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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505047/advances-in-the-management-of-dyslipidemia
#1
June Kampangkaew, Stephen Pickett, Vijay Nambi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and therapies aimed at lipid modification are important for the reduction of cardiovascular risk. There have been many exciting advances in lipid management over the recent years. This review discusses these recent advances as well as the direction of future studies. RECENT FINDINGS: Several recent clinical trials support low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) reduction beyond maximal statin therapy for improved cardiovascular outcomes...
May 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505046/south-asians-why-are-they-at-a-higher-risk-for-cardiovascular-disease
#2
Anjly Jain, Rajeev Puri, Devaki R Nair
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We comment on the high prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in South Asians (SA). The effect of various risk factors, for example biochemical, genetic, lifestyle, socioeconomic factors and psychosocial stress on CVD risk is discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: 'Prediabetes' is common in SA, but its relationship with coronary artery disease (CAD) is not significant unlike for the white population. At the same time, 'prediabetes' in SA is associated with an increased risk for cerebrovascular disease (CeVD)...
May 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505045/resistant-hypertension-in-2017
#3
Sartaj Hans, John P Reilly
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension (HTN) is a ubiquitous condition and cause for significant morbidity and mortality. Over 400 000 deaths in the United States are related to HTN every year, more than all the Americans who died through all of World War II. As many as half the patients with HTN in the United States have resistant HTN, a blood pressure greater than 140/90 mmHg despite three medications including a diuretic. It appears that the prevalence of HTN and resistant HTN is increasing over time...
May 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505044/new-technological-devices-for-the-assessment-of-systemic-inflammation-in-the-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
#4
Antonio Ivan Lazzarino
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The prediction of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events is of strategic importance for the primary prevention of one of the big killers in the world. Predictive models have a history of decades, but still the desired accuracy is not reached by any of the existing models. The inclusion of inflammatory factors in the models did not increase their accuracy. In this review, we discuss the possible reasons for that failure and we propose a paradigm shift. RECENT FINDINGS: Systemic inflammation is a very volatile phenomenon...
May 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463894/antiplatelet-treatments-recent-evidence-from-randomized-controlled-trials
#5
Birgit Vogel, Usman Baber
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an overview of selected randomized studies reported over the last 2 years evaluating antiplatelet therapies in patients with either acute or stable manifestations of atherosclerosis. RECENT FINDINGS: From large outcome trials included evidence for reduced risk of ischemic events associated with use of ticagrelor and aspirin versus aspirin alone, albeit with an increased bleeding risk in patients with stable coronary artery disease and history of myocardial infarction...
April 29, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463893/imaging-pathobiology-of-carotid-atherosclerosis-with-ultrasmall-superparamagnetic-particles-of-iron-oxide-an-update
#6
Umar Sadat, Ammara Usman, Jonathan H Gillard
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide brief overview of the developments regarding use of ultrasmall superparamagnetic particles of iron oxide in imaging pathobiology of carotid atherosclerosis. RECENT FINDINGS: MRI is a promising technique capable of providing morphological and functional information about atheromatous plaques. MRI using iron oxide particles, called ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) particles, allows detection of macrophages in atherosclerotic tissue...
April 29, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459716/the-importance-of-achieving-blood-pressure-control-what-is-the-target
#7
Hector O Ventura, Carl J Lavie
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 28, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441151/recent-clinical-trials-in-valvular-heart-disease
#8
Daniel Kiss, Saif Anwaruddin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: With widespread adoption of transcatheter aortic valve replacement, there has been a change in the approach to management of valvular heart disease. New interest has taken hold in transcatheter therapies for valvular heart disease, as well as research into pathophysiology and progression of disease. Additionally, several key trials have further refined our understanding of surgical management of valvular heart disease. This review will elucidate recent clinical trial data leading to changes in practice...
April 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426445/small-dense-ldl-an-update
#9
Philipp A Gerber, Dragana Nikolic, Manfredi Rizzo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we summarize the latest findings on small, dense LDL (sdLDL) atherogenic particles, including their associations with other biomarkers. RECENT FINDINGS: Increased sdLDL levels have been reported not only in different metabolic disorders such as diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome, but also in patients with rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis as well as hypothyroidism. A wide range of lipid-lowering, as well as other drug classes, including novel antidiabetic agents and nutraceuticals, exert favourable effects on these atherogenic particles...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362666/dyslipidaemia-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-bad-for-the-heart
#10
Niki Katsiki, Nikolaos Tentolouris, Dimitri P Mikhailidis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with increased coronary heart disease (CHD) morbidity and mortality. These patients are also more prone to heart failure, arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Furthermore, coronary interventions performed in such high-risk patients have worse outcomes. In this narrative review, we discuss the role of diabetic dyslipidaemia on the risk of CHD in patients with T2DM. The effects of hypolipidaemic, antihypertensive and antidiabetic drugs on lipid and glucose metabolism in T2DM are also considered...
March 30, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346238/management-of-hypertension-in-2017-targets-and-therapies
#11
Monica Ahluwalia, Sripal Bangalore
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Approximately one-fourth of the adult population is diagnosed with hypertension, which has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality including cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke. Early detection and treatment is a key and can lead to a significant reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we discuss the management and treatment strategies in patients with hypertension in the current era...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319484/nonpharmacologic-management-of-hypertension-a-multidisciplinary-approach
#12
Cemal Ozemek, Shane A Phillips, Dejana Popovic, Deepika Laddu-Patel, Ibra S Fancher, Ross Arena, Carl J Lavie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Nonpharmacologic lifestyle modification interventions (LMIs), such as increasing physical activity, dietary modification, weight-loss, reducing alcohol consumption and smoking cessation, are effective strategies to lower resting blood pressures (BPs) in prehypertensive or hypertensive patients. However, the limited time shared between a physician and a patient is not adequate to instill an adoption of LMI. The purpose of this review is to therefore highlight evidence-based BP lowering, LMI strategies that can feasibly be implemented in clinical practices...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319483/advances-in-cardiac-transplantation
#13
Stavros G Drakos, Nir Uriel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306675/hypertension-management-in-the-digital-era
#14
Richard V Milani, Robert M Bober, Alexander R Milani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension (HTN) is the most common chronic disease in the United States, and the standard model of office-based care delivery continues to yield suboptimal outcomes, with approximately 50% of affected patients not achieving blood pressure (BP) control. Poor population-level BP control has been primarily attributed to therapeutic inertia and low patient engagement resulting in significant and preventable morbidity and mortality. This review will highlight the rationale for a reengineered model of care delivery for populations with HTN...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306674/utility-of-ambulatory-blood-pressure-monitoring-for-the-management-of-hypertension
#15
Patrick T Campbell, William B White
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, affecting nearly 80 million individuals in the United States alone. Accurate measurement of blood pressure (BP) is the crucial first step to reduce the associated cardiovascular risk of hypertension. For decades, clinicians have relied on office BP measurements for the diagnosis and subsequent management of hypertension. However, it has been clearly demonstrated that ambulatory BP measurements are a better predictor of cardiovascular risk and can provide clinicians with important additional information to improve BP control and reduce cardiovascular risk...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306673/hypertensive-crisis-an-update-on-clinical-approach-and-management
#16
Emrah Ipek, Ahmet Afşin Oktay, Selim R Krim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Here, we review current concepts on hypertensive crisis (HTN-C) with a focus on epidemiology, causes, pathophysiology and prognosis. We also offer a practical approach to the management of HTN-C. RECENT FINDINGS: HTN-C is characterized by a severe and abrupt increase in blood pressure (BP) with impending or progressive acute end-organ damage (EOD). HTN-C can be divided into hypertensive emergency (HTN-E) and hypertensive urgency (HTN-U) based on the presence or absence of acute EOD, respectively...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306672/radiotherapy-chemotherapy-and-atherosclerosis
#17
San S Min, Anthony S Wierzbicki
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews the effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in promoting the progression of atherosclerosis in patients with cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Radiotherapy is associated with an increase in the incidence of atherosclerosis with the effects being related to the site of irradiation and dose of radiotherapy. Cranial irradiation is associated with dyslipidaemia and the metabolic syndrome secondary to effect on growth hormone secretion...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306671/noninvasive-monitoring-of-acute-and-chronic-rejection-in-heart-transplantation
#18
Maria G Crespo-Leiro, Gonzalo Barge-Caballero, David Couto-Mallon
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent years have seen advances in the early detection of cardiac graft rejection. RECENT FINDINGS: We review the possibilities offered by tissue Doppler imaging and speckle tracking echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance, cardiac computed tomography, single positron emission tomography, gene expression profiling, and quantitation of donor-derived cell-free DNA, and microRNAs. SUMMARY: Noninvasive monitoring of acute and chronic rejection after cardiac transplantation is an unmet need and remains a challenge...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306670/innovations-in-cardiac-transplantation
#19
Reema Hasan, Ashraf Abou El Ela, Daniel Goldstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the number of people living with heart failure continues to grow, future treatments will focus on efficient donor organ donation and ensuring safe and durable outcomes. This review will focus on organ procurement, graft surveillance and emerging therapies. RECENT FINDINGS: Preliminary studies into donation after cardiac death have indicated that this may be an effective means to increase the donor pool. Novel preservation techniques that include ex-vivo perfusion to improve donor metabolic stabilization prior to implantation may also expand the donor pool...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266936/statins-haemostatic-factors-and-thrombotic-risk
#20
Vanessa Bianconi, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Maciej Banach, Matteo Pirro
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Statins reduce cholesterol synthesis and promote low-density lipoprotein clearance from circulation. Beyond their cholesterol-lowering action, statins may interfere with haemostasis. This review aims to provide an update on the impact of statin treatment on markers of haemostasis and platelet function and on thrombosis-related outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Different coagulation factors are modulated by statins, leading to inhibition of coagulation and increased fibrinolysis...
March 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
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