Acute Coronary Syndrome

Copayment vouchers for P2Y12 inhibitors modestly improved the likelihood that patients would continue taking the guideline-recommended medications for one year after myocardial infarction, according to a study published in JAMA. However, patients supplied with this financial assistance didn’t see a subsequent improvement in clinical outcomes.

ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) survivors covered by Medicaid have lower rates of revascularization and higher rates of in-hospital mortality than their counterparts with private insurance, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Sleeping less than six hours a night or experiencing poor-quality rest has been independently linked to an increased risk of subclinical multiterritory atherosclerosis, a team of Spanish researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Jan. 14.

A study published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology Jan. 14 suggests any physical movement, whether it’s short, long, intense or mild, counteracts the negative cardiovascular effects of sitting for long periods.

Elevated levels of cardiac troponin signal an increased risk of cardiovascular events even when the cause of that elevation is unknown, suggests a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

A study published Jan. 8 in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests patient adherence to statin therapy in the U.S. remains low, particularly among younger individuals, minorities and those recommended for high-intensity regimens.

Outpatient centers across three states may have upcoded patients from stable angina to unstable angina to mask their use of inappropriate percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to a report published Dec. 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The calcium-channel blocker nicardipine can effectively reverse coronary slow flow (CSF)—“an under-recognized cause of chest pain”—according to the authors of a study published online Dec. 15 in the Journal of Invasive Cardiology.

Patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) who struggle to pay their medical bills are at a higher risk for psychological distress, depression and a poor quality of life, according to research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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.