Drinking coffee, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and ischaemic heart disease (IHD) mortality in patients with a prior myocardial infarction (MI), according to a recent study.
In foetuses exposed to the anti-Ro/SSA antibody, the rate of recurrence of conduction disturbances is higher than what was previously reported, according to a recent study. Moreover, the season of the year appears to be linked to atrioventricular (AV) time intervals during the congenital heart block risk period in such foetuses.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of incident myocardial infarction (MI), according to a recent study from Korea. Moreover, the risk of AF-associated MI appears to be higher in patients without dyslipidaemia, ischaemic stroke, diabetes and hypertension.
Use of clarithromycin in the outpatient setting appears to be associated with long-term increases in mortality, a retrospective study has found. Additionally, erythromycin yields a similar, albeit smaller, increase in the said risk.
An association exists between proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9)-low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) axis and outcomes in patients with heart failure (HF), according to a recent study.
Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), ischaemic cardiomyopathy and comorbidities are associated with all-cause mortality in patients receiving a primary prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), according to a recent study.
Increasing evidence points to a link between hypertension and cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly population, according to a presentation at APCH 2017. However, the impact of antihypertensive medication use on dementia incidence is unestablished.
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) using quadripolar leads with repetitive optimized left ventricular pacing configurations (LVPCs) provides larger left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) increases than conventional bipolar leads, a new study shows.
For stroke prevention in an Asian population, a blood pressure (BP) of <140/90 mm Hg is a reasonable target and particularly, 120-130/80 mm Hg may be optimal, according to a presentation at the APCH 2017 Meeting in Singapore.
Chronic pain, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and depression may have shared genetic or familial links, as suggested by an increased co-occurrence in both general population-based and twins cohort, a recent study shows.
Bisphosphonates have proven antifracture efficacy and remain to be the cornerstone of osteoporosis treatment. However, a drug holiday is of particular importance with bisphosphonates due to some signals with long-term use of the drug, including rare incidence of atypical femoral fracture (AFF) and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), says a leading endocrinologist at AFOS 2017.
Breast cancer patients have notably different microbiomes in the local breast tissue and urinary tract, a recent study reveals. Particularly, species in the Methylobacterium genus are reduced in the local breast tissue while the urinary tract is enriched in gram-positive bacteria.
Statin use, particularly in smokers, obese patients and nondiabetics, has a strong and dose-dependent association with decreasing risk of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), according to a new study.