The use of a diagnostic strategy with fractional flow reserve (FFR) derived from computed tomography (CT) significantly reduces the number of patients requiring invasive coronary angiography, with investigators reporting that a large percentage of scheduled diagnostic catheterizations were safely canceled after functional and anatomic information was obtained from FFRCT.
An analysis of the active ingredients of common cardiovascular drugs—antihypertensives, an anticoagulant, and a statin—that were purchased in street markets and pharmacies in 10 sub-Saharan countries found that one in six drugs (16.3%) was of “low quality”.
According to a new study published online August 26 in Circulation, being a smoker and having diabetes increases the relative risk of total mortality and cardiovascular events by about 50%, and quitting smoking can reduce these risks.
A high-sensitivity troponin I test showed great accuracy in ruling out myocardial infarction (MI) in patients with chest pain, with triage times reduced to 1 hour, and also showed better positive predictive ability than some other studies.
A new analysis of the IMPROVE-IT trial indicates that the nonstatin, cholesterol-lowering drug ezetimibe (Zetia, Merck) is of specific benefit in patients with acute coronary syndrome who also have diabetes.
Both CV-event rates and prevalence of serious gastrointestinal complications were surprisingly low in people without heart disease taking either celecoxib (Celebrex, Pfizer) or traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) for arthritis, say researchers from a randomized trial reported here at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) 2015 Congress.
Men with erectile dysfunction had more than double the odds of having undiagnosed diabetes, whereas no association was seen for undiagnosed hypertension or undiagnosed hypercholesterolemia.
According to a study, a common clinical risk score (CHA2DS2-VASc) predicted ischemic stroke, thromboembolism, and death among patients with heart failure with or without atrial fibrillation, but only modestly.
A study found that osteoarthritis patients who have total knee or hip joint replacement surgery may be at increased risk of myocardial infarction in the early postoperative period but not in the long term, although risk for venous thromboembolism remained years after the procedure.
According to a new research, the prediabetes marker of impaired fasting glucose (IFG) may also be a predictor of silent myocardial infarction (MI) in adult patients.