So-called “blood thinners” (anticoagulant drugs) can help prevent dangerous blood clots in people with the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AFib), in which the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) beat irregularly and ineffectively. “This causes blood to pool in the atria,” says Jonathan Halperin, MD, director of clinical … Read More
Factor Xa Inhibitor Prevents Recurrent Blood Clots Better than Aspirin.
Patients who have suffered a blood clot in the legs (venous thromboembolism, or VTE) are generally prescribed aspirin to prevent a recurrent episode. Research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 2017 Scientific Sessions suggests that the novel factor Xa (“10a”) … Read More
In the ongoing effort to find drugs that safely and effectively reduce cardiovascular events, there’s a new class of stars: PCSK9 inhibitors. These drugs are antibodies directed at the PCSK9 protein, which regulates LDL receptor recycling. Blocking the protein results in increasing the effective number of receptors, which leads to … Read More
Previously, it had been established that having a heart attack raises the risk of having atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition that produces an irregular and/or fast heartbeat. Now, researchers have determined that the connection appears to work both ways, and that having AFib is associated with an increased risk of … Read More
Did you know women are twice as likely to die from stroke than from breast cancer? Many women think of stroke as a man’s problem. They don’t know the symptoms of stroke, or that seeking emergency care is critical when these symptoms occur.
But what they don’t know can make all … Read More
In November 2013, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new guidelines on management of cardiovascular risks that herald a new approach, with less emphasis on cholesterol numbers and more emphasis on the constellation of factors that determine a person’s risk of heart disease, heart attack and … Read More
New guidelines alter blood pressure targets for some patients
The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC-8) guidelines on the management of adult hypertension (high blood pressure) contains some significant changes from previous guidelines. One change is the recommendation that adults age 60 and older aim for a blood pressure target of 150/90 … Read More
Many patients are asking about the latest guidelines on reducing cardiovascular risks issued by the American College of Cardiology. These guidelines, which were published several months ago, suggests that patients without other cardiovascular risk factors can have LDL cholesterol levels up to 190 before they get treated. Prior to the … Read More
Women comprise about half of the estimated 5.1 million people in the United States living with heart failure. Like their male counterparts, many women are surprised at the diagnosis and worry about their future. Will they become disabled? Will they die?
The fact is, modern medical advances and lifestyle measures enable … Read More
The American Heart Association recommends that, if you have hypertension, you regularly monitor your blood pressure (BP) with a home monitor. Research shows people who use home monitors regularly tend to keep their blood pressure under control more effectively.
“Studies consistently show that readings taken at home are better indicators of … Read More