May 7th, 2015
This week’s topics are a comparison of a retrievable inferior vena cava filter plus anticoagulation vs. anticogulation alone for recurrent PE, the cost effectiveness and population impact of statins for primary prevention in U.S. adults age 75 and older, and more.
March 9th, 2015
This week’s topics include the effects of low BP in cognitively impaired elderly patients taking antihypertensive drugs and the effects of blood-pressure lowering on CV risk according to baseline BMI.
October 30th, 2014
As people continue to live longer physicians are increasingly confronted with very elderly patients who have serious conditions that might benefit from surgery but who are at high risk for surgical complications. In a paper published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, doctors at the Mayo Clinic reviewed their experience with 59 patients age 90 or […]
May 19th, 2014
In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in atrial fibrillation (AF). Now a new study published in Circulation finds that hospitalizations for AF are on the increase, and this may have important implications for the delivery and economics of health care in the coming years. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 4,000,000 hospitalizations in which AF […]
August 29th, 2013
Statins are associated with lower risks for myocardial infarction and stroke among elders without established cardiovascular disease, according to a meta-analysis in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The analysis included eight randomized, placebo-controlled trials comprising nearly 25,000 patients aged 65 and older without CVD at baseline. During 3.5 years’ follow-up, statin use was […]
August 19th, 2013
This week’s topics include treating to risk, not to target; perceived job insecurity as a risk factor for incident CHD; ischemic preconditioning in patients undergoing CABG, and more.
July 29th, 2013
This week’s topics include riociguat for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, renal outcomes associated with invasive vs. conservative management of ACS, statins and musculoskeletal conditions, arthropathies, and injuries, and more.
March 18th, 2013
This week’s topics include the association between smoking cessation and weight change with CV disease among those with and without diabetes, the risk of ischemic heart disease in women after radiotherapy for breast cancer, and more.
September 10th, 2012
This week’s topics include the safety risks of drugs that have gone through the FDA’s expedited approval program, a Framingham Heart Study paper on aortic stiffness in the elderly, and using CMR to detect previously undetected MI in older adults.
August 20th, 2012
This week’s topics include studies on the benefits of drug-eluting vs. bare-metal stents, using walking speed and blood pressure measurements to predict mortality in the elderly, stroke and bleeding in AF with chronic kidney disease, and the diagnosis and management of peripheral artery disease.