Cardiology

Drug Prices Seem Not to Be Influenced by Their Value

Drug Prices Seem Not to Be Influenced by Their Value

For commonly prescribed cardiovascular drugs, there is no evidence that drug prices are influenced by their value.

ASPREE Trial: Aspirin Associated With Higher Mortality, Hemorrhage Risk in Older Adults

ASPREE Trial: Aspirin Associated With Higher Mortality, Hemorrhage Risk in Older Adults

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The use of aspirin in healthy elderly patients as a preventative strategy was associated with no prolongation of long-term disability-free survival compared with placebo.

New Apple Watch Includes ECG App, Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Feature

New Apple Watch Includes ECG App, Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Feature

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The irregular rhythm notification feature analyzes pulse rate data to identify episodes of irregular heart rhythms.

Weighing the Risks: Is Fetal Intervention Ethical When Postnatal Outcome Is Uncertain?

Weighing the Risks: Is Fetal Intervention Ethical When Postnatal Outcome Is Uncertain?

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Choosing an appropriate treatment strategy is a difficult endeavor when no existing prediction criteria are available and postnatal outcomes are unclear.

DOJ Investigation Tied to Decreases in Inappropriate ICD Use at Investigated Hospitals

DOJ Investigation Tied to Decreases in Inappropriate ICD Use at Investigated Hospitals

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After a Department of Justice investigation, the rate of noncompliant implantable cardioverter-defibrillator use significantly decreased in the hospital setting.

EHR Tools Improve Medication Reconciliation in Hypertension

EHR Tools Improve Medication Reconciliation in Hypertension

Use of electronic health record tools in isolation improves medication reconciliation but does not improve systolic blood pressure among patients with hypertension.

Measuring Perceptions of Cardiology Among Internal Medicine Trainees

Measuring Perceptions of Cardiology Among Internal Medicine Trainees

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A recent study examined trends in career preference for and perception of cardiology among internal medicine trainees.

Medicaid-Insured Patients Less Likely to Receive Guideline-Recommended Treatment

Medicaid-Insured Patients Less Likely to Receive Guideline-Recommended Treatment

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Although the Affordable Care Act reduced the percentage of uninsured Americans from 20.3% to 12.6%, differences in quality of care still persist.

How Many Chances Are Too Many? Treating Recurrent Infective Endocarditis in IV Drug Users

How Many Chances Are Too Many? Treating Recurrent Infective Endocarditis in IV Drug Users

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How many second chances should a drug user get? As many as it takes for us — physicians, society, government, and the healthcare system — to get it right.

Smartwatch May Be Able to Passively Detect Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch May Be Able to Passively Detect Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch technology can be used to passively detect atrial fibrillation, although slight loss of sensitivity has been noted.

FDA: Smallest Mechanical Heart Valve Approved for Newborns

FDA: Smallest Mechanical Heart Valve Approved for Newborns

The device is approved for newborns or infants with diseased, damaged, or malfunctioning mitral or aortic heart valves.

Some Respiratory Infections Increase Risk for Acute Myocardial Infarction

Some Respiratory Infections Increase Risk for Acute Myocardial Infarction

Researchers observed a significant association between respiratory infections and acute myocardial infarction.

Prior Authorization Requirements Examined for PCSK9 Inhibitor Prescriptions

Prior Authorization Requirements Examined for PCSK9 Inhibitor Prescriptions

Prior authorization requirements are greater for PCSK9 inhibitors compared with other cardiometabolic drugs.

USPSTF Finds Insufficient Evidence for Nontraditional Factors in Assessing CVD Risk

USPSTF Finds Insufficient Evidence for Nontraditional Factors in Assessing CVD Risk

Current evidence is insufficient to assess the use of nontraditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease risk assessment.

Worry About Deportation Linked to Increased Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Worry About Deportation Linked to Increased Cardiovascular Risk Factors

High levels of worry about deportation in Mexican-origin women was associated with risk for higher body mass index, obesity, and blood pressure.

Updated Treatment Consensus Released for CPR

Updated Treatment Consensus Released for CPR

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The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation has provided their consensus on various aspects of CPR.

Acute Myocardial Infarction Mortality Rates Vary With Medicare Expenditure Growth

Acute Myocardial Infarction Mortality Rates Vary With Medicare Expenditure Growth

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Improvements for patients with myocardial infarction varied across hospitals and were associated with the diffusion of cost-effective care.

Wider Statin Use Could Improve Atherosclerotic CVD Prevention

Wider Statin Use Could Improve Atherosclerotic CVD Prevention

Guidelines that recommend statins for more people for primary prevention of atherosclerosis are more likely to prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events.

ACC Releases Guidelines to Optimize Treatment of HFrEF

ACC Releases Guidelines to Optimize Treatment of HFrEF

The new ACC guidelines examine 10 pivotal issues in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction.

AAFP Does Not Endorse Updated AHA/ACC Hypertension Guideline

AAFP Does Not Endorse Updated AHA/ACC Hypertension Guideline

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The AAFP found that there was more robust scientific evidence to support the 2014 guidelines.

USPSTF: Use of ECG Screening for the Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation, CVD Events

USPSTF: Use of ECG Screening for the Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation, CVD Events

The USPSTF has found insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of ECG screenings for atrial fibrillation in older adults, and screening with resting or exercise ECG is not recommended for preventing CVD events in low-risk adults.

General Practitioners Perform Ultrasound for Deep Vein Thrombosis Similarly to Vascular Experts

General Practitioners Perform Ultrasound for Deep Vein Thrombosis Similarly to Vascular Experts

General practitioners perform compression ultrasonography for diagnosis of DVT of the leg similarly to vascular experts.

Gender Bias Affects Clinical Decision-Making in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

Gender Bias Affects Clinical Decision-Making in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

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Cardiologists have varying degrees of implicit gender bias, which explains some of the gender differences in clinical decision-making for suspected CAD.

DOACs Beneficial for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

DOACs Beneficial for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

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Direct acting oral anticoagulants are more effective for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation.

State-Level Newborn Screening Policies Lower Infant Cardiac Death Rates

State-Level Newborn Screening Policies Lower Infant Cardiac Death Rates

Implementing state newborn screening policies for critical congenital heart disease decreased infant cardiac deaths.

ACC: Managing Acute Bleeding in Patients Taking Oral Anticoagulants

ACC: Managing Acute Bleeding in Patients Taking Oral Anticoagulants

The ACC has developed a decision pathway to guide management of acute bleeding in patients treated with oral anticoagulants.

Energy Drinks and the Heart: Are They Safe for Consumption?

Energy Drinks and the Heart: Are They Safe for Consumption?

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Most of these cases have been associated with drinking a large volume of energy drinks, and thus, individuals who regularly consume energy drinks should be advised to use them in moderation.

The HEART Score - How Do We Teach Old Docs New Tricks?

The HEART Score - How Do We Teach Old Docs New Tricks?

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The HEART score has again been shown to be a safe risk-stratification tool for chest pain, but it does not seem to do much for reducing hospital utilization and admissions.

Post-Acute MI Readmission Metric Not Linked to Improved Care or Outcomes, Expert Finds

Post-Acute MI Readmission Metric Not Linked to Improved Care or Outcomes, Expert Finds

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There are no data evaluating the association between this metric and quality-of-care measures or long-term clinical outcomes.

Weight Gain After Weight Loss and Its Associated Cardiovascular Risks

Weight Gain After Weight Loss and Its Associated Cardiovascular Risks

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We have data suggesting that patients with established coronary disease who have wide fluctuations in weight have a significantly higher risk for adverse cardiovascular outcomes.

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