Coronary Artery Disease
Are Women Treated Differently?
There is a continued discussion whether the quality of therapy varies in men and women suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION: WOMEN AT HIGHER RISK?
THE EFFECT OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
One study investigated the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the symptoms of depression in patients with acute myocardial infarction. A total of 2,081 patients were given either omega-3 fatty acids or a placebo for a period of one year on a random basis.
BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL
NEW TARGET VALUES
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) have revised the target values for patients suffering from arterial hypertension. The limits set in the guidelines are 140 mmHg (systolic) and 90 mmHg (diastolic).
Myocardial Infarction Treatment
Saarland Project About To Start
Jointly with the Saarland Department for Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family, Stiftung Institut für Herzinfarktforschung will support the MIR-SL project (Saarland Myocardial Infaction Registry). In cooperation with all the hospitals and emergency physicians, the project intends to optimize the treatment of acute myocardial infarction.
Ablation – Is the Outcome in Women Poorer?
Based on the analysis of 3,652 patients in the German Ablation Registry of Stiftung IHF scientists from all over Germany demonstrate that ablation outcomes are poorer in female patients versus males (Zylle et al.: Sex-related Outcome of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation – Insights from the German Ablation Registry. Heart Rhythm. 2016 Jun 8).
EU CaRE Study Focused on Older Patients
Joined by Secretary of Health, Mrs. Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler, in a press conference, Professor Dr. Uwe Zeymer, Chief Scientist of the study, and Dr. Eike Schromm, Chief Resident of the Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation, presented the European EU CaRE study. The study objective is to compare cardiac rehabilitation procedures currently in use for older patients in the seven participating countries and to derive action from the findings in order to improve therapy.
Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
FREEZE Study on the Home Stretch
In April 2011, the FREEZE cohort study started enrolling patients. The study objective is to compare the safety and effectiveness of two ablation methods: radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation. RF ablation uses high frequency current to apply heat to selective heart tissue causing it to necrotize. Cryoablation uses extreme cold to destroy tissue. Since the targeted total of 4,000 patients has almost been reached, the study group met during the European Society of Cardiology Congress in London. With all patients undergoing a follow-up at 1 year, results from the FREEZE cohort study are expected to be available in early 2017.
Alman-Türk Sağlık Günü
German-Turkish Health Day
81st Annual Meeting
Cardiology Congress in Mannheim
About 8,500 cardiologists from more than 30 countries worldwide participated in this year’s German Cardiac Society’s (DGK’s) Annual Meeting in Mannheim during the week following the Eastern holidays. As in previous years, Stiftung IHF’s stand was highly frequented and intensely used by specialists to exchange with peers about current and planned projects.