Tooth extraction before heart surgery carries risks
Dental extraction before cardiac surgery may not be as benign a procedure as some clinicians might think, with review findings showing that it is associated with major adverse outcomes. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - February 28, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension common in severe heart failure
Pulmonary hypertension is common in patients with heart failure and is likely to include a pre-capillary component, research suggests. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - February 7, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

ECG abnormalities progress during pulmonary arterial hypertension course
Researchers have identified a number of electrocardiography variables that progress between diagnosis and death in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - February 4, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Morning blood pressure tied to target-organ damage
Physicians should ask patients to take home blood pressure readings in the morning as well as the evening before making therapeutic decisions, say researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - February 3, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Chest radiography highly predictive of pulmonary hypertension
Chest radiography is very accurate for predicting pulmonary hypertension, report researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - February 3, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Home blood pressure best guide to metabolic risk
Home blood pressure is a good guide to which patients are likely to have the metabolic syndrome, say researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - January 20, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Oral opioid use sufficient following cardiac surgery
Oral opioids are as effective as intravenous opioids for relieving pain in patients who have undergone cardiac surgery, randomized trial findings show. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - January 20, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Clinical rule stratifies CAP patients’ cardiac risk
Researchers have generated and validated a clinical rule that accurately stratifies patients hospitalized for community acquired pneumonia according to their risk for cardiac complications. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - January 20, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Gouty tophi predict cardiovascular remodeling
Research shows that the severity of gout, rather than uric acid level, is significantly associated with changes in left ventricular diastolic function and left atrial volume. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - January 16, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Obesity interferes with blood pressure control
Patients who are overweight or obese have a high risk for uncontrolled blood pressure, despite often taking multiple antihypertensive agents, say researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - January 13, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Cardiovascular conditions may be overlooked in bipolar disorder
Cardiovascular comorbidities may be going under-recognized and undertreated in patients with bipolar disorder, say UK researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - January 11, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Chronic musculoskeletal pain increases CVD risk
Chronic musculoskeletal pain is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, researchers have found. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - January 6, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Tight blood pressure control urged in patients with cardiovascular disease
Intensive antihypertensive treatment to a systolic blood pressure target of 130 mmHg is equally beneficial for patients with and without established cardiovascular disease, research suggests. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - January 6, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Two-armed approach to vascular risk prediction
People with different blood pressures in their left and right arms have an increased risk for cardiovascular events, even if they do not have hypertension, shows a population-based analysis. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - December 9, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Hypertension organ risk revealed in Chinese patients
A study of Chinese patients warns of the risk for target organ damage from untreated hypertension, especially for younger patients. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - December 2, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Insomnia symptoms linked to increased mortality
Certain aspects of insomnia are associated with an increased risk for mortality, shows an analysis of a large cohort of US men. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - December 2, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Call for greater beta blocker use in COPD
Researchers say that stubbornly low rates of beta-blocker prescribing in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease could be contributing toward increased mortality in these patients following myocardial infarction. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - November 27, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Call for greater ß-blocker use in COPD
Researchers say that stubbornly low rates of beta-blocker prescribing in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease could be contributing toward increased mortality in these patients following myocardial infarction. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - November 27, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Grave prognosis for heart patients with treatment-resistant hypertension
Patients with coronary artery disease have a particularly high risk for poor outcomes if they have treatment-resistant hypertension, shows an analysis of the Treating to New Targets trial. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - November 17, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

‘Pioneering’ non-invasive coronary plaque imaging revealed
Combined 18F-sodium fluoride positron emission tomography–computed tomography allows physicians to visualize high-risk or ruptured coronary atherosclerotic plaques in patients with myocardial infarction or stable angina, research shows. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - November 14, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Ambulatory BP best for assessing diabetes CV risk
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring should be used to monitor patients with Type 2 diabetes who have a high risk for developing cardiovascular complications, say researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - November 4, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Insomnia concerns go unaddressed in heart failure patients
The impact of insomnia on health and function is a major concern for patients with heart failure, qualitative and quantitative research shows. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - November 4, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Cardiometabolic risk high for schizophrenia patients
The risk for abdominal obesity may be increased as much as fourfold for patients with multi-episode schizophrenia compared with the rest of the population, reveal findings from a meta-analysis. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - October 16, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Six-month surgery delay ‘acceptable’ after DES implantation
The recommendation to delay noncardiac surgery for a year after receipt of a drug-eluting stent, compared with just 6 weeks for a bare-metal stent, may be too conservative, suggests research indicating that stent type does not influence the longer term risk for major adverse cardiac events. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - October 13, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Doubt cast on worth of BP load
Blood pressure load may not be a useful clinical measure, say researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - September 8, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

BP variability a long-term challenge
Blood pressure variability over the long term predicts mortality among patients receiving treatment for hypertension, a study shows. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - September 2, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Sleep role in depression-related death risk
Poor sleep may partially explain the association between depressive symptoms and death from cardiovascular causes, research indicates. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - August 25, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Caveat for blood pressure treatment in chronic kidney disease
Physicians should keep a close eye on diastolic blood pressure when attempting to reduce systolic blood pressure in patients who have chronic kidney disease, research suggests. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - August 25, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Milestone for ischemic preconditioning
A randomized, controlled trial provides the first strong evidence that remote ischemic preconditioning can reduce mortality among patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - August 20, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Unstable blood pressure may have cognitive consequences in the elderly
Increased visit-to-visit blood pressure variability is associated with impaired cognition in elderly patients with risk factors for cardiovascular disease, shows a secondary analysis of a randomized, controlled trial. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - August 19, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Multiple BP components give better vascular risk picture
Considering just one component of blood pressure may give an incomplete picture of a person’s cardiovascular risk, study findings suggest. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - August 4, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

COPD overdiagnosis puts valve replacement benefits at risk
A study shows that pulmonary function improves following aortic valve replacement in a substantial proportion of patients preoperatively diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, suggesting they may have misdiagnosed chronic heart failure. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - August 2, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Central BP thresholds proposed
Central blood pressure edges closer to clinical use with the establishment of a threshold predictive for cardiovascular mortality. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - July 29, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Imaging raises heart disease alarm in COPD
Using cardiac imaging, researchers have found that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have significantly impaired myocardial perfusion reserve – a powerful indicator of cardiac risk. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - July 15, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Diabetic blood pressure target challenged
A long follow up of a large sample of community-based patients with diabetes suggests that the current guideline blood pressure targets may be too low. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - July 14, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Insomnia increases blood pressure variability in elderly
Long sleep duration and persistent insomnia are associated with increased visit-to-visit blood pressure variability in elderly individuals at high risk for cardiovascular disorder, research shows. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - June 23, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Controlling children’s blood pressure pays vascular dividends
Children with hypertension have increased cardiovascular risk later in life, unless their blood pressure is brought under control by the time they reach adulthood, shows a long-term study. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - June 23, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

CABG offers survival advantage for diabetes population
Coronary artery bypass graft offers a significant survival advantage over medical therapy for patients with diabetes and multivessel coronary artery disease, MASS II trial results indicate. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - June 20, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Pulmonary effects leave cardiac red herring in COPD, emphysema
US researchers have found evidence that impaired left ventricular filling in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema is caused by reduced left ventricular preload due to upstream pulmonary causes, as opposed to intrinsic diastolic dysfunction. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - June 20, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Gender influences poor sleep impact in heart patients
Poor sleep, particularly waking too early, appears to be associated with unhealthy rises in inflammation levels in women with coronary heart disease, findings from the Heart and Soul study indicate. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - June 16, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Mixed success for hypertension treatment algorithm
An algorithm for treating primary care patients with hypertension and dyslipidemia may help to reduce blood pressure, shows a randomized trial. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - June 16, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

COPD bronchodilator cardiovascular risks comparable
The risk for cardiovascular events among older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is similar if they begin treatment with long-acting ß-agonists or muscarinic antagonists, show results from a large, population-based study. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - May 20, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Insomnia and sleep duration interact to increase heart disease risk
Long sleep duration and insomnia increase the risk for coronary heart disease among postmenopausal women and may interact to almost double the risk, study findings from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) show. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - May 20, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Warfarin discontinuation ‘unnecessary’ for pacemaker surgery
Warfarin should not be discontinued in favor of heparin before pacemaker or implantable cardioverter–defibrillator surgery in patients with a moderate-to-high risk for thromboembolism, the Bruise Control trial investigators recommend. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - May 10, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Double product fails to aid vascular risk prediction
The double product does not enhance vascular risk stratification beyond that achieved with either of its components, say researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - May 5, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Biventricular pacing best in atrioventricular block patients
Use of biventricular rather than conventional right ventricular pacing results in better clinical outcomes in patients who have heart failure with atrioventricular block and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, show the results of BLOCK HF. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - April 29, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Undetected arrhythmia could underlie some wake-up strokes
Unrecognized atrial fibrillation could be a cause of some wake-up strokes, say researchers who found an increased prevalence of the arrhythmia in patients who had stroke symptoms on waking. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - April 26, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Kidney disease screening needs rethink in hypertension
The standard approach to detecting chronic kidney disease fails to spot the condition in about a quarter of patients with hypertension, a study suggests. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - April 26, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Schizophrenia cardiovascular risk under-recognized in primary care
UK researchers have found that despite being a major contributor to premature deaths among patients with schizophrenia, cardiovascular disease is less likely to be recorded on their primary care records than people without schizophrenia. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - April 25, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news