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 - High cholesterol/Diabetes

Some statins may influence the development of diabetes more than previously believed. A study found that in a large population of men on statins, a significant number developed diabetes, with risk increasing in a dose-dependent manner.

 - Coffee Heart

A coffee habit may improve a patient’s cardiovascular profile. A study looking at coronary artery calcium (CAC) and coffee consumption found that those who drank three or four cups of coffee a day had lower CAC score ratios than those who consumed more or less.

 - blood_samples

A study revealed that in one hospital, cardiac surgery-related phlebotomy was really draining its patients. Analyzing a possible link between blood draws and hospital-acquired anemia, researchers found that 74 percent of patients with normal values for hemoglobin on admission were anemic by discharge.

 - Winner Award

Truven Health Analytics named its top 100 hospitals for 2015, based on traditional performance measures such as 30-day readmission and mortality rates as well as a new metric on Medicare spending per beneficiary.

 - diabetes

The risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD) increased nearly threefold when patients had type 2 diabetes compared to those who didn’t, according to findings published in the February issue of Lancet: Diabetes & Endocrinology.


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Guideline adherence, safety don’t always go hand-in-hand at hospitals

Cardiologists who want to improve patient outcomes need to strike a balance between evidence-based therapy and patient safety, according to a study published online Feb. 16 in Circulation.

Some like it hot: Saunas may provide cardio-protective benefits

This could get steamy: By frequently taking saunas, men may reduce their risk of cardiac-related fatalities, according to a study published online Feb. 23 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Cath lab work-related pain hits techs, nurses hardest

The strain from wearing protective lead aprons in the cath lab may be taking a greater toll on allied staff than on physicians. A survey on health hazards in interventional labs found incidence of work-related pain was highest among technicians and nurses.

Chest pain patients at highest risk skip follow-up after emergency visit

It sounds counter-intuitive, but patients at highest risk for adverse outcomes may not be those most likely to seek follow-up treatment after being discharged from the emergency department for chest pain, according to research published Feb. 23.

Cholesterol takes back seat to whole diet in USDA recommendations

It’s all about the whole diet, say experts in a draft of scientific findings on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) website. The results, published for comment through April 8, offer diets for physicians to consider with their patients when working to improve cardiovascular risks, heart disease, obesity, and other health concerns.

Dive into cardiology liability claims reveals common mistakes

If you want to avoid damaging litigation, concentrate on dialogue and details. Cardiologists who fail to maintain detailed, two-way conversations with patients and thoroughly assess diagnostic data are at risk of negligence lawsuits, a study shows.

Risk calculator redux: More evidence suggests recalibrations required

Another study found the risk prediction tool from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) and three other Framingham-based calculators significantly overestimate cardiovascular risk.

Biomarker strategy safe for ruling out acute MI in low-risk patients

Testing for troponin and copeptin could have promise as an indicator of suspected acute coronary syndrome in patients who are low to intermediate risk. According to researchers, patients presenting with negative copeptin values could rule out acute MI and allow for early discharge from the emergency department.

Risk remains high beyond 30 days of discharge for MI, heart failure

Risk of rehospitalization or death is slow to decline for older patients after hospital discharge from heart failure, acute MI or pneumonia, according to a study published in the Feb. 6 issue of the BMJ.

Chosen wisely? Stress test rates already low for low-risk surgeries

A 2011 campaign targeted at reducing rates of stress testing prior to low-risk surgeries may have aimed at the wrong thing. According to a research letter published online Feb. 9 in JAMA: Internal Medicine, even before the Choosing Wisely campaign, few patients were being subjected to unnecessary stress testing.

Cardiology groups laud ABIM's decision to change MOC program

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced significant changes to its maintenance of certification (MOC) program, a move that was welcomed by major cardiovascular societies.

Going lean trims D2B time by facilitating teamwork

Initiating a lean approach into its PCI program allowed a hospital to knock 12 minutes off its average door-to-balloon time, according to a case study prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Heart month: Well intentioned, but …

Valentine’s Day promotion starts in December. The push for heart care should be never ending.

County, not hospital itself, may influence readmission rates

Medicare might achieve better results by rewarding community-based strategies to reduce 30-day readmissions for heart failure, MI and pneumonia rather than penalize hospitals that don’t meet performance metrics. According to one study, much of the variation in rates boiled down to the county in which a hospital was located.

Patients may be willing to take pills for longer lives, healthier outcomes

Daily pill taking is worth years of cardiovascular health to patients, according to a study published Feb. 3 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The study looked at the utility of taking cardiovascular prevention medicine by asking patients how much shorter they were willing to live, how much more they were willing to pay and what risk of death they were willing to have to avoid taking medications.

Light jogging may have longevity edge over strenuous activity, sedentary lifestyle

When it comes to jogging, more may not be better for long-term heart health, according to a study published in the Feb. 10 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers returning to the Copenhagen City Heart Study cohort found that while light or moderate jogging two-to-three times per week had lowered mortality risks, strenuous joggers had risks similar to sedentary individuals. 

FDA gets tough on AEDs

The FDA will require premarket approval for automated external defibrillators (AEDs), making manufacturers face a more rigorous review process than had previously been in place.

High systolic blood pressure puts young, middle-aged at risk

Younger patients with high systolic blood pressure may have a higher cardiovascular risk profile than previously believed. This statement comes out of results from a more than 30-year population study following Chicago-area workers.

Medtronic finalizes Covidien buy for $50B

Medtronic completed its acquisition of Covidien in lockstep with the Irish High Court’s sanctioning of the deal. The two companies now exist under the name Medtronic plc, with executive offices in Ireland.

FDA gives combo blood pressure tablet green light

The FDA approved a pill that combines a calcium channel blocker and an ACE inhibitor as a treatment for hypertension.