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Aspirin and first heart attacks in diabetics

A large study has shown that aspirin and antioxidant supplements are ineffective in the primary prevention of heart attacks in people with diabetes and asymptomatic arterial disease

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.

Stopping meds post atrial fibrillation flutter

How long should a patient whose cardiac chambers show no evidence of enlargement remain on antiarrhythmic and anticoagulation medications after conversion from atrial fibrillation flutter to sinus rhythm?—NELSON C. YU, MD, Baxter, Ky. If this was an isolated instance, two weeks will do. If this is a recurrent problem, consideration should be given to continued…

Ambulatory BP betters office reads for CV risk

A recent report found that office BP has no value in predicting cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in patients with resistant hypertension. Higher ambulatory measurements, however, are good indicators of these outcomes, according to the same report.

Can ACE inhibitor diagnose heart failure?

Digitalis has been used to aid in the diagnosis of heart failure. Patients in failure often have a clinical response to digitalis within a few days. The reason for the failure may not be elucidated, but the diagnosis is supported. Do ACE inhibitors produce a similar quick response? If so, how long does it take?—EUGENE…

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