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ACC: Smoking associated with lower rates of blood pressure control

It is important for physicians to have greater understanding of blood pressure control in smokers, which is low even among smokers on medication, according...

‘Broken heart’ syndrome becoming more common, especially in middle-aged women

Significantly more middle-aged and older women are being diagnosed with “broken heart” syndrome (Takotsubo cardiomyopathy) - a condition often triggered by stress or loss,...

Troubled sleep link to increased risk of AD and bradyarrhythmia — UK Biobank data

A healthy sleep pattern is associated with lower risks of atrial fibrillation (AF) and bradyarrhythmia, independent of traditional risk factors — although genetic risk...

Physician bias behind women getting worse heart attack treatment — 43-hospital study

Women diagnosed with myocardial infarction or unstable angina received “less evidence-based treatment” than men, both immediately and in the long term, found an Australian...

Just a drink a month may put those with atrial fibrillation at risk

In people who had an atrial fibrillation episode, it was about twice as likely that they had had alcohol in the four hours before...

Empagliflozin EMPEROR-Preserved trial announces ‘breakthrough’ results

Breakthrough results for empagliflozin confirm EMPEROR-Preserved as the first successful trial for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and...

Sleep duration's effect on elevated heart risk — ACC:2021

People who clock six to seven hours of sleep a night had the lowest chance of dying from a heart attack or stroke when...

ACC-2021: Moderate drinkers have 20% lower heart risk that teetotallers

Moderate drinking, possibly by dampening stress-related neurological signals, is associated with a significantly lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) when compared with...

Work and social stress put women at significantly higher heart risk

Psychosocial stress – typically resulting from difficulty coping with challenging environments – may work synergistically to put women at significantly higher risk of developing...

Longer working hours tied to doubled risk of recurrent CHD

Over a 6-year period, a Canadian study of 1000 patients younger than 60 years who returned to work after a first myocardial infarction (MI)...

Neither mega-3 nor vitamin D supplementation prevent atrial fibrillation

Among adults aged 50 years or older, treatment with neither marine omega-3 fatty acids nor vitamin D3, resulted in significant difference in the risk...

Vital exhaustion almost triples the risk of heart attack in men

Men experiencing vital exhaustion are at substantially higher risk myocardial infarction, according to research presented at ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2021, an online scientific...

Diabetes powerfully associated with CHD in women – Women's Health Study

Diabetes and insulin resistance, in addition to hypertension, obesity, and smoking, appeared to be the strongest risk factors for premature onset of coronary heart...

Oral hygiene linked to lower risk AF and heart failure

Improved oral hygiene care was associated with decreased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure, found a large Korean study. The retrospective cohort study...

Even slightly raised levels of troponin linked to increased risk of heart death

Even a small increase in troponin, a protein linked to heart attacks, is associated with an up to tenfold increased risk of death, found...

Robust study finds stents no better than drugs for many, challenging current practice

Many patients with severe but stable heart disease who routinely undergo stenting would do as well by just taking medications and making lifestyle changes,...

Frequent drinking greater risk factor for atrial fibrillation than binge drinking

Frequent drinking is greater risk factor for heart rhythm disorder than binge drinking. "Recommendations about alcohol consumption have focused on reducing the absolute amount...

Bedtime BP meds may cut heart risk by almost half – large randomised study

Blood pressure medication may confer a larger benefit if taken at night, rather than in the morning. A “robust” Spanish study of more than 19,000 patients...

Heart failure and the obesity paradox

While obesity significantly increases the chances of developing heart failure, for those with established heart failure overweight may confer a survival benefit compared with...

Deaths halved among infarct patients attending ‘Heart School’

Patients who attend “Heart School”, as almost every patient in Sweden is invited to do after a first heart attack, live markedly longer than...

Once or twice weekly daytime nap linked to lower heart attack/stroke risk

A daytime nap taken once or twice a week may be associated with significantly lower risk of a cardiovascular disease event, finds Swiss research....

Statins cut peripheral artery disease mortality, even when started long after diagnosis

Statins are linked with reduced mortality in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), even when started late after diagnosis, reports a study presented at...

FDA phase 1 trial shows hydrogel to repair heart is safe to inject in humans

Ventrix, a University of California San Diego spin-off company, has successfully conducted a first-in-human, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Phase 1 clinical trial...

Cholesterol-cutting injections may cut risk of heart attacks

A new, currently-unlicensed drug treatment that works by "silencing" genes can help to halve levels of LDL cholesterol with just two injections per year,...

First minimally invasive remote robotic cardiac procedure

Clinicians in India have teamed up to demonstrate the feasibility of having a physician remotely perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, reports Medgadget. Using the...

Two decades of sedentary lifestyle doubles premature death risk

Two decades of a sedentary lifestyle is associated with a two times risk of premature death compared to being physically active, according to results...

Flu vaccinations may reduce mortality risk in patients with hypertension

Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented...

Low-dose aspirin of no benefit for CVD-free people over 70

Low-dose aspirin does not prolong disability-free survival of healthy people over 70, even in those at the highest risk of cardiovascular disease. The late...

Eating nuts twice a week link to 17% lower CVD risk

Eating nuts at least twice a week is associated with a 17% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, according to research presented at...

LDL cholesterol levels must be lowered in high CVD risk patients

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels should be lowered as much as possible to prevent cardiovascular disease, especially in high and very high-risk patients. That's...

Preventative artery repair provides major benefit after serious heart attack

A major international study has shown that opening all clogged arteries with stents after a serious heart attack is much better than opening only...

For patients with diabetes, ticagrelor reduced heart attacks, strokes

In late-breaking clinical trial results presented in a Hot Line Session at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2019, investigators from Brigham and Women's...

Omega-3 medication reduces triglyceride levels up to 30%

Prescription omega-3 fatty acid medication reduces triglyceride levels by 20-30% among the majority of people who require treatment for high triglyceride levels, according to...

New e-tattoo gives accurate uninterrupted heart monitoring

A new wearable technology developed at the University of Texas and made from stretchy, lightweight material measures cardiac health by taking electrocardiograph and seismo-cardiograph...

Inability to act when experiencing heart attack symptoms

Some patients experiencing a heart attack have a paralysing inability to act on the symptoms, putting them in a life-threatening situation, according to Swedish...

Energy drinks may increase risk of electrical disturbances in the heart

Drinking 32 ounces of an energy drink in a short time-span may increase blood pressure and the risk of electrical disturbances in the heart,...

Bystanders less likely to resuscitate women suffering a heart attack

Women who have a cardiac arrest outside the hospital setting are less likely to receive resuscitation from bystanders and more likely to die than...

Late dinner and not eating breakfast raises heart attack risk

People who skip breakfast and eat dinner near bedtime have  a four to five times higher likelihood of death, another heart attack, or angina...

Walnuts may help lower blood pressure for those at risk of heart disease

In a randomised, controlled trial, researchers examined the effects of replacing some of the saturated fats in participants' diets with walnuts. They found that...

Presence of coronary calcium predicts heart attack risk

Identifying the presence or absence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) in a patients' arteries can help determine their future risk of a cardiac event, reports...