The Zika virus has been linked to the development of severe heart conditions, including heart rhythm disorders and heart failure, among nine adults in Venezuela, according to a study to be presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. The patients were treated for heart symptoms that began about 10 days after infection, and the only history of heart-related conditions among the nine was a case of well-controlled high blood pressure.
Data on more than 13,000 adults with high blood pressure showed that between 1999 and 2012 sodium intake increased from about 2,900 milligrams daily to 3,350 mg/day, according to a study to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting. The study found sodium consumption increased more than 14% among people with hypertension, 26% among Hispanics, 20% among blacks and 2% among whites.
Study data show overweight and obese middle-age women and obese middle-age men developed heart disease sooner than their normal-weight counterparts, researchers told an American Heart Association meeting. The study found overweight and obese adults had a higher lifetime risk for developing heart disease, compared with people who had a normal BMI.
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A study in JAMA Cardiology found the median low-density lipoprotein reduction from taking the PCSK9 inhibitor evolocumab over 44 months was 57%, compared with 61% at 12 months. A second study in the journal found long-term use of the drug did not increase the frequency of adverse events and reduced the risk of cardiac events.
Study data showed 84% of patients with atrial fibrillation were not taking adequate clot-prevention therapy before they had a stroke, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study included more than 94,000 US patients and found some were not taking any anticoagulant medicine, while others were taking only aspirin or were on an inadequate dosage of warfarin.
Panelists at the American Nurses Association's annual conference in Tampa, Fla., called on nurses to be active in the discussion of efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by writing letters to lawmakers, speaking out on social media and reaching out to journalists. "This is perfect opportunity for us to position ourselves as the people who know the most about how care is delivered in this country," said Jeffrey Doucette, the vice president of the Magnet Recognition Program and Pathway to Excellence at the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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