As more studies have demonstrated potential therapeutic applications for marijuana, public opinion regarding medical and recreational marijuana use has shifted. One such study recently published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology revealed medical marijuana is potentially beneficial for digestive disorders and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Is one beta blocker better than another for patients born with long QT syndrome?
In a report published Sept 23 in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology Abeer Abu-Zeitone, PhD, and colleagues found that in their study group, nadolol worked best at preventing a recurrent serious cardiac event and that propranolol, the oldest beta-blocker available, did the worst. The researchers also evaluated how patients had fared with atenolol and metoprolol.
But in an editorial commenting on the findings, Arthur Wilde, MD, PhD, and Michael Ackerman MD, PhD, questioned the study’s methodology and predicted that many heart centers will continue to use propranolol.
The American College of Cardiologists (ACC) has had a change of heart. The group is now recommending doctors treating heart attack patients for arterial blockages should treat lesions in both cardiac arteries, not just the “culprit” artery that led to the MI.
In a statement Sept. 22, the ACA cited new information—reported Sept. 5 by HCPLive.com—from a UK study showing that it pays to do the more extensive procedure.