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After previous studies turned up inconclusive results, the authors of a new study published in American Heart Association’s Hypertension said they have found a correlation between short- and long-term exposure to air pollutants and the hypertension that can cause heart disease.

 

 

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World Stroke Organization, Medtronic to promote global stroke awareness

To increase stroke awareness internationally, the World Stroke Organization and Medtronic have teamed up to educate and provide support for those who’ve suffered from strokes.

Statins could help prevent infections in some stroke patients

Stroke patients who take statins early in their treatment could see their risk of contracting an infection while hospitalized reduced 58 percent, according to a new study published in June’s issue of the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

 
Study links air pollution to high blood pressure

After previous studies turned up inconclusive results, the authors of a new study published in American Heart Association’s Hypertension said they have found a correlation between short- and long-term exposure to air pollutants and the hypertension that can cause heart disease.

Women who work more than 40 hours see rising risk of chronic diseases

A new study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine spells out bad news for women who work more than 40 hours a week over the course of their careers: They could be at much higher risk for early onsets of diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.

 
Sitagliptin noninferior to placebo in cardiovascular outcomes study

Merck announced that the primary endpoint of noninferiority for the composite cardiovascular endpoint had been met in a study that evaluated sitagliptin, an oral dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor.

Meta-analysis hints at survival benefit with PCSK9 inhibitors

A meta-analysis of 24 clinical trials on monoclonal antibody treatments for hypercholesterolemia pointed to significant reductions in death and MIs, a finding that likely will catch the eye of the FDA as it considers approval for these new drugs. The results were published online April 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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.

Heart month: Well intentioned, but …

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

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.

Cardiologist to fellow docs: Flu shots benefit heart, too

Flu season has returned and with it, a new round of vaccines. While this year the vaccine may not be a perfect match to the A strain, cardiologists will want to recommend the shot for their patients, regardless.

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