In a nutshell This study compared two cardiac rehab programs for patients with heart disease. One program is supervised in a hospital, while the other is done at home without supervision. They found that patients doing the rehab program at home started the program more quickly and had better outcomes. Some background After a heart attack or...Read More
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In a nutshell This study looked at the effects of two different diets on patients with heart disease. They found that compared to a low-fat diet, a Mediterranean diet leads to better recovery of the heart’s blood vessels. Some background Heart disease is a major cause of disability and death. Heart attacks are usually due to blockages...Read More
In May, the Journal of Clinical Medicine published an article titled “Hypertension, Thrombosis, Kidney Failure, and Diabetes: Is COVID-19 an Endothelial Disease? A Comprehensive Evaluation of Clinical and Basic Evidence.” The authors put forward a hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 infects the lining of the body’s blood vessels. The lining...Read More
In a nutshell This review looked at the relationship between fruits, vegetables, and heart disease. It found that both fruits and vegetables were related to lower rates of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Some background Fruits and vegetables have been considered a cornerstone of a heart-healthy diet for decades. These foods are high in fiber,...Read More
Comparing pitavastatin alone to combination therapy with fenofibrate for reducing cholesterol levels
In a nutshell This study compared the effectiveness and safety of pitavastatin (Livalo) alone to combination therapy with fenofibrate (Tricor) for patients with dyslipidemia (high blood fats). The study showed that combination therapy was more effective in lowering the levels of harmful fats in the blood. Some background...Read More
Do beta-blockers and renin-angiotensin system inhibitors reduce the risk of events after coronary revascularization?
In a nutshell This study investigated if certain types of anti-hypertensive drugs (AHTs) reduce risks after revascularization procedures for a heart attack. They found that beta-blockers (BBs) and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers (ACEIs/ARBs) reduce cardiovascular events (CVEs) after revascularization. Some...Read More
In a nutshell This study investigated whether patients who have damage to the blood vessels in the eye are at greater risk of heart complications. They found that patients who had subtle damage to the blood vessels in the eye were more likely to suffer from major heart problems such as heart attack, heart failure, stroke, or death. Some background...Read More
In a nutshell This trial was carried out to assess the use of colchicine (Colcrys) in reducing the risk of cardiovascular events (CVE) in patients who have chronic coronary artery disease (CAD). The trial found that the risk of CVE was significantly lower in patients who received colchicine when compared to placebo. Some background...Read More
Managing non-ST elevation myocardial infarction in the elderly – is an invasive or non-invasive approach more suitable?
In a nutshell This study investigated the management of non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) in elderly patients. They found that invasive management had better survival rates for these patients. Some background Coronary artery disease (CAD) is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. This can be caused by blockages. CAD can...Read More
In a nutshell This study investigated if vitamin D supplementation (VitD-S) affects coronary artery disease (CAD) outcomes. They found that VitD-S may improve some cardiac outcomes in patients with CAD. Some background Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a common condition worldwide. CAD is caused by blockages in the coronary arteries. These...Read More
In a nutshell This study was carried out in order to assess the safety and effectiveness of alirocumab (Praluent) in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (FHC). The study found that these patients saw a significant reduction in cholesterol levels with the use of alirocumab. Some background Homozygous FHC is a genetic...Read More
In a nutshell This study was carried out to compare long-term outcomes between polymer-free (PF) stents and durable polymer (DP) drug-eluting stents (DES) in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). The study found that at 10 years both DES types had similar outcomes. Some background CAD involves blockages in arteries supplying the...Read More