Cardiovascular Disease

Lipoproteins, Lipids Similarly Linked With MI, Ischemic Stroke

Lipoproteins, Lipids Similarly Linked With MI, Ischemic Stroke

No association with ICH; within HDL, cholesterol inversely and triglyceride positively linked to MI

Anticoagulants Tied With Stroke, Hemorrhage in CKD

Anticoagulants Tied With Stroke, Hemorrhage in CKD

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Study questions the efficacy and safety of prescribing anticoagulants to older patients with atrial fibrillation and nondialysis chronic kidney disease.

Coronary Artery Calcification Risk Factors in CKD Identified

Coronary Artery Calcification Risk Factors in CKD Identified

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Abnormal calcium-phosphate metabolism appears to be an important pathogenic factor in the development of vascular calcification in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Blood Pressure Drugs With Statins Tied to Reduced Stroke Risk

Blood Pressure Drugs With Statins Tied to Reduced Stroke Risk

44% drop in stroke for those with intermediate CVD risk receiving candesartan/HCTZ, rosuvastatin

CKD, Diabetes, CVD, and More Boost Risks for Cancer, Mortality

CKD, Diabetes, CVD, and More Boost Risks for Cancer, Mortality

Risk scores summarizing 8 diseases, markers tied to cancer risk in dose-response manner

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Do Not Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Do Not Reduce Heart Disease Risk

No significant association with fatal, nonfatal coronary heart disease, major vascular events

CKD Patients With Heart Failure May Not Benefit From ICDs

CKD Patients With Heart Failure May Not Benefit From ICDs

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Study finds no difference in all-cause mortality among patients with chronic kidney disease and heart failure who received implantable cardioverter defibrillators and those who did not.

Nontraditional Risk Factors Predict Atherosclerotic Events in HD

Nontraditional Risk Factors Predict Atherosclerotic Events in HD

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In hemodialysis patients, only non-traditional risk factors such as C-reactive protein predicted non-fatal myocardial infarction and other atherosclerotic events, researchers report.

Deportation Fears Tied With CV Risk Factors

Deportation Fears Tied With CV Risk Factors

High levels of worry in Mexican-origin women studied tied to risk of higher BMI, obesity, blood pressure.

Ultra-low Contrast Volume May Protect Kidneys in Advanced CKD

Ultra-low Contrast Volume May Protect Kidneys in Advanced CKD

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No patient had a 25% or greater rise in serum creatinine 48 hours after receiving a median 13 mL of contrast for diagnostic coronary angiography, with an additional 13 mL for percutaneous coronary intervention.

Flu, Some Upper Respiratory Infections Up Heart Attacks

Flu, Some Upper Respiratory Infections Up Heart Attacks

Increased incidence of acute myocardial infarction in first 7 days after positive respiratory viral diagnosis

Smoking Just 1 Cigarette Daily Increases Heart Disease, Stroke

Smoking Just 1 Cigarette Daily Increases Heart Disease, Stroke

Men who smoked just one cigarette/day had 46% of excess relative risk of smoking 20/day.

Marijuana's Cardiovascular Effects Still Unknown

Marijuana's Cardiovascular Effects Still Unknown

Prospective studies needed to examine long-term effects of chronic marijuana use on CV health.

USPSTF Questions Nontraditional CVD Risk Factors for Assessment

USPSTF Questions Nontraditional CVD Risk Factors for Assessment

Second Grade I statement questions use of ABI for screening for peripheral artery disease, CVD risk.

High-grade Prostate Cancer Risk Again Linked to Cholesterol

High-grade Prostate Cancer Risk Again Linked to Cholesterol

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Each 10 mg/dL increase in serum levels of total and HDL cholesterol are associated with a significant 5% and 14% increased risk of high-grade PCa, respectively.

Broader Statin Use More Effective for Atherosclerotic CVD Prevention

Broader Statin Use More Effective for Atherosclerotic CVD Prevention

Study compared guidelines for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease prevention.

Some High-risk Heart Failure Patients Benefit From MRAs

Some High-risk Heart Failure Patients Benefit From MRAs

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Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists found to lower hospital readmission risk in patients with heart failure and concomitant diabetes or renal insufficiency.

Hemodialysis Patient Readmission Often Due to Pulmonary Edema

Hemodialysis Patient Readmission Often Due to Pulmonary Edema

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Study finds that 44% of hospital readmissions among hemodialysis patients are related to pulmonary edema, with initial pulmonary edema-related hospitalization the strongest predictor for readmission due to the condition.

Atherosclerosis Develops in Pts Without Traditional CV Risk Factors

Atherosclerosis Develops in Pts Without Traditional CV Risk Factors

Male gender, age and LDL-C were all found to be independently related to atherosclerosis.

Meditation May Reduce Cardiovascular Risks

Meditation May Reduce Cardiovascular Risks

Given low cost and risk, meditation may be viable adjunct to guideline-directed treatment.

Lower BP Targets Reduce Cardiovascular Events Risk

Lower BP Targets Reduce Cardiovascular Events Risk

Intensive BP drops may lower cardiovascular risks in both patients with and without diabetes.

ACC: Treating Bleeding in Patients Taking Oral Anticoagulants

ACC: Treating Bleeding in Patients Taking Oral Anticoagulants

The ACC released decision pathways to help clinicians manage bleeding in patients taking oral anticoagulants.

Acute Kidney Injury in CCU Patients Linked to Cystatin C

Acute Kidney Injury in CCU Patients Linked to Cystatin C

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Among patients admitted to a coronary care unit, the highest quartile of serum cystatin C levels was associated with a 9.6-fold increased risk of AKI compared with the lowest quartile.

High ESA and Iron Doses Up CVD, Death Risk in Hemodialysis Patients

High ESA and Iron Doses Up CVD, Death Risk in Hemodialysis Patients

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High doses of iron are associated with a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease, regardless of the dose of erythropoiesis-stimulating agent.

Severe Hypoglycemia a Red Flag for Cardiovascular Risks

Severe Hypoglycemia a Red Flag for Cardiovascular Risks

Severe hypoglycemia is associated with coronary heart disease, cardiovascular mortality, and cancer mortality.

CVD Hospitalization Rates Have Declined for Diabetes Patients

CVD Hospitalization Rates Have Declined for Diabetes Patients

For patients with diabetes, there was a significant decrease in hospitalization rates for acute coronary syndrome, cardiac dysrhythmia, heart failure, and certain strokes.

Coffee Benefits May Outweigh Risks

Coffee Benefits May Outweigh Risks

Coffee consumption was affiliated with more positives than negatives across a wide range of health outcomes.

Acute Kidney Injury Predicts Heart Failure

Acute Kidney Injury Predicts Heart Failure

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In a study of hospitalized US veterans, AKI was associated with a 23% increased risk of heart failure compared with the absence of AKI.

Nut Consumption Tied With Lower Heart Disease Risk

Nut Consumption Tied With Lower Heart Disease Risk

Both total intake of nuts and consumption of peanuts/tree nuts and walnuts tied to lower risk.

Statins Reduce Risk of MACE in Patients With ASCVD

Statins Reduce Risk of MACE in Patients With ASCVD

Reduced frequency of MACE for patients receiving statins, especially high-intensity statins.

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