Center of Excellence: Cardiovascular Risk: News & Perspective

 
 
  • Stop Limiting Access to Opioid Addiction Meds, Experts Say A new report from the National Academies of Science seeks expanded use of methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone to help patients combat opioid use disorder.
  • Green Eggs and… Death?   A new study says that egg consumption is linked to cardiovascular events and death. Should we start cutting back?
  • Light Activity Lowers Cardiovascular Risk in Older Women The prospective trial, which used objectively measured movement, found that the performance of regular household tasks was associated with significant reductions in cardiovascular risk.
  • Alert PCSK9 Alirocumab Picks Up New European Indication On the basis of ODYSSEY OUTCOMES results, alirocumab is now approved in Europe to reduce cardiovascular risk in adults with established disease.
  • ACC 2019New AHA/ACC CVD Primary Prevention Guideline As expected, the new document recommends generally against aspirin in primary prevention, and aims to make a 'one-stop shop' for clinicians.
  • A Game-Changer to Prevent Cognitive Loss? Maybe Not   Does intensive blood pressure control prevent cognitive loss? Perhaps, but at what cost?
  • Abnormal Blood Sugar, Cholesterol Common in Middle School More than one third of middle school students who underwent cardiovascular screening at school had abnormal blood sugar levels or high cholesterol, a pilot study of 45 students found.
  • ACC 2019App to Detect Diabetes by Smartphone Fingertip Scan A smartphone-based diabetes screening test using contact photolethysmography was reasonably accurate in an early study, but observers agree that an app should not replace regular healthcare visits.
  • Coronary Calcium on CT for Cancer Common, Action Seldom Taken Radiology reports noted coronary calcium only half the time it was present on the scans in a recent cohort. It should be reported consistently, some say, but no one is sure it would help patients.
  • ACC 2019Moderate Drinking Tied to Risk of Stage 1, 2 Hypertension This study suggests clinicians should screen more for alcohol consumption and elevated blood pressure, and supports advice that drinking less is better to avoid risk for many diseases.
  • ISCHEMIA Trial Publishes Baseline Data The investigators of the hotly anticipated trial publish baseline demographics to assuage critics who fear the trial will be underpowered to answer the questions it was designed to answer.
  • Lower BP Linked to Cognitive Decline in Frail Elderly For older patients receiving hypertension treatment, a systolic BP below 130 mmHg was linked to added cognitive decline, especially among individuals with complex health problems, a study found.
  • ACC 2019An Apple a Day? And Other Questions Answered at ACC.19 Can a smartwatch accurately detect atrial fib? Should TAVR indications expand once again? What antithrombotics are best in ACS with AFib? The ACC returns to New Orleans, perhaps with the answers.
  • ACC 2019 Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from ACC 2019
  • Even Later-Life Exercise Reduces Mortality Regular exercise reduced the risk of dying by 29% to 36%, and increased physical activity in midlife was as effective as maintaining a high activity level from adolescence onward.
  • National Academies Report Reduces Daily Sodium Limits A new report from the National Academies for the first time ties lower daily sodium limits to a reduction in the risk for chronic disease. The report is expected to guide policy makers.
  • AAD 2019Acne Inversa Linked to Cardiovascular Disease People with inflamed and swollen skin lesions are at elevated risk for cardiovascular events, even at a young age, so should be monitored closely, dermatologists advise.
  • Implications of the T2DM-CVD-CKD Link: What We've Learned   Drs Jay Shubrook and Katherine Tuttle discuss current understanding of these important links and implications for screening and detection.
  • No Effect on Cognition of BP, Lipid Reduction: HOPE-3 Published Results on cognition endpoints from the HOPE-3 trial showed a neutral effect of BP and cholesterol lowering, but there was some suggestion of a slowing of cognitive decline in the highest risk group.
  • A Morning Walk, Less Sitting Can Lower Blood Pressure for Hours A brisk morning walk reduced blood pressure for several hours in a small study of older adults with overweight or obesity, and women benefited from adding 'mini walking breaks' every half hour.