Heart Disease

Jun 15, 2013 Issue
Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case Study: G.H., a 35-year-old woman, presents for a routine preventive visit. She has no chronic illnesses or significant family history of disease. She does not smoke, but admits she does not exercise regularly or eat a very healthy diet. She drinks a moderate amount of alcohol.

Jun 1, 2013 Issue
Daily Multivitamins Do Not Reduce Major Cardiovascular Events in Men and Do Not Affect Mortality [POEMs]

Daily multivitamin supplementation does not reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events in men. The risks of cardiovascular-related mortality and all-cause mortality were also not reduced by multivitamin supplementation.

May 1, 2013 Issue
Dietary Fat Modification and the Risk of Future Cardiovascular Events and Mortality [Cochrane for Clinicians]

According to the authors of this Cochrane review, reducing or modifying a patient's dietary fat intake did not lower the rates of either total or cardiovascular-related mortality when compared with usual or control diets. Reducing the intake of total or saturated fats decreased the risk of cardiovas...

Dec 15, 2012 Issue
Cardiovascular Risk of Combined Oral Contraceptive Use [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Because of an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, the use of combined oral contraceptives (OCs) should be considered carefully in women who smoke and in those with hypertension or hyperlipidemia.

Dec 1, 2012 Issue
AHA Releases Statement on Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease [Practice Guidelines]

Decreased sexual activity and sexual dysfunction are common in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD), and can lead to anxiety and depression. The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a scientific statement synthesizing data relevant to sexual activity and heart disease to provide reco...

Oct 15, 2012 Issue
NHLBI Expert Panel Releases Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children [Practice Guidelines]

Evidence indicates that reducing risk can slow the progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD); therefore, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI) Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents developed guidelines to help...

Oct 1, 2012 Issue
ACCF and AHA Update Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy [Practice Guidelines]

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common genetic cardiovascular disease that affects approximately one out of every 500 persons. The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have updated guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of HCM.

Jul 1, 2012 Issue
Adding ACE Inhibitors or ARBs to Standard Therapy for Stable Ischemic Heart Disease [Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews]

Are there clinical advantages to augmenting standard therapy for stable ischemic heart disease with an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB)?

Jan 1, 2012 Issue
AHA Updates Guidelines on CVD Prevention in Women [Practice Guidelines]

Major changes addressed in the American Heart Association's (AHA) 2011 guidelines on cardiovascular disease (CVD) are that benefits and risks found in the clinical practice setting were strongly considered, and recommendations were not based solely on benefits found in the clinical research setting....

Jul 15, 2011 Issue
ACCF/AHA Release Guideline for Early Cardiovascular Risk Assessment [Practice Guidelines]

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States. Because coronary heart disease (CHD) has a long asymptomatic latent period, there is an opportunity for early preventive measures. The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the Amer...

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