Tag Archive: patients

Mar 21

Pericarditis and other forms of primary cardiac disease can occur at any time during the course of systemic lupus erythematosus

Pericarditis and other forms of primary cardiac disease can occur at any time during the course of systemic lupus erythematosus, and particularly in patients of African/Latin American ancestry, but antimalarial treatment can be protective. In a study in Rheumatology, compared with whites, the odds ratio for primary cardiac disease among African/Latin American patients on a …

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Feb 13

Which suggests that they do not require further testing.

A new study published online February 5, 2014 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has shed light on which low–risk patients who have inconclusive exercise ECG tests might safely avoid additional downstream imaging tests to detect potential CAD. Senior author Dr Ron Blankstein (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA said that patients …

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Feb 05

Diabetic patients in late middle–age receiving intensive anti–hypertensive therapy in a randomized trial in JAMA Internal Medicine showed the same rates of cognitive decline as those assigned to standard treatment

Diabetic patients in late middle–age receiving intensive anti–hypertensive therapy in a randomized trial in JAMA Internal Medicine showed the same rates of cognitive decline as those assigned to standard treatment. Among some 3,000 participants in the ACCORD study with no clinical evidence of cognitive impairment or dementia, those randomized to intensive blood pressure–lowering therapy showed …

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Feb 04

One in four patients who underwent recent diagnostic catheterizations in 18 New York state hospitals to detect suspected CAD

One in four patients who underwent recent diagnostic catheterizations in 18 New York state hospitals to detect suspected CAD were not appropriate candidates for this procedure, based on new criteria. In a study, among the patients who had undergone inappropriate diagnostic catheterization, 57% had no chest pain, no previous stress test, and a low to …

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Jan 28

Treating statin–intolerant patients with evolocumab (Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA)

Treating statin–intolerant patients with evolocumab (Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA) significantly lowers LDL–cholesterol levels, according to the top–line results of the GAUSS–2 study. Evolocumab is an investigational human monoclonal antibody for proprotein convertase subtilisin–kexin type 9 (PCSK9). The study included 307 patients who were unable to tolerate at least two different statins because of muscle–related side …

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Jan 24

Patients were classified as high, intermediate, or low risk for cardiovascular disease.

A screening approach that selectively uses laboratory-based cholesterol testing to assess cardiovascular risk is able to identify patients at risk for cardiovascular disease to a similar extent as a widely used risk model. The multistage primary cardiovascular disease screening approach, in which only patients first identified as at intermediate risk of cardiovascular events are sent …

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Jan 23

Statins may have a role in reducing mortality in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF)

Statins may have a role in reducing mortality in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). In pooled results of observational studies, statin use was associated with a 40%reduction in the risk of dying through up to 10 years of follow–up (RR 0.60, 95% CI 0.49–0.74), according to Xiao–Hong Huang, MD, PhD, of …

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Jan 13

patients in the Atrial Fibrillation and Congestive Heart Failure (AF–CHF)

A retrospective study of patients in the Atrial Fibrillation and Congestive Heart Failure (AF–CHF) trial suggests that four signs of congestion on physical examination—peripheral edema, jugular venous distension, a third heart sound, and pulmonary rales—offer useful prognostic information beyond that obtained from standard clinical, ECG, or echo parameters. Each sign of congestion was associated with …

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Jan 12

According to a retrospective study, when considering patients with acute strokes for endovascular therapy

According to a retrospective study, when considering patients with acute strokes for endovascular therapy, an MRI might help select those who will be most likely to benefit. A protocol that added MRI to the standard CT–based assessment was associated with a lower percentage of patients who underwent endovascular therapy (51.7% versus 96.6%, P

Jan 06

Routine screening is warranted for the first–degree relatives of patients

Routine screening is warranted for the first–degree relatives of patients who present with familial thoracic aortic aneurysm disease before age 60 years in the absence of predisposing conditions such as hypertension, Marfan syndrome, or bicuspid aortic valve, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association scientific sessions.

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