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Cardiology

Caring for STEMI: Age & Gender Differences

Dec 06, 2012

Results of a national study of more than 31,000 patients suggest that patients presenting with STEMI aged 45 and younger appear to have overall similar quality of care and in-hospital outcomes as thei...

Post-Discharge Mortality Trends After Initial AMI

Dec 06, 2012

Researchers in Massachusetts suggest that certain factors can be used to identify patients with initial acute myocardial infarctions (AMIs) who are at increased risk for post-discharge mortality. They...

Resuming Blood Thinner Use After a GI Bleed

Dec 06, 2012

Among patients with a warfarin-associated index gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding event, the decision to not resume warfarin within 90 days appears to be associated with higher risks for thrombosis and m...

Venous Thromboembolism Deadly in COPD Patients

Dec 06, 2012

Patients with COPD appear to be at increased risk of in-hospital and 30-day mortality following a diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to Massachusetts-based study. Among those diagnos...

Restless Legs Syndrome & CHD Among Women

Dec 06, 2012

American researchers suggest that women who have had physician-diagnosed restless legs syndrome (RLS) for at least 3 years have higher risks of coronary heart disease (CHD). When compared with women w...

High Blood Pressure: A Growing Problem in EDs

Dec 05, 2012

A recent analysis indicates that hypertension is a highly prevalent, significant issue for physicians nationwide, including those practicing in emergency medicine. Since 2001, the emergency department...

Exploring Variances in Dual-Chamber ICD Use

Dec 05, 2012

Each year in the United States, approximately 140,000 implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are implanted in cardiac patients. Physicians often face challenges when working with patients to d...

Disability After TIAs & Minor Stroke

Nov 29, 2012

Canadian investigators suggest that as many as 15% of patients who suffer transient ischemic attack (TIA) and minor strokes become disabled. Ongoing symptoms, diabetes, female gender, and CT/CT angiog...

PCI, CABG, & Risks of Post-Procedural Stroke

Nov 29, 2012

Coronary revascularization with CABG appears to be associated with increased stroke risk at 30 days and at about 1 year when compared with PCI, according to an international investigation. After CABG,...

Women & Peripheral Arterial Disease: A Call to Action

Nov 29, 2012

About 8 million people in the United States have peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition that, if left untreated, increases heart attack and stroke risks, severely limits walking ability, and cau...

Blood Pressure Screening Poor in Pediatrics

Nov 27, 2012

Efforts may be needed to better encourage providers to routinely screen patients aged 3 to 18 for hypertension, according to American investigators. Hypertension screening was performed in 35% of ambu...

Reviewing the Efficacy of Omega-3s in CVD Event Risk

Nov 27, 2012

A meta-analysis of 20 studies suggests that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids do not appear to be linked to lower risk of all-cause mortality, cardiac death, sudden death, myocardial infarction, or ...

Renal Denervation for Resistant Hypertension

Nov 27, 2012

Catheter-based renal denervation (RDN) appears to be a cost-effective strategy for resistant hypertension that may lower cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. In a study, recipients of RDN had an av...

New Report on Uncontrolled Hypertension

Nov 20, 2012

The CDC has found that nearly 90% of adults in the United States with uncontrolled hypertension have a usual source of healthcare and insurance. About 66.9 million adults had hypertension from 2003 to...

Resuscitation Efforts Impact Survival After Cardiac Arrest

Nov 20, 2012

Systematically increasing the duration of resuscitation in patients with cardiac arrest may improve survival, according to American investigators. The average duration of resuscitation was 12 minutes ...

FDA Approves Pump for Heart Failure Patients Awaiting Heart Transplant

Nov 20, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the HeartWare Ventricular Assist System, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), to support heart function and blood flow in patients with end-sta...

Anticoagulants & Preventing Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation

Nov 20, 2012

Depending on a patient’s comorbidities and history of prior cerebrovascular events, the rate of stroke among adults with atrial fibrillation (AF) varies widely, ranging between 1% and 20% annually. ...

Unrecognized Myocardial Infarction Common in Older Adults

Nov 19, 2012

The prevalence of unrecognized myocardial infarction (MI) by cardiac MRI appears to be higher than that of community-dwelling older adults. Icelandic researchers found that 9.7% of participants had re...

The Effect of Slightly Elevated Albumin

Nov 19, 2012

Any degree of measurable albuminuria appears to bear significant cardiovascular risk among normoalbuminuric patients with type 2 diabetes, according to results of a small study. Albuminuria levels of ...

Recommendations Unveiled for Obesity Screening & Management

Nov 19, 2012

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has release a recommendation statement on screening for obesity and managing the condition in adults. Available for free at http://annals.org, the stat...