The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shut down a $100 million study designed to settle the question over whether one alcoholic beverage per day is part of a heart-healthy diet.
Jun 18, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
Diabetes triples the risk of death from ischemic heart disease or stroke in women and doubles the risk in men with no previous vascular disease, according to new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions during surgery are associated with double the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) over the ensuing 30 days, researchers reported in JAMA Surgery.
Jun 18, 2018 | Heart Failure
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston reopened its heart transplant program June 15 after a two-week suspension in which the hospital conducted an internal review of two recent patient deaths.
Jun 18, 2018 | Practice Management
A recent study in BMJ Open affirmed the value of physicians dressing the part, showing patients are more likely to consider them trustworthy and knowledgeable if they are wearing the traditional white coat over formal clothing.
Jun 18, 2018 | Practice Management
Combining financial incentives, personalized goal setting and wearable devices might be an effective way of encouraging heart disease patients to engage in more physical activity, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
A host of medical devices—including imaging equipment, pacemakers and electrocardiographs—are included in the list of Chinese products that will be hit with a 25 percent tariff beginning July 6, the U.S. government announced Friday.
Patients who experience an adverse change in employment—such as being laid off—after a heart attack reportedly have a lower quality of life, increased depression and more difficulty affording medications, according to a study published in Circulation on June 12.
Jun 15, 2018 | Imaging
The “often overlooked” strategy of stress echocardiography outperformed coronary CT angiography (CTA) in a randomized trial of low to intermediate-risk patients with acute chest pain, resulting in fewer hospitalizations, shorter stays and similar midrange safety outcomes.
An early discharge strategy with rivaroxaban reduces hospital lengths of stay and healthcare costs for patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism (LRPE)—without compromising their safety—suggests a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine.
The 200 and 250 millimeter lengths of Medtronic’s IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon gained FDA approval to treat long superficial artery (SFA) lesions in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), the company announced June 15.
New research suggests flavorings in electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes—including mint, vanilla, cinnamon and strawberry—can adversely affect endothelial cells, according to a study published June 14 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.
Jun 14, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests 5.5 percent more rural Americans are obese than their metropolitan counterparts.
Jun 14, 2018 | Imaging
Machine learning models using echocardiographic data and variables from the electronic health record (EHR) can significantly improve mortality predictions compared to traditional risk scores, researchers reported in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Jun 14, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A new study published in JAMA: Cardiology on June 13 suggests black patients have a higher risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and are less likely to receive guideline-appropriate statin therapy.
Jun 14, 2018 | Hypertension
Systolic blood pressures above 130 millimeters of mercury in middle age were associated with an increased risk of dementia later on, according to a longitudinal study published June 12 in the European Heart Journal.
Cardiologist Mario Motta, MD, was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees on June 12, a position which will allow him to help shape the organization’s advocacy efforts.
Medical device company Stryker filed a claim with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday saying it is not in discussions with Boston Scientific on a potential takeover.
The American Medical Association House of Delegates pledged on June 11 to advance gender equity in medicine after multiple studies highlighted the wage gap and discrimination women physicians continue to face.
Mutations in the CHD4 gene are known contributors to congenital heart defects. Biologists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine believe they are beginning to understand why.
Jun 13, 2018 | Practice Management
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a Grade D recommendation against screening with resting or exercise electrocardiography (ECG) to prevent cardiovascular disease events in asymptomatic adults at low risk of CVD events.