Daily Archive: November 17, 2011

Nov 17

CIMT can risk stratify intermediate risk patients

Available evidence has effectively demonstrated that assessment of subclinical atherosclerosis does indeed have incremental value for CV risk stratification as compared to traditional CV risk factors alone. It helps clinicians to more effectively identify the vulnerable patient who would benefit from aggressive intervention, reports Dr Ravi Kasliwala nd groiup from Medanta in the forthcoming CSI …

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Nov 17

Troponin I helpful in stratifying patients with cardiomyopathy

Troponin I may reflect microscopic abnormalities associated with Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy like progressive myocytic degeneration, programmed myocyte death (apoptosis) and necrosis. Shibu A and group from LPS institute of cardiology Kanpur has shown that the recognition of persistently elevated TnI concentrations in DCM is important because it identifies patients with more symptoms and adverse prognoses.

Nov 17

Do not ignore ECG noise

MERLIN-TIMI36 trial : Certain ECG signals that were once considered noise are associated with a higher risk of death following a non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTEMI ACS), said Zeeshan Syed, PhD, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in Science Translational Medicine. The three computational biomarkers are: • Morphologic variability, which assesses myocardial …

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Nov 17

Nocturnal ACS Linked to Belly Fat, Disordered Sleep

Nighttime acute coronary syndrome (ACS) occurred significantly more often ( tow third) in patients with visceral fat accumulation ( AC > 100) and sleep-disordered breathing. Ported reports a study in the American Journal of Cardiology

Nov 17

AHA News (ORLANDO)

1. AHA: Surgeon on Board Not Necessary for Elective PCI: Short-term elective angioplasty and stenting outcomes are similar for experienced centers whether they have on-site cardiac surgery backup or not, according to a late-breaking clinical trial. 2. Rivaroxaban Cuts Heart Attack Mortality: Adding the oral anticoagulant rivaroxaban to standard therapy after a myocardial infarction or …

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Nov 17

Statins may worsen asthma

Statins might worsen asthma control, researchers said here at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting. Statin influence allergic inflammation with immunomodulatory activities, said lead author Safa Nsouli, MD, director of the Danville Asthma and Allergy Clinic in California. These include the down regulation of the T helper (TH)1 phenotype …

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Nov 17

Facts and figures in cardiology

CAD manifests almost 10 years earlier on average in Indians compared with the rest of the world. (Circulation 1998, 97: 596-601)