Study links glycemic control to reduced CVD risk in diabetes | Cardiac fat lower for black women than for white women, study says | Higher cardiac troponin levels may signal increased CVD risk
August 3, 2017
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Study links glycemic control to reduced CVD risk in diabetes
Researchers evaluated 952 type 1 diabetes patients and found an association between better blood glucose control and a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease among those who had the condition for a longer period. The findings in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism also stressed that exercise could help prevent the risks of CVD and all-cause mortality. (U.K.) (7/28) 
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Cardiac fat lower for black women than for white women, study says
Black women had 20% less cardiac fat than white women, according to a study of data from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation in the journal Menopause. Higher cardiovascular disease risk among black women was associated with visceral fat and epicardial adipose tissue volume, while overall adiposity was associated with risk among white women.
MedPage Today (free registration) (8/2) 
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Higher cardiac troponin levels may signal increased CVD risk
An analysis of 28 studies found higher cardiac troponin levels that still fall in the normal range may signal an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Medscape (free registration) (7/31) 
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Stopping statins after stroke increases risk of recurrence
Patients who stopped using statin medication from three to six months after a stroke had a 42% higher risk of another stroke within one year, compared with those who continued the medication, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Heart Association. A second study in the journal found only 49% of stroke patients were prescribed a statin medication at hospital discharge.
Reuters (8/2),  HealthDay News (8/2) 
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Aspirin, warfarin have similar risks for HFrEF patients
Researchers reported in JACC: Heart Failure that the risk of heart failure-related hospitalization or death was comparable for patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction taking either aspirin or warfarin. Researcher and cardiologist Susan Graham said it is important to know aspirin is safe because practitioners may need to use more than one blood thinner in these heart failure patients.
MedPage Today (free registration) (8/1) 
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Fewer PCI patients get cardiac rehab referrals in Wash. study
A study in Washington state found 48% of patients having percutaneous coronary intervention were referred to cardiac rehabilitation after discharge, compared with 91% of patients who had cardiac surgery, researchers reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Cardiac rehabilitation referral rates varied by hospital from 3% to 97% after PCI, and it was more likely at hospitals that had outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs.
Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today's Intervention (8/1) 
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