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Acupuncture and angina – can alternative medicine improve disease management?

Posted by on Aug 17, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effect of acupuncture on angina management. They found that acupuncture reduced the rate of angina attacks.  Some background Coronary artery disease (CAD) is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Angina is the term used to describe chest pain due to reduced blood flow. Many patients with CAD...

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A review of the effectiveness and safety of alirocumab and evolocumab in coronary artery disease

Posted by on Aug 16, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the safety and effectiveness of alirocumab (Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha) in the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD).  They found that these drugs are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular events (CVEs). Some background Coronary artery disease (CAD) is caused by a...

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Coronary events are associated with increased cognitive decline

Posted by on Jul 29, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the cognitive decline (CD; decreased functioning of reasoning and thinking) before and after a coronary event in patients with coronary heart disease. Researchers suggested that coronary events are associated with CD. Some background Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The rate of...

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Smoking cessation after a first cardiovascular event lowers the risk of a second event

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the relationship between smoking and the risk of a second cardiovascular event (CVE). Researchers suggested that after a first CVE, smoking cessation (SC; quit smoking) lowers the risk of a second CVE.  Some background Cardiovascular events (CVEs) include stroke, heart attack or death due to damage to the...

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P2Y12 inhibitors – is monotherapy a safe management strategy after percutaneous coronary intervention?

Posted by on Jul 21, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effect of dual antiplatelet therapy (APT) compared to P2Y12 inhibitors on outcomes after a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).   They found that the rate of cardiac events was similar in patients treated with P2Y12 inhibitors or dual APT.  Some background Coronary artery disease (CAD)...

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Ezetimibe vs evolocumab for the prevention of cardiovascular events in type 2 diabetes

Posted by on Jun 22, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This article investigated the treatment cost of ezetimibe (Zetia) vs evolocumab (Repatha) in treating major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). The authors concluded that treatment with ezetimibe is the most cost-effective option for these patients. Some background T2D is a disorder where the body...

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Evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the COMBO bio-engineered stent

Posted by on Jun 20, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This article investigated the safety and effectiveness y of the COMBO stent for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).  The authors concluded that the COMBO stent is safe and effective in these patients. Some background In patients with CAD, one or more of the blood...

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Bioabsorbable versus permanent stents – what are the long-term clinical benefits?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if bioabsorbable polymer (BP) or permanent polymer (PP) drug-eluting stents (DES) are more effective. They found that BP- and PP-DES are similarly effective. Some background Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a common and serious condition. It leads to blockages in the coronary arteries that supply blood to the...

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No Salt, Please

No Salt, Please

Posted by on Jun 8, 2019 in Blog, Coronary artery disease, Hypertension, Stroke | 1 comment

A recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine describes what is really happening with the US food supply. In 2010, a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM–now called the National Academy of Medicine) stated that, salt intake is actually a factor that is out of our personal control. This is because only 5% of sodium is coming from the...

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Drug-eluting stent vs bypass grafting in diabetic patients with coronary artery disease

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This article investigated the safety and effectiveness of percutaneous coronary intervention with drug-eluting stent (PCI-DES) vs coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) for patients with diabetes mellitus (DM).  The authors concluded that CABG was better than PC-DES in these patients.  Some background DM is a disorder where the...

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