Monthly Archive: August 2015

Aug 31

Focus should shift from calorie counting to promoting the nutritional value of foods to substantially cut illness and death from cardiovascular disease

Focus should shift from calorie counting to promoting the nutritional value of foods to substantially cut illness and death from cardiovascular disease and curb the rising tide of obesity, suggest experts in an editorial published in the online journal Open Heart.

Aug 31

Blood pressure control can be improved among patients with severe intolerance to antihypertensive medication by using medicines in unconventional ways and treating patients with a ‘stepped care’ approach

Blood pressure control can be improved among patients with severe intolerance to antihypertensive medication by using medicines in unconventional ways and treating patients with a ‘stepped care’ approach, suggests a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. The novel strategy involves fractional dosing with tablets (halving or quartering pills), liquid formulations of antihypertensive …

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Aug 28

Smokers who quit after having a heart attack have similar levels of chest pain and mental health as non-smokers

Smokers who quit after having a heart attack have similar levels of chest pain and mental health as non-smokers, suggested new research published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Aug 28

Atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter are rare in pregnant women with structural heart disease

Atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter are rare in pregnant women with structural heart disease, but these arrhythmias are associated with an increased risk of maternal death and low fetal birth weight, suggests a new study published in the August 2015 issue of JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Aug 27

White race is associated with a significantly higher risk of incident atrial fibrillation (AF)

White race is associated with a significantly higher risk of incident atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with blacks, and systemic inflammation contributes to a significant proportion of that heightened risk, suggested the Health ABC (Health, Aging and Body Composition) study, published in the August 2015 issue of JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Aug 27

The findings were published online August 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine

A randomized trial of community-dwelling seniors >75 years old with hypertension and only mild cognitive deficits revealed that stopping antihypertensive therapy for 16 weeks did not improve their short-term cognitive, psychological, or general function. The findings were published online August 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Aug 22

Working 55 or more hours a week is associated with an increased risk for stroke

Working 55 or more hours a week is associated with an increased risk for stroke, and the more hours put in at the workplace the greater the increase in risk, suggested a new meta-analysis published online August 20 in The Lancet. Additionally, long working hours were also associated with an increased risk for coronary heart …

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Aug 22

For patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)

For patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with surgical ablation, nearly 80% were free from the arrhythmia and two out of every three were free from AF without the use of antiarrhythmic medications at 5 years, suggested the results of a new analysis published online in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Aug 21

Psychosocial comorbidities experienced by patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Psychosocial comorbidities experienced by patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) not only affect RA morbidity but also increase the mortality associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), suggests new research published in Arthritis Care & Research.

Aug 21

Soon after patients are discharged from the hospital following acute heart failure (HF)

Soon after patients are discharged from the hospital following acute heart failure (HF), they often still have traditional symptoms of decompensated HF, including decreased well-being, fatigue and dyspnea, as well as lingering pain, anxiety, and depression, suggests a new study published online August 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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