A recent study reports a mean growth rate of proximal aorta of about 0.1 mm/year in hypertensive patients with known aortic dilatation. In addition, those with increased rather than normal aortic z score have slower dilatation over time.
Adjunctive treatment with low-dose intracoronary alteplase during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and an ischaemic time ≥4 to 6 h results in increased microvascular obstruction (MVO), a study has shown. Intracoronary alteplase appears to be unsafe for this subgroup.
A multicomponent intervention for hypertension care, which is based on proactive home visits by trained government community health workers and delivered through the existing public healthcare infrastructure, leads to improved blood pressure (BP) control in rural communities in South Asia, a recent study reports.
Without current oral anticoagulant therapy, new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with infection leads to a 2.7-percent absolute 1-year risk of stroke, reveals a study. Stroke events are associated with sex and age, as well as risk factors identified by the CHA2DS2-VASc score.
Targeting a low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level <70 mg/dL following an ischaemic stroke of atherosclerotic origin helps to avoid one in four subsequent major vascular events without increasing the risk of intracranial haemorrhage over about 5 years of follow-up, according to data from the Treat Stroke to Target trial.
Treatment with direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) plus P2Y12 inhibitor (dual therapy) in adults with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) reduces bleeding risk compared with vitamin K antagonist plus aspirin and P2Y12 inhibitor (triple therapy), suggest a study.
Adherence to a beneficial lifestyle may significantly reduce the risk of chronic hypertension after hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) such as gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia, a recent study suggests. Keeping a healthy weight appears to be critical in women with a history of HDP compared with those without such a history.
MitraClip NTR and XTR systems are effective and well tolerated for primary mitral regurgitation (MR), as shown in the prospective, multicentre, single-arm, international, post-marketing, real-world, observational EXPAND study presented at the American College of Cardiology 2020/World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC) virtual meeting.
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is effective in reducing uric acid concentrations and risks of gout in males, a new prospective cohort study reveals. In contrast, Western diets up the risk of gout.