Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Cardiovascular Health Cardiovascular Health en-us Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:49:39 EST Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:49:39 EST Automated Reminders Improve Heart Disease Medication Adherence Patients with chronic cardiovascular disease who receive automated reminders for their prescription blood pressure and cholesterol medications are more likely to refill those drugs. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:04:01 EST Trans Fat Consumption Still Exceeds AHA Recommendations Although trans fat intake has dropped over the past 30 years, most American adults still consume more than the amount recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:23:01 EST Cigarette Purchases Commonly Accompany Asthma Prescription Refills Even though smoking can exacerbate respiratory conditions and limit the efficacy of their treatment, patients often purchase cigarettes while filling prescriptions for asthma or antihypertensive drugs at pharmacies. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:02:10 EDT Psoriasis Severity Hikes Odds of Uncontrolled Hypertension Patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis are more likely to have uncontrolled hypertension. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:46:37 EDT Live MTM Outperforms Chart Review on Reducing Cholesterol Live medication therapy management (MTM) reduces low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol significantly more than standard, chart-review MTM. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:52:47 EDT Research Suggests Wine Protects Against CVD, But Only When Coupled With Exercise Wine consumption is cardioprotective, but only in patients who exercise, according to a new study. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:05:01 EDT Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure Lowers Cardiovascular Risk in Hypertension Self-monitoring is an effective method for hypertensive patients who are at risk for cardiovascular comorbidity. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:33:41 EDT For Better Adherence Following Stroke, Provide Prescriptions at Discharge Providing prescriptions when patients are discharged from the hospital after a stroke improves medication adherence, the results of a study suggest. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:30:01 EDT Aspirin Is Potential Alternative to Traditional Anticoagulants Aspirin may reduce the risk of blood clots in patients who cannot use traditional anticoagulants, new research suggests. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:39:01 EDT New Guidelines Increase Statin Use Only Moderately Statin guidelines released jointly by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology more accurately identify patients with heavy arterial plaque buildup for therapy. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:29:10 EDT 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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