Daily Archive: November 7, 2011

Nov 07

Do You Know

Leadless pacemakers are now on the way.  They use ultrasound or magnetic field technology. The pacemaker is expected to hit the market as near as 2014. The new pacemaker is roughly the size of a capsule. This is delivered to the right ventricle via a catheter where it then attaches to the surrounding tissue. This …

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Nov 07

Facts and figures in cardiology

NSAIDs increase BP by an average of 5mm Hg [Ann Intern Med 1994; 121:289-300]

Nov 07

Resistant hypertension is not synonymous with uncontrolled hypertension

Dr Asha Moorthy and Dr Jain T Kallarakkal The JNC 7 defines resistant hypertensionas failure to achieve goal BP (<140/90 mm Hg for the overallpopulation and <130/80 mm Hg for those with diabetes mellitusor chronic kidney disease) when a patient adheres to maximumtolerated doses of 3 antihypertensive drugs including a diuretic. This definition does not …

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Nov 07

Patients with eGFR < 45 present with more severe first MI

Dr Pradhan AK, Saran RK and group from department of cardiology, CSM Medical University, Lucknow Reduced renal function is a predictor of a more severe initial presentation of coronary heart disease. A declining estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was associated with an increasing likelihood of presenting with an acute myocardial infarction (MI) rather than stable …

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Nov 07

Metal detectors safe for pace maker patients

Metal detectors are safe for people with pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. In a simulation of airport screening, even prolonged swipes with hand-held metal detectors resulted in no device function abnormalities among the 388 patients tested by Clemens Jilek, MD, of the German Heart Center in Munich, and colleagues. [Nov. 1 issue of the Annals of Internal …

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