Acute Coronary Syndrome

Visual estimations of the completeness of revascularization failed to predict subsequent cardiovascular events for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) who underwent stenting guided by fractional flow reserve (FFR), researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Cerner and Duke Clinical Research Institute have teamed up to develop a new CVD risk calculator app, the companies announced late this summer—a move they hope will improve shared decision-making between physicians and their patients.

Patients with sepsis are at a greater risk for heart attack and stroke in the four weeks following hospital discharge, research out of Taiwan has found, with more than half of all adverse CVD events in the ensuing six months occurring within 35 days of leaving the hospital. 

Chronic kidney disease is a marker of adverse outcomes in patients with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (non-STEMI), according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Cardiology. And even though percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary angiography (CAG) are linked to improved outcomes in those patients, they’re also drastically underutilized in clinical practice.

Fewer Americans smoked or were physically inactive in 2015-16 than four years earlier, but there were also fewer on “appropriate” aspirin therapy to prevent cardiovascular events, according to a Vital Signs report released by the CDC.

Internet searches for terms related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) spiked in winter months in Australia and the United States, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The search results were consistent with previously reported seasonal variations in CVD, suggesting they could eventually be used to predict disease incidence at the population level.

Research out of Denmark suggests diclofenac, the world’s most commonly consumed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), poses a major threat to heart health—more so than paracetamol or run-of-the-mill NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen.

A population health collaborative in San Diego County contributed to a 22 percent reduction in hospital admissions for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to new research published in Health Affairs. Compared to the rest of California—which saw an 8 percent drop in AMI admissions—the program was estimated to prevent nearly 4,000 hospitalizations and save $86 million in its first six years.

Heart attack and stroke patients could minimize their risk of a second infarction by consuming apocynin, an antioxidant close in chemical structure to vanilla, according to research out of Portland, Oregon.

A Bountiful, Utah, man is claiming the heart rate tracker on his smartwatch tipped him off to a serious problem that otherwise could have resulted in his death, Fox 13 in Salt Lake City reported this week.

Physicians estimate they’ll save 10,000 lives a year if sudden cardiac arrest patients are resuscitated with laryngeal tubes rather than conventional endotracheal intubation, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Major cardiology associations joined forces to define and standardize what exactly constitutes a heart attack, differentiating between myocardial infarction (MI) and “myocardial injury” while offering guidance on how to incorporate emerging imaging techniques and high-sensitivity troponin assays.