South Asians are more likely to die of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis, (ASCVD) than East Asians or people of European ancestry, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation on May 24.
Assessment of coronary physiology to guide revascularization decisions has been linked to lower adverse event rates than using angiography alone, but the adoption of techniques such as fractional flow reserve (FFR) and instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) continues to lag behind guideline recommendations.
May 23, 2018 | Practice Management
Pregnancy increases the risk of morbidity in women who exhibit cardiovascular disease (CVD). Complications in expecting mothers may be predicted by a risk index that integrates lesion-specific, delivery-of-care and generic variables.
New research from Florida State University suggests depression screening in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) is especially crucial, because those individuals tend to have higher rates of morbidity and mortality.
The investigators of the anticipated ISCHEMIA trial have published a paper in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes defending their late addition of “softer” outcomes to their primary composite endpoint.
Therapies targeting cholesterol and inflammation have both shown the ability to reduce cardiovascular events among patients with atherosclerosis, but more evidence is needed before anti-inflammatory drugs gain widespread use similar to statins, according to a consensus statement published May 14 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
May 14, 2018 | Practice Management
A new review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology analyzed the intersection of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mental health disorders, highlighting the bidirectional interplay between conditions while offering alternative treatment strategies and warning against adverse drug interactions.
May 14, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
People with high concentrations of lipoprotein(a) in their blood may not get the same preventive benefit from statins, even if their LDL cholesterol is effectively lowered with the medication.
Annual well woman exams, traditionally performed by an OB/GYN, provide a “golden opportunity” for women to get their heart health evaluated, according to a new joint advisory issued by the head officials of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
A four-step protocol designed to improve care for all patients who experience ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) also reduced gender-specific disparities in suboptimal care and clinical outcomes, Cleveland Clinic researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Kevin Smith, a director known for movies such as “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy,” suffered a massive heart attack in February. Now, months after undergoing emergency surgery to treat 100 percent blockage in his left anterior descending artery, Smith has said marijuana might have helped him survive the ordeal.
While women are equally or overrepresented in clinical trials for hypertension, atrial fibrillation (AFib) and pulmonary arterial hypertension, they are underrepresented in clinical trials for heart failure, coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndrome, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Common therapies used in the treatment of psoriasis may help reduce coronary plaque, according to a new study presented April 26 at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2018 Scientific Sessions in San Diego.
May 01, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
New research suggests people exhibiting ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) receive life-saving treatment more quickly if they live in states that allow emergency medical services (EMS) to take patients straight to hospitals that offer specialized treatment, rather than those that do not.
Apr 30, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A healthy diet is a cornerstone to preventing cardiovascular disease, but many healthcare providers receive insufficient nutrition education and training, according to a new scientific advisory released by the American Heart Association.
Two studies suggest patients with cardiac-related hospitalizations—specifically for aortic dissection and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)—are admitted more frequently and have higher mortality rates during winter months.
A retrospective study of patients with acute MI complicated by cardiogenic shock presented at SCAI 2018 supported the message from the randomized CULPRIT-SHOCK trial: culprit lesion PCI is associated with lower mortality than multivessel revascularization.
Researchers have identified what they believe is a molecular explanation for why cardiovascular disease (CVD) occurs later in women than in men.
About 47 percent of on-duty firefighter deaths are heart-related, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
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.
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.