Interviews 2022 -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Start-up to monitor stents using microwave technology

22/09/2022

Nimble Diagnostics is a spin-off that develops microwave-based technology to monitor stents implanted in patients with cardiovascular, vascular, renal or lung disease.
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Uwe Dettmar

Long COVID: persistent heart inflammation might explain heart symptoms

15/09/2022

The research team led by Dr Valentina Puntmann and Professor Eike Nagel from University Hospital Frankfurt and Goethe University Frankfurt followed up around 350 study participants without previously known heart problems who had recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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Bild: Two men in lab coats, Dr. Robert Zweigerdt and Professor Dr. Ulrich Martin, talk in the laboratory on equipment for biotechnology; Copyright: Karin Kaiser / MHH

Karin Kaiser / MHH

New cells for the diseased heart

13/09/2022

EU funds research project on cell-based heart repair with 6.1 million euros.
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Rawpixel

AI improves treatment in women with heart attacks

07/09/2022

Heart attacks in women are more likely to be fatal than in men. The reasons are differences in age and in comorbidity burden which makes risk assessment in women a challenge. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now developed a novel artificial-intelligence-based risk score that improves personalized care for female patients with heart attacks.
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nunezimage

Attaining sinus rhythm mediates improved outcomes with atrial fibrillation

07/09/2022

A mediator analysis of the EAST – AFNET 4 trial dataset revealed the key factor for the effectiveness of early rhythm control (ERC) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF): The presence of sinus rhythm at 12 months after randomization explains 81% of the outcome-reducing effect of ERC.
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DC_Studio

Coronary stenting does not benefit patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction

06/09/2022

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) does not reduce all-cause mortality or heart failure hospitalisation in patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction and extensive coronary artery disease.
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pixelaway

New type of defibrillator met safety, effectiveness goals in global clinical study

05/09/2022

A new type of extravascular implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) using a lead (thin wire) placed behind the sternum met safety and effectiveness goals for participants in a premarket global clinical study.
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westend61

Cancers and heart disease could be diagnosed more easily with new rapid test

12/08/2022

Imperial researchers have built a new easy-to-use test that could diagnose non-infectious diseases like heart attacks and cancers more quickly.
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stockfilmstudio

Exercise improves cardiorespiratory fitness in adults with chronic kidney disease

11/08/2022

This randomized trial recently published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD) found that a 12- month program of in-center aerobic and resistance exercise program improved physical functioning among adults 55 years and older with CKD stages G3b-4 and a high level of medical comorbidities.
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mbexc

Unique technology platform for cellular electrophysiology and optogenetics

26/07/2022

Electrical activity is one of the most important common features of the heart and the brain. The goal of the Göttingen Cluster of Excellence "Multiscale Bioimaging: From Molecular Machines to Networks of Excitable Cells (MBExC)" is to understand the functional properties of cardiomyocytes and neurons, which form the smallest electrically active units of both organs.
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2019 Kiryl Lis/Shutterstock

ECMO: prostaglandin E1 reduces risk for patients

20/07/2022

In case of heart and/or lung failure, an ECMO machine can be used to maintain organ function for days or even weeks. Although extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technology has advanced, its use can still cause fatal complications in patients.
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DC_Studio

Abnormal heart metabolism may predict future sudden cardiac death

15/07/2022

Adults with abnormal heart metabolism are up to three times more likely to experience life-threatening arrhythmias (an irregular heart rhythm), and MRI techniques could be used to detect the condition and predict future sudden cardiac death (SCD), according to a small, but rigorous study led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers.
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Disease Biophysics Group/Harvard SEAS

Major step forward for organ biofabrication

13/07/2022

By recreating the helical structure of heart muscles, researchers improve understanding of how the heart beats.
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Getty

Quick, easy scan can reveal late-life dementia risk

30/06/2022

A long-term study has shown a common bone density scan can also show calcified plaque build-up in the abdominal aorta - revealing if someone is at increased risk of developing dementia.
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Cardiac diagnostics – prompt and personalized

08/11/2019

If physicians suspect an acute myocardial infarction, they first order an ECG. This test is very established and allows cardiologists to quickly diagnose acute heart attacks – though the test does not detect less common heart attack symptoms. So far, those patients had to wait up to twelve hours before a heart attack could be accurately diagnosed or ruled out. But things are about the change.
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MEDICA TECH FORUM: light-based imaging technique OCT

04/11/2019

Since its inception, MEDICA TECH FORUM has focused on the implementation of innovations and new technologies into clinical practice. 2019 marks the tenth year of the Forum. In honor of its anniversary, we will brighten things up a bit, as one of the focal points will highlight how optical coherence tomography (OCT) uses light to produce images.
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Cardiac Tissue Engineering: a heart out of the Petri dish

23/09/2019

For patients waiting for donor organs, every day can mean the difference between life and death. Making things even more complicated is the fact that not every organ is a compatible match with the patient. It would mean enormous progress if we could grow organs from the patient's own cells in the lab. That's why patients with heart disease place big hope in tissue engineering.
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mHealth: Atrial fibrillation detection – App supports heart health

08/05/2019

Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of persistent cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm). Researchers estimate that 1.8 million Germans are presently affected by this disease. The condition is difficult to diagnose, frequently goes undetected and may result in a stroke. A new smartwatch medical app is designed to help patients detect atrial fibrillation before it’s too late.
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Cardiac arrhythmia: treatment in the linear accelerator

08/04/2019

Cardiac arrhythmia is a group of conditions where nerve cells trigger uncontrolled contractions of the heart muscle. They are treated with either medicine or catheter ablation of the tissue. In an interdisciplinary collaboration, cardiologists and radiotherapists took a different approach and used high-precision radiation therapy to treat a patient for whom the other options proved unfeasible.
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