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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In contrast to current thinking, vascular changes such as increased blood pressure (BP) develop earlier and progress faster in women than in men, a longitudinal study suggests. "Our blood pressure trajectories data indicate that women really are…
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A pharmacy department-managed wellness program for employees and spouses at a two-hospital health system led to significant reductions in blood pressure and lipid levels, according to a study published recently in American Health & Drug Benefits.  “Innovative, pharmacist-managed programs are…
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Median blood pressure and glycosylated hemoglobin (A1C) decreased in a homeless population in the months after pharmacist intervention, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.  “Homeless patients with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes who had…
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Patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE) who take statins may have a significantly lower risk of recurrent VTE, according to a new study. To assess the association between statin use and VTE recurrence, the researchers analyzed data on the 3027 patients with acute symptomatic VTE from the…
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Researchers recently found that there is substantial underreporting regarding adverse drug events (ADEs) that became worse among patients taking apixaban and empagliflozin. In order to better understand reporting rates of ADEs with apixaban and empagliflozin as reports move up to the next level of…
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Cardiac autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysregulation—specifically higher resting heart rate (RHR) and lower heart rate variability (HRV)—is associated with incident atrial fibrillation (AF), results of a new analysis of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) show. This association is…
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Sanofi-Aventis US issued a precautionary, voluntarily recall of all over-the-counter Zantac (ranitidine) products because of possible contamination with N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable human carcinogen. The recalls were listed in the December 11, 2019, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA…
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Non-HDL cholesterol concentrations are strongly associated with long-term risk for cardiovascular events, according to the results of a recent study. The relevance of blood lipid concentrations and lipid-lowering therapy for long-term cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular outcomes is unclear,…
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By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with atrial fibrillation commonly use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) along with oral anticoagulants, a practice that increases their risk of bleeding, according to findings from the ARISTOTLE trial. The concomitant use of NSAIDs…
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The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have released a report containing new clinical performance and quality measures for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension in adults. A total of 22 new measures were included in their report, including 6 performance…
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