Acute coronary syndromes refer to any constellation of clinical symptoms compatible with acute myocardial ischemia which may be life-threatening.
It encompasses unstable angina, non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
Unstable angina is the ischemic discomfort that presents without persistent ST-segment elevation on ECG and without the presence of cardiac markers in the blood.
Non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction is diagnosed if cardiac markers are positive with ST-segment depression or with nonspecific or normal ECGs.
The patient typically presents with ischemic-type chest pain that is severe and prolonged and may occur at rest or may be caused by less exertion than previous episodes.
Revascularization of chronic total coronary occlusion (CTO) with the new-generation zotarolimus-eluting stents (ZES) using contemporary technique led to a favourable procedural success and improved health status and late-term clinical outcomes, hence lending support to CTO revascularization with ZES in a high-lesion, complex patient population, according to the PERSPECTIVE trial*.
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients with diabetes mellitus, as well as high-risk nondiabetic patients, appear to obtain significant cardioprotection from the addition of ezetimibe to simvastatin, and this benefit is achieved without compromising safety, according to an exploratory analysis of data from IMPROVE-IT (Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy International Trial).
Taking marine-derived omega-3 fatty acid (FA) supplements does not appear to protect participants from coronary heart disease (CHD) and major vascular events, regardless of history of vascular disease, lipid levels, statin use, or diabetes, suggests a recent meta-analysis.
Not only does treatment with the PCSK9* inhibitor alirocumab reduces cardiovascular (CV) events along with plunges in LDL-C levels, it was also associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality compared with placebo in patient with a recent acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and persistently high cholesterol despite maximal statin therapy, according to top-line results from the ODYSSEY** Outcomes trial.
Adding coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores to the traditional Framingham risk score may improve cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk classification in patients with metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes (T2D) than using traditional score alone, even in those with diabetes for over 10 years, according to the MESA* study.
A 6-month dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) was noninferior to the recommended 12-month regimen in STEMI* patients undergoing primary percutaneous intervention (PCI) with a second-generation drug-eluting stent (DES), according to the DAPT-STEMI study presented at the TCT 2017 Congress.
A higher dose of pitavastatin can benefit Japanese patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with a low-dose pitavastatin, even though cardiovascular (CV) event incidence is known to be lower in Asian than Western patients, according to the REAL-CAD study presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions 2017.
Diabetes is a key risk factor for heart failure (HF), which is the leading cause of hospitalization in patients with or without diabetes. SGLT-2* inhibitors (SGLT-2is) have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization for HF (HHF) regardless of the presence or absence of diabetes.
The substitution of isoleucine to leucine at amino acid 97 (I97L) in the core region of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) seems to reduce its potency, decreasing the efficiency of both infection and the synthesis of the virus’ covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA, reports a new study presented at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD 2020).