Venous thromboembolism is comprised of pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.
All patients admitted for major trauma, surgery or acute medical illness should be assessed for risk of venous thromboembolism and bleeding before starting prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism.
Decision on which type of prophylaxis to be given must be individualized for each patient.
Elderly persons (≥75 years) on aspirin-based antiplatelet therapy without routine proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) use have a higher long-term risk of major bleeding, in particular upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding which is often more disabling or fatal than in younger persons, according to the OXVASC* study.
Elderly cancer patients on anticoagulant therapy are at least nine times more likely to die within 7 days after a major bleeding event than after a venous thromboembolism (VTE) recurrence, suggests a study presented at the EHA Congress 2017 in Madrid, Spain.
Extended therapy with rivaroxaban was more effective than aspirin in reducing the risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) with no significant increase in bleeding risk, according to data from the EINSTEIN CHOICE* study presented at the ACC.17 Scientific Session in Washington, DC, US.
Women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, especially pre-eclampsia, are at heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disorder and chronic hypertension, with the risk becoming apparent soon after pregnancy, a study has found.
Gestational diabetes and abnormal glucose levels in pregnancy, as determined with an oral glucose challenge test (OGCT) at 24–28 weeks gestation, could signal a future risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD)*, according to a recent study.
Plasma creatinine kinase activity, measure during early pregnancy, influences blood pressure during pregnancy and contributes to severe gestational hypertension diagnosed before 34 weeks of gestation, according to a recent study. There is no association between creatinine kinase and other hypertensive disorders during pregnancy.
While a diagnosis of cancer is often met with concern and devastation, the same is barely true for heart failure. However, the mortality rate for those suffering from heart failure is worse than some common cancers, such as prostate and breast cancers.