Cardiovascular Disease

Cancer Surpasses CVD as Top Cause of Death in Nearly Half of US

Cancer Surpasses CVD as Top Cause of Death in Nearly Half of US

Cancer is also now the leading cause of death for a number of minority groups.

Grapefruit-Midazolam Interaction Differs By Patient, Juice

Grapefruit-Midazolam Interaction Differs By Patient, Juice

A recent trial compared the effects of regular grapefruit juice with a low furanocoumarin hybrid grapefruit juice on midazolam.

Diabetes Linked to Higher Death Risk From CVD, Cancer, More

Diabetes Linked to Higher Death Risk From CVD, Cancer, More

Increases in cardiovascular death, cancer death, noncardiovascular noncancer death in men, women

Poor CVD Drug Adherence Before Dialysis Predicts Worse Survival

Poor CVD Drug Adherence Before Dialysis Predicts Worse Survival

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Patients who took CVD medications less than 60% of the time before starting dialysis had a 21% increased risk of early death after dialysis initiation.

Serum Creatinine Doubling Ups Cardiovascular Risks in Diabetes Patients

Serum Creatinine Doubling Ups Cardiovascular Risks in Diabetes Patients

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Doubling of serum creatinine occured in 1,262 patients studied.

Intermediate HDL Cholesterol Levels Linked With Better Survival

Intermediate HDL Cholesterol Levels Linked With Better Survival

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Researchers found a U-shaped relationship between HDL cholesterol and premature death across all levels of kidney function.

Erectile Dysfunction Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency

Erectile Dysfunction Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency

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The prevalence of ED is 30% higher among men who have vitamin D levels below 20 ng/mL versus those with levels of 30 ng/mL or higher.

Usual Apixaban Dose May Be OK for Renally Impaired Patients

Usual Apixaban Dose May Be OK for Renally Impaired Patients

5 mg apixaban twice daily deemed safe, appropriate for those with 1 criterion in ARISTOTLE trial.

Medications Increase Hospitalization for Heat-Related Illnesses

Medications Increase Hospitalization for Heat-Related Illnesses

Commonly used meds linked to increased risk of hospitalization for dehydration, heat-related illness.

Smoking Hikes Mortality Risk Among Dialysis Patients

Smoking Hikes Mortality Risk Among Dialysis Patients

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Study also links smoking with a decreased likelihood of receiving a kidney transplant.

Study: eGFR Trajectory More Predictive of Death in Type 2 Diabetes

Study: eGFR Trajectory More Predictive of Death in Type 2 Diabetes

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The study highlights a need to monitor eGFR regularly, even in patients who have yet to develop renal impairment of concern.

Flu Vaccine May Reduce Hospitalizations, Deaths in Type 2 Diabetes

Flu Vaccine May Reduce Hospitalizations, Deaths in Type 2 Diabetes

Significantly lower rates of admission for stroke, heart failure, pneumonia/influenza, all-cause-death.

Even High-Fat Mediterranean Diet Offers Health Benefits

Even High-Fat Mediterranean Diet Offers Health Benefits

The Mediterranean Diet may reduce patients risks of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Depressed Diabetes Patients More Likely to Develop CKD

Depressed Diabetes Patients More Likely to Develop CKD

Patients with depression were younger, had higher eGFR, and more comorbidities.

Prostate Cancer Patients Taking Statins Lived Longer

Prostate Cancer Patients Taking Statins Lived Longer

Study results strengthen researchers' arguments for further clinical trials evaluating the potential protective effect of statins.

Familial Hypercholesterolemia Ups Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Familial Hypercholesterolemia Ups Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Risks include coronary heart disease and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rates in US Leveling Off

Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rates in US Leveling Off

Mortality rates dropped less than 1% from 2011 to 2014.

FDA Approves First Absorbable Stent for CAD

FDA Approves First Absorbable Stent for CAD

The Absorb GT1 Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold System (BVS) is absorbed by the body after about 3 years.

Omega-3 Intake Linked to Lower Risk of Fatal Heart Disease

Omega-3 Intake Linked to Lower Risk of Fatal Heart Disease

Plant-based, seafood-based omega-3s associated with 10% lower risk of fatal CHD.

Acute Kidney Injury May Up Long-Term Risk of Cardiovascular Mortality

Acute Kidney Injury May Up Long-Term Risk of Cardiovascular Mortality

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In a meta-analysis, AKI was associated with an 86% increased risk of CV-related death and 38% increased risk of other major CV events.

Diabetes Increases Risk of Death After Heart Attack

Diabetes Increases Risk of Death After Heart Attack

Study points to need for better coordinated care, more effective use of medications.

Prior CV Event Ups Death Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Prior CV Event Ups Death Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Those with type 2 diabetes and heart disease as well as a prior cardiovascular event have an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality.

New Obesity Guidelines Recommend Nuanced Treatment

New Obesity Guidelines Recommend Nuanced Treatment

As a heterogenous disease, obesity requires an individualized approach to treatment.

Blacks With Diabetes and CKD Have Higher CVD Risk

Blacks With Diabetes and CKD Have Higher CVD Risk

Odds of cardiovascular mortality 14.8% higher in black Americans with both conditions.

Safety Profile Varies for Add-On Second-Line Diabetes Drugs

Safety Profile Varies for Add-On Second-Line Diabetes Drugs

For patients taking metformin, TZD and DPP-4i linked to lower mortality, cardiovascular risks.

Liraglutide Cuts CV Events in High-Risk Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Liraglutide Cuts CV Events in High-Risk Type 2 Diabetes Patients

There was also a 22% reduction in the development of renal outcomes with liraglutide compared to placebo.

FDA Warns of OTC Diarrhea Drug Abuse

FDA Warns of OTC Diarrhea Drug Abuse

When taken in higher-than-recommended amounts, loperamide can cause cardiovascular conditions.

Post-Kidney Transplant Mortality Linked to Pre-Existing Heart Disease

Post-Kidney Transplant Mortality Linked to Pre-Existing Heart Disease

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Coronary artery disease before transplantation increases death risk by 77%, study finds.

Air Pollution Linked With Higher CVD Risk in Diabetes Patients

Air Pollution Linked With Higher CVD Risk in Diabetes Patients

Patients exposed to high levels of air pollution have an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease.

Low HRQoL May Increase CV Event Risk in CKD Patients

Low HRQoL May Increase CV Event Risk in CKD Patients

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The researchers found no relationship between poor quality of life and CKD progression.

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