results as normal. (American Heart Association)

Scientists trained a computer (a neural network or artificial intelligence) to evaluate electrocardiograms (ECGs) to predict which patients are likely to develop an irregular heartbeat – even when doctors interpreted the test results as normal. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Cannabis may be linked to Strokes, Heart Rhythm disturbances in Young People

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Frequent cannabis (marijuana) use among young people was linked to an increased risk of stroke and people diagnosed with cannabis use disorder were more likely to be hospitalized for heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias), according to two new preliminary studies to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 — November 16th -18th in Philadelphia.

Young people who reported using cannabis frequently had higher risk of having a stroke, according to a Virginia study. (American Heart Association)

Young people who reported using cannabis frequently had higher risk of having a stroke, according to a Virginia study. (American Heart Association)

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Four-year follow-up confirms that participation in competitive sports may be okay for many athletes with implanted cardioverter defibrillators

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A four-year study of athletes with implantable defibrillators confirms an earlier short-term study’s findings that competitive sports may be considered for many of these athletes, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that tracks the heart rate and delivers an electric shock when it detects a type of abnormal heart rhythm called an arrhythmia.

ICD patients should talk to their doctors about their individual risks of participating in competitive sports.

ICD patients should talk to their doctors about their individual risks of participating in competitive sports.

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Sleep disorders may influence heart disease risk factors says American Heart Association

 

American Heart Association Scientific Statement

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Sleep problems including sleeping too little or too long, may be linked to a variety of factors that may raise the risk for cardiovascular diseases, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

The first statement by the American Heart Association on sleep and heart health outlines what we currently know about sleep irregularities and cardiovascular-related risk factors, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, high blood pressure, stroke, unhealthy levels of triglycerides and cholesterol.

Research linking sleep problems to obesity and diabetes is robust, but longer studies measuring impact on actual weight are needed. (American Heart Association)

Research linking sleep problems to obesity and diabetes is robust, but longer studies measuring impact on actual weight are needed. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Wearable defibrillator may be an alternative to ICD for some patients; more research needed

 

This is the American Heart Association’s first science advisory on the wearable automatic defibrillator.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A wearable automatic defibrillator may be an option for patients who are at risk for life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities but are not good candidates for an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD), according to an advisory from the American Heart Association, published in its Circulation journal.

The light-weight device is worn under street clothes, and, like an ICD, it is designed to provide around-the-clock monitoring of erratic heart rhythms that could result in sudden cardiac death, and when appropriate, provide an electric shock to return the heart to a normal rhythm.

Heart illustration with artery close up. (American Heart Association)

Heart illustration with artery close up. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says restricting Calories may improve Sleep Apnea, Blood Pressure in Obese People

 

American Heart AssociationSan Francisco, CA – Restricting calories may improve obstructive sleep apnea and reduce high blood pressure in obese adults, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

People with sleep apnea may experience pauses in breathing five to 30 times per hour or more while sleeping. It prevents restful sleep and is associated with high blood pressure, arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), stroke and heart failure.

Sleep Apnea - Woman wearing CPAP. (American Heart Association)

Sleep Apnea – Woman wearing CPAP. (American Heart Association)

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City of Clarksville Accepts Automated External Defibrillator from the Clarksville Firefighters Association for Heritage Park

 

IAFF LogoClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Firefighters Association yesterday donated a $1,500 Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Plus Automated External Defibrillator (AED), along with a special alarm equipped enclosure to the City of Clarksville’s Department of Parks & Recreation for installation in Heritage Park. Mayor Kim McMillian, Clarksville Parks and Recreation Director Mark Tummons, and Deputy Director Kevin Cowling accepted the device from the Clarksville Association of Firefighters president David Kirkland and Treasurer Donnie Kazee; on behalf of the city .

This particular AED was chosen by the Clarksville Firefighters Association, because it accepts special pediatric defibrillation pads which cause the device to deliver a safer reduced charge when used on children up to 8 years old or up to 55 pounds body weight; a Long-Life lithium battery with a 4-year replacement guarantee, and a 7 Year Warranty on the device.

Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Plus Automated External Defibrillator

Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Plus Automated External Defibrillator

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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Fruta Planta Weight Loss Products

 

All Fruta Planta products being recalled by maker because it contains sibutramine

U.S. Food and Drug Administration - FDAKissimmee, FL – PRock Marketing LLC is recalling all lots of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta. This is a single product marketed under two brand names. (See Fruta Planta label)

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