Morning vs. afternoon AVR may not impact 2-year mortality, rehospitalization

January 23 ,2022

Overview:Procedural time of day appeared to have no influence on 2-year outcomes among intermediate-to-high-risk patients who underwent elective surgical or transcatheter aortic valve replacement, researchers reported.According to a new analysis of the PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 trials, outcomes among patients who underwent elective surgical AVR or TAVR during the morning were no different compared with those operated on during the afternoon.“Circadian rhythms influence cardiovascular physiological processes, and several experimental studies observed that tolerance to ischemia-reperfusion injury is more

Mortality rates decline for patients with non-STEMI, remain stable in STEMI

January 22 ,2022

Overview:Risk factors for patients with acute MI have changed modestly as treatment has improved, with mortality rates significantly declining for patients with non-STEMI and remaining stable for patients with STEMI.The research, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, examined the changes in treatment, characteristics, management and clinical and CV outcomes of acute MI over 10 years due to limited data on how these changes affect patients.“Despite increase in comorbidities like diabetes and atrial fibrillation, both unadjusted and risk adjusted mortality has decreased more

Q&A: What are physicians’ legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

January 21 ,2022

Overview:The results of a new survey suggest that many physicians do not completely understand what the Americans with Disabilities Act means for them.Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and colleagues surveyed 714 U.S. physicians who worked in outpatient settings about their knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a 1990 law that legally requires reasonable accommodations for people with a disability.Among the survey respondents, 62% were men; 64.5% were white; 61.7% worked in private, community-based practices; 66.5% had been out of medical more

Optimal subarachnoid hemorrhage treatment occurs within 12.5 hours of symptom onset

January 21 ,2022

Overview:Surgical treatment at approximately 12.5 hours after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage correlated with improved outcomes, according to results of a cohort study published in JAMA Network Open.“Neurosurgical or endovascular treatment within 24, 48 or 72 hours of onset has been associated with improved clinical outcomes,” Marie-Jeanne Buscot, PhD, of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania in Australia, and colleagues wrote. “However, the data are heterogenous, with a significant risk of bias from the subjective stratification of timing, more

Medtronic recalls directional atherectomy system due to risk for tip damage during use

January 21 ,2022

Overview:Medtronic is recalling its HawkOne Directional Atherectomy System due to risk for the tip of the catheter becoming damaged during use, which may include the catheter tip breaking off or separating, according to an FDA press release.The FDA has identified this as a class I recall, the most serious type of recall, meaning use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. There have been 163 complaints about this device issue, 55 injuries and no deaths reported, according to the release.The HawkOne Directional Atherectomy System consists of a catheter and a cutter driver. According to more

Troponin, natriuretic peptide levels may help assess prognosis for COVID-19

January 21 ,2022

Overview:In patients hospitalized for COVID-19, those with elevated natriuretic peptide and troponin levels were at greater risk for mortality compared with those who did not, according to data published in the American Journal of Cardiology.Annamaria Iorio, MD, cardiologist at Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo, Italy, and colleagues analyzed 341 patients (mean age, 68 years; 72% men) from the Cardio-COVID-Italy multicenter study who were hospitalized for COVID-19 from March 1 to April 9, 2020, and had cardiac biomarker data available to determine the prognostic role of natriuretic peptide and more

Cumulative high BP exposure drives systolic, diastolic dysfunction in middle age

January 21 ,2022

Overview:Cumulative exposure to increased BP from early adulthood on may influence right ventricular dysfunction in middle age, according to data from a large population-based study.In an analysis of more than 2,800 healthy adults, researchers also observed a stronger association between higher cumulative diastolic BP and worse right ventricular (RV) function parameters compared with higher cumulative systolic BP.“CVD risk prediction algorithms have predominantly focused on BP at a single time measurement, and do not consider the potential effect of long‐term BP exposure,” Zhiwei Zhang, more

Non-CV readmissions after TAVR more common among high-risk patients

January 21 ,2022

Overview:High-risk patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement experienced more readmissions for non-CV causes at 1 year compared with intermediate-risk patients, more than doubling 1-year mortality risk for the high-risk group.However, readmissions for CV causes after TAVR did not vary between high-risk and intermediate-risk patients, researchers found.In an analysis of patients who underwent TAVR from 2012 to 2018, researchers found the burden of readmissions after TAVR was significant, with more than 30% of patients experiencing at least one readmission within the first year.“Understanding more

Bereavement over loss of child linked to increased stroke risk

January 20 ,2022

Overview:Bereavement-related stress, particularly from the death of a child, may slightly increase risk for stroke, according to a bi-national, population-based cohort study published in Neurology.“Increasing evidence suggests that parents who experience the death of a child have higher risks of morbidity and mortality, including acute myocardial infarction, ischemic heart disease, atrial fibrillation, heart failure and cardiovascular death than their unexposed counterparts,” Dang Wei, MD, MSc, of the department of global public health at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and colleagues more

Many US adults fail to achieve sustainable control over high BP

January 20 ,2022

Overview:Only 30% to 50% of U.S. adults achieved sustainable BP control over 18 months after BP-lowering drug initiation, according to results of an electronic health record-based longitudinal cohort study.Moreover, researchers said they found no evidence of improvement in BP control over the last decade.“Unlike other studies, we were looking into sustainable BP control over 18 months post antihypertensive drug initiation,” Sanjoy Ketan Paul, PhD, MS, a professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Melbourne in Australia, told Healio. “We are not aware of more

CDC: 25% of US adults are physically inactive

January 20 ,2022

Overview:About one in four adults in the U.S. and its territories are physically inactive, meaning they have not participated in activities such as running, walking for exercise or gardening outside of work in the past month, according to the CDC.This represents an increase from January 2020, when the CDC announced that more than 15% of U.S. adults were physically inactive, Healio previously reported.“Getting enough physical activity could prevent one in 10 premature deaths,” Ruth Petersen, MD, the director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, said in a more

Prolonged TV time linked to VTE risk; frequent breaks, physical activity recommended

January 20 ,2022

Overview:According to a meta-analysis of three studies, prolonged TV viewing was associated with elevated risk for venous thromboembolism, independent of traditional risk factors, including age, sex, BMI and physical activity.In the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the researchers wrote that factors associated with prolonged TV viewing such as increased immobilization, body weight, lipids, hypertension, plasma viscosity, platelet aggregation and venous stasis through decreased venous return all may represent mechanistic pathways for VTE.Researchers recommended that frequent breaks during more

In meta-analysis, colchicine reduces risk for MACE after PCI

January 20 ,2022

Overview:In a meta-analysis of seven trials, colchicine was associated with reduced risk for MACE in patients with CAD who underwent PCI.As Healio previously reported, colchicine, an anti-inflammatory drug primarily used to treat gout, in the COLCOT trial reduced risk for ischemic CV events in patients with recent MI, and in the LoDoCo2 trial reduced risk for CV events in patients with chronic coronary disease.Kah Long Aw, MB, BCh, BAO (Hons), junior doctor at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of seven trials covering 6,660 more

Arterial stiffness in adolescence may drive insulin resistance in adulthood

January 20 ,2022

Overview:Arterial stiffness in adolescence may be a causal risk factor for hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance in young adulthood, driving risk for incident type 2 diabetes, according to research published in Hypertension.Emerging evidence among healthy adults followed for a median of 3.72 years suggests higher arterial stiffness may precede higher fasting blood glucose and could be a novel risk factor in the causal pathway of incident type 2 diabetes, Andrew O. Agbaje, MD, MPH, a clinical epidemiologist with the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Eastern more

HF may be tied to cancer incidence, mortality in those 50 years and older

January 19 ,2022

Overview:HF may be associated with cancer incidence as well as risk for cancer-related mortality, especially among individuals aged 50 to 70 years, according to new data published in JACC: CardioOncology.“The association between HF and cancer has gained increasing attention in the last years. The coexistence of these two entities is increasingly common caused by the progressive aging of the population and the growth in risk factors predisposing to both conditions, posing a substantial clinical and economic burden,” Edoardo Bertero, MD, of the Comprehensive Heart Failure Center at more

Decline in CHD prevalence slows in US

January 19 ,2022

Overview:CDC data show an overall decline in the prevalence of self-reported CHD in the U.S. slowed during the past decade, likely due to trends in risk factors such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, high sodium intake and hypertension.“The national change in CHD prevalence from 2011 to 2018 was not significant,” Cathleen Gillespie, MS, a senior statistician in the division for heart disease and stroke prevention at the CDC, and colleagues wrote in a research letter published in JAMA Cardiology. “Statistically significant, albeit modest, declines and increases were observed for some more

Recovery of cardiac function in COVID-19-related MIS-C quick; coronary outcomes good

January 19 ,2022

Overview:Most pediatric patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome also had evidence of myocardial injury, but functional recovery was quick with no adverse coronary outcomes, researchers reported.According to data published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, cardiac markers of deformation improved quickly within the first week and showed continued improvement through follow-up of 3 to 4 months.“Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a newly described hyperinflammatory syndrome associated with antecedent COVID-19 exposure. Cardiovascular involvement is more

Periodontal disease diagnosis tied to CVD risk

January 19 ,2022

Overview:Adults with a recorded diagnosis of a periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are more likely to develop CVD and other chronic diseases compared with patients without a diagnosis, researchers reported.Periodontal disease leads to a reduction in quality of life and results in a systemic proinflammatory state, which is implicated in the etiology of chronic diseases, Dawit T. Zemedikun, PhD, a research fellow in medical statistics and econometrics at University of Birmingham College of Medical and Dental Sciences, United Kingdom, and colleagues wrote in the study background. more

USPSTF: Use shared decision-making to prevent CVD in patients without risk factors

January 18 ,2022

Overview:The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation encouraging clinicians to use shared decision-making when considering behavioral counseling to promote healthy diet and physical activity for CVD prevention.The “C” grade recommendation only applies to adults without risk factors for CVD and does not apply to adults with obesity, the USPSTF wrote.A 2020 report from the CDC showed that CVD claimed about 659,000 lives in the U.S. in 2018, making it the leading cause of death for U.S. men, women and people of historically underrepresented populations. Healio more

Obstructive sleep apnea common in pulmonary hypertension

January 18 ,2022

Overview:In a new study, researchers reported obstructive sleep apnea is common in patients with pulmonary hypertension, and risk factors include older age, male sex and lower daytime arterial oxygen pressure.This single-center, observational study enrolled 140 patients with pulmonary hypertension (mean age, 39.5 years; 76.4% women) diagnosed via right heart catheterization who underwent overnight cardiorespiratory monitoring from December 2018 to December 2020. OSA was defined by an apnea-hypopnea index of 5 or more hours with 50% or more obstructive apneic events. Researchers then compared patients more

Optimal Antiplatelet Therapy In NSTE-ACS: Results From A Novel Crowdsourcing Survey

July 07 ,2021

Overview:The choice and duration of antiplatelet therapy in NSTE-ACS undergoing PCI is complex and is a hotly debated topic – particularly amongst patients at high bleeding risk. To gain insight into the real-world practices of a global cross-section of cardiologists, Radcliffe Medical Education, in partnership with the International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (ISCP), undertook a novel […] more

Results of an international crowdsourcing survey on the utilisation of antiplatelet therapy in NSTE-ACS

June 09 ,2021

Overview:Choosing an antiplatelet strategy in patients with non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) at high bleeding risk (HBR), undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is complex given that one must balance the risk of thrombosis with bleeding events. Since the most recent European guidelines were published in 2020, a number of important original research articles […] more

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February 04 ,2021

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ACC.20/WCC Virtual continues!

April 05 ,2020

Overview:The World Heart Federation and American College of Cardiology held their first ever virtual congress March 28-30. But it’s not over. All of the ACC.20/WCC Virtual live sessions are now available on demand, along with additional videos, abstracts and slides — all for FREE. This includes Late-Breaking Clinical Trials, Featured Clinical Research, Young Investigator Awards, Keynotes, and more. All content will […] more

2020 ISCP Annual Meeting cancelled

February 26 ,2020

Overview:Notice of Cancellation We regret to have to inform our colleagues and friends that the 2020 ISCP Annual Scientific Meeting in Miami will now be cancelled. The Board of Directors of ISCP was forced to take the decision based on advice from different sources raising concern about the threat posed by the Covid-19 virus which […] more

European Cardiology Review (ECR) now on PubMed and PubMed Central

October 30 ,2018

Overview:    European Cardiology Review (ECR) confirms that it has been accepted for indexing on PubMed Central and PubMed. All ECR articles starting from the first issue in July 2014, will now be published online in full on PubMed Central, providing greater access for our authors’ articles amongst the global cardiology community. ECR is a […] more

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