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Cardiology is the branch of internal medicine dealing with disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The field is commonly divided in the branches of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology.
NOACs match warfarin for atrial fibrillation

NOACs match warfarin for atrial fibrillation

Real-world study data from Denmark show that non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants are effective alternatives to warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation in a routine care setting. [More]
Everolimus-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold shows promise in PAD

Everolimus-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold shows promise in PAD

A first-in-human trial of an everolimus-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold has shown that the device can achieve a high 2-year patency rate and low 2-year target lesion revascularisation rate in patients with peripheral artery disease involving the external iliac artery and superficial femoral artery. [More]
Study finds ARNI therapy could potentially prevent 28,484 deaths from heart failure each year

Study finds ARNI therapy could potentially prevent 28,484 deaths from heart failure each year

A UCLA-led study estimates that almost 28,500 deaths could be prevented each year in the U.S. through use of a new FDA-approved class of cardiovascular medication that helps reduce mortality in patients diagnosed with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction, the percentage of blood pumped from the heart with each contraction. [More]
Unseen health risks of aortic stenosis: an interview with Dr Shelley Rahman Haley

Unseen health risks of aortic stenosis: an interview with Dr Shelley Rahman Haley

Aortic stenosis means narrowing of the aortic valve, which is the out flow valve from the left ventricle, the pumping chamber of the heart. This is the valve which opens to allow blood to flood out of the heart and all-round the body. [More]
Real-world analysis questions very low LDL targets

Real-world analysis questions very low LDL targets

Patients treated for hypercholesterolaemia in clinical practice may not derive additional benefit from very intensive statin treatment, say researchers. [More]
Protein-based CHD risk score developed

Protein-based CHD risk score developed

Researchers have screened over 1000 plasma proteins to develop a predictive score in patients with stable coronary heart disease. [More]
AF patients at risk for stroke mostly treated with aspirin-only prescription instead of blood thinners

AF patients at risk for stroke mostly treated with aspirin-only prescription instead of blood thinners

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine report that more than 1 in 3 atrial fibrillation (AF) patients at intermediate to high risk for stroke are treated with aspirin alone, despite previous data showing this therapy to be inferior to blood thinners. [More]
Persistent low flow warns of mortality risk after TAVR

Persistent low flow warns of mortality risk after TAVR

Patients with persistent low flow at discharge after transcatheter aortic valve replacement have an increased risk of dying during the subsequent year, report researchers. [More]
Apixaban effective in polypharmacy setting

Apixaban effective in polypharmacy setting

The superiority of apixaban over warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation is maintained in those taking multiple medications, shows further analysis of the ARISTOTLE trial. [More]
Overweight in adolescence portends early heart failure

Overweight in adolescence portends early heart failure

A study of Swedish army conscripts shows that men who have an increased body mass index (BMI) at the age of 18 years risk early heart failure. And the increased risk began at a BMI gener ... [More]
Post-MI angina linked to increased late readmission risk

Post-MI angina linked to increased late readmission risk

US researchers are calling for greater surveillance and treatment of post-myocardial infarction angina after their findings show an increased risk of late readmission among patients with angina symptoms at 30 days. [More]
Worsening renal function linked to increased cardiovascular risk in AF

Worsening renal function linked to increased cardiovascular risk in AF

Patients with atrial fibrillation and declining renal function are at increased risk of subsequent stroke or systemic embolism, major bleeding and death, US researchers report. [More]
Sleep-disordered breathing increases cardiovascular risk in ACS patients

Sleep-disordered breathing increases cardiovascular risk in ACS patients

Sleep-disordered breathing is an important risk factor for major adverse cardiocerebrovascular events among patients with acute coronary syndromes, Japanese research shows. [More]
Watchman device for irregular heart rhythms may be preferable to standard blood thinning medications

Watchman device for irregular heart rhythms may be preferable to standard blood thinning medications

A new study by a Yale researcher may support the use of a device for patients suffering from irregular heart rhythms. [More]
Penn researchers explore possibilities to improve outcomes in low flow AS patients treated with TAVR

Penn researchers explore possibilities to improve outcomes in low flow AS patients treated with TAVR

Aortic stenosis (AS), the narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart which causes restricted blood flow, is one of the most common and serious valve disease problems. For patients with one type of AS - low flow - transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure which corrects the damaged aortic valve, is often the best option for restoring the heart's normal pumping function. [More]
Study shows for-profit hospices have persistently high rates of hospitalization

Study shows for-profit hospices have persistently high rates of hospitalization

Patients who were asked where they wanted to die upon entering hospice had lower rates of hospitalization at the end of life, as did those in hospices that monitored symptoms more frequently, according to a new study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. [More]

'Nonserious' side effects may lead to antiplatelet discontinuation

Most adverse events that lead patients to discontinue antiplatelet drugs are not rated as serious by clinical trial criteria, shows analysis of the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 trial. [More]
Cerebral vessel disease increases Alzheimer's dementia risk

Cerebral vessel disease increases Alzheimer's dementia risk

Cerebral vessel disease may be an under-recognised risk factor for Alzheimer's disease dementia, say researchers. [More]
Empagliflozin offers long-term renal protection in Type 2 diabetes

Empagliflozin offers long-term renal protection in Type 2 diabetes

The sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor empagliflozin slows renal progression and averts clinical events, shows further analysis of the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial. [More]
Researchers explore how African-Americans use spirituality to ease burden of chronic illnesses

Researchers explore how African-Americans use spirituality to ease burden of chronic illnesses

Spirituality plays a central role in many aspects of African-American culture, and University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing postdoctoral scholar Deborah Ejem, Ph.D., will explore how significant a factor it is in the relationships among patients with chronic illnesses and their caregivers and clinicians. [More]
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