Tag Archive: Cardiology

Sep 04

The use of high–dose statin therapy in STEMI patients undergoing primary PCI for an infarct–related artery significantly decreases plaque burden in the non–infarct–related coronary arteries,

The use of high–dose statin therapy in STEMI patients undergoing primary PCI for an infarct–related artery significantly decreases plaque burden in the non–infarct–related coronary arteries, suggest the results of the new Integrated Biomarker Imaging Study (IBIS–4). The study was presented at the European Society of Cardiology 2014 Congress.

Aug 14

The results are reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The identification of high–risk plaque features using noninvasive CT imaging is a useful and independent predictor of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in patients presenting to emergency departments with acute chest pain. According to findings from a substudy of the Rule Out Myocardial Infarction/Ischemia Using Computer–Assisted Tomography II (ROMICAT–II) trial, the presence of high–risk plaque features …

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Jul 31

When a runner collapses and dies during a marathon, it’s the heat, and not the heart, that is to be blamed.

When a runner collapses and dies during a marathon, it’s the heat, and not the heart, that is to be blamed. A new study, published in the August 5 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that life–threatening cardiac events are extremely rare during endurance events and individuals more likely suffer …

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May 31

A new study published online May 29 in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology has pointed that patients treated with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)

A new study published online May 29 in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology has pointed that patients treated with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) who do not receive follow–up within 12 weeks may have a significantly increased risk of mortality.

Apr 06

A study presented at the American College of Cardiology 2014 Scientific Sessions states

A study presented at the American College of Cardiology 2014 Scientific Sessions states that metformin is of no help when given to patients without diabetes who had just suffered an ST–segment acute MI (STEMI). The drug does not preserve left ventricular ejection fraction [LVEF] after STEMI compared with placebo in those without diabetes. The study …

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Mar 30

A new guideline by the American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC),

A new guideline by the American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC), and Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), in collaboration with the Society of Thoracic Surgery, on atrial fibrillation (AF) has put forward a more precise stroke–risk calculator and described the correct time to use aspirin, novel oral anticoagulants, and catheter ablation. The guideline …

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Feb 19

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has reaffirmed its recommendation against screening asymptomatic adults in the general population for carotid artery stenosis. After an updated review of the evidence, the USPSTF concluded “with moderate certainty that the harms of screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis outweigh the benefits.” The recommendation against screening is consistent …

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Feb 16

A screening test for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC)

A screening test for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) designed specifically for children may be more accurate for them than tests for adults, according to a new retrospective cross–sectional study. In the largest pediatric single–center study to determine echocardiogram (ECG) criteria for HC screening, the voltage criterion based on pediatric data out–performed criteria based on adult data. …

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