December 2008

Community cardiology clinics for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and heart failure in primary care

January 05, 2009

Lipids

Coronary heart disease (CHD) and chronic heart failure (CHF) are common chronic conditions encountered in primary care. Studies have shown that despite a strong evidence base, these conditions are often poorly diagnosed and inadequately managed in primary care.

Use of a specialist cardiology nurse improves patient’s care

January 05, 2009

Lipids

A 67-year-old man who had an inferior myocardial infarction (MI) 3 years earlier had a daily medication regimen that included aspirin, 75 mg; atenolol (Nova-Atenol, Tenormin), 50 mg; ramipril (Altace), 2.5 mg; and simvastatin (Zocor), 10 mg.

Exercise capacity and cardiovascular risk: Study provides clinicians with important insights

December 31, 2008

Lipids

A study by Peterson and colleagues used a large electronic patient database to demonstrate how patients at risk for nonfatal coronary events may be identified using reduced exercise capacity on treadmill stress testing as a parameter.

Exercise capacity on treadmill predicts future cardiac events

December 31, 2008

Lipids

Reduced exercise capacity is associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction, unstable angina, and coronary revascularization in patients referred for exercise treadmill testing for clinical indications.