A review published in JAMA Cardiology reports that while patients with severe aortic stenosis are increasingly undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures in place of surgery, there is little evidence on how best to utilize adjunctive antithrombotic therapy after the treatment.
Earlier this year, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association updated treatment guidelines for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. They discourage the use of aspirin for this purpose, but in high-risk patients who are not at risk of bleeding, aspirin continues to be part of combination treatment regimens. In this slideshow, we highlight recent findings on aspirin use.
A 66-year-old woman was experiencing severe fatigue and jaw pain for more than an hour. When she started feeling short of breath, she was worried enough to head to the ED. She vomited while waiting to be seen and broke out into a cold sweat. Until this event, she had been enjoying her first year of retirement and was rarely at the doctor. What's your diagnosis?
A 58-year-old man went to the emergency department (ED) with chest pain he described as “ripping.” The pain radiated down his back. In the ED, he complained of abdominal pain and monoparesis of his left leg. What's your diagnosis?
A 52-year-old female with a history of diabetes, alcoholism, anxiety and major depression is brought to the emergency department for altered mental status and a possible drug overdose. What's your diagnosis?
A new analysis of results from the SPRINT trial finds that across age groups, intensive blood pressure control may lengthen a person’s lifespan by 4-9 percent.
A 72-year-old man with a history of hypertension, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, anxiety and a pacemaker presents to the emergency department for seven hours of non-radiating chest pain associated with dyspnea. He denies syncope, palpitations, fever, cough or other complaints. What's your diagnosis?
A 72-year-old female with a history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and type 2 diabetes presents to the emergency department for three days of intermittent palpitations and shortness of breath. She states that she has had trouble climbing the stairs in home. She denies any chest pain, syncope or near syncope, cough or other complaints. What's your diagnosis?
The impact of electronic cigarettes on cardiovascular disease risk factors is similar to effects seen in people who smoke traditional combustible cigarettes with harmful effects on cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose, as well as on blood flow to the heart, researchers reported at AHA's Scientific Sessions this month.
Patients who suffer from depression are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, but what about the risk of non-fatal cardiovascular disease events?