cardiac care

'Best practices' for treating various neuromuscular diseases are described in this third and final report on MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference

posted on April 19, 2012 - 6:00am
Several experts presented their views of "best practices" for care of people with neuromuscular disorders at MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference, held in Las Vegas March 4-7. Many questions remain about optimal care in these disorders, but it's clear that attention to heart and respiratory function are of paramount importance. This article looks at:

Adults with MMD1 and minor cardiac conduction defects benefit from invasive testing and possible pacemaker insertion

posted on April 3, 2012 - 6:00am
New evidence suggests that relatively aggressive management of seemingly minor cardiac conduction defects in adults with type 1 myotonic dystrophy (MMD1, or DM1) can prolong survival.
posted on January 1, 2011 - 12:47pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 1
R. Mark Payne, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Riley Heart Research Center, Indiana University, is a pediatric cardiologist whose medical specialty is intervention in children with heart disease, and who conducts research on heart disease due to mitochondrial defects. In Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), heart problems are related to a deficiency of the frataxin protein, which is normally located in...

Let the beat go on

posted on March 1, 2006 - 4:26pm
QUEST Vol. 13, No. 2
On Nov. 1, there appeared in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, a somewhat unusual article. Unlike most reports in Circulation, which address common cardiovascular problems like heart attacks, strokes and cholesterol control, it focused on treating cardiac disease associated with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. It’s been estimated that 95 percent of boys with DMD...
posted on March 1, 2005 - 4:13pm
In this issue: An MDA-supported gene therapy safety trial gets federal approval to move forward ** Sudden cardiac death found in people with MMD2, and those with MMD1 often require a pacemaker ** Etanercept shows promise in mysasthenia gravis
posted on January 1, 2005 - 1:27pm
In this issue: Cardiac risks seen in both type 2 MMD and limb-girdle type 2I ** People with myasthenia gravis frequently exhibit higher levels of anxiety

Frequently asked questions about cardiac problems in neuromuscular disease

posted on June 1, 1999 - 5:00pm
Part 1 of this series (Quest, Vol. 6, No. 2) addressed cardiomyopathy, the degeneration of heart muscle that often occurs in many neuromuscular diseases.

Frequently asked questions about cardiac problems in neuromuscular disease

posted on April 1, 1999 - 5:00pm
Cardiac problems are common in several neuromuscular disorders. They can be quite serious, particularly in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD and BMD). In this, the first of a two-part series, we'll explore cardiomyopathy, the type of heart problem that's found most often in DMD and BMD and also occurs in some other neuromuscular conditions. (Read Part 2 of this series.)