1Benefit of early statin therapy in patients with acute myocardial infarction who have extremely low low-density lipoprotein cholesterolJACC - Journal of the American College of Cardiology  Full Text  Clinical Article
2Validity of the 6 min walk test in prediction of the anaerobic threshold before major non-cardiac surgeryBritish Journal of Anesthesia  Full Text
3Analysis of Survival in 300 High-Risk Patients up to 2.5 Years After Transapical Aortic Valve ImplantationAnnals of Thoracic Surgery  Full Text
4Hepatic steatosis, carotid plaques and achieving MDA in psoriatic arthritis patients starting TNF-alpha blockers treatment: a prospective studyArthritis Research & Therapy  Full Text  Clinical Article
5Induced Interleukin-19 Contributes to Cell-Mediated Immunosuppression in Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting With Cardiopulmonary BypassAnnals of Thoracic Surgery  Full Text
6Age-Specific Differences in Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac ArrestsPediatrics  Full Text
7The I405V and Taq1B polymorphisms of the CETP gene differentially affect sub-clinical carotid atherosclerosisLipids in Health and Disease  Full Text
8Diverse effects of a low dose supplement of lipidated curcumin in healthy middle aged peopleNutrition Journal  Full Text
9Outcome Comparison of 600- and 300-mg Loading Doses of Clopidogrel in Patients Undergoing Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial InfarctionJACC - Journal of the American College of Cardiology  Full Text  Clinical Article
10Impact of the Everolimus-Eluting Stent on Stent Thrombosis: A Meta-Analysis of 13 Randomized TrialsJACC - Journal of the American College of Cardiology  Full Text  Clinical Article  Evidence Based Medicine
1Change in Medicare fee linked to rise of vascular treatmentDuke Medicine
2Choice of monitoring method could be key for babies with poor growth in the wombImperial College London Health News
3Researchers discover protein's pivotal role in heart failureUC San Diego Health System
4Gut bacteria may decrease weight loss from bariatric surgery: New study by Cedars-Sinai investigator presented at ENDO 2015 this weekCedars-Sinai
5Genetic risk linked to clinical benefit of statin therapyBrigham and Women's Hospital
6Better midlife fitness may slow brain agingAmerican Heart Association News
79/11 Terrorist attacks impacted the heart health of Utah residents, new study by Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute findsIntermountain Medical Center News
8Semi-veggie diet effectively lowers heart disease, stroke riskAmerican Heart Association News
9Smoking when pregnant increases cancer risk for daughtersAustralian National University News
10New program extends health education, support for heart failure patients after hospital dischargeAmerican Heart Association News

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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.

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%).

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.

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