Cardiology

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Updated JNC 8 guidelines for antihypertensive drugs released

Image: PD  1. Unlike the JNC 7 guidelines, JNC 8 guidelines do not focus on the definition of hypertension and pre hypertension. Instead it aims...

Silent myocardial infarctions more common than previously assumed

Image: PD 1. The prevalence of silent myocardial infarction (MI) in patients referred for coronary artery disease (CAD) evaluation is higher than previously thought, approaching...

New ACC/AHA cholesterol guidelines emphasize the appropriate-level statin treatment

Image: PD 1. New clinical guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend statin use in certain patient...

[Physician Comment] An argument against hospital admission for heart failure

Jan 16th- Patients with heart failure experience high readmission rates, but receive only a limited range of interventions as in-patients. Image: CC/J.Heilman Study author Dr. Sean Collins,...

Remote ischemic preconditioning reduced myocardial injury in CABG patients

Image: PD  1. Remote ischemic preconditioning in CABG patients decreased myocardial injury in the first 72 hours after surgery. 2. All-cause mortality and rates of major...

New guidelines for stroke prevention in women highlight sex-specific risk factors

1. The 2014 American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) guidelines for preventing stroke in women highlight hypertension, atrial fibrillation and migraine...

Low diastolic blood pressure associated with higher mortality in chronic kidney disease

Image: PD 1.  Among US veterans with non-dialysis dependent chronic kidney disease, diastolic blood pressure lower than 70 mm Hg was associated with higher mortality...

The ALTITUDE trial: Aliskiren increases the risk of adverse events and stroke without any...

Image: CC Key study points:  There was no difference in the incidence of primary outcomes (cardiovascular death, cardiac arrest with resuscitation, nonfatal MI, nonfatal stroke, etc.)...

High serum bilirubin can be used as a prognostic marker for cardiovascular disease in...

Image: CC Key study points: High levels of serum bilirubin decrease the rates of cardiovascular events in both men and women who are about to start...

Ezetimibe (Zetia, Vytorin) use declining after ENHANCE trial publication in 2008

1. After the publication of the ENHANCE trial results, there was a significant decrease in the number of new initiations of ezetimibe therapy.  2. There...
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