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Pacemaker study examines whether Indians age earlier than Westerners

mdCurrent Conference Report: Heart Rhythm 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions Indians presenting for permanent pacemaker (PP) placement are younger than those in the Western population, according to results of a study presented at the 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). Key Point: Indians present at a younger… 

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Rheumatoid arthritis may predispose patients to atrial fibrillation, stroke

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have higher risks of atrial fibrillation (AF) and stroke than the general population, Danish researchers have found. “Overall, our findings corresponded to 1 new case of atrial fibrillation per 12 rheumatoid arthritis patients followed for 10 years after diagnosis,” the authors wrote in their paper… 

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Using checklist helps to prevent heart failure readmissions

mdCurrent Conference Report: American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session & Expo Completing a simple 1-page checklist before discharging heart failure patients goes a long way toward reducing the number of hospital readmissions. The checklist, developed by Abhijeet Basoor, MD, a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at St. Joseph Mercy… 

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Rheumatoid arthritis patients who stop statin therapy have higher risk of death

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who discontinue their statin therapy increase their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes, according to the findings of a population-based study. Patients with RA should therefore be advised of the importance of compliance to their statin therapy, the study authors advised. The… 

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Protein biomarker predicts development of heart failure

mdCurrent Conference Report: American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session & Expo A blood test for a unique carbohydrate-binding protein called galectin-3 is a reliable predictor of incident heart failure and also the response to heart failure treatment. In a study presented at the 61st annual scientific session of… 

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Oral medication regimen for pulmonary embolism effective at preventing venous thromboembolism, causes fewer major bleeds

mdCurrent Conference Report: American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session & Expo A new study looking at an all-oral medication regimen for treating pulmonary embolism (PE) finds it as effective as starting with injectable enoxaparin and then switching to warfarin. The one-agent regimen would permit most of the treatment… 

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Drugs that raise HDL confer no extra clinical benefit when added to a statin

coronary artery disease

mdCurrent Conference Report: American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session & Expo Adding a therapy that boosts the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in a patient already taking a statin is unlikely to produce a substantial clinical benefit, according to the results of a meta-regression analysis. Key Point:… 

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