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Cardiologist Care Linked to Lower AFib Death Rate

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients who receive care from a cardiologist are about 32 percent less likely to die within the first year after initial diagnosis, a study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology found.

However, it...

Fueling the Debate on Statin Use in Older Adults

The use of statins for primary cardiovascular disease prevention in adults over age 75 is clouded in uncertainty. A recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that statins may significantly lower mortality risk in older adults. That only underscores the need for a large-scale, prospective, randomized clinical trial, researchers say.

Racial Gap for In-hospital Cardiac Arrest Mortality Narrows

Recent research based on data from Get With the Guidelines–Resuscitation (GWTG-R) shows a substantial decrease in the difference in survival rates between black and white patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrest.

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Calcium Levels Linked to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Low serum calcium levels in the blood are associated with greater likelihood of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), according to a study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

“Patients with serum calcium in the lowest quartile (<8.95 mg/dL) had...

Study Links Bariatric Surgery to Lower Risk of Congestive Heart Failure

Results from a Geisinger Obesity Institute study suggest Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery has durable protective effects with regard to congestive heart failure. This is the first time a study has shown such long-term benefits, according to researchers.

“Many studies have...

Empagliflozin: A Transformative Approach to Diabetes?

A major trial demonstrated the glucose-lowering drug empagliflozin reduces cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in individuals with Type 2 diabetes and existing cardiovascular disease. Clinicians and researchers discuss how it does so and who is most likely to benefit.

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Component of Chicory May Combat Alzheimer’s

An acid in chicory could reduce impaired memory among people with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, according to research in The FASEB Journal.

Scientists injected mice with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to induce...

Obesity Epidemic among Late Teens May Presage Heart Failure Crisis, Study Suggests

Research finds that young men in the middle- to high-normal range of BMI have elevated risk for heart failure when they reach middle age — earlier than heart failure typically develops.

State of the Heart

An emphasis on evidence-based guidelines has yielded improvement in cardiovascular outcomes in recent years. However, with heart disease continuing to claim the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans annually, even the most optimistic clinicians are not likely to unfurl the victory flag.

Early Arterial Stiffness Connected to Later Cognitive Decline

Arterial stiffness in people as young as their 40s can contribute to Alzheimer’s risk, data from the Framingham Heart Study show.