• Consider switch to clopidogrel for DAPT early post ACS

    on May 22nd, 2017
    AT EuroPCR Paris (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A strategy of switching from prasugrel or ticagrelor to clopidogrel 1 month after percutaneous coronary intervention for acute coronary syndrome is superior to the guideline-recommended full 12 months of dual-antiplatelet therapy with either of the newer[...]
  • Novel Lotus valve outperforms CoreValve in REPRISE III

    on May 22nd, 2017
    AT EuroPCR Paris (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The investigational mechanically expandable Lotus valve system for transcatheter aortic valve replacement proved significantly more effective than the commercially available CoreValve platform in patients with severe aortic stenosis deemed at high or ext[...]
  • New heart failure guidelines prioritize prevention

    on May 18th, 2017
    The latest update to U.S. guidelines for heart failure management, released at the end of April , puts unprecedented emphasis on heart failure prevention and also shines a brighter light on patients at risk for developing heart failure – people with hypertension, diabetes, or coronary artery disea[...]
  • Study links photosensitizing antihypertensives to SCC

    on May 18th, 2017
    AT SID 2017 PORTLAND, ORE. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients prescribed photosensitizing antihypertensive drugs had a 16% increase in risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) in a large retrospective cohort study. These drugs include alpha-2 receptor agonists and loop diuretics, potassiu[...]
  • Strength plus aerobics equals fitness for obese older adults

    on May 17th, 2017
    FROM THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Physical performance measures increased by 21% in obese older adults who followed a combination aerobic and resistance exercise routine for weight management, based on data form 141 participants. The findings were published May 17 in the New England Journal o[...]
  • VIDEO: Sutureless aortic valve shows promise in IDE trial

    on May 17th, 2017
    AT THE AATS ANNUAL MEETING BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A new study highlights the success, safety, and effectiveness of a new sutureless aortic valve device in patients with severe symptomatic aortic valve stenosis (AS). The findings, reported at the annual meeting of the American Associatio[...]
  • Despite CVD risk, few internists screen for prior preeclampsia

    on May 16th, 2017
    AT ACOG 2017 SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Women who have preeclampsia are at increased risk for later cardiovascular disease, yet internists performing well-woman exams were unlikely to have asked their patients about a history of preeclampsia, a small study showed. Just 21 of 89 women wer[...]
  • CORRECTION: PPIs triple heart failure hospitalization risk in atrial fib patients

    on May 10th, 2017
    An article titled “PPIs triple heart failure hospitalization risk in atrial fib patients,” published on May 10, 2017, misstated references to proton pump inhibitors.[...]
  • PPIs triple heart failure hospitalization risk in atrial fib patients

    on May 10th, 2017
    AT HEART FAILURE 2017 PARIS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Unwarranted prescriptions for protein pump inhibitors tripled the rate at which patients with atrial fibrillation needed hospitalization for a first episode of acute heart failure, in a retrospective study of 172 patients at a single center in[...]
  • Muscle-related AEs reported in statin trial suggest ‘nocebo’ effect

    on May 10th, 2017
    FROM THE LANCET Patients are more likely to report muscle-related adverse events (AEs) with statin therapy if a trial is unblinded, according to an analysis of a large clinical trial. In the lipid-lowering arm of the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes trial (ASCOT-LLA), 10,180 patients were randomi[...]
  • Cushing’s appears to begin its cardiovascular effects during childhood

    on May 5th, 2017
    AT ENDO 2017 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Cushing’s disease may begin to exert its harmful cardiovascular effects quite early, a small pediatric study has found. Children as young as 6 years old with the disorder already may show signs of cardiovascular remodeling, with stiffer aortas and [...]
  • Game over: VTE is a risk in obese, sedentary teens

    on May 4th, 2017
    FROM ASPHO 2017 MONTREAL (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – It’s well known that airplane passengers, condemned to sit for endless hours in the claustrophobic cabins of the unfriendly skies, are at increased risk for venous thromboembolic events (VTEs). Less well documented, however, is the VTE risk enc[...]
  • Fewer adults unaware of their hypertension

    on May 4th, 2017
    Hypertension awareness has improved significantly in adults since 2002, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The percentage of adults aged 18-39 years who had hypertension but reported not being told about it by a health care provider dropped 36% from 1999-2002, when it was 48.3%,[...]
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