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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New colorectal cancer screening guidance based on review of multiple guidelines

A comprehensive review of several medical groups’ guidelines for colorectal screening has resulted in a new guidance statement that includes a number of useful recommendations. Key Point: The ACP’s critical review of multiple guidelines offers guidance regarding colorectal cancer screening. In searching the National Guidelines Clearinghouse developed in the United… 

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New diabetes pharmacology guidelines focus on individualized approach

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), 50.8 million Indians (7.1% of adults) suffer from diabetes, making India the country with the most diabetics worldwide. The IDF estimates that diabetes kills about 1 million residents of India each year. In a new joint position statement published by the American Diabetes… 

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Sugary drinks add to coronary heart disease risk

Consuming soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, but not artificially sweetened ones, is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and adverse changes in lipids, inflammatory factors, and leptin. Key Point: Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to excess coronary heart disease risk. Patients should be counseled to limit their… 

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Adherence to 7 cardiovascular health metrics lowers risk of premature death

Meeting 7 recommendations for improving cardiovascular health could prevent premature deaths. Key Point: Adherence to a series of healthy behaviors can protect against premature overall and cardiovascular mortality. Researchers examined data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 3 time periods (1988-1994, 1999-2004, 2005-2010) to assess… 

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Longstanding diabetes increases risk of stroke

Strokes are much more likely in patients who have had diabetes for 10 or more years compared with those without diabetes, according to findings from the Northern Manhattan Study, a research study of stroke and stroke risk factors. “The findings emphasize the chronic nature of diabetes and the fact that… 

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