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Roshini Claire Anthony, 11 Feb 2020

The consumption of processed meat or unprocessed red meat may be associated with a slightly elevated risk of incident cardiovascular disease (CVD)* and all-cause mortality, according to a US study.

29 Jan 2020
Several high-density lipoprotein (HDL) functionality parameters, which are linked to HDL roles on cholesterol metabolism, endothelial protection and antioxidant/anti-inflammatory defence, contribute to an increased risk of incident acute coronary syndromes and its manifestations in individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease, a study reports.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 5 days ago
A wearable arrhythmia detection device, the AliveCor KardiaBand (KB), demonstrates moderate accuracy for diagnosing atrial fibrillation (AF) in comparison with a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), as shown in a recent study. However, combining the automated device diagnosis with the electrophysiologists (EP) interpretation of unclassified readings improves overall accuracy.
Pearl Toh, 10 Feb 2020
Contrary to popular concern, use of statins was not associated with a greater decline in memory or cognition in the elderly over 6 years, according to data from the observational MAS*.

Psoriasis drug may help fight coronary plaques

10 Feb 2019

Biologic therapies for severe psoriasis appear to help reduce noncalcified coronary plaques and improve plaque morphology, a recent study has shown.

Researchers conducted a prospective observational study including 121 psoriasis patients, of whom 89 received biologic treatments (mean age 49.1±12.2 years; 56 percent male) and 32 (mean age 51.2±12.0 years; 63 percent male) were treated with other agents. Participants tended to have low cardiovascular risk (median Framingham score, 3) with moderate-to-severe skin disease (median Psoriasis Area and Severity Index [PASI], 8.6).

After a year of follow-up, patients who were treated with biologic agents showed significant improvements in the PASI score (64-percent improvement, p<0.001), as well as a significant reduction in high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels (p<0.001). No such changes were observed in the comparison group.

Moreover, a 5-percent decrease in total coronary plaque burden was observed in participants on biologic therapy (p=0.009), an effect primarily driven by a drop in the noncalcified plaque burden (p=0.005). No improvements in fibrous burden (p=0.71) were reported, though fibro-fatty (p=0.004) and necrotic (p=0.03) burdens decreased.

In comparison, those receiving nonbiologic interventions showed no significant 1-year change in total plaque burden (p=0.22), noncalcified plaque burden (p=0.17) and fibrous burden (p=0.22). There was also an increase in fibro-fatty burden (p=0.004).

Intergroup comparisons showed that the 1-year reduction in noncalcified plaque was significantly greater in patients treated with biologic agents (p=0.03) even after adjustments for cardiovascular risk factors.

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Roshini Claire Anthony, 11 Feb 2020

The consumption of processed meat or unprocessed red meat may be associated with a slightly elevated risk of incident cardiovascular disease (CVD)* and all-cause mortality, according to a US study.

29 Jan 2020
Several high-density lipoprotein (HDL) functionality parameters, which are linked to HDL roles on cholesterol metabolism, endothelial protection and antioxidant/anti-inflammatory defence, contribute to an increased risk of incident acute coronary syndromes and its manifestations in individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease, a study reports.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 5 days ago
A wearable arrhythmia detection device, the AliveCor KardiaBand (KB), demonstrates moderate accuracy for diagnosing atrial fibrillation (AF) in comparison with a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), as shown in a recent study. However, combining the automated device diagnosis with the electrophysiologists (EP) interpretation of unclassified readings improves overall accuracy.
Pearl Toh, 10 Feb 2020
Contrary to popular concern, use of statins was not associated with a greater decline in memory or cognition in the elderly over 6 years, according to data from the observational MAS*.