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In the News: University of Minnesota research drives home aspirin’s benefits

Despite its known benefits, new research from the University of Minnesota’s Medical School shows many older patients don’t talk to their doctors about the cardiovascular benefits of low-dose aspirin.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, looked at aspirin use of 26,000 Minnesotans ages 25 to 74. The study found aspirin use for primary prevention of heart attacks and stroke increased in men from 1 percent in 1980 to 21 percent in 2009, and in women from 1 percent to 12 percent.

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Intensive blood pressure lowering in patients with type 2 diabetes may have beneficial effect in preventing atrial fibrillation

The most common heart rhythm abnormality, atrial fibrillation, is categorized by a rapid or irregular heartbeat leading to poor blood flow. In patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM), there have been no proven strategies to prevent this condition, until recently.

In a new study from the University of Minnesota Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, researchers found that as compared with standard blood pressure lowering, intensive blood pressure lowering in patients with T2DM was associated with a reduced incidence of atrial fibrillation and abnormal P-Wave indices (PWI).


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MN Resuscitation Consortium celebrates National CPR and AED Awareness Week

Most assume that in the event of a major cardiac emergency, another bystander trained in CPR will be nearby to save the day. In reality, nearly 70 percent of Americans wouldn’t be prepared to give CPR. As National CPR and AED Awareness Week continues, Kim Harkins, from the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium (MRC) at the University of Minnesota, brought Health Talk up-to-date on the latest CPR standards, and how to react when facing a cardiac arrest situation.

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Grant Announcement: University of Minnesota receives multimillion-dollar NIH grant to research new heart attack treatments

A University of Minnesota multidisciplinary research team was awarded $2.6 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate new treatments for heart attacks. The research will focus on myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury, which account for over 300,000 deaths each year in the U.S.

Myocardial ischemia occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is stopped by blocked coronary arteries. The cessation causes the death of heart muscle cells, called necrotic cell death. Instances of a severely blocked coronary artery can result in a heart attack.

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Sedentary lifestyle, not shoveling itself, contributes to health hazards

This probably isn’t news to you but shoveling that wet, heavy snow can be a real pain in the neck, err back. Unfortunately, some people have experienced that shoveling snow has led to aches, pains and in some severe instances heart attacks.

And while true in certain cases, the problem isn’t solely dependent upon the snow shoveling activity itself but rather the sedentary lifestyle that some of these people live.

Shoveling is a lot of work and you do use a lot of muscles in your legs, arms and back which places extra strain on your heart.

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University of Minnesota surgeons unveil new hybrid OR

Earlier today, surgeons from University of Minnesota Heart at Fairview performed a complex endovascular aneurysm repair that demonstrated the technology and capabilities of a new hybrid operating room at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, that integrates vascular surgery, cardiology, interventional radiology, cardiac surgery and anesthesia services.

The room, developed in partnership with Philips Healthcare, is a unique combination; part endoscopy suite and part operating room that offers unparalleled technology including:

  • An integration of technologies that allows for 70 percent less radiation exposure to patients and clinical providers during X-ray based procedures
  • A Philips Flexmove x-ray beam mounting system that allows for better beam positioning
  • A complete compliment of ultrasound and echo technology, as well as the ability to display a patient’s previous CT and MRI images, allowing for improved disease targeting and a reduction or elimination of some surgical incisions.
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