Tag: family medicine

1. An opportunistic screening protocol for atrial fibrillation was not found to improve diagnostic rates, compared to usual care. Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent) Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a cardiac arrhythmia that increases in prevalence with age. AF can also lead to cardiovascular conditions such as stroke and heart failure. Although...
1. A 6% risk reduction for developing hypertension was associated with a 1-point improvement in Life’s Simple 7 score, a metric for cardiovascular health. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Hypertension is a condition that affects roughly half of the adult US population, and is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease...
1. Depressive symptoms were associated with increased incident cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality across multiple countries and communities at varying stages of economic development. 2. The strength of the association was highest in populations living in urban areas. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Depression has been shown to be associated with increased...
1. Mailers and telephone reminders together significantly increased the likelihood of completing cardiac rehabilitation at 12 months among individuals who have experienced a myocardial infarction. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Secondary prevention following a myocardial infarction (MI) is important to reduce subsequent morbidity and mortality. Though recommended drug regimens and cardiac...
1. Across 56 randomized controlled trials with 4,060 participants, psychosocial interventions were significantly associated with improved immune system function. 2. Immune system improvements persisted for at least six months post-treatment. Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent) Study Rundown: Inflammation-related diseases account for a large portion of global mortality. Many RCTs have focused on...