The factor Xa inhibitor edoxaban might reduce the risk of several adverse events—including stroke, major bleeding and all-cause death—when compared to warfarin, according to a real-world study of Korean patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib).
August 14, 2018 | Practice Management
The Cleveland Clinic was named the top hospital in the country for cardiology and heart surgery by the U.S. News & World Report—a distinction it has held since 1995.
August 14, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Harvard scientist Sekar Kathiresan, MD, believes polygenic risk score could help identify people at high risk for heart attack. Kathiresan, director of the Cardiovascular Disease Initiative at the Broad Institute and a professor at Harvard Medical School, said polygenic risk scores, based on genetic testing, will be as commonly known as cholesterol levels. 
A handful of startups are offering solutions for a growing healthcare need that isn’t going away: transporting elderly, frail patients to nonemergency medical appointments.
States that expanded eligibility for Medicaid in 2014 and 2015 saw an immediate uptick in Medicaid prescriptions filled for diabetes treatments, suggesting the legislation played a direct role in improving access and adherence to those drugs.
August 13, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Estrogen may protect against heart failure (HF)-related depression by preventing the creation of inflammation-causing chemicals in the brain, according to research published in the American Journal of Physiology.
August 13, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
The FDA has approved migalastat, the first oral medication for the treatment of adults with Fabry disease, the agency announced Aug. 10.
August 13, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
A 45-year-old man who had a stroke now creates “eye-catching” pictures—a talent he didn’t have before the medical emergency. Wayne Sheppard of the United Kingdom now sells some of his paintings for up to $510 (or £400).
Japanese researchers believe they’ve identified a genetic risk marker that could pinpoint which people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are at risk of developing tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy.
August 13, 2018 | Heart Failure
Home-delivered sodium-restricted Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH/SRD) meals after heart failure (HF) hospitalizations appeared safe in some patients, has the potential to improve HF symptoms and can reduce readmissions, according to new research in Circulation: Heart Failure.
Investor’s Business Daily published a profile of Johns Hopkins physician Helen Brooke Taussig, MD, who overcame an initial rejection to medical school due to gender discrimination and went on to create the field of pediatric cardiology.
Specifically, the kits provide prior authorization information for PCSK9 inhibitors to treat lipid disorders, direct oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention and angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitors for heart failure treatment. Those three categories of drugs were commonly pinpointed as being “always” or “often” denied by insurance companies in surveys of providers.

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August 10, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
Developing type 1 diabetes before the age of 10 shortens the lifespans of women by almost 18 years and of men by about 14 years, according to a Swedish registry study published in The Lancet.
On Aug. 9, the FDA expanded its list of valsartan products currently under recall to include other items that contain the active ingredient, which may be tainted with a carcinogenic impurity, manufactured by Hetero Labs Limited in India.
August 10, 2018 | Imaging
Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) identified with cardiac stress PET testing was a better predictor of adverse events among obese patients than body mass index (BMI) and other traditional risk factors, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
August 10, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
The Music Therapy Program at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas integrates music into stroke patients’ healing process to help patients relax after stroke. It is also a way to help meet health targets set by patients’ speech therapists.