Posts tagged #Cardiology

The Achy Breaky Heart

In 1990, only two years before singer Billy Ray Cyrus revealed his cardiac myocytes to be “achy breaky”, Japanese scientists first described a pathophysiologic mechanism for a common condition which has, for centuries, plagued philosophers and poets, cardiologists and lyricists alike: the broken heart.

The Utility of D-Dimer in Non-Traumatic Aortic Dissection

Acute aortic dissection is a potentially catastrophic cardiovascular disease, and is a somewhat rare but exceedingly important diagnosis to make. A low-risk, cost-efficient diagnostic test with the ability to reliably exclude this disease would be useful. Is the D-dimer that test?