Vascular & Endovascular

People who take popular heartburn drugs like Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium are vulnerable to death from cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and upper gastrointestinal cancer, according to new research published in The BMJ.

Smoking flavored e-cigarettes can have a detrimental effect on endothelial function, leaving e-cig users prone to poor vascular health and heart disease, researchers report in the June edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The popular anticoagulant dabigatran is no more effective than aspirin when it comes to preventing recurrent stroke in patients with a history of embolic events, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine May 16.

Researchers have linked a specific type of immune cell found in arterial plaque to increased probability of a stroke or mini-stroke.  

Fragmin (dalteparin sodium), a type of heparin that works as an anticoagulant, was approved by the FDA May 16 to treat symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) in pediatric patients aged one month and up.

A dietary supplement commonly used to relieve osteoarthritis and joint pain may also double as a cardioprotector, Tulane University researchers reported in The BMJ May 14.

Low-dose daily aspirin may be effective as a preventive therapy for heart patients with symptomatic atherosclerotic disease, but in the general population the drug’s risk of intracranial bleeding outweighs any CV benefits it may have, according to a study published May 13 in JAMA Neurology.

A team funded by the National Institutes of Health has succeeded in growing human acellular vessels—implantable, bioengineered human blood vessels—to replace damaged vasculature in patients with end-stage kidney failure.

Researchers at the University of Georgia have uncovered 27 new metabolites associated with arterial stiffness, according to work published in the American Journal of Hypertension.

The migraine medication galcanezumab might protect against adverse CV events in patients taking the drug for episodic headaches, according to research presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 2019 meeting in Philadelphia.

The American Heart Association, alongside the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and Tobacco-Free Kids, is throwing its support behind federal efforts to raise the tobacco sale age to 21 nationwide.

Antibiotic use—particularly regimens that last for two months or more—was linked to an increased risk of CVD in a recent study of nearly 36,500 older women.