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A nationwide bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) program in South Korea helped improve neurologic recovery after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

An increase in the change in abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) volume was associated with an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to an analysis of a long-term prospective study.

The benefits of drinking tea may extend to improving cardiovascular health. After adjusting for multiple variables, adults who drank at least one cup of tea per day had a slower progression of coronary artery calcium and 29 percent lower incidence of cardiovascular events compared with adults who never drank tea.

Two post-hoc analyses of a clinical trial found that patients with heart failure who received sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto) had lower reductions in health-related quality of life and lower risks of cardiovascular death and heart failure hospitalization.

Among adults with a normal thyroid function, higher free thyroxine (FT4) levels were associated with a 2.5-fold increased risk of sudden cardiac death, according to a prospective, population-based cohort study. The association was independent of cardiovascular risk factors such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

 

 

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4 policies to improve the identification of patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) released a report on Sept. 29 on diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

ACC expands cardiovascular disease prevention program to 9 countries

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) plans on expanding its cardiovascular disease prevention program to educate physicians in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Argentina, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.

NHLBI names David Goff director of cardiovascular sciences division

David C. Goff Jr., MD, PhD, was named the director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) division of cardiovascular sciences on Sept. 29.

Higher resting heart rates in African Americans are associated with increased mortality, hospitalizations

An analysis of a prospective study found that higher baseline heart rates in African Americans were associated with increased mortality and heart failure hospitalizations.

Queen Latifah to receive award from the Association of Black Cardiologists

Dana Owens, who is better known as Queen Latifah, will receive the distinguished health advocate award from the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) during the organization’s “Spirit of the Heart” awards gala on Oct. 1 in New York.

Bystander CPR program improves neurologic outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

A nationwide bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) program in South Korea helped improve neurologic recovery after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

NIH awards $37 million for chelation therapy trial in patients with a prior MI, diabetes

Researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida and the Duke Clinical Research Institute received $37 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to begin the second phase of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT2).

Statin, nonstatin therapies may have similar relative risks of major vascular events

A systematic review and meta-regression analysis found that statin and nonstatin therapies that act primarily through upregulation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor expression were associated with similar reductions in LDL cholesterol and relative risks of major vascular events.

National Lipid Association asks members to complete survey on PCSK9 inhibitors

The National Lipid Association (NLA) is asking members to complete an online survey regarding challenges patients face in getting access to proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors.

Increased abdominal fat may boost cardiovascular disease risk factors

An increase in the change in abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) volume was associated with an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to an analysis of a long-term prospective study.

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