The Latest Journal Articles in Cardiology

1Efficacy of chinese herbal medicine on health-related quality of life (sf-36) in hypertensive patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trialsComplementary Therapies in Medicine, April 24, 2015  Clinical Article
2Transcatheter aortic valve implantationSurgery Today, April 24, 2015  Review Article
3Prospective evaluation of associations between prenatal cortisol and adulthood coronary heart disease risk: The New England Family StudyPsychosomatic Medicine, April 24, 2015  Clinical Article
4Safety and efficacy of antihypertensive prescription at emergency department dischargeAcademic Emergency Medicine, April 24, 2015  Clinical Article
5Low cardiac index is associated with incident dementia and Alzheimer diseaseCirculation, April 24, 2015  Clinical Article
6Estimated pulmonary artery systolic pressure and sickle cell disease: A meta-analysis and systematic reviewBritish Journal of Haematology, April 24, 2015  Evidence Based Medicine  Review Article
7Pulmonary vein isolation to reduce future risk of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing typical flutter ablation: results from a randomized pilot study (REDUCE AF)Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, April 24, 2015  Clinical Article
8Rationale and design for the Predictors of Arrhythmic and Cardiovascular Risk in End Stage Renal Disease (PACE) studyBMC Nephrology, April 24, 2015  Full Text  Clinical Article
9Folic acid in pregnancy and mortality from cancer and cardiovascular disease: further follow-up of the Aberdeen folic acid supplementation trialJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, April 24, 2015  Clinical Article
10Clinical structural anatomy of the inferior pyramidal space reconstructed within the cardiac contour using multidetector-row computed tomographyJournal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, April 24, 2015  Clinical Article
1Cognitive problems are common after cardiac arrestLund University News, April 24, 2015
2Statins show promise as a prevention tool for adults 75 and older, OSU study showsOregon State University News, April 24, 2015
3New test helps doctors tailor treatment for individual patientsThe University of Iowa Health News, April 24, 2015
4New study unravels why common blood pressure medicine can failUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine News, April 24, 2015
5SALUS clinical trial restores valve function of 93 year old womanUniversity of Maryland Medical Center News, April 24, 2015
6CHORI-bar improves health after only two monthsUCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland News, April 24, 2015
7Breast arterial calcification strong predictor of coronary artery calcificationAmerican Roentgen Ray Society News, April 24, 2015
8Traditional MDCT 3-mm slice reconstructions for coronary artery calcium score quantification may underestimate scores, lead to inaccurate measurementsAmerican Roentgen Ray Society News, April 23, 2015
9Two different carotid artery stenting procedures show little difference in effectiveness, according to Penn Medicine studyPenn Medicine, April 23, 2015
10Depression raises risk of poor outcomes for blacks with heart failureAmerican Heart Association News, April 23, 2015

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Muscle strength in adolescence decreases CVD risk

As reported in BMC Medicine, adolescents (n=38588) with the highest tertile of muscle strength had a decreased risk of CVD (HR=0.88) compared to adolescents with the lowest tertile of muscle strength after 42 y of follow-up. Of note, low muscle strength in adolescence by itself had no effect on CVD risk in middle age (HR=0.99). In contrast, high muscle strength in adolescence significantly decreased the risk of CVD in middle age (HR=1.31).

Statin use associated with decreased mortality in HFPEF

Based on a meta-analysis reported in the American Journal of Cardiology, statin use by patients (n=17985) with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) is associated with a 40% reduction in mortality.

Fructosamine and glycated albumin predict incident diabetes

As reported in The Lancet, fructosamine and glycated albumin > 95th percentile predicted incident diabetes (HR=4.96 and 6.17, respectively) and retinopathy and chronic kidney disease among 958 and 11348 patients with and without diabetes, respectively, followed for 20 years.

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