CMS on July 2 announced its finalized national coverage policy for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring—one that extends coverage to patients with suspected masked hypertension and aligns CMS’ BP thresholds with the latest society guidelines.
A lack of formal training in nutrition could significantly limit how physicians practice, according to an editorial published in JAMA Internal Medicine this month, in some cases leading them to recommend risky treatments to patients in lieu of dietary counseling that might be just as effective.
A bariatric surgeon at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is advocating for a new set of clinical guidelines that would extend eligibility for weight loss surgery to thousands more patients struggling with their weight.
A study on the effect of different sedentary behaviors on CV health has pinned binge-watching television as a more harmful activity than sitting at a desk job, though the negative effects of both can potentially be reversed with exercise.
Patients with aortic stenosis who undergo SAVR live on average 1.9 years less than the general population, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Though it’s guideline-directed to assess acute MI patients with echocardiography following a heart attack, hospitals that follow that rule incur greater costs and lengths of stay than those that employ echo more selectively, a recent study found.
Fear-based “fake news” about statin therapy is driving non-adherence to the drugs in the U.S., according to an editorial published in JAMA Cardiology June 26, fostering a culture of mistrust and misinformation that could easily deter heart patients from a treatment that might be beneficial to them.
The Affordable Care Act increased access to healthcare and health insurance for millions of Americans after it was first implemented five years ago. But for CVD patients in particular, some experts argue the law is falling short.
Body fat distribution could be a key predictor of heart disease risk in postmenopausal women, according to a July 1 study that found “apple”-shaped women are more prone to CVD than their “pear”-shaped counterparts.