Cardiovascular Disease

Steps for Reducing CVD Risks in Prostate Cancer Patients

Steps for Reducing CVD Risks in Prostate Cancer Patients

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The advice is useful as clinicians wait for formal guidelines.

Statin Use May Raise Kidney Disease Risk

Statin Use May Raise Kidney Disease Risk

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Statin users had 30% increased odds of acute kidney injury and 36% increased odds of chronic kidney disease compared with non-users.

Polycystic Kidney Disease Raises Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Polycystic Kidney Disease Raises Atrial Fibrillation Risk

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In a study, the arrhythmia was 31% more likely to occur in PKD patients than non-PKD control patients.

Carbamazepine Hinders Warfarin Anticoagulation

Carbamazepine Hinders Warfarin Anticoagulation

Carbamazepine co-treatment linked to subtherapeutic anticoagulative effect of warfarin.

Many Doctors Tend to Undertreat With Statins

Many Doctors Tend to Undertreat With Statins

Target levels more likely to be achieved in departments that prescribe more statins.

Intensive Glycemic Control Has Neutral Effect on Death, CV Events

Intensive Glycemic Control Has Neutral Effect on Death, CV Events

Follow-up of patients from ACCORD trial shows neutral effect on primary composite outcome.

Obese, Overweight Patients at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Obese, Overweight Patients at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Increased risk of SCD with electrocardiogram abnormalities, even in normal-weight individuals.

Statins Reduce Proteinuria, Mortality in CKD Patients

Statins Reduce Proteinuria, Mortality in CKD Patients

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The drugs do not appear to prevent progression to ESRD, new meta-analysis finds.

Aliskiren's Effects on Albuminuria May Be Too Small

Aliskiren's Effects on Albuminuria May Be Too Small

Overall albuminuria drop may be too small for cardiovascular, renal risk protection.

Atrial Fibrillation a Greater Risk for Women

Atrial Fibrillation a Greater Risk for Women

Review found atrial fibrillation linked to higher risk of stroke, cardiac events, death in women.

Ezetimibe Plus Simvastatin Improves Clinical Outcomes

Ezetimibe Plus Simvastatin Improves Clinical Outcomes

Reduction in total primary end point events, driven by reductions in myocardial infarction, stroke.

Pulse Pressure Linked to Poor Cardiovascular Outcomes

Pulse Pressure Linked to Poor Cardiovascular Outcomes

After adjustment for multiple variables, PP linked to all outcomes except stroke, cardiovascular death.

Is Hypoglycemia Linked to Atherosclerosis Progression?

Is Hypoglycemia Linked to Atherosclerosis Progression?

Serious hypoglycemia linked to progression of CAC only in standard therapy group of VA Diabetes Trial.

Glucose Levels Correlate With Cardiac Surgery Outcomes

Glucose Levels Correlate With Cardiac Surgery Outcomes

180 mg/dL or greater tied to worse outcomes for most patients; not for those with insulin-treated diabetes.

Diabetes a Risk Factor for Atrial-Fibrillation

Diabetes a Risk Factor for Atrial-Fibrillation

Independent correlation persisted after adjustment for cardiovascular risk factors.

Extended-Release Niacin Lowers ApoB-48 Concentration in T2DM

Extended-Release Niacin Lowers ApoB-48 Concentration in T2DM

ERN together with statin reduces apoB-48 by lowering fasting and postprandial secretion rate.

Any Renal Function Decline in Living Kidney Donors a Cardiac Risk

Any Renal Function Decline in Living Kidney Donors a Cardiac Risk

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Increased left ventricular mass found in donors with even mild decreases in renal function.

Heart Failure Mortality in U.S. Increased 2012-2014

Heart Failure Mortality in U.S. Increased 2012-2014

Decrease in age-adjusted death rates from 2000 to 2012; increase from 2012 to 2014.

E-Mail Is a Primary Method of Doctor-Patient Communication

E-Mail Is a Primary Method of Doctor-Patient Communication

Online communications reduced need for phone calls and office visits for many.

Hypertension Treatment Beneficial No Matter the Starting Pressure

Hypertension Treatment Beneficial No Matter the Starting Pressure

Reductions in risks of major CVD events, coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure.

Greater Use of Mechanical Circulatory Support in PCI

Greater Use of Mechanical Circulatory Support in PCI

2004 to 2012 saw increase in percutaneous ventricular assist devices, intraaortic balloon pump.

CVD-Related Draft Statements From USPSTF Open for Comment

CVD-Related Draft Statements From USPSTF Open for Comment

Insufficient evidence for lipid screening in children; recommendation for statins varies with age, risk

Ivabradine Improves Quality of Life for Angina Patients

Ivabradine Improves Quality of Life for Angina Patients

No change in primary outcome of change in physical limitation score at 12 months.

Pepducin PZ-128 Inhibits Platelet Protease-Activated Receptor-1

Pepducin PZ-128 Inhibits Platelet Protease-Activated Receptor-1

Rapid, specific, dose-dependent, reversible inhibition seen in patients with coronary artery disease.

Daily INR Measurement Best for Hospitalized Patients on Warfarin

Daily INR Measurement Best for Hospitalized Patients on Warfarin

Increased odds of warfarin-associated adverse events in patients for whom INR not measured daily.

Long-Term Cardiovascular Mortality Linked to Post-Op AKI, CKD

Long-Term Cardiovascular Mortality Linked to Post-Op AKI, CKD

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Even surgery patients with stage 1 AKI without true organ damage had a 43% increase in cardiovascular mortality risk within 10 years compared with patients with no kidney disease.

Many Patients Ignore Warning Signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Many Patients Ignore Warning Signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Survival significantly higher for patients who call emergency services in response to symptoms.

Cocoa Flavanols Protect Dialysis Patients' Cardiovascular System

Cocoa Flavanols Protect Dialysis Patients' Cardiovascular System

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Researchers observe significant improvements chronic and hemodialysis-induced vascular dysfunction.

Nutraceuticals Help Dyslipidemia in Statin Intolerant Patients

Nutraceuticals Help Dyslipidemia in Statin Intolerant Patients

Improvement in lipid profile for nutraceuticals alone or in combo for statin-intolerant patients.

Stroke, Heart Attack Risks Up After Shingles Diagnosis in Seniors

Stroke, Heart Attack Risks Up After Shingles Diagnosis in Seniors

Chance of stroke, myocardial infarction increased most in the first week after diagnosis.

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