Acute Coronary Syndrome

A systematic review analyzing the cardiovascular impact of nearly two dozen armed conflicts has identified a link between war and an increased incidence of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular and endocrine diseases, and other risk factors among civilians.

A study out of Israel has concluded heart attack survivors with an active sex life are better off than their less-active counterparts in the years following an MI, Reuters Health reported August 1.

A gene wiped out by evolution a few million years ago might be the culprit behind humans’ apparent predisposition to heart disease, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found.

Researchers in Australia are in the process of converting a deadly local spider’s venom into a drug that could be used to reduce heart damage after an MI.

Men taking testosterone replacement therapy for age-related hypogonadism are at an increased risk for ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack and myocardial infarction, especially during their first two years of use, researchers report in the American Journal of Medicine

High-sensitivity cardiac troponin I assays, when considered in the context of appropriate thresholds, can identify and expedite triage of patients at varying levels of risk for myocardial infarction, a JACC study found.

A study of more than a quarter of a million heart patients in Canada has revealed statins are “significantly” underutilized to treat lipid abnormalities in individuals with and at risk for ASCVD.

Heavy air pollution in China could be contributing to a greater instance of coronary atherosclerosis among the country’s general population, according to research out of the University of Buffalo.

The Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares, a research foundation in Madrid, Spain, has coordinated the first international consensus document to streamline MRI protocol after myocardial infarction in clinical trials and experimental models.

A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association this month identified marriage as a predictor of better short- and long-term outcomes in patients with ACS, most notably male patients.

A recent study of autopsy data in Finland suggests nearly half of individuals who experience sudden cardiac death without a prior diagnosis of CAD actually had a history of silent MI—but that history wasn’t detected until after their deaths.

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.