Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery bypass linked to new-onset diabetes

Coronary artery bypass linked to new-onset diabetes

Coronary artery bypass surgery may lead to metabolic changes, causing new-onset diabetes.

Coronary bypass surgery reduces mortality for patients with heart failure

Coronary bypass surgery reduces mortality for patients with heart failure

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Patients with coronary artery disease who were previously not considered candidates for CABG may benefit from the surgery.

Long periods of sitting lead to poor health measures in heart disease patients

Long periods of sitting lead to poor health measures in heart disease patients

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Sitting for prolonged periods of time is linked to worse health in patients with coronary artery disease.

Newer cholesterol guidelines better at identifying increased risk of CVD events

Newer cholesterol guidelines better at identifying increased risk of CVD events

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The 2013 ACC/AHA cholesterol management guidelines better identify the risk of CVD and presence of coronary artery disease.

Routine testing for coronary artery disease has low yield

Routine testing for coronary artery disease has low yield

Testing patients with acute chest pain and low clinical risks had a low yield for coronary artery disease.

Are shorter people at higher risk for developing coronary artery disease?

Are shorter people at higher risk for developing coronary artery disease?

There is a relative 13.5% increase in coronary artery disease risk for every 2.5 inches shaved off a person's height.

Diet, exercise may lower plaque build-up in coronary arteries

Diet, exercise may lower plaque build-up in coronary arteries

Intensive lifestyle modifications were associated with a decrease in atherosclerotic burden in both coronary and carotid vasculature systems.

Early signs of plaque in arteries up myocardial infarction risk

Early signs of plaque in arteries up myocardial infarction risk

Patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease were about 2 to 4.5 times more likely to have suffered an MI or died with no apparent CAD.

Tech program helps PCPs identify undiagnosed hypertension

Tech program helps PCPs identify undiagnosed hypertension

Hypertension is the leading modifiable risk factor for coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, and chronic kidney disease.

Healthy lifestyle choices lower future CAD risk

Healthy lifestyle choices lower future CAD risk

Low alcohol intake, healthy diet, low and physical activity decreased coronary artery calcification after 20 years.

Mental stress linked to adverse CV events in CAD patients

Mental stress linked to adverse CV events in CAD patients

Risk of adverse cardiovascular events is approximately doubled in patients with coronary artery disease.

Cardiac surgery NP program may reduce readmission rates

Cardiac surgery NP program may reduce readmission rates

A new study suggests that a transitional care program involving cardiac surgery NPs reduces readmission for discharged coronary artery bypass graft patients.

Sleep disturbance linked to cardiometabolic disease risk

Sleep disturbance linked to cardiometabolic disease risk

Difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep and sleeping too much may pose significant risk factors for obesity, myocardial infarction, stroke, coronary artery disease and diabetes.

Intensive-dose vs. moderate-dose statins increase diabetes risk, but lower CVD risk

Statins are widely used for treating elevated cholesterol for both primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery disease. One concern about their use has been the possibility of increasing the risk of diabetes.

NSAIDs associated with heart problems

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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have been linked with increased risk for atrial fibrillation and adverse events in patients with hypertension and coronary artery disease.

Patients often underestimate functional capacity

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Patient reported functional capacity does not accurately reflect exercise determined capacity, data presented during a poster presentation at the American Academy of Physician Assistants' 39th Annual Meeting indicates.

More on triglycerides, the forgotten lipid

Investigators find that triglyceride levels are an independent risk factor for heart disease.

Are LDL goals permanent?

Does a single Framingham Risk score >20% permanently establish the LDL goal at 100?

Could this woman have been saved?

Considered an unlikely candidate for CAD, her chest pains were misdiagnosed as tracheitis.

Should you set lower  LDL targets?

Should you set lower LDL targets?

According to new studies, the answer is yes. But how good is the evidence, and what should the target be for which patients?

Controlling lipids: What the evidence shows

Combing through the best and latest trials, our experts synthesize the findings. Learn which patients need drugs and which drugs are best.

Blocked artery goes undetected

The patient's ECG was first interpreted as normal, but he later suffered an MI following surgery.

Some dietary guidelines more heart-friendly

Some dietary guidelines more heart-friendly

Dietary adherence is associated with reduced progression of coronary artery atherosclerosis in women with established CAD.

Kidney function affects warfarin action in patients with CKD

Patients with kidney impairment seem to require lower doses of warfarin and may need closer monitoring to avoid serious bleeding complications.

Fibrate used in combination with statin approved

The FDA has approved Trilipix (fenofibric acid), a delayed-release capsule for use along with diet to treat dyslipidemia. Trilipix is the first fibrate to be approved for use in combination with a statin.

Top 10 health stories of 2008

Blood sugar goals, stem cells, CT scans, health reform--these are some of the issues to make the list of most important stories of the year, as chosen by the Harvard Health Letter.

Statins protect against CVD, not renal disease

Statin use does not decrease renal-function loss in patients without cardiovascular disease (CVD) or in those at risk for it, but the drug is effective for primary prevention of CVD, a study found.

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