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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new tool accurately predicts six-month mortality for older adults hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), researchers report. "Our risk calculator can be used as older patients are preparing to be discharged from the hospital for heart…
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By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Warfarin is associated with an increased risk of fractures compared with a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC), a large real-world analysis has found. "This study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that warfarin has an adverse effect on bone…
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By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Several small studies have suggested that cholesterol-lowering statins might be linked to memory loss in seniors. But a large new study finds no link between memory loss and the drugs. In fact, the six-year study of more than 1,000 patients found statins…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Higher blood pressure variability is associated with greater cognitive and functional deterioration in Alzheimer disease (AD), according to a post hoc analysis of findings from the NILVAD trial. Previous studies have found increased risks of future…
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Older adults with certain markers of subclinical cardiovascular disease have more than double the risk of falls, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  “Cardiovascular disease is associated with greater fall risk; however, it is unknown if pathways that contribute…
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Older adults with acute myocardial infarction are less likely to receive revascularization with percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass surgery if they are frail, even though the procedures increase their likelihood of survival, according to a study published online in the…
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Treatment of hypertension may help to decelerate the progression of cognitive decline in older adults, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. Using data from 10,958 participants from the China health and Retirement…
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Older adult patients, 75 years of age and older, who discontinue statin therapy for primary prevention are at increased risk of admission for cardiovascular events, according to researchers of a recent study. The study findings were published online in the European Heart Journal. “The role of…
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Nutritional status helped predict all-cause mortality in older adults hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome, according to a study published online in Clinical Nutrition.  Researchers gauged nutritional status in 908 older adults using the Mini Nutritional Assessment-Short Form (MNA-SF). The…
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In a group of older adults, taking sleeping pills was associated with an increase in the number of antihypertensive medications used over subsequent years. Researchers published their findings in Geriatrics & Gerontology International. The prospective cohort study included 752 adults age 60 or…
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