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2014-07-07 09:40:29

The Lancet A new study published in The Lancet compares outcomes for two drugs used to prevent blood clot formation during emergency heart attack treatment. The study suggests that use of one of the drugs, heparin, could result in improved outcomes (such as a reduced rate of repeat heart attacks), compared to the other drug tested, bivalirudin, which is in widespread use in high-income countries, and is around 400 times more expensive than heparin. The results of the HEAT-PPCI trial...

2014-02-05 11:28:09

In an analysis of blood pressure patterns over a 25-year span from young adulthood to middle age, individuals who exhibited elevated and increasing blood pressure levels throughout this time period had greater odds of having higher measures of coronary artery calcification (a measure of coronary artery atherosclerosis), according to a study in the February 5 issue of JAMA. "Blood pressure (BP) represents a major modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Current risk...

2013-12-10 10:23:20

Cardiovascular complications and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) were common nonfatal complications in adults 60 years of age and older with diabetes, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Nearly half of the 24 million patients with diabetes mellitus in the United States are older than 60 years and that number is expected to double in the next two decades, according to the study background. Research suggests advancing age and the duration of...

2013-11-19 12:26:58

Giving beta-blocker medication to patients with heart disease undergoing noncardiac surgery appears to be associated with a lower risk of death and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) 30 days after surgery in patients with heart failure (HF) or a recent myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack), according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. The effect of beta-blockers on the cardiac risk of noncardiac surgery has been controversial, with...

2013-09-02 10:16:37

The findings were presented at the ESC Congress today by Ms Stina Jakobsson from Sweden. They reveal that reperfusion therapy and secondary prevention drugs produced the decline and brought stroke risk after AMI closer to that of non-diabetics. Ms Jakobsson said: "Ischemic stroke following an acute myocardial infarction is a fairly uncommon but devastating event with high mortality. It has long been recognized that patients with diabetes mellitus are at a particularly high risk of...

Coronary Artery Disease Often Neglected In Women Despite High Risks
2013-07-30 11:15:15

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although coronary artery disease (CAD) causes as many deaths in women as it does men, preventative recommendations, such as lifestyle advice, aspirin and lipid-lowering therapy are still suggested less for women than men who have the same risk levels. A new study, by Dr Kavita Sharma, MD, of cardiovascular medicine and Dr Martha Gulati, MD, Director of Preventive Cardiology and Women's Cardiovascular Health at Ohio State...

2013-07-03 10:41:39

Among patients at risk of heart failure, collaborative care based on screening for certain levels of brain-type natriuretic peptide reduced the combined rates of left ventricular systolic dysfunction, diastolic dysfunction, and heart failure as well as emergency cardiovascular hospitalizations, according to a study in the July 3 issue of JAMA. "The increasing prevalence of heart failure [HF] remains a major public health concern underlining the need for an effective prevention strategy....

2013-05-08 11:55:21

Research suggests new reporting protocol for 30-day mortality for percutaneous coronary intervention to better reflect quality, performance Only 42 percent of the deaths occurring within 30 days of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) were attributable to complications from the procedure, according to a Cleveland Clinic study published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The research suggests alternative outcome reporting mechanisms for 30-day mortality for...

2013-02-13 10:32:51

In a study that included data on nearly 3 million hospital admissions for Medicare beneficiaries with heart attack, pneumonia or heart failure, researchers failed to find evidence that a hospital's performance on the measure for 30-day mortality rates was strongly associated with performance on 30-day readmission rates, findings that may lessen concerns that hospitals with lower mortality rates will have higher readmission rates, according to a study appearing in the February 13 issue of...

Unmarried Men And Women At Higher Risk Of Fatal And Non-Fatal Heart Attack
2013-01-31 09:34:36

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For some, being single has its perks and advantages. For others, marriage is viewed as being more advantageous than living the life as a bachelor or bachelorette. For those people, they may be right in more ways than one. At least two previous studies have shown that married couples, especially those who are happily married, live longer than single people. Now, new research is adding to the mix. The Finnish study, led by Dr. Aino...


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