May 31st 2022
One-half of more than 600 000 patients with ASCVD were not prescribed statins at all and only 22.5% were taking a high intensity statin, according to a recent study.
November 9th 2021
AHA 2021: E-cigarette users were found to have a 15% higher risk of a cerebrovascular accident at a younger age than those who smoked combustible tobacco cigarettes.
October 5th 2021
The temporal connection of atrial fibrillation and risk of ischemic stroke provides support for short-duration oral anticoagulation, said study authors.
June 2nd 2021
Four major cardiology organizations stand behind increased government action to eradicate tobacco use worldwide. Click here for a summary of why, why now, and how.
April 22nd 2021
Sex disparities in cardiovascular care in the VA system included less therapy with antiplatelet agents and any intensity statin for women with premature ASCVD than men.
Ticagrelor Wins Label Expansion to Reduce Risk of Recurrent Stroke, TIA
FDA approval is based on results of the phase III THALES trial, in which DAPT with ticagrelor and aspirin for 30 days reduced the rate of stroke and death by 17% vs aspirin alone.
Visit-to-Visit Variability in BP Associated with Dementia, Cognitive Decline
"Beyond hypertension, higher BPV is a major clinical predictor of cognitive impairment and dementia," conclude authors of a new study.
Should We Refer Symptomatic HF Patients for AF Ablation?
That depends, as suggested by results of the CASTLE-AF study, presented at ESC Congress 2017, in Barcelona, Spain.
AF Screening Leads the Charge in Cardiology's Digital Revolution
Diagnosis of atrial fibrillation via handheld iECG monitor looks promising but can we pay for it yet?
Multiple Posterior Circulation Strokes
New-onset Afib in a Patient with CKD: A Case-based Quiz
Mr Smith is 66-years-old. How would you treat his arrhythmia? What would you choose for anticoagulation?
Beware Digoxin for Atrial Fibrillation
Digoxin is used in nearly 30% of patients with AF but has never been studied for safety/efficacy in this population, until now.
Afib, Heart Failure, and Exercise
Is exercise safe in HF patients who have AF? Results of the HF-ACTION study are summarized in this short slide show.
NOACs No Longer Novel
A study of a global registry finds that prescriptions for direct oral anticoagulants have now surpassed those for VKAs. What do you Rx?
Dose-Adjusted DOACs: What Efficacy vs Warfarin?
Patients who require dose adjustment when taking direct oral anticoagulants have not been well studied. This large study is a good start.
When Atrial Fibrillation and Diabetes Coexist, How Best to Prevent Stroke?
In these complicated patients, should warfarin or a novel oral anticoagulant be chosen for stroke prevention?
Atrial Fibrillation During Pregnancy: Special Population Review
Is aspirin safe as antithrombotic therapy in pregnancy? Is electrocardioversion first-line treatment? Get the answers and other reminders, here.
Diagnosis of Subclinical AF
Implantable cardiac monitoring devices now detect "silent" AF. But now that we "hear" it, what should we do?
Statins and Dabigatran: Possible Interaction?
A signal for increased risk of hemorrhage when the NOAC is coadministered with 2 statins comes as a surprise to some.
Tachy-brady Syndrome in an 85-Year-Old Woman
Tachy-brady syndrome can be a particular management challenge in an elderly patient. How would you manage Mrs Robertson?
Atrial Fibrillation and Sick Sinus Syndrome: A Clinical Catch-22
Concurrence of AF and SSS is common in older patients and presents a treatment conundrum. Can you balance safety and efficacy in this patient?
Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation: Brief 3 Q and A
Catch up on current guideline recommendations in this quick question and answer with Kaiser Permanente cardiologist Payal Kohli, MD.
Drivers with Atrial Fibrillation Proceed with Caution
Drivers with AF hospitalized after a car accident are at greater risk of death than those without AF. Who gets a red light?
Sex Differences in AF: Find out What you Know
Is prevalence of atrial fibrillation higher in men or women? Which sex is more likely to be asymptomatic? At higher risk for stroke?
Ablation Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation: What's Your AQ?
Ablation has become a leading option to arrest AF in many patients. Try 3 quick questions to test your ablation quotient.
HOPE-3: Blood Pressure Lowering Alone Fails to Deliver For Some
Although results of the hypertension portion of HOPE-3 were disappointing, many caveats are offered to explain the outcome.
Management of AF Patients with Prior ICH – Race Specific Recommendations for High-Risk Patients
Results of a large Taiwanese registry analysis could open discussion around avoidance of oral anticoagulants in post-ICH patients.
New Analyses Only Partly Defuse ROCKET-AF Trial Concerns
Critics continue to call for independent analysis by outside investigators not involved with the original trial.
7 Modifiable Risk Factors for Atrial Fibrillation
Find data here on obesity, exercise, and OSA, plus 4 more factors that increase the risk for AF and other CV disease.
ROCKET-AF Trial Results Under Fire
Concern that equipment error may have led to higher doses of warfarin than necessary call the huge trial's findings into question.
Anticoagulant Use Among Afib Patients Wanes Over Time
Study results presented at the 2015 AHA meeting reinforce, once again, the critical role of persistent patient education on treatment adherence.
Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Increased in HFpEF
Data from a recent study suggest that paroxysmal AF may be underdiagnosed in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction.
Atrial Fibrillation May Increase Risk of Dementia
Younger patients with AF of longer duration were found at higher risk for dementia, a recent study found.
Ablation Therapy for AF: Who, What is it Good For?
Guidelines recommend AF catheter ablation to help avoid use of oral anticoagulation. True or False? Answer this and 2 other queries on ablation.
Persistent AF Improved via LAA Isolation
Results of the BELIEF study presented at ESC 2015 suggest the adjunctive ablation procedure may enhance long-term rhythm control.
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