Acute Coronary Syndrome

Questioning older patients about their weight earlier in life could be a low-tech, low-cost way to better predict a person’s future risk of heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The holiday season is a time of merriment for families around the world, but amid the excitement comes a sobering result from a Swedish study: The incidence of heart attacks spikes around the holidays, particularly on Christmas Eve.

Women suffering ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI) wait on average 37 minutes longer than men to call for help, according to research published in the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care.

One MI survivor is raising awareness for heart attack symptoms in women after her Dec. 9 tweets about an unusual episode went viral.

Patients who present to the hospital with cardiogenic shock (CS) and are treated with an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) are more likely to survive if the device is implanted within an hour of CS onset, according to research published in the American Journal of Cardiology Dec. 4.

Individuals who live in greener neighborhoods might be less likely to develop heart disease and stroke than those residing in areas with fewer parks or green spaces, according to a Journal of the American Heart Association study published Dec. 5.

Results from a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health Nov. 27 suggest both miscarriages and a high number of births have a significant impact on women’s cardiovascular health, raising a mother’s risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), heart failure and even serious MI.

A man who says his nearly fatal myocardial infarction was triggered by January’s false missile alert in Hawaii is now suing the state and then-administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency for damages, CBS News reported.

People who are frail and older than 65 are at a 50 percent increased risk of major bleeding during hospitalizations for heart attack compared to nonfrail patients, according to research published Nov. 19 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Major cardiology associations joined forces to update the 2012 universal definition of myocardial infarction and standardize what constitutes a heart attack.

A machine learning-based risk calculator developed to assess an individual’s long-term risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) identified 13 percent more high-risk patients and recommended unnecessary statin therapy 25 percent less often than standard risk assessment tools in initial tests, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Results of the CIRT trial presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions dimmed hopes that low-dose methotrexate can reduce cardiovascular events but furthered researchers’ understanding of which inflammation-targeting therapies might succeed in that regard.