Coronary Artery Disease

Dec 1, 2008 Issue
Is Prasugrel More Effective Than Clopidogrel in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome Scheduled for PCI? [AFP Journal Club]

Is prasugrel better than clopidogrel in patients with acute coronary syndrome who are scheduled for percutaneous coronary intervention? This study is misleading, and current practice should not change based on its results.

Dec 1, 2007 Issue
Aspirin Combined with Clopidogrel (Plavix) Decreases Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome [Cochrane for Clinicians]

A combination of aspirin and clopidogrel decreased cardiovascular events in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease and in those with acute coronary syndrome. However, the risk of major bleeding events outweighed the benefits in all high-risk patients except those with acute coronary syndrome.

Nov 15, 2007 Issue
AHA Releases Recommendations on Preparticipation Screening in Student Athletes [Practice Guidelines]

The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued recommendations that address preparticipation screening in high school and college athletes, which may identify cardiovascular disease (CVD) that could progress or cause sudden death.

Apr 15, 2007 Issue
Indications for Renal Arteriography at the Time of Coronary Arteriography [Practice Guidelines]

A science advisory published by American Heart Association (AHA) describes the indications for renal arteriography. When possible, patients with a clinical indication for investigation of renal artery stenosis should undergo noninvasive diagnostic tests before coronary arteriography.

Nov 15, 2006 Issue
Update on Exercise Stress Testing [Article]

Exercise stress testing is an important diagnostic tool for the evaluation of suspected or known cardiac disease. In 2002, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) revised their guidelines for exercise testing. Ten categories from the ACC/ AHA 1997 guidelines...

Oct 15, 2006 Issue
Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Women [Article]

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the primary cause of death in women for almost a century, and more women than men have died of CVD every year since 1984. Although CVD incidence can be reduced by adherence to a heart-healthy lifestyle and detection and treatment of major risk factors, preventiv...

Jan 15, 2006 Issue
Nutritional Assessment and Counseling for Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease [Article]

Physicians face several barriers to counseling their patients about nutrition, including conflicting evidence of the benefit of counseling, limited training and understanding of the topic, and imperfect and varied guidelines to follow. Because cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of deat...

Jul 1, 2005 Issue
Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndrome [Article]

The term 'acute coronary syndrome' encompasses a range of thrombotic coronary artery diseases, including unstable angina and both ST-segment elevation and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Diagnosis requires an electrocardiogram and a careful review for signs and symptoms of cardiac is...

Jun 15, 2005 Issue
Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease in Elderly Patients [Article]

Coronary heart disease remains a leading cause of mortality in the United States, with 84 percent of persons 65 years or older dying from this disease. Secondary preventive measures, including lifestyle modification and pharmacotherapy, are important for elderly patients because of the variable impa...

Apr 1, 2005 Issue
Antioxidant Vitamin Supplements and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction [Practice Guidelines]

The American Heart Association (AHA) has released a science advisory on the effects of antioxidant vitamin supplements on reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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