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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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