Cardiology

  • Macitentan boosts quality of life in PAH patients

    on January 13th, 2017
    FROM CHEST Macitentan, a recent addition to the drugs that treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), improves and stabilizes quality of life for patients with the condition, according to an industry-funded study. Macitentan (Opsumit) remains tremendously expensive, costing as much as $100,000 per[...]
  • LAA closure during cardiac surgery cuts late mortality

    on January 12th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Surgical left atrial appendage closure at the time of open heart surgery in patients with atrial fibrillation doesn’t decrease patients’ early or late risk of stroke, but it does substantially reduce their risk of late morta[...]
  • Nailfold analysis can predict cardiopulmonary complications in systemic sclerosis

    on January 12th, 2017
    FROM RHEUMATOLOGY Nailfold videocapillaroscopy can help to predict which patients with systemic sclerosis may develop serious cardiopulmonary complications, according to findings from a Dutch cross-sectional study. While individual autoantibodies seen in systemic sclerosis (SSc) are known to be asso[...]
  • Statin use increases risk of herpes zoster

    on January 12th, 2017
    FROM THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY Exposure to statins can significantly increase the odds of developing herpes zoster (HZ), according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. “The mechanisms by which statins may increase the risk of HZ are not established. As statins are c[...]
  • Cardiologist care for newly diagnosed A-fib improves outcomes

    on January 10th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients who see a cardiologist for their newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation are at significantly lower subsequent risk for ischemic stroke and death than those who receive their care exclusively from primary care physicians, a[...]
  • The Barbershop Study: Hypertension causes nocturia

    on January 10th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Uncontrolled systolic hypertension is a strong independent determinant of nocturia in middle-aged African American men, O’Neil Mason, MD, reported at the American Heart Association scientific sessions. This finding from the on[...]
  • High-intensity statins cut amputations and mortality in PAD

    on January 10th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – High-intensity statin therapy in patients with peripheral artery disease was associated with significant reductions in amputations as well as mortality during up to 5 years of follow-up in the first large study to examine the re[...]
  • Giant cell arteritis independently raises risk for venous thromboembolism

    on January 10th, 2017
    FROM ARTHRITIS & RHEUMATOLOGY The risk of venous thromboembolism increases markedly shortly before the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis regardless of glucocorticoid exposure, peaks at the time of diagnosis, and then progressively declines, according to a matched cohort review involving more tha[...]
  • ‘Weekend warrior’ exercise pattern sufficient to cut mortality

    on January 9th, 2017
    FROM JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE The “weekend warrior” exercise pattern – having one or two rather than five to seven leisure-time activity sessions per week – may be sufficient to reduce all-cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer mortality risks, according to a report published online Jan. 9 [...]
  • First-trimester blood glucose predicts congenital heart disease risk

    on January 6th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A single, random, first-trimester maternal plasma glucose measurement is superior to an oral glucose tolerance test later in pregnancy as a predictor of congenital heart disease in newborns, Emmi Helle, MD, reported at the Ameri[...]
  • Depression further boosts stroke risk in A-fib

    on January 5th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Depression increases the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, Bruno B. Lima, MD, reported at the American Heart Association scientific sessions. This novel finding from what’s believed to be the first prospecti[...]
  • VIDEO: ECG screen for cardiac disease in all youths is cost effective

    on January 5th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Results of a first-of-its-kind nationwide U.K. cardiac disease screening program in the general population of teens and young adults indicate that incorporating a 12-lead ECG alongside history and physical examination not only i[...]
  • Cardiovascular complications in pregnancy quickly boost future risk

    on January 5th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Women who experience peripartum cardiomyopathy or any of a variety of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are at sharply increased risk of acute MI, stroke, or new-onset heart failure beginning within just a few years, Rima Arna[...]
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