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Primary care physicians can help prevent, reverse cardiovascular diseases

Primary care physicians can help prevent, reverse cardiovascular diseases
May 26, 2017

Cardiovascular disease has become the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 31% of all deaths, or 17.5 million fatalities, globally in 2012, according to WHO.

In 2016 USPSTF released guidelines recommending statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults. However, many experts have argued that addressing upstream causes of cardiovascular disease might be a better option. Especially since in some patients, statins cause side effects ranging from muscle achiness to gastrointestinal distress, liver toxicity and even rhabdomyolysis, a potentially life threatening breakdown of muscle tissue.

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Infections, chronic hypertension increase risk for stroke in women with preeclampsia

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Differences in CVD mortality rates between US counties decline, but still significant

May 25, 2017
Ischemic heart disease and stroke mortality rates significantly differed in counties throughout the United States, according to a study in JAMA. Less substantial…
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Primary care physicians can help prevent, reverse cardiovascular diseases

May 26, 2017
Cardiovascular disease has become the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 31% of all deaths, or 17.5 million fatalities, globally in…

In the Journals

Infections, chronic hypertension increase risk for stroke in women with preeclampsia

May 25, 2017
Chronic hypertension, infections, underlying prothrombotic conditions and coagulopathies increased risk for pregnancy-associated stroke in women with…

In the Journals

Differences in CVD mortality rates between US counties decline, but still significant

May 25, 2017
Ischemic heart disease and stroke mortality rates significantly differed in counties throughout the United States, according to a study in JAMA

Meeting News

Obstructive sleep apnea could lead to atrial fibrillation

May 25, 2017
Patients with obstructive sleep apnea may be at greater risk for atrial fibrillation, according to findings recently presented at the American…

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Less sleep may increase mortality risk in adults with metabolic syndrome

May 24, 2017
In individuals with metabolic syndrome, short sleep duration during a 1-night sleep lab was associated with increased risk of mortality vs. those…

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Statins yielded no benefit for primary cardiovascular prevention in older adults

May 22, 2017
Among patients aged 65 years and older, there was no difference in all-cause mortality or cardiovascular outcomes between pravastatin and usual care…

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Respiratory infections linked to nearly 20-fold increased risk for myocardial infarction

May 22, 2017
The risk for myocardial infarction is 17 times higher in the 7 days following a respiratory infection, according to research recently published in…

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Chantix, bupropion, safe in patients with COPD

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Patients with chronic lung disease who used Chantix — an agent approved to help stop smoking by addressing tobacco dependence — showed…

Encourage patients to ‘know their numbers’ on World Hypertension Day

May 17, 2017
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Cholesterol screening in young adults requires targeted approach

May 15, 2017
In the absence of smoking or hypertension, women younger than 40 years and men younger than 50 years have a minimal risk of atherosclerotic…

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