Cardiology

Survival Similar With Donor Hearts From Hepatitis C+ Donors

Survival Similar With Donor Hearts From Hepatitis C+ Donors

Second study shows no significant difference in patients' survival based on donor BMI.

Western Culture, Not Age, Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure

Western Culture, Not Age, Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure

Members of 2 remote Venezuelan tribes were found to have elevated blood pressure following exposure to Western culture.

Botox Injections Explored to Cut Postop Atrial Fibrillation in Cardiac Surgery

Botox Injections Explored to Cut Postop Atrial Fibrillation in Cardiac Surgery

Findings of early trials based on epicardial fat pad injections during cardiac surgery.

Childhood Behavioral Interventions May Promote Adult Cardiovascular Health

Childhood Behavioral Interventions May Promote Adult Cardiovascular Health

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Focusing on children for health promotion, strategies for program implementation, and gaps in research may be a successful approach for lifelong cardiovascular health.

Marathon Runners Show Markers of Cardiac Strain

Marathon Runners Show Markers of Cardiac Strain

Amateur marathoners had highest troponin I and T vs half-marathon and 10-km racers.

Skin Autofluorescence Predicts T2DM, Heart Disease, Mortality

Skin Autofluorescence Predicts T2DM, Heart Disease, Mortality

Prediction independent of traditional risk factors such as MetS, glucose, HbA1c in general population.

Subclinical Myocardial Inflammation Common in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Subclinical Myocardial Inflammation Common in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Data show that myocardial inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis is related to disease activity and may contribute to increased risk for heart failure.

Younger Patients Account for Increasing Proportion of AMI

Younger Patients Account for Increasing Proportion of AMI

Increase especially great among women, who were less likely to receive guideline-based treatment.

ASH: New Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Practice Guideline

ASH: New Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Practice Guideline

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The guidelines were developed by over 100 experts, including hematologists, patient representatives, and other specialists.

Several Risk Factors More Strongly Linked to MI in Women

Several Risk Factors More Strongly Linked to MI in Women

Blood pressure, smoking, type 1 and 2 diabetes linked to higher hazard ratios for women than men.

Climate Change Ups Heat Deaths, Especially Among Elderly

Climate Change Ups Heat Deaths, Especially Among Elderly

More people vulnerable to heat exposure, potentially causing heat stress, heart and kidney disease.

Vitamin D Levels Linked to Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Vitamin D Levels Linked to Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Individuals in top quartile of vitamin D levels have significantly higher CRF than those in lowest quartile.

Clinical Decision Support System Ups Outpatient PE Management

Clinical Decision Support System Ups Outpatient PE Management

Home discharge rate increased at intervention sites; no increase in return visits, adverse outcomes.

Smoke-Free Policies Linked to Lower Systolic Blood Pressure

Smoke-Free Policies Linked to Lower Systolic Blood Pressure

Lower systolic BP found for those living in areas with public smoke-free policies.

Arterial Stiffness May Predict Dementia Risk

Arterial Stiffness May Predict Dementia Risk

Adjustment for subclinical brain disease markers did not reduce link between arterial stiffness, dementia.

Onset of Musculoskeletal Adverse Events Varies Between Statins

Onset of Musculoskeletal Adverse Events Varies Between Statins

Significantly faster onset with atorvastatin, rosuvastatin vs simvastatin during monotherapy.

Vitamin D Plus Calcium Supplementation May Not Modify Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Vitamin D Plus Calcium Supplementation May Not Modify Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Baseline serum 25(OH)D level was not predictive of long-term incident atrial fibrillation risk.

Gender Differences in ASCVD Care, Quality of Life, and Outcomes

Gender Differences in ASCVD Care, Quality of Life, and Outcomes

Women with ASCVD are at an increased risk for poor patient experience, lower health-related QOL, and inferior perception of their health compared with men.

Use of Both Aspirin and NSAIDs Associated With Incident Heart Failure Risk

Use of Both Aspirin and NSAIDs Associated With Incident Heart Failure Risk

The use of both NSAID and aspirin was positively associated with incident HF in adults with no prior history of CVD.

Heart Disease Leading Cause of Death in Low-Income Counties

Heart Disease Leading Cause of Death in Low-Income Counties

Greatest shift to cancer as leading cause of death seen in highest-income counties in United States.

AHA/ACC Release Updated Guidelines for Cholesterol Management

AHA/ACC Release Updated Guidelines for Cholesterol Management

Updated cholesterol guidelines offer more personalized cardiovascular disease risk assessment.

Nonadherence, Discontinuation of Statins High in 1st Year of Prescription

Nonadherence, Discontinuation of Statins High in 1st Year of Prescription

Among older adults prescribed statins, diabetes, anxiety linked to nonadherence, discontinuation.

Algorithm safely rules out pulmonary embolism in pregnant women

A diagnostic model based on D-dimer measurement, lower limb compression ultrasonography (CUS) and computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) accurately ruled out pulmonary embolism (PE) in pregnancy.

AF Patients With Cancer Less Likely to See Cardiologist

AF Patients With Cancer Less Likely to See Cardiologist

Those who do see a cardiologist are more likely to fill anticoagulant prescription and have reduced risk for stroke.

Harvard: Heart Researcher's Papers Contain Fraudulent Data

Harvard: Heart Researcher's Papers Contain Fraudulent Data

31 scientific publications from the laboratory of Piero Anversa contain falsified and/or fabricated data.

High Risk for Readmission for Takotsubo Syndrome

High Risk for Readmission for Takotsubo Syndrome

Of TTS survivors, 11.9% readmitted within 30 days, with associated mortality of 3.5%.

β-Blockers in Early Pregnancy Not Linked to Significant Risk for Overall, Cardiac Malformations

β-Blockers in Early Pregnancy Not Linked to Significant Risk for Overall, Cardiac Malformations

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The use of β-blockers in the first trimester of pregnancy may not greatly increase the risk for major congenital malformations in offspring.

CDC: Many Children With Heart Conditions Have Special Needs

CDC: Many Children With Heart Conditions Have Special Needs

One in 77 US children reportedly had heart conditions in 2016, with special needs in 60%.

Updated Hypertension Guideline Directs Treatment to Those With High CVD Risk

Updated Hypertension Guideline Directs Treatment to Those With High CVD Risk

Implementing ACC/AHA guideline would direct antihypertensive meds to adults at high CVD risk.

Morbidity, Mortality Up for Youth With CHD Presenting to ED

Morbidity, Mortality Up for Youth With CHD Presenting to ED

Children with congenital heart disease presenting to ED at increased risk for morbidity, mortality.

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