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Thrombolysis may be beneficial later and in older patients suffering an acute stroke

About 1.44 to 1.64 million cases of new stroke occur each year in India, with stroke sufferers losing over 6 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) annually due to death and disability, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO). Thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) is used to… 

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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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Alzheimer’s disease drug donepezil demonstrates promising safety profile

Key Point: Donepezil’s cardiac safety profile appears promising in this small-scale, short-term study. If drugs with a similar mechanism of action that affect acetylcholine are prescribed in patients receiving this therapy, patients should be closely monitored for potential cardiac effects. However, these effects have not been significantly demonstrated in patients… 

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Increased education increases likelihood of longer lifespans

Among older adults in India and other low- and middle-income countries, a higher education status is a consistent independent predictor against death. This finding comes from a study of 12,373 people aged 65 years and older living in India, China, and 6 Latin American low- to middle-income countries. The participants… 

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Proton-pump inhibitors linked to hip fractures in women, especially smokers

Regular use of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) can increase the risk for hip fracture in postmenopausal women, especially those with a history of smoking, according to a study published recently in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Key Point: Postmenopausal women who are regular users of PPIs have an increased risk of… 

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Lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease is tied to blood pressure changes at age 55

Blood pressure changes in middle age correlate with the remaining lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the results from a pooled analysis of 7 studies. In the analysis of the U.S.-based studies, people with an increase in blood pressure in middle age had an increase in the remaining… 

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Chlorthalidone treatment for systolic hypertension improves life expectancy

Treating systolic hypertension in older patients with the diuretic chlorthalidone leads to a long-term gain in life expectancy. A gain in life expectancy free from cardiovascular death of about 1 day gained for each month of treatment was found with 22 years of follow-up in the U.S.-based Systolic Hypertension in… 

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