The average blood pressure of American youths is declining, a new CDC report suggests, even as updated guidelines classify almost 800,000 more of them as hypertensive.
July 13, 2018 | Heart Failure
A new study, published July 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests heart failure (HF) may be moderately hereditary.
July 13, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A tuberculosis vaccine that has been around for a century is being investigated as a potential low-cost, long-term treatment for type 1 diabetes.
Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants may be even more effective for treating women with atrial fibrillation (AFib) than men, suggests a real-world study from Hong Kong published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
CMS proposed several changes to its Medicare billing standards July 12, including paying doctors for virtual visits and alleviating some of their administrative burden.
July 13, 2018 | Hypertension
Adoption of the new 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) hypertension guidelines would result in a “substantial” increase in the prevalence of hypertension in both the U.S. and China.
July 12, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A team of researchers used genome editing to inactivate the PCSK9 protein in the livers of rhesus macaque monkeys, resulting in 30 to 60 percent reductions in LDL cholesterol and even more significant drops in PCSK9 levels.
July 12, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A new study published in the European Heart Journal suggests a particular quality of LDL cholesterol—not just the concentration of it—influences a patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
The more a person smokes, the greater the risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder, according to a new study published July 11 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
The FDA has approved the third generation of the MitraClip, which treats mitral regurgitation without open-heart surgery, device manufacturer Abbott announced July 12.
July 12, 2018 | Practice Management
A new survey from University of Utah Health revealed that most physicians feel responsible for educating patients about the cost of care but don’t believe they should be held accountable for it.
July 12, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
For decades, cardiologists have insisted patients take it easy after a heart attack—but younger physicians believe in encouraging patients be active, and even run, because exercise decreases the chances of a subsequent cardiac event.
July 11, 2018 | Heart Failure
The FDA has cleared a less-invasive implant approach for Medtronic’s HeartWare HVAD system, allowing the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to be placed through a small incision between the ribs. It is the first LVAD approved in the U.S. to be inserted with this technique, according to Medtronic.
Valsartan, a common drug used to control hypertension and heart failure, is being recalled in 22 counties due to concerns its active pharmaceutical ingredient, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a known carcinogen, poses a cancer risk.
July 11, 2018 | Imaging
Quantitative flow ratio (QFR) allows for the functional assessment of stenosis on par with fractional flow reserve (FFR) but doesn’t require a guidewire, an international group of researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
July 11, 2018 | Hypertension
A program designed to help hypertensive patients with complex medication regimens understand the drugs they are prescribed not only failed to improve adherence, but it actually raised their blood pressure.
July 11, 2018 | Hypertension
Black men and women have higher incidences of hypertension by the age of 55 compared to white men and women, according to a study published July 11 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Scientists are beginning to explore whether infusing heart tissue with mitochondria can restore function to oxygen-deprived cells after a heart attack. The technique has potential in both pediatric and adult patients, according to an article in The New York Times.
July 11, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
The American Red Cross declared an emergency blood shortage on July 9, calling for donations of all blood types—but especially type O—as the agency scrambles to make up for the Fourth of July holiday week.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a Grade I recommendation for screening peripheral artery disease (PAD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with the ankle-brachial index (ABI), indicating current evidence is insufficient to recommend screening without signs or symptoms of disease.
Blacks who survive in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) are 28 percent less likely to live to one year after discharge and 33 percent less likely to survive five years when compared to white counterparts, suggesting a disparity in follow-up care.
July 10, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Transgender women who initiate cross-sex hormone therapy are at an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and ischemic stroke, researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
July 10, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Blue-collar workers who cleaned up debris in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at double the rate of the general population, according to a study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.