Cardiovascular Disease

Dialysis Patients with Hyperphosphatemia May Benefit from Magnesium

Dialysis Patients with Hyperphosphatemia May Benefit from Magnesium

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Higher magnesium levels in hemodialysis patients with high phosphorus levels were associated with decreased cardiovascular mortality.

Erectile Dysfunction and eGFR May Predict CAD

Erectile Dysfunction and eGFR May Predict CAD

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A Turkish study found that 55% of male coronary artery disease patients had some degree of erectile dysfunction.

BMI and Waist Circumference Not in Sync

BMI and Waist Circumference Not in Sync

Waist circumference is linked to visceral adiposity, liver fat, and adverse cardiometabolic risk profile within each BMI category.

Allopurinol May Slow Kidney Disease Progression

Allopurinol May Slow Kidney Disease Progression

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Long-term treatment also found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease.

CDC: Statin Use Continues to Rise

CDC: Statin Use Continues to Rise

Statin prescriptions in the U.S. continue to rise, according to a December 2014 CDC report.

CHD Risk Greater in Women with Kidney Stones

CHD Risk Greater in Women with Kidney Stones

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Study finds no significantly elevated risk of coronary heart disease among men with a history of kidney stones.

Low Hemoglobin in CKD Patients Predicts Worse Outcomes

Low Hemoglobin in CKD Patients Predicts Worse Outcomes

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Levels below 10 g/dL found to increase risk of a composite endpoint of all-cause mortality, cerebrovascular events, and myocardial infarction.

ADA's 2015 Standards of Medical Care for Diabetes

ADA's 2015 Standards of Medical Care for Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association's 2015 standards include new recommendations for statin treatment based on individual risk profile.

Ambulatory BP Monitors for Hypertension Diagnosis

Ambulatory BP Monitors for Hypertension Diagnosis

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring does a better job of predicting future events

Low-Glycemic Index Diet Does Not Improve CV Risk Factors

Low-Glycemic Index Diet Does Not Improve CV Risk Factors

No improvements were seen in insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, or systolic blood pressure on the low glycemic index diets.

Resting Heart Rate Predicts Renal End Points in Pre-CVD Patients

Resting Heart Rate Predicts Renal End Points in Pre-CVD Patients

For patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease, resting heart rate predicts renal outcomes singly and in combination.

Hypoglycemia Increases CV Events in Insulin Patients

Hypoglycemia Increases CV Events in Insulin Patients

Hypoglycemia increased the risk of cardiovascular events and mortality for insulin-treated patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Osteoporosis in ESRD Patients Ups Cardiovascular Risks

Osteoporosis in ESRD Patients Ups Cardiovascular Risks

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Osteoporosis is significantly associated with an elevated likelihood of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and stroke.

Doctors Not Providing Sexual Counseling for Heart Patients

Doctors Not Providing Sexual Counseling for Heart Patients

Only one out of five heart attack patients gets advice from their doctor about sexual activity, and what information they do get often is misguided.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Linked to Early Vascular Disease

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Linked to Early Vascular Disease

Men with asymptomatic vascular disease are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction (ED) compared to those who don't.

Testosterone Therapy Does Not Increase Cardiovascular Risk

Testosterone Therapy Does Not Increase Cardiovascular Risk

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) does not increase cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.

Higher Phosphorus, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Not Linked in Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients

Higher Phosphorus, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Not Linked in Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients

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Each 0.5 mg/dL increment in serum phosphorus associated with 58% increased odds of coronary heart failure (CHF).

Higher Serum Ferritin Ups Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients

Higher Serum Ferritin Ups Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients

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Hemodialysis (HD) patients in highest quartile of serum ferritin had an increased risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and infection-related mortality.

Red Meat Contributes to Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Due to Gut Bacteria

Red Meat Contributes to Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Due to Gut Bacteria

Bacteria in the gut metabolizes red meat in a way that greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Low Testosterone Raises Atherosclerosis Risk in Diabetic Men

Low Testosterone Raises Atherosclerosis Risk in Diabetic Men

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Low total testosterone was associated with increased odds of greater carotid intima-media thickness and odds of endothelial dysfunction.

Swedish Milk Study Criticized By Nutritionists

Swedish Milk Study Criticized By Nutritionists

A recent study on the negative effects of high milk intake and its association with cardiovascular disease (CVD) is being decried by nutritionists.

Heart Medication Filtered by Dialysis May Increase Premature Death Risk

Heart Medication Filtered by Dialysis May Increase Premature Death Risk

Dialysis patients who take heart medications such as beta blockers are at an increased risk of premature death.

Renal Hyperfiltration May Predict Higher Mortality

Renal Hyperfiltration May Predict Higher Mortality

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In healthy people, renal hyperfiltration associated with 37% and 66% increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, respectively.

Emerging MRA-Based Treatments for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Patients on Dialysis

Emerging MRA-Based Treatments for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Patients on Dialysis

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Recently, increasing attention focused on mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) in treating chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Uremic Toxin in Hemodialysis Patients Predicts Heart Failure Risk

Uremic Toxin in Hemodialysis Patients Predicts Heart Failure Risk

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High levels of indoxyl sulfate are associated with a more than 5-fold increased risk of a first heart failure event.

Strokes Raise Death Risk in Dialysis Patients

Strokes Raise Death Risk in Dialysis Patients

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The risk of dying after suffering a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke is greatest in the first week.

Sildenafil (Viagra) Shows Cardioprotective Effect in Men

Sildenafil (Viagra) Shows Cardioprotective Effect in Men

Sildenafil (Viagra) has demonstrated improvement in heart function without any adverse effect on blood pressure.

Low Testosterone Raises Atherosclerosis Risk in Diabetics

Low Testosterone Raises Atherosclerosis Risk in Diabetics

Low testosterone may increase cardiovascular (CV) risk in middle-aged men with type 2 diabetes.

Hemodialysis Fistulas May Cause Adverse Cardiac Effects

Hemodialysis Fistulas May Cause Adverse Cardiac Effects

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Study of AV fistula using cardiovascular MRI reveals increased cardiac output, dilation of heart chambers, and deterioration in endothelial function.

Lower Cardiovascular (CV) Death Risk in Dialysis Patients with High Sclerostin

Lower Cardiovascular (CV) Death Risk in Dialysis Patients with High Sclerostin

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The highest tertile of sclerostin level is associated with a 71% decreased risk of cardiovascular death vs. the lowest tertile.

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