Hypertension

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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