June 2018 Briefing - Cardiology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Cardiology for June 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Practice Management Can Improve Efficiency

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Providers can take practical steps to improve practice efficiency and increase insurance reimbursement, according to an article published in Dermatology Times.

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Nitric Oxide Cuts Kidney Injury After Long Cardiac Surgery

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nitric oxide gas may lead to a reduction in the incidence of acute kidney injury and an improvement in long-term kidney function in patients undergoing multiple valve replacement and prolonged cardiopulmonary bypass, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Prehabilitation May Improve Post Cardiac Surgery Outcomes

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A three-pronged approach to prehabilitation, which includes improving nutritional status, exercise capacity, and worry reduction, may improve outcomes after cardiac surgery, according to a study published online June 27 in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

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AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on medical schools and residency programs to incorporate electronic health record (EHR) training into their curricula.

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Initial Outcomes No Worse for Surgical ICU Patients With CA

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Surgical patients who are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and have cancer do not have worse initial outcomes than those without cancer, according to a study published online June 27 in JAMA Surgery.

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Weight Loss Linked to Reversal of Atrial Fibrillation Progression

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For obese patients offered weight and risk factor management (RFM), weight loss is associated with reversal of the type and progression of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published online June 14 in Europace.

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Prolonged Leisure-Time Sitting Tied to Increased Mortality Risk

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Prolonged leisure-time sitting is associated with increased risk of mortality, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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Variation in Quality of Trials for Atrial Fibrillation, Flutter

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter (AF/AFL) trials is variable, and trials often rely on recurrence as the primary endpoint, according to a review published online June 27 in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

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Genetic Risk, Lifestyle Predict CVD, Diabetes Independently

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic risk and lifestyle are independent predictors of incident cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a study published online June 27 in JAMA Cardiology.

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Midlife Fitness Linked to Lower Risk of Depression, CVD Death

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Midlife fitness is associated with reduced risk of depression in later life and with reductions in the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality and CVD mortality after later-life depression, according to a study published online June 27 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Health Care Technology Impacts Younger Patient Satisfaction

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Health care communication technology is a determinant of patient satisfaction in younger patients, according to a report published by Black Book Market Research LLC.

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Most Bleeding Events in Non-CVD Patients Are GI-Related

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among a cohort of individuals without cardiovascular disease (CVD) not receiving antiplatelet therapy, most major bleeding events involved gastrointestinal bleeding and 7 percent of bleeding events were fatal, according to a study published online June 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Binge Drinking Linked to Increased Systolic BP in Men

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For men, binge drinking is associated with increased systolic blood pressure and any drinking is associated with an increased relative risk of hypertension, according to two studies published online June 27 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Half of CV Events Occur from Two to Five Years Post-TIA, -Stroke

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For patients who experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke, the rate of a composite of stroke, acute coronary syndrome, or death from cardiovascular causes is 12.9 percent at five years, with half of these events occurring in the second through fifth years, according to a study published June 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Clotting Time in Transfemoral PCI Linked to Bleeding Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Higher maximal activated clotting time (ACT) is associated with a greater risk of major bleeding after transfemoral (TF) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) than after transradial (TR) PCI, according to a study published in June in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

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Sleep Disruption Increases Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep disruption consistently predicts risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) before and after adjusting for obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study published online June 25 in Heart Rhythm.

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AMA Adopts Ethical Guidance on Medical Tourism

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted new ethical guidelines on medical tourism to help physicians understand their responsibilities when interacting with patients who seek or have received medical care outside the United States.

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More Than 2,000 U.S. Campuses Smoke-Free as of Nov. 2017

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As of November 2017, at least 2,082 U.S. college and university campuses had smoke-free policies, with most of these campuses tobacco-free, prohibiting both smoking and smokeless tobacco products, according to a study published online June 21 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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For Pediatric Patients, Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator Safe

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For pediatric patients with ventricular arrhythmias at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD), a wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) seems safe and effective, according to a review published online June 26 in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

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Percentage of Teens Trying to Lose Weight Decreasing

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 1988-1994 to 2009-2014 there was an increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among U.S. adolescents and a decrease in the percentage who tried to lose weight, according to a research letter published online June 25 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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AMA: Docs Declare Drug Shortages Public Health Emergency

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians adopted policy declaring drug shortages an urgent public health crisis.

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Stress Echo Safe for ER Triage of Patients With Chest Pain

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain, a smaller proportion are hospitalized after undergoing stress echocardiography (SE) versus coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), according to a study published online June 13 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

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E-Cigarettes May Help Some Quit Tobacco Smoking

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some individuals self-report that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) help them quit smoking conventional cigarettes, according to a small study published online June 20 in the Harm Reduction Journal.

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Handheld Device Can ID Cardiac Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A novel handheld mHealth platform (Vivio) can accurately detect cardiac dysfunction in anthracycline-exposed childhood cancer survivors, according to a study published online June 21 in Clinical Cancer Research.

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More Cash-Pay Patients Means Docs Need Billing Strategies

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More patients are paying for health care services with cash, and this means physician practices need a comprehensive billing policy, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Many Physicians Not Prepared for End-of-Life Talks With Patients

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While nearly all physicians say end-of-life conversations are important, many report lacking the training to have such conversations, according to a brief report published online May 23 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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User Ratings Didn't Catch Blood Pressure App Inaccuracies

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- User reviews and ratings of a popular, yet inaccurate, blood pressure-measuring mobile app were largely positive, according to a study published online June 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Educational Strategies Could Improve Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Addressing shortcomings in resuscitation educational efficiency and local implementation could improve outcomes after cardiac arrest, according to a scientific statement published online June 21 in Circulation.

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Adult Obesity Prevalence Varies With Level of Urbanization

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. adult males and females, the prevalence of obesity is 38.9 percent and varies with level of urbanization, according to a study published in the June 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Sociodemographic Factors Impact Heart-Healthy Behaviors

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Socioeconomic factors, largely outside an individual's control, account for racial differences in cardiovascular health behaviors, according to a study published in the July issue the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Cardiovascular Comorbidity Tied to Hearing Loss in Older Old

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and related risk factors are associated with hearing loss among the older old, according to a study published online June 14 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Attitudes Among Obese Are Not Aligned With Healthy Living

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Food-related policies differently impact consumers with obesity and healthy weight, according to a report published by the Hudson Institute.

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Considerable Costs Associated With Switching EHR

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Switching electronic health record (EHR) systems can result in increased efficiency and productivity gains, but there are significant costs associated with the switch, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Prevalence of Obesity 17.8 Percent for Youth in 2013 to 2016

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of obesity and severe obesity among U.S. youth was 17.8 and 5.8 percent, respectively, in 2013 to 2016, according to a study published in the June 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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High Success Rates for Mitral Valve Repair With Robotic Surgery

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Robotic and minimally invasive (mini) approaches to mitral surgery are associated with high rates of mitral repair, although robotic patients have longer procedural time, according to a study published online June 18 in Heart.

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Increased Risk of MI, Ischemic Stroke After COPD Exacerbation

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), acute exacerbations are associated with increased risk of myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke, according to a study published online May 3 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Less Improvement in AHA Diet Score for SNAP Participants

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have less improvement in American Heart Association (AHA) diet scores than other U.S. adults, according to a study published online June 15 in JAMA Network Open.

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Rates of Cardiac Stress Testing Down but Still Higher in CKD

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2008 to 2012 there was a decrease in overall rates of cardiac stress testing in Medicare beneficiaries, though rates were consistently higher for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) than those without CKD, according to a study published online June 13 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

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AMA Vows to Improve Access for Docs Seeking Mental Health Care

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted a policy aimed at improving physician access to mental health care in response to physician depression, burnout, and suicide.

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Risk of CV Events Down With Med Diet Plus Olive Oil, Nuts

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals at high cardiovascular risk who are assigned to a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts have reduced incidence of major cardiovascular events compared with those assigned to a reduced-fat diet, according to a study published online June 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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CDC: Obesity Prevalence Higher in Non-Metropolitan Counties

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of obesity is higher among those living in non-metropolitan counties versus metropolitan counties, according to research published in the June 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Screen Does Not Cut Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Mortality in Men

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Screening men for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) does not reduce AAA-related mortality, according to a study published in the June 16 issue of The Lancet.

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VTE Linked to Acute Decline in Physical Function in Women

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For women, venous thromboembolism (VTE) is associated with acute decline in physical function, according to a study published online June 8 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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Walk Test IDs Risk of Cognitive Dysfunction Post Cardiac Surgery

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The six-minute walk distance (6MWD) test is useful in identifying patients with a higher likelihood of developing postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) following cardiac surgery, according to a study published online May 9 in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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Good Sleep Tied to Better Cardiometabolic Health in Youths

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Longer sleep duration and higher sleep efficiency are associated with a more favorable cardiometabolic profile in early adolescence, according to a study published online June 15 in Pediatrics.

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Elevated NT-proBNP Found to Up Cardiovascular Risk in T2DM

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Elevated baseline N-terminal B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is independently associated with development of major cardiovascular (CV) events, in particular hospitalization for heart failure, according to a study published online May 30 in Diabetes Care.

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E-Cigarette Flavorings May Impair Vascular Function

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flavoring additives used in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may have adverse effects on blood vessels, according to a study published online June 14 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

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African-Americans Less Likely to Get Recommended Statin Therapy

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- African-Americans are less likely than whites to be treated with statins or to receive a statin at guideline-recommended intensity, according to a study published online June 13 in JAMA Cardiology.

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Peri-Op RBC Transfusions Linked to Postoperative VTE

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Perioperative red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are associated with the development of new or progressive postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a study published online June 13 in JAMA Surgery.

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Personalized Goals, Cash Motivate Heart Patients to Exercise

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Personalized goals, combined with financial incentives, motivate heart patients to increase their exercise, according to a study published online June 13 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Work Stress May Increase Risk of Developing Atrial Fibrillation

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Job strain is associated with an increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation, according to a study published online May 30 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

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Exposure to Maternal HTN May Up Risk of ASD, ADHD in Child

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) may be associated with an increase in the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in offspring, according to a review published online June 6 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Higher Blood Pressure at Mid-Life Increases Dementia Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of dementia is increased in 50-year-olds with blood pressure ≥130 mm Hg, which is below the current threshold for hypertension, according to a study published online June 13 in the European Heart Journal.

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How Do Business Partner Data Breaches Affect Your Practice?

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Data breaches affecting health care systems or their partners need to be addressed quickly, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Older Age, ICU, Poor Renal Fcn Up Risk of Opioid OD in Hospital

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Risk factors for opioid overdose among hospitalized patients include being age 65 years or older, being in an intensive care unit (ICU), and having renal impairment, according to a study published online May 23 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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USPSTF: No to ECG Screening to Prevent CVD in Low-Risk Adults

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against screening with resting or exercise electrocardiography (ECG) to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in low-risk asymptomatic adults. This final recommendation statement has been published in the June 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Female Teens, Young Adults Not Getting Enough Exercise

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Female adolescents and young adults are not meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity, according to a study published online June 11 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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APAGBI: Teens 13+ Should Be Assessed for VTE Prophylaxis

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the perioperative period, post-pubertal adolescents should be assessed for venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis because of their slightly elevated risk, according to a special article from the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, published online April 27 in Pediatric Anesthesia.

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Adverse Change in Employment Post-MI Tied to Worse Outcomes

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with an adverse change in employment after myocardial infarction (MI) have increased likelihood of worse outcomes, according to a study published online June 12 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Certification Status Tied to Physician Performance Measures

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Maintenance of certification (MOC) among physicians is associated with performance on selected Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) process measures, according to a study published online June 12 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Erectile Dysfunction Independently Tied to CV Events

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Erectile dysfunction (ED) is independently associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a research letter published online June 11 in Circulation.

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2011 to 2017 Saw Drop in Youth Use of Any Tobacco Products

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2011 to 2017 there were decreases in current use of any tobacco products among high and middle school students, according to research published in the June 8 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Synthetic Cannabis May Increase Ischemic Cardiomyopathy Risk

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A case of severe ischemic cardiomyopathy in the absence of traditional risk factors and attributed to synthetic cannabinoid use is described in a report published online June 7 in BMJ Case Reports.

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Malpractice Damage Caps Associated With Change in CAD Testing, Tx

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Following adoption of damage caps, physicians alter their approach to coronary artery disease testing and follow-up after initial ischemic evaluations, according to a study published online June 6 in JAMA Cardiology.

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Web Program Tied to Better Salt Knowledge, Behaviors in Children

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A web-based salt reduction program is associated with improvement in salt-related knowledge, self-efficacy, and behaviors among children ages 7 to 10 years, according to a study published online June 7 in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

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Some Evidence Mobile Health Interventions Can Lower CVD Risk

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Mobile health (mHealth) technology can potentially improve overall cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, according to a review published online June 7 in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

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Compression + Early Ablation Tied to Faster Leg Ulcer Healing

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Early endovenous ablation of superficial venous reflux results in faster healing of venous leg ulcers and more time free from ulcers, compared with deferring endovenous ablation until after ulcer healing, according to a study published in the May 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Disparities for Risk of Recurrent Hemorrhagic Stroke Unexplained

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic patients are at higher risk for stroke recurrence than white patients, according to a study published online June 6 in Neurology.

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Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Online physician reviews tend to be skewed positively, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians have a role to play in caring for caregivers to help prevent burnout, according to a guide for physicians published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Job Strain May Raise Death Risk in Men With Cardiometabolic Dz

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Job strain is associated with an increased risk of death among men with cardiometabolic disease, according to research published online June 5 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

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CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of being uninsured varies by occupational groups, according to research published in the June 1 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Under New Guidelines, More Stroke Survivors With HTN Dx

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Under the 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) hypertension guidelines, there would be a substantial increase in the proportions of stroke survivors with hypertension and above the recommended blood pressure target, according to a study published online June 6 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Radial-Artery Grafts Better Than Saphenous-Vein Grafts in CABG

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to saphenous-vein grafts, radial-artery grafts are associated with a lower rate of adverse cardiac events at five-year follow-up in coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients, according to research published in the May 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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AAFP Joins Call on FDA to Reduce Nicotine Content in Cigarettes

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has joined 40 public health and medical associations in favor of a proposed update to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's cigarette product standards to reduce the nicotine content in cigarettes.

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CDC: Office-Based Physician Visit Rates Vary by Patient Age, Sex

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable variation in office-based physician visit rates by patient age and sex, according to a June data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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AHA: Limited Health Literacy Is Barrier to Cardiovascular Care

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Limited health literacy is a barrier to cardiovascular health and prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association published online June 4 in Circulation.

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Post-Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico Underestimated

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The actual number of deaths related to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2016 is likely more than 70 times the official government estimate of 64, according to a study published online May 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Revising Pooled Cohort Equations Improves CVD Risk Prediction

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Revising the 2013 pooled cohort equations (PCEs) can improve accuracy of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk prediction, according to a study published online June 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Postmenopausal Sex Hormone Levels Associated With Later CVD

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In postmenopausal women, higher testosterone/estradiol ratios are associated with increased risks for incident cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease (CHD), and heart failure events, according to a study published in the June 5 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Male Thyroid Cancer Survivors Face Higher CVD Risk

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Male thyroid cancer survivors have a nearly 50 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) than female survivors within five years of cancer diagnosis, according to a study published online May 29 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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