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  • Occupational Pesticide Exposure Linked to CVD Data from the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program show an independent association between occupational exposure to pesticides and development of incident CVD.
  • HIV Infection Tied to Early Subclinical Atherosclerosis HIV infection is associated with an increased prevalence of subclinical atherosclerosis, especially in younger age groups, according to data from an ongoing study in China.
  • AHA 2019Cath Lab Exercise Test Flags Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction Low coronary flow reserve found in the cath lab identifies a group of patients unable to adapt to exercise, and researchers suggest this test should be used more for angina without obstructive disease.
  • AHA 2019Unmet LDL-C Goals Common in ASCVD: PINNACLE, NHANES Two studies of patients with ASCVD -- NHANES and the PINNACLE registry -- show 'a large burden of non- and undertreatment' and 'room for improvement' to lower LDL-C levels, say the researchers.
  • AHA 2019BETonMACE: Negative Trial, but 'Cautious Optimism' on Apabetalone Despite no effect on MACE events, the primary outcome, a proof-of-concept trial 'really shows promise' for epigenetic modification with apabetalone, says the lead author.
  • AHA 2019COACT at 1 Year: Later Angiography Okay in Non-STEMI Cardiac Arrest These 1-year COACT results suggest that angiography remains essential, but early angiography does not improve long-term outcomes in patients who have non-STEMI cardiac arrest.
  • Patients With Vasospastic Angina and Microvascular Resistance Have Worse Prognosis In patients with angina and nonobstructive coronary-artery disease, coexistence of epicardial coronary spasm and increased microvascular resistance (IMR) is associated with worse outcomes, according to Japanese researchers.
  • AHA 2019ORION-9: 50% LDL Reduction With Inclisiran in FH Patients A third phase 3 trial with the novel lipid-lowering drug, given just once every 6 months, has shown impressive LDL lowering for patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH).
  • AHA 2019Colchicine Before PCI Cuts Inflammatory Markers but Not MACE Although colchicine did not significantly reduce major adverse cardiovascular events after PCI, the researchers are encouraged by significant decreases in markers of inflammation vs placebo.
  • AHA 2019Ticagrelor Monotherapy Affirmed in High-Risk ACS: TWILIGHT-ACS The data provide important reassurance that, even in the highest-risk patients, stopping aspirin 3 months after PCI does not lead to an increase in the risk for
  • AHA 2019ISCHEMIA-CKD: No Gain From Initial Invasive Strategy In a trial that ran parallel to its splashier sibling ISCHEMIA, an initial invasive strategy offered 'really no clinical benefit, and there was no quality of life benefit either' in patients with CKD.
  • AHA 2019COLCOT: Colchicine Shows Promise to Reduce Events After MI A widely available anti-inflammatory agent used to treat pericarditis and gout may have value in secondary prevention after myocardial infarction, new trial results suggest.
  • Special Atrial-Fibrillation Clinics May Help Boost Quality of Care After discharge from the emergency department, patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) assigned to a specialized clinic are much more likely to receive appropriate care, researchers have found.
  • Calculator Predicts Events With or Without Weight Loss Surgery For those with diabetes and obesity, a new personalized score can predict risks of major health complications over the next 10 years if they opt for bariatric surgery or continue with medication.
  • Deaths From HF Climbing Rapidly as Elderly Population Expands Recent improvements in heart disease mortality may hide more worrisome trends, such as an 'explosion' in heart failure deaths that tracks with disproportionate growth in the 65-and-older age group.
  • The Cardiologist and the Mafia Gangster Barbara Roberts, MD, cardiologist, describes the time when she was the treating physician for a notorious mob boss, while also having a secret relationship with another major mafia figure.
  • Asymptomatic Coronary Plaque Linked to White Matter Lesions Asymptomatic individuals at risk for coronary artery disease may show increases in white matter hyperintensities, particularly in the periventricular area, new research suggests.
  • NAFLD Not Associated With Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is not associated with an increased risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or stroke, according to a new cohort study in nearly 18 million Europeans.
  • Antibiotics Overprescribed for COPD Antibiotics are overprescribed for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and particularly for mild-to-moderate disease, a large observational study reveals.
  • Suspect Lyme Carditis? Start Empiric Antibiotics Waiting for test results before initiating therapy for patients suspected of having Lyme carditis may result in death, data from two recent cases show.