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Analysis Supports CAC for Personalizing Statin Use

In patients with intermediate risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease along with risk-enhancing factors, coronary artery calcium scoring may help more precisely calculate their need for statin therapy. Furthermore, when the need for statin treatment isn’t so clear and patients need additional risk assessment, the scoring can provide further information to personalize clinical decision making, according […]

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Evidence Builds for iPhone 12 Interference With Cardiac Devices

Further evidence that powerful magnets in some Apple iPhones can interfere with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) comes from a small study that also suggests some devices are more susceptible than others. The iPhone 12 Pro Max with MagSafe technology interfered with CIEDs implanted in three consecutive patients presenting to an electrophysiology lab and in eight […]

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ADAPTABLE: Low-Dose Aspirin as Good as High-Dose in CHD?

There was no significant difference in cardiovascular events or major bleeding between patients with established coronary heart disease (CHD) assigned to a daily aspirin dose of 81 mg and those receiving a dose of 325 mg in the 15,000-patient ADAPTABLE trial. Although substantial dose switching occurred in the trial, particularly from the higher to the […]

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Cardiovascular researcher urges women to listen to their hearts

A UBC Okanagan researcher is urging people to learn and then heed the symptoms of atrial fibrillation (AF). Especially women. Dr. Ryan Wilson, a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Nursing, says AF is the most commonly diagnosed arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) in the world. Despite that, he says many people do not understand the pre-diagnosis […]

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PTSD Linked to Ischemic Heart Disease

A study using data from Veterans Health Administration (VHA) electronic medical records shows a significant association between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among female veterans and an increased risk for incident ischemic heart disease (IHD). The increased risk for IHD was highest among women younger than 40 with PTSD, and among racial and ethnic minorities. “These […]

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CVD Risk Factors May Further Impair Cognition in Schizophrenia

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) are strongly associated with global cognitive impairment in patients with schizophrenia in new findings that suggest the need for an aggressive management approach. Investigators found that metabolic syndrome (MetS), hypertension, and diabetes were associated with poorer performance in specific cognitive domains, including attention/vigilance, reasoning and problem solving, speed of […]

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Gut microbiome data may be helpful in routine screening of cardiovascular disease

Using artificial intelligence to analyze the bacteria in a person’s gut microbiome shows promise as a new screening method for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to preliminary research to be presented Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the virtual American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2020 Scientific Sessions. The full study published simultaneously today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association […]

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