Prevention

Uninterrupted Anticoagulation With Dabigatran Improves Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Outcomes, Expert Q&A

Uninterrupted Anticoagulation With Dabigatran Improves Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Outcomes, Expert Q&A

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Incidence of major bleeding events was lower with dabigatran vs warfarin in atrial fibrillation ablation.

Analyzing Patient Heterogeneity Upon Antihypertensive Therapy Initiation to Personalize Prognosis

Analyzing Patient Heterogeneity Upon Antihypertensive Therapy Initiation to Personalize Prognosis

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Patients with higher baseline blood pressure had higher 6-month combined cardiovascular disease incidence after adjustments.

Higher BMI Linked With Lower Mortality in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Higher BMI Linked With Lower Mortality in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

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Higher BMI was associated with lower all-cause and cardiac mortality in adults with congenital heart disease, even after adjusting for age, defect complexity, cyanosis, and objective exercise capacity.

HIV Infection Associated With Elevated Cardiovascular Disease Risk

HIV Infection Associated With Elevated Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Those with HIV infection experience an elevated risk for CVD, potentially exacerbated by the use of certain antiretroviral therapies.

Cardiometabolic Risk Increased With Maternal Hyperglycemia In Pregnancy

Cardiometabolic Risk Increased With Maternal Hyperglycemia In Pregnancy

Children whose mothers had gestational diabetes were more likely to be overweight or obese or have elevated BMI, blood pressure, or abnormal glucose tolerance.

Evaluating Cangrelor Vs Clopidogrel In Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Evaluating Cangrelor Vs Clopidogrel In Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

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Researchers studied the safety and efficacy of cangrelor in patients receiving unfractionated heparin for PCI.

Statin Eligibility Requirements In African Americans With Atherosclerosis

Statin Eligibility Requirements In African Americans With Atherosclerosis

According to ACC/AHA Guidelines presented at ACC 2017, targeted imaging should be used to personalize statin recommendation programs.

Cognition Not Adversely Affected by Evolocumab With Statin Therapy

Cognition Not Adversely Affected by Evolocumab With Statin Therapy

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No differences were seen in measures of executive function between the evolocumab and placebo groups.

LDL-C Lowered Below Current Targets Beneficial to Atherosclerotic CVD

LDL-C Lowered Below Current Targets Beneficial to Atherosclerotic CVD

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Evolocumab reduced LDL-C levels by 59% and lowered the risk of CV death, MI, stroke, hospitalization for unstable angina, or coronary revascularization by 15%.

Bococizumab Reduced Cardiovascular Events in High-Risk But Not Low-Risk Patients

Bococizumab Reduced Cardiovascular Events in High-Risk But Not Low-Risk Patients

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In the combined SPIRE trials, the mean change in LDL-C levels was −56.0% in the bococizumab group and +2.9% in the placebo group.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Associated With Lower Coronary Artery Calcium Scores

Hormone Replacement Therapy Associated With Lower Coronary Artery Calcium Scores

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Hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women was associated with lower coronary artery calcium scores as well as lower risk of long-term all-cause mortality.

On-Treatment Low-Density Lipoprotein Level Differences in Women vs Men

On-Treatment Low-Density Lipoprotein Level Differences in Women vs Men

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Women have lower rates of major adverse cardiovascular events despite having higher on-treatment low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels than men.

Global Heart Disease Rises With Limited Fruit, Vegetable Intake

Global Heart Disease Rises With Limited Fruit, Vegetable Intake

Researchers assessed DALYs in 195 countries to determine the global heart disease burden.

ARBs vs ACE Inhibitors For High-Risk Cardiac Patients

ARBs vs ACE Inhibitors For High-Risk Cardiac Patients

Cardiovascular event incidence was lower in patients taking angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) vs angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi).

Higher CHADS<sub>2</sub> Score in Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

Higher CHADS2 Score in Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

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CHADS2 scores in patients with atrial fibrillation are associated with increased risk of developing dementia.

US Cardiovascular Deaths Attributed to Poor Diet and Nutrition

US Cardiovascular Deaths Attributed to Poor Diet and Nutrition

Low intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds all contributed to elevated cardiovascular death rates in the United States.

Intervention Programs Reduce Cardiac Risk in Eating Disorders

Intervention Programs Reduce Cardiac Risk in Eating Disorders

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Disonance-based prevention programs can reduce both the symptoms of eating disorders and the associated cardiac risks.

Expert Q&A: Association Between Cytomegalovirus and CVD in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Expert Q&A: Association Between Cytomegalovirus and CVD in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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An interview with Florian Kern, PhD, from Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the UK, discussed the link between cytomegalovirus and cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Statin Use May Reduce Mortality in COPD Patients

Statin Use May Reduce Mortality in COPD Patients

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While data are conflicting, statin use in COPD may help reduce pulmonary-related and all-cause mortality.

11-Factor Index Accurately Predicts Mortality

11-Factor Index Accurately Predicts Mortality

An 11-factor index has been found to accurately predict 10- and 14-year mortality in patients 65 years of age and older.

Dabigatran Bleeding Risk Stratified by Age in Atrial Fibrillation

Dabigatran Bleeding Risk Stratified by Age in Atrial Fibrillation

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Compared with warfarin, there were lower rates of stroke with dabigatran 110 mg and 150 mg twice daily.

Multi-Protein Blood Test Sensitive, Effective in Coronary Artery Disease Screening

Multi-Protein Blood Test Sensitive, Effective in Coronary Artery Disease Screening

The HART test has been found to be more accurate than standard diagnostic methods in identifying coronary artery disease.

Discussing the Lack of Evidence to Support Herbal Medications for Cardiovascular Disease

Discussing the Lack of Evidence to Support Herbal Medications for Cardiovascular Disease

Evidence is still lacking to support the use of herbal medications in cardiovascular disease.

Noncardiac Surgery Risk Stratification: Best Practices

Noncardiac Surgery Risk Stratification: Best Practices

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Coronary angiography and revascularization use prior to noncardiac surgery continues to be debated.

Does Your Patient's Wearable Fitness Tracker Increase Likelihood of Attaining Weight Loss Goals?

Does Your Patient's Wearable Fitness Tracker Increase Likelihood of Attaining Weight Loss Goals?

Data measured by wearable fitness trackers may not be as accurate as possible.

Stroke Door-to-Needle Times Delayed, Affecting Outcomes

Stroke Door-to-Needle Times Delayed, Affecting Outcomes

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Stroke treatment delays were attributed to inability of the care team to determine patient eligibility, hypertension needing aggressive treatment, and in-hospital delays.

Heart Disease Risks in Middle Age Increase Dementia Risk

Heart Disease Risks in Middle Age Increase Dementia Risk

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Having hypertension, diabetes, and/or being a current smoker during middle age increases the risk of developing dementia later in life.

Ten Servings of Fruits, Vegetables Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Ten Servings of Fruits, Vegetables Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

A minimum of 2 servings of fruits and vegetables resulted in reduced risks of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, cancer, and early mortality.

Short-Term Stroke Risk Increases With Psychiatric Illness

Short-Term Stroke Risk Increases With Psychiatric Illness

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Psychiatric distress that led to a hospital visit increased the odds of stroke.

Long-Term Weight Loss Improved by Maintenance Intervention

Long-Term Weight Loss Improved by Maintenance Intervention

Researchers found that dieters who received personal coaching post-diet gained back only 1.5 pounds on average.

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