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Prescription fish oil dramatically reduces heart problems

March 20, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — In patients with a high risk for CV events despite taking statins, a 4-g dose of icosapent ethyl, a pharmaceutical-grade omega-3…
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Sacubitril/valsartan benefit in acute HF confirmed in extension study

March 16, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — In the PIONEER-HF extension study of sacubitril/valsartan in patients with acute HF, the therapy was associated with reductions…
In the Journals

Genetics may influence effects of vitamin E on risk for cancer

March 8, 2019
Genetic variations in the catechol-O-methyltransferase gene appeared to influence whether vitamin E supplements decreased or increased the risk for…
Cover Story

New trial data show mixed findings for omega-3s

Cardiology Today, March 2019
The growth in popularity of omega-3 supplementation — typically a combination of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid — follows…
In the Journals

High urinary oxalate excretion intensifies CKD progression

March 5, 2019
Higher urinary excretion of oxalate increased the risk for chronic kidney disease progression and end-stage renal disease, according to research…
In the Journals

Comorbidities, secondary prevention more likely in Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with CAD

February 22, 2019
Patients who were Medicare Advantage beneficiaries had more comorbidities compared with patients who were fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries…
In the Journals

Sepsis present in more than half of hospital deaths

February 22, 2019
In United States hospitals, sepsis was a leading cause of death; however, most deaths were not preventable through better hospital care, according to…
Meeting News

Conservative management becomes most common approach for low-risk prostate cancer

February 12, 2019
Conservative prostate cancer management with active surveillance or watchful waiting increased significantly between 2010 and 2015 among men with…
In the JournalsPerspective

Anti-inflammatory psoriasis agents could reduce coronary artery plaque

February 5, 2019
Anti-inflammatory biologic therapy for treatment of severe psoriasis reduced coronary artery plaque, raising questions about whether such agents…
In the Journals

TAVR, surgical AVR confer functional decline in older patients with frailty

February 4, 2019
Older patients with severe frailty who underwent transcatheter or surgical aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis had an increased risk for…
In the Journals

CABG no better than PCI in CKD

January 31, 2019
The presence of chronic kidney disease in patients with diabetes appears to attenuate the benefits of CABG over PCI, although researchers found a…

Medical Therapies Provide Options for PAD Treatment

Cardiology Today's Intervention, January/February 2019
In recent years, data have emerged showing a variety of medical therapies can improve outcomes of patients with peripheral artery disease. In…
In the JournalsPerspective

Aspirin increases risk for major bleeding, decreases CV risk in those without CVD

January 22, 2019
Patients without CVD who took aspirin has a decreased risk for CV events and an increased risk for major bleeding, according to a meta-analysis…

Dextromethorphan-quinidine: What PCPs need to know

January 18, 2019
The FDA approved combined dextromethorphan hydrobromide and quinidine sulfate for the treatment of pseudobulbar affect, a condition characterized by…
In the Journals

At-home hypertension program may control BP in 7 weeks

January 18, 2019
Most patients who were treated for hypertension by a home-based BP control program that was run by nonphysicians achieved BP control in an average of…
In the Journals

Spironolactone effective as HFpEF treatment regardless of kidney function, but safety less clear

January 17, 2019
The efficacy of spironolactone in patients with HF with preserved ejection fraction was consistent across the range of kidney function, although…
In the Journals

Genetic factor may identify patients at risk for spontaneous coronary artery dissection

January 17, 2019
The first genetic risk locus for spontaneous coronary artery dissection has been identified, according to a study published in the Journal of the
In the Journals

Medicaid expansion fails to affect acute MI outcomes

January 16, 2019
Among low-income patients with acute MI, residing in a state with Medicaid expansion had no effect on quality of care or outcomes, according to new…
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Less than 6 hours of sleep per night increases atherosclerosis risk

January 14, 2019
Elevated risk for subclinical multiterritory atherosclerosis occurred in patients with short sleep time or fragmented sleeping, according to findings…
In the Journals

Aspiration thrombectomy use declined over time with small excess risk

January 11, 2019
The use of aspiration thrombectomy during primary PCI in patients with STEMI declined by more than 50% since 2011, and since then, there was small…