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Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) provide additional benefit to antiplatelet therapy following acute coronary syndrome (ACS)—but only for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)—according to a meta-analysis in JAMA Cardiology.

A plasma test to determine the maximum density of a blood clot and how long it takes to break down could help identify heart attack patients at increased risk for cardiovascular death or another myocardial infarction (MI), according to a study published Jan. 29 in the European Heart Journal.

Routine medical tests could be missing as many as two-thirds of heart attack diagnoses, researchers reported at CMR 2018, an annual conference dedicated to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in Barcelona, Spain.

Omega-3 supplements may not protect a patient from heart disease or vascular events, according to a meta-analysis published in JAMA Cardiology.

The benefits of vitamin D aren’t limited to improving bone health and fighting disease—the “sunshine vitamin” has now been shown to help restore damage to heart patients’ cardiovascular systems, according to research published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine this week.


Recent Headlines

Genetic variants could be key to identifying chemo-induced cardiotoxicity

As life expectancy continues to expand for cancer patients, clinicians are increasingly dealing with oncological complications like cardiotoxicity, according to a medical team in the Netherlands—and those doctors are met with a paucity of research on the topic.

Mislabeled clopidogrel tablets prompt recall

International Laboratories is voluntarily recalling a single lot of clopidogrel tablets that was distributed nationwide after finding some of the medication was mislabeled. The bottles of 30 tablets may contain simvastatin instead, according to a safety alert issued by the FDA.

Heart patches from human stem cells aid pigs’ recovery after MI

Patches of human cardiac muscle made from pluripotent stem cells helped the hearts of pigs recover after myocardial infarction (MI), according to a first-of-its-kind study in large animals published in Circulation.

Increased cardiovascular risk in winter extends to warm climates

Hospitalizations for heart failure and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) spike in the winter—even in a city with a warm climate and modest temperature changes, new research suggests.

Single polygenic risk score predicts early-onset heart disease with most accuracy to date

A cardiovascular risk score based on polygenic testing has proven more effective for detecting early-onset heart disease than run-of-the-mill genetic screenings, researchers reported this month in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine.

Marital support can be life-saving for heart patients

Unmarried patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are likely to die more quickly than their married counterparts, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Childhood adversity tied to downstream cardiovascular risk

Children and adolescents who are abused, bullied, experience economic hardship or witness violence are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease as adults, according to scientific statement published Dec. 18 in Circulation.

5 reasons menopausal hormone therapy is on its way out as a cardioprotector

Since the late ’60s, menopausal hormone therapy has been touted as not just a tool for alleviating menopausal discomfort but as a way to preemptively protect women against cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke.

High-sensitivity troponin rules out ACS in the ED with 99% accuracy

A blood test for high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) used in emergency departments successfully ruled out myocardial infarction (MI) and helped identify patients at low 30-day risk for adverse cardiac events, researchers reported in JAMA Cardiology.

AHA: Holidays are peak season for heart attack

Holiday stereotypes are around for a reason—people look forward to a time of year dedicated to gift exchanges, hot cocoa and family vacations. But for the American Heart Association (AHA), the holidays have an additional label: peak heart attack season.