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Atrial Fibrillation: A Welcome Guideline Update

Atrial Fibrillation: A Welcome Guideline Update | Feature

Experts in cardiology have released an updated guideline on the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Applying these guidelines in an effective, patient-centered way may help decrease the public health burden of AF.

Cardiac Biomarker Testing in the ED

Cardiac Biomarker Testing in the ED | Feature

Cardiac biomarker testing in the ED is common, even among those without symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndromes. Such testing is also frequently used during visits with a high volume of other tests or services. Efforts are needed to use cardiac biomarkers more appropriately.

Rx Pain Drugs Surveying Practices & Beliefs

Rx Pain Drugs Surveying Practices & Beliefs | Opinion Article

According to current estimates, the clinical use of prescription opioids nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010. As more patients have been prescribed these medications, there has been an increase in the incidence of opioid abuse, addiction, injury, and death. “More recently, the medical community has started to pay greater attention to the mounting epidemic of prescription opioids,” says G.…

Opioid Use & Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

Opioid Use & Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty | Opinion Article

Reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA), a procedure designed for treating diseased rotator cuff tears with arthritis, can be used to improve function and provide pain relief. Opioids are being used more commonly as a non-surgical approach for these patients, but little is known about outcomes for RSA in individuals with a history of preoperative opioid use.…

Elective PCI: Examining How Information is Presented

Elective PCI: Examining How Information is Presented | Feature

Most patients with mild, stable angina assume that PCI prevents heart attacks and are likely to choose the procedure, according to published research. Explicit and explanatory information may help overcome potential biases and influence decision making for elective PCI.

Dealing With the Aging Surgeon

Dealing With the Aging Surgeon | Feature

Rather than push for mandatory retirement ages for surgeons, innovative programs for aging surgeons may help balance patient safety and liability risks with the dignity of the surgeon and their value as a resource to society.

Hypertension Trends in the U.S.

Hypertension Trends in the U.S. | Opinion Article

Healthy People 2020 is a national initiative that was launched in 2010 and outlines 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. Reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease is part of the initiative, and Healthy People 2020 established the following goals for adults in the United States regarding blood pressure (BP) control.…

Analyzing the Appropriate Use of Statins

Analyzing the Appropriate Use of Statins | Opinion Article

Recently, the recently American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) updated their cholesterol guidelines, which shifted away from a focus on treating to target LDL cholesterol levels and toward minimizing global cardiovascular risk. The updated ACC/AHA guidelines substantially broadened the number of people for whom statins are recommended, primarily by enlarging the eligible population to those with lower levels of cardiovascular risk.…

Illustrating the Importance of Cholesterol

Illustrating the Importance of Cholesterol | Feature

Recent survey results show that the majority of Americans are not sure of or do not recall their LDL-cholesterol levels. Communication between patients and physicians must improve, and other healthcare providers should be trained to convey the risks of high cholesterol to enhance patient education and understanding.

Ethical Pain Management in the ED

Ethical Pain Management in the ED | Opinion Article

According to published reports, up to 75% of ED patients present with pain-related complaints, and more than half come to the ED with severe or moderate pain. Pain management is a fundamental component of emergency medicine, but there are barriers to providing effective pain control in the ED.…

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