Researchers at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai have made a gentle observation that individuals with round, baseball-like hearts may be more susceptible to future heart failure and atrial fibrillation than those with elongated, Valentine-shaped hearts. The findings were published in Med—Cell Press’ new peer-reviewed medical journal, and utilized deep learning and sophisticated imaging analysis to explore the genetics of heart structure.
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart has lost the ability to pump enough blood to the body’s tissues. With too little blood being delivered, the organs and other tissues do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients to function properly.
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COPD patients at higher risk of heart failure
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