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COVID leaves most pro athletes with no lasting heart damage

(HealthDay)—In some reassuring news for professional athletes, a new study finds very few develop inflammatory heart disease after being infected with COVID-19, and most can safely return to play. In fact, of nearly 800 professional athletes who had tested positive, less than 1% were barred from returning to play because of heart damage from COVID-19, […]

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New open-source platform accelerates research into the treatment of heart arrhythmias

An open-source platform, OpenEP co-developed by researchers from the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London has been made available to advance research on atrial fibrillation, a condition characterized by an irregular and often fast heartbeat. It can cause significant symptoms such as breathlessness, palpitations and fatigue, as well as being […]

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Aspirin preferred to prevent blood clots in kids after heart surgery

Aspirin should be favoured over warfarin to prevent blood clotting in children who undergo a surgery that replumbs their hearts, according to a new study. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, will have implications for clinicians when prescribing blood thinning medications […]

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Constipation in the Elderly

The elderly are five times more likely than younger adults to develop problems related to constipation. Causes of constipation in the elderly Some of the reasons for this propensity include poor diet, lack of adequate fluids in diet, lack of exercise, the use of certain drugs to treat other medical conditions, and poor bowel habits. […]

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History of Sleep

Ancient Indian sages, Egyptians and Greeks, and Romans, have all described sleep in various ways, including naming the gods who brought dreams to sleepers. It was also well known that many people experienced sleep in two shifts, with an hour or three of intervening wakefulness, when one could have quiet time alone or visit one’s […]

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How is Takayasu’s Arteritis Diagnosed?

Skip to: What is Takayasu's arteritis? What causes Takayasu's arteritis and who is at risk? Management and diagnosis of Takayasu's arteritis using non-invasive imaging Summary What is Takayasu's arteritis? Vasculitis is an inflammation of blood vessels. Takayasu's arteritis is one form of vasculitis, in which chronic inflammation affects the walls of the aorta and other […]

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Fluoroscopy Procedure

Fluoroscopy is a diagnostic scan used to study the movement of body structures. This article describes the medical procedure that takes place during a fluoroscopy. X-ray Barium enema showing normal colon mucosa. Image Credit: Richman Photo / Shutterstock What is fluoroscopy? Fluoroscopy shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. […]