An increased abundance of eicosapentaenoic acid is associated with a reduced risk of heart failure, and this protective effect is independent of established risk factors and ejection fraction status, according to a study presented at the 2018 American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Chicago, Illinois, US.
The use of low-dose intracoronary alteplase, a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) at the time of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was ineffective in reducing microvascular obstruction (MVO, or failed myocardial reperfusion), according to the T-TIME* trial results presented at AHA 2018.
Treatment with the SGLT2i* empagliflozin appears to significantly reduce left ventricular mass (LVM) among patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to results of the EMPA-HEART** CardioLink-6 trial presented at AHA 2018.
Coronary revascularization with bypass surgery proves to be superior to drug eluting stents in the long term in preventing all-cause mortality in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and multivessel coronary disease (MVD), even 8 years after the procedure, the FREEDOM* Follow-On Study reveals.
Dapagliflozin reduced the risk of hospitalization for heart failure (HHF) in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who had established or multiple risk factors for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to results of the DECLARE-TIMI 58* trial presented at AHA 2018. However, it did not reduce the incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE)**.
Lipid-lowering with ezetimibe monotherapy was effective for the primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular (CV) events in middle- to high-risk elderly Japanese patients with hypercholesterolaemia, according to the EWTOPIA75* study presented at AHA 2018 Scientific Sessions.
Supplementation with either omega-3 fatty acids (ie, fish oil) or vitamin D did not reduce the incidence of major cardiovascular (CV) events (ie, composite of myocardial infarction [MI], stroke, and CV death) or total invasive cancer, according to the VITAL* trial presented at AHA 2018.
The administration of sacubitril-valsartan, an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor, during hospitalization significantly reduces the N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels among patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) and reduced ejection fraction compared with enalapril, according to the PIONEER-HF* trial presented at AHA 2018 Scientific Sessions.
Low-dose methotrexate, which is approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune disorders, has shown unexpectedly disappointing results in preventing cardiovascular (CV) events among patients with a prior myocardial infarction (MI) or multivessel coronary disease, according to CIRT*, potentially ruling out what could be an affordable option for treating inflammation related to atherosclerosis.
Supplementation with resistant starch for 12 weeks decreases the inflammatory marker tumour necrosis factor [TNF]-α and heart rate but does not significantly improve glycaemic control and other cardiovascular disease risk factors in prediabetic adults, suggests a study.