Category: Heart Month

What’s Next for Cardiac Research and Clinical Care?

The American Heart Association hosted its annual Scientific Sessions in November. This week-long event provided an opportunity for clinicians, basic scientists, and researchers to discuss what’s new and what’s next for cardiac research and clinical care. Here’s what Massachusetts General Hospital researchers and cardiologists found most interesting from this year’s sessions: New guidelines for high ...

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Using Zebrafish Models to Study Cardiovascular Disease

Maryline Abrial, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Burns Lab at the Cardiovascular Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. She took part in a science communication internship at the Mass General Research Institute this fall. She wrote this first-person account of her life as a researcher as part of her internship. Background and ...

Could Strenuous Exercise Be Bad for Your Heart?

If you’ve noticed a trend in runners signing up for half-, full-, or even ultra-marathons, it isn’t just your subconscious guilting you into exercising — the number of recreational endurance exercise participants has in fact increased in recent years, and RunningUSA predicts the number of participants will continue to rise. Research has already confirmed that ...

Could Part of Our Genome Predict Future Risk for Heart Disease?

Research from Saumya Das, MD, PhD, co-director of the Resynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, focuses on studying irregular heartbeats (known as arrhythmias) in patients with heart failure, discovering new tests to better identify who is at risk for developing heart failure or arrhythmias, and uncovering new therapies to treat heart ...

Nandita Scott, MD and Malissa Wood, MD, co-directors of  the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program

Women’s Heart Health Program Leaders Look Ahead

Cardiovascular disease — including heart attacks, stroke and heart failure — is the number one killer of adults, but more women die of it than men. The Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program was launched in 2007 to focus awareness, treatments and research on the unique issues women face in maintaining heart ...

Surveys Show How Symptoms and Their Impacts Differ Among Adults with a Congenital Heart Defect

When it comes to treating the symptoms of patients with a congenital heart defect, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital are finding that a one-size-fits-all approach won’t meet all patients’ needs. The results of their recent survey provide insight into how clinicians can best tailor care for these patients. What is CHD? A congenital heart defect ...

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Understanding Why Exercise Works for Just About Everything

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on the Partners Innovation blog, and was written by Gregory Lewis, MD, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Centuries ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates noted that when the body is “unused and left idle, it becomes liable to disease, defective in growth, and ages quickly.” These observations—made without ...

Mass General Research Institute goes red for heart month

A Link Between Flu and Heart Attacks? Mass General Cardiologist Weighs In

New research has found yet another reason to avoid catching the flu this season- it could increase your risk of a heart attack if you’re over the age of 35. A recent study from investigators at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Public Health Ontario in Canada have found that you’re six times more ...

Mass General Research Institute goes red for heart month

New Research Uncovers Gender Differences for Risk of Developing Heart Disease

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? American Heart Month, celebrated in February, is an opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it. Researchers and clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital are working to improve treatment and ...