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2012 top 10 advances in heart disease and stroke research

by Allyson P. on Thursday, December 20, 2012

During the holidays it is the perfect time to pause and reflect on the scientific progress we have made this year in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Vital research is giving more hours in a day, more days in a year and more years in a life to heart and stroke patients and we at the American Heart/Stroke Association are so pleased to be leading this lifesaving research. Resuscitation, cell regeneration, a new high blood pressure treatment and developments in devices for treating stroke are among the key scientific findings that make up this year’s top cardiovascular and stroke research identified by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The top 10 advancements in 2012 are:
1. Extended CPR saves lives
2. Converting “non-beating” heart cells into “beating” heart cells
3. Biopsied heart cells improved heart function and reduced scars
4. “Disconnecting” the kidneys might be the key to treating high blood pressure
5. Progress for children in transplant bridging and Kawasaki Disease
6. Why children and adolescents should “just say no” to sugary drinks
7. Global impact:  ECHO screening for rheumatic heart disease
8. Devices for stroke
9. Ideal cardiovascular health practices lead to longer life, lower risk
10. Bypass surgery vs. drug-coated stents for diabetes patients

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