Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 317 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Nov-2003
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Procedure cures atrial fibrillation
An innovative procedure completely cures the overwhelming majority of patients with the most common form of irregular heartbeat, by stopping haywire electrical signals in areas of heart muscle and some of the veins that connect to it.  more

Volunteers with advanced colorectal cancer sought
Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center are seeking volunteers with advanced colorectal cancer to participate in two final-phase studies that test the cancer-fighting powers of an experimental pill designed to cut off the blood supply that feeds oxygen and nutrients to cancer tumors.  more


Heart failure consumes significant health care resources
In the first such analysis of the costs of heart failure, Duke University Medical Center researchers have found that elderly patients with the debilitating heart disorder have health care expenditures up to three times higher than similar patients without heart failure.  more

Stents combined with clot-busting drugs effective in limiting impact of deadly form of stroke
A small but promising study suggests that coupling the insertion of stents with injections of clot-busting tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) directly into blocked blood vessels that serve the brain is an effective way to either prevent or limit the damage from acute vertebrobasilar ischemic stroke, according to a team from Johns Hopkins. more

New study in rats suggests that nicotine at concentrations found in the blood of smokers may increase atrial vulnerability to inducible atrial tachycardia and atrial fibrillation
Large numbers of Americans still smoke cigarettes or use over-the-counter nicotine products such as patches and gums to satisfy their craving for nicotine. However, serious and sometime fatal cases of atrial fibrillation (AF) have been reported in patients who use a nicotine product.  more

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