Cardiology

Reports of high-impact cardiology studies by medical professionals

Algorithm safely rules out pulmonary embolism in pregnant women

1. A diagnostic model based on D-dimer measurement, lower limb compression ultrasonography (CUS) and computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) accurately ruled out pulmonary embolism...

Intensive blood pressure lowering favored to not induce kidney disease, contrary to prior research

1. Patients managed with intensive blood pressure reduction were found to have significantly greater decreases in kidney damage biomarkers compared to standard blood pressure...

Wearable cardioverter-defibrillators do not reduce mortality within 90 days of myocardial infarction

1. Patients with an acute myocardial infarction (MI) and ejection fraction less than 35% did not have reduced incidence of arrhythmic death within 90...

Superwarfarin contaminants found in synthetic cannabinoid-associated coagulopathy outbreak

1. During one month at a single medical center in Illinois in 2018, 34 cases of synthetic cannabinoid associated coagulopathy were identified. 2. Of...

Southern diet may be largest factor leading to higher rates of hypertension in US...

1. In this prospective cohort study, the higher rate of hypertension in black patients than white patients was most strongly influenced by a Southern...

Atorvastatin loading before percutaneous coronary intervention improves outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome

1. In this prespecified secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial, patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who received a loading dose of atorvastatin...

Current guidelines may not provide adequate instruction for prescribing anticoagulation in patients with atrial...

1. Significant variation in benefit per person was observed depending on stroke rates utilized in current guidelines. 2. The greatest population benefit was shown when...

Lorcaserin does not increase rate of cardiovascular events in overweight or obese patients

1. At a median follow-up of 3.3 years, rates of composite cardiovascular events in at-risk overweight or obese patients treated with lorcaserin were not...

Addition of CT angiography to standard care for stable chest pain reduces mortality due...

1. Patients with stable chest pain referred to a cardiology clinic who received standard care plus coronary CT angiography (CTA) experienced lower 5-year rate...

Transcranial direct current stimulation linked to improved object naming post-stroke

1. In this randomized trial of patients with aphasia, use of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (A-tDCS) demonstrated improved object naming compared to sham...

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