Tagged: Heart Attack

Cheesecake Files: Machine learning heart attacks - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 21, 2019

“Machine learning” rates very high on the buzz-word scale, right up there with “nano-technology” and “blockchain”. Like most buzz it is more noise than substance. However, every now and again it looks like there might be something in the noise that bites. This episode of the Cheesecake Files1 is about testing an algorithm (another buzz word) developed through a … Read More

Cheesecake files: A new test to rule out heart attacks in just a few minutes - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Oct 18, 2018

Your chest hurts, you go to the hospital (good move), you get rushed through and a nurse takes some blood and measures the electrical activity of your heart.  A doctor asks you some questions.  While she does so, the blood is being tested – the results are back already! Yeah, they are negative and everything else is OK, it’s not a … Read More

Cheesecake Files: The ICare-Acute Coronary Syndrome (heart attack) study - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Nov 15, 2017

Hundreds of nurses, Emergency Department doctors, Cardiologists and other specialists, laboratory staff, administrators and managers from every hospital in New Zealand with an emergency department have come together to implement new, effective, and safe pathways for patients who think they may be having a heart attack. Today, Dr Martin Than (CDHB, Emergency Department) presented to the American … Read More

How our immune system causes heart disease - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 24, 2017

Rahul Kurup, Heart Research Institute Heart disease is among the leading causes of death globally and imposes a significant burden on the health-care system. We know some of the causes of heart disease: smoking, unhealthy diet, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and genes. But there are also a lot of people who die from heart … Read More

An even quicker way to rule out heart attacks - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Apr 18, 2017

The majority of New Zealand emergency departments look for heart muscle damage by taking a sample of blood and looking for a particular molecule called a high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT).  We have now confirmed that rather than two measurements over several hours just one measurement on arrival in the ED could be used to rule out heart attacks in about 30% … Read More

Heart attacks in NZ – are women getting a raw deal? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 31, 2016

This week the NZ Herald published an article saying doctors are failing to spot heart attacks in thousands of women.  This sounds alarming, could it be happening in NZ? Are women getting a raw deal? Important questions.  This post looks at the study behind the media and then at how heart attacks are being diagnosed in New Zealand. The Herald … Read More

Two minds about funding heart research - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 14, 2015

Recently I had a knock on the door from an enthusiastic young man talking about heart research. Given that has been the focus of my research for the last 18 months or so I was delighted that someone was out there trying to raise money for research. However, my delight was, in retrospect,was tempered somewhat […] … Read More

What is your number? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 22, 2015

Last night I had the honour to speak following the AGM of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF).  The CMRF are a fantastic organisation I’ve talked about before.  They are also one of three sponsors of my current research fellowship.  What I talked about was volunteers and clinical trials.  Two days ago the world celebrated Clinical […] … Read More

Major government health directive monitored for efficacy and safety - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Apr 09, 2015

Last year I was fortunate to become part of a team at Christchurch hospital led by emergency care physician, Dr Martin Than. About 7 years ago in response to some local issues with how patients presenting with chest pain were being evaluated for potential heart attacks, Dr Than began a research program that investigated what […] … Read More

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