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Irregular Heartbeat Elevates Risk of Kidney Failure

January 17, 2013 The risk of kidney failure is greater for people with chronic kidney disease who also have atrial fibrillation, one of the most common forms of irregular heart rhythm in adults, according to a new study by researchers at UCSF and the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

Depression Linked with Increased Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease

August 08, 2012 Depression was linked with an increased risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in a study of more than 1,000 men and women with heart disease conducted by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Gladstone Scientists Regenerate Damaged Hearts By Transforming Scar Tissue into Beating Heart Muscle

April 18, 2012 Scientists at the UCSF-affiliated Gladstone Institutes announced a research breakthrough in mice that one day may help doctors restore hearts damaged by heart attacks — by converting scar-forming cardiac cells into beating heart muscle.

EKG Can Help Predict Heart Attacks in Healthy Elderly People

April 10, 2012 Can a simple diagnostic test used to measure a heart’s electrical activity help predict heart attacks? And can that knowledge help doctors reroute their patients away from coronary heart disease?

UCSF Study Identifies Weakness in Heart Attack Therapy

September 19, 2011 A UCSF study holds clues to why an emerging clinical trials option for heart attack patients has not been as successful as anticipated. Treatment of human hearts with bone marrow cells has led to limited to no success in improving their heart function even though a similar method has been much more effective in rodents.

New Scorecard Identifies Patients at Highest Risk on Blood Thinners

August 03, 2011 A new and simple risk score may aid physicians in gauging the likelihood that a common drug will cause a hemorrhagic stroke or other major bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation, potentially allowing wider but safer use of the effective drug.

UCSF Medical Center Program Cuts Heart Failure Readmission Rate By 30 Percent

July 06, 2011 UCSF Medical Center has reduced hospital readmissions for older heart failure patients by nearly a third, thanks to a program designed to identify ways for hospitals to improve patients' transitions to their homes.

A Genetic Factor is Linked to Long-Term Success of Leg Bypass Surgery

June 20, 2011 Outcomes of bypass surgery to repair blocked arteries in the legs tend to be better in the roughly one-in-five people who have inherited a specific genetic variation from both parents, according to a study presented at the late-breaking clinical trials session of the Vascular Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 18, 2011.

UCSF Heart Doctors Uncover Significant Bias in Taser(r) Safety Studies

May 06, 2011 The ongoing controversy surrounding the safety of using TASER® electrical stun guns took a new turn today when a team of cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco announced findings suggesting that much of the current TASER®-related safety research may be biased due to ties to the devices’ manufacturer, TASER International, Inc.

UCSF Researchers Uncover Hormone Pathway to Fatty Liver Disease

March 01, 2011 Scientists at the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute have discovered how a change in growth hormone activity in mice leads to fatty liver disease, a condition whose human counterpart is of rising concern worldwide.

New test can predict complications from kidney disease

December 16, 2010 Cystatin C, a blood marker of kidney function, proved significantly more accurate than the standard blood marker, creatinine, in predicting serious complications of kidney disease, in a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF.

Hearing loss study reveals role of bone hardness in tissue function

November 17, 2010 Scientists are reporting the first direct evidence that a subtle change in the physical properties of a tissue can affect its function.

Reducing salt in teen diet could have big impact on future health

November 15, 2010 Cutting back on salt in teenagers’ diets by as little as one-half teaspoon, or three grams, a day, could reduce the number of young adults with high blood pressure by 44 to 63 percent, according to new research presented Sunday, Nov. 14 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 meeting in Chicago.

UCSF team controls zebrafish heart rate with optical pacemaker

November 15, 2010 UCSF researchers have for the first time shown that an external optical pacemaker can be used in a vertebrate to control its heart rate.

Beta blockers reduce risk of death after surgery, study finds

September 28, 2010 Surgical patients with known heart disease risks who are given beta blockers around the time of surgery have a significantly reduced risk of post-operative death compared with patients not given beta blockers, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

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