Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Cardiovascular Health http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/cardiovascular-health/condition-rss Cardiovascular Health en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:28:44 EDT Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:28:44 EDT Cutting Copayments Improves Outcomes for Minority Patients After Heart Attack http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Cutting-Copayments-Improves-Outcomes-for-Minority-Patients-After-Heart-Attack When nonwhite heart attack patients were able to obtain cardiovascular medications without a copayment, their readmission rates for a major vascular event or coronary revascularization dropped significantly. Mon, 19 May 2014 09:00:50 EDT Spironolactone Produces Mixed Results in Heart Failure Patients with a Preserved Ejection Fraction http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Spironolactone-Produces-Mixed-Results-in-Heart-Failure-Patients-with-a-Preserved-Ejection-Fraction Trial finds that spironolactone significantly reduced hospitalization for heart failure in heart failure patients with a preserved ejection fraction but failed to decrease the incidence of the trial’s primary composite outcome. Wed, 14 May 2014 09:09:01 EDT Statin Users Consuming More Calories, Fat http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Statin-Users-Consuming-More-Calories-Fat The results of a new study suggest that statin patients may have a false sense of security, leading them to believe the medication can offset the effects of a poor diet and lack of exercise. Mon, 12 May 2014 09:39:01 EDT JNC 8 Guidelines Significantly Reduce Portion of Seniors Advised to Take Antihypertensive Medications http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/JNC-8-Guidelines-Significantly-Reduce-Portion-of-Seniors-Advised-to-Take-Antihypertensive-Medications According to a recent study, one-fifth of those aged 60 or older who were candidates for pharmacologic therapy under JNC 7 would rely on lifestyle blood pressure control under JNC 8. Wed, 07 May 2014 09:07:01 EDT National Initiative Improves Treatment Times, Outcomes for Stroke Patients http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/National-Initiative-Improves-Treatment-Times-Outcomes-for-Stroke-Patients The Target: Stroke initiative reduced the time before acute ischemic stroke patients were treated with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator, leading to reduced rates of in-hospital mortality and intracranial hemorrhage. Tue, 06 May 2014 09:13:55 EDT Pharmacist-Led Interventions Improve Blood Pressure, Cholesterol After Stroke http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Pharmacist-Led-Interventions-Improve-Blood-Pressure-Cholesterol-After-Stroke Blood pressure and cholesterol control improved in stroke patients who had a monthly visit with either a pharmacist or nurse, but those who saw a pharmacist had significantly greater improvements. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:29:01 EDT Home Monitoring Improves INR Control for Warfarin Patients http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Home-Monitoring-Improves-INR-Control-for-Warfarin-Patients Patients who self-monitored their international normalized ratio weekly achieved significantly better control than those who did so less frequently, but all home monitoring patients performed well, according to a new study. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:21:56 EDT Antibiotics Linked with Increased Arrhythmia, Death Risks http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Antibiotics-Linked-with-Increased-Arrhythmia-Death-Risks New study finds that use of azithromycin and levofloxacin are associated with significantly increased risk of death and serious arrhythmia, backing up a safety warning issued by the FDA in March 2013. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:56:42 EDT Full Adoption of New Lipid Guidelines Would Put 13 Million More Patients on Statins http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Full-Adoption-of-New-Lipid-Guidelines-Would-Put-13-Million-More-Patients-on-Statins Researchers find that full implementation of recently released dyslipidemia management guidelines would help prevent 475,000 additional cardiovascular events. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:00:53 EDT Flu Shot May Reduce Stroke Risk http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Flu-Shot-May-Reduce-Stroke-Risk Research from the United Kingdom suggests that getting the influenza vaccine, especially early in the flu season, significantly reduces one’s risk of stroke. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:20:01 EDT Reduced Sugar Intake Helps Prevent Fatal Heart Attacks and Strokes http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Reduced-Sugar-Intake-Helps-Prevent-Fatal-Heart-Attacks-and-Strokes A recent analysis indicates that limiting intake of refined sugar to at most 10% of all calories reduces the risk of experiencing a fatal cardiovascular event. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:31:13 EST Adherence to All Prescriptions After Heart Attack Improves Outcomes http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Adherence-to-All-Prescriptions-After-Heart-Attack-Improves-Outcomes Post-myocardial infarction patients who had each of their preventive medications on hand at least 80% of the time had significantly lower rates of major vascular events or revascularization than controls. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:17:20 EST COPD Exacerbations and Increased Cardiovascular Risk http://www.pharmacytimes.com/podcasts/COPD-Exacerbations-and-Increased-Cardiovascular-Risk Nitin Seam, MD, Anant Patel, MBBS, and Mark Dransfield, MD, discuss a new study of the link between acute exacerbations of COPD and cardiovascular risk. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:41:26 EST The JNC 8 Hypertension Guidelines: An In-Depth Guide http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/The-JNC-8-Hypertension-Guidelines-An-In-Depth-Guide Compared with previous hypertension treatment guidelines, the JNC 8 guidelines advise higher blood pressure goals and less use of several types of antihypertensive medications. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 10:39:27 EST Blood Pressure Guidelines: Is Change Coming? http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Blood-Pressure-Guidelines-Is-Change-Coming Using a benefit-based approach instead of a treat-to-target approach in determining how to treat hypertension could help prevent more cardiovascular events with less medication. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:11:16 EST Statins Do Not Appear to Boost Risk of Cognitive Impairment http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Statins-Do-Not-Appear-to-Boost-Risk-of-Cognitive-Impairment A systematic review of previous studies finds no evidence of decreased cognitive function associated with statin use. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:17:01 EST Bedtime Aspirin May Be More Beneficial for Heart Patients http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Bedtime-Aspirin-May-Be-More-Beneficial-for-Heart-Patients Patients at high cardiovascular risk who took aspirin at night had significantly reduced platelet reactivity compared with those who took aspirin in the morning, according to the results of a study. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:54:26 EST The New Lipid Guidelines: An In-Depth Look http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/The-New-Lipid-Guidelines-An-In-Depth-Look Newly released lipid guidelines have introduced a variety of changes in how clinicians determine whether patients should receive statins. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:02:37 EST New Statin Guidelines Released http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/New-Statin-Guidelines-Released New guidelines from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology eliminate strict LDL cholesterol targets and include stroke risk in determining whether patients should take statins. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 01:13:43 EST Statins May Reduce Mortality Risk in Prostate Cancer Patients http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Statins-May-Reduce-Mortality-Risk-in-Prostate-Cancer-Patients Risk of death from prostate cancer was reduced for patients who started taking statins after being diagnosed with the disease and was reduced even more for those who started taking statins before being diagnosed. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:17:01 EST