Cardiology

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.

AED Drones May Potentially Increase Survival Rate of Outside-Hospital Cardiac Arrests

AED Drones May Potentially Increase Survival Rate of Outside-Hospital Cardiac Arrests

Data shows that drones overwhelmingly surpassed EMS times from dispatch, as well as on arrival.

Inconsistent Statin Guidelines Leave Many Clinicians Uncertain About Appropriate Use

Inconsistent Statin Guidelines Leave Many Clinicians Uncertain About Appropriate Use

Doctors and patients are often confused by conflicting advisories on statin use.

Men's Cardiovascular Health Shows No Benefit With Multivitamin Use

Men's Cardiovascular Health Shows No Benefit With Multivitamin Use

There was no evidence of benefit, even in men with poor nutritional status at baseline.

FOURIER Trial Reviewed: Are the Expensive PCSK9 Inhibitors Right for Your Patients?

FOURIER Trial Reviewed: Are the Expensive PCSK9 Inhibitors Right for Your Patients?

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At the current price of the drug, and lacking sufficient mortality data, treating patients for longer periods of time with expensive PCSK9 inhibitors is likely to result only in large profits for the company.

Global Heart Disease Burden Worsens with Limited Fruit, Vegetable Consumption

Global Heart Disease Burden Worsens with Limited Fruit, Vegetable Consumption

A new analysis finds that low consumption is linked to more lost years of healthy life.

Exercise Shown to Improve Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Prognosis

Exercise Shown to Improve Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Prognosis

"Simple interventions such as recreational exercise might hold the potential to improve disease course in the long run."

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