Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants may be even more effective for treating women with atrial fibrillation (AFib) than men, suggests a real-world study from Hong Kong published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
July 11, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
The American Red Cross declared an emergency blood shortage on July 9, calling for donations of all blood types—but especially type O—as the agency scrambles to make up for the Fourth of July holiday week.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a Grade I recommendation for screening peripheral artery disease (PAD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with the ankle-brachial index (ABI), indicating current evidence is insufficient to recommend screening without signs or symptoms of disease.
July 10, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Transgender women who initiate cross-sex hormone therapy are at an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and ischemic stroke, researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
July 10, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Blue-collar workers who cleaned up debris in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at double the rate of the general population, according to a study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
July 09, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be dangerous for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) when taken on top of oral anticoagulants, suggests a post hoc analysis of the RE-LY trial published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The FDA’s rules preventing sexually active gay men from donating blood are discriminatory and based on outdated fears, a physician wrote in an op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times.
July 03, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
The Face, Arm, Speech and Time (FAST)-based public education, utilized in several countries to improve stroke symptom recognition, has not improved the response to transient ischemic stroke (TIA) and minor stroke in the United Kingdom, according to new research published July 2 in JAMA Neurology.
Nearly all transcatheter heart valves (THVs) leave debris following aortic valve replacement, reinforcing the potential for embolic protection devices to reduce the burden of silent brain infarctions and future strokes.
July 02, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
A former employee of the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Christus Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas, William George Davis is accused of introducing air into the arterial systems of multiple patients who were recovering from surgeries.
June 20, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Stroke 112 takes the same symptoms highlighted in "FAST" and gives them numerical designations: 1 uneven face (crooked mouth), 1 weak arm and 2 incoherent lips (slurred speech). These reminders can be applied to any language, whereas the meaning of FAST gets lost in translation.
June 20, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
In a recent study published in Stroke, researchers from Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta made the case that distal thrombectomy can be safely and effectively utilized in select patients.
June 20, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
The presence of cardiovascular comorbidities is associated with accelerated hearing loss in patients older than 80, suggesting those conditions could be treated to slow this age-related decline.
June 19, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
The incidence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) has dropped by more than 70 percent in the past few decades, ultimately shifting the benefit-to-harm balance of screening for the disease, researchers wrote in The Lancet.
June 18, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions during surgery are associated with double the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) over the ensuing 30 days, researchers reported in JAMA Surgery.
An early discharge strategy with rivaroxaban reduces hospital lengths of stay and healthcare costs for patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism (LRPE)—without compromising their safety—suggests a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine.
Vascular & Endovascular, Practice Management, Healthcare Economics & Policy
The 200 and 250 millimeter lengths of Medtronic’s IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon gained FDA approval to treat long superficial artery (SFA) lesions in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), the company announced June 15.
Vascular & Endovascular
New research suggests flavorings in electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes—including mint, vanilla, cinnamon and strawberry—can adversely affect endothelial cells, according to a study published June 14 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.
Vascular & Endovascular
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a research letter published June 11 in Circulation.
Vascular & Endovascular, Acute Coronary Syndrome
The first coagulation monitoring device with built-in Bluetooth technology is expected to be commercially available this summer to warfarin patients in the United States, according to device-maker Roche Diagnostics.
Vascular & Endovascular
Minorities, specifically blacks and Hispanics, are more than twice as likely to have a second intracerebral hemorrhage than white counterparts, according to a new study published in Neurology on June 6.
Vascular & Endovascular