Pharmacytimes:Condition Center: Cardiovascular Health http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/cardiovascular-health/condition-rss Cardiovascular Health en-us Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:06:06 EDT Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:06:06 EDT Home 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 ESTAdherence to Medications After Heart Attack Criticalhttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Adherence-to-Medications-After-Heart-Attack-CriticalPatients need to achieve high levels of adherence to all the medications they are prescribed after a heart attack in order to reduce their risk of subsequent adverse cardiovascular events, a new study finds.Mon, 04 Nov 2013 09:55:44 ESTData Inconsistent on Calcium Supplement Benefits, Riskshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Data-Inconsistent-on-Calcium-Supplement-Benefits-RisksA range of trials has failed to resolve whether calcium supplementation significantly decreases the risk of fracture or increases the risk of cardiovascular events.Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:04:29 EDTFlu Vaccine May Prevent Cardiovascular Eventshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Flu-Vaccine-May-Prevent-Cardiovascular-EventsA meta-analysis of previous studies suggests that getting vaccinated against the flu reduces one’s risk of adverse cardiovascular events, with the greatest benefit in those with a recent acute coronary syndrome.Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:11:32 EDTEndocarditis Hospitalizations Drop Among Medicare Beneficiarieshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Endocarditis-Hospitalizations-Drop-Among-Medicare-BeneficiariesThe hospitalization rate for the most serious cardiovascular infection declined despite a recommendation from the American Heart Association to limit use of preventive antibiotics.Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:13:30 EDTTaking Meds Before Bed May Improve Nocturnal Blood Pressurehttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Taking-Meds-Before-Bed-May-Improve-Nocturnal-Blood-PressureCompared with morning dosing, taking once-daily antihypertensives at bedtime led to improved nighttime blood pressure measurements without increasing daytime measurements.Mon, 07 Oct 2013 09:15:12 EDTMultidisciplinary Teams Including Pharmacists Improve Heart Failure Outcomeshttp://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Multidisciplinary-Teams-Including-Pharmacists-Improve-Heart-Failure-OutcomesPharmacists working along with other health care providers can help improve outcomes for heart failure patients, according to the results of a pair of studies presented at the Heart Failure Society of America meeting.Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:00:32 EDT