About 40 percent of deaths attributed to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) aren’t really from “sudden” or heart-related causes, according to an autopsy study conducted in the San Francisco area.
A bill advancing through the California legislature seeks to remove soda, juice and chocolate milk as default options for kids’ meals and prevent them from being advertised alongside food marketed toward children.
Jun 21, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
On Monday, June 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially banned the use of trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), in all foods sold in American restaurants and grocery stores.
Providers were just as likely to perform low-value coronary revascularizations after joining an accountable care organization (ACO), a new analysis found. Considering ACOs are designed to curb healthcare spending, these findings suggest their current setup doesn’t properly incentivize specialists to change their behavior.
Stroke 112 takes the same symptoms highlighted in "FAST" and gives them numerical designations: 1 uneven face (crooked mouth), 1 weak arm and 2 incoherent lips (slurred speech). These reminders can be applied to any language, whereas the meaning of FAST gets lost in translation.
Jun 20, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
Work stress is six times more likely to kill men than women who exhibit cardiometabolic disease despite otherwise being healthy, according to a new study published June 5 in The Lancet: Diabetes & Endocrinology.
In a recent study published in Stroke, researchers from Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta made the case that distal thrombectomy can be safely and effectively utilized in select patients.
The presence of cardiovascular comorbidities is associated with accelerated hearing loss in patients older than 80, suggesting those conditions could be treated to slow this age-related decline.
Jun 19, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A single blood sample to test both fasting glucose and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) may be sufficient to identify people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, according to a study published June 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The incidence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) has dropped by more than 70 percent in the past few decades, ultimately shifting the benefit-to-harm balance of screening for the disease, researchers wrote in The Lancet.
Jun 19, 2018 | Hypertension
Excessive weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of preeclampsia in women who are pregnant for the first time, according to a new study published June 18 in Hypertension.
Jun 19, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) has been proven to raise the risk of cardiovascular complications, but a diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean an inevitable slide toward those outcomes, according to the authors of a new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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.