Cardiology in the News

Read about the many exciting recent discoveries in cardiovascular disease prevention, research, and treatment at Stanford Medicine.

Anti-tumor antibodies could counter atherosclerosis

A biological drug could be used to combat cardiovascular disease by targeting not mere risk factors such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, but the actual lesions bearing direct responsibility: atherosclerotic plaques.

Heart muscle made from stem cells aids precision cardiovascular medicine

Heart muscle cells made from induced pluripotent stem cells share gene expression patterns with native donor tissue, researchers discovered. These cells can be used to indicate people who should avoid certain medications that could damage their hearts.

Unroofing surgery relieves debilitating symptoms of heart anomaly, study finds

A Stanford study shows that a type of surgery improves the quality of life for patients with myocardial bridging, a congenital condition caused by a major artery tunneling through heart muscle.

Smartphones could be game-changing tool for cardiovascular research

Stanford researchers say that data collected through MyHeart Counts, a heart-health study in which participants transmit information through an app, demonstrates the potential of smartphones to transform the measurement of physical activity and fitness for clinical research.

Girl's deadly arrhythmia linked to mosaic of mutant cells

Researchers have solved the mystery of an infant with severe long QT syndrome, found to be caused by a lethal genetic defect in only 8 percent of her cells.

Scientists develop inflammation test that may predict cardiovascular disease

An assessment blending several measures of immune-cell responsiveness predicted cardiovascular problems in individuals who likely would have slipped under the radar.

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