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Arm access reduces mortality and bleeding compared to leg access for invasive heart procedures

Pooled evidence suggests that accessing the heart through an artery in the arm reduces death and major bleeding events in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) compared to using an artery in the groin. The evidence review is published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Source: Medical News Today Read More

Endovascular intervention associated with improved functional outcomes following stroke compared to standard treatment

In a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke, an endovascular intervention (such as use of a very small catheter to remove a blood clot) compared to standard medical care (administration of a clot dissolving agent) was associated with improved functional outcomes and higher rates of functional independence at 90 days, but no significant difference in symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain) or all-cause mortality, according to a study in JAMA. Source: Medical News Today Read More

A clinical score for predicting risk of venous thromboembolism

A new clinical prediction model can help identify high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) among patients with a leg cast, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine. The study was conducted by Banne Nemeth of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues and utilized data from three large cohorts to develop and validate two prediction models and a risk score, the L-TRiP(cast) score, to help doctors deciding whether to prescribe anticoagulants for thromboprophylaxis. Source: Medical News Today Read More

Genetic risk information for coronary heart disease leads to lower bad cholesterol

A group of researchers led by Mayo Clinic has discovered that disclosing genetic risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) results in lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol. The findings of the Myocardial Infarction Genes (MI-GENES) Study were presented today at the annual American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 as a late-breaking clinical trial. Source: Medical Xpress Read More

Risk of stroke at time of carotid occlusion

Preventing carotid artery occlusion (blockage) may not be a valid indication for stenting because the risk of progression to occlusion appears to be below the risk of carotid stenting or endarterectomy (surgical removal of plaque from an artery), according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology. Increasing evidence indicates that with intensive medical therapy most patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS) are more likely to be harmed than to benefit from carotid endarterectomy or carotid stenting. Source: Medical News Today Read More

Depression and extremes of blood pressure predict highest rates of harmful vascular events

The study in more than 35,000 patients found that the risk of further stroke or heart attack, heart failure or dying due to heart disease at four years was 83% higher in depressed patients with high blood pressure and 36% higher in depressed patients with low blood pressure, compared to those with normal blood pressure and no depressive symptoms. Source: Science Daily Read More

Scientists publish first complete record of genetic mutations behind rare vascular disease

he genetic architecture of a debilitating and potentially fatal vascular disease has for the first time been detailed in its entirety, providing clinicians with the comprehensive data needed to improve diagnosis and deliver more personalised patient care. Scientists investigating Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) have compiled the most up to date and complete record of all the defective variations found in the genes that cause the disease. Source: Medical Xpress Read More

A walk around the office can reverse vascular dysfunction caused by hours at a computer

cross the country, many employees are seated at desks for the majority of an eight-hour workday. As technology creates an increase in sedentary lifestyles, the impact of sitting on vascular health is a rising concern. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that when a person sits for six straight hours, vascular function is impaired but by walking for just 10 minutes after a prolonged period of sitting, vascular health can be restored. Source: Medical Xpress Read More

Cardiology Today's Intervention expands coverage of cardiac, vascular intervention

Slack Incorporated, publisher of Cardiology Today's Intervention in association with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, has expanded the focus of the publication to increase coverage of vascular and cardiac intervention. I am excited to introduce further editorial coverage, reporting of additional meetings and perspective to meet the evolving information needs of our community, Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, Source: Healio Read More
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