Tag: heart

Image: PD  1. Longer duration of overall obesity and abdominal obesity were associated with higher degree of coronary artery calcification.  2. Delaying the onset of obesity in young adults may lower their risk of developing coronary artery disease in middle age.  Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent)  Study Rundown: Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is...
Image: PD 1. Patients aged 20-39 years with heart failure were more likely to be African American and obese than heart failure patients in older cohorts.  2. All young patients were less likely to show signs of peripheral edema, rales, and less likely to report dyspnea.  3. The most common etiology of...
Image: PD 1. Significantly lower non-urgent cardiovascular procedure rates existed among patients enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.  2. Geographic variations in cardiovascular procedure rates were equivalent in Medicare Advantage and Medicine Fee-for-service plans.  Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)  Study Rundown: As healthcare costs in the United States grow rampant and stress the...
Image: PD 1. Weight gain between 0 and 18 months of age is independently associated with childhood excess weight and poor cardiovascular health markers.  2. Breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months of life was associated with lesser weight gain.  Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)  Study Rundown: Researchers investigated the potential effect...
Image: PD 1. Dual-chamber implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) do not offer better outcomes with regard to mortality or readmission in the year following transplant.  2. Dual-chamber ICDs are associated with higher complication rates relative to single-chamber ICDs including increasing risk of complications requiring surgical revision.  Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)  Study Rundown: More complex...