Myocardial Infarction

Levonorgestrel, low-dose estrogen associated with lower risk for adverse vascular events among oral contraceptives

Levonorgestrel, low-dose estrogen associated with lower risk for adverse vascular events among oral contraceptives

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Compared with other estrogen doses and progestogen types, low-dose estrogen with levonorgestrel had a decreased risk of adverse events.

Heart attack misdiagnosed as heartburn

Heart attack misdiagnosed as heartburn

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A clinician turns away a man looking for assistance before a walk-in clinic is open for the day.

MI risks, symptoms different in women compared with men, per AHA

MI risks, symptoms different in women compared with men, per AHA

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Women and men experience different symptoms, risks, and outcomes of myocardial infarction.

Diabetes drug may lower risk of recurrent stroke, MI in insulin-resistant patients

Diabetes drug may lower risk of recurrent stroke, MI in insulin-resistant patients

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Although pioglitazone decreased the risk of stroke and myocardial infarction in this population, it elevated the risk of weight gain, edema, and bone fracture.

Shingles increases stroke, MI risk in elderly

Shingles increases stroke, MI risk in elderly

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Risk of stroke and myocardial infarction may be more than double in the first week following a shingles diagnosis in elderly patients.

Shingles increases stroke, myocardial infarction risk in the elderly

Shingles increases stroke, myocardial infarction risk in the elderly

Stroke risk increased for three months immediately following a shingles diagnosis, with a two-fold risk during the first week.

Young patients, women unaware of modifiable cardiac risk factors

Young patients, women unaware of modifiable cardiac risk factors

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Both women and young patients are often unaware that they have modifiable cardiac risk factors.

Americans experience high rates of undetected myocardial infarctions

Americans experience high rates of undetected myocardial infarctions

A staggering number of Americans suffer silent myocardial infarctions, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Low doses of beta-blockers effective for survival after heart attack

Low doses of beta-blockers effective for survival after heart attack

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In a clinical trial, researchers found that patients who received a lower dose of beta-blockers demonstrated decreases in mortality as high as 25%.

Benefits of
 quitting smoking after an MI

Benefits of
 quitting smoking after an MI

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Smokers who quit within a year after acute myocardial infarction had intermediate levels of chest pain and mental health that were similar to those who had never smoked.

Routine admission may not be beneficial for adults with chest pain

Routine admission may not be beneficial for adults with chest pain

Vast majority who have normal cardiac test results are in no immediate danger, researchers say.

Enalapril plus folic acid linked to reduced stroke risk

Enalapril plus folic acid linked to reduced stroke risk

The enalapril-folic acid group had reduced risk of first ischemic stroke and composite cardiovascular events consisting of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, and stroke.

Stress, depression up heart attack, mortality risk in heart disease

Stress, depression up heart attack, mortality risk in heart disease

Coronary heart disease coupled with depression and stress significantly increases the risk for heart attack and death.

Acute myocardial infarction patients not receiving sexual counseling

Acute myocardial infarction patients not receiving sexual counseling

Younger patients received either incorrect or no information regarding sexual activity after an acute myocardial infarction.

High-dose aspirin still prescribed after myocardial infarction

High-dose aspirin still prescribed after myocardial infarction

Although data suggests low-dose aspirin offers similar results without the risk of bleeding, high-dose aspirin is still more commonly prescribed.

Mortality higher among women with MI and no chest pain

Mortality higher among women with MI and no chest pain

Clinicians should be aware of gender differences in symptom presentation when caring for patients with heart attack.

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