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Aspirin does not cut risk in non-obstructive coronary artery disease – Canadian study

Aspirin therapy, as opposed to statin use, for non-obstructive coronary artery (CAD) disease, does not reduce major cardiovascular events, according to a study published...

NAFLD and cardiovascular risk – American Heart Association scientific statement

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a common condition that is often hidden or missed in routine medical care, is a significant risk factor for...

AI arrhythmia predictor has ‘potential to transform clinical decision-making’

A new artificial intelligence-based approach can predict, significantly more accurately than a doctor, if and when a patient could die of cardiac arrest. The...

Avocado consumption associated with significantly lower CVD risk – Harvard

A Harvard prospective study that followed more than 110,000 men and women for more than 30 years suggests that eating just two servings of...

Flu jab has seasonal heart benefits and cuts pneumonia by 42%

People with heart failure who received an annual influenza vaccine had a reduction in major cardiovascular events during peak influenza season but not year-round,...

Sodium in fizzy paracetamol tablets linked to increased heart and death risk

Both those with or without hypertension should avoid inadvertent excessive sodium intake via sodium-containing paracetamol (acetaminophen) in fizzy or soluble drug preparations, recommends a...

FDA approves empagliflozin for HF regardless of ejection fraction

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that empagliflozin (Jardiance) may now be marketed for heart failure patients, regardless of their ejection...

Social isolation and loneliness linked to 27% higher CVD risk in older women

Social isolation and loneliness were associated with substantially increased risk of incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) among older women in the US, found a study...

Moderate alcohol use associated with lower CVD risk and all-cause mortality – ASPREE

Moderate drinking of alcohol is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and a lowering of mortality from all causes, when compared with...

Higher yoghurt intake associated with lower BP in hypertensives — Longitudinal Study

Yoghurt intake is associated with lower blood pressure for those with hypertension, according to research from the universities of South Australia and Maine. Globally, more...

Almost a fifth of hypertensives unknowingly take BP-raising meds — NHANES survey

Almost a fifth of hypertensive patients may unknowingly be taking medications that raise blood pressure (BP), according to data from the US National Health...

Dietary fat intake and risk of stroke — Two large 27-year studies

A higher intake of vegetable fat, polyunsaturated fat, and vegetable oil was associated with a reduced risk of stroke, while a high intake of...

Mental stress-induced myocardial ischaemia significantly associated with CV death

Among patients with stable coronary heart disease, the presence of mental stress–induced ischaemia was significantly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death or...

Accelerometer-derived sleep timing and CVD — UK Biobank cohort study

There is a possible relationship between sleep onset timing and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), particularly for women, found a UK Biobank...

Atherosclerosis in more than 40% of Swedish adults with no known heart disease – SCAPIS

More than 40% of adults ages 50 to 64 years in Sweden without known heart disease were found to have some degree of atherosclerosis,...

Iron deficiency in middle age linked to a higher risk of heart disease

Approximately 10% of new coronary heart disease cases occurring within a decade of middle age could be avoided by preventing iron deficiency, suggests a...

Higher intake of dairy fat associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease

Higher intakes of dairy fat - measured by levels of fatty acids in the blood - were associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease...

21-year study finds evidence for evening hypertensives in diabetics

People with diabetes showed worse long-term survival if they had irregular night-time blood pressure (BP) patterns, according to a cohort study from Italy, published...

Elevated stress a key risk factor in hypertension and cardiovascular events

Healthy adults with high levels of stress hormones were more likely to develop high blood pressure and experience cardiovascular events than those with lower...

Up to three cups of coffee daily linked to significant health benefits — UK Biobank analysis

Up to three cups of coffee per day is associated with a lower risk of stroke, fatal heart disease, and all-cause mortality, in a...

Salt substitute reduces stroke, CV events and mortality risk — SSaSS trial

Among those with previous stroke or older than 60 and with high blood pressure, the rates of stroke, major cardiovascular (CV) events, and death...

Association between womenʼs middle-age height loss and greater risk of death

Women who experience greater height loss during middle age may be at higher risk of death, Swedish research suggests. Scientists previously found that shorter people...

Twice-yearly inclisiran injections as alternative to daily statins in NHS plan

Inclisiran, administered through twice-yearly injections, saw cholesterol levels fall by half in an Imperial College London study. Under a British NHS plan, the gene-silencing...

New ESC and EACTS valvular disease guidelines

In line with recent US recommendations, the newest European guidelines favour a wider pool of patients eligible for surgical and transcatheter interventions for valvular...

Stroke risk 7x higher in sedentary under-60s — Large Canadian study

Adults under 60 who spend eight or more house a day sitting have a sevenfold higher risk of stroke compared with those who spent...

Evidence of vitamin K benefits for heart health — 23-year Australia study

Researchers at Australia’s New Edith Cowan University (ECU) found that people who eat a diet rich in vitamin K have up to a 34%...

Association between womenʼs middle-age height loss and greater risk of death

Women who experience greater height loss during middle age may be at higher risk of death, Swedish research suggests. Scientists previously found that shorter people...

Moderate drinking not associated with increased heart or death risk — Large UK analysis

Those drinking up to 62 grams of alcohol per day – equivalent to two glasses of wine – did not have an increased risk...

Single-shot abelacimab cuts venous thromboembolism risk in knee surgery

A single abelacimab injection prevents blood clots for up to a month after surgery, reducing risk by about 80% compared with enoxaparin, without increasing...

Mortality benefit to adding rivaroxaban to aspirin in coronary artery disease — COMPASS trial

Combining rivaroxaban with aspirin may help certain patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) or peripheral artery disease (PAD) live longer than they would with...

Ramadan fasting and cardiovascular disease — Newham University recommendations

Expert consensus says Muslim patients at high cardiovascular risk should not observe strict fasting during Ramadan, writes MedicalBrief. While recommendations on ‘safeʼ fasting exist for...

Final SPRINT study confirms benefits of aggressive BP management

Final results from the landmark SPRINT study confirm that aggressive blood pressure (BP) management, targeting a systolic blood pressure (SBP) below 120 mm Hg,...

Experts urge action to reduce global burden of cardiovascular disease in women

Urgent action is needed to improve care and prevention, fill knowledge gaps and increase awareness about cardiovascular disease in women, according to a report...

Baby Aspirin on par with full-dose for cardiovascular disease

A large landmark study found that low-dose and regular-strength aspirin is equally safe and effective for preventing additional heart problems in people who already...

Omega-3 supplementation linked with atrial fibrillation risk — Meta-analysis

Omega-3 supplements are associated with an increased likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation in people with high blood lipids, a meta-analysis of randomised control trials...

Lowering BP significantly reduces CV risk even at normal levels

Even in those with normal or only mildly elevated blood pressure (BP), anti-hypertensive medication lowering of BP protects against future cardiovascular (CV) events, found...

'Striking' association of cardiovascular risk factors with late-life cognitive decline

An increase in risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) during young adulthood is associated with cognitive decline in late life, a US data analysis...

CVD the leading cause of death in patients with type 2 diabetes

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) was the leading cause of death among the over 16,000 patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) who were enrolled in the...

Cancer survivors face elevated risk of cardiovascular disease over 10 years

A study has found that about 35% of Americans with a cancer history had an elevated risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in the...

Stroke risk higher than expected among COVID-19 patients

Research found patients hospitalized with COVID-19 had a higher risk of stroke, compared with patients who had similar infectious conditions such as influenza and...