May 5th, 2014
A new study in Circulation offers fresh evidence that physical activity is beneficial to the heart in people aged 65 and older. Benefits were observed both in elderly people who reported the highest amount of overall physical activity and in those who increased their physical activity over time. U.S. researchers evaluated heart rate variability (HRV) using […]
January 13th, 2014
This week’s topics include the risk for MI and ischemic heart disease among overweight and obese people with and without metabolic syndrome, and the lower risk for CV events in postmenopausal women taking estradiol compared with conjugated equine estrogens.
December 9th, 2013
This week’s topics include targeted temperature management after cardiac arrest, the safety and efficacy of DES in women, and more.
November 18th, 2013
In the face of a highly critical story in the New York Times by Gina Kolata about the new cardiovascular guidelines, authors of the guidelines and leaders of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) defended the value and integrity of the guidelines. The Times story claims that the cardiovascular risk calculator used to assess individual risk in the new guidelines is deeply […]
November 1st, 2013
Total joint arthroplasty was associated with reduced cardiovascular risk among patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis in a BMJ study. Researchers in Canada matched roughly 150 people aged 55 or older with moderate-to-severe knee or hip osteoarthritis who underwent total joint replacement to people with osteoarthritis who did not have surgery. People who underwent arthroplasty were less […]
October 14th, 2013
This week’s topics include CRT in HF with a narrow QRS complex, a trial of edoxaban vs. warfarin for symptomatic VTE, and more.
October 9th, 2013
Most previous research on the health effects of noise has focused on road noise. Now two new observational studies published in BMJ extend the research to noise from airports and provide fresh evidence that people who live near airports are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. In the first paper, Anna Hansell and colleagues in the U.K. analyzed data from 3.6 […]
May 7th, 2013
This week Richard discusses a study on remeasuring CV risk in untreated people at low and intermediate risk.
April 29th, 2013
This week’s topics include the association of perioperative beta-blockade with mortality and CV morbidity following major noncardiac surgery, intestinal microbial metabolism of phosphatidylcholine and CV risk, and more.
March 22nd, 2013
Use of the macrolide clarithromycin in patients admitted with exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or community-acquired pneumonia is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular events, a BMJ study finds. Researchers examined outcomes among nearly 3000 patients admitted to U.K. hospitals with either condition. During 1 year of follow-up, there were roughly 450 new admissions for […]