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Acute Coronary Syndrome


Nearly a quarter of patients with chronic ischemic cardiovascular disease are either dead or rehospitalized within six months of their diagnosis, according to a Jan. 17 report published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Recent Headlines

Consumption of nuts may cut risk of heart disease by 20%

People who regularly eat nuts have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD) when compared to people who rarely or never eat nuts, according to a study published Nov. 13 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Steroid use linked to early coronary artery disease

The use of anabolic androgenic steroids could be associated with early onset coronary artery disease, according to research presented Nov. 4 at the Brazilian Congress of Cardiology.

Instances of cardiac arrest after sex are low, but so are the survival rates

The chances of experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) after sex are slim, but in those rare cases mortality rates are high, reports a study presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions symposium.

Postmenopausal women face higher risk of CVD, stroke a year after discontinuing hormone therapy

Menopausal women who discontinue hormone therapy are at an increased risk for cardiac and stroke deaths a year after they stop taking estrogen, according to a Finnish study published this month in the journal Menopause.

CVD, CKD should be assessed together in HIV-positive patients

HIV-positive patients at predicted risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at an even greater risk for CVD and CKD events, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

Financial stress a risk factor for heart attacks

People under significant financial stress are 13 times more likely to have a heart attack than those with no or minimal financial stress, according to research presented Nov. 9 at the Annual Congress of the South African Heart Association.

Air pollution as great a risk as hypertension, obesity, diabetes for CVD

Ingestion of fine particulate matter in polluted air raises the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality just as much as, if not more than, common risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and obesity, according to a large-scale study of 136,094 Seoul, Korea, residents.

TCT 2017: 6-month DAPT regimen non-inferior to recommended 12 months in STEMI patients

Six months of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) was found to be non-inferior in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients to the internationally recommended 12-month regimen in a pioneering trial presented at the 29th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference in Denver.

TCT 2017: ‘Landmark study’ could change practice for acute MI coupled with cardiogenic shock

DENVER — Patients with acute MI complicated by cardiogenic shock demonstrated significantly higher 30-day survival rates with culprit lesion PCI versus multivessel PCI, according to a new study that challenges current guidelines.

Women more likely to die within a year of heart attack than men

New research published in PLOS One this October reports not only do more women statistically die of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) than men, but they see dramatically increased mortality in the first year after their heart attack.