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Increases in neutrophil counts appear to be causally associated with incident CAD and MI.
05/31/2022
Could Neutrophil Counts Predict Cardiovascular Outcomes?

Increases in neutrophil counts appear to be causally associated with incident CAD and MI.

A new study using Mendelian randomization appears to confirm that increased neutrophil counts are causally linked to higher coronary artery disease risk, potentially offering a novel treatment target.

This new resource center covers the latest research and news regarding the cardology aspects of Long COVID. http://ms.sp...
05/30/2022
Long COVID | MDedge Cardiology

This new resource center covers the latest research and news regarding the cardology aspects of Long COVID. http://ms.spr.ly/6189bVG2T

Conference Coverage COVID-19 patients remain sedentary after hospital discharge Author: Heidi Splete Publish date: May 12, 2022 Women and those with persistent symptoms spend more time sleeping in first months after COVID-19. Read More

A “call to action” for organizations and fellowship directors to establish fair and balanced parental policies in cardio...
05/29/2022
Path to parenthood in cardiology training fraught with obstacles

A “call to action” for organizations and fellowship directors to establish fair and balanced parental policies in cardiology training programs.

An international survey found significant variation in parental leave policies, including scant time off for trainees in the U.S. and Asia versus other countries.

Results from 3 different trials clearly pointing to beneficial effects of vitamin D for T2D risk reduction.
05/29/2022
Vitamin D doesn't reduce type 2 diabetes risk ... or does it?

Results from 3 different trials clearly pointing to beneficial effects of vitamin D for T2D risk reduction.

"Given how prevalent prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are, clinicians and patients should consider vitamin D supplementation as an adjunct to weight loss for diabetes prevention."

A small group of HF patients who underwent splanchnic ablation for volume management benefited with improved hemodynamic...
05/29/2022
Paradigm-challenging heart failure treatment strategy hopeful in early trial

A small group of HF patients who underwent splanchnic ablation for volume management benefited with improved hemodynamics, symptoms, and quality of life in a limited observational series.

A proposed nerve-ablation technique that questions dogma in heart failure management yielded promising short-term results in a small observational series.

ESG led to sustained weight loss and a reduction of cardiometabolic syndrome comorbidities at 5 years. #DDW2022
05/28/2022
ESG's cardiometabolic benefits last 5 years

ESG led to sustained weight loss and a reduction of cardiometabolic syndrome comorbidities at 5 years. #DDW2022

Bariatric surgery's benefits have been well documented, but endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is relatively new, so its outcomes haven't been as well described.

Use of SGLT-2 inhibitors rather than metformin as first-line treatment for T2D decreases the risk for HF hospitalization...
05/28/2022
SGLT2 inhibitors as first-line therapy in type 2 diabetes?

Use of SGLT-2 inhibitors rather than metformin as first-line treatment for T2D decreases the risk for HF hospitalization but not MI, CVA, or all-cause mortality. http://ms.spr.ly/6185bVEP5

Real-world study finds heart failure hospitalization reduction, compared with metformin but not MI, stroke, or overall mortality and with greater genital infection risk.

Patients with low BMI have a significantly higher mortality risk following myocardial infarction.
05/27/2022

Patients with low BMI have a significantly higher mortality risk following myocardial infarction.

Takotsubo syndrome occurs much more frequently in women but men are more likely to die from it, new study shows.
05/27/2022
Takotsubo syndrome more deadly in men

Takotsubo syndrome occurs much more frequently in women but men are more likely to die from it, new study shows.

Takotsubo syndrome, characterized by acute heart failure and transient ventricular contractile dysfunction, is more common in women but men are more likely to die from it.

Mouse grandmothers influence family metabolism for generations to come. Do human grammas have the same power?
05/26/2022
Your grandmother, the metabolic influencer

Mouse grandmothers influence family metabolism for generations to come. Do human grammas have the same power?

So it appears that the first-generation offspring's gametes and hence, the third generation, was being exposed in utero to something generated by the grandmothers' exercise.

This new resource center covers the latest research and news regarding the cardology aspects of Long COVID. http://ms.sp...
05/26/2022
Long COVID | MDedge Cardiology

This new resource center covers the latest research and news regarding the cardology aspects of Long COVID. http://ms.spr.ly/6189bpPXD

Conference Coverage COVID-19 patients remain sedentary after hospital discharge Author: Heidi Splete Publish date: May 12, 2022 Women and those with persistent symptoms spend more time sleeping in first months after COVID-19. Read More

The first in-human trials of a no-implant approach to interatrial shunting to alleviate heart failure symptoms have show...
05/26/2022
No-implant interatrial shunt remains patent at a year

The first in-human trials of a no-implant approach to interatrial shunting to alleviate heart failure symptoms have shown a signal that the procedure reduces peak exercise wedge pressure in recipients a month afterward, according to early trial results.

A no-implant interatrial shunting procedure showed improved wedge pressure and quality of life for up to 3 months in heart failure recipients.

SARS-type viruses bind to beta cells, so having had a COVID infection could increase risk of developing diabetes. Yet, t...
05/24/2022
Does COVID-19 raise the risk for diabetes?

SARS-type viruses bind to beta cells, so having had a COVID infection could increase risk of developing diabetes. Yet, there are other possible COVID-related causes leading to a diagnosis of DM during the pandemic.

Some data say yes and other data say no. Dr. Anne L. Peters sorts it out.

SAFE-PAD study results show patients treated with DCDs have the same long-term survival compared to those treated with N...
05/24/2022
SAFE-PAD shows long-term safety of paclitaxel devices

SAFE-PAD study results show patients treated with DCDs have the same long-term survival compared to those treated with NDCDs.

A large study of Medicare claims found no evidence of harmful outcomes associated with drug-eluting stents and balloons for up to 6 years.

Davida F. Kruger, a highly accomplished certified NP and diabetes researcher for more than 35 years with Detroit’s Henry...
05/24/2022
Advice from the Trenches on Type 2 Diabetes Care

Davida F. Kruger, a highly accomplished certified NP and diabetes researcher for more than 35 years with Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System, shares lessons learned and highlights the importance of a team based approach to this serious, deadly disease.

Davida F. Kruger, MSN, APN-BC, BC-ADM Ms. Kruger has been a certified nurse practitioner in diabetes at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, for more than 35 years. Ms. Kruger has been a co-investigator on numerous studies of diabetes interventions and care, including the National Institutes of ...

Intensive behavior therapy program for obesity aimed at changing a person’s response to food cues results in modest weig...
05/23/2022
Could new therapy for food 'cues' improve weight loss?

Intensive behavior therapy program for obesity aimed at changing a person’s response to food cues results in modest weight loss.

Patients highly sensitive to food 'cues' may benefit from behavioral therapy, but the intervention is labor intensive and tied to modest weight loss.

Study quantifies for the first time the link between menopausal hormonal shifts and lipid changes that may predispose wo...
05/23/2022
Hormones account for 10% of lipid changes after menopause

Study quantifies for the first time the link between menopausal hormonal shifts and lipid changes that may predispose women to CVD.

"Menopause is not avoidable, but perhaps the negative metabolite shift can be diminished by lifestyle choices."

Physicians refer to the overwhelming feeling of distress as burnout, but studies have relabled it “moral injury.”
05/22/2022
When burnout is moral injury

Physicians refer to the overwhelming feeling of distress as burnout, but studies have relabled it “moral injury.”

Occupational dissatisfaction increases the risk of cynicism, frustration with patients, internalization of failure, and the likelihood of early retirement.

New study highlights the importance of avoiding both exogenous hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism to decrease CV risk am...
05/22/2022
Keeping thyroid hormone treatment on target is key for the heart

New study highlights the importance of avoiding both exogenous hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism to decrease CV risk among patients receiving thyroid hormone treatment.

'Both undertreatment and overtreatment were associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes,' including higher mortality, but keeping thyroid hormone levels normal is a tricky task.

Cardiologist, hacker, ransomware developer. Multitasking French-Venezuelan citizen faces criminal charges in the U.S.
05/21/2022
Doc faces U.S. federal charges for hacking, ransomware

Cardiologist, hacker, ransomware developer. Multitasking French-Venezuelan citizen faces criminal charges in the U.S.

Dr. Zagala's Thanos software allows users to create their own unique ransomware software for personal use or to rent to other cybercriminals.

Blaming underrepresented minority groups in clinical trials on medical mistrust is the easy answer but, as this article ...
05/20/2022
Why do clinical trials still underrepresent minority groups?

Blaming underrepresented minority groups in clinical trials on medical mistrust is the easy answer but, as this article explains, it’s so much more complicated than that.

The FDA wants researchers conducting clinical trials to submit a plan on how they will diversify participant pools. While the effort to undo underrepresentation is appreciated, many say it's not enough.

A recent ISCHEMIA trial substudy is under scrutiny from surgeons for a data discrepancy, rekindling concerns about relia...
05/20/2022
ISCHEMIA substudy data don't add up, cardiac surgeons say

A recent ISCHEMIA trial substudy is under scrutiny from surgeons for a data discrepancy, rekindling concerns about reliance on the landmark trial data in the latest coronary revascularization guidelines.

Discrepancies between the paper and supplemental data have been slow to come to light, but the substudy authors say it's a simple formatting error.

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