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.
An algorithm to help stratify patients with syncope requiring hospitalization vs those that can be discharged from the emergency department (ED) safely forms part of the new European Society Cardiology (ESC) syncope guidelines launched at the EHRA 2018 meeting.
Treatment with mineralocorticoid antagonists (MRAs) appears to be useful in lowering blood pressure (BP) in already treated hypertensive patients who did not reach target BP values, according to the results of a meta-analysis.
Continuous apixaban seems equally safe as warfarin and other vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation in patients at risk for stroke, according to the AXAFA–AFNET* 5 trial presented at EHRA 2018.
Exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation from cardiac procedures contributes to an increased risk of developing malignancies, with a possible dose–response relationship between exposure level and cancer risk, as reported in a recent study.
In an analysis of the Systolic Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), intensive treatment of hypertension has been shown to provide more harm than benefit to patients with lower baseline cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and more benefit to those with higher risk.
Initiating oral haloperidol instead of an oral atypical antipsychotic in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with a small increased risk of death within 7 days, reports a new study. The increased risk is strongest during the first 4 days and no longer evident by day 5 of follow-up.
Taking 10 resting blood pressure (BP) readings daily for 2 days provides a reliable, stable representation of patients’ resting systolic (S)BP and diastolic (D)BP, according to a study. This approach shows that the current home BP monitoring protocol of twice-daily readings for 4–7 days may be trimmed down to just 48 hours.
Impaired endothelial-dependent microvascular reactivity appears to be predictive of albuminuria progression in Asian patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who have normal urine albumin levels at baseline, but not in those with microalbuminuria, a prospective longitudinal cohort study suggests.