Study: Drinking too much alcohol cuts life expectancy | Study links cigarette smoking to elevated HF risk in blacks | Chronic hypertension tied to poor pregnancy outcomes
April 18, 2018
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Study: Drinking too much alcohol cuts life expectancy
Study: Drinking too much alcohol cuts life expectancy
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UK researchers found that each pint of beer or glass of wine over the recommended limit of five per week was associated with a half-hour reduction in the expected lifespan of a 40-year-old, as well as an increased risk of death, fatal aneurysm, heart failure and stroke. The findings in The Lancet, based on 83 studies involving almost 600,000 drinkers from 19 countries, showed that there is a greater reduction in life expectancy as the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed increases.
The Guardian (London) (4/13) 
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Study links cigarette smoking to elevated HF risk in blacks
Cigarette smoking among black men and women is tied to higher mean left ventricular mass, lower mean LV systolic function and higher levels of brain natriuretic peptide, which indicates heart failure, compared with never smoking, according to a study in Circulation. The findings, based on data for 4,129 Jackson Heart Study participants, showed the risk of being hospitalized for heart failure was about 3.5-fold among those who smoked 20 cigarettes or more each day and twofold among those who had smoked the equivalent of a pack or more a day for 15 or more years.
Family Practice News (4/16),  Reuters (4/16) 
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Medical Focus
Gender disparity seen in post-MI high-intensity statin prescription fills
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found women had a lower likelihood of filling a prescription for high-intensity statins following hospitalization for a heart attack, with the gap most evident in youngest and oldest adults and in those without prevalent comorbid conditions. The findings were based on more than 88,000 adults who filled a post-myocardial infarction statin prescription from 2014 to June 2015.
HealthDay News (4/16),  Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (4/16) 
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Study: 9.3% of PCI patients readmitted within 30 days
Research published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions showed 9.3% of patients who had a percutaneous coronary intervention had an unplanned readmission within 30 days and in-hospital mortality was higher for readmitted patients. The study found 56.1% of unplanned readmissions were associated with noncardiac causes.
Medscape (free registration) (4/13) 
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Regulatory & Policy
FDA releases safety action plan for medical devices
The FDA has issued a plan combining new and existing initiatives to improve the regulation of medical devices that includes promoting cybersecurity, encouraging innovation for improved safety, creating a patient safety network, looking into more streamlined and modern post-market mitigation measures, and reorganizing offices within its Center for Devices and Radiological Health to approach device safety in a total product life cycle framework.
Medtech Insight (free registration) (4/17),  U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (4/17) 
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GOP move might open door to repeal of decades of rules
Senate Republicans, with support from President Donald Trump, are preparing to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal 2013 rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to discourage discrimination by auto lenders. Using the act on years-old rules, rather than recently adopted ones, raises concern decades of regulation might be at stake.
Politico (4/17) 
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ASNC News
NC Today 2018 starts this Friday, April 20. There is still time to register!
NC Today 2018 starts this Friday, April 20. There is still time to register!
Don't miss these featured sessions at NC Today 2018, April 20-22: The Future of Cardiac Imaging – ASNC Past President James Udelson, MD, MASNC, Chief of Cardiology, Tufts-New England Medical Center; Is There a Role for Imaging to Assess the Efficacy of Dietary and Lifestyle Modification? – ASNC Past President Kim A. Williams, MD, MASNC, Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rush University Medical Center; and a special Saturday morning session (just for technologists) – The Importance of Quality in Nuclear Cardiology – What is the Technologist Role? Moderators: April Mann, MBA, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), MASNC, and Robert Pagnanelli, CNMT, FASNC.
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April is Technologist Month! ASNC is offering special discounts, new webinars and much more!
April is Technologist Month! ASNC is offering special discounts, new webinars and much more!
ASNC has a long, proud history of supporting the entire laboratory imaging team practicing nuclear cardiology. Each team member brings a specific area of expertise and unique knowledge to the imaging lab. We dedicate April to one of the key team members -- Technologists. Learn more.
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