Outpatient care for atrial fibrillation differs based on race and gender, according to an analysis of Medicare patients who were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in 2010 and 2011. Females were less likely than males to visit an electrophysiology specialist, receive an oral anticoagulant prescription or undergo catheter ablation.
Half of the cardiovascular deaths in U.S. adults in 2009 and 2010 were due to modifiable risk factors such as elevated cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and smoking, according to a cross-sectional analysis of a large survey.
Women who are exposed to trauma or have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a 20-year observational analysis of female nurses in the U.S.
A randomized trial in Spain found an everolimus-eluting stent (EES) was more effective than a drug-eluting balloon (DEB) in treating patients with drug-eluting stent in-stent restenosis. One year after the procedures, the primary endpoint of cardiac death, MI and target vessel revascularization occurred in 10 percent of the EES group and 18 percent of the DEB group. The difference was statistically significant.