Researchers call for earlier CVD tests for women with PCOS | Men get AFib 10 years earlier than women, weight is a risk factor | Analysis: AF risk higher with sleep disorders
October 18, 2017
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Researchers call for earlier CVD tests for women with PCOS
Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and should get CVD screening at a younger age than healthy women, researchers told the North American Menopause Society's annual meeting. Researchers suggested fasting lipid profiles be done every two years and that screenings for obesity and hypertension be performed at each visit.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (10/14) 
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Men get AFib 10 years earlier than women, weight is a risk factor
An American Heart Association report published in the journal Circulation found men were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation after age 50 and women were more likely to see symptoms after age 60, and body mass index was a significant risk factor, especially for men.
Cardiovascular Business online (10/16) 
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Study: Antihypertensive drugs don't fully reverse all vessel damage
A UK study in Frontiers in Physiology found that despite the efficacy of antihypertensive treatments in lowering blood pressure and restoring normal function in arterioles and larger vessels, these drugs failed to restore normal vascular rhythms in smaller vessels. The findings were based on a cohort of patients in their 20s and two cohorts of patients older than 70 years.
Cardiovascular Business online (10/16) 
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Study finds no link between liraglutide, increased CV events risk
A post hoc analysis of data from five randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of liraglutide involving 5,908 participants did not show an association between use of liraglutide 3.0 mg treatment for weight management and an elevated risk of cardiovascular events. The findings were published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (10/13) 
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Regulatory & Policy
Senators reach bipartisan agreement to stabilize ACA markets
Senators reach bipartisan agreement to stabilize ACA markets
Murray and Alexander (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced a deal to stabilize the individual insurance market by funding cost-sharing reduction payments through 2019, giving states more flexibility to skirt certain Affordable Care Act requirements, allowing consumers over age 30 to purchase copper plans, and providing $106 million to support ACA enrollment. However, the proposal garnered mixed messages from President Donald Trump, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has not said whether he will allow a vote, and some Republicans said they oppose it.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/17),  Politico (10/17),  Healthcare Finance News (10/17) 
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Results of Next Gen, Pioneer programs show shared risk can work
Results of Next Gen, Pioneer programs show shared risk can work
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Eleven accountable care organizations participating in the CMS Next Generation program and six ACOs in the Pioneer program earned payments for 2016, while seven lost money and three dropped out. The Next Generation program grew to an estimated 44 health systems for 2017.
Healthcare Finance News (10/17) 
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New! ASNC Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep 2017 On Demand
This on-demand board prep course delivers 19 hours of education from this year's live course offered in Kansas City, Mo. Whether you are preparing for your certification or recertification exam, or simply in need of a refresher course on appropriate cardiac nuclear imaging procedures, this activity is the leading educational resource in the field of nuclear cardiology. This product is available for two years, and purchasers may claim continuing education credit until Sept. 13, 2018. The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
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With ASNC's Mentorship Program, early-career members learn while leading
Since 2003, more than 70 ASNC members have participated in the society's Leadership Development Program. Many have gone on to serve as ASNC officers, participate in planning scientific sessions and other educational programs, help shape and execute ASNC's advocacy platform, and craft guidelines and standards used by clinicians worldwide. A graduate of the 2014 ASNC-LDP class, Viviany Taqueti, MD, has already begun making her mark on ASNC and the specialty of nuclear cardiology. She led the writing committee for the new consensus statement, "Myocardial Perfusion Imaging in Women for the Evaluation of Stable Ischemic Heart Disease--State-of-the-Evidences and Clinical Recommendations." The paper has received positive feedback from cardiologists for its multimodality approach to imaging in women and practical guidance. Application deadline is Oct. 31. Apply now!
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