In a nutshell This study investigated the safety and effectiveness of low-dose colchicine (Colcrys) after a heart attack. They found that colchicine reduced the risk of ischemic cardiovascular events in these patients. Some background Coronary artery disease (CAD) is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Atherosclerosis (ATS)...Read More
A history of a heart attack-Yes, more than once Posts on Medivizor
In a nutshell The purpose of this study was to see how good patients are at actually taking their medications properly after a heart attack. The study also looked at the relationship between taking them properly and further heart attacks and strokes. The main finding of the study was that taking these medications properly reduced the risk of death and...Read More
In a nutshell This study investigated if there are risks associated with antidepressant (ATD) use after a heart attack (myocardial infarction, MI). They found that ATD use was associated with higher mortality (death) risk after MI. Some background Myocardial infarction (MI) is the medical term for a heart attack. Antidepressants (ATDs) are used...Read More
Which blood pressure lowering drug better protects the heart after a heart attack in patients with diabetes?
In a nutshell The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) in protecting the heart in patients with diabetes that have had a heart attack and who had stents placed. The main finding of the study was that ACEI reduced the risk of major adverse...Read More
In a nutshell This study investigated if thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels are associated with a greater risk of death following a heart attack. They found that elevated TSH was associated with a greater risk of death following a heart attack. Some background Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland (in the...Read More
In a nutshell The aim of this study was to assess the risk of recurrent myocardial infarction (MI), coronary heart disease (CHD) events and all-cause mortality in patients with statin intolerance. This study concluded that statin intolerance was associated with an increased risk for recurrent MI and CHD events but not all-cause mortality. Some...Read More
In a nutshell This paper studied the effect of insomnia in patients after a sudden heart attack. It concluded that patients who had insomnia were more at risk of death from all causes 2 years after a heart attack than patients who did not have insomnia. Some background Sleep is a time when the body recovers and rejuvenates. Impaired sleep...Read More
In a nutshell This paper provided an overview of cardiac rehabilitation for people with heart disease. Some background Cardiac rehabilitation involves activities done to improve the condition of heart disease. Activities such as exercise, psychological intervention, and patient education all form a part of cardiac...Read More
In a nutshell This paper studied the impact of a Tai Chi Chuan cardiac rehabilitation program for patients recovering from a recent heart attack. Some background After a heart attack, many patients have reduced heart function and reduced ability to exercise. Rehabilitation after a heart attack includes physical exercise to increase heart...Read More
In a nutshell This study investigated whether lifestyle changes such as not smoking, reducing weight, increasing physical activity, and maintaining a Mediterranean diet prevents coronary artery disease from recurring in patients who previously had coronary artery disease. Some background Coronary artery disease is a condition that...Read More
Do the benefits outweigh the risks when using new anticoagulants with antiplatelet therapy after a heart attack?
In a nutshell This study looked at whether there were any benefits to adding a new generation anticoagulant to antiplatelet medication after a heart attack. Some background After a heart attack, patients are usually given antiplatelet medication – drugs that stop the initial stages of blood clot formation. Typically, they receive a...Read More
In a nutshell This comprehensive rehabilitation trial evaluated the benefit, if any, of cardiac rehablitation on survival, cardiac or psychological wellness, and general well-being in heart attack survivors. Some background Myocardial Infarction(MI) or heart-attack occurs when flow of oxygen-rich blood is suddenly blocked from reaching the...Read More