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here are two versions naming the parts of the heart, which compliment eachother:

CORONARY ARTERIES 16 Anterior Labeled

 

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CORONARY ARTERIES 16B Anterior Labeled

 

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Here is a video of how your heart functions, to better understand any problems you may have been diagnosed with:

Its your heart so take care of it!

Some Facts About The Heart:

Based on an article written by Diana Wells on 06 July 2017
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  1. The average heart is the size of a fist in an adult.
  2. Your heart will beat about 115,000 times each day.
  3. Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day.
  4. An electrical system controls the rhythm of your heart. It’s called the cardiac conduction system.
  5. The heart can continue beating even when it’s disconnected from the body.
  6. The first open-heart surgery occurred in 1893. It was performed by Daniel Hale Williams, who was one of the few black cardiologists in the United States at the time.
  7. The first implantable pacemaker was used in 1958. Arne Larsson, who received the pacemaker, lived longer than the surgeon who implanted it. Larsson died at 86 of a disease that was unrelated to his heart.
  8. The youngest person to receive heart surgery was only a minute old. She had a heart defect that many babies don’t survive. Her surgery was successful, but she’ll eventually need a heart transplant.
  9. The earliest known case of heart disease was identified in the remains of a 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy.
  10. The fairy fly, which is a kind of wasp, has the smallest heart of any living creature.
  11. The American pygmy shrew is the smallest mammal, but it has the fastest heartbeat at 1,200 beats per minute.
  12. Whales have the largest heart of any mammal.
  13. The giraffe has a lopsided heart, with their left ventricle being thicker than the right. This is because the left side has to get blood up the giraffe’s long neck to reach their brain.
  14. Most heart attacks happen on a Monday.
  15. Christmas day is the most common day of the year for heart attacks to happen.
  16. The human heart weighs less than 1 pound. However, a man’s heart, on average, is 2 ounces heavier than a woman’s heart.
  17. A woman’s heart beats slightly faster than a man’s heart.
  18. The beating sound of your heart is caused by the valves of the heart opening and closing.
  19. It’s possible to have a broken heart. It’s called broken heart syndrome and can have similar symptoms as a heart attack. The difference is that a heart attack is from heart disease and broken heart syndrome is caused by a rush of stress hormones from an emotional or physical stress event.
  20. Death from a broken heart, or broken heart syndrome, is possible but extremely rare.
  21. The iconic heart shape as a symbol of love is traditionally thought to come from the silphium plant, which was used as an ancient form of birth control.
  22. If you were to stretch out your blood vessel system, it would extend over 60,000 miles.
  23. Heart cells stop dividing, which means heart cancer is extremely rare.
  24. Laughing is good for your heart. It reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system.

Be Kind To YOUR Heart – Tips:

Quit Smoking

Stop smoking—no ifs, ands, or butts

There are many steps you can take to help protect your health and blood vessels. Avoiding tobacco is one of the best.

In fact, smoking is one of the top controllable risk factors for heart disease. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, the American Heart Association (AHA), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all encourage you to quit. It can make a huge difference to not just your heart, but your overall health, too.

Slim down

Slim Down

Focus on the middle

That is, focus on your middle. Research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has linked excess belly fat to higher blood pressure and unhealthy blood lipid levels. If you’re carrying extra fat around your middle, it’s time to slim down. Eating fewer calories and exercising more can make a big difference.

 

Have sex

Play between the sheets

Or you can play on top of the sheets! That’s right, having sex can be good for your heart. Sexual activity may add more than just pleasure to your life. It may also help lower your blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Research published in the American Journal of Cardiology shows that a lower frequency of sexual activity is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease.

Engage in hobbies

Knit a scarf

Put your hands to work to help your mind unwind. Engaging in activities such as knitting, sewing, and crocheting can help relieve stress and do your ticker some good. Other relaxing hobbies, such as woodworking, cooking, or completing jigsaw puzzles, may also help take the edge off stressful days.

Eat fiber

Power up your salsa with beans

When paired with low-fat chips or fresh veggies, salsa offers a delicious and antioxidant-rich snack. Consider mixing in a can of black beans for an added boost of heart-healthy fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic, a diet rich in soluble fiber can help lower your level of low-density lipoprotein, or “bad cholesterol.” Other rich sources of soluble fiber include oats, barley, apples, pears, and avocados.

 

Listen to music

Let the music move you

Whether you prefer a rumba beat or two-step tune, dancing makes for a great heart-healthy workout. Like other forms of aerobic exercise, it raises your heart rate and gets your lungs pumping. It also burns up to 200 calories or more per hour, reports the Mayo Clinic.

Eat fish

Go fish

Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can also help ward off heart disease. Many fish, such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and herring, are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Try to eat fish at least twice a week, suggests the AHA. If you’re concerned about mercury or other contaminants in fish, you may be happy to learn that its heart-healthy benefits tend to outweigh the risks for most people.

 

Laugh

Laugh out loud

Don’t just LOL in emails or Facebook posts. Laugh out loud in your daily life. Whether you like watching funny movies or cracking jokes with your friends, laughter may be good for your heart. According to the AHA, research suggests laughing can lower stress hormones, decrease inflammation in your arteries, and raise your levels of high-density lipoprotein (HLD), also known as “good cholesterol.”

 

Stretch

Stretch it out

Yoga can help you improve your balance, flexibility, and strength. It can help you relax and relieve stress. As if that’s not enough, yoga also has potential to improve heart health. According to research published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, yoga demonstrates potential to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

Drink alcohol in moderation

Raise a glass

Moderate consumption of alcohol can help raise your levels of HDL, or good cholesterol. It can also help prevent blood clot formation and artery damage. According to the Mayo Clinic, red wine in particular may offer benefits for your heart. That doesn’t mean you should guzzle it at every meal. The key is to only drink alcohol in moderation.

 

Avoid salt

Sidestep salt

If the entire U.S. population reduced its average salt intake to just half a teaspoon a day, it would significantly cut the number of people who develop coronary heart disease every year, report researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors suggest that salt is one of the leading drivers of rising healthcare costs in the United States. Processed and restaurant-prepared foods tend to be especially high in salt. So think twice before filling up on your favorite fast-food fix. Consider using a salt substitute, such as Mr. Dash, if you have high blood pressure or heart failure.

 

Move

Move it, move it, move it

No matter how much you weigh, sitting for long periods of time could shorten your lifespan, warn researchers in the Archives of Internal Medicine and the American Heart Association. Couch potato and desk jockey lifestyles seem to have an unhealthy effect on blood fats and blood sugar. If you work at a desk, remember to take regular breaks to move around. Go for a stroll on your lunch break, and enjoy regular exercise in your leisure time.

Know your numbers

Know your numbers

Keeping your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides in check is important for good heart health. Learn the optimal levels for your sex and age group. Take steps to reach and maintain those levels. And remember to schedule regular check-ups with your doctor. If you want to make your doctor happy, keep good records of your vitals or lab numbers, and bring them to your appointments.

 

Eat chocolate

Eat chocolate

Dark chocolate not only tastes delicious, it also contains heart-healthy flavonoids. These compounds help reduce inflammation and lower your risk of heart disease, suggest scientists in the journal Nutrients. Eaten in moderation, dark chocolate — not oversweetened milk chocolate — can actually be good for you. The next time you want to indulge your sweet tooth, sink it into a square or two of dark chocolate. No guilt required.

 

Do housework

Kick your housework up a notch

Vacuuming or mopping the floors may not be as invigorating as a Body Slam or Zumba class. But these activities and other household chores do get you moving. They can give your heart a little workout, while burning calories too. Put your favorite music on and add some pep to your step while you complete your weekly chores.

Eat nuts

Go nuts

Almonds, walnuts, pecans, and other tree nuts deliver a powerful punch of heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Including them in your diet can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Remember to keep the serving size small, suggests the AHA. While nuts are full of healthy stuff, they’re also high in calories.

 

Have fun

Be a kid

Fitness doesn’t have to be boring. Let your inner child take the lead by enjoying an evening of roller skating, bowling, or laser tag. You can have fun while burning calories and giving your heart a workout.

 

Own a pet

Consider pet therapy

Our pets offer more than good company and unconditional love. They also provide numerous health benefits. Studies reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggest that owning a pet may help improve your heart and lung function. It may also help lower your chances of dying from heart disease.

 

Interval train

Start and stop

Start and stop, then start and stop again. During interval training, you alternate bursts of intense physical activity with bouts of lighter activity. The Mayo Clinic reports that doing so can boost the number of calories you burn while working out.

 

Avoid fat

Cut the fat

Slicing your saturated fat intake to no more than 7 percent of your daily calories can cut your risk of heart disease, advises the USDA. If you don’t normally read nutrition labels, considering starting today. Take stock of what you’re eating and avoid foods that are high in saturated fat.

 

Enjoy your ride

Take the scenic route home

Put down your cell phone, forget about the driver who cut you off, and enjoy your ride. Eliminating stress while driving can help lower your blood pressure and stress levels. That’s something your cardiovascular system will appreciate.

 

Have breakfast

Make time for breakfast

The first meal of the day is an important one. Eating a nutritious breakfast every day can help you maintain a healthy diet and weight. To build a heart-healthy meal, reach for:

  • whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-grain cereals, or whole-wheat toast
  • lean protein sources, such as turkey bacon or a small serving of nuts or peanut butter
  • low-fat dairy products, such as low-fat milk, yogurt, or cheese
  • fruits and vegetables

 

Take the stairs

Take the stairs

Exercise is essential for good heart health, so why not sneak it in at every opportunity? Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park on the far side of the parking lot. Walk to a colleague’s desk to talk, instead of emailing them. Play with your dog or kids at the park, instead of just watching them. Every little bit adds up to better fitness.

 

Drink tea

Brew up a heart-healthy potion

No magic is needed to brew up a cup of green or black tea. Drinking one to three cups of tea per day may help lower your risk of heart problems, reports the AHA. For example, it’s linked to lower rates of angina and heart attacks.

Brush your teeth

Brush your teeth regularly

Good oral hygiene does more than keep your teeth white and glistening. According to the Cleveland Clinic, some research suggests that the bacteria that cause gum disease can also raise your risk of heart disease. While the research findings have been mixed, there’s no downside to taking good care of your teeth and gums.

 

Walk

Walk it off

The next time you feel overwhelmed, exasperated, or angry, take a stroll. Even a five-minute walk can help clear your head and lower your stress levels, which is good for your health. Taking a half-hour walk every day is even better for your physical and mental health.

 

Lift weights

Pump some iron

Aerobic fitness is key to keeping your heart healthy, but it’s not the only type of exercise you should do. It’s also important to include regular strength training sessions in your schedule. The more muscle mass you build, the more calories you burn. That can help you maintain a heart-healthy weight and fitness level.

 

Find your happy place

Find your happy place

A sunny outlook may be good for your heart, as well as your mood. According to the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, chronic stress, anxiety, and anger can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke. Maintaining a positive outlook on life may help you stay healthier for longer.

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CAVEAT:

this drug treatment – About 3,500 people a year in the United States may be candidates for Yescarta.

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Cells taken from cancer patients are genetically engineered to fight cancer at a Kite processing facility. Credit Kite Pharma

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the second in a radically new class of treatments that genetically reboot a patient’s own immune cells to kill cancer.

The new therapy, Yescarta, made by Kite Pharma, was approved for adults with aggressive forms of a blood cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, who have undergone two regimens of chemotherapy that failed.

The treatment, considered a form of gene therapy, transforms the patient’s cells into what researchers call a “living drug” that attacks cancer cells. It is part of the rapidly growing field of immunotherapy, which uses drugs or genetic tinkering to turbocharge the immune system to fight disease. In some cases the treatments have led to long remissions.

“The results are pretty remarkable,” said Dr. Frederick L. Locke, a specialist in blood cancers at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and a leader of a study of the new treatment. “We’re excited. We think there are many patients who may need this therapy.”

He added, “These patients don’t have other options.”

About 3,500 people a year in the United States may be candidates for Yescarta. It is meant to be given once, infused into a vein, and must be manufactured individually for each patient. The cost will be $373,000.

The treatment was originally developed at the National Cancer Institute, by a team Dr. Steven Rosenberg led. The institute entered an agreement with Kite in 2012, in which the company helped pay for research and received rights to commercialize the results.

Largely on the strength of the new drug and related research, the drug giant Gilead purchased Kite in August, for $11.9 billion.

“Today marks another milestone in the development of a whole new scientific paradigm for the treatment of serious diseases,” the F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said in a statement. “In just several decades, gene therapy has gone from being a promising concept to a practical solution to deadly and largely untreatable forms of cancer.”

Side-effects can be life-threatening, however. They include high fevers, crashing blood pressure, lung congestion and neurological problems.In some cases, patients have required treatment in an intensive care unit. In the study that led to the approval, two patients died from side effects. Doctors have learned to manage them better, but it takes training and experience.

Partly for that reason, Yescarta, like Kymriah, will be introduced gradually, and will be available only at centers where doctors and nurses have been trained in using it.

“Ten to 15 authorized institutions will be ready to go at the time of the launch,” a spokeswoman for Kite, Christine Cassiano, said. “In 12 months, we expect to have 70 to 90. There’s a lot that goes into it, making sure each institution is ready to go.”

Companies have been racing to develop new forms of immunotherapy. The first cell-based cancer treatment — Kymriah, made by Novartis — was approved in August for children and young adults with an aggressive type of acute leukemia. It will cost $475,000, but the company has said it will not charge patients who do not respond within the first month after treatment. Novartis is expected to ask the F.D.A. to approve Kymriah for lymphoma and other blood cancers as well, and may vary its price depending on how well it works for those diseases.

Kite also plans to seek approval for other blood cancers, but does not plan to vary Yescarta’s price, said Ms. Cassiano.

The company also hopes that Yescarta will eventually be approved for earlier stages of lymphoma, rather than being limited to patients with advanced disease who have been debilitated by multiple types of chemotherapy that did not work, said Dr. David D. Chang, Kite’s chief medical officer and executive vice president for research and development.

“This is the beginning of many developments in cell therapy in the next few years,” Dr. Chang said in an interview.

 

He said the F.D.A. had “embraced” the concept of cell therapy, designating it a breakthrough and accelerating the approval process to speed its availability to cancer patients, many of whom do not have time to wait.

Kite and Novartis also hope to produce cell therapies for so-called solid tumors — like those of the lung, prostate, breast and colon — which account for about 90 percent of all deaths from cancer.

Before it was approved and named Yescarta, Kite’s treatment was known by other names: axi-cel, axicabtagene ciloleucel, or KTE-C19.

The study that led to approval enrolled 111 patients at 22 hospitals; 101 of them received Yescarta. They had one of three diseases: diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma or transformed follicular lymphoma.

Initially, 54 percent had complete remissions, meaning that their tumors disappeared. Another 28 percent had partial remissions, in which tumors shrank or appeared less active on scans. After six months, 80 percent of the 101 were still alive.

With a median follow-up of 8.7 months, 39 percent of the 101 were still in complete remission — a much higher rate than achieved with earlier treatments — and 5 percent still had partial remissions.

“Many patients were seriously contemplating their own mortality,” said Dr. Caron A. Jacobson, who helped conduct the study at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston. “We would be talking to them about other clinical trials, but also about hospice care and quality of life and comfort. You’re really seeing people get their life back. After a couple weeks in the hospital and a couple weeks at home, they go back to work. On its face, it’s quite remarkable and revolutionary.”

The treatment requires removing millions of a patient’s T-cells — a type of white blood cell that is critical to the immune system — freezing them and shipping them to Kite to be genetically engineered to kill cancer cells. The process reprograms the T-cells to attack B-cells, normal parts of the immune system that turn malignant in certain blood cancers. The revved-up T-cells — now known as “CAR-T cells” — are then frozen again and shipped back to the hospital to be dripped into the patient. The turnaround time is about 17 days.

Kite’s cell-processing facility, in El Segundo, Calif., can provide the treatment for 4,000 to 5,000 patients a year, Ms. Cassiano said, adding that the company has applied for approval in Europe, and if it is granted, will probably build a plant there.

Tina Bureau, a fifth-grade teacher from Queensbury, N.Y., was one of the lymphoma patients in the study. Previously, she’d had several types of chemotherapy.

“The cancer would shrink but then it would come right back,” she said.

Last spring, she had the T-cell treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The side effects were ferocious.

“You don’t even recognize your family members,” Ms. Bureau said. “I had some bleeding on my brain, and had to be put in intensive care. The week it was happening, I don’t remember a lot. It was much more difficult for my family than me.”

Within a month, she had a complete remission, which has continued. She is back at work, full time.

“Yes, it can pose life threatening problems,” Ms. Bureau said. “But when you’re in a situation where your life’s threatened anyway, I don’t feel you have anything to lose.”

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Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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How to Create a Peaceful At-Home Hospice for Your Loved One

by HomeAdvisor

Elderly woman in wheelchair.

Given the option of spending the end of your life in a hospital versus in your own home, what would you choose? For most of us, the answer is simple, especially for those with a spouse or family. We would much prefer to live out our days and die peacefully in the comfort and privacy of our own home, surrounded by memories and the people we love.

Unfortunately, the decision is not always up to us. The type of treatment or end-of-life care we need will determine whether spending our final days, weeks, or months at home is an option.

Those who require medical intervention like IV pain medication or frequent procedures like X-rays may not be candidates for at-home care. However, many end-of-life patients receiving palliative care to keep them comfortable and pain-free can receive that same care from an in-home nurse or family member. In the end, this option can be less costly and more fulfilling. One study suggests people who spend their final days at home live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

If your partner or loved one prefers to pass away at home, the existing space will likely require special attention. From structural modifications to allow for special equipment to finding ways for your loved one to maintain independence, this guide will help you create a suitable place to spend life’s final, precious moments, and to pass away peacefully.

Step 1: Creating a Soothing Space

Start with a good cleaning
For many people in poor health, basic tasks such as dusting and vacuuming are difficult. As a result, their homes can become dirty and in disrepair. Do a walk-through of the home. Make a list of any repairs that need to be made. Be especially vigilant about problems like water damage, which can lead to mold growth and cause respiratory issues. If you can’t take care of the to-dos yourself, enlist a family member or professional cleaning service to help.

Change as little as possible
Aside from providing a clean environment free from health hazards, you should leave as much as you can unaltered. There is comfort in the familiar, so it’s important to keep things as close as you are able to the home your loved one knows and loves.

  • Leave photographs and artwork on the walls These and table-top knickknacks and trinkets bring a sense of normalcy to a person as they cope with end-of-life issues.
  • Keep books and other hobbies close at hand, since these activities can reduce stress.
  • keep their pet in the home if at all possible. A cat or dog is both a friend and welcome distraction. Although your loved one may not be able to care for a pet on his or her own, the comfort their friend brings may be worth the effort. If taking care of the pet is too much strain on the caregiver(s), consider hiring a service.

Rearrange if necessary
In the case of bedridden patients who have little access to the rest of the home, it may make sense to rearrange the room where they spend most of their time to include more of their favorite possessions. Ask your loved one what items bring them joy, and make room for those belongings. With their permission, you can place photos from throughout the home into photo books and compile other beloved items in a basket to be kept within arm’s reach. Or, if they want to be in a more central location, move the bed to the living room or dining area so they are not isolated. This may also help visitors feel more comfortable.

Step 2: Accommodating Special Equipment

In addition to minor repairs and rearranging, you will need to ensure the home is ready for special equipment, like wheelchairs and walkers. This includes removing slippery rugs and making a clear path between furniture with plenty of clearance. In the event you need to make structural changes, like widening doorways or adding ramps, consult a professional contractor to ensure it is done safely and according to code.

Small changes that will make the home safer and easier to navigate may include:

  • Swapping door knobs for levers – This may help arthritic patients maintain a better grip.
  • Adapting existing furniture pieces – Add foam risers to make getting in and out of seats easier.
  • Adding ample lighting – This is especially important for those with poor eyesight. Consider adding floor lamps and replacing bulbs in existing fixtures with something brighter.
  • Addressing outdoor spaces – A safe place to get some fresh air can drastically improve quality of life.

Elderly individual receiving care outdoors

Step 3: Maintaining Their Independence

Being able to perform some everyday activities independently, however small, may help in maintaining a sense of dignity. If you can, ensure your loved one has shoes and clothes they can slip on and off by themselves. Let them look through their own mail, give them their own TV remote, and let them spend some time alone. Even if a caregiver is just in the next room, it is imperative your loved one has some time to themselves to rest, think, and cope.

  • Plan their meals in advance – The kitchen is one of the easiest places in the house for a patient to injure him or herself. To help avoid this, prep meals and snacks ahead of time or purchase them ready-made. Keep them on hand and, if they require heating, make sure it can be done in a microwave and provide instructions. In some cases, hospice will provide a separate caregiver to do light cooking and cleaning. You can also look into meal-delivery services like Meals on Wheels.
  • Maintain their sense of privacy – This is another big concern, especially when it comes to personal care issues like bathing and using the restroom. While the patient will more than likely require some assistance, you can promote independence in the bathroom with modifications like grab bars, tub benches, and raised commode seats. If a bedside toilet is necessary, position it behind curtains or a movable screen.
  • Keep some your own peace of mind – Depending on the level of the patient’s independence, family members may want to consider a medical alert system that will allow the patient to notify someone in the event of a fall or other emergency. If your loved one will be alone at any point of the day or night, this can bring him or her (as well as family members and caregivers) peace of mind.

Step 4: Making Room for Full-Time Care

When preparing a space for the end of a life, the dying party is not the only person to consider. You must ensure the caregivers, usually several family members and/or nurses, are comfortable and cared for as well. Whether they live in the home full time or work shifts, caregivers will need a space of their own to place their belongings and regroup after the physically- and emotionally-stressful moments caring for a dying patient or family member will inevitably bring.

  • Give them their own space – If you don’t have a spare bedroom, a corner of the kitchen or family room will work, as long as it’s designated for the individual specifically.
  • Help them stay connected – You may also want to invest in services like WiFi. Even if your loved one doesn’t have a computer or smartphone, most people today need to be connected.
  • Make sure there is ample parking and food for each caregiver. – Many of us are at our worst behind the wheel or hungry. Providing these things for the caregiver may go a long way toward keeping them in positive spirits at a difficult time.

While none of these items are necessities, it will help the person caring for your loved one enjoy his or her time there, in turn helping him or her take better care of the patient. After all, that’s what it’s all about: caring for your loved one and treating him or her as you would want to be treated. As long as we show kindness and compassion to our loved ones throughout the process, they will be able to say goodbye with the dignity they deserve.

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New heart attack blood test could save NHS millions

St Thomas’ hospital in London, which undertakes 7,800 heart attack tests a year, would be in line to save £800,000 alone.

More than two-thirds of people who go to A&E with chest pains have not had a heart attack
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A blood test that speeds up the diagnosis of heart attacks could save the NHS millions of pounds every year, according to new research.

The new test is much more accurate than the one currently used and could free up doctors’ time and NHS beds.

 

More than two-thirds of people who go to A&E with chest pains have not suffered a heart attack.

But all of those patients undergo a blood test when they arrive and again three hours later to try and detect damage to the heart muscle.

The current test works by analysing biomarkers – including cardiac troponin. Those with undetectable levels of cardiac troponin are classified as low risk and are discharged from hospital.

But up to 85% of all patients fall into an intermediate risk group and require an overnight stay and further blood tests.

Scientists from King’s College London have developed a new test which looks at another biomarker – cardiac myosin-binding protein C (cMyC) – which is more sensitive to damage in the heart muscle.

Levels of cMyC in the blood increase rapidly after a heart attack – to a higher extent than troponin.

The new test – which could be rolled out across the NHS in the next five years – can detect a heart attack much more rapidly and could see those not suffering a heart attack sent home sooner.

The study, on more than 2,000 people in Switzerland, Italy and Spain, was funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and published in the journal Circulation.

It found that the new test doubled the number of patients diagnosed as not having a heart attack.

Experts worked out that just one UK hospital – St Thomas’ in London which carries out 7,800 heart attack tests each year – could save £800,000 a year in reduced admissions and freed up beds.

Dr Tom Kaier, one of the lead researchers, said: “We often see patients in hospital who have to stay for further tests as a result of a mildly abnormal blood test – this is stressful and often unnecessary.

“Our research shows that the new test has the potential to reassure many thousands more patients with a single test, improving their experience and freeing up valuable hospital beds in A&E departments and wards across the country.”

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  • 27 September 2017

A blood test that could rule out a heart attack in under 20 minutes should be used routinely, say UK researchers.

A team from King’s College London have tested it on patients and say the cMyC test could be rolled out on the NHS within five years.

They claim it would save the health service millions of pounds each year by freeing up beds and sending well patients home.

About two-thirds of patients with chest pain will not have had a heart attack.

A heart trace, called an ECG, can quickly show up major heart attacks, but it is not very good at excluding more common, smaller ones that can still be life-threatening.

Currently, patients with suspect chest pain and a clear ECG can have a different heart-attack blood test, called troponin, when they arrive at A&E. But it needs to be repeated three hours later to pick up signs of heart muscle damage.

Alison Fullingham, 49 and from Bolton, did not realise she was having a heart attack when she experienced pain in her upper chest, neck and jaw.

Despite a small change in her ECG, doctors initially suspected she was having a simple panic attack.

It was only hours later when her troponin tests came back that the correct diagnosis was reached.

Rapid diagnosis

Levels of cMyC (cardiac myosin-binding protein C) in the blood rise more rapidly and to a higher extent after a heart attack than troponin proteins, studies suggest.

That means doctors can use the new test to rule out a heart attack in a higher proportion of patients straightaway, according to the researchers who report their trial findings in the journal Circulation.

They carried out troponin and cMyC blood tests on nearly 2,000 people admitted to hospitals in Switzerland, Italy and Spain with acute chest pain.

The new test was better at giving patients the all-clear within the first three hours of presenting with chest pain.

Dr Tom Kaier, one of the lead researchers, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, said: “Our research shows that the new test has the potential to reassure many thousands more patients with a single test, improving their experience and freeing up valuable hospital beds in A&E departments and wards across the country.”

He says if the test were to be used routinely, it could provide doctors with reliable results within 15 to 30 minutes. It is only being used for research at the moment, however.

Dr Kaier’s hospital carries out around 7,800 troponin blood tests each year. By his calculations, switching to cMyC would save his hospital £800,000 through reduced admissions. Extrapolate that to other NHS hospitals and the savings could be millions of pounds, he says.

Prof Simon Ray, from the British Cardiovascular Society, said more research was needed before the new test could replace the troponin test.

“Unlike currently available blood tests which need to be repeated at least three hours after pain it looks as though a single test is enough to make a confident decision on whether a patient has or has not suffered a heart attack. Not only can it be done earlier after the onset of symptoms but it also seems to be better at discriminating between heart attacks and other causes of chest pains. This is very important.”

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having so recently posted David Tang’s praise of the NHS on 07-Aug-2017 it was sad to read of his demise.

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A Tribute To David Tang

Emma Weymouth pays tribute to her close friend and Shanghai Tang founder David Tang: a brilliant man who was loved so much and will be missed by so many


THERE are no words to do justice to David Tang, and as I write I can imagine him scoffing, correcting my grammar and blasting me with a one-liner to well and truly put me in my place. Always keeping us on our toes, one step ahead and ready at the drop of a hat to say something shocking at the top of his booming voice, outrageous enough to reduce a room full of his esteemed guests to a quivering mass of raucous laughter. Among countless other attributes, we loved him for his ruthless sense of humour – if you told him you’d lost 10 pounds, he would look you calmly in the eye and say, “What, sterling?” then chuckle with his familiar grin and happy snort. He was certainly the funniest, most intelligent and supremely generous friend any of us will ever have.

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This week we lost one of the greats. A wit like no other, a philanthropist and businessman who could outdo us all, whether quoting Plato, playing a piano concerto with elegance and showmanship, or retelling one of the world’s naughtiest jokes in Chinese. On arriving at China Tang one Sunday evening for a late dinner, my husband Ceawlin and I happened upon David, who invited us to join his table, full of familiar faces. A few moments later, Tom Jones stood up and serenaded us all with his rendition of “Kiss”, to the delight of everyone.

David was a maker of magic, literally and figuratively. I remember an afternoon at his and his wife Lucy’s idyllic coastal country house in Sai Kung, Hong Kong, and no matter how hard David tried, one of his old classic card tricks kept failing to work. This enraged him beyond belief, but made the day even more entertaining.

Edward Tang, David’s son, and I met on our first day at UCL, and stuck together for our three-year History of Art course. We have remained firm friends ever since. Ed is godfather to our son John, and I have always adored him, but never have I been prouder of him or loved him more than I do now. This after all is not only a tribute to David, but also to his wonderful family, who have doted on him, held his hand and comforted him up to his last breath. Lucy has been his rock, and was the blood in his veins. Stoical to the last, she has faithfully supported David and calmly kept on top of everything, whilst navigating an emotional rollercoaster too terrible to imagine. The support, too, of David’s beloved and talented daughter Victoria has been unparalleled, with her husband Chris and beautiful baby Rocco alongside, providing the tenderness and companionship any of us would wish for during our last moments in this life.

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The light that shone from David inspired us all, and can never be extinguished. I can think of no one else who has brought such immeasurable joy to so many of our lives, with the driving force of a Superman and the energy of 50. Even when his health began to fade, his mind remained robust to the very last. The China Exchange, an ideas space that David founded as a “dynamic centre of excellence in Chinatown”, will continue to host varied and thought-provoking events, just as he intended. At his farewell party, the many embraces of his cherished friends will be the lasting symbol of the adoration and admiration we feel for him – an irreplaceable soul. We will celebrate him, treasure our precious memories of him and keep him with us in our hearts forever.

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New drug reduces heart attacks, but is that enough?

A large, long-term study of the drug showed that it prevents heart attacks and reduces the need for heart procedures, while three similar drugs developed by rivals failed. But the drug, anacetrapib, only reduced those complications by 9 percent.

Now Merck, which has spent 13 years and likely hundreds of millions of dollars testing the drug, has to decide whether to spend even more to seek approval from regulators and convince people to buy it in a market full of cholesterol drugs.

FILE - This Thursday, Dec.18, 2014, file photograph, shows the Merck logo on a stained glass panel at a Merck company building in Kenilworth, N.J. A new type of cholesterol drug meant to prevent heart attacks and other complications clearly did so, in an unusually large study whose results were announced Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at a conference of heart specialists. But the daily pill only reduced those complications by 9 percent, leaving drugmaker Merck with a tough call on whether to seek regulatory approval after spending 13 years and likely hundreds of millions of dollars on testing. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

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A new type of cholesterol drug meant to prevent heart attacks and other complications clearly did so, in an unusually large study whose results were announced Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at a conference of heart specialists. But the daily pill only reduced those complications by 9 percent, leaving drugmaker Merck with a tough call on whether to seek regulatory approval after spending 13 years and likely hundreds of millions of dollars on testing. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

The results of the 30,450-patient study were announced Tuesday at a conference of heart specialists in Barcelona, Spain and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that anacetrapib is safe and somewhat effective.

That kind of result is normally enough to seek approval to market a new medicine, especially for heart disease, which is the top killer in many developed countries. Yet even after seeing the results weeks ago, Merck says its executives are still consulting with medical experts and regulators on whether to go through the costly process of applying for approval.

Analyst Steve Brozak, president of WBB Securities, predicts Merck will do so, given anacetrapib’s safety, the huge pool of potential patients and all the resources Merck has poured into the drug.

“This will get used,” Brozak said.

Merck would likely price the bill somewhere between the two extremes that now define the market for cholesterol drugs.

Generic versions of brand-name statin cholesterol pills including Lipitor, Crestor and Merck’s own Zocor now cost $10 to $20 a month. Repatha and Praluent, two new injected medicines in a different drug category that have been shown to dramatically reduce cholesterol, cost $14,000 a year.

Georgetown University cardiologist Dr. Allen J. Taylor said he thinks the drug would be approved by the Food and Drug Administration despite its “relatively weak benefit.”

“If you were discussing this with patients,” Taylor said, “you would have to tell them that when you start this, you’ll have to take it for four years to have a 1 percent chance of preventing an event,” meaning a heart attack or a procedure such as bypass surgery or implanting a stent to keep an artery open.

Taylor said it’s still unclear how anacetrapib controls cholesterol, which would make it hard for doctors to determine which patients would benefit much from it. But he and Brozak praised the company for doing such an exhaustive, expensive study in an era when many studies are quick and relatively small, sometimes producing unclear results.

In the study, patients getting anacetrapib plus a statin for four years had, on average, lower levels of bad cholesterol and other fats, and higher levels of good cholesterol, compared to a group getting a statin and a dummy pill. But Merck’s drug didn’t prevent any deaths from heart attacks or other cardiac problems.

Anacetrapib’s only worrisome side effect was a long-term accumulation of the drug in patients’ fatty tissue. It’s unknown if that will cause problems, so Merck plans to study that by following some participants for two years after they stop taking the drug.

 

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Best heart drug since statins: New injection could save thousands of lives by preventing heart attacks and also slash cancer risk

  • Landmark four-year trial found Canakinumab  cut heart attack risk by 24 per cent
  • The study also suggested it could halve the risk of dying from lung cancer
  • Scientists have hailed the find and said treatment could save thousands of lives 
A breakthrough drug could prevent thousands of heart attacks (stock picture)

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Thousands of lives could be saved thanks to a new heart drug hailed as the biggest breakthrough since statins.

In a landmark four-year trial, scientists found that the drug – given by injection every three months – cut the risk of heart attacks by a quarter.

The 10,000-patient study, involving 1,000 doctors in 39 countries, also suggested it could halve the risk of dying from lung cancer and prevent arthritis and gout.

Scientists last night said the treatment marked ‘a new era of therapeutics’ that could save thousands of lives.

The drug, Canakinumab, works by reducing inflammation – a major new approach in heart medicine.

For the past 30 years cholesterol-busting statins have been given to nearly all people deemed to be at risk of cardiovascular disease in a bid to save them from heart attacks and strokes. Yet half of the 200,000 people who have a heart attack in Britain each year do not have high cholesterol, meaning there is a desperate need for a different approach to treatment.

Experts have long thought that inflammation – the body’s natural responses to infection or injury – might also play a major role in causing heart attacks and strokes, possibly because it causes the condition to flare in the arteries, increasing the risk of a blockage.

In a landmark four-year trial, scientists found that the drug - given by injection every three months – cut the risk of heart attacks by 24 per cent (stock picture)

 

In a landmark four-year trial, scientists found that the drug – given by injection every three months – cut the risk of heart attacks by 24 per cent (stock picture)

The new trial, however, is the first definitive proof that cutting inflammation slashes heart risk.

Study leader Professor Paul Ridker of Harvard Medical School said the new drug opened up a ‘third front’ in the war on heart disease, following the previous focus on cholesterol and lifestyle.

Presenting his findings at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona yesterday, Prof Ridker said: ‘These findings represent the end game of more than two decades of research, stemming from a critical observation – half of heart attacks occur in people who do not have high cholesterol.

‘For the first time, we’ve been able to definitively show that lowering inflammation independent of cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk.’

Prof Ridker, whose results are published in the New England Journal of Medicine, added: ‘This has far-reaching implications.

Ease back on salt 

Eating too much salt more than doubles the risk of heart failure, scientists have found.

Experts have long known that salt increases high-blood pressure – but the new research suggests it also does direct damage to the heart.

Researchers at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki tracked 4,630 healthy adults for 12 years.

They found 20 per cent of people were eating more than 13.7g daily. The UK guideline is 6g.

These people were twice as likely to suffer heart failure than those who ate less than 6.8g. Lead researcher Professor Pekka Jousilahti said: ‘The heart does not like salt. High salt intake markedly increases the risk of heart failure.’

 

‘It tells us that by leveraging an entirely new way to treat patients – targeting inflammation – we may be able to significantly improve outcomes for certain very high-risk populations.’

Canakinumab is an antibody that attacks an immune-system protein called interleukin-1, which in high levels results in increased inflammation throughout the body.

The trial involved high-risk patients who had already suffered a heart attack – a group in desperate need of help because a quarter of patients suffer a second attack within five years, even with statins.

All patients in the trial took statins as well, but the research team found the addition of Canakinumab cut the risk of repeat heart attacks by 24 per cent, over and above the impact of the cholesterol drug.

People who took the drug were also 36 per cent less likely to be hospitalised with unstable angina, and 32 per cent less likely to require expensive interventional procedures such as bypass surgery.

Researchers reported a sharp rise in infections – a side effect linked to the fact inflammation protects against infection – which killed one in every 1,000 patients.

But they also found patients had a 51 per cent reduced risk of lung cancer deaths – a finding they said was ‘very exciting’ and needed further trials. Gout and arthritis, which are linked to inflammation, also fell.

Drugs giant Novartis, which makes Canakinumab, said it would immediately apply for a medical licence to use the drug for heart disease.

All patients in the trial took statins as well, but the research team found the addition of Canakinumab cut the risk of repeat heart attacks by 24 per centAll patients in the trial took statins as well, but the research team found the addition of Canakinumab cut the risk of repeat heart attacks by 24 per cent

Canakinumab is used for inflammatory problems, including rare forms of arthritis, at the cost of £9,928 per jab. It is expensive because the conditions are rare, so sales are low. Experts said the price – £40,000 a year for heart patients – would have to come down if it were to be made available on the NHS.

Professor Jeremy Pearson, of the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘These exciting and long-awaited trial results finally confirm that ongoing inflammation contributes to risk of heart disease, and could help save lives.’

American cardiologist Steven Nissen said: ‘This is as big as anything we’ve seen in a while. It’s a gateway to a very wide variety of therapies that are going to be developed.’

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