For menopausal women, hormone therapy does not affect progression of atherosclerosis, according to a study published online July 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Cardiovascular risk related to severity of inflammation, but not associated with disease duration
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Among patients with hypertension, elevated systolic blood pressure is associated with the highest risk for cardiovascular events, although once SBP is below 140, lowering it below 120 does not further reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, according to a study published June 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Although patients who would have been considered high risk 10 years ago can now successfully undergo percutaneous cardiac intervention, those with severe sclerotic lesions in the ascending aorta still present a challenge to surgeons.
Severe coronary calcification is an independent predictor of worse prognosis in obstructive coronary artery disease patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention.