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A smoking trend that’s taken over Japan could soon be making its debut in the American market, possibly eclipsing the infamous e-cigarette as a more authentic alternative to traditional tobacco products.

Nearly half of patients failed to receive follow-up imaging within a year of vascular surgery, even if their hospitals participated in a national quality improvement registry, according to an analysis of Medicare beneficiaries.

Two decades after being approved by the FDA for treatment of acute ischemic stroke, clot-dissolving medication intravenous alteplase is administered to just 10 percent of patients, researchers from Georgia State recently reported in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Physicians are aware of stroke risk factors at this point, but something is getting lost in translation.

Women have lower numbers of circulating progenitor cells, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association reported, possibly explaining the rise in adverse cardiovascular events in women after they reach menopause and start to age.

 

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Decreasing popularity of e-cigarettes could 'open the floodgates' for smoking alternative heat-not-burn tobacco

A smoking trend that’s taken over Japan could soon be making its debut in the American market, possibly eclipsing the infamous e-cigarette as a more authentic alternative to traditional tobacco products.

Hospitals frequently fail to perform follow-up imaging after vascular surgery

Nearly half of patients failed to receive follow-up imaging within a year of vascular surgery, even if their hospitals participated in a national quality improvement registry, according to an analysis of Medicare beneficiaries.

Lifesaving treatment administered to only 10% of eligible stroke patients

Two decades after being approved by the FDA for treatment of acute ischemic stroke, clot-dissolving medication intravenous alteplase is administered to just 10 percent of patients, researchers from Georgia State recently reported in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Risk factors among stroke patients on the rise

Physicians are aware of stroke risk factors at this point, but something is getting lost in translation.

Coronary artery calcium progression associated with CVD events

Baseline coronary artery calcium (CAC) levels are widely used as surrogate measures for atherosclerotic plaque burden in heart patients and have been proven to predict future cardiovascular events, but researchers who recently studied CAC progression in asymptomatic patients found progression was independently associated with experiencing a composite cardiovascular disease (CVD) event.

Study finds link between low numbers of progenitor cells, CVD in older women

Women have lower numbers of circulating progenitor cells, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association reported, possibly explaining the rise in adverse cardiovascular events in women after they reach menopause and start to age.

Physicians’ predictions after disabling stroke too imprecise, researchers say

Physician predictions are an important factor in families’ decisions about end-of-life care for relatives. But how often are doctors wrong?

Statins shown to reduce risk of potentially fatal bacterial infection in older patients

Heart patients on a regular regimen of statins have an almost 30 percent decreased risk of contracting a dangerous bacterium that can result in mortality, morbidity and serious metastatic infections, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Study: Watching a musical equal to a half-hour cardio workout

Researchers measured the heart rates of 12 seated volunteers at a production of “Dreamgirls” in London. They spent an average of 28 minutes with a heart rate between 50 and 70 percent of its maximum—an optimal range for stimulating cardio fitness and stamina, according to the researchers.

Migraines could be genetically linked to increased CVD risk

Migraines and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease appear to be genetically linked, according to a study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE.

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