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Medtronic gains FDA approval for longer DCB to treat patients with SFA disease

Medtronic announced that the FDA has approved a longer length of its drug-coated balloon for treatment of superficial femoral artery disease. http://www.healio.com/cardiac-vascular-intervention/peripheral/news/online/%7Bc4d7b439-44fc-4dd4-a5dc-267c2eef0582%7D/medtronic-gains-fda-approval-for-longer-dcb-to-treat-patients-with-sfa-disease

AFib patients at risk for stroke often prescribed aspirin instead of anticoagulants

More than one-in-three patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), or irregular heartbeat, with an intermediate-to-high-risk of stroke are prescribed aspirin instead of oral anticoagulants, despite guidelines recommending the use of oral anticoagulants for this group of patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Source: Medical news today

Common antacid linked to accelerated vascular aging

Chronic use of some drugs for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) speeds up the aging of blood vessels, according to a published paper in Circulation Research (early online), an American Heart Association journal. This accelerated aging in humans could lead to increased cardiovascular disease, vascular dementia and renal failure.

Source: Medical Xpress

New investigation of endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins

Laser ablation for varicose veins is an effective and minimally invasive technique for the treatment of varicose. However, this kind of therapy is associated with significant collateral damage because of the high output power of the laser. Therefore, it is an important issue in vein surgery to optimize the laser characteristics for ablation.

Source: Medical Xpress

Restoring leg blood flow is better option than exercise for PAD patients

Restoring blood flow to the legs of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) may stop the progression of scarring in their leg muscles, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology / Peripheral Vascular Disease 2016 Scientific Sessions.

Source: Medical Xpress

Heart health is bone health: study shows how atherosclerosis and osteoporosis are linked

Patients with atherosclerosis - the buildup of cholesterol and fat in arteries - are at a higher risk of osteoporosis. A new study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism shows how the development of atherosclerosis encourages the loss of bone density.

Source: Medical News Today

PAD patients on statins may have lower amputation, death risk

People who have peripheral artery disease (PAD) and take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have a lower risk of amputation and death than PAD patients who don't take statins. And the higher the dose of statins, the lower the risks, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Peripheral Vascular Disease 2016 Scientific Sessions.

Source: Medical Xpress

Psoriasis severity linked to rising risk of abdominal aortic aneurysms

Psoriasis sufferers may face a higher risk of developing abdominal aortic aneurysms, according to new research in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, an American Heart Association journal.

Source: Medical Xpress

Computer model helps physicians prescribe stroke preventing therapy

Physician-researchers in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati have developed a computerized decision support tool that uses a combination of patient information and characteristics to assist physicians and patients with decisions about blood thinning treatment to prevent strokes in individuals with atrial fibrillation.

Source: Medical Xpress

Age and gender influence risk for certain peripheral vascular diseases

New findings from large-scale studies of more than 3.6 million people who underwent screening for cardiovascular disease reveals that a person's age and gender affects the prevalence of certain types of peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and that diabetes is a major risk factor for developing these diseases, even in patients without heart disease.

Source: Medical Xpress

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