Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Cardiovascular Health http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/cardiovascular-health/condition-rss Cardiovascular Health en-us Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:15:16 EDT Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:15:16 EDT Cigarette Purchases Commonly Accompany Asthma Prescription Refills http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Live-MTM-Outperforms-Chart-Review-in-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 http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 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