Smartphone device beat Holter for post-stroke AF detection
MONTREAL – In 294 post-stroke patients, atrial fibrillation screening with a smartphone-based device detected more cases than Holter monitoring....
GARFIELD-AF registry: DOACs cut mortality 19%
MUNICH – Results from a worldwide registry with more than 26,000 atrial fibrillation patients showed better survival with a direct oral...
Smoking cessation drugs do not increase CV risk
Do pharmacotherapies used in tobacco cessation treatment significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular events?
SPRINT: Pill burden affects ability to reach systolic BP control
CHICAGO – Patients in the SPRINT trial were less likely to meet the intensive treatment goal – systolic blood pressure below 120 mm Hg – if they...
Home telemonitoring for heart failure cuts mortality
MUNICH – Large, national German TIM-HF2 trial also shows fewer hospitalizations than with usual care.
Atrial fib guidelines may fall short on oral anticoagulation
Oral anticoagulation threshold according to CHA2DS2-VASc score varied widely after accounting for varying stroke rates in published studies.
Troponin I: Powerful all-cause mortality risk marker in COPD
PARIS – The relationship between increased troponin I and increased all-cause mortality was observed in an on-going prospective multicenter cohort...
Expert panel updates guidelines on antithrombotic therapy for AF
The new guidelines highlight 60 key recommendations from the 12-person expert panel.
Risk factors for postop cardiac events differ between vascular and general surgery
Pregnancy boosts cardiac disease mortality nearly 100-fold
MUNICH – Registry data from more than 5,700 women with cardiac disease who became pregnant provide insight on complication rates.