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3D-rendering of man’s chest showing a heart with evidence of heart disease.
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Research Feature
For decades, the NHLBI has aggressively studied heart failure – a chronic, debilitating condition that develops when the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Heart failure affects more than 6.5 million adults in the United States alone and continues to be a growing public health threat, largely because of an aging population and...
Hand of lab technician holds test tube containing blood for study.
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News Release
DNA-based “liquid biopsy” could help save lives and reduce health disparities Researchers have developed a blood test that could make it possible for doctors to detect—then quickly prevent or slow down—acute heart transplant rejection, a potentially deadly condition that occurs in the early months after a patient has received a donor heart. They...
Elderly man seated on sofa making a video call to his doctor.
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Research Feature
When you think of the San Francisco Bay Area, those young, tech-savvy college graduates who work for some of the world’s largest software companies there may first come to mind. But this bustling metropolitan area is also home to nearly 1.5 million people age 65 and older . So when the city went into its first lockdown in March to try to halt the...
Health care provider prepares to inject patient with influenza vaccine. Image credit: Shutterstock.
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News Release
NIH-funded study finds higher dose is not more effective at reducing serious flu complications in this high-risk group High-dose influenza (commonly known as flu) vaccines are no better than regular-dose influenza vaccines in reducing deaths and hospitalizations among patients with underlying heart disease, according to a large study publishing in...
Console for control extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine that replicates the functions of the heart and lungs includes knob, buttons and displays
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News Release
Using a life support machine to replicate the functions of the heart and lungs significantly improved the survival of people who suffered from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a new study published today in The Lancet . The treatment program involving the life support machine called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) proved so...
Elderly woman is doing gentle, light exercises in a garden.
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News Release
Light physical activity such as gardening, strolling through a park, and folding clothes might be enough to significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular disease among women 63 and older, a new study has found. This kind of activity, researchers said, appears to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease events such as stroke or heart failure by up...