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While 71 percent of heart patients are prescribed statins after hospitalization for heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and peripheral artery disease, just 37.4 percent retain that medication regimen a year later, researchers in Salt Lake City reported this week.

Patients who suffer brain damage after cardiac arrest could benefit from magnetic resonance (MR) imaging following their stabilization—a measure that has been shown to predict clinical outcomes through mapping brain activity, according to new research published in the American journal Radiology.

Ventricular assist devices (VADs) foster improved survival for children awaiting heart transplantation when compared to the current standard of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

African Americans are dying an average of 3.4 years before white Americans, a significant gap that’s attributable to more prevalent cardiovascular disease (CVD) and risk factors in the black population, the American Heart Association (AHA) reported in a scientific statement published Monday in Circulation.

Cardiovascular research has traditionally focused on hard clinical endpoints such as markers of disease progression, adverse events and death. But now researchers are calling for more studies that incorporate the viewpoints of patients and caregivers, both in trial design and execution and in measuring outcomes like quality of life, time off work, out-of-pocket expense and caregiver burden.

 

Recent Headlines

Drug repackager initiates Caraco Digoxin recall Drug repacking company AS Medication Solutions has issued a voluntary, consumer-level recall of all tablets of Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories' brand of Digoxin, USP, 0.25 mg distributed prior to March 31 and set to expire before August 2011.
SCAI: AMADEUS sings praises for reshaping enlarged, leaky heart valve The Carillon Mitral Contour System safely treated leaky mitral valves even in patients with moderate-to-severe heart failure, and was effective in reducing the backward flow of blood from the left ventricle to the left atrium, according to a late-breaking clinical trial presented May 7 at the 32nd annual scientific sessions for the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) in Las Vegas.
Circulation: Waist size predicts heart failure risk, even with normal BMI Larger waist circumference is associated with increased risk of heart failure in middle-aged and older populations of men and women, according to a study published online in the April 7 Rapid Access Report of Circulation: Heart Failure.
Caraco Pharmaceutical recalls heart failure drug Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories has notified healthcare professionals of a consumer-level recall of batches of Digoxin because they may differ in size and could have more or less of the active ingredient used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms.
GE, Intel to invest $250M in healthcare remote monitoring technologies
GE and Intel have formed an alliance to market and develop home-based health technologies to remotely monitor seniors and patients with chronic conditions, according to an announcement made at a joint press conference in New York City today, hosted by Intel's CEO and President Paul Otellini and GE's CEO and Board Chairman Jeffrey Immelt.
Drug produces cascade of positive outcomes in acute heart failure ORLANDO, Fla.In acute heart failure patients, the use of relaxin, a naturally occurring hormone, was found to improve the hospital course of patients, prevent heart failure from worsening during hospitalization and shortened hospital stay, according to research presented Sunday during a late-breaking clinical trials session at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 58th Annual Scientific Session.
FEATURE: Heart failure readmissions are no higher in safety-net hospitals ORLANDO, Fla.Urban safety-net and non-safety-net hospitals have clinically comparable risk-standardized rates of heart failure (HF) readmission, according to a poster study presented Sunday at the 58th annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific sessions.
ACCF/AHA release consensus document on pulmonary hypertension ORLANDO, Fla.The American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association (ACCF/AHA) has published recommendations online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation to help guide and inform practitioners on pulmonary hypertension. The report was released in conjunction with the 58th annual ACC scientific sessions this week in Orlando, Fla.
AJC: Common heart meds no benefit to older patients with diastolic heart failure People over 80 years of age suffering from a certain type of heart failure do not appear to benefit from most commonly prescribed heart medications, according to a study published in the March 15 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.
New subspecialty to focus on advanced heart failure, transplantation The new medical subspecialty of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology could provide technically advanced yet cost-effective care for patients with heart failure, according to a perspective article in the March issue of the Journal of Cardiac Failure.

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