Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Cardiovascular Health http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/cardiovascular-health/condition-rss Cardiovascular Health en-us Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:47:38 EDT Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:47:38 EDT Cutting Copayments Improves Outcomes for Minority Patients After Heart Attackhttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Cutting-Copayments-Improves-Outcomes-for-Minority-Patients-After-Heart-AttackWhen 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 EDTSpironolactone Produces Mixed Results in Heart Failure Patients with a Preserved Ejection Fractionhttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Spironolactone-Produces-Mixed-Results-in-Heart-Failure-Patients-with-a-Preserved-Ejection-FractionTrial 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 EDTStatin Users Consuming More Calories, Fathttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Statin-Users-Consuming-More-Calories-FatThe 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 EDTJNC 8 Guidelines Significantly Reduce Portion of Seniors Advised to Take Antihypertensive Medicationshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/JNC-8-Guidelines-Significantly-Reduce-Portion-of-Seniors-Advised-to-Take-Antihypertensive-MedicationsAccording 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 EDTNational Initiative Improves Treatment Times, Outcomes for Stroke Patientshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/National-Initiative-Improves-Treatment-Times-Outcomes-for-Stroke-PatientsThe 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 EDTPharmacist-Led Interventions Improve Blood Pressure, Cholesterol After Strokehttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Pharmacist-Led-Interventions-Improve-Blood-Pressure-Cholesterol-After-StrokeBlood 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 EDTHome Monitoring Improves INR Control for Warfarin Patientshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Home-Monitoring-Improves-INR-Control-for-Warfarin-PatientsPatients 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 EDTAntibiotics Linked with Increased Arrhythmia, Death Riskshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Antibiotics-Linked-with-Increased-Arrhythmia-Death-RisksNew 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 EDTFull Adoption of New Lipid Guidelines Would Put 13 Million More Patients on Statinshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Full-Adoption-of-New-Lipid-Guidelines-Would-Put-13-Million-More-Patients-on-StatinsResearchers 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 EDTFlu Shot May Reduce Stroke Riskhttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Flu-Shot-May-Reduce-Stroke-RiskResearch 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 EDTReduced Sugar Intake Helps Prevent Fatal Heart Attacks and Strokeshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Reduced-Sugar-Intake-Helps-Prevent-Fatal-Heart-Attacks-and-StrokesA 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 ESTAdherence to All Prescriptions After Heart Attack Improves Outcomeshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Adherence-to-All-Prescriptions-After-Heart-Attack-Improves-OutcomesPost-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 ESTCOPD Exacerbations and Increased Cardiovascular Riskhttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/podcasts/COPD-Exacerbations-and-Increased-Cardiovascular-RiskNitin 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 ESTThe JNC 8 Hypertension Guidelines: An In-Depth Guidehttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/The-JNC-8-Hypertension-Guidelines-An-In-Depth-GuideCompared 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 ESTBlood Pressure Guidelines: Is Change Coming?http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Blood-Pressure-Guidelines-Is-Change-ComingUsing 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 ESTStatins Do Not Appear to Boost Risk of Cognitive Impairmenthttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Statins-Do-Not-Appear-to-Boost-Risk-of-Cognitive-ImpairmentA systematic review of previous studies finds no evidence of decreased cognitive function associated with statin use.Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:17:01 ESTBedtime Aspirin May Be More Beneficial for Heart Patientshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Bedtime-Aspirin-May-Be-More-Beneficial-for-Heart-PatientsPatients 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 ESTThe New Lipid Guidelines: An In-Depth Lookhttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/The-New-Lipid-Guidelines-An-In-Depth-LookNewly 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 ESTNew Statin Guidelines Releasedhttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/New-Statin-Guidelines-ReleasedNew 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 ESTStatins May Reduce Mortality Risk in Prostate Cancer Patientshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Statins-May-Reduce-Mortality-Risk-in-Prostate-Cancer-PatientsRisk 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