Anticoagulants may not be needed for brief AFib episodes | Group issues recommendations on minimizing statin-CVD drug interaction risks | Study suggests vegetarian diet may not lower heart disease risks
October 19, 2016
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Anticoagulants may not be needed for brief AFib episodes
Patients with brief episodes of atrial tachycardia and/or atrial fibrillation, defined as those starting and ending within one electrogram recording, did not have a higher risk of outcomes such as stroke, arrhythmias, hospitalization for heart failure or death during follow-up of as long as two years, according to a study in Circulation. Researchers said the findings suggest anticoagulation may not be warranted in such cases, but noted that the study had several limitations and did not account for certain risk factors. (10/18) 
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Group issues recommendations on minimizing statin-CVD drug interaction risks
A scientific statement from the American Heart Association published in Circulation advises health care professionals to understand the adverse effects, dosage limits and monitoring parameters related to interactions between statins and other drugs for cardiovascular disease to minimize risks of toxicity. The group warns about a risk of muscle injury from using lovastatin, simvastatin or pravastatin with fibrate cholesterol drug gemfibrozil, and gives recommendations on other drug combinations.
MedPage Today (free registration) (10/17),  HealthDay News (10/17) 
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Study suggests vegetarian diet may not lower heart disease risks
Study suggests vegetarian diet may not lower heart disease risks
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US survey data showed people who ate meat as part of their diet did not have a significantly higher risk of heart disease than those who followed a vegetarian plan, according to a study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting. Researcher Dr. Hyunseok Kim said people who follow a vegetarian diet have lower heart disease risk factors such as obesity, hypertension and metabolic syndrome, but that may be because many of them are younger women who inherently have lower heart disease risk.
HealthDay News (10/18) 
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Study finds stretching can help boost cardiovascular fitness
Static whole-body stretching was found to improve upper and lower body arterial function in sedentary young men, according to a Japanese study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Researchers said regular stretching may be an alternative to aerobic exercises for people who are unable to do them.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Regulatory & Policy
CMS aims to reduce administrative burdens in new payment models
The CMS has begun an 18-month physician-led pilot project to work with clinicians to boost satisfaction and decrease administrative burdens in Medicare's advanced alternative payment models. The project will include Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations, Pioneer ACOs, Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 2 and 3 ACOs and Oncology Care Model 2-sided Track participants. (10/13) 
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Federal exchange to test provider network comparison tool
A new tool for set to begin testing in Texas, Maine, Tennessee and Ohio will allow consumers to compare provider networks for health insurance plans sold through the federal marketplace. Designations are "basic," "standard" and "broad," reflecting access to primary care, pediatricians and hospitals.
Kaiser Health News (10/14) 
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