Liraglutide better at preventing heart outcomes vs. three other glucose-lowering therapies

June 20 ,2024

Overview:PHILADELPHIA — In the cardiovascular outcomes analysis of the GRADE trial, liraglutide was linked to lower risk for certain CV outcomes compared with other glucose-lowering therapies, researchers reported.Jennifer B. Green, MD, professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute, presented the results, which were previously published in Circulation, at the Heart in Diabetes CME Conference.GRADE compared the GLP-1 receptor agonist liraglutide (Victoza, Novo Nordisk), the DPP-IV inhibitor sitagliptin (Januvia, Merck), the more

‘A giant in the metabolic and hypertension field’: A tribute to George L. Bakris, MD

June 19 ,2024

Overview:Hypertension expert and longtime editorial board member for Healio | Cardiology and Healio | Endocrinology George L. Bakris, MD, died June 15, 2024, at the age of 72.Bakris, a nephrologist by training whose work intersected with multiple specialties, was an internationally recognized expert in hypertension and diabetic kidney disease.“Dr. Bakris was passionate and worked tirelessly to advance and provide the best care to patients. He was an exceptional leader, mentor and friend who we will miss dearly,” Everett E. Vokes, MD, the John E. Ultmann Distinguished Service Professor, more

AMA: Nearly one in four physicians say prior authorization led to serious adverse events

June 19 ,2024

Overview:New survey results from the AMA illustrate the burden of prior authorization, with many physicians reporting that it leads to serious patient harms, delays care, reduces work productivity and more.“Across the country, physicians see firsthand the dangerous, harmful — and sometimes deadly — consequences of prior authorization,” AMA President Bruce A. Scott, MD, said in a related viewpoint. “Payers erect roadblocks allegedly designed to save money for the health system and protect their resources, but when patients and their doctors face care delays — or when more

Coronary implant for treatment of CAD granted breakthrough device status by FDA

June 19 ,2024

Overview:Elixir Medical announced its novel sirolimus-eluting coronary implant adaptable to vessel physiology was granted a breakthrough device designation by the FDA.The breakthrough device designation is intended to expedite the development and review of devices intended to treat a serious condition in which preliminary clinical evidence indicates potentially substantial improvement over available devices.The breakthrough designation is for an indication to improve coronary luminal diameter, hemodynamic modulation and plaque progression in patients with symptomatic ischemic heart disease due to de more

Black Americans had nearly 800,000 excess cardiovascular deaths from 2000 to 2022

June 19 ,2024

Overview:Reflecting disparities in cardiovascular care, there were nearly 800,000 excess CV deaths among Black Americans between 2000 and 2022, according to a “report card” published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.“Our study reveals that Black Americans, because of their higher cardiovascular mortality rates compared with white Americans, have suffered almost 800,000 excess deaths, which translates to about 24 million additional years of life lost between 2000 and 2022,” Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC, the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine at more

Study: Poor sleep related to high blood pressure in children

June 18 ,2024

Overview:A study identified a link between poor sleep and hypertension in children and teenagers, according to findings published in Pediatrics.Although it is commonly thought of as a disease of older adults, an estimated 6% of children have hypertension.Because sleep has been linked to obesity, unhealthy eating, increased stress and lower quality of life, the authors of the new study hypothesized that inadequate sleep might contribute to the prevalence of pediatric hypertension.“It was an interesting question to us since most children don’t achieve the recommended number of hours of more

Metformin use during conception does not increase risk for adverse birth outcomes

June 18 ,2024

Overview:Maternal and paternal metformin use during conception did not increase the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, two studies in Annals of Internal Medicine showed.The data conflict with previous studies. For example, a 2022 BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care study found that metformin use — either alone or combined with other treatment — was tied to increased risks for adverse pregnancy outcomes like preterm birth, large or small for gestational age and hypoglycemia.Because of a lack of data on the safety of noninsulin medications in early pregnancy, Yu-Han Chiu, MD, ScD, an more

Air pollution linked to heart disease, cancer risk, likely via shared risk factors

June 18 ,2024

Overview:Air pollution exposure may contribute to both CV and cancer risk by interacting with various common risk factors such as inflammation, oxidative stress and epigenetic modifications, according to a state-of-the-art review.Xiaoquan Rao, MD, PhD, cardiologist at Tongji Hospital at the Tongji Medical College in Wuhan, China, and colleagues issued a state-of-the-art review on the effects of air pollution as a shared risk factor for both CVD and cancer, which was published in JACC: CardioOncology.“The review underscores the critical need to consider environmental factors, especially air more

FDA clears mobile C-arm system for complex vascular imaging

June 18 ,2024

Overview:Royal Philips announced the FDA 510(k) clearance and launch of image-guided therapy mobile C-arm system designed for complex vascular needs and clinical procedures such as cardiac interventions, pain management and urology.The motorized C-arm system (Zenition 90 Motorized) allows clinicians to control it from the tableside and is designed to improve clinical efficiency with automated workflows, touchscreen image controls and the advanced software solutions, according to a press release from the company.The new C-arm system is also available in a nonmotorized configuration, according to the more

NLA document issued to optimize screening, management of lipids in reproductive-age women

June 18 ,2024

Overview:The National Lipid Association has issued a clinical consensus statement on the management of dyslipidemia in women of reproductive potential, with a focus on considerations for pharmacologic options, a speaker reported.The consensus statement, presented at the National Lipid Association (NLA) Scientific Sessions by Anandita Kulkarni, MD, director of cardiovascular disease prevention and cardio-obstetrics at Baylor Scott & White Health and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M University College of Medicine, details approaches to lipid management for the prevention of more

FDA clears antibiotic-eluting bio-envelope to reduce complications after ICD implant

June 17 ,2024

Overview:Elutia Inc. announced the FDA clearance of its antibiotic-eluting bio-envelope designed to prevent postoperative infection, migration and erosion for implanted devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators.The bio-envelope (EluPro) is designed to circumvent the long-term foreign body response with a combination of drugs and a natural extracellular tissue matrix designed to support regeneration of a vascularized pocket from the patient's own tissue, according to a company press release.The walls of the envelope are embedded with the antibiotics rifampin and minocycline, which are delivered more

Algorithm can help optimize device therapy for patients with HFrEF

June 17 ,2024

Overview:HF is associated with a fourfold increased risk for death and a sixfold to ninefold increased risk for sudden cardiac death, and its direct and indirect costs are estimated to reach $69.8 billion annually in the United States by 2030.Current HF treatment goals are to slow disease progression to improve symptoms and outcomes, including reducing HF-related hospitalization, improving survival and reducing/avoiding need for left ventricular assist device or transplant. Equally important is improving symptoms and health status (quality of life) and improving functional capacity.As a chronic, more

Weekly yoga practice improves symptoms, activity levels among patients with heart failure

June 15 ,2024

Overview:Adults with HF who practiced weekly yoga for 1 year had greater improvements in heart health than those receiving medical management alone, according to a poster presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s Heart Failure 2024 meeting.“Patients who practiced yoga on top of taking their medications felt better, were able to do more and had stronger hearts than those who only took drugs for their heart failure,” Ajit Singh, PhD, of the Indian Council of Medical Research at Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India, said in a related press release. “The findings more

'It is our duty': AMA adopts several new public health policies

June 14 ,2024

Overview:The AMA House of Delegates adopted several new policies to promote public health at its annual meeting.One such policy advocated for heightened awareness of high-dose biotin supplements interfering in laboratory tests.In recent years, the use of over-the-counter biotin supplements for nail and hair growth “has grown exponentially,” according to a press release. Although the FDA’s recommended daily allowance for biotin is 30 µg per day for adults, most daily doses of biotin supplements on the market exceed the recommendation, typically ranging anywhere from 600 to more

Two intra-aortic balloon catheter kits recalled; three deaths reported

June 14 ,2024

Overview:Teleflex and its subsidiary Arrow International issued a recall of its intra-aortic balloon catheter kits due to a manufacturing error that may cause the balloon to become overtwisted.The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall, as use of these devices (FiberOptix and UltraFlex, Arrow) may cause serious injury or death. Of note, this recall is a correction, not a product removal.If the intra-aortic balloon becomes overtwisted, it may cause blood loss, artery perforation, hemodynamic instability, myocardial ischemia or death, according to an alert from the more

Fewer US adults suggested for statin therapy for primary prevention by new risk calculator

June 14 ,2024

Overview:Fewer U.S. adults aged 40 to 75 years are eligible for statin therapy for primary CVD prevention in the new PREVENT risk calculator compared with the older Pooled Cohort Equation, researchers reported.However, many people deemed eligible by PREVENT for statins for primary prevention are not taking them, according to the researchers.“We don’t want people to think they were treated incorrectly in the past,” Timothy Anderson, MD, MAS, a primary care physician at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and health services researcher and assistant professor of medicine at the more

Aim to lower cardiometabolic disease risk when considering dietary pattern for obesity

June 14 ,2024

Overview:PHILADELPHIA — Some dietary change may improve cardiometabolic measures beyond weight loss and providers should create a diet that will most benefit each individual with obesity, according to a speaker.Weight loss can help reduce the risk for many complications, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, atherogenic dyslipidemia and metabolic-dysfunction associated steatotic liver disease, according to Samuel Klein, MD, chief of the division of nutritional science and obesity medicine and the William H. Danforth Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Science at Washington University more

'Our patients deserve better': AMA adopts policies to protect health care access

June 13 ,2024

Overview:The AMA adopted policies to protect patients’ access to necessary health care in a variety of ways at its annual meeting.The organization’s House of Delegates endorsed policies regarding affordable prescriptions, medical-legal partnerships, support for in vitro fertilization and ethical patient data use, according to a press release.One policy aims to address the “expensive surprise that awaits” patients with Medicare Advantage who need physician-administered biologics or drugs by advocating for a federal policy limiting a patient’s out-of-pocket costs in these more

‘This is going to take all of us’: Creative partnerships can reduce cardiometabolic risk

June 13 ,2024

Overview:BOSTON — Lowering cardiovascular risk for people with type 2 diabetes requires effort from far beyond the clinician’s office, leveraging creative community partnerships that address social determinants of health, according to a speaker.There remains a large gap between existing evidence on how best to lower CV risk for people with type 2 diabetes and the reality for people living with type 2 diabetes, Joshua J. Joseph, MD, MPH, FAHA, associate professor of internal medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine, said during a plenary presentation at ENDO 2024. Recommended more

Preoxygenation with noninvasive ventilation reduces hypoxemia during intubation

June 13 ,2024

Overview:Fewer ICU/ED patients experienced hypoxemia during intubation with receipt of preoxygenation with noninvasive ventilation vs. an oxygen mask, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.“The PREOXI trial shows that, for patients undergoing emergency tracheal intubation in the ED or ICU, preoxygenation with noninvasive ventilation reduces hypoxemia and may prevent cardiac arrest without increasing the risk of aspiration,” Jonathan Casey, MD, MSCI, assistant professor in the division of allergy, pulmonary and critical care medicine at Vanderbilt University more

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February 04 ,2021

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WHF to attend the WHO Executive Board meeting in January 2017

January 23 ,2017

Overview:From 23 January to 01 February 2017, the World Health Organization(WHO) will host the 140th session. From 23 January to 01 February 2017, the World Health Organization(WHO) will host the […] more