Basic Cardiovascular Science 2020 Scientific Sessions is supported by an independent medical education grant from: Merck and Novartis Pharmaceuticals North America.
Young-Sup Yoon, MD, PhD, interviews Min Yi You about his BCVS 2020 poster in which he identifies a possible pathway for developing a novel heart failure therapeutic.
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Vascular Aging Alters Mitophagy to Lead to Galectin 3 Secretion

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Immunity and Inflammation in Vascular Biology MP1  |  Moderated Poster Session 1: Junior Investigator Award for Women Poster Competition 

Aging alters the removal of damaged mitochondria (mitophagy) but how this impacts the vasculature is unclear. Here, we investigated the relationship between inflammatory pathways and mitophagy in vascular aging. More From the Authors

Difference in a Single Gene May Boost Stress on Heart From e-Cigarettes in People of East Asian Descent

Research Highlights:

  • A genetic difference in one gene common in people of East Asian descent may make them more susceptible to rapid heart rates and chemical toxicity if they use e-cigarettes.
  • Although e-cigarettes may have fewer chemicals than tobacco cigarettes, the chemicals in e-cigarette aerosol may still cause harmful effects, particularly in people who are more susceptible because of their genetics.

For complete news, see https://newsroom.heart.org/news/difference-in-a-single-gene-may-boost-stress-on-heart-from-e-cigarettes-in-people-of-east-asian-descent.

Flu Vaccine Could Protect Against Serious Heart and Stroke Complications

Research Highlights:

  • The rate of seasonal flu vaccinations among people over age 50 and nursing home residents is extremely low, and those who do get the flu vaccine can significantly lower their risk of heart attack, TIA (transient ischemic attack), death and cardiac arrest.
  • Flu vaccination in high-risk patients was associated with a 28% reduced risk of heart attack, a 47% reduced risk of TIA and a 73% reduced risk of death.

For complete news, see https://newsroom.heart.org/news/flu-vaccine-could-protect-against-serious-heart-and-stroke-complications

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