Heart disease patients who are slow walkers are at a higher risk of hospitalization than their speedier counterparts, according to research presented April 20 at EuroPrevent 2018.
An antioxidant that targets cellular mitochondria appeared to reverse age-related vascular changes by 15 to 20 years in older adults, according to a small, first-in-human study published April 16 in Hypertension.
The FDA has approved a firmware update aimed at addressing two previously reported issues with some of Abbott’s implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds).
Nearly one in 10 patients who receive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) end up back in the hospital with an unplanned readmission within 30 days, according to a study published online April 2 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. These readmissions are usually for noncardiac causes and heavily linked to a patient’s comorbidities and place of discharge, the researchers found.
Apr 19, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Cardiologists earn an average of $423,000 annually, according to the 2018 Medscape Cardiologist Compensation Report, up from $410,000 in last year’s survey. That salary puts cardiology third among all specialties—behind only plastic surgery ($501,000) and orthopedics ($497,000).
Apr 19, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The FDA’s voluntary sodium reduction goals for packaged and processed foods could greatly reduce or delay deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the U.S. and are cost-saving even in pessimistic simulations, according to a study published online April 10 in PLOS Medicine.
Increasing physical activity after a heart attack could halve a person’s risk of dying over the following four years, suggests research presented April 19 at EuroPrevent 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress.
A hybrid revascularization approach combining PCI and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) produced similar five-year outcomes compared to CABG alone, according to a randomized trial of patients with multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD) published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
Apr 19, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
Children whose families have increased psychosocial risks are three times more likely to discontinue weight management treatment and are also less likely to improve their weight status, according to new research published April 5 in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Apr 19, 2018 | Heart Failure
Poor health in adolescence can be an indicator of an individual’s future risk of cardiovascular disease. What seems like common sense, lower health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in children can lead to structural changes in retinal blood vessels.
Men under the age of 50 who smoke are more likely to have a stroke—and that risk increases with how much an individual smokes, according to new research published April 19 in Stroke.
Apr 18, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
Though research shows that fathers impact their children’s eating habits and physical activity, a study published April 10 in Preventive Medicine suggests fathers are rarely included in family interventions that combat childhood obesity.
The odds of stroke patients being transferred from one hospital to another more than doubled from 2006 to 2014. While this is good for patients who may need more advanced care than a small community or rural hospital can provide, it is also important to limit the number of unnecessary transfers, researchers said.
Apr 18, 2018 | Practice Management
At MedAxiom’s CV Transforum on April 12, Ginger Biesbrock and Jacob Turmell presented examples of how health systems around the country are reorganizing their care delivery models to boost patients’ access to services while improving care coordination and collaboration.
Apr 18, 2018 | Hypertension
A class of blood pressure medications—short-acting calcium channel blockers (CCBs)—was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in postmenopausal women, according to a study presented April 17 at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Apr 18, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A team of researchers from Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania are attempting to curb diabetes among their patient population with a program that treats healthy food like a prescription drug—and it has delivered strong early results.
A regular intake of up to 300 mg of coffee a day appears to be safe and may even be protective against heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a new review published April 16 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Apr 17, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The American College of Physicians (ACP) published a position paper with recommendations for eliminating disparities between male and female physicians in terms of compensation and professional advancement.
Children and young adults who were born with congenital heart disease (CHD) have an eight-fold risk of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) when compared to the general population, according to a Swedish study published online April 6 in Stroke. However, the absolute risk of hemorrhagic stroke remained low for both groups.
Apr 17, 2018 | Hypertension
Doctors have a new ally in keeping their patients adherent to cardiovascular medication: a urine test that can determine whether a person has taken 80 different blood pressure or cholesterol drugs in the last day or two.
Apr 17, 2018 | Heart Failure
Candidates for heart transplantation in the U.S. are prioritized by the intensity of treatment they’ve received, leading some centers to overtreat patients to improve their odds of getting a treasured donor heart, suggests a study published April 13 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.