Cardiovascular Health

The Pharmacy Times® Cardiovascular Health resource center provides clinical news and articles, information about upcoming conferences and meetings, updated clinical trial listings, and other resources.

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Results of a recent study confirmed that patients already taking angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs) should not discontinue taking them due to COVID-19 infection.
 
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For patients with COVID-19, the combination of the disease and preexisting atrial arrhythmias may create a pathologic synergy that significantly increases the risk for major adverse cardiac events and death.
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The research team described how approximately 12 minutes of acute cardiopulmonary exercise affected more than 80% of circulating metabolites, including pathways linked to a wide range of favorable health outcomes, thus identifying potential mechanisms that could contribute to a better understanding of the cardiometabolic benefits of exercise.
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The researchers examined the health records of more than 1100 adults, who had an average age of 45 years, were 52% female, and who are participants in the ongoing Childhood Determinants of Adult Health study.
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Green spaces were also associated with an improvement in air quality. 
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Individuals who regularly consume chili peppers may live longer and may have a significantly reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer
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Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome may be associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism complications in severe cases.
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A majority of young adults with cardiovascular disease are not receiving the annual influenza vaccine despite their heightened risk of secondary infections.
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Researchers analyzed the survey responses of more than 1400 current users of e-cigarette and related products from 18 to 64 years of age, evenly divided among male and female, who took part in a national online survey in 2016.
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Cannabis use is becoming much more prevalent in the United States, as several more states have recently legalized it for recreational or medicinal use.
 
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Higher fitness levels reduced the risk of developing atrial fibrillation by up to 50% in a study of Black male veterans.
 
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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many cardiovascular rehabilitation programs to go virtual.