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Sep 15, 2015 Issue
ECG, Echocardiography, or MPI for Cardiac Screening: Guidance from the ACP [Practice Guidelines]
In the United States, one in three deaths is from cardiovascular disease; coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death. This guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides recommendations on cardiac screening using these modalities.
Sep 15, 2015 Issue
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults with Cardiovascular Risk Factors [Putting Prevention into Practice]
J.W., a 34-year-old man who smokes, presents for his annual checkup for hypertension. Hisblood pressure is elevated (142/95 mm Hg), and he has gained 10 lb (4.5 kg) since his lastvisit. J.W. is now considered overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 kg per m2. He reports no other symptoms or problems.
Sep 1, 2015 Issue
Should Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening of Athletes Include ECG? No: There Is Not Enough Evidence to Support Including ECG in the Preparticipation Sports Evaluation [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]
Although there are many reasons to conduct preparticipation sports examinations, there is insufficient evidence to support cardiac screening with ECG.
Sep 1, 2015 Issue
Should Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening of Athletes Include ECG? Yes: Screening ECG Is Cost-Effective [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]
Cardiovascular screening with ECG is a valid, cost-effective, and worthwhile endeavor in the preparticipation sports evaluation.
A simple rule (see synopsis) using high-sensitivity cardiac troponin levels measured on presentation and two hours later is an effective way to identify patients with or without MI. This rule was developed in one group of patients and validated in a second group. At a prevalence of 9%, this rule correctly ruled out MI 99.5% of the time.
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a term that encompasses a range of conditions, is caused when blood flow to the heart is suddenly reduced. The American College of Cardiology (ACC), with the American Heart Association (AHA), has provided recommendations for managing non–ST elevation ACS.
The use of concomitant NSAIDs in adults who receive antithrombotic therapy after MI increases the risk of serious bleeding complications and recurrent adverse CV events. This study found the highest risk among users of celecoxib (Celebrex) and diclofenac, and the lowest risk among users of ibuprofen...
May 1, 2015 Issue
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults with Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
The USPSTF recommends offering or referring adults who are overweight or obese and have additional cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors to intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for CVD prevention.
Although recommended by guidelines and used as a so-called quality indicator of hospital care, the use of beta blockers following myocardial infarction, when combined with optimal acute and chronic treatment, does not provide a further survival benefit.
Being the “good” cholesterol is not the same as being the “useful” cholesterol. Drug therapy aimed at increasing HDL cholesterol levels, when added to statin treatment, does not decrease patients' likelihood of experiencing a cardiovascular event or of dying earlier.