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Air pollutants harm heart structure, function

June 23, 2017

Higher exposure to fine particulate matter was associated with significantly larger left ventricular volumes and lower ejection fraction, according to data presented at EuroCMR in Prague.

“There is strong evidence that particulate matter emitted mainly form diesel road vehicles is associated with increased risk [for MI], HF and death,” Nay Aung, MD, a cardiologist and Wellcome Trust research fellow at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University, London, said in a press release. “This appears to be driven by an inflammatory response — inhalation of fine particulate matter causes localized inflammation of the lungs followed by a more systemic inflammation affecting the whole body.”

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CANTOS: Canakinumab reduces risk for major CV events in patients with MI, inflammatory atherosclerosis

June 22, 2017
In patients with prior MI and inflammatory atherosclerosis, canakinumab in combination with standard-of-care therapy reduced risk for major adverse CV events, according…
In the Journals

Breast-feeding may lower risk for CVD, stroke

June 21, 2017
Women who breast-fed had a lower risk for CVD and stroke compared with women who never breast-fed, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart
In the Journals

YEARS: Diagnostic algorithm reduces unnecessary radiation in suspected PE

June 21, 2017
Patients diagnosed with pulmonary embolism using an updated algorithm had a decrease in CT pulmonary angiography examinations, according to a study in The
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Air pollutants harm heart structure, function

June 23, 2017
Higher exposure to fine particulate matter was associated with significantly larger left ventricular volumes and lower ejection fraction, according…

Perspective

CANTOS: Canakinumab reduces risk for major CV events in patients with MI, inflammatory atherosclerosis

June 22, 2017
In patients with prior MI and inflammatory atherosclerosis, canakinumab in combination with standard-of-care therapy reduced risk for major adverse…

In the Journals

Breast-feeding may lower risk for CVD, stroke

June 21, 2017
Women who breast-fed had a lower risk for CVD and stroke compared with women who never breast-fed, according to a study published in the Journal of

In the Journals

YEARS: Diagnostic algorithm reduces unnecessary radiation in suspected PE

June 21, 2017
Patients diagnosed with pulmonary embolism using an updated algorithm had a decrease in CT pulmonary angiography examinations, according to a study…

In the Journals

Healthy vascular aging possible with favorable lifestyle

June 20, 2017
Healthy arterial aging is possible in adults younger than 70 years, despite confounding factors of a Western lifestyle, so targeting modifiable…

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USPSTF recommends screening for obesity in children, adolescents

June 20, 2017
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents aged at least 6 years and offer or…

In the Journals

Many patients nonadherent to antihypertensive treatment

June 20, 2017
About one-third of adults with hypertension are not adhering to their antihypertensive medications, according to data from European populations. …

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Elevated stroke, myocardial infarction risks found for patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis

June 20, 2017
MADRID — ANCA-associated vasculitis demonstrated a significant association with stroke risk and a trend toward myocardial infarction, according…

In the Journals

Short-term DAPT after PCI with DES deemed safe, but further study needed

June 19, 2017
After implantation of a drug-eluting stent with a biodegradable abluminal coating, 6-month dual antiplatelet therapy was noninferior to 18 months of…

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Aspirin fails to benefit certain patients with stable atherosclerosis

June 19, 2017
An observational analysis of outpatients with stable atherosclerosis indicated that aspirin fails to benefit those with no prior ischemic events…

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