People with essential fructosuria, a rare genetic mutation, don’t have the enzyme needed to metabolize fructose, found in honey, fruits and vegetables. The benefit? Little to no risk of developing obesity or type 2 diabetes, reports Bloomberg.
August 16, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
Poor behavioral lifestyle is associated with incidences of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes within and across genetic risk groups, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
August 15, 2018 | Hypertension
A new study published in European Heart Journal found patients with stable or controlled coronary artery disease (CAD) who have a diastolic blood pressure reading of 80-89 mmHg may have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). A systolic blood pressure reading of 130-139 mmHg was not associated with an increased risk for CVD.
August 15, 2018 | Imaging
More frequent chest x-ray screenings of children with epicardial pacemakers may help identify those at risk of coronary artery compression, according to the authors of a study published online Aug. 13 in HeartRhythm.
August 15, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Normal daily doses of rivaroxaban (15 to 20 mg) are linked to triple the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) when compared to aspirin, according to a meta-analysis of five randomized trials published Aug. 13 in JAMA Neurology.
August 15, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
New research published in the European Heart Journal highlights how overall cerebrovascular disease deaths in Europe have declined. But that improvement has leveled off in some EU countries.
August 15, 2018 | Heart Failure
Originally thought to be a benign condition, Takotsubo syndrome is associated with long-term outcomes similar to acute coronary syndrome (ACS), researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. And in cases where Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is triggered by physical events, prognosis is even worse.
August 15, 2018 | Hypertension
Patients who were prescribed a single pill with low doses of three antihypertensive medications reached their blood pressure (BP) targets more often than those following a usual care plan, according to a randomized trial of 700 individuals from the Sri Lankan public health system.
August 15, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Revascularization techniques to treat primary critical limb ischemia (CLI) may be more cost-effective and associated with longer survival than primary major amputation, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
August 14, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Experimental gene therapies to treat hemophilia are still undergoing testing, but early results from clinical trials have both researchers and patients optimistic the condition can be cured once and for all.
August 14, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Maintaining an optimal body mass index (BMI), in addition to controlling other cardiovascular risk factors, may reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD) with critical limb ischemia (CLI), according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
August 14, 2018 | Imaging
A machine learning algorithm derived from thoracic phase signals can identify obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) with the same accuracy as existing functional tests, according to a study published Aug. 8 in PLOS One. The signals can be collected in about three minutes and don’t require the patient to exercise or be exposed to radiation, contrast media or pharmacological stress.
August 14, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
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 | Hypertension
Sodium intake is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) only in communities where the average intake is more than five grams per day, according to an update of the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study published in The Lancet.
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.