Tag: myocardial infarction

1 Month of DAPT Inadequate After Recent ACS

One month of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) followed by 11 months of clopidogrel monotherapy failed to prove noninferiority to 12 unbroken months of DAPT for...

Aspirin Boosts Polypill Primary Prevention, Claims Meta-Analysis

The “polypill concept” of fixed-dose combinations of inexpensive generic cardiovascular (CV) drugs, whether or not in a single pill, is perhaps most controversial in the...

Three JAK Inhibitors Get Boxed Warnings, Modified Indications

The arthritis and ulcerative colitis medicine tofacitinib (Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR) poses an increased risk of serious cardiac events such as heart attack or stroke, cancer,...

Angiography Can Wait for Cardiac Arrest Without ST-Elevation

A protocol of immediate angiography provided no mortality benefit over a strategy or delayed or more selective angiography among patients resuscitated from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest...

Carotid Stenting, Surgery on Par in Asymptomatic Patients

Carotid artery stenting (CAS) and carotid endarterectomy (CEA) provided comparable outcomes over time in asymptomatic patients receiving good medical therapy in the largest trial to date...

FFR Adds No Value to Angiography: RIPCORD 2

In patients with coronary artery disease scheduled for a percutaneous intervention (PCI), fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment at the time of angiography significantly improves outcome,...

LOOP Trial Undercuts Long-term Continuous ECG Screening for AF

Maybe short, asymptomatic bouts of atrial fibrillation (AF) that show up on long-term, continuous monitoring aren’t worth hunting for just so oral anticoagulation (OAC) can...

1 Month DAPT Enough After High-Bleeding-Risk PCI

Another trial has added to the movement towards shortening the duration of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In the MASTER DAPT...

Low-to-Moderate Coffee Intake in Midlife Tied to Heart Benefits

Among middle-aged people without heart disease, drinking up to 3 cups of coffee per day was associated with a lower risk for stroke or death...

‘Less Is More’ for Edoxaban in Post-TAVR Anticoagulation: ENVISAGE-TAVI AF

The question of how best to treat patients with atrial fibrillation after a successful transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) remains unsettled, with the direct factor...

ICMs Detect Serious Arrhythmias in High-Risk Post-MI: SMART-MI

After a myocardial infarction, implantable cardiac monitors (ICMs) are sensitive for detecting serious arrhythmias in patients with cardiac autonomic dysfunction but only moderately reduced left...

Tackle Obesity to Drop Risk for Secondary Cardiac Event

Patients who had been hospitalized for heart attack or cardiovascular revascularization procedures commonly were overweight (46%) or had obesity (35%), but at a follow-up visit,...

New-AF Risk May Not Rise With Light Drinking, May Fall With Wine

Alcoholic drinks are in the news again, served with a twist. A large cohort study saw a familiar J-shaped curve detailing risk for new atrial...

The FDA Knew the Heart Pumps Could Be Unsafe, Yet They Were Used

John Winkler II was dying of heart failure when doctors came to his hospital bedside, offering a chance to prolong his life. The HeartWare Ventricular...

Meet the Patients Who Helped Run a Big Aspirin Trial

When Tom McCormick got an unexpected call from his doctor, the first thing his doctor said was, “I’m not calling you about anything about your...

Spouses Can Share Cardiac Event Risk

A study from Japan suggests that a history of cardiovascular (CV) events in a spouse may elevate risk for future CV events in the other...

CTA May Guide Primary Prevention Statins in Nonobstructive CAD

The relative risk of death or myocardial infarction (MI) went down with statin therapy in a cohort study of patients with either nonobstructive coronary artery...

Political Support of Permanent DST Concerns Sleep Scientists

The reintroduction of congressional bills that aim to end seasonal time change and move permanently to daylight saving time (DST) – and action on the...

South Asian Ancestry Linked to Increased Risk for Heart Disease

Individuals of South Asian ancestry face twice the risk of heart disease, compared with individuals of European descent, yet existing risk calculators fail to account...

Midlife Change in Wealth May Be Costly for Heart Health

Midlife changes in wealth may affect a patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease, a new cohort study suggests. It found that upward wealth mobility relative to...

Bariatric Surgery’s Cardiovascular Benefit Extends to 7 Years

Patients with obesity who had bariatric surgery had a lower risk of having a major adverse cardiovascular event (MACE) or dying from all causes during...

Blood Sugar Control in Diabetes Is Getting Worse

Fewer adults with diabetes in the United States have well-controlled blood sugar or blood pressure now compared to 10 years ago, a trend that should...

Genotype-Guided Antiplatelet Therapy Misses Mark

The observational extended study of the previously reported 12-month randomized TAILOR-PCI trial shows genotype-guided antiplatelet therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) did not significantly reduce...

Colorado Lawmakers Wage Multifront Assault on High Drug Costs

DENVER — Tired of waiting for federal action to reduce prescription drug costs, Colorado is acting on its own — even if it must do...

Switching From Ticagrelor to Clopidogrel Safe Post-PCI

New support for replacing higher-potency ticagrelor (Brilinta) with clopidogrel as part of dual-antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) 30 days after stenting for acute myocardial infarction comes from...