Category: cardiac research

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Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Exercise may help make heart younger – In a new study performed in mice, researchers from the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute uncovered one explanation for why exercise might […]

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Research Your Resolution: Consider Heart Health Before Going Gluten-Free

Andrew Chan, MD, MPH, Stuart and Suzanne Steele MGH Research Scholar and Chief of the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, recently released the results of a study investigating the widespread perception that a gluten-free diet (for reasons other than gluten allergy) can be beneficial to your heart health. There is intense interest in […]

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Could an App Ease the Stress of Managing Heart Failure?

A heart failure diagnosis can be an unsettling experience. Add in a deluge of new medication regimens and lifestyle changes to implement, and the entire episode can begin to feel very overwhelming for a heart failure patient. A new smartphone app from Jana Care, called Heart Habits, was created in the hopes of streamlining cardiac […]

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New Study Details the Risk of Blockages, Bleeding and Death Among Patients Who Receive Stents: Five Things to Know

Researchers wanted to better understand the long-term risk of blockages, bleeding events and death among patients who received a cardiac stent. Here are five things to know about the new study recently published in JAMA Cardiology: A stent is a small, wire mesh tube (pictured below) that can strengthen a weak artery or open a […]

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Genetic Study Identifies Link Between Body Shape and Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes

When you put on weight, do the pounds show up at your waistline or on your hips? The answer could have long-term implications for your risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) and Type 2 diabetes. Learn how Massachusetts General Hospital researchers identified a link between body shape and risk of heart disease and diabetes.

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Mass General Scientists are Growing New Hearts in the Cells of Old Ones

(From an article in Atlas Obscura by Sarah Laskow) For decades now, there’s been an image of human regeneration being a few cells dividing in a petri dish, hopefully growing into a shiny new organ. But the truth is that scientists’ work is a bit more macabre. To make a new organ, it helps to be working from a […]

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Scientists Grow Functional Heart Muscle

A team of researchers led by Dr. Harald Ott of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine have grown functional heart tissue using donated hearts stripped of their cells. This breakthrough could allow tissue patches grown from a patient’s own cells to replace cardiac tissue damaged during a heart attack.   LEARN MORE

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Human Cardiac Cells Grown on Heart ‘Scaffold’

Heart cells have been successfully grown in a human heart stripped of all cellular components by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital. The scientists behind the work hope to create cardiac muscle to repair damaged tissue.   READ MORE

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Bariatric Surgery May Reduce Life-Threatening Heart Failure Exacerbation in Obese Patients

“We found that bariatric surgery – the most effective way to achieve substantial and sustained weight loss – was associated with a 40 percent reduction in emergency department visits and hospitalizations for heart failure exacerbation,” says Yuichi Shimada, MD, MPH, of the Mass General Cardiology Division, the lead and corresponding author of the report. “These findings are important because, while […]

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The Guide: Have a Heart

At Mass General’s Ott Laboratory for Organ Engineering and Regeneration, a small army of postdocs is drawing on the tenets of tissue engineering and stem cell science to develop “bioartificial” organs and limbs for patients in need. While it sounds like something cooked up in the pages of a Michael Crichton thriller, this novel approach has the potential to […]

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