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Search cardiac articles from over 2,000 of the peer-reviewed medical journals, sorted and ranked by what’s most relevant to your day-to-day practice, and summarized to save you time. From vascular disorders and stroke to valvular disorders, coronary artery disease and arrhythmia, our physician editors make sure that all members of your heart health team can stay current on the latest cardiac news updates.

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1 Use of antiepileptic drugs and lipid-lowering agents in the United States Epilepsy & Behavior, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

2 Hypertonic saline plus i.v. furosemide improve renal safety profile and clinical outcomes in acute decompensated heart failure Herz, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

3 Dietary sodium and potassium intake is not associated with elevated blood pressure in US adults with no prior history of hypertension The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

4 First nationwide survey of U.S. integrated six-year cardiothoracic surgical residency program directors The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

5 The impact of clopidogrel therapy on postoperative bleeding after robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass surgery European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

6 Second-generation versus first-generation drug-eluting stents for the treatment of patients with acute coronary syndromes and obstructive coronary artery disease Coronary Artery Disease, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

7 The budget impact of left atrial appendage closure compared with adjusted-dose warfarin and dabigatran etexilate for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation EP Europace, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

8 Prograde transcatheter aortic arch intervention in patients with single-ventricle physiology: a word of caution Congenital Heart Disease, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

9 Outcomes of preoperative bridging therapy for patients undergoing surgery after coronary stent implantation: A weighted meta-analysis of 280 patients from 8 studies Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, April 17, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Review Article

10 Effect of metformin on left ventricular function after acute myocardial infarction in patients without diabetes: The GIPS-III randomized clinical trial JAMA, April 17, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Clinical Article

11 SPECT myocardial perfusion versus Fractional Flow Reserve for evaluation of functional ischemia: A meta analysis European Journal of Radiology, April 17, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Review Article

12 Comparison of three commercially available softwares for measuring left ventricular perfusion and function by gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

13 Trends in cardiovascular disease risk factors by obesity level in adults in the United States, NHANES 1999-2010 Obesity, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

14 Prognostic value of two polymorphisms in non-sarcomeric genes for the development of atrial fibrillation in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

15 Collaborative hypertension case management by registered nurses and clinical pharmacy specialists within the patient aligned care teams (PACT) model Journal of General Internal Medicine, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

16 Intramural location and size of arterial calcification are associated with stenosis at carotid bifurcation European Journal of Radiology, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

17 Obese children and adolescents have elevated nighttime blood pressure independent of insulin resistance and arterial stiffness American Journal of Hypertension, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

18 Associations of epithelial sodium channel genes with blood pressure changes and hypertension incidence: the genSalt study American Journal of Hypertension, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

19 Blood pressure, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and incidences of coronary artery disease and ischemic stroke in Japanese: the suita study American Journal of Hypertension, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

20 Sympathetic activity and markers of cardiovascular risk in nondiabetic severely obese patients: the effect of the initial 10% weight loss American Journal of Hypertension, April 17, 2014    Clinical Article

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Clinical Pearls in Cardiology

Highlights in Cardiology

Heart failure risk associated with adiponectin level

As published in Obesity, a J-shaped association between adiponectin level and heart failure exists. The study involved 787 males with heart failure and 787 healthy controls from the Physicians’ Health Study. The relative risk of heart failure from lowest to highest quintile of adiponectin level was 0.74, 0.67, 0.70, and 0.92.

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Apo B-48 is a marker for CAD

As published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, fasting serum apo B-48 levels were elevated in patients with Coronary Artery Disease (n=96; 6.9 µg/mL) compared to patients without CAD (n=67; 3.9 µg/mL). Along with other cardiac risk factors, an apo B-48 level > 4.34 µg/mL was predictive of CAD.

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Post-exercise heart rate recovery predicts cardiac autonomic neuropathy in T2DM

As published in Diabetic Medicine, cardiac autonomic neuropathy can be predicted in patients with T2DM and negative exercise echocardiograms based on post-exercise heart rate recovery. Of the 135 study subjects, 27 (20%) had cardiac autonomic neuropathy, the criteria for which included > 2 of 7 autonomic function markers (4 cardiac reflex tests and 3 indices of short-term heart rate variability). The optimal cut-offs for post-exercise heart rate recovery at 1-, 2-, and 3-minutes were < 28, < 50, and < 52 beats per minute, respectively.

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1 Vitamin D deficiency and coronary artery disease: A review of the evidence American Heart Journal, March 5, 2014    Review Article

2 Medical therapy versus implantable cardioverter -defibrillator in preventing sudden cardiac death in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction and heart failure: A meta-analysis of >35,000 patients International Journal of Cardiology, March 17, 2014

3 Atenolol versus non-atenolol beta-blockers for the treatment of hypertension: a meta analysis Canadian Journal of Cardiology, February 10, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Review Article

4 Beta blockers in hypertension: studies and meta-analyses over the years Canadian Journal of Cardiology, March 21, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Review Article

5 Serum levels of fetuin-A, osteoprotegerin and osteopontin in patients with coronary artery disease: Effects of Statin (HMGCoA-Reductase Inhibitor) Therapy Clinical Drug Investigation, March 3, 2014

6 Efficacy and safety of high dose versus low dose furosemide with or without dopamine infusion: The Dopamine in Acute Decompensated Heart Failure II (DAD-HF II) Trial International Journal of Cardiology, February 18, 2014

7 Comparative coronary risks of apixaban, rivaroxaban and dabigatran: A meta-analysis and adjusted indirect comparison British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, March 13, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine

8 Rivaroxaban and dabigatran in patients undergoing catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation EP Europace, March 4, 2014

9 Aspirin use in heart failure Circulation: Heart Failure, March 20, 2014

10 Effects of coenzyme Q10 supplementation (300 mg/day) on antioxidation and anti-inflammation in coronary artery disease patients during statins therapy: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial Nutrition Journal, November 15, 2013    Free full text

11 Meta-analysis comparing carvedilol versus metoprolol for the prevention of postoperative atrial fibrillation following coronary artery bypass grafting The American Journal of Cardiology, January 30, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Review Article

12 What proportion of symptomatic side effects in patients taking statins are genuinely caused by the drug? Systematic review of randomized placebo-controlled trials to aid individual patient choice European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, March 18, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Review Article

13 An unusual cause of dyspnoea in a young man European Heart Journal, March 3, 2014

14 Update on the efficacy of statin treatment in Acute Coronary Syndromes European Journal of Clinical Investigation, March 14, 2014    Review Article

15 Application of new cholesterol guidelines to a population-based sample New England Journal of Medicine, March 24, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Clinical Guideline

16 Long-term coffee consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease Circulation, February 11, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Review Article

17 Efficacy and safety of apixaban compared with warfarin according to age for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation: Observations from the ARISTOTLE trial European Heart Journal, February 28, 2014

18 High diet quality is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality in older men The Journal of Nutrition, March 3, 2014

19 Effect of switch to the highest dose of rosuvastatin versus add-on-statin fenofibrate versus add-on-statin nicotinic acid/laropiprant on oxidative stress markers in patients with mixed dyslipidemia Cardiovascular Therapeutics, March 26, 2014

20 Dietary patterns, Mediterranean diet, and cardiovascular disease Current Opinion in Lipidology, March 7, 2014    Review Article

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