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Cardiovascular diseases are among the leading causes of death for people over 65 years old in North America and Europe. According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the top 10 causes of death in 2019, heart disease remained at the top of the list. The world’s aging population has resulted in an even greater surge in health problems.
Nelson B. Schiller, M.D., FACC, professor of medicine and the John J. Sampson and Lucy Stearn Endowed Chair of Cardiology, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and founder the Adult Echocardiography Laboratory and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic at UCSF, explains the how he uses a digital stethoscope to improve the quality of his care. He said the digital stethoscope can record heart sounds more accurately and filter out ambient noise to improve diagnostics.
June 21, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Boehringer Ingelheim's dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa) anticoagulant oral pellets as the first oral anticoagulant to treat children 3 months to less than 12 years old with venous thromboembolism directly after they have been treated with a blood thinner given by injection for at least five days.