Prevention

Walked Tied to Better Quality of Life in Those With or at Risk for CVD

Walked Tied to Better Quality of Life in Those With or at Risk for CVD

Magnitude of link between walking time and quality of life was greater in those with or at risk for CVD than in healthy individuals.

High-Risk Breast Cancer Patients May Not Be Adherent to Heart Failure Monitoring

High-Risk Breast Cancer Patients May Not Be Adherent to Heart Failure Monitoring

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There is a paucity of data regarding the cardiotoxicity and the monitoring adherence habits of patients undergoing treatment with trastuzumab or anthracyclines, commonly used therapies among patients with HER2-positive breast cancer.

Which Opioids Are More Likely to Induce QT Interval Prolongation?

Which Opioids Are More Likely to Induce QT Interval Prolongation?

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Studies comparing MMT to buprenorphine maintenance treatment (BMT) over 5-years found buprenorphine to be a safer drug for opioid maintenance treatment as it had no significant effect on QT prolongation.

Unapproved Opioid-Like Antidepressant Causes Adverse CV Events

Unapproved Opioid-Like Antidepressant Causes Adverse CV Events

While approved in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, tianeptine, an opioid receptor agonist, is an unscheduled pharmaceutical agent in the US that has been linked to serious adverse events, including death, when used for recreational purposes.

CDC: Half of US Adults Tried to Lose Weight From 2013 to 2016

CDC: Half of US Adults Tried to Lose Weight From 2013 to 2016

Exercising and eating less were top weight loss methods, and more women than men attempted weight loss.

Ciprofloxacin May Increase Likelihood of Aortic Dissection, Rupture

Ciprofloxacin May Increase Likelihood of Aortic Dissection, Rupture

Increased susceptibility was observed in mouse model of sporadic aortic aneurysm and dissection.

Several Invasive Cardiovascular Procedures Linked to Infective Endocarditis

Several Invasive Cardiovascular Procedures Linked to Infective Endocarditis

Strong link between infective endocarditis and invasive cardiovascular procedures, especially coronary artery bypass grafting.

CDC: E-Cigarette Sales in the United States Climb as Prices Fall

CDC: E-Cigarette Sales in the United States Climb as Prices Fall

Average monthly sales of electronic cigarettes and related products rose 132% from 2012 to 2017.

FDA Releases Guidance on Nicotine Replacement Therapy Product Development

FDA Releases Guidance on Nicotine Replacement Therapy Product Development

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The FDA aims to support the development of novel inhaled nicotine replacement therapies to combat the public health crisis of tobacco use in the United States.

Silent Cardiac Impairment May Be Present in New-Onset, Drug-Naive Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Silent Cardiac Impairment May Be Present in New-Onset, Drug-Naive Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Data indicate that drug-naive new onset systemic lupus erythematosus was likely to involve silent cardiac impairment.

Independent Relationship Between CV Mortality, Oxidative DNA Damage in Type 2 Diabetes

Independent Relationship Between CV Mortality, Oxidative DNA Damage in Type 2 Diabetes

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This represents the prospective study confirming an independent relationship between cardiovascular mortality and oxidative DNA damage in type 2 diabetes.

Hypertension Disorders in Pregnancy: The Potential of Prophylactic Aspirin

Hypertension Disorders in Pregnancy: The Potential of Prophylactic Aspirin

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To aid in the prevention of preeclampsia, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the US Preventive Services Task Force recommend low-dose aspirin prophylaxis in patients with 1 or more high-risk factors.

Epinephrine Increases Survival in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Epinephrine Increases Survival in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

More patients in the epinephrine group were alive at 30 days than those in the placebo group, but they had more severe neurologic impairment.

FDA: Cancer Treatment 'Alternative' May Cause Serious Heart Problems, Death

FDA: Cancer Treatment 'Alternative' May Cause Serious Heart Problems, Death

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Cesium chloride is not approved by the FDA to treat cancer or any other disease.

Unfavorable Prepregnancy Lipid Levels Linked to Low Parity

Unfavorable Prepregnancy Lipid Levels Linked to Low Parity

Higher prepregnancy triglyceride levels and triglyceride high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratios were linked to increased risk for one lifetime pregnancy.

Canagliflozin Trial for T2D With CKD Stopped Early Due to Positive Results

Canagliflozin Trial for T2D With CKD Stopped Early Due to Positive Results

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A clinical trial assessing canagliflozin (Invokana; Janssen) as an addition to standard-of-care in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) has been stopped early after meeting its pre-specified efficacy criteria.

Improving Sleep Quality May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Bipolar Disorder

Improving Sleep Quality May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Bipolar Disorder

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The relationship between circadian rhythm and sleep measures and components of metabolic syndrome in patients with bipolar disorder.

Atropine Sulfate Injection Now Available in 8mg/20mL Multiple-Dose Vial

Atropine Sulfate Injection Now Available in 8mg/20mL Multiple-Dose Vial

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Atropine is a muscarinic antagonist and is indicated for temporary blockage of severe or life threatening muscarinic effects.

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans Require More Out-of-Pocket Spending

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans Require More Out-of-Pocket Spending

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Medicare beneficiaries spent more out of pocket for generic medications used to treat cardiovascular disease than patients using standalone prescription drug plans.

Virtual Reality Technology: Transforming Cardiovascular Medicine

Virtual Reality Technology: Transforming Cardiovascular Medicine

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Virtual reality technology has been applied in cardiology-related education, preprocedural planning, intraprocedural visualization, and patient rehabilitation.

Results From Long-Term Cardiovascular Safety Study of Lorcaserin Announced

Results From Long-Term Cardiovascular Safety Study of Lorcaserin Announced

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Approximately 12,000 patients took part in the CAMELLIA-TIMI 61 trial in which participants were randomized to either lorcaserin HCl 10mg twice daily or placebo.

Erenumab May Help Prevent Migraines in Patients With Heart Disease

Erenumab May Help Prevent Migraines in Patients With Heart Disease

Investigators assessed the effect of erenumab on total exercise time, time to exercise-induced angina, and ST depression in patients with stable angina.

CVD Risk Independently Predicted by Poor Lifestyle Factors

CVD Risk Independently Predicted by Poor Lifestyle Factors

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High BMI, low physical activity levels, and frequent smoking and high genetic risk increased the risk for atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes.

Mothers' Healthy Lifestyle Tied to Drop in Offspring Obesity

Mothers' Healthy Lifestyle Tied to Drop in Offspring Obesity

Lower risk for incident obesity in offspring whose mothers have healthy BMI and engage in physical activity.

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Lower in Women With Type 2 Diabetes

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Lower in Women With Type 2 Diabetes

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Investigators examined gender differences in baseline characteristics and outcomes in patients with t2d and ASCVD.

CVD Outcomes Not Improved by Taking Multivitamins/Minerals

CVD Outcomes Not Improved by Taking Multivitamins/Minerals

Multivitamin/mineral use was not linked to decreased cardiovascular disease mortality, coronary heart disease mortality, stroke mortality, or stroke incidence.

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Adding Nontraditional Risk Factors to CVD

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Adding Nontraditional Risk Factors to CVD

Insufficient evidence for adding to traditional cardiovascular disease risk assessment in asymptomatic adults.

Statin Use and Cardiovascular Risk Perception Varies Among Races

Statin Use and Cardiovascular Risk Perception Varies Among Races

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African American patients were less likely than white patients to be treated with any statin and at the guideline-recommended intensity.

ASCVD in Low-Income Families More Likely to Have High Financial Burden

ASCVD in Low-Income Families More Likely to Have High Financial Burden

High burden for many low-income families with member with ASCVD, including those with insurance.

Health Gains, Cost Savings Projected for Sodium Goals

Health Gains, Cost Savings Projected for Sodium Goals

Substantial health gains and cost savings expected with implementation of FDA sodium targets

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