October 2016

Alcohol Consumption Again Linked to Increased AFib Risk

January 16, 2017

Cardiology Review Online

“Acute alcohol consumption has long been linked to development of AF. In the Framingham, Copenhagen, and Women's Health Studies, chronic alcohol consumption, especially two or more drinks per day, is associated with up to 30% higher risk for incident AF,” the study authors wrote in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Flu Vaccines May Reduce Heart Failure Risks

January 16, 2017

Cardiology Review Online

“The reason we are talking about vaccinations is that they are some of the simplest interventions we can provide our patients to reduce heart failure (HF) hospitalizations and HF exacerbations,” says Dr. Orly Vardeny, PharmD.

Detecting AFib in Stroke Patients With Large or Small Vessel Disease

January 16, 2017

Cardiology Review Online

The aim of the present meta-analysis was “to estimate the yield of AF detection in patients with stroke due to small and large vessel disease and in stroke patients in whom stroke etiology was not defined,” say the researchers.

Researchers Beginning to Understand How Acupuncture Reduces Hypertension

January 16, 2017

Cardiology Review Online

Acupuncture has been used and studied as an alternative pain management method, and although it appears to offer some benefit as a treatment for some forms of chronic pain, the evidence supporting its positive effect on other health conditions is uneven at best.

Women and Minorities Under-Treated for Stroke

January 16, 2017

Cardiology Review Online

“Even though the treatment for stroke tPA improves recovery, some people who are eligible to receive the treatment are not getting it,” study author, Steven R. Messé, MD, explained.

Disasters Can Keep on Taking: Katrina Still Causing Heart Attack Spike

January 16, 2017

Cardiology Review Online

It was no surprise that New Orleans' Hurricane Katrina took an immediate toll on residents' health when it hit 11 years ago. A new study showed it also led (or forced) many people to stop taking care of themselves, resulting in an increase in heart attacks seen 10 years out.

Viagra Can Help Cardiovascular Health in Men With Type 2 Diabetes

January 16, 2017

Cardiology Review Online

For men afflicted with type 2 diabetes and at high risk for heart attacks; however, relief might be found in an unlikely source – the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra (sildenafil).

Deficient Sleep Heightens Atrial Fibrillation Risk

January 16, 2017

Cardiology Review Online

Several studies have shown that patients with sleep apnea are more likely than others to develop atrial fibrillation, but recent information indicates that any type of disrupted sleep may indicate an elevated risk.