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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

Insomnia linked to increased risk of heart failure, stroke

New research from China has found insomnia can be a cause for an increased risk in having a heart attack or stroke, a finding that can help cardiologists better predict a patient’s risk for experiencing an adverse cardiac event.

Heart failure medication falls short of primary endpoint in phase 3 trial

Novartis announced that a phase 3 study evaluating the company’s investigational heart failure medication (serelaxin) did not meet its primary endpoint.

ACC.17: Medicare beneficiaries implanted with CardioMEMS system have lower rate of heart failure hospitalizations

Medicare beneficiaries who received an implantable pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) sensor had a statistically significant 45 percent lower rate of heart failure hospitalizations and reduced costs at six months, according to a retrospective cohort study.

ACC.17: Detroit cardiologists increase cardiogenic shock survival rate to 84% using Abiomed heart pump

A coalition of medical centers in southeast Michigan have found a way to increase the survival rate of cardiogenic shock patients to 84 percent by using a heart pump manufactured by Danvers, Massachusetts-based Abiomed. 

ACC.17: Research at ACC shows that marijuana increases risk for heart failure, stroke

Though cannabis has increasingly been making its way into healthcare as a method for treating a series of conditions, new research on the drug, presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC)’s Scientific Session beginning March 17, finds that it could cause severe cardiovascular events.

ACC.17: ‘Awareness is key’: Researchers link Zika to negative cardiovascular effects

While Zika is most closely linked to causing severe birth defects in babies born from mothers with the virus, new research that will be presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC)’s 66th Annual Scientific Session beginning on March 17 provides evidence that the virus could have detrimental effects on the heart.

Test may help identify risk of acute kidney injury in heart failure patients

An analysis of patients in the emergency department at a hospital in Germany found that using the NephroCheck Test could help identify the risk of acute kidney injury in patients with acute decompensated heart failure.

Being overweight, obese could spell heart disease at a younger age

Being overweight or obese could increase an individual’s chances of developing cardiovascular disease at a younger age compared to those who maintain more healthy weights, according to new research. 

Risk scale can predict adverse events in heart failure patients, reduce hospital admissions

A tool that predicts adverse events in acute heart failure patients made by researchers at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, was shown to be effective and sufficient for use in clinical practice.

The heart uses hydraulics to function—yes, just like a car

It turns out your heart could oddly have something in common with your car: They both use hydraulics to function properly. 

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