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Readmission Factors After Atrial Flutter Ablation ID'd

Readmission Factors After Atrial Flutter Ablation ID'd

The researchers found that the readmission rate was 18.19% among 5552 patients.

Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Preeclampsia Risk

Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Preeclampsia Risk

Women at high risk for preeclampsia who took 150 mg of aspirin daily during pregnancy had 62% lower odds of developing the condition.

Marijuana Users More Likely to Die From Hypertension

Marijuana Users More Likely to Die From Hypertension

The researchers found higher estimated cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use than cigarette smoking.

FDA Clears Betrixaban for VTE Prophylaxis

FDA Clears Betrixaban for VTE Prophylaxis

Fewer VTE events were observed in the betrixaban than enoxaparin arm.

Discontinuing Statin Therapy After Stroke Ups Risk of Recurrence

Discontinuing Statin Therapy After Stroke Ups Risk of Recurrence

Discontinuation of statin therapy between 3 and 6 months after an index ischemic stroke was associated with a higher risk of recurrent stroke within one year after statin discontinuation.

Daily Aspirin Appears Safe for Heart Failure Patients

Daily Aspirin Appears Safe for Heart Failure Patients

Heart failure patients on daily aspirin were not at heightened risk of being hospitalized for, or dying from, heart failure.

"Stable" Survivors at Risk for Recurrent Stroke, Death

"Stable" Survivors at Risk for Recurrent Stroke, Death

Patients remain at substantial long-term risk, particularly for recurrent stroke and admission to an institution.

Increased Left Ventricular Mass Predicts Mortality

Increased Left Ventricular Mass Predicts Mortality

Moderate-severe hypertrophy correlated with a 1.7- and 1.8-fold increased risk of mortality and need for revascularization, respectively.

Long Working Hours Tied to Greater Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Long Working Hours Tied to Greater Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

For every 1000 people in the study, an extra 5.2 cases of atrial fibrillation occurred among those working long hours during the 10 years of follow-up.

Sudden Death Rates Falling Among Heart Failure Patients

Sudden Death Rates Falling Among Heart Failure Patients

The combined data from the clinical trials showed that sudden death rates have fallen by 44% in heart failure patients.

Rivaroxaban Safe for Stroke Prevention in Cancer Patients With AFib

Rivaroxaban Safe for Stroke Prevention in Cancer Patients With AFib

The researchers found that the estimated one-year cumulative incidence of ischemic stroke was 1.4% and major bleeding was 1.2%.

ICD Use Cuts Sudden Death, Mortality in Cardiomyopathy

ICD Use Cuts Sudden Death, Mortality in Cardiomyopathy

The researchers observed an overall reduction in all-cause mortality, from 28.26% with conventional care to 21.37% with ICD therapy.

Hospitalizations for Heart Failure Decreasing in US

Hospitalizations for Heart Failure Decreasing in US

Between 2002 and 2013, heart failure hospitalizations declined by 30.8% nationwide, and continue to drop.

Cardiology Care Better Than Primary Care for Newly Diagnosed A-Fib

Cardiology Care Better Than Primary Care for Newly Diagnosed A-Fib

The researchers found that cardiology care correlated with significant reductions in stroke and death.

VKA Monotherapy Linked to Reduced MI, Stroke Risk in A-Fib

VKA Monotherapy Linked to Reduced MI, Stroke Risk in A-Fib

The researchers found that the associated risk of MI was increased for ASA and dual therapy relative to the VKA-treated group.

Four Risk Factors Account for Most Heart Failure in A-Fib

Four Risk Factors Account for Most Heart Failure in A-Fib

The researchers found that new-onset AF correlated with increased risk of heart failure in multivariable models.

Early Loop Diuretic Linked With Fewer Deaths in Heart Failure

Early Loop Diuretic Linked With Fewer Deaths in Heart Failure

Earlier treatment remained significantly correlated with lower in-hospital mortality in multivariate analysis.

Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction Benefits CKD Patients

Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction Benefits CKD Patients

CKD patients treated to a target systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mm Hg were 28% less likely to die early.

Several Antihypertensive Meds at Smaller Doses Better for Blood Pressure

Several Antihypertensive Meds at Smaller Doses Better for Blood Pressure

Combining quarter doses of two drugs was as effective as a single standard dose of one blood pressure-lowering medication.

Targeting Systolic BP Below Guidelines Cuts CVD, Mortality Risks

Targeting Systolic BP Below Guidelines Cuts CVD, Mortality Risks

The researchers observed linear associations between mean achieved SBP and risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.

Snacking on Chocolate May Lower Atrial-Fibrillation Risk

Snacking on Chocolate May Lower Atrial-Fibrillation Risk

Compared with individuals reporting chocolate intake less than once per month, the rate of AF was lower for people consuming chocolate regularly.

Following Low Sodium Recs May Not Lower BP

Following Low Sodium Recs May Not Lower BP

Dietary sodium intake guidelines may be misguided.

LVAD Recovers Cardiac Function for Some Heart Failure Pts

LVAD Recovers Cardiac Function for Some Heart Failure Pts

A total of 16 men had received an LVAD and then had it removed because they had significant recovery of heart function.

Bleeding Risk From Antiplatelets, Anticoagulants Similar for Older Afib Pts

Bleeding Risk From Antiplatelets, Anticoagulants Similar for Older Afib Pts

The risk of major bleeding is similar for older patients with atrial fibrillation taking either antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs.

Vitamin D and Calcium May Reduce Blood Pressure

Vitamin D and Calcium May Reduce Blood Pressure

As 25(OH)D levels increased, systolic blood pressure decreased significantly, even after accounting for calcium intake.

25 Food Categories Account for Sodium Overload

25 Food Categories Account for Sodium Overload

A majority of sodium consumed was from food obtained at stores; however, sodium density was highest in food obtained at restaurants.

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Mediates BMI-Associated Heart Failure Risk

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Mediates BMI-Associated Heart Failure Risk

Higher mid-life BMI was significantly associated with greater risk of HF hospitalization after adjusting for established HF risk factors.

Stem Cell-Sheet Transplantation Possible for Heart Failure

Stem Cell-Sheet Transplantation Possible for Heart Failure

The majority of the ischemic cardiomyopathy patients showed improvement in pulmonary artery pressure, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, pulmonary vein resistance, and left ventricular wall stress.

MRI Findings Prognostic for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

MRI Findings Prognostic for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

MRI measurements reflecting RV structure and stiffness of the proximal pulmonary vasculature are independent predictors of outcome in PAH.

Heart Failure Patients May Benefit From Omega-3 Supplements

Heart Failure Patients May Benefit From Omega-3 Supplements

Overall, patients on omega-3 supplements had an 8% lower risk of total mortality or hospitalization for cardiovascular disease over 4 years.

Creatinine Rise After RAS Blockade May Up Cardiorenal Risks

Creatinine Rise After RAS Blockade May Up Cardiorenal Risks

Study documents higher risks even when creatinine increases are less than 30%, the guideline-recommended threshold for stopping treatment.

Intensive BP Control Does Not Prevent CKD Progression

Intensive BP Control Does Not Prevent CKD Progression

Blood pressure targets below 130/80 and below 140/90 mm Hg are associated with similar renal outcomes among non-diabetics, meta-analysis shows.

Hypertensive Americans Still Consuming Excess Sodium

Hypertensive Americans Still Consuming Excess Sodium

People with high blood pressure consumed an average of 2,900 mg of sodium per day in 1999 and 3350 mg per day in 2012, for an overall average daily sodium intake of 3100 mg.

Poor Medication Adherence Among Resistant Hypertension Patients

Poor Medication Adherence Among Resistant Hypertension Patients

Changes over time in prescription adherence are common and affect treatment estimates considerably.

Dietary Potassium Lowers CVD, CKD Risks, Regardless of Sodium

Dietary Potassium Lowers CVD, CKD Risks, Regardless of Sodium

Numerous population studies demonstrate a relationship between higher dietary K+ and lower blood pressure regardless of sodium intake.

Hospital Readmission Common With Heart Failure

Hospital Readmission Common With Heart Failure

Among the etiologies of readmission, cardiac causes including heart failure and coronary artery disease were most common.

Low Salt Diet Improves Blood Pressure in CKD

Low Salt Diet Improves Blood Pressure in CKD

With dietitian counseling, limiting sodium to 2000 mg per daily is feasible for chronic kidney disease patients.

More Patients Hospitalized for Atrial Fibrillation

More Patients Hospitalized for Atrial Fibrillation

Adjusted rates of hospitalization for AF increased by almost 1% per year between 1999 and 2013.

US Heart Failure Rates Increasing

US Heart Failure Rates Increasing

In the United States, more than 92.1 million people have cardiovascular disease.

Millions of US Adults May Have Masked Hypertension

Millions of US Adults May Have Masked Hypertension

An estimated 12.3% of Americans over the age of 21 have masked hypertension.

Higher Systolic BP Target Recommended for Older Patients

Higher Systolic BP Target Recommended for Older Patients

New guidelines suggest aiming for a systolic pressure less than 150 mm Hg in hypertensive individuals aged 60 or older.

Beta-Blockers May Reduce Death Risk in HFrEF, A-Fib

Beta-Blockers May Reduce Death Risk in HFrEF, A-Fib

With respect to mortality and hospitalizations, there were no significant interactions for β-blockers and pattern or burden of AF.

DASH Deemed Best Diet of the Year

DASH Deemed Best Diet of the Year

To receive top ratings, a diet has to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss, and protective against diabetes and heart disease.

Hypertension, Prehypertension Increasing Worldwide

Hypertension, Prehypertension Increasing Worldwide

United States, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia accounted for more than 50% of elevated or high blood pressure cases.

Trial Design Can't Detect Heterogeneity in Hypertension Treatments

Trial Design Can't Detect Heterogeneity in Hypertension Treatments

Clinically important heterogeneity in intensive BP treatment remains undetectable in conventional trial designs but can be detected in sequential randomization trial designs.

Urinary Cancer Risk Lower in Spironolactone Users

Urinary Cancer Risk Lower in Spironolactone Users

Spironolactone use was associated with 12% decreased odds of prostate cancer in male patients and 19% decreased odds of bladder cancer in female patients.

Beta-Blockers Not Recommended for Dementia Patients

Beta-Blockers Not Recommended for Dementia Patients

Using beta-blockers was also associated with a higher risk of patient's reduced ability to perform daily functions independently.

DASH Diet Lowers Uric Acid in Pre-, Early Hypertension

DASH Diet Lowers Uric Acid in Pre-, Early Hypertension

The DASH diet lowered serum uric acid, and this effect was greater among participants with hyperuricemia.

One-Third of Hypertension Patients Fail to Comply With Meds

One-Third of Hypertension Patients Fail to Comply With Meds

Nearly a third of hypertensive participants were not adherent to antihypertensive drug therapy.

1 in 2 Americans Have a Chronic Health Condition

1 in 2 Americans Have a Chronic Health Condition

Conditions such as chronic illness, mental illness, or substance abuse commonly overlap with each other and with poverty, which contributes to poor health.

Young Susceptible to Endothelial Injury From Pollution

Young Susceptible to Endothelial Injury From Pollution

The findings suggest that living in a polluted environment could promote development of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.

Increased Potassium Intake Found Not to Raise Hyperkalemia Risk

Increased Potassium Intake Found Not to Raise Hyperkalemia Risk

Lack of association observed in study of hypertensive patients with normal renal function.

Midlife Hypertension May Increase Dementia Risk

Midlife Hypertension May Increase Dementia Risk

According to the authors, the influence of midlife hypetertension may lead to late-life impaired cognitive function.

Older Adults Have Many Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Older Adults Have Many Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Blacks have increased incidence of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, but not a-fib.

Lowering Salt Intake Reduces Mortality, Study Confirms

Lowering Salt Intake Reduces Mortality, Study Confirms

Findings support modest reductions in sodium intake among persons consuming high-sodium diets

Systolic Blood Pressure Variability Linked to ESRD, Mortality

Systolic Blood Pressure Variability Linked to ESRD, Mortality

Increased SBP variability tied to mortality, coronary heart disease, stroke, end-stage renal disease

Hypertension May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk

Hypertension May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk

Data from 21 observational studies showed an 8% increased risk of prostate cancer.

Losartan Reduces Aldosterone in Hypertension Without Sleep Apnea

Losartan Reduces Aldosterone in Hypertension Without Sleep Apnea

Losartan treatment is linked to aldosterone reductions in patients with hypertension but not obstructive sleep apnea.

Intensive Systolic Blood Pressure Control Could Prevent 100K US Deaths

Intensive Systolic Blood Pressure Control Could Prevent 100K US Deaths

Findings indicate high-risk adults would benefit from intensive program to lower SBP to 120 or less.

Hyperkalemia Risk May Be Higher With MRA-RAAS Inhibitor Combo

Hyperkalemia Risk May Be Higher With MRA-RAAS Inhibitor Combo

Add-on mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist therapy increased serum potassium by 0.4 mEq.

Low Diastolic Blood Pressure May Cause Heart Damage

Low Diastolic Blood Pressure May Cause Heart Damage

Low DBP linked to myocardial damage, CHD events especially among those with SBP 120 mm Hg.

Albuminuria Linked to Higher Blood Pressure at Night

Albuminuria Linked to Higher Blood Pressure at Night

Significantly higher nighttime systolic blood pressure, especially in patients with diabetes and low eGFR.

Intensive BP Control in CKD Improves Survival

Intensive BP Control in CKD Improves Survival

Black CKD patients with strict blood pressure control had a 19% lower risk of premature death.

Is Resistant Hypertension a Risk Factor for Sleep Apnea?

Is Resistant Hypertension a Risk Factor for Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea with resistant HTN linked to increased risk of ischemic heart event, congestive heart failure.

Fitness Surprisingly Influential in Longevity

Fitness Surprisingly Influential in Longevity

Low aerobic capacity has greater effect than even high cholesterol, high blood pressure.

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.

Improved Treatment Persistence With New-Generation Beta Blockers

Improved Treatment Persistence With New-Generation Beta Blockers

Notable improvement seen with carvedilol and nebivolol, but not betaxolol.

Daytime Nappers at Risk for Hypertension

Daytime Nappers at Risk for Hypertension

Future studies are needed to assess potential benefits of hypertension screening for daytime nappers.

ACEIs, ARBs May Cut Peritoneal Dialysis Initiators' CV Risk

ACEIs, ARBs May Cut Peritoneal Dialysis Initiators' CV Risk

Researchers found a 16% lower risk for strokes, heart attacks, and death combined among patients who took ACEIs or ARBs.

Antihypertensive Drug Use in Dialysis Transition May Need Improvement

Antihypertensive Drug Use in Dialysis Transition May Need Improvement

Only 40% of older patients transitioning to maintenance dialysis were on renin-angiotensin system blockade.

Food Industry Needs to Reduce Sodium, FDA Says

Food Industry Needs to Reduce Sodium, FDA Says

The FDA has developed 2- and 10-year goals to reduce sodium content in both processed and prepared foods.

More Evidence Links Air Pollution to Hypertension

More Evidence Links Air Pollution to Hypertension

Hypertension risk up for both short-term and long-term exposure.

Heart Failure Risk Increases With First Heart Attack

Heart Failure Risk Increases With First Heart Attack

One in 4 MI survivors develop heart failure within 4 years.

Hyperkalemia More Likely in Sicker Elderly Patients

Hyperkalemia More Likely in Sicker Elderly Patients

As elderly patients age, the number of drugs they take that may cause hyperkalemia increases.

Two Drug Types Added to Heart Failure Guidelines

Two Drug Types Added to Heart Failure Guidelines

Heart groups issue updated guideline for the treatment of heart failure.

Lower SBP Target Reduces CVD Events, Mortality in Elderly

Lower SBP Target Reduces CVD Events, Mortality in Elderly

The findings warrant reconsideration of blood pressure targets for many patients older than 75, according to an editorial.

Ambulatory BP Monitoring Can Help ID Masked Hypertension

Ambulatory BP Monitoring Can Help ID Masked Hypertension

African Americans with masked hypertension had 2 times the risk of developing clinic hypertension.

Low Salt Intake May Harm Cardiovascular Health, Study Says

Low Salt Intake May Harm Cardiovascular Health, Study Says

Researchers say restricting sodium might backfire, but heart experts are critical of the finding.

Blood Pressure Control Beneficial for Seniors, SPRINT Shows

Blood Pressure Control Beneficial for Seniors, SPRINT Shows

Latest findings from national trial show it lowers chances of heart failure, even in older adults.

Blood Pressure Trends Help Predict Stroke

Blood Pressure Trends Help Predict Stroke

Odds increase with rapid rise in middle age.

Increased Fall Risk Found With Antihypertensive Meds

Increased Fall Risk Found With Antihypertensive Meds

A patient's short-term fall risk increases in the 15 days after initiation or intensification of antihypertensive medication.

Optimal Blood Pressure Uncertain for Seniors With CKD

Optimal Blood Pressure Uncertain for Seniors With CKD

Elevated systolic BP is linked to adverse outcomes in elderly patients.

Hyperkalemia Common in Clinical Practice

Hyperkalemia Common in Clinical Practice

Treatment with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors was most strongly associated with hyperkalemia.

ACEI/ARBs Improve AMI Outcomes Regardless of Kidney Function

ACEI/ARBs Improve AMI Outcomes Regardless of Kidney Function

Treatment linked to improved long-term survival, regardless of underlying kidney function.

Aliskiren/Enalapril Combo Results in More Harms in Heart Failure

Aliskiren/Enalapril Combo Results in More Harms in Heart Failure

The addition of aliskiren to enalapril led to more adverse events in patients with chronic heart failure without an increase in benefit.

Recommended Anticoagulation Not Routinely Prescribed in High-Risk AFib

Recommended Anticoagulation Not Routinely Prescribed in High-Risk AFib

More than half of high-risk atrial fibrillation patients are not prescribed oral anticoagulants.

Blood Pressure Goals Needful for Children, Teens

Blood Pressure Goals Needful for Children, Teens

Trajectory data indicate that childhood BP levels correlate with BP status at age 38 years.

Demographic Profile Emerges for Persistent A-Fib From Onset

Demographic Profile Emerges for Persistent A-Fib From Onset

Patients with PsAFonset are part of a distinct demographic and often have poorer clinical outcomes.

Incretin-Based Meds Don't Increase Heart Failure Hospitalizations

Incretin-Based Meds Don't Increase Heart Failure Hospitalizations

No increased in hospitalization rate was found in patients on incretin-based drugs with heart failure.

Low-risk Tai Chi Exercises Help Cardiovascular Health

Low-risk Tai Chi Exercises Help Cardiovascular Health

In addition to tai chi, traditional Chinese exercises have been found to improve quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Heart Failure Patients With Low Osmolality at Risk for Early Death

Heart Failure Patients With Low Osmolality at Risk for Early Death

Researchers found a correlation between low discharge osmolality and elevated all-cause mortality in heart failure patients.

Genetic Testing Does Not Predict A-Fib in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Genetic Testing Does Not Predict A-Fib in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Genotype was not predictive of onset or severity of atrial fibrillation.

Egregious Errors With Smartphone Blood Pressure App

Egregious Errors With Smartphone Blood Pressure App

Measurements were off 4 out of 5 times when popular mobile application was tested.

Nighttime BP Elevated in Prediabetes Patients With CKD

Nighttime BP Elevated in Prediabetes Patients With CKD

In these patients, systolic blood pressure at night was elevated by an average of 2.9 mm Hg.

Yogurt Linked to Lower Risk of Hypertension

Yogurt Linked to Lower Risk of Hypertension

Effect seen in women, not men; strongest effect seen in the highest tertile of DASH scores.

6 Blood Pressure Triggers to Avoid

6 Blood Pressure Triggers to Avoid

Avoiding salt and weight gain, among other triggers, can help lower elevated blood pressure.

Study Questions Blood Pressure Target for Diabetes Patients

Study Questions Blood Pressure Target for Diabetes Patients

A new large scale study found that depending on baseline systolic blood pressure (SBP) level, the use of antihypertensive medication led to different outcomes in patients with diabetes.

Editorial Questions Systolic Blood Pressure Target of Less Than 120 mm Hg

Editorial Questions Systolic Blood Pressure Target of Less Than 120 mm Hg

Small absolute benefit seen in SPRINT must be balanced with increased adverse event rates.

Adverse Renal Outcomes Linked to Blood Pressure Variability

Adverse Renal Outcomes Linked to Blood Pressure Variability

Greater visit-to-visit variability in systolic blood pressure is associated with a higher risk of ESRD or a 50% or greater decrease in eGFR.

Masked Hypertension Common, Harmful in CKD Patients

Masked Hypertension Common, Harmful in CKD Patients

Masked HTN common among patients with chronic kidney disease; also linked to low eGFR, proteinuria.

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