A large-scale assessment of a smartwatch to identify atrial fibrillation (AF) during typical use, known as the Apple Health Study, has shown that the probability of receiving a digital alert of an irregular pulse is low, although more than four-fifths of the sent notifications are concordant with AF.
The Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group has recently released a position statement that contains a list of recommendations for the improvement of accuracy standards for devices that measure blood pressure (BP).
Treating patients to intensive blood pressure (BP) targets poses an increased risk of impaired fasting glucose, with a small, nonsignificant elevation in the risk of developing diabetes mellitus, as shown in the results of a secondary analysis of SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial).
Regular consumption of chilli peppers may be associated with a reduced risk of mortality, including a 34 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease (CVD)-related deaths, according to a study from Italy.
Asian ischaemic stroke patients with small and fragile cerebral vessels, as evidenced by the presence of multiple cerebral microbleeds (CMBs), may fare better with cilostazol than aspirin, as the former proves more effective at preventing cerebral haemorrhages especially when administered before white matter changes become extensive, according to the results of a subgroup analysis of the PICASSO* trial.
A left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) cut-off of 60 percent may identify patients with heart failure (HF) with mid-range or preserved ejection fraction (mrEF or pEF) who could benefit from drug therapy.
Target organ damage appears to be more noticeable in patients affected by primary aldosteronism than those affected by arterial hypertension without primary aldosteronism, suggests a study, adding that specific treatment can ease such condition.