Cardiac MRI Study: Energy Drinks Alter Heart Function

Energy Drinks Alter Heart Function

Healthy adults who consumed energy drinks high in caffeine and taurine had significantly increased heart contraction rates one hour later, according to a study presented at RSNA 2013. “Until now, we haven’t known exactly what effect these energy drinks have on the function of the heart,” said radiology resident Jonas Dörner, MD, of the cardiovascular imaging section at the University …

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Diabetes and Heart Failure


People with diabetes are 38% more likely to die early and have a 73% higher chance of being admitted to hospital for heart failure than others, according to a U.K. report. The review of more than two million people found just over a quarter of admissions to hospital for heart failure were among people with diabetes. Furthermore, diabetics admitted to …

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Women and Men Have Similar Heart Risk Profiles

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An analysis of data from an international multicenter study of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) reveals that men and women with mild coronary artery disease (CAD) and similar cardiovascular risk profiles share similar prognoses. Results of the study were presented at the annual RSNA meeting. “We conducted this study because we wanted to understand whether men and women with the same …

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Nearly 78 million American adults are obese. Obesity is a major public health problem, ranking fifth on the World Health Organization’s list of leading risk factors for mortality. Not too surprisingly, this worldwide epidemic is also closely linked to the rise in the incidence of cardiovascular disorders, particularly heart failure.  A 2010 review in the Journal of the American College …

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Five Things to Watch in 2014

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Here is what Radiology Today thinks we should keep an eye on in the new year: Picking our annual five-things-to-watch list helps Radiology Today focus on some key items we and you should be paying attention to in the coming year. Accurately predicting the answers to the questions the list raises would be genius, which we’re not claiming. But, here’s …

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In Honor of Valentine’s Day: A little something about your heart

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WHY THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE IS HIGHEST IN WINTER Winter can be a killer. Literally. Compared to the summer months, people are 26 to 36 percent more likely to die in winter from a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, or some other circulatory disease, say Drs.  Bryan Schwartz and Robert Kloner of the Heart Institute at GoodSamaritanHospital in Los Angeles.  The …

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Combined Imaging Technique Provides Gentler Breast Biopsy

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Experts from both the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT in St Ingbert, Germany, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Bremen, Germany, are working together on the MARIUS (magnetic resonance imaging using ultrasound) project, developing a quicker, gentler, more cost-effective biopsy method that is easier on breast cancer patients. The new technique would require just one …

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AHS Releases List for Choosing Wisely Campaign


The American Headache Society (AHS) recently released a list of specific tests or procedures that are commonly performed but not always necessary in the treatment of migraines and headaches. The list was developed as part of Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The AHS list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physicians …

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Dense Breast Tissue and Screening

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Radiology Today, a professional publication, just published an interview with Carol H. Lee, MD, FACR, and chair of the American College of Radiology’s Communications Committee of the Breast Imaging Commission and past president of the Society of Breast Imaging. Radiology Today (RT): Dense breast tissue notification laws are on the books in 13 states. With these laws and national legislation …

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Bye-Bye Anesthesia and Probes, Hello Virtual Colonoscopy!

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Most medical organizations (AMA, WHO, etc.) have developed screening guidelines for colorectal cancer which say something to the effect of everyone over the age of fifty and those who are younger, but have a family history of colorectal cancer, should be getting regular colorectal screenings. However, many people who fall into this category try to avoid these screening like the …

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