Cardiology

New Opioid Use in Older Adults with COPD Associated with Increased Risk of Cardiac Death | News Brief

Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who recently started using opioids have an increased risk of coronary artery disease-related death compared to non-opioid users, researchers at

Managing Risk Associated with Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices Used in Cardiac Surgery | Feature

Between 2010 and 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 32 Medical Device Reports of patient infections associated with heater-cooler devices and 25 of these cases were reported during 2015 alone.

Hospitalizations for Heart Failure on the Decline; Disparities Remain for Blacks and Men | News Brief

The number of people hospitalized for heart failure in the United States declined about 30 percent between 2002 and 2013, but large disparities between blacks vs. whites

Follow-Up & Drug Adherence After Acute Myocardial Infarction | Feature

Older patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appear to have poorer adherence to their post-discharge medication regimens if they go longer periods of time before being followed up. Delaying outpatient follow-up after AMI may worsen outcomes for this patient group.

Health Insurance Expansion via Obamacare Linked to Fewer Cardiac Arrests | News Brief

A sudden catastrophic loss of heart function, or cardiac arrest, occurred significantly less among adults who acquired health insurance via the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to

Youth Tobacco Product Use, Including E-Cigarettes, Drops During 2015-2016 | News Brief

The number of middle and high school students who say they are current tobacco users – defined as having used a tobacco product in the past 30

One in Six Taking Blood-Thinning Drugs May Not Be Getting Right Dose | News Brief

Almost 1 in 6 of the millions of Americans on the new blood-thinning medications for atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition characterized by an irregular and often

Personalizing Coronary Artery Disease Diagnosis | News Brief

Coronary artery disease (CAD) causes one in seven deaths among Americans, and diagnosis can be challenging. To provide the most appropriate care pathways, helpful and convenient testing

#PWChat: Personalizing Coronary Artery Disease Diagnosis & Care | News Brief

Andrew Waxler, MD, will co-host a tweetchat with PW on July 26, at 9:00pm ET on the personalizing of coronary artery disease diagnosis and care.

Acute Kidney Injuries & CABG | Feature

Patients who develop an acute kidney injury (AKI) during CABG appear to have significant morbidity and mortality risks. Considering these effects, clinicians should proactively identify at-risk patients and implement appropriate AKI risk-reducing strategies.

Assessing Oral Anticoagulant Prescription for Atrial fibrillation | Feature

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, affecting nearly 25% of people aged 40 and older, and its prevalence in the United States is projected to increase to about 5.6 million Americans by 2050.

Enhancing Cardiac Rehabilitation | Feature

National guidelines recommend that patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) be referred to cardiac rehabilitation (CR), in which patients receive education and counseling on physical exercise, blood

Smaller Dose Combos of Blood Pressure Meds May Be Effective with Fewer Side Effects | News Brief

Quarter-dose combinations of blood pressure lowering medications appear to be effective in treating hypertension and result in fewer side effects for patients than a single dose of

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ACC 2017 | News Brief

New research was presented at ACC 2017, the annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology, from March 17 to 19 in Washington, DC. The features below highlight some of the studies presented at the conference.

Ablation for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation | Feature

Despite concerted clinical and research efforts, recurrence is still common and problematic.

The Specialists’ Stranglehold on Medicine | Medical Blog

Republicans are trying to cut health care spending. But hacking away at Medicaid, weakening coverage requirements and replacing Obamacare’s subsidies with a convoluted tax credit will not deal

Lower Targets for Systolic Blood Pressure Suggested by Study | News Brief

Reducing target systolic blood pressure below current recommendations significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and preventable death, research concludes.

Statin & Aspirin Use Post-CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting) | Feature

CABG is among the most commonly performed procedures to treat ischemic heart disease, but previous research suggests that the long-term benefits of this surgery are limited by failed patency of bypass grafts.

TweetChat: Defensive Medicine, Associated Costs & How to Avoid Both | Feature

Dr. Jeffrey Segal, MD, will co-host a tweetchat with PW on July 12, at 9:00pm ET on defensive medicine, associated costs, and how to avoid both.

The Cardiac Cath Lab: Updating Best Practices | Feature

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions has updated its recommendations for best practices in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. The document outlines important updates and details on how cardiac cath labs should operate.

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