1Effect of high dose statin pretreatment on endothelial progenitor cells after percutaneous coronary intervention (HIPOCRATES study)Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy  Clinical Article
2Differences in patient outcomes after conventional versus real time perfusion stress echocardiography in men versus women: a prospective randomised trialHeart  Clinical Article  Evidence Based Medicine
3Aspirin therapy is associated with less compact fibrin networks and enhanced fibrinolysis in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysmJournal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis  Clinical Article
4The difference between Asian and Western in the effect of LDL-C lowering therapy on coronary atherosclerotic plaque: a meta-analysis reportBMC Cardiovascular Disorders  Full Text  Clinical Article  Evidence Based Medicine
5Anticoagulant reversal, blood pressure levels, and anticoagulant resumption in patients with anticoagulation-related intracerebral hemorrhageJAMA  Clinical Article
6Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D is associated with major cardiovascular risk factors and cardiac structure and function in patients with coronary artery diseaseNutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases  Clinical Article
7Comparison of three dimensional proximal isovelocity surface area to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for quantifying mitral regurgitationThe American Journal of Cardiology  Review Article
8Long-term results of a randomized controlled trial analyzing the role of systematic pre-operative coronary angiography before elective carotid endarterectomy in patients with asymptomatic coronary artery diseaseEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery  Clinical Article
9Association of NSAID use with risk of bleeding and cardiovascular events in patients receiving antithrombotic therapy after myocardial infarctionJAMA  Clinical Article  Evidence Based Medicine
10Relation of fish oil supplementation to markers of atherothrombotic risk in patients with cardiovascular disease not receiving lipid-lowering therapyThe American Journal of Cardiology  Clinical Article
1NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center participates in national clinical trial for heart pump deviceNewYork-Presbyterian
2Sleeping over eight hours a day associated with greater risk of strokeUniversity of Cambridge News
3Heart failure patients struggling with daily tasks more often hospitalized; die earlyAmerican Heart Association News
4Million man study examines long-term effects of blocking inflammationUniversity of Cambridge News
5NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital participating in trial of device designed to prevent stroke in heart valve-replacement patientsNewYork-Presbyterian
6Women's heart disease should be a research priorityAmerican Heart Association News
7Younger women delay seeking help for heart attacks, study findsYale School of Medicine News
8Homeless people with mental illness also have significantly higher 30-year risk of serious cardiovascular disease, research findsSt. Michael's Hospital
96 Year study identifies patients at higher risk of recurrent strokeUniversity of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
10UVA prevents diabetic heart condition by amplifying effect of exerciseUniversity of Virginia Health System News

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Relationship benefit in women with IHD

As reported in BMC Medicine, women who were married or living with a partner had a decreased risk of mortality (RR=0.72) after the first ischemic heart disease (IHD) event compared to women who were not married or living with a partner. The study involved 734626 women with no history of IHD who were followed for 8.6 y; there were 30747 women with a first IHD event and 2148 deaths.

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).

Vitamin D supplementation improves ejection fraction

As reported in Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases, vitamin D supplementation (4000 IU/d of cholecalciferol x 6 months) of vitamin D-deficient heart failure patients (n=23) resulted in an increase in the ejection fraction compared to placebo (6.7 vs. -4.3%).

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