A study that measured 225 metabolic markers linked lipoproteins and lipids to similar risks for myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Neither was associated with intracerebral hemorrhage risk.
An analysis of more than 50 million pregnancy-related hospitalizations showed women with heart failure had higher risks of adverse maternal outcomes during the antepartum, delivery and postpartum periods, according to a study in Circulation: Heart Failure. Researchers said women at high risk should be identified during hospitalization, and surveillance programs should be developed before discharge.
A study in JAMA Cardiology found that older patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction were twice as likely to die within 30 days of discharge from the hospital when their systolic blood pressure was below 120. The study, which included almost 4,000 patients, also showed that these patients had a 36% higher one-year mortality risk.
Adults who had a childhood heart defect were over two times more likely to develop early-onset dementia than those who did not have a heart defect, and the risk escalated with the severity of the heart condition, researchers reported in the journal Circulation. Adult survivors of childhood heart defects also were 30% more likely to develop dementia after age 65.
The CMS Office of the Actuary expects US health care spending to grow an average of 5.5% annually from 2017 to 2026, reaching $5.7 trillion, driven by rising prices for health care goods and services and the aging population. Prescription drug spending will see the fastest average growth at 6.3% annually as prices and use of specialty drugs increase, while the insured rate is predicted to decline to 89.3% from 2016's 91.1% following the repeal of the Affordable Care Act penalty for Americans who don't purchase health insurance.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., met with Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, to discuss how they can reconcile House and Senate measures designed to stabilize Affordable Care Act markets. Alexander said he hopes the ACA fix measures will be included in the upcoming omnibus spending bill due next month.
The 2018 Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT for Fellows-in-Training program will be the day before the ACC.18: Annual Scientific Session in Orlando, Fla., on March 9 from 10:55 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. This exclusive event is by ASNC. This free FIT program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain a better understanding of the role of nuclear cardiology imaging and cardiac CT in a variety of cardiac conditions to ensure appropriate use when they enter clinical practice. Register now!