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Cardiology

Current Status of Preventive Cardiology Training

Aug 16, 2012

Most cardiology training programs in the United States do not appear to adhere to basic preventive cardiovascular medicine Core Cardiovascular Training Symposium guidelines, according to survey findin...

Testosterone Promising in Heart Failure

Aug 16, 2012

A review of four small trials suggests that testosterone therapy appears to improve functional capacity in heart failure patients when compared with placebo. However, better powered randomized control...

Subclinical Hyperthyroidism-Associated Risks

Aug 16, 2012

Endogenous subclinical hyperthyroidism appears to be associated with increased risks of coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality and incident atrial fibrillation (AF). A large international investigatio...

Quitting Smoking: 10-Year Trends

Aug 15, 2012

The CDC analyzed data on smoking cessation among 27,157 United States adults between 2001 and 2010. The analysis revealed the following: ...

An Update on Diagnosing & Treating PAD

Aug 09, 2012

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common and dangerous condition that affects millions of Americans, especially those with a history of diabetes or smoking. Despite efforts to increase awareness ...

Conference Highlights: ASE 2012

Aug 09, 2012

New research was presented at ASE 2012, the American Society of Echocardiography’s 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions, from June 30 to July 3 in Maryland. The features below highlight just some of the ...

Examining Stroke Risks in Siblings

Aug 09, 2012

Siblings of individuals with a prior stroke appear to have a 60% higher risk of ischemic stroke when compared with stroke-free siblings regardless of gender, according to findings from a Swedish inves...

A New Endovascular Stent Graft

Aug 02, 2012

An endovascular stent graft (Zenith Fenestrated AAA Endovascular Graft, Cook Incorporated) has received marketing approval from the FDA for repairing abdominal aortic aneurysms. The graft can also be ...

TAVR Beneficial for Inoperable Severe Aortic Stenosis

Aug 02, 2012

Transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR) appears to reduce rates of death and hospitalization in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not suitable candidates for surgery, according to fin...

Examining the Neurologic & Cognitive Effects of CABG

Aug 02, 2012

Although the mortality rate associated with CABG has been declining, research suggests that patients who undergo these procedures are increasingly older and sicker. Risk factors for complications afte...

Analyzing Preventive CRT in the Elderly

Jul 26, 2012

Published studies have shown that the prevalence of congestive heart failure (CHF) increases as people age, rising from 2% to 3% in the total population to 10% to 20% after patients reach age 75. When...

Enhancing Communication on Stroke Risks in AF

Jul 18, 2012

Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects an estimated 2.3 million Americans every year, increasing their risk of stroke by nearly five times that of individuals without AF. To assess general awareness of and ...

2012 ADA Annual Scientific Sessions

Jul 18, 2012

New research was presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 72nd Scientific Sessions from June 8-12, 2012 in Philadelphia. The features below highlight just some of the studies that emerged fr...

Reducing VTE Risk After Hip & Knee Replacement

Jul 18, 2012

Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which encompasses deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is one of the most common reasons for readmission following primary hip or knee replacement surg...

CPAP Improves LV Function in OSA

Jul 18, 2012

British research suggests that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy appears to improve structural and functional changes in left ventricular (LV) function that result from moderate-to-se...

Cardiovascular Health Metrics Linked to Mortality

Jul 18, 2012

An investigation of a large, nationally representative sample of adult Americans suggests that the risk of total and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality appears to be lower in those who meet a grea...

A Look Back at Mortality Rates

Jul 18, 2012

A report from the CDC has found that the age-adjusted risk of dying decreased 60% from 1935 to 2010. The report, available at www.cdc.gov/nchs, reviewed changes in causes of death, risk of dying, the ...

Vitamin D & Mortality in Metabolic Syndrome

Jul 11, 2012

In patients with metabolic syndrome, both all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality appear to be substantially lowered in those with optimal 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) levels when compared wit...

Stroke & Atrial Fibrillation Risks Higher in RA

Jul 11, 2012

The incidence of atrial fibrillation and stroke appears to be higher for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) than the general population, according to a Danish study. Investigators noted that the ...

Revised Guidelines for Evidence-Based PCI

Jul 11, 2012

Over the last decade, significant advances and innovations have rapidly evolved in the use of PCI for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). The American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Hea...