Cardiology

AHA/ACC Release Updated Guidelines for Cholesterol Management

AHA/ACC Release Updated Guidelines for Cholesterol Management

Updated cholesterol guidelines offer more personalized cardiovascular disease risk assessment.

ACC/AHA/HRS Release Updated Bradycardia Diagnosis and Management Guidelines

ACC/AHA/HRS Release Updated Bradycardia Diagnosis and Management Guidelines

The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society have released a guideline on the evaluation and management of patients with bradycardia and cardiac conduction delay.

Lack of Evidence Linking Statin Use and Non-CVD Outcomes Bodes Well for Current Recommendations

Lack of Evidence Linking Statin Use and Non-CVD Outcomes Bodes Well for Current Recommendations

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Statin use does not increase the risk of non-CVD outcomes or adverse effects in those using statins to reduce cardiac morbidity or mortality.

Heart to Heart: Challenges of Providing Cardiac Care Abroad

Heart to Heart: Challenges of Providing Cardiac Care Abroad

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Each year when Team Heart touches down in Kigali, Rwanda, they become one of the only medical groups in the country to offer heart surgery.

Advantages and Challenges of Community-Based Health Interventions Examined

Advantages and Challenges of Community-Based Health Interventions Examined

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Therapeutic lifestyle changes administered in a community setting can be effective in reducing blood pressure among black people with hypertension.

Disagreements in Blood Pressure Guidelines Lead to Physician, Patient Confusion

Disagreements in Blood Pressure Guidelines Lead to Physician, Patient Confusion

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Discord among international, organizational blood pressure guidelines have led to confusion between physicians and patients alike.

Smartwatch Algorithm Highly Effective for Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch Algorithm Highly Effective for Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

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The KardiaBand allows patients to collect an electrocardiogram (ECG) reading using their Apple Watch.

FDA: Medtronic Update Addresses Cybersecurity Issue With CIED Programmers

FDA: Medtronic Update Addresses Cybersecurity Issue With CIED Programmers

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The vulnerability is associated with using an internet connection to update software between the Medtronic CareLink and CareLink Encore Programmers (models 2090 and 29901) and the Medtronic Software Distribution Network (SDN).

Heart to Heart: Cardiologists React to Apple Watch Series 4 Heart Monitoring Features

Heart to Heart: Cardiologists React to Apple Watch Series 4 Heart Monitoring Features

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Apple's newest Series 4 Watch now comes complete with new health features that American Heart Association President Ivor Benjamin, MD, has called "game changing."

Research Gaps Linked to Limited Enrollment of Women, Minorities in Heart Failure Clinical Trials

Research Gaps Linked to Limited Enrollment of Women, Minorities in Heart Failure Clinical Trials

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Older patients, women, and racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented in the majority of heart failure (HF) clinical trials.

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.

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